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for us to be ready when the call comes!

■■ Live a little while we may,
But die we must;
Then help us while we live, O Lord,
In Thee to put our trust."

My trip to Kansas is embracing more time than any
previous journey here or elsewhere, but its importance
requires time, deep thought and sincere, candid reflection.
The subject of marriage is one of vast importance to
those entering upon its duties. Too little attention is
at times given to it, and on this account it is called a lot-
tery, a name that it should no more bear than that busi-
ness should be called a farce. When I returned from
my first trip to Kansas, I was met by a particular friend
who, knowing where I had been, said: "Well, how do
you like Kansas?" "I like the country and climate
exceedingly," I replied. "Did you invest?" "Yes," I
said, for how could I speak otherwise when I had invested
my all in matrimony? He seemed somewhat surprised
and was anxious to knoAv if I intended going West to
locate. I told him that much as I liked the West I
liked Crawford County better, and had no intention of
removing. This conversation occurred last fall, and as I
sit to-day writing this in the home of Mr. Tyler, with
Anna Tyler writing at the same table, I feel that I
have every reason to be thankful to Almighty God for
His blessing ; especially am I grateful to him for sparing
my life and crowning this year with happiness. Yester-
day, June 2, 1889, I attended the Christian Sunday-
school and church at Norwood. A collection was taken for
missionary purposes, and when it amounted to only ^2.88,1



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was reminded of some of our own small church collection
at home, and so at the close of the service I handed the
treasurer a like amount, thus doubling the contribution.
The Lord loveth a cheerful giver, and may I ever do His
work with a cheerful heart and willing hand.

I wish to say a word concerning the lighter and fairer
products of Kansas soil. Fruit and flowers are in great
luxuriance here, particularly (among fruit) peaches and
cherries, and (among flowers) roses, of which latter there
is great variety. Apples do not promise so well as
peaches, yet there will be a fair yield. The weather con-
tinues beautiful, and all Nature is smiling.

"All good things around us
Are sent from Heav'n above;
Then Ihank the Lord, Oh! thank the Lord
For all his bounteous love."

In order that my "right hand might not forget her
cunning," speaking as a tiller of the soil, I kept myself
in some degree of practice by mowing the grass about
the yard and house for a few days, and the exercise I
found did me good. Two of the letters I received from
Meadville, yesterday (June 5), brought me intelligence
of the death at Titusville, Penn., of Ruth Ann Goodwill,
and of her burial at Blooming Valley Cemetery, May 31.
She was one of my scholars at Blooming Valley, in 1852,
and we had always kept up a cordial acquaintance. Last
January I visited her for the last time, she being then
very ill.

Things went on from day to day much the same at
Mr. Tyler's, with occasioned variation, and I found my-
self gradually becoming stronger, and in a more composed
frame of mind. My diary now brings me to the memor-
able " Ottawa Chautauqua Assembly."



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OTTAWA CHAUTAUQUA ASSEMBLY.

June 18, to 28, inclusive, was a long-to-be-remem-
bered period in the annals of Ottawa, Kas. The galaxy
of talent and the vast crowds attracted thither on the oc-
casion are of rare occurrence anywhere, and I had made
up my mind to become one of the many there assembled.
Accordingly, in the forenoon of the first day (June 18),
I took train for Norwood ; thence, after some delay, owing
to non-connection of trains, proceeded to Ottawa, where I
arrived in the afternoon in time to be present at part of
the exercises, but too late to hear the opening address.

When I come to reflect it seems to me that now, in the
early autumn of my life, I do a good deal of traveling,
and I confess I see and appreciate its value. It does a
man good to " rub up against the world," and without
travel, like a sword kept too long in the scabbard, he is
liable to get rusty. When a boy I often entertained a
wish to travel, and now I have no cause to complain on
that score.

But to return to my Ottawa trip. I found that city
very pleasant, and Forest Park looking resplendent in
spite of the swollen river having encroached considera-
bly on its limits. There is one tree, an elm, in the park,
beneath whose shade I wrote some of my diary, that is five
feet in diameter at the trunk, and probably over a century
old. They are already making great preparations here
for the " Fourth " and the " Chautauqua Assembly " is
creating no little commotion in all quarters. Each church
denomination has its own headquarters on the ground in
front of the Tabernacle, as well as the Y. M. C. A. and
W. C. T. U. I purchased a " season ticket," price $1.50,
which entitles me to " entrance and exit at pleasure." As
you pass in at the main entrance to Forest Park, on the
right hand is the Assembly Hall; on the left, near the



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river, is the boarding dining room, on tl^e left before you
come to the Tabernacle, between the gate and the Taber-
nacle; then, farther on, is the little tent village, ensconced
in a beautiful grove of trees, and near this are the Normal
Hall and Hall of Philosophy, which latter is located very
near the river bank on a rise of ground, beautifully sit-
uated, as the tent village lies in front and Normal Hall
near by.

