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branch of the Church universal should be
permitted to equip and support an effective
pioneer band of Sabbath-school missionaries
in the newer and remoter parte of our vast
territory. The work these men are doing so
quietly and unostentatiously, brings in rich
returns to the cause of Christ in general and
also to our Church in particular. There is no
branch of Christian service which yields
quicker and more abundant resulte in propor-
tion to the money expended as this work of
Sabbath-school missions.


From a Minnesota field a brother writes:

When the Sabbath school was first organized
the saloons were the best patronized business
places In the village. Today It Is a common
remark that they are doing next to no business
at all. A year ago most of the young men I saw
were under the Influence of liquor. I have
to-day met nearly all the young men In the vll*
lage but I do not think one of them had been
drinking. One of our mission churches has re-
ceived fifteen members, thirteen on profession of
faith, from a Sabbath-school I organized in
March, 1898.


From Wisconsin a missionary writes:

Last Saturday after dark the conductor of the
train kindly let me off on a cross road, leading to
a neighborhood where appointments had been
announced for me, two miles from where I left
the train. Through drifting snows and bad
roads I reached place of destination and at the
various services was delighted to see such atten-
tive hearers. On parting pressing Invitations
were given to come again, and warm thanks for
the gospel message I had brought to them.

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Interesting Testimony from a Pastor,


To-day I am suffering from cold contracted by
exposure, damp bed, heated school houses, and
long rides in night air, but I expect to be able
in a day or two to resume work.


There has been much destitution during
the past winter in many parts of our land,
and a large number of barrels and boxes of
clothing have been distributed by our mis-
sionaries, aggregating in value several thou-
sand of dollars. From Oklahoma the follow-
ing reaches us :

During the autumn and early winter there
was a great deal of sickness and several deaths
in the communities I have served. I was able
to send clothing to thirteen or fourteen families,
and had the satisfaction of seeing parents and
children at the services who could not have got
there with any comfort but for this assistance
rendered by the kind friends east. They appre-
ciated the help very much. ... I received
five barrels and a box of clothing. All of it was
very good, and I found little difficulty in finding
places for it.


From North Carolina, where a good work
is carried on by our colored missionaries, one

The Sabbath-schools visited by me during the
last quarter are all doing well. I found some of
them, however, weak and ready to die, but by
visiting from house to house, working day and
night, in season and out of season, the work has
in every case, by God*s grace, been revived. I
find that the missionary is to a sick Sabbath-
school what a doctor is to a sick patient. Many
of our schools would die but for the timely visit
of the Sabbath school missionary.


A faithful brother in Iowa sends this story :
Visited a mission Sabbath- school in a very
destitute community. The sermons are held in
open air. One bright but very dirty little girl
came to her teacher and said, 'Wont you let
your little boy go home with me and ask my ma
to wash me and clean me up so I can come to
Sabbath-school like other little girls?'

This little incident is one of thousands of
illustrations of the civilizing effects of mission
work. Patriotism and philanthropy com-
mend it as one of the greatest of agencies for
elevating a people.


The inability of the Home Board to occupy

the fields opened up by our Sabbath school
missionaries is much to be regretted. A
brother from Missouri writes that the good
work is much hindered on account of the
lack of ministers and the number of vacant
churches. For this reason many a promising
field has to be given up. He rightly adds:
** There is no use, however, in lamenting;
the only thing to do is to push ahead and
save all we can."


A pastor in Iowa writes to the superin-
tendent in Philadelphia in very appreciative
terms of the labors of one of our missionary
brethren, who consulted him as to the needy
parts of the district. He says :

Through his consecrated effort three whole
families united with our church and are now
earnest Christians. The number we received
last Sabbath into our church was nineteen.
Next Sabbath I go there to organize a Presby-
terian Sabbath-school. . . I am writhig this
because it is an item of very encouraging
character in the work of the Sabbath-school

missionary department. Mr. has a way

of reaching out for individual souls and leading
men to Christ— a wonderful gift in this direc-
tion, — and he manifests great wisdom in seeing
that his work becomes permanent in its results.


