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earth there is no privilege comparable to that ; honorable and lofty business it is,
indeed!

These are a few of the rewards of life in the ministry. Virtually, all men,
in proportion to their intelligence and moral sense, concede the ministerial
calling to be the highest of all vocations. Why should not Christian young men
pray that God may count them worthy to be called to this great work? Bunsen
said Gladstone had heard higher tones than any other public man in England.
For a young man to listen for the voice of the highest, to acquiesce in its call,
to train his complex manhood up to fittest condition and to receive the spiritual
empowering which is promised to go with his conunission ; and then, when good
and ready, to fling all his faculty and force to the front of the fray, where God
and his armies are setting themselves against Satan and his black legions — ^there
can be nothing better, nobler or more rewarding for a man to do with his
life than that In time and in eternity it returns priceless profits, limitless
emoluments.

Prosperous years are now planting our whole country, in cities, towns and
villages, with noble edifices for Christian work. America is full of great
churches, inviting young men to pulpits of commanding influence — ^pulpits which
are offered as thrones of power to men who are capable of realizing the higher
values of life ; who are too manly to be ruled and ridden by mere things, and too
noble for sordid aims : — thrones of power worthy of the splendid abilities of men
like Beecher, and Phillips Brooks, and Maltbie Babcock, not to mention a host
of living ministers equally sturdy and true, tender, and brave : while beyond our
national borders, in other lands, wide open mission fields invite the stalwart
sons of God to come and conquer the whole world for Christ

Today God is choosing and calling the young men who are to be the world's
great spiritual leaders up the morning slope of this wonderful twentieth century
to its glorious high noon. We repeat the sentence we began with : To the virile,
mettlesome, high-spirited young manhood in our churches, schools, and colleges,
no other calling holds out such allurements as the ministry, none other offers
such uncommon opportunities for power, influence, real honor, and high leader-
ship, especially to the uncommon men, the superior men, the earnest, eager and
forcible men.

There was nothing untrue or irreverent in that saying of the old Puritan:
"God had only one son, and He made Him a minister."



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The Annaal Beetlns of the Board of Edtication*

The annual meeting of the Board of Education of the Methodist Episcopal
Church was held Thursday, December 14, 1905, at 2 130 o'clock, in the office of the
Board, 150 Fifth Avenue, New York.

In the absence of the President of the Board, Bishop Edward G. Andrews,
Bishop Charles H. Fowler was on motion elected Chairman pro tern., and took
the chair.

£. S. Tipple conducted the devotional exercises.

There were present : The Rev. J. W. Lindsay, Mr. J. Edgar Leaycraft, Mr.
Robert F. Raymond, Bishop Fowler, the Rev. W. F. King, Dr. Abram W. Harris,
the Corresponding Secretary, the Rev. W. F. Anderson, and E, S. Tipple.

Exctises were received from Bishop Andrews, the Rev. G. H. Bridgman, Mr.
Durbin Home, Mr. H. C M. Ingraham and Mr. John D. Slayback.

The minutes of the last annual meeting were read for information.

The Corresponding Secretary read his annual report, which, on motion^ was
received and ordered on file, the recommendations to be considered and acted
upon later in the meeting.

The Treasurer, Mr. J. Edgar Leaycraft, presented the annual report of the
Treasurer, which on motion was approved, subject to the report of the Auditing
Committee, and ordered on file.

The Committee on Appropriations reported through the Corresponding Sec-
retary, and on motion that part of the Corresponding Secretar/s report which
related to appropriations was made the report of the Committee on Appropria-
tions, and adopted.

The Conunittee on Publications reported in the same manner, and on
motion similar action was taken.

The University Senate reported in the same way, and a like motion was
offered, which was adopted.

The Committee on the Cancellation of Loans reported through the Secre-
tary, and on motion the same action was taken as in the other cases.

The Committee on the Location of Educational Institutions had no report to
make.

On motion, the Committee on Appropriations was authorized to make loans
to the amount of $110,000, or such part of that amount as may be necessary.