On the evening of the 18th I listened to a lecture de-
livered by Peter Mamreoff Von Finkelstein, a native of
Jerusalem, and a man of, I should think, about fifty
years of age. This lecture, for teaching and explaining
the Scriptures, excelled any discourse, I believe, I ever
heard. He was dressed in Oriental costume, as was also
the party of Syrians who accompanied him and Avho as-
sisted in his lectures by practical illustrations of Eastern
and Biblical scenes, and in several tableaux.

Wednesday, June 19 — Attended a discourse at the
Tabernacle, with Bible readings about Sanwjel. He was
a good boy, and early learned obedience. The speaker
said that if a child at five years of age did not mind his
parents or guardians he would never be obedient, and we
should be careful to teach our children lessons of obedi-
ence. Eev. Sam P. Jones came to-day. He is of medium
size; fair complexion; quick step; dark hair; has a mous-
tache, and a keen eye. Rev. D. C. Milner is a man of
medium size, somewhat tanned by the sun, and has a
full beard, though not long, Mr. Von Finkelstein gave,
with some twenty others dressed in rich Eastern attire,
a most instructive entertainment to an immense audience.
His description of Jerusalem and its people, both ancient
and modern, was most graphic and edifying, and made
the Bible dearer to me than ever, if such could be possi-
ble. To-nigfht I heard Rev. S. P. Jones lecture on the



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subject, "Get There.'' The audience was large, and by
his pointed remarks and truthful sayings he made con-
siderable impression on his hearers.

Thursday, June 20 — This morning I met Kev. S. P.
Jones at the park gateway, and as I passed through I
remarked to the gate-keeper, "That's Sam Jones."
"Yes," replied some one, "that's the critier!'" "Well," I
said, "he is a peculiar man, but he draws a large crowd."
Listened to several interesting lectures — Chemistry (with
experiments). Energy and Force, etc. — all most instruct-
ive, by Prof. James T. Edwards, of Randolph, N. Y.
Also heard Col. George W. Bain, of Kentucky, lecture on
"Temperance." Col. Bain has just come from Pennsyl-
vania, where he had been lecturing on " Constitutional
Amendment," and reports 180,000 against it. Anna
and Mr. Tyler came into Ottawa to-day by horse and
buggy, and I saw them long enough just to chat for a
few moments. In the evening. Rev. S. P. Jones, on "Tem-
perance."

Friday, June 21 — Great crowd to-day, as weather is
more pleasant after some refreshing showers. Dr. H. R.
Palmer's (of NeAv York) musical class is no small addi-
tion in the entertainment of the people. Heard Dr. Pen-
tecost's Bible readings, and Dr. Hays, of Kansas City,
lecture on " Church Organizations." Two years ago
(1887) I sent Rev. Sam P. Jones a copy of my Souvenir.
Now to-day, at his room in the Assembly Hall, at 10:30
A. M., according to prior arrangement, I had the pleasure
of handing him another copy, which he accepted, thank-
ing me, and saying he would write to me and give me his
opinion of the book. Mr. Jones then wrote my address
in the back part of the volume. During the interview I
asked him if he was acquainted with T. L. Flood, of
Meadville, and he said he was. I stated to him my ob-



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ject in writing the Souvenir, and what I wished to do for
the Lord, as I owed everything to Him, saying I wished
to " Get There " — that is to Heaven ; yes, get there. I
have heard Mr. Jones twice here, and have listened to
him most attentively each time, one reason being that I
heard him lecture and preach at Chautauqua, N. Y., in
1887, and I am glad of yet another opportunity to hear
him this afternoon at the Tabernacle. I should add that
Mr. Jones, in turning over the leaves of the Souvenir,
stopped at the portraits of Eliza and myself, and remarked
of mine that it reminded him of a friend, and of Eliza's
he said: " That is a fair, noble face." I then told him
that my wife had died July 4, 1888. This, the fourth
day of the Assembly, ended with a grand concert by the
Assembly chorus under Dr. Palmer, listened to by a large
audience.

Saturday, June 22 — Having some bank business in-
volving the sum of ^3,000, and other private affairs to
attend to, I took a run " home," returning in the after-
noon to Ottawa, and bringing with me, from Mr. Tyler's,
John Cavinee, who is stopping at the same hotel. We
visited several places of interest in Ottawa, including
the stand-pipe and North Ottawa; also took a trip in
the little pleasure steamboat " Gertie." In the evening,
grand parade of children, speeches, music, etc.

