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Pm One.
Editorial Briefs.
The Star in the West.
Life and Work of Trained Nnrses.
The Early Christian House at Rome.
pace Two.
Universalism and the Bible.
Value of Universalism in Daily Life.
Indiana Y. P. C, U.
Selected. _
Page Tnreo.
The Sunday School Lesson.
An Ideal Sunday School.
Page Four.
The Profession of Faith.
The Indiana Convention.
Page Five,
Church News and Correspondence.
Universalist Personal.
Page Six,
fiie Family Page, Farm. Garden and Dairy.
Page Seven.
Our Hoyw and Girls.
Page Eight.
Church Notices and In Memorlam.
The Rev. Charles M. Sheldon, of
Topeka, Kao., cannot be far from the
kingdom. We find him an oracle that
utters a certain attractive sound, and
cannot help wondering whether he
knows the purport and import of what
u . -ays. ‘ The Christian Optimism and
the faith that God is in his world to save
it. are safety valves which every minister
Bhould carry with him as he carries his
breatb, until they become a part of him,
an involuntary, spontaneous part of the
very fibers of his being, no more to be
separated from his joys and sorrows and
ambitions and gains and losses than the
light is to be separated from its ever
lasting source.” It that man knows
what he says we know where he belongs;
if he does not know, he belongs with
the prophetic souls who speak wiser
than they know.
—We should like to see a brier
biography of the late Rev. Franklin S,
Bliss, prepared with reference to the
most marked traits of his character, and
circulated as a Universalist tract. He
had in him the saintly strain which
appears in David Brainerd, in Edward
Paypon, in Madame Guyon, in Henry
Sc jugal, and in others of that tine lin
eage. His absolute daily dependence
on God and walk with Him, his utter
unseltishness, his spiritual mind, his
unshrinking heroism in protracted trial
and bis triumph in death, mark him
out as a type of man and minister with
whom, for its own good, the world Bhould
be acquainted. It would not be a theo
logical but a biological tract. The beet
of the former are incomparably inferior
to the best of the latter.
—Rarely have we read anything more
continuously interesting or with more
unalloyed satisfaction, than Dr. Dem
arest’s sermon preached in commemora
tion of his eightieth birthday. It is
comprehensive as a review and survey;
but it is especially admirable for its in
tellectual poise and its tranquil, cheer
ful spirit. Only a life well spent and
powers faithfully used could provide
the foundation for such a retrospect.
Dr. Demare9t has been one of the moat
useful as he has been one of the busiest
men of his time. He has lived through
great excitements and been the subject
and center of many irritations, but he
has never failed to let his moderation
be known to all men.
— Dr. Theo. Cuyler sounds a note of
warning to the Presbyterian churches.
He observes a marked difference in the
composition of congregations from what
was formerly to be seen. Children, as a
rule, are not now seen in church. Where
formerly there were a hundred of them
in the congregation, not more than
twenty can now be discerned. We judge
that Dr. Cuyler’s observation in Presby
terian churches would not be essentially
different if it took in all the denomina
tions. The children do not attend
church; even the young people are lees
generally present than formerly. The
habit is not cultivated. The rule is that
y we do not have in after life habits
which were not formed in early life. It
is a subject easily mastered, but how
profound and far reaching its sequences!
—James Bryce, M. P., is a student of
I practical politics no Itss than of civil
government and of economics. He is a
man of liberal and capacious mind,
keeping up in hie own personality the
beet English traditions, illustrated in
the names of John Bright, John Stuart
Mill, Richard Cobden and Gladstone.
We suppose that Senator Hoar would
nominate Mr. Bryce for a chair in the
school of international politics which be
has lately suggested should be estab
lished for the education of our legislators
and statesmen. It is certain that Mr.
Bryce’s paper on "Protection,” read
before the British Association for the
Advancement of Science at Toronto,
the other day, would be instructive
reading for American legislators.