Another missionary in Wisconsin writes :
A brief synopsis of the quarter's work shows
16 schools addressed. 18 schools visited. 49
addresses delivered, 1,515 miles traveled, 6,637
pages of tracts and papers given away, and 816
family visits m^e. One Sabbath- school organ-
ized where the Gospel never before was preached
is now statedly supplied. Another visited where
I organized last spring is doing good work
with occasional services, the first e 3 joyed for
seven years. Still another, outside of all church
aid, is hopeful in this its flr^t effort for many
years to maintain a Sabbuth-Bchool. A good
brother writes: The school you opened up here
has just closed to reopen in tbe spring; it has
been a blessing to the whole community. We
want you to assist us in securing a school tbe
coming spring, for we are living like heathen,
bringing up our children destitute of any public
means of grace. We ought to have a school
here, but no one professes Christianity or will
take the lead ; if you can secure a superintendent
we will all come out, says a party called upon.

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It 18 jast ooe hundred years since the Rev.
Hezekiah Balch, D.D., a graduate of Prince-
ton College, obtained a charter for Greeneville
College. Bev. Samuel Doak, D.D., the great
pioneer educator of the south-west, began
teaching at Tusculum, near Greeneville, Ten-
nessee, in 1818. He first taught in a one-
story log house. A cut of the second, third,
and fourth college building at Tusculum is
here given. In 1868 the two schools were
united under a new charter. The college is
seventy-nine miles east of Knoxville, in the
valley of East Tennessee and in
full view of the Allegheny moun-
tains, which rise to a height of
5,600 feet.


This begins with the origin of
the College Board. The great
West is not the only p^ace where
men took courage from the action
of the Assembly of 1883. Scotch-
Irish Presbyterians around
Greeneville and Tusculum felt
the throb. Through the timely
aid of Mrs. Nettie F. McCormick
and the College Board $22,000

have been added to the property of
the institution . Nearly |8, 000 have
been given by local friends, most of
whom are persons of small means.


In the preparatory and collegiate
departments there have been enrolled
this session one hundred and seventy-
one young men and women. They
come from seven of the Southern

There is also a primary department
doing good work, which is supported
in part by the Executive Committee
of Home Missions. Thorough scholarship
and Christian training are the aims. A strong
effort is made to bring every student under
the saving power of the gospel.


With true gratitude to God we read the
history of this college in its long record of
faithful work and loyalty to Christ.

All honor to the Balches, Cofilns, and
Doaks, who wrought so well with small
means ! But in this day no one can be ex-
pected to do the work which is demanded in
the new circumstances without increased

The library must be enlarged; apparatus
and some more buildings aie needed.


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The Future.


The time' has come when some endowment
is a pressing necessity.

The Alamni are taking steps to start an
endowment fand.

It may be some friends of education who
read these lines would like to help thiscoUege
in the south land. If so the College Board
will be glad to pass their gifts along.

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Mccormick theological seminary.

We offer to onr readers this moDth some
interesting ilIastratioDS of McCormick Theo-
logical Seminary, together with what will
probably be generally recognized as an excel-
lent likeness of the late Cyrus H. McCormick
to whom the Seminary is under so much obli-
gation and whose memory it so gratefully
cherishes. The plate has been kindly pre-
pared for our use by the son who bears the
same name with his honored father. We are
indebted for information concerning the insti-
tution to the Rev. John DeWitt, D.D., who
in his present position as professor of Church
History at Princeton Seminary evidently
cherishes still an affectionate regard for the
Seminary at Chicago to which he gave some
years of earnest and fruitful labor. The
former name of the seminary was '* The
Theological Seminary of the Northwest." Its
location was New Albany, Ind. It was in

1869 that the determination was reached to
remove the institution to Chicago; that being
the condition upon which Mr. McCormick
proposed to provide it with an endowment.
The first instructions were given in the
lecture-room of the North Church of Chicago,
of which the Rev. Nathan L. R ce, D.D.,
was the pastor. Dr. Rice was also one of the
professors together with Dr. L. J. Halsey,
Dr. William B. Scott, and Dr. Willis Lord.
Those early days were not days of unclouded
prosperity. Circumstances diminished for a
time the interest felt by Mr. McCormick in
the institution. Three sites were offered to
the Seminary; one on the south side, one on
the west, and one on the north side. Thiis
last was the one accepted, and time has justi-
fied the wisdom of the selection. It was for-
feited for a time, however, because the con-
ditions could not be complied with. The
owners were induced by the Rev. Fielding N.

