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was a member of the House of Rep-
resentatives in 1917, serving on the
Committees on Revision of the
Statutes and Unfinished Business.
In the present Senate he is Chair-



(Barstow) Whittemore, being a
descendant on the paternal side, of
Thomas Whittemore who settled in
Cambridge, Mass., in 1642; and, on
the maternal .side, of Elder William
Brewster of the Pilgrim Colony.
He was educated at Pembroke
Academy and the Harvard Law
School, 1880, when he was admitted
to the bar and commenced practice
in Dover where he has continued.
He is an Episcopalian in religion,




Hon. Arthur G. Whittemore



man of the Committee on School
for Feeble Minded and a member of
the Committees on Revision of the
Laws, State Hospital, and State
Prison, and State Industrial School,
being clerk of the latter.



Hon. Arthur Gilman Whitte-
more, Senator from District No.
21, was born in Pembroke, July 26,
1856, son of Aaron and Ariannah



and in politics a Republican. He
has .served 13 years as water com-
missioner of Dover ; was Mayor of
the city in 1901-2-3, during which
time the new city library and high
school building were erected ; serv-
ed in the House of Representatives
in 1903 ; was a member of the State
Board of Railroad Commissioners
from 1903 to 1911, and Chairman the
last three years ; member of the
Constitutional Convention of 1912;



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109



member of the Executive Council in
1919-20, serving as Chairman of the
Committee on Highways, repre-
senting the Governor and Council ;
Chairman of the Committee on
medals and certificates for return-
ed sailors, and member of the board
of State Prison trustees. Chosen
to the State Senate at the last elec-
tion, he is serving as Chairman of
the Judiciary Committee and as a
member of the Commttees on
Banks, Finance, Fisheries and
Game and Railroads.

Senator Whittemore is much in-
terested in New Hampshire History
and Genealogy, is Governor of the
N. H. Society of Colonial Wars and
President of the N. H. Genealogical
Society. He is a director of the
Strafford National Bank and vice-
president of the Strafford Savings
bank. During the late war he
served as Chairman of the Strafford
Countv Draft Board. He married,
June 27, 1887, Caroline B. Rundlett.
They have two children, Manvel,
a graduate of Dartmouth 1912, ad-
mitted to the bar in 1915 and now a
sucessful lawver in New York, and
Caroline (Radcliffe College 1919)
now a teacher in Connecticut.



Hox. Joe \V. Daniels, Senator
from District No. 22, is a native of
Newburyport, Mass., born January
7, 1858, son of John H. and Albina
F. (White) Daniels. He was edu-
cated in the Newburyport schools.
He is engaged in insurance business
in Manchester (922 Elm St.) being
a senior member of the firm of
Daniels and Healey. In politics
he is a Republican, and is treasurer
of the Manchester City Committee.
He represented his ward in the
Legislature of 1919, serving on the
Insurance Committee. Chosen to
the Senate at the last election, he
is now chairman of the Committee
on Incorporations, and a member of
the Judiciary, Banks and Elections



Committees. He is a member of
the Elks, Knights of Pythias, Ameri-
can Mechanics and New England
Order of Protection, being Secre-
tary of the Grand Lodge of New
Hampshire in the latter. He is
married, his wife having been Miss
Emma Frances Frye of Berwick,
Me.



Hox. James Arthur Tufts,
Senator from District No. 23, was
born in Alstead, Cheshire Co., N.
H., April 26, 1855, the son of Timo-
thy and Sophia P. (Kingsbury)
Tufts. He fitted for college at
Phillips Exeter Academy and
graduated from Harvard (A. B.)
m 1878, since which time he has
been a resident of Exeter and a
member of the faculty of Phillips
Exeter Academy as a teacher of
English, and at times other sub-
jects, Latin, Mathematics, History,
etc. He has always been deeply
interested in educational matters,
and is a member of various learned
societies and associations, including
the Modern Language Association
of America, American Dialect So-
ciety, American Philological Asso-
ciations and the N. E. Association of
Colleges and Preparatory Schools,
of which he is president. He is an
honorary member of the Cliosophic
Society and of the Harvard Chap-
ter Phi Beta Kappa, and an associ-
ate member of the N. H. Society of
the Cincinnati. He received the
honorary degree of A. M. from
Dartmouth College in 1917 and
LL. D. from N. H. College in 1920.
In religion he is a Unitarian and is
a vice-preafident of the American .
Unitarian Association. He is a
trustee of the N. H. State College,
of Robinson Seminary, Exeter, and
the Exeter Public Library, and is
president of the New England
Alumni Association of Phillips
Exeter Academv.