—Dr. Lyman Abbott reproduces, with
new illustrations and happy emphasis,
an idea often presented in the course of
the discussion of which the Bible ha9
been the subject. The practical and
final test of the value of the Bible is in
its answer to the demand of the human
spirit. The spirit calls, the Bible
answers. The Bible calls, the spirit
answers. There is a co response here not
witnessed in the same degree anywhere
else. Deep calleth unto deep. It is
Bomewhat so in relation to all the liter
ature of the world that holds its place
in the regard of mankind. But the
peculiarity of the response which the
Bible makes to the cry of the human
spirit, is in this, that it goes directly to
the spot, satisfies the deepest need, and
supplies food and refreshment for the
moral and spiritual hunger of the
world. So long as this is true the Bible
remains the world's Book.
—Dr. Joeiah Strong, whose little books
on great subjects, with large figures and
large inferences from them, has made
his opinion on a matter of population a
thing to be reckoned with, supplies the
statistical reasons for thinking that our
native rural population has fallen off
lamentably in the last thirty years from
the good New England custom of going
to church. The growing paganism of
the farming population in the whole
eastern portion of the United States, as
measured by the absence from places
of worship and indifference to religious
usages, is one of the perplexing pro
blems of the time. It is the explanation
to a considerable degree of the decay of
country churches of which we have all
been obliged to take note. Who now
will tell us what is the explanation of
this lapse into paganism.
—The great corporations, the omni
potent trusts, and those who control
great properties, employ the best legal
patent to defend them when they are
assailed and to steer them at all times
Bafely through the intricacies of their
often mysterious ways. The advantage
which they thus secure before the courts
and with the public, as contrasted with
the helplessness of small concerns and
poor operators, constitutes in itself a
great discouragement of equity. »It is a
nearly uniform fact that those who are
able to pay the requisite price for im
munity from legal interference, get it.
This is a standing grievance and a grow
ing one. Its shadow darkens half the
land. Wendell Philips lifted up his
voice in warning that it was coming and
that it portended evil for the land. But
in his day it was but a speck as large as
a man’s hand; now it is a mighty and
apparently impenetrable cloud.
Canton Theological School.
The facsimile of a page of Vol. I.,
Xo. 1 of the Star in the West, to
gether with reminiscences of the
paper given in a recent number of
The Universalist, were exceedingly
interesting to me and revived many
very pleasant memories.
The Star was the family religious
paper in my early home. My father,
Crocker Snow, was not only a sub
scriber but an interested reader of it,
and was personally acquainted with
all its editors and publishers, at least
from the time it became permanently
located in Cincinnati.
Our home, first at Snow Hill,
Whitewater township, Ind., and later
at Harrison, O, was just a comfort
able day’s journey from the city, and
any one connected with the Star, or
any clergyman having an appoint
ment in that direction, usually spent
the night with us en route. It was
understood that if one could reach my
father's house provision for the re
mainder of the journey was assured.
In all emergencies, in case a Uni
versalist clergyman was needed for
a funeral service, or, what was then
not infrequent, a public attack was
to be made upon Uuiversalism, to
which it was felt some reply should at
once be made, father would take his
hoise and drive to Cincinnati con
fident of finding at the office of the
Star some one to respond to the call.
I have often heard him relate an
incident concerning Rev. John A.
Gurley, which occurred almost imme
diately after his coming to Cincinnati
and before he bad become known to
the friends outside.
It was the Rev. Mr. Thomas, if I
am not mistaken, afterward the Rev.
Dr. Thomas, President of the Pres
byterian College in Indiana, who had
been secured to disprove and expose
The sermon or address was to be
given in a Eehool-housein the neigh
borhood of Snow Hill. It was widely
advertised and the opponents of
Universalism were jubilant over the
anticipated demolition of it at the
hands of Rev. Mr. Thomas, who,
though young, had already achieved
a wide reputation as an able and
eloquent preacher.
In this exigency father betook him
self to Cincinnati, but no one could
be found who was at liberty to re
spond except this young man Gurley
who had just arrived from the East
to take charge of the Star. He was
at this time scarcely twenty-live years
old, and must have been very young
looking even for that age, for my
father used to tell of the little less
than consternation he felt when told
that this “mere boy” as it seemed to
him, was the only minister who could
be had to meet Mr. Thomas at the
time appointed.