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EwiDg to re- convey the property to the Sem-
inary on the condition that the proposed
buildings should be erected within a specified
time. The memory of Mr. Fielding's timely
and efficient help is preserved in ^^ Fielding
HaU, *' the name of the old dormitory. The
valuable property thus happily secured for
the cause of sacred learning consists of a
block of twenty acres, about half a mile west
of the lake shore and about three and a half
miles north of the business section of the
city. Five of these acres are set apart for
the buildings and the campus. The remain-
ing fifteen are laid out in building lots, and
already there are eighty or ninety buildings
on these lots owned by the Seminary. Mr.
McCormick's loss of interest was but tempo-
rary. After the year 1880 not a year passed
in which he did not make a large gift to the
institution. His gifts included $100,000 for
the endowment- fund, three professors' houses,
and the dormitory which has been named
after him, '*McCormick Hall." His death
occurred soon after the gift of **McCormick
Hall;" but his heirs, particularly ^^his widow
and his eldest son, continue to show the
greatest interest in the Seminary. The
trustees of the estate of Mr. McCormick
have, in accordance with a provision in his
will, added probably $200,000 to the
endowment, and are about to build and
endow a library. Mrs. McCormick has
added greatly to the resources of the
institution by the erection of the domi-
tory which has received the name of
*' Fowler Hall." The gifts of the
McCormick family amount altogether
to between $800,000 and $1,000,000.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the
name now borne by the Seminary should
be ** The McCormick Theological Semin-
ary." It stands a splendid monument
of a man who knew how to invest his
money in a way to honor God and to
bring the largest returns for the benefit
of his fellow-men.

It is an interesting fact that Mr.
McCormick came from the same county
in Virginia from whence came that
famous Princeton divine, Dr. Archibald
Alexander; and further that the same

county was the home of the Rev. John
Craig, ancestor of Prof. Willis G. Craig,
now of McCormick Seminary. Pres. Patton,
of the College of New Jersey, taught theology
for ten years in the Chicago Seminary, and
was succeeded by that most interesting per-
sonality, the Rev. Thos. H. Skinner, D.D.,
who must be gratefully remembered with
the others as a benefactor of the institution.

THE board's new CIRCJULAR.

Some interesting and important facts are
to be found in this little document which can
be read through in less than two minutes.

It is pleasant to learn that in answer to
many earnest prayers there has been an in-
crease in the number of candidates for the
enlarging work of the church at home and
abroad. There are more than 900 men
under the care of the Board this year, an in-
crease of 42 over last year. It is pleasant to
learn that no debt has been incurred. But
the April payment will require a large amount
of money, and thus far the churches and
Sabbath-schools have given $4,200 less than
up to Xhe same time last year. The treasurer
estimates that he will need to receive $88,000
in order that he may close his accounts for
the General Assembly in proper shape. At-
tention is called to the great care exercised to


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secure only worthy men, and to the strictness
with which payments are stopped when satis-
factory reports are not received from pro-
fessors as to the character, scholarship, punc-
tuality and economy of the students.

It has been found by careful investigation
that 97 per cent of the men aided by the
Board have actually entered the ministry,
and many of those who have turned aside
from the purpose to preach the gospel have
paid back into the treasury the money which
they had received.

Dr. Charles Hodge had good ground for
his assertion that probably no agency had
ever accomplished so much good with so few
failures and at so small an outlay of money.


