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INDIANA CONVENTION NUMBER.
Special Contributions and Reports. UNIVERSALI3M AND THE BIBLE. BY REV.T. GUTHRIE, D. D. TTMVERSALISM is the doctrine J of the Bible. The Bible is the Universalist “Text Book.’ By living its life and breathing its Spirit its truth becomes a fact of conscience to the believer. Tne philosophies around us may not be true; man with all his boasted wisdom may be brought to naught, as he is so liable to err; but the word of the Lord shall stand forever. While the Universalists do not re gard the Bible as iuerraut, still they believe that the sacred book contains an infallible rule of faith and prac tice; that it contains a revelation from God, and has such revealed truths as pertain to the present and the future as man by his owu unaided wisdom could never have discovered or even fathomed. By the truths contained in the Bible our fathers (Gcd bless them) have fought our battles and won our victories and have be queathe4 to us a doctrine that has become or is becoming the light of the world, viz: the 1*atherhood of God, the Brotherhood of Man, the triumph of the right and the final destruction of all wrong. Brethren of the Universalist Church shun any innovation the trend of which would lessen your faith in the grand old Bible, as it contains all the everlast ing promises necessary to prove the doctrine of a world’s salvation. There are in all denominations those who call in question the super natural as contained in the Old and New Testaments, but who are per mitted to remain with their respective denominations notwithstanding their doubts, skepticism and even infidel ity. Now let us see whether they are in touch with Christianity suffi cient to be entitled to the name Christian or Universalist. \\ e do not inherit the name tnr s tian or Universalist as we do the name of our parents. To be a Christian and fully entitled to the name, we must have faitu in Jesus, the Christ, that he is the author and finisher of our faith. To be Christian we must be a disciple, a follower of him. His Spirit must be our spirit —His life our life \\ e must not consider ourselves his equals, nor judge as to the correctness of his statements, for in so doing we might try to make ourselves his superior. His statements to us on all occasions must be considered final and from which there is no appeal. Suppose that a student of the New Testament was to open St. Matthew s or St. Luke’s Gospel and lead of the miraculous conception of Jesus, and also the wonders attending his birth wherein the angel made the an nouncement and the Utavenly hosts joined in the grand chorus, “Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will to men;’’ but after reading and pondering the subject in his mind he should come to the conclusion that it savored of the miraculous or the supernatural and therefore he would doubt the entire narrative, would he not commence his investigation of the New Testa ment as a doubter? He turns to the sequel of the Gospels and reads that the Jews con spire against Jesus. They bring him before Pilate and he is condemned to death. They crucify him, even the world’s Messiah, and our student sheds a tear at the atrocity of the tragedy. He pursues the history still further and follows him to the tomb of Joseph and in his thought wickedness had triumphed, but he is startled as he reads further and finds that on the third day Mary of Mag dalia and others were at the tomb and found it vacant. He reads fur ther and finds that two angels in white apparel were there and one of them said, “Why seek ye the living among the dead; he is not here but is risen.” He once more reads and ascertains that the once timid dis ciples after meeting him become as bold as a lion. But the student once more stops to consider and finally says this too savors of the marvelous. He says that immortality may be truet but he thinks Jesus went to heaven after the ordinary way and that he did not bring life and immortality to light by his resurrection from among the dead. By this conclusion we would see that his doubt had budded into skepticism and what faith he previously enjoyed in the Bible had almost gone. Once more the investigator turns to the eleventh chapter of St. John’s Gospel, aud here reads of a happy family, a trinity of them, Martha, Mary aud Lazarus, with whom Jesu was acquainted and to whom en