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first American ancestor, who came to
the Massachusetts Bay Colony in
the good ship Lion in 1632. The
grant of land owned by this ances-
tor in Cambridge, was the site of
the Harvard University of the pres-
ent. Thence, he removed to Con-



necticut, to New Jersey, and finally
with the wave of Westward migra-
tion, to Ohio, and to the Great
Southwest, where Brookes More at-
tained his first prominence as a
poet.

Mr. More's new volume, "The
Beggar's Vision," now on the press,
contains seven narrative poems
which are described as "remarkable
and original." His previous book of
verse, "The Lover's Rosary," re-
cently was compared favorably with
the work of Alfred Noyes, the Eng-
lish poet.



The state of New Hampshire,
like its magazine, the Granite
Monthly, is fortunate in its friends.
That has been for a long time a
truism, but we are moved to repeat
it once more because of some re-
cent events. One was a "Monad-
nock" meeting of the Society for
the Protection of New Hampshire
Forests, held at the Twentieth
Century Club, Boston, at which Mr.
Edward W. Emerson of Concord,
Mass., recited the famous poem by
his father, Ralph Waldo Emerson,
and plans were made for securing
the wmole mountain as a forest
reservation. Another was the re-
cent announcement from New York
that some of the nation's most emi-
nent patrons of the arts would co-
operate in securing an adequate
endowment for the MacDowell
Colony at Peterborough, an unique
institution that promises much for
the future of the muses in America.



There is considerable difference
of opinion as to the merits of some
of the legislation enacted at the re-
cent session of the General Court
and movements have been started



EDITORIALS



221



already to bring about the repeal
in 1923 of some of the acts of 1921.
However, time is a great educator
and before twenty months have
passed opinions may have changed
as well as conditions. But discus-
sion of questions of public impor-
tance always is in order and any
honest effort to bring about general
consideration of matters of pro-



bable legislation well in advance of
another session is to be welcomed.
It may result in affirmative or in
negative action, but so long as it
brings about a definite statement
of the considered desire of the
people it carries out the principles
of our form of government and
those who secure it are to be com-
mended.



THE HILLSIDE'S CHIEF

By Pcrlcy R. Bngbce.

Where Jack-in-the-Pulpits grow,

And Maiden-hair ferns the breezes blow,

The hillside's King, the woods' Chief,

Is an old Pine, regally fine

With cerulean skies above

And purple Polygala beneath.



Violets blue, and Bluetts too.
In mossy beds, bow their heads,
Knowest flowers a higher will ?
Yes. and they are optimists till
Autumn frost kill or clouds dreary
Make them faint and weary.

Forgetting for the while
Vernal spring's recurring smile,
It's Nature's way, God's will.
Clouds and frosts every life chill
For parts of life are love and strife,
And the Pine's an optimist still.



VILLANELLE

By Thomas J. Murray.

The luring .sea rim calls me far

Where trailing smoke clouds drift away;

The slow surf whitens on the bar.

The gleaming sail and lifting spar.
Top the horizon's heaving gray ;
The luring sea rim calls me far.

The breakers roll from strands afar,
Urged by the winds that shoreward stray ;
The slow surf whitens on the bar.

No hum of cities drifts to mar

This widening waste of tossing spray ;

The luring .sea rim calls me far.

No thoughts of drifting wreck or scar
Darkens this splendid seaboard day ;
The slow surf whitens on the bar.

The twilight spreads and one white star.
Hangs taper like above the bay ;
The luring sea rim calls me far,
The .slow surf whitens on the bar.



THE BEST BELOVED

By Claribel Weeks Avery.

The kind Earth Mother walked the fields

And whispered with a tear,
"Beside my stately trees and winsome flowers.

How poor my men appear!

"Yet once I gave the world a son,
Who showed what men should be

As lovely as a budding rose,
As gracious as a tree.

"And when men found no place for one

So far above their best,
I gave him refuge in a cave

And shelter in my breast.

"There he was born."

"Where did he die?"

The mother's eyes grew dim.
"They took the wood of trees that I had nursed

To make a cross for him."



SONNET

By Harold Vinal.

I have touched hands with peace and loveliness,

When the first breath of May crept through the trees;

Watched lovely flowers tremble in the breeze —

I cannot say I have been comfortless.

Often the nights have whispered words to me ;

With wonder I have watched a new day break,

Shaking its veils across the windy lake —

The wind that stirred them, brought me ecstasy.

My heart can know no pain while beauty weaves
Quaint patterns in the corridors of thought.
Patterns of curving cloud and waving leaves ;
All the indifference that time has wrought
Will softly pass, when I behold afar —
The lovely beauty of an evening star.



