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(b) That while the headquarters of this Society are fixed in Cincinnati, yet
for convenience in the proper performance of his duties Secretary Anderson
be authorized to spend such time in New York dty as he may deem necessary.

Article VIII. Touching the representation of our work at the Annual
Conferences, it is hereby directed that the secretaries arrange for the holding
of but one anniversary at each Conference, the visiting secretary being prepared
to make a statement of the essential features of the work of the combined
societies as heretofore carried on. Anything beyond this may be done as Confer-
ences themselves may choose or direct

AitncLB IX. In view of the necessary advance movement, the desirability
of additional assistant or field workers is apparent

(Article IX is referred to the Board without recommendation.)

Article X. (a) In view of the editorial duties of Secretary McFarland
the Society authorizes his continuance in New York city until further action,
(b) We direct that grants of Sunday school literature and of tracts shall be
governed by the rules which have been in force in the Sunday School Union
and Tract Society, until otherwise ordered, under the direction of the local
committee, (c) We recommend the designation of our members resident in
New York and vicinity as a local conmiittee of this Board, ad interim, for
the supervision of affairs still centering there, the local committee to report
to the Executive Committee in Cincinnati, (d) We recognize the necessity of
the help for which Secretary McFarland asked in the way of an assistant. We,
therefore, recommend the election of such assistant, to be called Assistant
Secretary for Sunday Schools and Religious Literature, who shall work under
the direction of Secretary McFarland and the Executive Committee in the
interest of the things of which he has particular supervision, (e) And we feel
that as rapidly as the income of this Society may make it possible the Sunday
school work should be extended and that an adequate force of field worker!
should be employed.


Productive endowment. One and a Half Million Dollars.
Two large buildingi jtnt completed at a Coat of $225^000.
New dormitory will be reaidy in September, 1907.

The laboratories and the aeminara, where separate rooms and special libraries are pro-
vided for ambitioiis students, atford the finest fadlities for advanced work.

Scholanhipa awarded annoally to needy and wordiy atadentt to
cover part or all of the coat of tuition.

Expenses moderate. Good board at low rales may be secured at the college commons.
Send for special circular on ''Ezpenaea and Methods c^ Self-Support"

F>rmmm>i;nit« for ftdmisskNi begju tk 9 A.M., June 27th and September 25di, 1907.

For catalogue and other information addreu


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We desire to call attention of pastors and Sunday
School Superintendents to the fact that a Children's Day
Service with the above named title is issued under the
auspices of the Board of Education. The program is
founded upon the three great words of St. John's



Its music is sprightly but reverent.

Its literary selections are the choicest to be found

Here is a program for EDUCATIONAL DAY
which will have an educational influence.

It will undoubtedly be the best on the market,
as a careful examination will prove. Sold at cost, $.So
per hundred, $1.00 postpaid. Pastors and Superin-
tendents cannot render a greater service to their schools
than by ordering these programs at once from the Book
Concern or Depository nearest them.

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C|)e W(mm*s College of Baltimore

F'^UNOKO 1008 OFKNKO 1888

John Oouohkr, rrkbidknt

SittAation '^^ Woman's College of Baltimore is situated near the northern
boundaries of the city of Baltimore, Md., in the new and pleasant
residence section, one hundred and fifty feet abore tide-water.

The buildings are seven in number— three devoted to Instruction
Dtsildintfs *^°^ administration, three to residence. All are new, cheerful and

commodious, erected particularly for their respective purposes and
containing the conveniences devised by modem architectural science. Thev are heated
from a battery of boilers and lighted by electricity from the new Power house of the

_ . Ample and thor»ughly furnished laboratories facilitate study^ of

£cl\Scational the natural sciences by modem methods. The apparatus is of
E^Qtsipment recent type, carefully selected. Maps, charts, engravings, photo-
^ '^ graphs and cabinets of specimens and of objects illustrating

natural history and the development of the race are liberall]jr provided. There is a good,
modem working library of about ten thousand volumes, wmle half a million volumes are
at the service of students in public and institutional libraries easily accessible.