deared. But the Saviour for a period took leave of them and in his absence Lazarus sickened and died. On his [This article is printed as a traet for free distribution in Indiana. Copies can be procured by addressing Miss Flora U. Brown. Secretary of the State Convention, Dublin, lnd.J return one of the sisters rushed to meet him and in the depth of her grief said, “Lord, if thou hadst been here my brother had not died.” On this occasion the Savior in his tender est sympathy mingled his tears with theirs. He also told Martha that her brother should rise again. Martha does not seem to fully comprehend the Savior, and yet she said that she believed that “thou art the Christ' the Son of God.” So the narrative goes on, till they and friends are at the grave of Lazarus and the stone rolled away. By this time Martha admonished the Saviour that he had been dead four days, still the Saviour in his invocation called for Lazarus to come forth and the dead arose. There no doubt followed a scene that angels might look down upon and rejoice. The brother and sisters and the Saviour are once more a happy group. Now after doubting the wonders attending the Saviour’s birth and the exciting scenes of the Saviour's resurrection he now boldly pronounces this last statement a myth. What position would such a per son occupy in a Christian church? It could not be said of such that he believed that the Bible contained a revelation from God, and that “ God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom he made the worlds.” Finally, brethren, the writer of this would like to impress on your minds that Universalists believe in the B ble; that Christ’s birth was a won- j der; that God raised the Saviour’s j body from among the dead; that after his resurrection he appeared unto his disciples and that he ascended from Mont Olivet to angels and God—that while the Saviour was on earth he opened the eyes of the blind; that he unstopped the ears of the deaf; that he cleansed the lepers; and that he raised Laz arus from the dead, and also the widow’s son at Nain. The Universalists do not believe that either the Jewish or the Chris tian religion was ethnic. They did not come issuing from many pagan streams, but came gushing forth from the fountain of eternal love. They are as lasting as time and as enduring as eternity. WHAT OTHER UNIVERSALISTS HAVE SAID. All favors bestowed by the giver of every good gift, and every perfect gifi impose corresponding duties and obli gations on those who receive them. By what means, let your servant ask, were your minds enlightened, and brought out of darkness into the glorious light of universal love? You auswer, By carefuily and prayerfully searching the Scriptures. In what estimation, then, should you hold these Scriptures, which have granted you this deliverance from the gloomy horrors of never-ending woes? Does the Bible contain the di vine promise, that, in the seed of Abra ham, which seed is Christ, all the na tions, all the families, all the kindreds of the earth shall be blessed? Does the Bible teach that the one Modiator between God and men gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time; that God has made known his pur pose, that, in the fullness of the dis pensation of times, be will gather to gether all things in Christ; and that he worketh all things after the counsel of his own will? And does it teach us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteous ly, and godly in this present world? And do the Scriptures teach us all things which pertain to life and godli ness, through the knowledge of him who hath called us to glory and virtue? If these things be so, allow your aged ser vant to beseech you to hold the Scrip tures in that high regard which corre sponds with the blessings you receive from them.—Rev. Hosea Ballou. The investigations of science lead us, ! in the last analysis of thought, to the necessary admission that there must have been from eternity an infinite fountain of being, comprehending the sum of all possible existence. Hut it cannot lift the veil of darkness which shrouds that mysterious and eternal existence nor conduct us one line be yond the mere fact that it is. Here di vine revelation speaks, and invests the unknown infinite with the charac'er and attributes of God, and the most and best we can do is to accept its utter ances by faith.’’