POET AND PILGRIM

By J. E. Bowman.

A stretch of barren sand-bar, overgrown

With dwarfish pines; some islands fringed with surf

Where sea-birds hovered : —

Gosnold made them known.
Twas Shakespeare made them place of Prospero's

throne :
A magic region, on whose flower strewn turf
Miranda glides. Instead of seabird's plaint
We hear the elfin music, far and faint,
Or tingling near at hand of Ariel.
A group of earnest men for whom no spell
Lay in such music, whom no glamoury
From elfin land could dazzle, hither came.
Poet and Pilgrim each a conquest claim
One, changing all the scene in Fancy's flame
One, building here in Faith the Plymouth Colony.



NEW HAMPSHIRE NECROLOGY



VINCENT J. BRENNAN, SR.

Vincent John Brennan, Senior, was
born in Manchester, September 25, 1848,
the son of William and Mary Brennan,
and died in Newport, March 22. At an
early age he went to work in the mills
and rose to the positions of superinten-
dent and agent, being connected with
factories in Maine, New Hampshire, Ver-
mont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and



the Masonic lodge at Newburyport, Mass.,
for 33 years. His wife and one daughter,
Mrs. Edward F. Dempsey, survive him.




V. T. Brennan

Delaware. In 1906 he established at New-
port the Brampton Woolen Company and
was its successful manager to the time
of his death. At the time of his death
he was a trustee of the town library and
was deeply interested in all civic affairs.
He is survived by his wife, who was Miss
Edith Reed of Newport, a daughter,
Maud, and two sons, Vincent J. Jr., and
Ralph A.



REV. WILLIAM A. RAND.

Rev. William A. Rand died at South
Seabrook, January 27, on the 55th anni-
versary of his becoming pastor of the
Congregational church there. He was
born in Portsmouth in 1842 and served
in the Civil War in Company K of the
48th New Hampshire Regiment. He was
a member of the G. A. R. and chaplain of



MATTHEW S. McCURDY.

Matthew Scoby McCurdjf, the oldest
member of the faculty of Phillips Acad-
emy at Andover, Mass., died there Febru-
ary 16 as the result of injuries sustained
in an automobile accident. He was born
in Dunbarton May 21, 1849, and graduated
from Dartmouth in 1873, becoming an in-
structor at Andover in the same year.
He was in charge of the department of
mathematics there a-nd had written an
algebra. He was a member of the Delta
Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He is surviv-
ed by his wife, Lydia M., and three sons,
Robert, Sydney and Allan.



ALBION BURBANK.

Albion Burbank, from 1872 until 1906
principal of the high school at Exeter,
died there February 6. He was born in
Limerick, Me., December 25, 1839, the
second of five children of Abner and
Eliza A. (Harmon) Burbank. He prepar-
ed for college at the academy in Liming-
ton, Me., and graduated from Bowdoin
in 1862. He studied law and was admit-
ted to the bar, but did not find the practice
of tha f profession to his liking and was
principal of the high school at Kennebunk,
Me., before going to Exeter. Mr. Bur-
bank was a member of the public library
committee at Exeter from 1893 to 1916;
served as the Democratic member of the
police commission for eight years ; and
was a zealous member of the Unitarian
church. He is survived by one son, Harry
T. Burbank.



DR. DAVID M. CURRIER.

Dr. David Morrison Currier, born in
Grafton, September 15, 1840, the son of
David and Rhoda (Morse) Currier, died
March 1 in Newport, where he had prac-
ticed medicine for almost half a century.
He was educated at Tilton Seminary and
the Dartmouth Medical College, with post
graduate courses at Harvard and in New
York. Doctor Currier served his town on
the boards of health and of education and
as water commissioner and was for many
years United States examining surgeon.



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225



For 17 years he was treasurer of the state
medical society. Doctor Currier was a
member of the Methodist church, of the
Masons and the Grange. He is survived
by his wife, who was Miss Annie M. Con-
verse, and by two daughters.



publican and a Congregationalist. His
survivors are his wife, who was Catherine
C. Frost of Maiden, and three sons, Ed-
ward, Andrew and Jackson.



REV. JOSEPH KIMBALL.

