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seemed to be that the idea of the
law is a good one, but that the
scope of its execution should be con-
tracted somewhat in order to place
it upon a basis of fair relation to
the resources of the state and state
expenditures for other purposes.



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This belief was put into action in
the way of reduced appropriations
for the educational department.
If too deep a cut was made or if
other changes in the law have de-
creased its efficiency, the fact will
be apparent before 1923 and the
legislature of that year can con-
sider a remedy. One thing is cer-
tain ; the state board of education
as now constituted will not waste
any of the state's money and will
maintain amicable relations with
the governor and council on one
hand and the city and town school
authorities on the other. Good



laws alone will not make good
schools. Centralized authority at
Concord, however able, intelligent,
skilful and devoted, cannot alone
keep the state's educational level
where we wish it to be. Co-op-
operation all along the line is the
one great necessity ; and Chair-
man Spaulding's record as state
food administrator seems to indi-
cate that no man in the state is
better fitted than he to secure that
one prime requisite of success for
the endeavor he now is chosen to
head.



HOME BUILDERS

By Barbara Hollis

Oh, build! Build little house here and there;
The sky will seem more blue : — the grass more green
From little homes that shelter those who care :
Place candles in the windows to be seen.



Then plant! Plant tiny seeds and watch them grow;
And let there be a plenty and to share
With those who were not wise enough to sow —
To give will make the garden bloom more fair.

Yes, build! Build little homes to shelter dreams;
To light the little gardens far and near.
Let hope and faith shine thru each candle's beams
And plant the tiny seeds of love and cheer ;



BOOKS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE INTEREST



Charles R. Lingley, professor of
history in Dartmouth College, is
the author of "Since the Civil
War," the thrd volume in the series
"The United States," which Pro-
fessor Farrand of Yale is editing for
the Century Company. Professor
Lingley's contribution does not
suffer by comparison with its pre-
decessors in the series, "Colonial
Beginnings," by Professor Root of
the University of Wisconsin, and
"Growth of a Nation," by Professor
Farrand himself. Dealing with the
past half century, so recent a period
that both its problems and the
personality of its leaders are still
clouded with prejudice and parti-
sanship, the task of the author is
more difficult than that of him who
writes of eras so far past that their
events and opinion in regard to
them have had time to shape them-
selves and crystallize in the public
mind.

Professor Lingley has met well
the especial demands of the situa-
tion. Thorough and careful in-
vestigation has made him sure of
his facts ; and he has reasoned from
them wisely and impartially. He
has accomplished to a remarkable
extent, it seems to us, the not easy
feat of carrying along side by side
and with many connecting links
the political and economic pro-
gress of events. With the social
history of the period he has not
attempted to concern himself ex-
cept in so far as it reveals itself
in connection with government and
industry or in the portraits of
?reat leaders, which Professor
Lingley has painted vividly, yet, to
3ur mind, justly. The fifty years
from 1870 to 1*920 are not those
in the history of the United States
:>f which the nation has most
reason to be proud ; but they are
cull of interest in a well told nar-



rative and teem with lessons for
the student of world progress.
Both the reader and the student
will find Professor Lingley's vol-
ume suited to their desires and
needs; concise, yet clear; illumi-
native, yet impartial.



"Sister Sue" (Houghton Mifflin
Company) would in any event at-
tract much attention as the last
published work of the late Mrs.
Eleanor Hodgman Porter, native
of Littleton ; but apart from that
sad distinction the story would
have attained wide circulation be-
cause it contains in generous meas-
ure all those essentials of popularity
which have given the author's
books the title of the best sellers
ever written by a New Hampshire
author. "Sister Sue" is "Polly-
anna" over again, under different
conditions and in another setting,
but displaying the same splendid
qualities hi cheerful courage Knd
quiet optimism. The captious
critic complains of a lack of
reality, that we meet no Sister
Sues on Main Street. But we are
not so sure of that. Perhaps if we
1 new the life story of our fellow
worker, our new neighbor, our
chance acquaintance, we should find
in it some of those qualities of
every day heroism which the
genius of Mrs. Porter transferred
to the printed page with a charm
and a pleasure and an influence for
good for the average readers which
rarelv has been excelled.