—Rev. I. D. Williamson, DU. "Jesus Christ, • the author and fin isher of our faith,’ was guided and illu minated by the Holy Spirit. His soul was in harmony with the Great Soul of the universe: hence he said, ' I and my Father are one,’ ‘ He who hath seen the Son bath seen the Father also.’ Truth from the Fountain of truth, flowed into bis soul as naturally as water flows into a sponge; hence to do his Father’s will was his meat and drink; hence the wis dom be uttered was the wisdom of God. He is, ther, the Way. the Truth and the Life—the teacher and Saviour of man. He is a medium through which God speaks to. and blesses the world.”—Ben. Erasmus Manford. “The gospel-records, which are the embodiment of the Christian system of revelation, could not. if a forgery, have gained a foothold for a day in the gene ration of which they assign their events. And even more impossible would it have been to gain a reception for them, if they were a work of imposture, bt any subsequent period. Verily, the manner and fulness of this Christian revelation, responding to the soul-tra vail of the nations; the character of its doctrines, meeting the constitutional wants of the human soul,and conferring infinite honor upon the Creator; and the form in which the record of the rove'ation is given us, with all its con comitants and complications—these con stitute a three fold cord of irrefragable proof, which binds the record, the Chris tian Scriptures, to the heart of Chris tendom, as the veritable repository of God’s Word to the children of men. In reading it, we feel to be sitting for in slruction at the feet of Jesus, in the hearing of the voice of the Eternal, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Here ye him’ ”—Rev. Sylvanus Cobb, D.D. " The Bible is leaven; and of necessity, all leaven does its work slowly, atom by atom. But let any one, friend or foe, candidly survey the field of the Bible’s influence, or apply any honest test as to the extent of leavening power, and what, unmistakably, does he see? What transformations! What victories over darkness and wrong! W’hat console tioos! What awakenings! What rough places smoothed, and crooked places made straight! What births and growths of finer and loftier sentiment, of nobler character, of holier and saintlier living! Account for it as we may, the fact is indisputable that wherever the Bible has become most an element in the popular life, there are found the most of those fruits which might be expected to grow from the seeds of a divine revelation.’—Rev. E. G. Brooks, D. D. VALUE OF UNIVERSALISM IN DAILY LIFE. BY REV. H. N. BROWN. We have often heard the remark “Universalism will do to live by, but will not do to die by,” But it is the chief glory of Universalism that it can be lived. If Universalism is good “to live by” then surely the statement that it “will not do to die by” cannot be true. Thousands have testified to the fact that it is the only faith that can stand the test when death comes. It is beautiful as a theory, satisfying the reason and the heart, and illuminating life and the universe as no other doc trine or philosophy can. But while all this can be said of Uuiversalism as a theory, it is not in this that its highest commendation is to be found. Life is our great concern. What we are is of higher moment than what we feel. Universalism abounds in principles and appeals fitted to rectify and sanctify character, teach ing nothing that cannot be made a rule of action; or that fails, when appreciated, to be an efficient ele ment of moral power. Take the character of Christ, ana lyze it to its principles, trace its virtues to their roots, and then tell me what it is but the flower and fruit, theincarnation of the spirit and principles of Universalism. In all his tender sympathy for man, in all his readiness to forgive, in all his devotion to God, and in his heroic fidelity to duty—in all that assem blage of qualities and graces which made him the perfect man that he was, find one principle acted upon, one motive responded to, which Uuiversalism does not supply, en force and foster, so far as the be liever yields himself to its power. Take, for example, Christ’s forgive ness of his enemies. You know how marked and beautiful a trait this was in his character, and how his prayer, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” ex haled with his dying breath, touches all hearts and completes the seal of his divinity. And