The Corresponding Secretary, in his report, having called attention to
the fact that it now seemed likely that the consolidation of the various benevolent
societies will have taken place before the next annual meeting of the Trustees
of the Board of Education, it was ordered that a special committee, consisting
of Bishop Andrews, Bishop Fowler, the Corresponding Secretary, Mr. Ingraham,
Mr. Raymond, Mr. Leaycraft, Dr. Lindsay and the Recording Secretary, be
appointed to present a statement of the position and views of the Board of
Education to the Commission on the Consolidation of Benevolences, and before
transferring any property to call the Trustees of the Board of Education in
special meeting to give consideration to the matter as finally agreed upon, and
to pass upon it

The Chair named E. S. Tipple, W. F. Kmg and W. F. Anderson the Com-
mittee on Nomination of Officers, with instructions to confer and report before
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the Rev. Bishop Edward G. Andrews; Recording Secretary, E. & Tipple;
Treasurer, Mr. J. Edgar Leaycraft, and the Committees as follows:

Appropriations: Bishop Andrews, Bishop Fowler, President Harris and
E. S. Tipple.

Finance: Mr. Slayback, Mr. Leaycraft and Mr. Ingraham.

Auditing: Mr. Ingraham, Mr. Slayback and Mr. Home.

Locating of Educational Institutions: Bishop Andrews, Dr. King and Dr.
Bridgman.

Cancellation of Loans: Bishop Andrews, Mr. Raymond, Dr. Lindsay and
Bishop Fowler.

University Senate and Recognition of Colleges : Bishop Andrews, Dr. King,
Dr. Lindsay and Dr. Bridgman.

Publications : Mr. Ra5rmond, Mr. Slayback and Bishop Andrews.

The Corresponding Secretary is a member ex oMcio of all committees.

On motion, the Recording Secretary was directed to cast one ballot for the
officers and committees, as named. It was done, and they were declared elected.

Adjournment was on motion.

Dr. Lindsay pronounced the benedictioa

G>tTe8poncIing Secretary's Report

December 14, 1905.
To the Board of Education of the Methodist Episcopal Church:

The Corresponding Secretary begs leave, herewith, to present his annual
leport:

Personal
I note with profound gratitude that no changes have occurred in the mem-
bership of the Board during the year, either by death or otherwise.

Finances
Our regular income is from three sources: Children's Day Collections,
Returned Loans and Interest on Invested Funds. There is also a fourth source
of income which is irregular and varies from year to year. This is the income
from gifts and legacies which, of course, is subject to fluctuation. The following
exhibit will show that our income from our regular sources is a gratifying
advance.

Our collections for the Children's Day Fund, are for the fiscal year, as
follows :

Collections in the Churches and Sunday schools $71,490.88

Special deposit from one of our Conference Educational Soci-
eties, to be used for the augmentation of this fund, without
interest 5,000.00

Total $76,490.88

being an increase over last year of $4,949.44, and the largest collection from this
source in the history of the Society. I am sure that the Board will join with me
in expressing our sincere gratitude to pastors, Sunday school superintendents
and contributors throughout the Church for this splendid offering to our cause.

The income from Returned Loans is $3S»689.47, being an increase of $6,878.22
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render the Board great service by putting the work of collections in behalf
of their schools into the hands of a committee of the Faculty, made up of busi-
nesslike, energetic men.

There has been an additional income from the sale of portions of the Gold-
thorpe estate amounting to $3,129.15.

While we have not received any new legacies as was the case in the two
preceding years; yet, word has come to us during the year of three small be-
quests which have been made to us. But we have realized nothing upon them,
as yet.

We earnestly bespeak from our pastors a spirit of cooperation in calling
anention to our Board of Education as furnishing a desirable opportunity for
people of means to make bequests which, because of the vital relation of the
Board to the work of the Church and the meeting of the demand for workers,
will accrue to the advancement of the kingdom of God.