It would be hard to imagine two
books of fiction having less in com-
mon than "Sister Sue," just men-
tioned, and the volume which stands
next to it in the reviewer's line,
"The Kingdom Round the Corner,"



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by Coningsby Dawson. Each, how-,
ever is a "good story," in easy
parlance, and thus the possessor
of popularity in measure almost
unbounded. Mr. Dawson is an
abundant writer, but the level of
his output is high, whatever the
channel of its distribution. "The
Kingdom Round the Corner" is a
just after the war story, based up-
on the topsy turviness of social
conditions, the spiritual shell



shock of. whole peoples, which im-
mediately followed the world con-
flict. Tabs, who was Lord Tabor-
ley ; his valet, who was his general;
the three women who wound them-
selves so tangle-wise about their
lives ; are characters vividly im-
agined and skilfully depicted. It
is a tale well told. Another gener-
ation, perhaps, will find in it a
chapter worth studying of the
world's social history after the war.



BUTTERCUPS

By Claribel Weeks Avery

1 have slipped away from my house of pain,

From my life of frets and jars,
To a field as full of golden flowers

As the Milky Way of .stars.
My cluttered rooms may lie unswept,

My fire turn dead and cold —
1 am setting my feet on yellow gems

And filling my hands with gold!



THE PACIFIC



By Caroline Fisher



Like a peacock, proud, the sea

Is purple, green, and blue

And the kelp-weed, in the lea

Gives a brown line, passing through.



Lie spreads his tail on the beach
And the waves are dancing light.
With a sandy goal to reach
And pebbles sparkling bright.



NEW HAMPSHIRE NECROLOGY



ARTHUR L. FOOTE

Arthur Lowell Foote was born in
jtewiston, Me.. Dec. 25, 1863, the son of
William Lowell and E'Jizabeth Ann
(Meserve) Foote, and died at the hos-
pital in Wolfeboro April 27. after a
year's illness. He attended the high school
at Grea.t Falls (now Somersworth) studied
law there with George E. Beacham and
was admitted to the bar in 1887. Since
that time he had practiced law continu-
ously at Sabornvilie and had served as
county sol'icitor, member of thu school
board, library trustee, and delegate to the
constitutional convention of 1918-1921.
He was an Episcopalian, Republican,
Mason, Red Man and Elk, and was
county chairman for various forms of
war work. He is survived by one son,
Lowell Sanborn Foote, of Denver, Col.



MARY H. WHEELER

In the death of Mary H. Wheeler at
Pittsfield on April 26. at the age of 83
years and 9 months, the Granite Monthly
loses one of its early and frequent con-
tributors and her community one of its
best known and thoroughly esteemed
residents.

Mrs. Wheeler was born in North Barn-
stead, July 15, 1837. the daughter of
William and Mary Hall Garland. In her
younger days she taught the district
school where she became acquainted with
Dr. John Wmeeler, then the ' school com-
mittee man" and later married him in
1856. After a few years residence there
they removed to Pittsfield and except for
a time during the Civil War which she
spent near Washington, D. C, where the
Doctor was stationed, she has since re-
sided in the Suncook Valley town, a period
of more than half a century.

The Doctor, who was one of the best
known physicians in this part of the State,
and one time president of the State Medi-
cal Society, passed away in 1900.

Mrs. Wheeler was a woman of re-
markably bright intellect and lovable per-
sonality, a lover and student of the bird
and flower — in fact of all nature —
and an extensive and broad reader, main-
taining to the last a keen interest in liter-
ature and events and topics of the day.

Besides the many contributions of verse
from her pen in the Granite Monthly, she
frequently contributed to the Boston
Transcript and other publications and both
she and her sister, Laura Garland Carr,
who at the age of nearly 86 survives her,



are represented by many poems in Chapin's
"Poets of New Hampshire." Mrs. Carr
lias also published a volume of poems in
1891, under the title "Memories and
Fancies."

Mrs. Wheeler was a member of the
American Microscopical Society and a
contributor to its publications and also
supplied many translations to the Trans-
Atlantic Magazine. Mrs. Wheeler united
with the Congregational church at Barn-
stead Parade in 1868, and though so long
a resident of Pittsfield and active for
many years in its local church and other
societies, she retained her membership in
the Barnstead church, being prior to her
death its oldest member.

Ihe funeral services at Pittsfield on
April 28 were followed by burial in the
old Llillside cemeterv at Barnstead.