yet what is this but an exhibition in which as an image of God, he illustrates what Universalism affirms concerning the Father’s love and care, even for the most guilty; and that can be justi fied only on the ground that Univer Balism is true. Actuated by any such principle as the prevalent theology affirms with respect to God and his relation to sinners would Christ—could he—have prayed that prayer for his murderers? Never. It was the spirit of our faith that yearned in him in that hour of agony. It was Universalism that beamed from his upturned face, that spoke with those parched lips, and that made that last scene so touching in its pathos, so sublime in its moral beauty, and so effective in its moral power. Some, who do not know what Uni ver-ialism is, would think me pre sumptuous, even blasphemous, in thus claiming Christ as its represen tative. And yet I am only saying w hat no candid and thoughtful mind, [This article is printed as a tract ftr free distribution in Indiana. Copies ca be procured by addressing Miss Flora B. Brown, Secretary of the State Convention, Dublin, lud. ] who will trace actions to their motives, and resolve life into its principles, can fail to confess. I shall be ready to renounce Universalism whenever it can be proven that it is not fully represented in Christ, or that anything but its principles can claim him as their expression. It was once said by an opponent of Univer salism that it has “no oaths of its own, and that the worst a person, actuated by its spirit, can say to an other is‘God bless you.’” This in tended ridicule is but a noble eulogy. ! It is even as he said; and this fact is only one of the evidences which pro claims our doctrine to be his who said: “Swear not at all;” “Love your enemies that you may be the children of your Father in heaven. I reject the prevalent doctrine for the reason that it cannot be lived. Christ did not live it. No good man or woman, living a godly life, ever lived it. Only Universalism can be lived. Think of the common idea of punishment—of punishment as an end—and then try it in your family, in your school, in the prison. You will soon see that it cannot be en forced. It cannot ba lived. The Uuiversalist’s view of punishment is that it is a means to a glorious end ; and that it can and will be inflicted on the sinner until the end is S9 cured, even the salvation of the soul from sin. Again Universalism is superior to orthodoxy, so called, in that it brings punishment nearer. Suppose our legislature should enact a law to prevent theft, making its penalty death, which is not to be inflicted until twenty years after the crime had been committed. And not then if the criminal will but go to the Governor and ask his forgiveness. What would you think of such a law? With a twenty years’ credit and a cheap way of escape, the effect would be to increase crime. This is exactly what the prevalent doctrine does by its theory of proba tion. It is the serpent’s doctrine that deceived the first pair. The very first warning to man was, “In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Right in the face of this warning from God, the ser pent preached his first great lie when he said, “Ye shall not surely die.” Everyone must see the tendency of all this. “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion,” said the prophet of old, “ye put far away the evil day.” This is what the church does when it de nies retribution here and transfers it to another world. Our doctrine, on the contrary, brings punishment close at hand and makes it certain. Above all, my Uuiversalist brother or sister, to whom the world looks for an illustration of the superior effi cacy of our doctrine, will you fully appreciate its meaning and the appeals it urges upon you, and be the pure, aspiring, morally earnest, and conse crated man or woman that it is fitted to make you and that you should be? Verily, for all purposes of convincing unbelievers, do I say that Universal ism is in its principles, and ought to be in its results, the most efficient Caristian power; if, by the tone and quality of your daily life, you prove that it is so. Do not,I pray you, de feat the purpose for which the truth is proclaimed. Do not. think for a moment that you can advance Universalism by your talk alone. Let your daily life testify that it is true. INDIANA UNIVERSALIST WOMEN The eighteenth annual session of U