And when father brought the boy
home others of the Universalist
friends shared his apprehension as
to the result. But the morrow came
and a great crowd of people gathered
to listen to Mr. Thomas and then
hear what could be said in reply.
Mr. Thomas’s address was able and
fully met the expectations of his
But when it was announced that
a reply would be immediately made,
the owner of the school-house (for it
was private property) declared that
Mr. Gurley should not speak there.
Upon this a farm wagon was drawn
into the road in front of the school
house, and Mr. Gurley taking his
stand in that, the people, with few
exceptions, remained and gathered
round to hear. Mr. Gurley had
spoken but a few minutes before the
hearts of friends were reassured and
when he had concluded they all felt
that a most triumphant reply had
been given to Mr. Thomas, and there
was corresponding exultation.
Never after that, in all that region,
was there the slightest distrust of the
bov preacher as equal to any emer
gency. J. C. Snow.
Haverhill, Mass
Of the New York Hospital Training School
V.—Sister IJora.
Perhaps few American nurses know
much of the life and hospital career of
the English nurse whose real name was
almost completely lost in that which
heads our page. It may be interesting
to them and particularly to would-be
nurses to follow her through some of
the circumstances which, like links in a
chain, took her from a life of ease, a
happy, even luxurious home, to spend
many years in the relentless discipline
of hospital work. Dorothy Wyndlow
Pattison is described as a rather tall,
well-built, well-featured woman, with an
English woman’s love of outdoor sports.
She must have been something of a
beauty, having brilliant brown eyes,
good features, a mouth and j >w expres
sive of great determination of character,
aod soft, curling brown hair. Her tem
perament was cheerful and independent,
her heart kind, and her share of person
al magnetism unusual, enabling her to
exercise marked control over almost all
who surrounded her. This trait stands
out in bold relief throughout the whole
of her biography by her triend, Miss
Lonsdale. It enabled her to manage
the hospital, to control unruly patients
and to secure from managers and sur
geon in charge many improvements and
advantages for the benefit of the
patients. It is with the town of Walsall
that her fame is principally identified,
aod it is fitting that her statue should
have been erected there—the only
etatue ever erected on Eng lish soil to a
woman not of royal birth.
Between 1867 and 1878 her life was
almost wholly devoted to the manage
ment of Walsall Hospital, a small affair
of only twenty-sight beds at its largest,
but one where her ambitious nature had
full scope to display its remarkable
capacities. To any other woman of
similar temperament, it is easy to see
why a life of useless pleasure at home
grew monotonous to her, and the natural
bent and development of her mind was
given free rein, until, from a brilliant
social success, she was transformed into
a nurse of an ideal type.
To the uninitiated, such transforma
tion may seem as simple as attractive—
as though she bad but to leave her silks
and furs in one room, step over the
hospital corridor to another, don the
immaculate uniform of a nurse, and be
thus at once changed into a nurse as
capable as typical. But such illusions
vanish into thin air, when the realistic
force of the necessary development of
circumstuu cee is understood. While at
home she felt it one of her privileges to
care for her invalid mother, and it was
to doubt duriug that period that she
came to realize her own great, though
I undirected, capacity for nursing. A
few years after her mother died the
usual pleasures of a comfortable home
became monotonous to her restless
nature, and she answered an advertise
ment for a village school mistress at
Woolston. While this occupation was
not just what she desired or intended to
pursue, it offered an avenue of entrance
to the world's work, and, against her
father's wishes, she accepted the offer
and spent three years in teaching
Busy as were her dayB there, she spent
most of her time after school hours in
visiting children, especially the sick,
giving the latter as much nursing as
possible under the circumstances. Thus
she kept alive her ideal of becoming a
professional nurse, and her life at this
point was turned into the long-cherished
channel of usefulness by an attack of
pleurisy, for which she went to Cortham
under the care of a sisterhood of nurses.