CHARLES S. PRATT

Charles Stuart Pratt, author and edi-
tor, died at his home in Warner, April
3, after years of invalidism. He was
born in South Weymouth, Mass., Feb. 10,
1854. the son of Lorin and Laura ( Vin-
ing) Pratt. Nov. 11. 1877, he married
Ella Farman, also an author, who died in
1907. Together thev edited "Wide Awake"
from 1865 to 1892, "Little Men and
Women" from 1892 to 1897, and "Little
Folks" from 1897 to 1909. Air. Pratt
published several books for young people
and once won a $1,000 prize for a short
story. A poem contributed to The Granite
Monthly in 1S20 was his last work. He
served as a trustee of the public library
'at Warner and was much interested in the
town, where he had lived for 30 years.
One son, Ralph, survives him.



JULIAN F. TRASK

Julian F. Trask, one of the most de-
lightful characters in New Hampshire
nub ic life, died at Haverhill, Mass.,
March 31. He was born at Beverly,
Mass., Oct. 1. 1849. but had been a citizen
of Laconia since 1873. Well known as a
newspaper man, he drifted into politics,
was secretary to Governor Charles A.
Busiel and in 1896 was appointed state
labor commissioner. For a number of
years he was in the federal government
service at Manila, P. I. Upon his return
to Laconia he was made city clerk and
subsequently was postmaster for four
years from 1910. He is survived by his
widow, one son and two daughters.



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GEN. JASON E. TOLLES

Brigadier General Jason E. Tolles, who,
for 15 years, commanded the New Hamp-
shire National Guard, died in Nashua,
March 19. He was born in that city
Jan. 5, 1852, one of seven brothers, all of
whom were successful and prominent.
He was 14 years in the clothing business
and for the past 21 years treasurer of the
Citizens Guaranty Savings Bank. He bad
been a member of both branches of the
Legislature, mayor, city treasurer, 20
years a member of the board of educa-
tion, member of the state forestry commis-
sion, etc. He enlisted as a private in the
New Hampshire National Guard in 1877
and advanced through every grade until
he retired in 1909 after 10 years' service
?s brigadier general. He was a Demo-
crat in politics ; attended the Congrega-
tional church ; and was prominent in the
Odd Fellows and other secret orders. He
is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E. Ray
Shaw and Mrs. Alice M.« Kimball.



great success until his death. He took
an active interest in the churches, schools,
hospitals and Y. M. C. A. of his city.
He is survived by his widow, who was
Miss Charlotte Coye of Livonia, N. Y.



PROF. S. C. DERBY

Samuel Carroll Derby, son of Dexter
and Julia (Piper) Derby, was born in
Dublin, March 3, 1842, and died March
28, at Columbus, Ohio, where he had been
a member of the faculty of Ohio State
University for 40 years. He grad-
uated from Harvard in 1866 and did post-
graduate work there, at Johns Hopkins
and in Rome. Before going to Ohio
State, he was for six years professor of
Latin, and for four years president
of Antioch College. He was a member
of Phi Beta Kappa and of various learn-
ed societies.



MAJOR SAMUEL F. MURRY

Major Samuel Francis Murry, born in
Chester, Sept. 6, 1841, died at Manches-
ter, March 20. A student at Dartmouth
college when the war began, he enlisted in
Berdan's Sharpshooters and served from
November, 1861, until March, 1865, when
he was honorably discharged with the
brevet of major, for gallant and meri-
torious services. After the war he was
one of the charter members of Louis Bell
post, G. A. R., at Manchester. He was
for many years a railroad conductor with
residence at Wilton and served in both'
branches of the legislature. A niece,
Mrs. George H. Phinney of Manchester,
with whom he spent his last years, was
his nearest surviving relative.



DR. J. M. DUTTON

Julius M. Dutton, M. D., son of Rev.
and Mrs. John M. Dutton, was born in
Lebanon, Sept. 14, 1877, and died at West-
field, Mass., January j29. He graduated
from Dartmouth College in 1900 and from
its medical college in 1904, and after a
year's hospital work settled at Westfield
where he practiced his profession with



LESTER G. FRENCH

Lester G. French, born in Keene in
1869, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Olin L.
French, died in New York City, April 18.
He graduated from the Massachusetts In-
stitute of Technology in 1891 and was the
author of the earliest American treatise
on the steam turbine. He was the editor
of the Mechanical Engineer and the author
of a number of works on that line. For
13 years he was assistant secretary of the
American Society of Mechanical En-
gineers.



WILLIAM F. LOW

Commander William F. Low, U. S. N.,
died at Washington, D. C, March 12. He
was born in Concord, son of the late
Franklin Low and grandson of General
Joseph A. Low, and attended St. Paul's
School before being appointed to the U.
S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1865.
He was graduated in the class of 1869 and
in his active career had varied assign-
ments in the North Atlantic and Pacific
squadrons. He was one of the officers of
the Constellation of the Irish relief ex-
pedition. For many years he was in
charge of the Massachusetts State Nautical
Schoollship Enterprise and later the Rang-
er and the Nantucket.