Sunday, June 23 — Attended Sunday-school for adults
at the Tabernacle, Dr. J. L. Hurlbut being the teacher,
and his lesson " The Eesurrection." Kev. Wilbur L.
Davidson, of Cincinnati, filled Dr. William Butler's place
at the Tabernacle, latter being sick. Prayers were offered
up for him, and Mr. Davidson said he would see him
soon and let him know how the people of Ottawa remem-
bered him on that day in prayer. The subject of Rev.
Davidson's discourse was 2 Cor. iv: 17: For our light



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affliction, which is bat for a mon/cni, worketh for as a far
more exceeding and eternal iveight of glory. In the-
evening the Young Men's Christian Association held a
temperance meeting, which was well attended. I shook
hands with the secretary of the association, Mr. Maurice
McMullen,* who was from Meadville, Penn. Also attend-
ed song service at the Tabernacle.

Monday, June 24 — Bright and early this cold morn-
ing I was in the park, seated on the river bank, pencil
and note-book in hand, and much I wrote, which space in
this volume will not admit of. From many passing events
and scenes I was always learning a lesson, and everything
seemed to me like an animated Panopticon. To-day I
rode over from the town to the park with Mr. McMullen,
who kindly invited me to a seat with him in his carriage.
In the evening I returned to Mr. Tyler's, and found
Rouelle waiting for the mail at Norwood, but my busi-
ness required me to go in person to the farm, instead of
writing.

Tuesday, June 25 — Returned to Ottawa in time ta
hear Dr. Hays again. I truly love to hear him speak,
his words are so full of instruction, and his delivery most
pleasing. After dinner I went to the First National Bank
of Ottawa to transact some business with Mr. Freeman
Tyler, his daughter, Anna E., being with us. Just be-
fore Mr. and Miss Tyler's arrival at Ottawa I had at-
tended a grand lecture at the Tabernacle on the subject
"The Pleasures of Our Country." After dinner I heard
Dr. P. S. Henson, of Chicago, discourse on "Grumblers."^
his lecture being full of instruction and amusement. He
maintained that the best cure for grumblers was work.
In the evening Bishop John H. Vincent, LL. D., the

* Robert McMullen (decpased), father of Maurice and a blacksmith by occupa-
tion, was a friend and ac()uaintanre of uiy father as well as a friend of mine, and I
always esteemed him a good man. His widow is living in Meadville now.



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Founder and Chancellor oi: " Chautauqua,"" whom I have
frequently seen and heard, delivered a very fine lecture
entitled "Among the Heights," in the course of which he
said that we, in Ottawa, were 850 feet above the level of
the sea; then went on describing heights of land every-
where till he reached the Yosemite Valley, his descrip-
tion of which, with its hills and mountains, rocks and
waterfalls, rivers and cataracts, was really sublime.

Wednesday, June 26 — This is " Recognition Day."
Bible-reading by Dr. J. L. Hurlbut, of New York.
(Wrote to C. R. Slocum, Esq., of Saegerstown, Crawford
County, Penn., and to my son, Fred F., at Meadville. )
Heard Dr. Hays to-day, and think him one of the most
common and practical of preachers that I know of; but I
shall ever remember him with pleasure. His subject to-
day was " Systematizing the Pastor's Own Work." In
speaking of the various churches he compared them to
different railroads all doing business of the same nature
but under different organizations. This afternoon they
are getting ready (decorating, etc.) for Bishop Vincent,
whom I heard address the boys at Assembly Hall, and
afterward the girls (Mrs. Kennedy's class) at Normal
Hall. And now the procession is formed, with the " Chau-
tauqua Literary Scientific Circle " in beautiful line ; gradu-
ates, advanced Normal and Normal, then mediates and
intermediates and boys and girls from twelve to four-
teen, both white and colored. After the entire line was
formed they marched, headed by a band, through deco-
rated archways to the several halls, and then to the Tab-
ernacle, where seats were reserved for all the classes.
Here was rendered an instructive and entertaining pro-
gram, consisting mainly of music. " Recognition Ad-
dress," by Bishop Vincent, and the conferring of diplo-
mas upon the class of 1889. In the evening came the



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grand camp-fire of the C. L. S. C. At the setting of the
sun I stepped on board the " Gertie " and enjoyed a de-
lightful sail on the pond, which looks not unlike the out-
let of Chautauqua Lake, N. Y. I sat beside the gentle-
man who lectured on " Pleasures of Our Country," and
I thought that even in this little boat-ride I was en-
joying one of the many pleasures of life for the small
sum of ten cents. About 9 o'clock, after the bonfire of
the C. L. S. C. had died out, all repaired to the Taberna-
cle, where was assembled the largest audience I had yet
seen, to enjoy the rendering of an amusing and in-
structive program, of which the following is a verhaiim
copy:

PROGRAM OF THE I B U!