We are still hoping that special money will
be sent to our treasurer to enable us to aid
several promising men who are struggling
against great odds to get their education, but
who fear that they must pack up and go

home to avoid running into debt. One of
these men is to start for home in April, unless
relief comes. His leaving school at this time
will cause serious delay in his preparation for
his work and ought to be avoided. The out-
lay of eighty dollars would bring this excel-
lent young man into college, at which stage
of his career he can be taken under the care
of the Board. We repeat the question of our
issue of last month: *^Who covets a great
privilege?" When we put a man into the
ministry it is the next thing to the privilege
of entering it ourselves.


Whitworth College, now at Sumner,
Wash., has an offer of 200 acres of land at
Seattle, an ideal situation for the college.
The condition is that $50,000 be raised for
the erection of suitable buildings within this
year. It has 100 students, nine of whom are
candidates for the ministry.

Washinoton and Jefferson College has

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received from Mr. W. R Thompson, of Pitts-
burgh, the models made for the World's Pair by
Auzoux in Paris illustrative of botanical and
zoological forms. They are scientifically accu-
rate, and include the model of man in 2,000
separable parta, with models of the eye, ear and
brain, greatly enlarged, besides 40 models to
illustrate comparative anatomy, showing in
detail the digestive, circulatory, nervous and
respiratory system in the principal genera of the
animal kingdom.

Euphrates College at Harpoot, Turkey, has
five American and twenty six native professors,
and six hundred students in all departoients.

BiDDLE University is preparing to celebrate
the twenty-fifth anniversary of its founding.
Friends of the higher education of colored
men will be asked to help celebrate the event
by gifts for the increase of the permanent
endowment of the institution.

Richard Allen Institute at Pine Bluff,
Ark, was burned on the night of January
14. The dormitory built last year, the gift

of Mrs. Bell of Allegheny, was not injured.

SoOTLL Seminart for colored girls has 280
boarders this term. All but about twenty are
professing Christians. Fifty dollars supports
a scholar during one term of eight months.
The tenth anniversary of the organization of
the AlumnsB Association is to be celebrated
next June.

Lincoln University for colored men has
207 students, of whom 195 are professors of
religion. It has thirty-seven preparing for
the ministry.

Pare College has 818 students, of whom
805 are professors of religion. Seventy per
cent, of its graduates have entered the min-

Wellesley College mourns the death of
its gifted president. Miss Helen A. Shafer,
LL. D. She was the daughter of a minister.
Newark was her native city, and she was
educated at Oberlin, Ohio.


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Ihoughts on the JSabbalhrSchool Jjesso/is.


Thoughts on
The 5abbath-5chool Lessons.

April 1. — Jacob's Pretxiiling Prayer, — Gen.
xxxil:9-12, 24-80.

On the one hand, Jacob seems the father
of Jewish guile, fear, unscrapalousness and
thrift. On the other, he appears not only as
the deeply faithfal lover in his yoath and the
most tender father, but as an elevated, ma-
jestic man of faith, who believed in high
things, who valued them, and who left on
record such words of lowliness and penitence
for his faults, in such genuine tones, that the
purest, most lepentant hearts take them up
from age to age and repeat them as their
own: ^^I am not worthy of the least of all
the mercies." A. G. Mercer, D.D.

This mysterious wrestler has wrestled from
him, by one touch, all his might, and he can
no longer stand alone. Without any support
whatever from himself, he hangs upon the
conqueror, and in that condition learns by
experience the practice of sole reliance on
one mightier than himself. This is the turn-
ing point in this strange drama. Despairing
now of his own strength, he is Jacob still ; he
declares his determination to cling on until
his conqueror bless him. He now knows he
is in the hand of a higher power, who can
disable and again enable, who can curse and
also bless. He knows himself also to be now
utterly helpless without the healing, quicken-
ing, protecting power of his victor, and,
though he die in the effort, he will not let
him go without receiving this blessing. Ja-
cobus sense of his total debility and utter
defeat is now the secret of his power with his
friendly vanquisher. He can overthrow all
the prowess of the self-reliant; but he cannot
resist the earnest entreaty of the helpless.
Jas. G. Murphy, D.D.