The surroundings of fellow sufferers,
busy nurses and hopeful convalescents
exerted their natural influence, and on
recovery she resigned teaching to enter
the sisterhood under the name which
she made famous, '‘Sister Dora.” Even
for the strong-minded young enthusiast
the severe discipline of the training she
underwent was sometimes too much,
and woman's tears would come when
beds she had just made were pulled to
pieces, and she was ordered to make them
anew. After her training was done,
she was sent to care for important pri
vate cases and finally to aseUt at a email
hospital—Waleall—of four beds. This
was soon found inadequate and enlarged,
and here, at last, she found scope for
her natural talent for nursing, by having
entire charge given her, besides being
allowed to do much dispensary work
We who, with rolled up sleeves, have
experienced the pleasures of such
things, can readily understand her
partiality to the surgical pleasure of
suturing scalp wounds or amputating
fingers, and in a few days thereafter
seeing the good result of carefully
applied dressing or of a skillfully used
knife. In the wards she was a delight
to the patients. There was always a
cheerful word or a sympathetic touch.
Later, wheD the hospital was enlarged)
she spent as much time as possible in
reading or talking to them and cheering
the depressed. In more modern days of
hospital life, when cases are hurried in,
operations soon over and recovery
usually speedy, with the improved
methods of management, the present
day nurse seldom finds tim< for any of
these ideal things which Sister Dora
took time to do. It is perhaps part of
the pleasure of nursing to entertain
one’s patients when they are comfort
able as well ae to care for ihem when
Buffering, but in modern hospitals there
are always statistical records to be kept
up and a thorough system of details
attended to.
A few years ago these were not con
sidered of importance—perhaps were
not, under different circumstances. Now
they are justly deemed indispensable,
though Sister Dora’s patients may have
been as well cared for without them.
During her whole life at Wa!eall,she
endeavored to make her patients happy,
whether with books, music or other
kindnesses. Physically, she was ae
richly endowed as mentally. For daye
and nights together she would work,
with only a few hours’ rest at a time,
and ehe devised a eort of sling by the
aid of which she could carry men heavier
than herself upstairs. With unhesita
ting courBge, she went through au epi
demic of smallpox, finally herself con
trading the disease, yet recovering,
only to ultimately fall a victim to can
cer in 1878.
In reading her biography every nuree
must realize that ehe herself has en
tered on a field of boundless value and
experience. Sister Dora wae a woman
far in advance of her time, for while
women now sometimes leave homes of
luxury to become nurses, they are but
keeping abreast of the times in doing so,
while bere was a conspicuous example
of innovation which doubtless led many
others to follow it in later years. Not
all her hospital methods would stand
the test of later-day knowledge, and her
delightful personality led every one to
overlook some manifest defects of char
acter, but when ehe paesed from the
scene of her earthly labors all who bad
known her realized tbat an exceptional
woman had been for eleven ytare an
angel of mercy and sompatby among
the suffering of Walsall. Her life's
story will influence many yet to come,
as it has the many who have already be
come nurses through knowledge of if.
Thus we once more realize the force of
Longfellow’s lines
‘•We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.”
New York City.
Monday morning word comes of the
death, on Saturday, at Laporte, Ind., of
Mr?. George B. Marsh, formerly very
active in St. Paul’s Church, in the
woo. an’s work in this state, and in the
General Convention official board. Mrs
Marsh has been very feeble and much
brokt n physically sir.ce the death of her
husband, toms three years ago. The
b<.dy was brought totLiscity for burial
Services at Gracelai d on Tuesday bv
Dr. Canheld. Put tier reference to the
death of this well ktowa woman may
be expected Istsr.
Special Contribution.
nERTAIXLY the moat unique dis
covery made during the last dec
ade among the antiquities of Rome has
been that of the house of the martyrs
John and Paul on the Ccelian Hill.
Hitherto we have been familiarized with
the interiors of pagan dwellings, by
those excavated at Pompeii and Hercu
laneum, and the houses of Livia at
Prima Porte and on the Palatine Hill,
but no Christian house had hitherto
been revealed by the spade. Xow we
have one, and that one belonging to
men of whom we know something.