Rev. Joseph Kimball was born at
Plaistow, March 13, 1832, the son of True
and Betsey (Chase) Kimball, and died
at Haverhill, Mass., March 2. He pre-
pared at Phillips Andover Academy for
Amherst College, where he graduated in
the class of 1857. He was for some years
a teacher in Massachusetts, Ohio and
Alabama, and also practiced the profes-
sion of civil engineer; but was a Congre-
gational minister from 1883 to 1911, when
he retired. He was also well known as a
lecturer and as a benefactor, giving a
library building to the town of Atkinson,
which he represented in the New Hamp-
shire legislature of 1909; $10,000 to the
Riverside Memorial church at Haverhill,
and pipe organs to half a dozen churches.



DR. HENRY L. SWEENY.

Dr. Henry L. Sweeny, born in Bridge-
water, Mass., April 3, 1858, the son of
Edward M. and Lucy (Thaxter) Sweeny,
died March 11 at Kingston where he had
practiced most of the time since his
graduation from the Harvard Medical
School in 1882. He was a member of
county, state and national medical societies
and had been county physician and mem-
ber of the town board of health. A Re-
publican in politics he represented King-
ston in the recent constitutional conven-
tion, and had been town clerk and mem-
ber of the school board and of the board
of library trustees. He was a Mason,
Odd Fellow and Congregationalist. His
wife, who was Ellen J. Towle of King-
ston, died in 1900.



DR. ANDREW J. STEVENS.
Dr. Andrew Jackson Stevens, who died
at Maiden, Mass., February 22, was born
in Warren, April 24, 1846, the son of
Robert Burns and Charity (Slye) Stevens.
He graduated from the Harvard Medical
School in 1869 and practiced at Lawrence,
Mass., and Maiden, where he was promi-
nent and successful in his profession and
inaugurated the movement for establish-
ing the Maiden hospital. He was a Re-



FRANK O. CHELLIS.

Frank Otis Chellis, born in Meriden,
August 7, 1858, the son of Otis Hutchins
and Betsey (Morrell) Chellis, died in
Newport, March 3. He prepared at the
Newport High school and Kimball Union
academy for Dartmouth College, where he
graduated in 1885, being captain of the
'varsity baseball team, class poet and a
member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraterni-
ty. While principal of the Newport high
school for nine years he studied law with
the late Albert S. Wait and had been for
many years a leading member of the bar.
He was a Democrat in politics, a Uni-
tarian in religious belief and a member of
the Masonic lodge, chapter and com-
mandery, and the Eastern Star. He had
served as town moderator, member of the
board of education and county solicitor;
trustee of the Carrie F. Wright hospital
and Sugar River savings bank; president
of the high school alumni association ; as-
sistant engineer of the town fire depart-
ment ; and clerk of the county exemption
boaind during thei World Wan. He is
survived by his wife, who was Miss Em-
ma G. Wilmarth, and by a daughter, Ber-
nice, and son, Robert.



GEN. GEORGE M. L. LANE.

George M. L. Lane, at one time com-
mander of the New Hampshire National
Guard brigade, died in Manchester, Feb-
ruary 2. He was born in Deerfield, Aug-
ust 21, 1844, and as a young man was
engaged in mercantile pursuits in Man-
chester. In 1882 he entered the postal
service and for most of his life was head
clerk in the Manchester office. In 1864
he enlisted with a Haverhill, Mass., com-
pany and went with it to the Civil War
front, later joining the 18th New Hamp-
shire regiment. In 1874 he joined the
Head Guards of the state militia as a
private and rose through all the ranks of
the service. He belonged to a drum
corps organized in Manchester in the
early seventies which was famous all over
New England. General Lane was a mem-
ber of the various Masonic and I. O. O.
F. bodies. He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Sarah E. Lane, and a son, Frank
D. of Fall River, Mass.



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GEORGE H. SAWYER.

George Henry Sawyer, born in Dumbar-
ton. N. H., October 16, 1859, died in Con-
cord, May 8, 1920.

Mr. Sawyer was the son of James S.
and Ellen M. (Lufkin) Sawyer. He was
educated in the public schools and Dun-
barton High School, and removed to Con-
cord in early life where he learned the
carriage-blacksmith's trade, and was en-
gaged for several years with the Abbot-
Downing Co., and was afterward in the
employ of Davis and Co. ; but for over
tvven y years preceding his death was con-
nected with the blacksmithing department
of the B. and M. railroad shops in Con-
cord. He was an early worker in the
Labor Union field, and long a prominent
member of the International Brotherhood



of Blacksmiths, Drop Forgers and Help-
ers, and had been for more than twelve
years president of District Council No.
20, and in that capacity had attended the
National Conventions of the Brotherhood,
among whom he had come to be known
as the "Grand Old Man of the B. and
M." He was a member of Eureka Lodge,
A. F. and A. M., and Rumford Lodge,
I. O. O. F., and was for over thirty years
a member of the Good Will Hose Com-
pany of the Concord Fire Department.
He was a Democrat in politics, a loyal
citizen, a kind husband, a broad-minded,
true-hearted man, respected by all who
knew him. He was united in marriage,
November 23, 1887, with Sarah J. Nelson
of Concord, who survives him with one
brother, William Sawyer of Short Falls,
several nephews and one niece.