In politics Prof. Tufts is a Re-



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publican. He was a Representa-
tive from Exeter in the Legislature
of 1905, and again in 1907, serving
as chairman of the Committee on
Education at each session, as he
does in the present Senate, as .well
as holding membership on the Com-
mittees on Agriculture, Forestry
(clerk) and Revision of the Laws,
and the Joint Committee on State
Library. Prof. Tufts was president



born Dec. 6, 1888, with Pratt, Reed
and Co., piano keyboard mfgs.,
Deep River, Conn. ; James Arthur,
Jr., born Oct. 8, 1891, N. H. Col-
lege, 1914, Patron of Husbandry,
Master E. N. H. Pomona Grange,
member Rockingham Co. Farm
Bureau and N. H. Horticultural So-
ciety ; junior partner with D. Web-
ster Dow and Co., trees, shrubs,
etc., Exeter and Epping; Helen,




Hon. James A. Tufts



of the Republican State Conven-
tion in 1918, and Chairman of the
Committee on Resolutions in 1920.
He married, December 21, 1878,
Miss Erne Locke. Children: Erne
Miriam, born Nov. 27, 1879, died
Nov. 2, 1903; Irving Elting, born
Dec. 23, 1881, graduated from Har-
vard 1903, with Hornblower and
Weeks, N. Y., since- graduation;
Theodora, born Dec. 6, 1888, wife
of Prof. N. G. Burleigh of Dart-
mouth College ; Delmont Locke,



born Nov. 10, 1896, student and
teacher of pianoforte, Exeter, N. H.



Hon. Oliver L. Frisbee, Sena-
tor from District No. 24, is a na-
tive of Kittery, Me., and a graduate
of Bates College, class of 1883. F'or
many years in his early life he was
engaged in the hotel business in
different parts of the country, and
during the time of the Spanish war
had charge of the Tampa Bay



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111



Hotel in Florida. He is interested
in the Atlantic Deeper Waterways
association, of which he is vice-
president, and has been active in the
work of the National Rivers and
Harbors Congress. He is a Knight
Templar, Mason, Odd Fellow and
a member of the Paul Jones Club,
S. A. R., of Portsmouth. A Re-
publican in politics, he .served in



the Legislature of 1911 as chair-
man of the House Committee on
Public Improvements. He serves
in the Senate, this year, as chair-
man of the Forestry Committee,
member and clerk of the Soldiers'
Home, and member of the Public
Improvements and Roads, Bridges
and Canals Committees.



PAUSE

By Harold Vinal.

A faint, far music softly falls
Where the fountains play;
A ghostly lady shadowily
Walks there after day.

Her eyes are deeper than the stars,
Her hands are palely white ;
Through the moon-laden solitude
She walks at night.

Her hands are lifted to implore,
As though a lover waited there ;
The last hush of a lonely word
Falls on the air.

Only the fountains answer her

And the song of the moss-grown trees

Or the drip of the rain on the velvet grass

Or the .sobbing: breeze.



A faint far music softly falls
Where the fountains play ;
A ghostly lady shadowily
Walks there after day.



JOHN SAYS HE'S DEAD

By Richard D. Ware.

The Friend Well John, old man —

John What a warm hand ! I'm dead and mine are

cold.
It's good to hold.

The Wife He does not know you. He began

To talk an hour ago. The things he's told
As if they were today. The people that he

sees
Out of the memories
That life is to him now
I never knew or heard of, I, his wife.

The Friend It is the flow
Of life,

When all the vital things
That 'made up life to him in secret soul
Are taking to their wings
From earth, to go where he may go.

The Wife No one should know.
I feel as if we stole
The treasure of his heart.

It's time for this.

The Friend Come, let me lift you up.

Good God ! How light he is.
John Up? And do you thing a sup

Of soup or milk or stuff the doctors brew

Will raise the dead? I'm dead.

Can you not see that only the old John you
knew

Is lying here a moment, spirit sped?

And yet what man denies

Unless he lies

That death has reached him in some hidden
part

Before the end !



The Wife It's come ! I can not feel his heart.

Quick ! Send !
The Friend John always meant the thing he said,

He's dead.



FORTY YEARS A SHAKER



By Nicholas Briggs



Continued from February Issue.