WAIT UNTIL THE GHOSTS APPEAR!

" Catch as Catch Can." — Dr. Milner.

Opening Remarks Dr. Hurlbul

Peter Vou ***4^** Mr. Jerusalem

Lecture Sam Jones

Class Song I. B. U. Chorus

Chemical Experiments Dr. Edwards

Cornet Solo Miss Anna Park

Lecture (with gestures) Col. Bain

Stereopticon Illustrations W. L. Davidson

Solo Madam Bianca Salveteri Romana Etc. Carringtoa

Lecture Dr. Hays

Speechification Dr. Henson

Song L B. U. Chorus

Presentation of Diplomas Bishop Vincent

Instrumental Duet (with encore) I. B. L'.'s

WAIT UNTIL THE GHOSTS DISAPPEAR!

Thursday, June 27 — The tenth day of the Ottawa
Chautauqua Assembly opened this morning under a sunny
sky. I attended Bible reading at the Tabernacle, and



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lieard again the stories of David and Samuel. Dr. Hurl-
hnfs description of the Psalmist and his abilities was
most interesting. I had, after the reading, an entertain-
ing conversation with a Presbyterian clergyman, who
owns three farms in Coffey County, which be is desirous
of selling in order to remove to the East. He stated that
his sons did not care for farming, .and that like most
young men in that region wished to go to the populous
centers, where they could make more money, saying, that
young men of the present day preferred speculating and
trading to good hard farm -work. At 10 o'clock Miss
Anna Park gave a concert in the Tabernacle, which was
followed by a similar entertainment at a later hour.
The motto of the Chautauqua Assembly at Ottawa is
^' Knowledge unused for the good of others is more vain
than unused gold." Some people think the Ghost play
at the Tabernacle last evening was overdone; I think it
Avould have been better left undone entirely. The Ottawa
Chautauqua Assembly should have complete control of its
grounds and entertainments, and should submit to no out-
side pressure. I am writing this near Philosophy Hall,
upon the river bank, a favorite spot of mine, and when I
reach home my thoughts will wander pleasantly back to
this sylvan nook. The little steamer, " Gertie," has just
passed, and the waves she made are washing the bank at
my feet. I rode upon the boat last evening, and as we
drifted I found a deep and pleasurable satisfaction in the
ever-changing scene on the shore. The white tents with
their background of leafy green, the children darting
hither and thither in their parti -colored dresses, all went
to make u[) a picture long to dwell within the memory.
Since sitting here within the shadow of Philosophy Hall a
gentleman from Connecticut and a party of ladies have
43ome and stood by my side. The\' are good conversa-



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tionalists, and I enjoy listening to them. But a Avord
about the concert this afternoon ; a young boy and his sis-
ter, from Missouri, played the violin remarkably well, and
are very attractive in their appearance. Solos were given
by two young men, and also by Mrs. Carrington and Miss
Park, chorus singing by the choir filling the rest of the
program. The weather has been extremely hot, the
thermometer marking 94° at noon. One makes many
friends in the course of ten days, and I find myself when
writing on the river bank continually accosted by those
with whom I have formed more or less acquaintance since
coming here. The little steamer " Gertie," I think must
be getting rich to-day for she is now pulling out upon her
third trip. The captain told me a day or two ago that
times were dull, but I think he is now reaping a harvest.
The heat of the day has dried up the mud caused by the
overflow of the river, and the seats along the bank of the
stream under the shade of the trees are more accessible
and far more comfortable. I saw a lady to-day, sitting
beneath the shade of a tree and standing her things on a
seat, making a pretty sketch of the Locust Street bridge,
Avhich crosses the river just below the park. It struck
me this evening as I stood upon the Main Street bridge,
that I had never experienced such oppressive weather.
As is sometimes the case in Kansas, there was positively
no air astir, and the least exertion caused actual dis-
comfort. I have heard of hot waves in Kansas, and if
this is not one of them it bears a remarkably startling
resemblance. I expect to return to Mr. Tyler's to-
morrow, the last day of the Assembly.