THE GRANITE MONTHLY



Vol. LIU.



JULY, 1921.



No. 7.



JOSIAH L. SEWARD



APRIL 17, 1845



JULY 14, 1917



By Rev. Sullivan H. McCollester, D. D.



Sixty-three years ago I tarried
for a night in a real New England
home, in the town of Sullivan, in
which resided a brainy farmer and a
noble wife and two promising sons.
It was an ideal dwelling-place,
where snow drifted deep in winter
and the clover blossomed sweet in
summer.

Here I saw for the first time the
son, Josiah Lafayette Seward, a ro-
bust boy of twelve years old. I was
there as a school commissioner of
New Hampshire to visit on the
morrow their district school, in the
little red school house.

A.s the morning came I went into
the school of some twenty pupils
and here I really saw Josiah. The
next fall he came to Westmoreland
to attend the Valley Seminary,
which was under my charge, taking
up higher English branches and
ranking well in them all.

He was born in Sullivan, N. H.,
April 17, 1845, of David and Arvilla
(Matthews) Seward, of English
stock, and worthy members of the
sturdy and brave yeomanry of New
England. The emigrant ancestor,
Thomas Seward, came to Pepperell,
Mass., about twenty years before
the Revolutionary War.

In the paternal line, Josiah L.,
was a lineal descendant of Thomas
Morse, the first permanent settler
of Dublin, N. H., who had a cap-
tain's commission sent him to keep
him loyal. The doughty Morse in-



dignantly .spurned this, and trained
his three sons to volunteer at the
first call, and he himself did all he
could to aid the patriot's cause.

Another kinsman of Josiah Sew-
ard was the well known General
James Wilson of Keene. There
were at least five ancestors who
served in the Revolutionary War,
a record of which, as a member of
the Sons of the American Revolu-
tion, Josiah was justifiably proud.

The mother of Josiah was a de-
scendant of Robert Matthews, the
ancestor of the Hancock, N. H.
families of that name.

As a lad, Josiah remained under
my tutelage several terms, and was
highly esteemed by both teachers
and scholars. Then he went to
Exeter Academy, where he ranked
among the best in scholarship and
deportment and graduated with
honors. In 1871 he graduated from
Harvard Divinity School with the
degree of S. T. D., and the profes-
sors spoke of him as a learned
preacher and a wise man.

For a year after leaving the
Divinity School he preached most
acceptably to a church in Spring-
field, Mass., when he was called to
settle over the First Unitarian
church of Lowell, Mass., where he
remained fourteen years, making
himself known and felt as an elo-
quent preacher, a good pastor and
an enterprising citizen.

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settle in the college town of Water-
ville, Me. Here he remained ten
years, became popular as a re-
ligious teacher, and, as he mingled
with the students of .Colby Univer-
sity, was often asked to address
them, in the different departments,
on various subjects. While he re-
mained there he was loved and hon-
ored.

From November 26, 1893, till
October 8, 1899, he was pastor of
Unity Church, Allston, Mass., doing
successful work in and out of the
pulpit.

But his hair was becoming some-
what silvered, his heart waxed
warm for his native state, his be-
loved New Hampshire, and this in-
duced him, against the wishes of his
church, to break off his connection
with them as pastor and to the
Granite State turn his steps for his
last settlement.

Really New Hampshire had be-
come somewhat of a Holy Land to
him. Keene seemed his New Jeru-
salem ; Ashuelot River his Jordan ;
Sullivan his Nazareth; Dublin his
Mount Zion, and Monadnock his
Mount Sinai.

He had scarcely got settled in his
home at Keene before he was ur-
gently requested to supply the
Unitarian pulpit in Dublin, which he
did to the great delight of the people
there, and fathfully served them up
to the time of his illness — some
fourteen years — preaching to them
many an able .sermon and giving
them an abundance of large heart-
ed sympathy in their sorrows.

As a writer and contributor to
the press there are many good
things that might well and truly be
said of him. Suffice it to say that
the one great Memorial to his



credit is a most glorious one, and
that is the Sullivan Town History.
From boyhood, as he was doing
chores, picking flowers, planting
potatoes, husking corn, mastering
history in school, solving in his
head the hardest problems in Col-
burn's Arithmetic, he was all the
while storing up facts, to write
out the history of his native town.