The story of this house is, in itself, a
During the reign of Conetantine the
Great, his daughter or neice. Constan
ts, lived in Rome. She lived in the
imperial palace, which was not occupied
by the Emperor, who was at Byzantium,
or if not occupying the entire palace,
resided in a part of it, and she had in
attendance on her John and Paul as
chamberlains, brothers and Christiane.
She died shortly after Constantine, and
the chamberlains remained on in the
palace to the accession of Julian the
Apostate, in 361.
Julian at once sent orders that all im
perial officers and servants were to sac
rifice to the genius of the Emperor and
do worship to his image, which was the
“short way with dissenters,” that had
been devised by the Flavian emperors.
John and Paul refused to obey, and
were ordered to retire to their house till
Julian had been communicated with
and his pleasure known.
The Emperor sent orders that they
must obey or be put to death. If they
continued stubborn, they were to be
privately executed in their own house
and buried in the cellar. The Emperor
particularly desired that no publicity
should be given to the case, lest the
Christians of Rome should exalt these
refractory officials to the position of
Accordingly a centurion and some
soldiers proceeded to the house of the
brothers on the Coelian Hill, and on
their remaining steadfast in their re
fusal to give idolatrous worship to the
image of the Emperor, they were de
capitated and then buried in the cellar.
The slaves had been kept apart and
were cautioned to say nothing. 'Tbe
matter, however, could not be kept con
cealed, and b great number of the faith
ful came to the house to see and pray
at the place where the martyrs had suf
fered. On learning this, the centurion
came to the Coelian, drove the devotees
away with violence and even killed three
of the most persistent.
Adjoining the church which was built
over the place of martyrdom and inter
ment, is a monastery of the Paseionists,
and access to it and to the church is ob
tained by a narrow lane or street, that
rune up the south side of the church.
Now a few years ago Padre Germano,
one of the passionist fathers, in study
ing the long blank south wall of the
church observed that it was by no means
an erection of either Adrian IV. or of
Pammachius, that, in fact, it was an old
street-front of a house of three stories;
the lower formerly opened on to the
street by six arches, above which were
ranges of bedroom windows. All these
had been blocked up; but no sooner
had Padre Germano called attention to
the fact than it Hushed on the minds of
antiquaries that the south wall of the
church was nothing other than the
street-front of the house of the martyrs,
which had been used first by Pamma
chius and then by Adrian IV. What is
more, this is the only street-front of an
old Roman house extant in Rome.
Padre Germauo at once conceived the
idea that, as the floor of the church was
level with the floor of the first story of
bedrooms, all the reception-rooms, must
be buried under it. He obtained per
mission from the Superior to explore,
and with great difficulty collected a
small sum to pay the cost of excava
1 wae in Home the winter of 1889, when
this exploration wae begun, and again
during the winter of 1890, when it was
approaching completion; and ae I made
the acquaintance of the Padre, 1 was
able to be present at the excavations
and to follow them; and in the spring of
1890 1 conducted the English and Amer
ican visitors over the discovered house of
the saints, and gave them an account of
it, at the request of the English Arohte
ological Society at Rome.
Since then more has been dug out,
and now nearly the whole of the ground
Moor of the house has been revealed, ae
also the cellars and bathe, all of which
had been buried by rubble and earth
when the successive churches had been
erected over the “confession” of the
The face of the street extends some
110 feet, and is pierced, ae already inti
mated. by six arches, the three western
most of which gave access and light to
three important chambers, and these in
turn communicated with three others
lying north, which three gave further
access to three more in the same north
erly direction, opening on the courtyard,
from which a Might of steps led to the
upper story.
A Might of steps, moreover, communi
cated with the bath furnace, cellars, and
with the water supply, the Aqua Clau
It ie not necessary, nor would it be of
general interest, to detail the peculiari
ties of structure of this house; it will be
sufficient to describe some of the rooms
and the discoveries made in them.
Now, the reception-chambers had all
been elaborately and beautifully deco
rated with paintings on the walls and the
vaulted ceilings. But after the martyr
dom and the influx of devout visitors,
these decorations were greatly damaged;
as far as hands could reach the visitors
picked off bits of the plaster, perhaps to
preserve as relics, perhaps out of mis
chief. But they also scribbled on the
plaster of the walls with sharp instru
ments, and some-of these graffiti are in
teresting. One Rufina bad scratched
her name, another has written "Vivas,”
a third has drawn a ship.