W. A. A. was called to order Sept. 1, 1:30 P. M., at the Central Church, Indianapolis. President Mary E. Case of Muncie, being absent, Rev. J. B. Foeher acted as chairman. The meeting opened with prayer by Rev. Henry Groves and siug' iog. After a few remarks by theacting president a call was made for written reports from the secretaries of the L. A. Societies throughout the state. Six responded with written reports, three with verbal. The reports were all good, especially Indianapolis, Pendleton* Anderson and Pleasant Hill. The nine reported all agree to work more earnest ly in the coming year than in the past. It seems hardly a fair showing as ■ome three weeks before the Convention your Secretary sent out thirty postal cards to the different churches in the state. It there are only nine Ladies Aid Societies now in the state let us hope they will read carefully what the ladies are doing in the state and organizs at once that we may have twice nine at our next annual meeting. There was a call made for an expres sion on appointing a state missionary. Several expressed in favor of it, after which Sister Lizzie Thompson of Lafay ette, made a motion to concur with the State Convention to appoint a state missionary to work in the interest of the Sunday-school, Y. P. C. U. and U. W. A. A., which acted upon resulted in favor of the motion. Rev. Margaret Brennan of Muncie gave an interesting and instructive address upon "Woman’s Work." A call for election of officers resulted as follows: President, MaryE. Case, Muncie: Vice President, Mrs. Eva Ballard, Crawfords' ville: Secretary, Ida M. Hill, Indianapolis; Treasurer, Mrs. J. B. Posher, Pendleton. A call was made for annual dues which resulted in thirty dollars being pledged. I he meeting adjourned to meet one year hence. Ida M. Hill, Secretary. INDIANA Y. P. C. U, SIXTH ANNUAL MEETING. The sixth annual session of the In diana Y. P. C. U., convened Wednesday afternoon, September 1, at Central Universalist church, Indianapolis. The meeting was called to order bv the President, R9V. J. B. Fosher and prayer was offered by Miss Johnson, President of the Indianapolis Union. The roll-call showed} five Unions rep resented (another Union subsequently reported.) The session committee were appoint ed and the annual reports of the State Secretary and Treasurer were heard and referred to Auditing Committee. The reports showed: No. of Unions in State Union.10 “ organized within the year.4 “ of Unioners.248 “ joined this year.1*30 “ Devotional meetings held.344 Ain't of money expended.$270 75 *' expended for current church expenses. 131 (33 “ expended for missionary pur poses. 112 82 No. pages reading matter distrib uted .7855 “ church members.131 “ joined this year.19 “communicationssentoutbySec retary.327 Papers, tracts, ect.. sent out by Secretary—(no. of pages). .1159 No. constitutions sent out by secre tary. 31 Three Unions have paid dues, both State and National, in full. Nine (of the ten) Unions have paid dueB in part. A balance was reported in the treasury. Special mention was made of the banner won at Detroit for the greatest per cent of increase in membership; also of the fact that Indiana, Y. P. C. U.. sent its largest delegations to the last Nati onal Conventien, at Detroit ’97. Two amendments were adopted to the Con. stitution and By-Laws,—one providing for the recognition of the Junior depart ment as an auxiliary to the State Y. P C. U.,—together with the office of Jr. Superintendent;—the second, making provision for the amending of the con stitution by a month’s notice in the "official call” for the Convention. Twenty minutes was devoted to an informal discussion of more efficient methods for local Union work. The items especially noted were (1) the business meeting, (2) local officers work; (3) Committee work; (4) distribution and collection of "2 cents a-week envelopes,’’ (5) Post Office Mission (6) observance of special days,— young people’s day, Christian Citizenship Sunday, etc. The following recommendations were discussed and adopted: X. Xhat the state secretary be au thorized to keep on hand a supply ot leaflets, tracts, etc, (such as are kept in stock by the National Union) for the purpose of distributing among new Unions, or those interested in Y. P. C. U. matters; and that a sum not less than $1 be remitted to the National Union to cover expenses of same. II. That the Unions throughout