CAESURA



By Walter B. Wolfe.

Now let us gaze in one another's eyes
And with that look our parting celebrate
Bravely and strong — nor let us longer wait
Before we turn aside. To purple skies
And starlit night you go; and I arise
To pass into the east where glows the late
The rasy-fingered dawn; to meet a fate
That dimly veiled beyond the mountain lies.

Here at the parting paths I understand
The melancholy cloud that threw its pall
Upon our lives; and as we sadly part
And sadly grasp the other by the hand —
While evening's somber shadows silent fall
I can not close you, dear one, from my heart.




Daniel Webster at "Elms Farm."



THE GRANITE MONTHLY



Vol. LIII.



JUNE, 1921.



No. 6.



THE NEW HAMPSHIRE ORPHANS' HOME

By Rev. Walter J. Malvern, Superintendent
where orphan and And work as well with plow and spade,



Any "Home
needy children — just as bright and
full of fun as any children — are
cared for is a center of interest, but
this 1 "Home" is Imade doubly in-
teresting because it is situated on
the "Elms Farm," the home of
Daniel Webster from 1800, when it
was purchased by his father, Cap-
tain Ebene^er Webster, until his
death in 1852. It was here Web-
ster spent his boyhood days ; it was
from here he started out for Dart-
mouth College ; it was here he com-
posed one of his distinguished ora-
tions and wrote the "Hulseman"
letter, and looking out of the east-
ern window in the summer of 1848
he wrote to his son "this is the
most beautiful place on this earth."

It was on this farm that the tree
grew where Daniel hung his scythe,
which act was a deciding factor in
his being sent to Dartmouth Col-
lege ; here is the famous rock
known as Pulpit Rock from whose
eminence Webster is said to have
practised some of his great ora-
tions. Surely the home of New
Hampshire's most illustrious son —
a home so rich in historic associa-
tions — could not be used to better
advantage than for the training
orphan and needy children to be-
come worthy citizens of the old
Granite State.

And can we find more fitting place,
On which the Orphans' Home to raise,
Than where in youth's bright halcyon day,
Our mightiest statesman used to play,

•From an original poem by Rev. S.
shire Orphans' Home, 1871.



Or find repose beneath the shade

Of yonder oak where once when young,

His heavy scythe so nicely hung.*

The New Hampshire Orphans'
Home owes its birth to the Rev.
Daniel Augustus Mack. He him-
self was left an orphan when
seven years of age. From that
time he was dependent upon his
own resources. No orphans' home
opened its doors to receive him. It
was largely through his own ex-
perience, knowing as he did the need
of such a home, that he labor-
ed .so assiduously to establish this
Home. Then, too, as a Chaplain
in the Civil War many dying sol-
diers appealed to him to look after
their children. It is not surprising
then that Chaplain Mack turned his
attention to the orphan children of
the soldiers and broadened his
work till it took in all that he
could possibly befriend. He con-
ceived the idea that the country is
far better than the city for such a
place. That whatever advan-
tages the city might have, the coun-
try with its bracing air, pure water,
delightful scenery and broad out-
look outweighed them ; and so the
Home was located in this beautiful
spot, so admirably suited to the
needs and requirements of an or-
phans' home.

At the June session of the Legis-
lature, 1871, an Act of Incorpora-
tion was obtained. A meeting was
called in July and at a subsequent

Heath, read at the dedication of the New Hamp-



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meeting the organization was per-
fected. At a meeting of the Board
of Directors in August, 1871, it was
voted to establish the Home upon



As soon believe our granite hills,
Our fertile vales and sparkling rills
Will traitors turn, and no supplies
Reward the toiler's sacrifice.




Hon. Erank
President of the N.

the Webster farm in Franklin. The
purchase was made and on the 19th
day of October, 1871, the Home was
opened with appropriate exercises.
And shall we cherish one dark fear,
That our dear "Home" established here,
Will fail, 'mid beauties rich and grand,
So freely strown by God's own hand?