The income from interest apart from annuities is $16,302.08. This makes
our total available income for the year $131,900.83 — ^a total increase from our
regular sources of income of $14,378.96, which is an advance upon the total
income of last year of about 125^% and which sum more than pays all the
expenses of the work of the Board during the year.

Disbursements

It will be remembered that a year ago we appropriated $110,000 for the
use of institutions to be loaned to students. During the fiscal year we have
actually disbursed, in appropriations to these institutions, $106,871.79. This is
an advance upon the disbursements of last year of $7,616.03. The demand of
our institutions for loans to students is larger than at any other time in the
history of the Society. There can be no possible question but that a great many
young people are enabled, by our assistance, to secure an education who would
otherwise find it absolutely impossible. I recommend that the amount appro-
priated for the use of institutions this year be the same as last year, namely,
$110,000. There is reason to believe that this will be sufficient.
Loans Made and Loans Returned

The total number of students aided during the year is 1,959, being an
increase of 236, and the largest number ever aided in a single year in the history
of the Society. This is for the school year ending last June. The school year
and the fiscal year do not correspond. The amount of money disbursed directly
for the school year ending July i, 1905, was $108,057.55 ; the retained collections
in the foreign schools amounted to $601.36, making a total of $108,658.91, this
being, once again, for the school year ending July i and not exactly correspond-
ing to the fiscal year ending December i. The average amount loaned to each
student was $55-46, being an increase of $.96 in average.

The number of students aided last year, also detailed statements showing
nationality of students aided, and covering geographical distribution of benefici-
aries by schools, intended calling, and departments of study, is also here pre-
sented :

Total number 1,959

Of this number we had formerly aided 1,051

Aided first time this year 908

Men students 1,573

Women students 386



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Nationalities and races:

American (white) i,444

American (colored) 234

Bulgarian 2

Canadian 19

Chinese i

Danish 9

Dutch I

English 98

Finn 5

French i

German 44

Hebrew i

Irish 4

Italian 16

Japanese 13

Norwegian 18

Scotch 9

Spanish 3

Swedish 34

Welsh 3

Total 1,959

Geographical distribution of beneficiaries by schools:

New England States 231

Middle States 476

Western States 927

Southern States 267

Foreign 58

Total 1,959

Intended callings:

Ministry (being an increase over last year of 64) 863

Missionary 138

Ministry and missionary 23

Teaching 497

Other callings 438

Total 1,959

Per cent intending to enter the ministry in this country or

foreign fields 44

Per cent intending ministry or missionary work, or both. . 52
Departments of study:

Preparatory students, 584, to the amount of $22,486.14

Collegiate students, 978, to the amount of 581908.77

Theological students, 327, to the amount of 21,560.00

Professional students, 71, to the amount of 5,704.00

Total $108,658.91

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The total number of students aided from the beginning in 1873 to July,
1905, is 14,025- The total amount loaned to July i, 1905, is $1,452,314.15. The
average total amount loaned to each beneficiary is $103.55. Amount returned
to November 30, 1905, $285,110.03.

The number of accounts canceled during the year, other than by payment,
is as follows:

For protracted impaired health, missionary service,
error, and other adequate causes, 12, to the amount

of $850.78

By death, 2, to the amount of 525.97

Total number thus canceled in 1905, 14, to the amount

of 1,376.75

Total number canceled from the beginning, 935, to the

amount of 76,57453

Most of these were old accounts.