No other person could have done
the immense undertaking so well
and attractively as he, for he was
especially fitted by inheritance,
education and inclination for such
work. The town of Sullivan has
cause to feel greatly honored and
most devoutly grateful that it ha.s
produced such an eminent historian.
His name will long be remembered
there, and will abide as a distin-
guished man and a famous scholar.

He was a broad-minded, conse-
crated Christian, wishing to help
everybodv. He built upon the solid
rock, while on earth, a monument
to himself out of kind and noble
deeds, which remain intact when
bronze has corroded into dust and
granite dissolved to ashes. His
character must be beautiful in the
mansions above.

He believed intensely in the
Fatherhood of God. the Sonship of
Christ and the Holv Spirit. As he
dropped his sickle, 72 years old, he
was still an intense almoner in
blessing others religiously, educa-
tionally, and socially. He was a
remarkably wise and cultured man,
wishing to help all souls, believing
most devoutly that one is to reap
just what he sozvs.

So, friends, let him not be lifeless,
But more alive and active henceforth
Than ever while in mortal mold
Doing works of very high worth.



SEWARD'S VILLAGE



By Mrs. Frank B. Kingsbury.



"A fair, sunny valley rests, the
placid hills among."

*"Afar, Monadnock, fair and grand.

Of all our hearts the pride,
Lifts toward the sky his sun-kissed crest,
While vale and lake, in beauty drest,

Lie slumbering at his side."

Here the actual characters of
Seward's Village lived and died;
about this little village cluster
memories and tales that will al-
ways delight the hearts of home
loving people in any day or gene-
ration. It has been portrayed in
poetry; the verse quoted above was
by one of the villagers. Another
has said in eloquent every day
prose, "We shall always carry some
of Sullivan with us. Wherever we
go, we shall have Sullivan blood in
our veins ; we shall have Sullivan
counsels and Sullivan precepts and
Sullivan virtues 'in our memories ;
we shall dream of our old Sullivan
homes in the night and we shall
speak of her to our friends by day.
We cannot forget our homes."

No town historian has more
faithfully, lovingly and interesting-
ly depicted the growth of a town
from its earliest settlement than has
been done in the Sullivan town his-
tory ; no author has put more elo-
quent feeling and real heart inter-
est into his writing. W T e rightly
think of this little New England
town as Seward's Village, and yet
he has only described in wonder-
ful language what all Sullivan sons
and daughters have felt, but could
not so expressively put into words.

THE FIRST SETTLERS.

"Through summer's heat and winter's snow

They toiled these hills among;
They laid the towering forest low,
They watched the grain and grasses grow,
As rolled the years along.

*By Mrs. Ellen S. (Keith) Edwards,



Humble their homes, but strong and brave

Each heart and toil-worn hand ;
Cheery their songs that rose and fell
And echoed through the mossy dell —
Songs of their native land."

From Massachusetts and Con-
necticut came these earliest settlers.
The cart wheel that brought the
goods of the first White family is
still kept. This family came from
Uxbridge, Mass., and the American
emigrant ancestor was none other
than the Peregrine White of May-
flower fame.

The Adams family had the same
emigrant ancestor as Presidents
John and John Quincy Adams.
The Bradford family had William
Bradford, the Mayflower passen-
ger, and second Governor of Ply-
mouth Colony, for an ancestor.

Abraham Browne, from Hawke-
don, England, was one of the first
settlers of Watertown, Mass., and
the first recorded birth in Water-
town was of his daughter, Lydia ;
the Brown family of Sullivan are
his descendants.

The Buckminster ancestral line
goes back to a Wales family. Rev.
Thomas Carter, born in England in
1610, came to America in 1635, and
was ordained in Woburn, Mass., in
1642 ; his descendants were among
the early settlers in Sullivan.

Hon. Charles Carter Comstock, a
native of Seward's Village, was
elected to Congress from Michigan.
He was also mayor of Grand Rapids,
Mich., in 1863 and 1864. He began
his business life as a farmer on the
old homestead, removed to Grand
Rapids, grew up with the city and
inaugurated the first wholesale
furniture establishment in that city
which has since been famous for the
large number of such establish-
ments. He was an eminently sue-



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cessful business man, and one who
never lost interest in his native
town. The ancestors of the Corn-
stock family came to Sullivan from
Lyme, Conn.; farther back the line
has not been discovered.



Germany, he learned the secret of
making illuminating gas from coal.
Jle introduced that process of light-
ing into the city of New York, the
first successful plant of that charac-
ter which was ever established on



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