The original house and its decorations
belong to two periods; part of it is of
the second, and part of the third cen
tury. The principal apartment is also
that which has its ornamentation best
preserved. The walls were painted to
imitate slabs of variously veined marble.
Above this is a frieze of standing nude
figures of men supporting wreaths of
flowers and foliage, One of these fig
ures is winged, and the rest have a short
cloak (clamys juvenilis) behind them,
introduced for artistic purposes. Be
tween them are various birds on the
ground, and birds flutter above the gar
lands. The vault and arcade formed by
the vault are filled with vine leaves and
buds and small genii chasing the birds
and plucking grapes. The whole is on a
ground of creamy white. This is very
similar to the ornamentation in the old
cemetery of Domitilla, and to that of a
vault in the]catacomb of Prmtextatus. It
is probably pagan, and belongs to the
second century. There are, however,
no specially pagan figures in the decor
A second room has distinctively Chris
tian ornamentation. The walls were
painted to look as though encased in
marbles, and with false recesses and ar
cades in it. Above this runs a frieze of
no particular character, but the vault
at once claims attention. Portions of
the plaster and painting have fallen, yet
enough remains to show what were the
subjects represented. There is the Tree
of Life, with two goats running to it;
a man reading a volume; another with
a long scroll, standing between two pil
lasters, one supporting a vase; and a
woman in the attitude of prayer, with
-jrme exten’f-d to form a cross.
In the angles of the vault are heads
or masks of no distinctive character.
There can be no doubt of these fres
coes belonging to the third or early part
of the fourth century, and to their being
Christian. The Padre Germano noticed
a swelling of the plaster in one place,
like a blister, and on picking off the
covering layer of lime, found beneath a
leaden pellet, on which was the sacred
sign. The plasterer bad apparently held
this little piece of lead against the wall
whilst he covered it with lime prepara
tory to the whole being painted, and
left it there fastened by tbe coat he had
applied, as a token that the work had
been done by a Christian.
In another part of the house is a very
significant painting. It represents tbe
vessel containing the pure Milk of tbe
Word, and one lamb is approaching to
drink of it, whilst another resolutely
turns away its head.
A white marble bust was found among
the debris filling the room, the head of
a young man, of a size somewhat larger
than life. It is clearly a portrait bust,
and probably represents one of the an
cestors of tbe martyrs.
One relic of paganism was discovered,
a small altar or table for libations, that
may have been thrown aside when the
family adopted Christianity; also a
fragment of a moulded glass vessel, with
a representation on it of Bacchus in the
midst of vines.
The cellar was excavated, and found
to contain its ranges of bottles, amphorae
with sharp points so as to plunge them
in sand or ashes. One of these, broken,
has on it an undiscipherable inscription
in Greek and the monogram of Christ
between t he Alpha and Omega. An
other, quite perfect, ia sealed with the
sacred monogram. One glass bottle
bears tbe stamp of the maker, Avidius
Daucmus, who has been conjectured to
have been an Irish manufacturer of
bottles in Rome.
London. England.
Rev. Dr. Charles Fluhrer writes: A
young mao, thick set, of dark complex
ion, plausible manner and foreign ac
cent, but shabbily dressed, whose real
name is Leonard W, Snyder, has been
victim zing Univerealiet and Unitarian
clergymen, by prttending to be my son,
Howard Fluhrer. He ie an impostor of
the worst type, and any person whom
he approaches will confer a favor by
notifying me of the fact, that I may run
the rascal down.
Charles Fluhrer.
Al l.ion. N. Y. Sept. K.