The ^ course of study includes prescribed subjects and
Cotsrso of Study elective subjects in about equal proportions. Students

who wish to follow particular lines ot study are enabled
to lav a solid foundation for subsec^uent specialization. Elective courses are offered in

four years, the student is graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.

-Di^ • 1 'i^ s Every candidate for the d^;ree is required to pursue a

Frkysical a rain* course in physiology and hygiene. A commodious mod-
in^ and Hyi^ieiie ^™ gymnasium provides systematic exercises according
to the Ling, or Swedish, method under careful trainers and
supervision of a physician specially prepared in mechanical therapeutics. Halls are
provided for basket ball and courts for tenms and similar sports. Care is taken to prevent
excess in these exercises.

— , These are the usual requirements of Eastern Collies and

l!/ntranoe should be met by graduates of good high schools in which at

IV,OCt\sireniei1it8 ^^^^ *^^^ language in addition to Latin is embraced in the
course of stwiy. Certificates of preparation which fumbh
full details will be considered when offered by schools previously accredited and if found
sufficient will be accepted as substitutes for examinati(»i, otherwise examinations will be
necessary. Certificates of the College Entrance Examination Board are accepted.

The College is now (1907) entering upon its twentieth session,
Ntimbers ^'' alumnae number over seven hundred. Recent graduating

classes have numbered from sixty to seventy-nine. The students
are from Ml parts of the country. All religious denominations are liberally repre-

Application for Program of the College courses, resnilations for the ^;ovem-
VVdmiAAlAn ment of the residence halls, blank forms of application and

./^omiaoiozi infomiation upon special subjecu will be promptly fur-

nished upon request to

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In only six instances huve gifts to education in the United States exceeded that

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150 FiStk Aveme, New Yotfc


9u&0cription price, 25 Centa a linear

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ZvmtccB anb QtRcct9 of tbe Soarb of f^ucation





The Rev. J. W. LINDSAY, D.D., Boston. Mass.

The Riv. G. H. BRIDGMAN, D.D., Hamline, Minn.

Mil H. C. M. INGRAHAM. New York.



The Rev. Bmy>f B. G. ANDREWS. New York.

The Rev. E. a TIPPLE. D.D.. Madison. N. J.
Mr. DURBIN HORNE. Pittsburg. Pa.

Mr. ROBT. p. RAYMOND. New Bedford, Maa&

TERM TO expire: IN 1906

The Rev. Bishop CHARLES H. FOWLER. New York.

The Rev. W. P. KING, D.D.. Mount Vernon. la.

Pres. ABRAM W. HARRIS. LL.D.. Bvanston. IlL


President, The Rev. Bishop E. G. ANDREWS. 160 Pifth Ave., New Yoik.
BeoordlnfiT Secretary, The Rev. E. S. TIPPLE, Madison, N. J.
Treasurer, Mr. J. EDGAR LEAYCRAPT. 19 West 42d St. New York.
Ck)r. Secretary, The Rev. W. P. ANDERSON. 150 Pifth Ave.. New York.

Af Large,
Chancellor JAMES ROSCOE DAY. Syracuse University.
District Name. Institution.

L WILLIAM E. HUNTINGTON Boston University.

IL BRADFORD P. RAYMOND Wesleyan University.

in. WILLIAM H. CRAWPORD Allegheny CoUege,

IV. JOHN P. GOUCHER Woman's College of Baltimore.

V. RICHARD T. STEVENSON Ohio Wesleyan University.

VL JOHN H. RACE Grant University.

Vn. JAMES M. COX Philander Smith College.

VIII. HENRY A. BUCHTEL University of Denver.

IX. JOHN W. H ANCHER Iowa Wesleyan University.

X. T HOM AS P. HOLGATE Northwestern University.

XL EDWIN H. HUGHES De Pauw University.

XH. GEORGE H. BRIDGMAN Hamline University.