Statement op Loan Account

Total amount loaned from 1873 to July i, 1905 $1,452,314.15

Total amount returned in cash $285,110.03

Total amount credited by Children's Day collections 19,664.73

Total amount canceled for Mission Service, special causes

and death 76,574-53

381,349.29

Total outstanding loans $1,070,964.86

Open accounts 10,542

Children's Day and Pubucations
Children's Day was observed as usual in June with the results already re-
ported. The programs issued by the Board were sold to the number of 336,112.
The collection envelopes were used as heretofore. We used 352,015, The prepara-
tion of a suitable program for Children's Day is no easy task. There is such a
variety of taste and such a difference in the size and resources of the Sunday
schools of the Church that it is next to impossible to prepare a program which
will be pleasing to everybody; a program which is acceptable in one place may
be wholly unacceptable in another. The subject has received most careful con-
sideration and will in the future. An unfailing and constant effort will be
made to meet the demands of the situation in so far as it is possible. It is of
the utmost importance that the pastors should use the program prepared under
the auspices of the Board of Education in order that the Church may be made
aware of the work that is being done in this department. If programs prepared
by others than the Board be used the people know little or nothing as to the
efforts which our Society is making to assist the young of the Church to an
adequate preparation for the work of life. We do not make this plea because
we wish to make any profit upon the sale of these programs. As a matter of
fact, we do not make any profit. We sell them at actual cost and sometimes at
a slight loss to the Society. We urge this upon our pastors and Sunday school
superintendents because Children's Day is rightfully the institution of the Board
of Education of our Church and not a mere floral day for the amusement of the
young people. The Children's Day program for next year is now in course of
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It is still evident that a good many Sunday schools fail to take the Chil-
dren's Day collection and that, in some cases, the disciplinary requirement that
the collection be sent to the Board of Education is not observed. It is also evident
that our collection is sometimes lost in the public educational collections. In
some churches the funds are consumed in the preparation of expensive programs
and in paying for elaborate decorations. We earnestly entreat our pastors
everywhere to see. to it that the disciplinary provision be carried out, and that
the entire amount of the Children's Day collections be sent to our office as
promptly as possible.

It will be the effort of the Corresponding Secretary to make the Christian
Student increasingly valuable to its readers. Many kind words of appreciation
have been spoken during the past year, and there is good reason to believe that
this publication is being appreciated more and more by the Church, and that it
is a very useful medium for the dissemination of knowledge pertaining to the
work of the Society and educational interests generally.

It is our purpose to issue a series of leaflets specially adapted to use in our
schools and colleges at an early date, — the same to be known as "The American
Student Series."

The Board and Missions

The work of the Board in behalf of foreign students in our American
schools, and of our students in foreign schools may well be ranked among
the most worthy of our enterprises. The need of 3uch work becomes increas-
ingly apparent in view of the increased living expenses in some foreign
countries, and the stress of life incident to conditions in other countries. The
work of our Society bears a very important relation to the increase of workers
in our mission fields and is becoming more and more highly appreciated every-
where.

The Proposed Consolidation

The subcommittee of the commission appointed by the General Conference
to effect a consolidation of the Benevolences notified us a few days ago to send
them a full list of all our properties. We complied with their request promptly.
It seems to be their purpose to put the plan for consolidation into practical
effect as expeditiously as possible. It seems not unlikely that we 'shall be
ordered to Cincinnati before the regular time for another annual meeting of the
Board. It is suggested by the subcommittee appointed by the commission that
this Board appoint, at this meeting, a committee which shall be authorized to
transfer our properties to the consolidated society in its new form. In accord-
ance with this suggestion I recommend the appointment of such a committee.
It would seem to be very desirable, whenever the transfer is made, that we
should be permitted to close our fiscal year; and I think it would be well for
our Board to make a request of the Commission on Consolidation of Benev-
olences that we be permitted so to do.

The University Senate
No meeting of the University Senate has been held since February, 1904.
It was expected that a meeting would be held last spring but the Executive Com-
mittee of the Senate abandoned the idea, for reasons which seemed to them good
and sufficient. A meeting has now been appointed to be held in Baltimore,
on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13 and 14, 1906. There will be several
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meeting of the Board. That there is urgent need for such a body to give direc-
tion to the educational policy of Methodism, and to secure uniformity of require-
ments in all the institutions of the Church, must be apparent to every thought-
ful person. As Corresponding Secretary of the Board, I have been required
in two or three instances to deny loans to certain institutions which have not
yet conformed to the requirements of the University Senate.