Referring to the remaking of pins
by Calvin Goodell, he may have
used pins whose heads had been
pulled off in use. I am unable to
speak accurately of this, but I have
an impression that in those days
pins were hand-made, and the loss
by a pin of its head was a common
occurrence. To be sure the needles
could be bent in this way if their
temper was drawn, but whether he
worked upon pins or needles does
not lessen the fact that he did so
work, as I passed him many a day
and saw him do it, besides hearing
many comments upon it from
others. He always carried upon
his arm a small oval wooden tray
with a bail united to its sides.

Funeral services were attended
by every one old and young not
prevented by illness. All were in
uniform which for the brethren
meant the long drab coats in both
winter and summer. The sexes
faced each other in long ranks,
standing throughout the service,
which was opened by a brief ad-
dress by the leading Elder. Then
followed the singing of two or three
selected pieces, interspersed by
more or less speaking by any who
desired to do so, usually some
reference to the special virtues of
the departed one. Sometimes a
poem or a piece written for the oc-
casion by a brother or sister would
be read, all betokening affectionate
regard for the loved one. There
were special funeral hymns. The
following one was always sung in
the case of an older person.

"Our brother's gone to his (her) eternal

home,
Let us prepare to follow him (her)
Be righteous and be holy."



The following was sung to a
valued young person :

"What means this calm, what's this I hear?
A rushing sound accosts mine ear.
Ah tis a band of angels bright,
Descending from the realms of light,
To hush a soul whose end draws nigh,
And waft her spirit up on high,
To ope the gates of Paradise,
And usher her to holiness.
Hark, hear the music sweetly roll,
As onward they conduct her soul,
And in the distance far and wide,
An echo follows God's your guide.
And now a trumpet loud and shrill
Doth sound these words, saying peace be

still.
Come to my arms thou faithful one
Receive the treasure thou hast won.
A crown of glory shining bright,
A robe of beauty lily white,
Adorned with jewels rich and rare,
Such as the true peacemakers wear.

This was composed for Nellie
Tibbetts, a much beloved young
Sister, and this last piece for an es-
teemed young Brother.

Let holy calmness rule each mansion.
Let mirth and gaiety be hushed,
A painful theme claims our attention.
Our Father calls, give heed we must,
For death has our fond circle entered,
And torn from our embrace away
A brother dear in whom was centered
Our cherished hopes for future day.

Ah ! William, why so early leave us
To toil on earth without thine aid?
If Heaven wills, O still be with us
While we through life's rough billows

wade.
We can't forget thy many efforts
To help support the cause of God.
May peace and love, sweet joy and comfort
Supremely crown thy blest abode.

The service continued one half
or three-fourth hour, depending up-
on the prominence of the deceased.
If the weather was suitable, the en-
tire Family marched slowly and
solemnly to the cemetery, preceded
by the corpse in a small wagon
drawn by a steady old horse always



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led by a brother, never driven. The
coffin always a white pine one, un-
stained, with no carrying handles,
made by a member. Arriving at
the grave, the people circled around
it, the coffin deposited therein and
several bretheren refilled the grave
and laid the sod upon the top, and
the people returned home in the
same manner as before.

The next important event, one to
which we all had looked forward
for years, was the visit to our sis-
ter Society at Enfield. The com-
pany always consisted of two breth-
ren and four sisters, one older
brother and sister usually going as
chaperons. Those who were select-
ed as the next party to go were noti-
fied long in advance that their
special clothes necessary might be
prepared, and they would meet to-
gether as a company in pleasurable
anticipation to talk it over, and to
rehearse new songs to sing to our
Enfield friends.

I was delighted to find that
Helen was to be one of the com-
pany, and I knew that she was
equally pleased. I very much ap-
preciated the kindness with which
our case was treated, and it had the
happy effect of stimulating me to
act honorably with regard to our
profession and not cause our El-
ders to regret their liberality.

It was in September, 1866, that
this visit was made. Having fifty
miles to go, with heavy farm horses,
required a long day. We carried
our dinner and ate it in the hotel at
the Potter Place. The landlord
was agreeable to this method, and
it was a usual custom for the
Shakers.

Our carriage was made expressly
for visits like this. It was a cover-
ed carriage accommodating just six
people. In the rear was a locked
box to contain needful articles for
a long journey. There were recep-
tacles under the seats and pockets



in the curtains, everything to make
it convenient and comfortable.

It was a long ride, but made very
pleasant with singing and chatting
all the way. We arrived at Enfield
Church Family late in the afternoon
and found a dainty supper ready for
us. These Shaker visits were quite
formal affairs, and the same routine
was followed with all visitors in all
the societies. After supper the
ministry spent an hour with us at
the office which was our visiting
home, and the rest of the evening
we enjoyed socially together. After
breakfast the Elders visited with us
an hour, and then escorted us over
the premises ; the brethren's shops,
the kitchen, dairy, infirmary, gar-
dens and barn.