April 8. — Discord in Jacob's Family, — Gten.

^* Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity."
And there are few sadder sights than a home
where brothers and sisters cannot or do ^ot

*' dwell together in unity.** There w no
room for jealousy or rivalry in the true home,
but abundant space for that charity that
^^ seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,
thinketh no evil." ''The little foxes that
spoil the vines " must be diligently kept out,
but the *' tico bears, Bear and Forbear," con-
stantly cherished.

April 15. — Joseph sold into Egypt, — GJen.
xxxvii: 23-86.

The stepping stones of Joseph^s career,
though they brought him almost to a throne,
were not just those that an ambitious youth
would have chosen for himself. The way
led through captivity and imprisonment, but
it was marked all the way by perfect fidelity
to duty that won the confidence of master
and overseer. Whatever faults of arrogance
the favorite son may have shown in the
home, that excited the jealousy and ill-will
of his brethren, he has left a ^rand example
of an unspotted life and of faithfulness in the
midst of unfavorable surrroundings that is
worth the study of every youth.

On the plain tomb that marks the resting
place of William H. Seward in the beautiful
Fort Hill cemetery at Auburn, N. Y., are the
simple words, ** He was faithful." The brief
epitaph that the great statesman had chosen,
as expressing all that he desired that his
friends should say of them, would well de-
scribe the life of this statesman of Egypt;
and we can think of no higher commendation
that can be accorded to anyone in any sphere
of Ufe.

April 22. — Joseph Ruler in Egypt, — Gen.
xli: 38-48.

^^ Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand
before mean men."

Such a man did the world see in Joseph's
day, and such a reward was accorded to his
faithful, diligent performance of the duties
that the changing experiences of life brought.
The world does recognize and often crown
with earthly honor such diligence and fidelity,
but its reward is not always very satisfying.
For the Christian heart there is greater satis-
faction in a long look forward to the ^* Well
do^e, good and faithful servant; thou hast

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been faithfal over a few thinf^s, I will make
thee mler oyer many things; enter thou into
the joy of thy Lord."

April 29. — Joseph Forgiving His Brethren,
Gen. xlv: 1-15.

It is sometimes easier to forgive when the
power of revenge is within our reach than
when we feel ourselves helpless in the hands
of those who have done us wrong. Possibly
there were times in Joseph^s life when it
wonld not have been so easy to lay aside all
feeliDgs of anger against the brothers who
had ^'thought evil against him," as now
when he stood before them with all the
wealth and power of Egypt at his disposal
and ** they were troubled at his presence."

But the gospel rule of forgiveness has no
limitations and we must not wait until the
working out of God's providence convinces
ns that what the enemy planned for evil,
** God meant for good, " before we ** forgive,
as we hope to be forgiven."

Perhaps the slight was nnintentional; per-
haps the unkind word that gossip reports
was never spoken or was misinterpreted;
perhaps the apparent want of cordialty was
caused by absorption in business cares or
weariness or pain. It is not worth while to
make sorrow for onrselves by imagining evil.
But when the injury is real, it pales so be-
side our own debt of sin and unworthinees
that there can be no question of the Chris-
tian's duty. *^Be ye kind one to another,
tender hearted, forgiving one another, even
as Ood/or Chri^Vs sake hath forgiven you^


The hands are such dear hands;

They are so full ; they turn at our demands

So often ; they reach out

With trifles scarcely thought about,
So many times; they do
So many things for me, for you —

If their fond wills mistake,

We may well bend, not break.

Tbey are such fond frail lips

That speak to us. Pray if love strips

Them of discretion many times.

Or if they speak too slow or quick, such crimes
We may pass bv ; for we may see
Days not far off when these small words may be

Held not as slow, or quick, or out of place,
but dear.

Because the lips are no more here.

They are such dear amiliar feet that go
Along the path with ours— feet fast or slow,
And trying to keep pace — if they mistake
Or tread upon some flowers that we would
Upon our breast, or bruise some reed
Or crush poor hope until it bleed.

We may be mute.
Not turning quickly to impute
Grave fault ; tor they and we

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