Recommendations to the Board Touching Matters of Administration
I have come to believe that our fund might be administered in the institu-
tions more satisfactorily under a somewhat modified form, and recommend that
the heads of all our institutions be requested to place the administration of our
funds in the hands of a competent committee of three members of the Faculty,
of which the head of the institution shall himself be the chairman or appoint
someone to serve actively in his stead. The advantages of this are easily
apparent. If the work be in the hands of one member of the Faculty and he
leave that institution to go elsewhere, as often happens, then, there is no one in
the institution who has personal knowledge of the transaction. I have also the
conviction that if the fund be administered by three members of the Faculty
instead of by one, it is likely to prove more just and equitable to all concerned.
This will also facilitate the work of collections ; as three men, having knowledge
of the facts in the case, will be able to be of larger service than one. We have
found that the facility with which collections are made depends very largely
upon the interest which the authorities of the institution, from which the benefi-
ciary graduated, take in the subject. The names and addresses of these com-
mittees should be in our oftice, that we may communicate with them directly
regarding the work of collections. I think it would pay our Society to bear
the expense of a letter to be sent out in the name of the institution to its
graduates and former students who are the beneficiaries of our Society, and to
meet the cost of the postage of the same. If the Board will authorize me, I
should like to make this offer to the heads of our institutions.

I also recommend a slight change in the conditions upon which loans are
made. We now make loans to students upon the condition that they be not
required to make payments upon their notes until two years after g^duation,
the obligation falling due two years from the first of July following their gradu-
ation, at which time the interest begins. During these two years, we lose the
addresses of large numbers of our beneficiaries. The finding of them con-
sumes much of the valuable time of our office force. They also get into the way
of neglecting this obligation during those two years. I, therefore, recommend
that it be required of every borrower in the future that he shall pay at least $5.00
per year upon his note from the date of his graduation, or leaving the institution ;
that if he pay the entire amount of his indebtedness within five years, no charge
be made for interest ; that if he do not pay the entire amount within five years,
we compute the interest, at four per cent per annum, from the first of July
following his graduation, and upon the amount due at that time.

Conference and College Visitation
During the fiscal year, I have visited thirty-one of the Annual Conferences
of the Church, at which I have presented the cause of Christian education and,
definitely, the work of our Society. I have also been permitted to visit the
following preparatory schools of the Church : East Greenwich Academy, Genesee
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ence Seminaty. And the following collies and universities: Allegheny College,
Baker University, Charles City College, Illinois Woman's College, Illinois Wes-
leyan University, Iowa Wesleyan University, Moore's Hill College, Mount
Union College, Ohio Northern University, Red River Valley University, South-
west Kansas College, Syracuse University. At all these institutions I have been
permitted to meet and address the student bodies, and have counted it an un-
speakable privilege. The conditions of all these institutions may be said to be
increasingly prosperous. There have been an unprecedented number of changes
in the heads of the schools of the Church, during the past year; but the vacan-
cies have been quickly filled, and the work throughout the Church is now being
done in an earnest and aggressive manner.

I have addressed the students of four state colleges and universities, and
of two colleges of other denominations. I have presented our cause in sundry
churches, and at a number of Chautauqua Assemblies, east and west, during
the year.

I beg to express my sincere gratitude to the members of the Board for their
courteous treatment and consideration.

William F. Anderson,

Corresponding Secretary.



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Board of Edtscation of the Hethodist Episcopal Church
Morton Trtist Company, Fiscal Agents

Treasttrer^s Report



Rbobipts duriko the Tbab

Interest on inyeetments

Interest on bank balances



Collections

Collections reported from Foreign Conferences.



Uteratore aoconnt

From returned loan acconnt.



Fatmbhts bubiho thb Tear

Appropriations

LeoB amount returned



Appropriations reported from Foreign Conferences

Salaries, cle^ hire, traveUng expenses, typewriters, steno-
graphers, etc

Postage, ^nting, stationery, etc

Rent of office, ,

Rent of safe In safe deposit vaolt ,



Trayeling expenses members of Board Uving out of town.

Exchange on ont-of-town checks

TrayellDg expenses, attending University Senate



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