Friday, June 28 — This is "Grand Army Day," and
the last day of the Chautauqua Assembly, for which great
preparations have been made. In the forenoon we had
addresses by U. S. Sen. John J. Ingalls, chairman of



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the day, and Gov. Lyman U. Humphry of Kansas. In
the afternoon, addresses by Hon. Henry Booth, De-
partment Commander of the G. A. R., and Corporal
James Tanner, U. S. Commissioner of Pensions. In the
evening, camp fire and addresses by Ex-Go v. George T.
Anthony and others. One of the speakers spoke of the
time when Kansas was on the border of civilization and
had so many a hard struggle; he eulogized the people
for what they had done in bringing a fertile land from
an unfruitful soil, so that now Kansas can raise enough
in one year to last her five. Speaking of the war he
said: "Kansas, in proportion to her population, sent more
men to the front than any other State in the Union.
More soldiers went from her borders than there were
voters in the State." The choir sang "Marching Through
Georgia," and Miss Park played the clarionet, thus add-
ing musical features to the day. Sen. Ingalls is tall,
slender and a little gray, but withal fine looking. The
Tabernacle was filled to overflowing by people anxious to
hear his speeches. He paid a deserved tribute to the
G. A. R. boys, and to the State of Kansas. He began
quietly, but soon, like Dr. Vincent, was "towering among
the heights." In the evening occurred another meeting
that was interesting and entertaining in the highest de-
gree. There were patriotic songs and speeches, and the
day, and with it the Assembly, closed crowned with
success. I was so delighted with the noted good men
whom I had seen and heard, that I bought their pictures
of Mr. Corwin, the photographer, along with the views
of Ottawa. The portraits were those of Revs. J. H. Vin-
cent, D. D., T. De Witt Talmage, D. D., J. L. Hurlbut.
D. D.; Rev. Sam P. Jones; Dr. H. R. Palmer; Rev. D. C.
Milner, Mr. Finkelstein and Mrs. G. R. Alden ("Pansy").
Saturday, June 29 — This forenoon I visited Ottawa



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University, which was built in 1866. A new one has been
commenced and is already up to the second story; the
grounds, I understand, comprise 100 acres. After trans-
acting some bank business I left Ottawa at 3:15 p. m. for
Norwood, arriving in the evening at the Tyler Farm in
good health and spirits.

THE TOPEKA CHAUTAUQUA ASSEMBLY.

July 1, 1889 — This morning I am to leave Mr. Free-
man Tyler's to go to Topeka, Kas., where I intend spend-
ing several days, in order to attend the Chautauqua
Assembly, and to view the city, which is the capital of
the State. I have made my home at the house of Mr.
Tyler since April 13, and now, having an opportunity to
visit the city mentioned, I feel that I ought to take ad-
vantage of it. Mr. Tyler, before buying the farm where
he now resides, lived in Topeka, for two or three months,
at 369 Van Buren Street, When I reached Norwood on
this bright July morning, I found that I had missed the
train by about five minutes, and I concluded to walk to
Baldwin, a distance of six miles, rather than wait until
the afternoon; and so out I set despite the hot sun that
a winter suit rendered rather uncomfortable. As I had
about seven hours in which to make the trip, I did not
hurry, but, walking leisurely along, I stopped in the
shadow of the Valley Chapel, to make some entries in my
note book, and then started eastward. I am at Baldwin
at last, tired, faint, hungry and thirsty, after a tramp of
ten or twelve miles. I must admit now that I was dressed
altogether too warmly for a July day, especially so con-
sidering the fact that my walk was prolonged far beyond
my anticipation. I turned in the wrong direction at one
time, and, finally, upon inquiry, I found myself farther



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from my destination than when I started.* I turned about
and reached here as I have described. At a farm-house,
•on my way, T stopped and asked for a cup of water. It
was given me readily by the ladies of the house, and I
must say that I have rarely tasted anything so thoroughly
good. This little incident put me in mind of the passage
of Scripture, concerning a cup of cold water given in the
Master's name, and I have since studied the passage
anew. I am now writing in a restaurant, where I have
eaten, drank and been refreshed. I am not sorry I took
the walk, although I did lose my way and travel farther
than I intended, for there is a lesson in it, and one by
which I shall profit. I enjoyed looking at the fine farms
as I walked along; the green corn in fields of a hundred
acres, and the large tracts of timothy grass just ready for
the scythe, were enough to delight the eye of any farmer
who held in his heart a love for his calling. I left
Baldwin between three and four o'clock, and am now,
in the early evening, at Lawrence, where I intend call-
ing on Eev. James Marvin, who left Meadville fourteen
years ago, as I was informed by his daughter with whom
I conversed while waiting his return home.

While there he was frequently called into the coun-
try to preach and make addresses, and, meeting him
often, I formed a strong attachment for him. I had
about two hours and one-half at Lawrence, and the time



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