the state, adopt as far as possible, the song book, “Praise and Thanks," issued by the National Y. P. C. U., for use in their devotional meetings. III. That the Indiana Y. P. C. U. procure a State banner before the next annual meeting of the National Union at "Chicago '98." DUES. IV (1) That, for the coming year each Union be aseessed quarterly at the rate of ten cents per member, (tive cents for state work, tiye cents for national work), these dues to be remitted to the state secretary for the quarters ending October 31st, January 31et, April 30th> and July 31st. (2) That the newly organized Unions be asked to pay from time of joining the State Union. (3) That the State Union pay to the National Union its delinquent dues for the year ending. And that, tor the coming year the State Union pay to the National Union our quarterly dues (at the regular intervals) voted on the mem bership reported at Detroit ’97 (20G mem bers) and making up the deficiency from the state treasury (if funds permit) whenever local Unions fail to pay in full. LOYALTY TO STATE CONVENTION. VI. That the State Union contribute to the State Convention, a sum to be agreed upon, for its ’ missonary enter prises,” as an expression of its loyalty and cordial sympathy. DISTRICTS VII. (1) That for the strengthening and mutual benefit to our Unions, that the Y P. C. U’e. in the state be organ ized into districts; it being the purpose that each district shall hold mass devo tional meetings during the year, at least as many times bb there are Unions in the district. (It being supposed that each Union will wish to act as host once. (2) That superintendents shall be ap pointed by theExecutive Board, to super vise, in general, the Unions in her district to appoint time and place for the mass devotional meetings; to correspond with the Unions in her dis’rict and with the state president; and to create as great an interest as possible in the union mass meetings. (3) That for the coming year, the V. P. C. U’e. be districted as follows: ( U&lTinton i Sup’t’s. appt ' No 1 i Pleasant VaPey ( by Ex-B.>aril (north) i I."transport i Mrs Maite 1 Huateriown i Miller Pleasant Valley U nlou. ( lu.Panapo'Is I Miss. Hattie B, No. 2. i I’ •ndleton • John-on (eentrail , Muucie i (Ind anapolla • f Union.) I Mt. Carmel I Miss Edith lr No t i Fairfield (wiu, (Falrtielil (south) i Dublin. i Uni n.) STATE OFFICERS. VIII. That each state officer shall have supervision of some spe,r al line of work. For instance—I. “ It shall be the special duty of the state president to aid and encourage the district work—receiv ing reports from and directing the dis trict superintendents and renderingsuch other assistance as he can to promote the success ot the district meetings. 2. The vice-president shall endeavor to create a more active interest among the Unions in the department of Chris tian Citizenship. 3. The secretary shall endeavor to pro mote the work of the P. O. M. depart ment. urging each union in the state to observe P. O. M. Sunday; also urging the importance of an active P. O. M. committee in each Union. The society shall also solicit subscriptions to “On ward.” 4 The treasurer shall push the work ot church extention, endeavoring to find subscribers in every union in the state to the " Two-Cents-a-Week for Missions.” Each officer shall make a report of the work accomplished in his special line at the next annual meeting. IX. That whenever deemed advisa ble by the Executive Board—some one of the state officers may be sent out to organ ize a union, or give aid to one in need' In such instance the railroad expenses of the acting officer shall be paid from the state treasury. Resolutions were adopted thanking the Indianapolis Y. P. C. U. for hospital ity and courtesies extended. Also to Dr E. W. Ellis for composing our state song, than which "none better wbb sung at Detroit, ’97.” The following officers were elected: President, Rev. J. B. Fosher, Pendleton Union; Vice President, Miss Emma Rickerd, Mt. Carmel Union; Secretary, Miss Katharine Brownback, Pendleton Union; Treasurer, Mr. Jos. M. Taylor) Indianapolis Union; Superintendent Jr. Dept., Mrs. Kate Frampton, Pendle ton Union. At 7:00 P. M. a “Detroit Echo” service was held. Short speeches were made on the ‘‘Personnel of the Convention,” "Devotional Spirit of Detroit, ’97,” “The Congress—Sources of Education to our Youog People, (1) Christian