Dinner was a most exquisite af-
fair, as indeed was every meal.
They gave us of their best in every
way. There was a sort of rivalry
between the two societies to see
which one could out do the other in
this respect, and when you got a
competition of this kind between
Shaker cooks, you may depend upon
it that there was something doing.

In the afternoon we visited the
sisters shops, the rooms in the
Dwelling House and at two o'clock
all the sisters, in the Meeting Room
in the following manner: First the
sisters formed in ranks. The vis-
itors passed up and down these
ranks, attended by a brother and
sister of the home people, and we
halted before each sister, she giv-
ing us her name. Our sisters shook
hands with their friends but we
brethren were not thus favored ;
however, we had our revenge when
we came to visit the brethren. Next
the sisters were formed in three cir-
cles', we brethren sat with one cir-
cle, endeavoring as best we could to
interest them, and they earnestly
making the same effort, strangers
all.

If neither visitors nor visited



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115



were reasonably adept in conver-
sation, it was liable to be a pretty
dull affair. But we wore out twenty
minutes in some fashion, and we
all changed circles, two of our sis-
ters at each of the other circles.
Another twenty minutes and we
changed again, until we had visited
all around. We then, accompanied
by some of the young sisters of the
Family, strolled around the grounds
and the lake until time for us to
return to the Office for supper.

In the evenings members of the
Church and the other Families call-
ed upon us at their pleasure, but we
always enjoyed an hour by our-
selves before retiring. One day
wns spent visiting the second Fami-
ly and another the North Family,
rmd one cay we drove to Hanover,
where we were courteously enter-
tained by the professors of Dart-
m< uth College.

Sunday morning we visited the
children, boys and girls, at their
respective homes, and attended pub-
lic meeting in the Meeting House
with the North and Second Fami-
ly s. and the Church Family in the
afternoon. After supper Sunday
evening the Elders visited us an
hour, then the Ministry awhile and
( ur visit was over.

In the morning early but not
bright, for it was rainy, we started

r home. If it Mas a gloomy day
it did not dampen our enjoyment,
not for one inch of the way. At in-
tervals for some time thereafter we
met together as a company who first
went visiting together, enjoying a
certain limited relationship that at
the beginning, as the signing of the
Covenant, was encouraged by the
Elders as another tie to bind us to
the faith.

Each year our people sent a com-
pany of visitors to Enfield and re-
ceived one from them. Nearly
every year we sent a company to
some other societies. It might be
to Alfred and Gloucester in Maine.



It might be to Harvard and Shirley
in Massachusetts, or it might be a
six weeks tour to Mt. Lebanon and
Watervliet, N. Y., Hancock, Mass.,
and Enfield, Conn.

Throughout the summer we were
entertaining visitors from other so-
cieties more or less, from Maine to
Kentucky. Occasionally a small
company would take an outing to
the ocean for a week or so. We
would also take one day excursions
to W'innepesaukee Lake or the
Guilford Mountains, with perhaps a
sail to Wolfeboro or Alton Bay.

I recall one time that Captain
Walker of the Lady of the Lake in-
vited our entire Family to a sail
over the lake. The invitation was
accepted, and every kind of vehicle
in all the Families was requisition-
ed for the purpose, and then we
c uld not all go. It surely was
seme excursion.

I have referred to the superlative
importance in which singing was
held in our worship. In past times
little attention was given to its
quality. Possibly the amount of
zeal was gauged by the volume of
sound ; but our present leaders were
not pleased with any phase of
crudeness, and noting my ambition
for improvement in music they
urged me to a leading part in it, and
as about this time the State Musi-
cal Convention was held in Con-
cord, I was permitted to attend it,
and continued to do so every year.

Some of the young brethren be-
coming interested in improvement
requested me to start a school with
them. We were going on very
pleasantly when the sisters, learn-
ing of it, requested admission ;
therefore we took a larger room for
our purpose. Our school grew,
and we adjourned to the school
house where we held weekly ses-
sions.