L. Gerrish
H. Orphans' Home.

Mr. Mack inaugurated his move-
ment and made his first public ad-
dress in behalf of such a home in
the Methodist Episcopal Church at
Newport. At that meeting the
Hon. George W. Nesmith, the pre-
siding Judge of the Supreme Court
which was then in session, was pres-






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231



ent; was convinced, as he listened to
Chaplain Alack, of the need of such
a home ; from that hour allied him-
self with the movement, giving
money and time to its support ; and
when the Home was established
was elected its first president and
held that office till his death in
1890. For nineteen vears he was



Mr. Mack made his first public ad-
dress in the Methodist Episcopal
church at Newport he spoke in the
Congregational Church and there
enlisted the interest and support of
Dexter Richards, provided the
Home was located in New Hamp-
shire. It was through his first gift
of $500 that the Orphans' Home




The Webster Mansion
Home of the Superintendent, N. H. Orphans' Home.



President of the Board of Trustees.
"The grand old man, the venerable
Judge, the honored citizen" through
these years had been a father to the
Home, assuming in large part the
responsibility for its success, spend-
ing time and money unstintedly in
the cause so dear to him. One
cannot speak too highly of his ser-
vice of love, and wdiat the Home
owes to him.

On the evening of the day that



became a New Hampshire institu-
tion. Mr. Richards' enthusiasm for
this worthy cause led him to double
his donation. He was one of the
incorporators mentioned in its
Charter and one of three to call the
first meeting. His interest, like
his generous gifts, continued up to
the time of his death in 1898, when
he was vice president of the board
of trustees.

Perhaps there is no one who shar*



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ed a larger part of his time and
means with the Home than the
Hon. John Kimball. From the
founding of the Home in 1871 till
his death in 1913 he was its treas-
urer. Among his many achieve-
ments it is said that what he ac-
complished for the Home "is the
brightest jewel in the diadem of
his grand achievements, and his
most enduring*, monument lies in
the hearts of the many children,
who during the last three or four
decades have gone forth from the
Home, and those who, in years to
come, knowing him only by name,
will call him blessed."

For several years the only build-
ing which the Home had was the
Webster Home. It is difficult to
understand how this building could
accommodate some thirty or thirty-
five children and find room for all
the activities incident to an or-
phans' home. But so successful
was the work that it was endorsed
by President Hayes and by him
Chaplain Mack was personally com-
mended.

The children are now housed in
three commodious buildings, while
the older boys have a cottage to
themselves and the older girls will
soon have a similar home.

The buildings of the Home are
the "Webster Mansion," which
contains the Superintendent's
home, the office and reception
rooms. Two of the rooms in the
upper part of the ell are used for
a hospital ; under these is the store
room. The Mack Building: In
1875 Chaplain Mack built a wood-
en structure faced with brick which
was used until 1913 when it was
rebuilt with brick, and named in
honor of the founder of the Home.
In this building fifty boys, ranging
in ages from eight to thirteen
years, have their home. The Nurs-
ery Building: This building was
opened in 1895. It has the kinder-
garten department of thirty-six



boys and girls from five to eight
years of age ; the first nursery of
twelve little ones from ten months
to three years, and the second
nursery of twelve little ones from
three to five years. Creighton
Hall. This building was erected
in 1900 and was named for the
donor, Mrs. Susan Creighton of
Newmarket. Thirty-six of the
older girls have their home here.
The John Taylor Cottage : This
cottage was made over and enlarg-
ed out of the farmhouse which was
the home of John Taylor who was
Daniel W r ebster's farmer. It Avas
opened in 1915. is well equipped
and makes an excellent home for
fourteen of the older boys. The
Bartlett Cottage: This is a cottage
for older girls, and we expect to
receive from generous friends suf-
ficient money to complete the work
an 1 furnishing, 'and then have a
modern and well equipped home for
sixteen of our older girls. In addi-
tion to these buildings where the
children are housed, we have a pri-
mary school building, in the base-
ment of which is the sewng room,
on the first floor is the primary
.school room, and on the second floor
the teachers' flat. The Home has a
steam laundry and all the buildings
are heated by steam from one plant.
And last but not least we have our
Chapel, named The John Kimball
Chapel. Here the officers and
children meet every morning, ex-
cept Saturdays, for a brief service.
And on Sunday we also have our
Sunday School at 2 :45 and a ser-
vice at six o'clock. At this service
the Superintendent gives an address
to the children, and he has a model
congregation, as no one comes in
late, and no one leaves till the ser-
vice is over, and there is "no col-
lection."

The two big days in the year for
the children are Thanksgiving and
Christmas. Friends from far and
near send us money and gifts for



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these occasions, and there is no
happier bunch of children than ours
on these festive occasions.

We have our own school which



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