Citizenship Dep't., (2) Hints Gleaned from the other Congresses,” by J. E Heffner, Mr. G. W. Stanley, Misses Hattie B. Johnson, Rubie Guthrie and Alice Hill. The "Echo” closed with a general talk by Rev. J. B. Fosher. The church was decorated profusely with state and national colors, Christian Union and American flags. The auditing committee reported the accounts of Secretary and Treasurer as correct. The Convention adjourned with the Mizpah benediction. Rosk B. Stewart, Secretary. M[ ncik, Ind. ACKNOWLEDGMENT. Pledges on the Cent-a Day plan, duly signed, were received at the office of the Financial Secretary, during the month of July, 1897, as follows: Boston, Mass.. Roxbury Parish-additional . l Beth l. Vc.—additional. 1 St. Jahnsbury, Vt.—additional*. 1 Farmington, N. H. •• . l Total 4 Receipts during the same period from pay ments on account of Cent-a-Day pledges: W atsonvllle. Cal. 50 Cambridge, Mass.—First Palish. 22 14 Ft. Atkinson, Wls. 3 65 Providence, R. I. First Church. 8 65 Chelsea, Mass. 3 65 Marseilles, 111. , 3 65 Boston. Mass.—lioxbury Parish. 7 30 lloruelDvllle, N'.V. 3 65 Farmiugton, N. H. 3 65 Oakland. Cal. S 45 Sau Francisco. Ca1.. 7 30 Philadelphia, Pa.—Church of Restora tion. 7 44 York. Neb . 3 65 St. Louis, Mo. 3 65 Providence, R. I.-Church of Mediator 3 65 Boston, Mass.- Columbus Ave. Church 25 56 Kansas City, Mo. 3 65 Claremont, N. 11. 3 65 Brooklyn, N. V — Church of our Father 10 95 Medford. Mass. 2 80 Racine, Wls. lo 00 W irren, Mass. 3 65 Standing Stone, Pa. 5 00 Manstield, Pa. . 5 OO Riverside. Cal. 7 30 Brooklyn. Ill. l no Hlngbaui, Mass. 3 65 NorthUeld, Vt. 3 65 Muncie, Ind. 3 65 9180 49 Receipts during the same period from other sources than Cent-a-Day pledges: Newton, Mass. Individual, for Gen eral Convention (Western Mis sions).4.. 100 00 Meriden, Conn. Individual, fur Gen eral Convention. 55 95 Syracuse, N. V., Parish. General Con vention . 20 00 Wrentham. Mass.. Individual, for Gen eral Convention. 5 00 Rev. y. H. Shinn General Misa'ouary. seivices for July, for Gene:alCon vention . 50 50 Meredith. N. H . Individual, Weirs pledge, 1896, for General Conven tion . 5 no Somerville, Mass., Individual. We rs pledge, 1896 lor General Conven tion. 5 00 Brooklyn, N. Y., First Parish. Individ ual. for General Convention. 5 00 Dover. Me., Suuoav-School for Gen eral Conventlou. 1 io London, Ohio, Sunday-school, for Gen eral Convention. 50 Kansas City. Mo., Individual. Barre pledge, 1896, lor General Conven tion. in oo Corfu, N. Y’., Income Pur er fund,Gen eral Convent on. 10 oo Marshfield, Vt.. Individual, Barre pledge 1897. for General Conven tion . l no Nottingham, N. 11, Parish,for General Convention. 5 00 Brooklyn, N. V., First Parish. Mission ary B x (old) for General Conven tion . 5 oo Brooklyn. X. Y , First Parish Individu al, for Genera! Convention (Kan sas cuy). noo Brooklyn. N. ¥., First Paalsh Individ ual, for General Convent on (Suf folk) . 5 uo Brooklyn. N. Y ., First Parish Individ ual lor Ge oral Couveuil in (ex tra 1 . 05 Dover, N IJ Suudat-school lor Gen era- Co. Yen turn. 2 00 Lower Salem, Ohio, Par.sh, for Gen e al Conventlou. 5 00 Buffalo, N. Y. Church ol Messiah, on acco 1 t Par's 1 yuula Co General Couveutlou. 10 00 Last Providence. K 1 , Iud.vldual. for General Convent o 1. 5 00 Hortouville, Vt.. Individual, for Gen et al Convent on. 100 Ludlow, Vt., Individual, f> r General Convention. 5 00 Philadelphia, Pa., Individual for Gen eral Convention. 10 no Wllliamstown, Vt., Individual Weirs pledge, 1897, for General Conven tion . r, no So. Barre, Vt., Individual for General Convention. 5 00 Barre, Vt., Individual for General Con vention . r, no Oakland, Cal., Individual for General Convention. 2 0* $344 10 Receipts during the same period, from pay ments on ace mat of the Japan Mission: Red Oak, Iowa, Individual. 11 o* Boston, Mass., Shawmut Church, In dividual. r> 00 Canton, N. Y., Individual (1896). 2 00 Seaside, Cal, Individual. 5 00 Bridgeport, Conn. Individual. 30 00 Caieago, 111., st. Paul's Church, Indi vidual. 40 00 Toledo, Ohio. Individual. 8 00 Pawtucket, R I., Individual. 2 00 Philadelphia. Pa. Church of the Me, siah, Individual. 