The interest increasing, Prof.
Benj. B. Davis of Concord was
hired to give us an hour's instruc-



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tion every week, and through his in-
troduction Dr. Chas. A. Guilmette
became interested in us, and both
himself and Mrs. Guilmette very
kindly gave us the benefit of their
unusually fine musical talent. Dr.
Guilmette was for years surgeon
for an opera troupe. He taught
music from a pathological stand-
point, illustrating his views by plas-
ter cast of the vocal organs. He
established the Guilmette Tech-
nique System which was continued
by Mrs. Guilmette. Herbert John-
son, the talented singer of the Rug-
gles Street Quartette, was her
pupil and her daughter, Annie Wes-
tervelt, was many years leading so-
prano at the Church of the Immacu-
late Conception.

Mrs. Guilmette devoted many
weeks to the instruction of our
girls in deep breathing and vocal
gymnastics to the great benefit of
their health, for whereas in former
years tuberculosis had been very
prevalent there, and deaths from
that disease were numerous, since
the time of her teaching, with con-
tinued practice in those exercises,
the deaths by consumption have
been very few.

A notable result of her teaching
is the well known Shaker Quartet
and Trio, the members of which
were not by any means the only
examples of this intelligently de-
veloped system of voice building.

In a visit of Elder Frederick W.
Evans to our society he was so
well pleased with the manifest im-
provement in singing of our people,
that he made a request for me to
give his people at Mt. Lebanon a
little instruction. His request
being granted, I suggested that a
couple of sisters go also, and I was
permitted to make my own selec-
tion. I was tactful enough not to
choose those who very young. I
made no mistake in my choice, for
two lovelier women could not have
been found, and our tour of six



weeks was a life long memory of
enjoyment. We had none of the
formality, usually attendant upon
Shaker visitings. We mingled
freely and unrestrainedly with the
people and made a very many
friends. We spent a week with the
society at Watervliet, and made
calls of a day or two at Hancock,
Enfield, Conn., Harvard and Shir-
ley.

It was some four years after that,
the Ministry of South Union, Ky.,
visited Canterbury, and they, too,
expressed a desire for a little aid in
music, and I was sent down there
for the winter. I cannot speak
very highly of my success in this
endeavor. The young men scarcely
attended our schools at all, but they
were helpful in rounding up and
driving in the girls, who after the
novelty wore off were very apathet-
ic.

This unfavorable condition of
things worried me exceedingly at
first, but I came to see the ludicrous
side of it, and gave myself up to en-
joyment as a visitor and guest. A
fine Kentucky loper was placed at
my disposal, and I took trips on
horseback, by carriage and by train,
the station was not more than fifty
rods away, and on the Shaker's
land, — to Bowling Green, 14 miles
north east, a battle ground of the
Civil War; to Russelville, a regular
"secesh" hot bed ; and to Nash-
ville, for two days to attend the
Mardi Gras upon a scale little
known here in the North.

We rode through the woods un-
troubled by underbush; rambled
over the barrens to some extent,
but there was not much fun in walk-
ing, for everything in the woods
was covered with the finest dust
and one was soon covered with it,
and on the barrens one must step
carefully from tuft to tuft of the
sage grass, or go down into the
sticky mud.

I attended the christening of a



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negro cabin, and one of these af-
fairs was quite enough ; a hog kill-
ing by the negroes in the most
primitive style imaginable, in which
one seemed transported to the wilds
of Africa. It was a warm-hearted
people and we parted from each
other with genuine sorrow. On
my return I visited all the other
five societies in Kentucky and Ohio.

I first entered the office as Trus-
tee in 1870. The Eldress continued
the same course in regard to Helen
as heretofore. Helen was repeated-
ly in her turn one of the office cooks,
and we met very often. Many of
my meals were taken at the office
and of course she assisted in pre-
paring them.

One day as I passed through the
workman's dining room where she
was at work she said "I shall al-
ways love you Nicholas." That
was a sound of ineffable sweetness
to me. I was tempted to enfold
her in my arms, to have her lips
meet mine and to say "I love you
dearly, Helen."

For a moment I was too much af-
fected and, indeed, too much sur-
prised to speak. I knew that if I
yielded to my impulse Shakerism
with vis was at an end and I was
ready to renounce it. I loved
Helen, but I loved her, or thought
I did, purely as a sister. I had nev-
er spoken of love to her, nor inti-
mated it in any violation of Shaker
propriety. I never meant to go that
far. I had not thought of nor de-
sired her as a wife ; that was a sin
to be repented of in sackcloth and
ashes. I was conscientiously a
celibate. I was true to my faith
and dared not entertain a thought
of marriage. All my religious
training was antagonistic to the
thought of such a possibility. In
that respect I was undeveloped and
abnormal.

Yet now I was sorely tempted ;
the more so from having recently



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