Rev. Henry Lewellen of Fort Wayne
writes of another impoetor operating in
that State:
There is an impostor going his rounds
in Northern Indiana, who passes him
self oft hb a Missionary and claims to be
[ selling Dr. Eddy'B Universalism in
America. He is disappointed because
books have not come out, and needs a
loan to enable bim to get heme. Col
umbus, O., Richmond, Ind., etc., are his
He is a large square built man of six
feet in height a little gurgling and un
couth. Has black bBir, smooth shaven
face and is about forty or forty-five years
He came to my place while 1 was
away last Sunday and gave his name as
James Bacon,Columbus, O. He said he
knew Dr. Rexford and asked Mrs. Lew
ellen to allow bim to see my Universal
ist Register, some names of which he
wrote down in a memorandum book.
He appeared at Huntertown Monday
following and gave bis name as Foster,
a nephew of the late Rev. B. F. Fester
of Indianapolis, said he wanted to bor
r ow money to get home to Richmond
as his books hadn’t come. He also
s howed a letter at Huntertown purport
ing to be from Rev. T. S. Guthrie recom
mending him to some of the brethren.
H. Lewfxlen.
Our Ohio Churches, f
State Secretary.
We axe happy to be able to announce
that the vacancy caused by the resigna
tion of the pastoral charge of Le Roy and
Huntington churches,has been filled by
the e mployment of Brc. A. I. Spantcn,
at the suggestion of the Superintendent
a nd others. Bro. Spanton has already
en tered upon his work, and his sermons
are well received, and the promise for
his future is bright.
Rev. U. S. Milburn spent his vacation
partly in New York, camping on the
St. Lawrence, and on Black Lake. On
August 22, he preached in a Methodist
church to a large congregation and at
the conclusion the pastor publicly
t hanked him for his "good Methodist
sermon.” The latter part of his vaca
tion was given to visits to hie parents
a nd other friends at Summit Station
a nd other places. August 29th, he
preached to a good congregation at
S ummit Station. On Sunday, Septem
b er 5th, he began services in the Wal
n ut Hills church and was greeted by a
1 arge cor gregation. During the vaca
tion the i. P. C. Union had re-carpeted
t he church. Bro. Milburn, says: "The
y ear opens with a bright outlook.'
A correspondent from Akron says:
“ Ihe outlook seems good for the college
this year. President Priest is working
h ard—far harder than many people sup
pose. Our new pastor, Rev. A. B
Church, recently of North Adams,
Mass., is expected daily, and what,
with a “Priest” at the college, and a
“ CLunh” at the church, w e hope that
both the college and the parish will
have [.an awakening curing the next
twelve months.
By arrangement of the Superinten
dent, Rev. John Richardson supplied
our church at Greenville, September
5th,| preaching morning and evening.
He reports a very pleasant visit. He
writes: "There were about fifty persons
p resent Sunday night, and the atten
ti on was almost perfect. The congre
g ation seemed very intelligent. I think
t here is much hope for the church if it
dots not go tco long without a paster.”
—Bro. Eben Mumford, a licensed
prebcher, has been busy since closing
his work with New Madison and Pales
tine churches, in making addrtsees at
Sunday school picnics, family reunions,
pioneer meetings, etc., in his neighbor
hood. He has arranged to take a post
graduate course in the Chicago Univer
sity )tes further pr eparation for the min
— By some oversight, the name of
Bro. A. 1. Spanton was omitted from the
1 ist of preachers who gave sermons at
Muriay Association at LeRoy. A cor
respondent says he "gave an excellent
seimon on Saturday morning of the
—Huron Association will meet with
the church at Attica, on October 1st,
2nd and 3rd.
— Rev. O. G. Colegrove reports a grand
time at the basket meeting at Cuba,
A ugust 29th, Miss Matthews, of
Tutts Theological school, and Univer
saliete from Wilmington, Clarksville,
and other places were there.
—Arrangements are being made for a
large and successful meeting of Ballou
Association at Cuba, September ‘24th
26. The new creed will be discussed
pro and con.
—Rev. O. P. Moorman, late pastor of
the churches at Eaton and New Paris,
failing to secure another engagement,
has gone South and engaged in secular
—Rev. Andrew Willson reports an ex
cellent meeting of Western Reserve As
sociation, at Kent, September 3rd and
[ 5th. We will give full report next week

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