5 00 Madison, N. Y., Ladles’ Aid Society.... r, 00 $108 00 Henry W. Rugg Financial Sec’y. Providence, R. i„ Sept. 1,1897. SELECTED. MEMORIES OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE AND HER FAMILY. The house which Mrs. GaBkell's name has rendered famous stands in Plymouth Grove, a broad thoroughfare, pleasantly planted with trees, which leads from the suburbs into the city of Manchester. The house is of gray stone, commodious double-fronted, with a gravel carriage drive sweeping round to the front door, i tall trees forming a screen from the road, with a pleasant garden at the back. When Mrs. Gaskell first made it her home, in 1841), it stood in semi rural iso lation; now houses abound on every hand, and the tramcars pass along the road. There still live Mrs. Guekell’e two unmarried daughters, Miss Gaskell and Miss Julia Gaskell, ladies who are keeping up the traditions of their cele brated house in a delightful manner, and to whose kindly courtesy I am in debted for the privilege of becoming ac quainted with its contents and literary associations. Never surely was biographer ana oiug raphied more closely connected in the public mind than are Mrs. Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte. To mention the one suggests the other. It was during a visit to Sir James and Lady Kay Shut tleworth, at Briery Close, near Winder mere, in the autumn of 1850, that Mrs. Gaskell first saw the author of "Jane Eyre,” “a little lady in a black silk gown,” who sat and "worked away and hardly spoke. Before the visit ended the two be came fast friends, and the following year Charlotte Bronte paid the first of her memorable visits to Plymouth Grove, and henceforth the house and its inmates have many a kindly mention in her letters. In 1853 she came again, and this time passed a week under Mre. Gaskell’s hospitable roof. It was pleas ant to sit in the drawing-room where she had sat, and listen to Miss Gaskell as she called up her childhood memories of the visit. Miss Gaskell told me that the im pression which she retained of Charlotte Bronte was of a dainty, birdlike creat ure, very delicate in appearance, slight in figure, with tiny hands and feet; very large gray eyes, eilky brown hair and a shy, timid manner. At times, when strangers were not prisei t, and she was at her ease, she would become quite im passioned in conversation, using her hands to accentuate her remarks. Miss Gaskell recalls hearing Mies Bronte de scribe the acting of Mme. Rachel, whom she had recently Eeen in London, and in order to illustrate some attitude of the actress Miss Bronte clinched her fists. The aroused passion which thrilled through her fragile body, and the action of clinching the fists, made a lasting impression on Miss Gaskell, then a tiny child. She had also a vivid recollection of Mr. Bronte in his last years, as she accompanied her mother to Haworth when, after Charlotte's death, Mre. Gaskell visited tne moor land parsonage to gather materials for the "Life.” Mr. Bronte was confined to his ro im at the time, and Miss Gaskell recalls the vivacious manner with which he received them and what a picturesque figure he made Bitting propped up in bed, his snowy white shirt showing up his handsome face and fine head. He talked incessantly, telling story after story and spinning yarns like a Napier, full of point and vivid coloring. “It was easy to understand,” said Mies Gaskell, "where the Bronte sisters got their genius from ” Miss Julia Gaskell had also a story to add regarding Mr. Bronte. “Wheu my sister and I were visiting in the otighborhood of Haworth parsonage,” she eaid, "we had occasion to go into a little jeweler’s and clock maker's shop there, and the owner of i told us that old Mr. Bronte, who was then in a dying condition, had sent hie pistol to him to h„ve a new spring put to the trigger, which would enable him to tire it off more easily. Mr. Bronte, I should explain, bud a very violent tem per and was in the habit of firing off a pis tol to relieve his feelings; and even in hie dying state he oo .ld not abandon the habit, and bad sent to have the trigger made sufficiently easy for bis weak hand to press it. He died three days after this incident was related to us, an I I believe fi. ed his pistol to the last.” The anthracite coal production for June, according to official returns, was nearly 3,000 000 tor e, tuakirg tor the last six mouths ab >ut 10.000 000 tone. The tonnage for 1890 was 43 000,000; 1895, 40,000,000; 1894. 41000,000. It is a frequent mistake of hop grow ers to begin picking too early. This causes a lose of the fullest development of hop flavor, and also something in weight.