XHL JOHN L. NUELSEN Nast Theological Seminary.

XIV. GEORGE P. BOVARD Univ. of Southern Califontla.

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VoL Vm HAY, 1907 No. 2

Subscription price, 95 cents s year

Address all oommonlcatioiis to William F. Anderson, Editor, 150 Fifth Ayenne, New York

Oiildren^B Day

Children's Day is Methodism's field day in the interests of education. It
is designed that on this day the loftier ideals of life shall have their inning
with the youth of the church. The experience portrayed by the notable picture,
"The Soul's Awakening," shotdd on this day, be mtdtiplied in the lives of thou-
sands of the young people. To make the day less than this is to fail to
improve its first opportunity. To throw upon life's mirror a vision of high
intellectual and moral achievement in connection with the Children's Day exer-
cises is clearly the duty of pastors and teachers.

The eager thirst for knowledge, once awakened, then the means of its prac-
tical realization, may be clearly pointed out There are many reasons for the
earnest advocacy of our own educational institutions. To pass by our own
colleges and universities in the interests of those which may seem to possess
a high sounding name may prove a serious mistake. The excellent work of the
thorough-going denominational institution was never more generally acknowl-
edged than today. We refer our readers to the article in this issue of The
Chkistian Student entitled, "Men From Small Colleges," which is certainly
a great tribute from an impartial authority.

No work of the Christian pastor can be more important than the seeking
out of the young people for the Christian institutions of learning. Speaking
broadly, the yotmg people of the West are more eager, generally, for a college
education than the young people of the East. Particularly is this true of those
sections of the East contiguous to the great commercial centers. As a rule it is
not easy to persuade young men, in the atmosphere of a great city, that it is
worth while to take the time necessary to lay the foundations broad and deep.
They are eager to begin to make money at once.

I was seated one day in the office of the president of one of our colleges
in the West, when an aged Methodist minister stepped in. In conversation, he
stated that he had come from his country appointment with eight young people
to see that no accident befell them in the "red-tape" of matriculation. He had
had a great revival during the winter, and two of the young men who had
espoused the Christian life had been called to the ministry. He reasoned that
if he could be instrumental in encouraging these young people to make a broad
preparation for the work of life that it would be the best possible way for the
projection of his own influence through the years of the future. That faithful
minister had a small country appointment The village in which he was sta-
tioned did not ntimber a hundred dwellings, and yet he had found eight stu-
dents lor the Christian college. What weric could be more important than

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this I If Children's Day be utilized by our pastors everywhere in this direction,
onr educational institutions next autumn would be taxed to their utmost

On the occasion of the sending out of the seventy, the Master said : "The
harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord
of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest" A
knowledge of the facts relative to the Kingdom of Heaven makes it perfectly
clear that this condition prevails today. The great Church is in need of eflidcnt
laborers to carry on its worid-wide enterprises. If the present number of work-
ers were multiplied many times, the actual demand would not be met The great
church looks to its faithful men everywhere to search out the promising youth
of the land and to direct them to our schools of Christian nurture, where iSbef
may be fitted for such service. The promise of the future is in the hoys and
girls of today who may be found on the farm or in the factory, in village and
hamlet, in town and city. To make sure that they begin their preparation at
once for positions of influence for God and for His Kingdom is the great need.
Our fund for student aid places in the hand of every pastor in Methodism the
practical means by which the young people may be so directed and so prepared.
The call is imperative; the resources are almost limitless. Happy is the pastor
who sees to it faithfully that the need of his young people and the means pro-
vided by the chiitch for their development are brought face to face. May the
harvest from the Children's Day of 1907 be an abundant one!

Stoioeptifalftty of the Yoong to ReUgfoca Infffience
By Otho F. Baitholow, D.D.

That the young are exceedingly susceptible to religious influence b an
assumption on which all Sunday school and religious-nurture efforts rest The
assumption becomes a demonstration in the light of the testimony given 1^
multitudes of the truest and most symmetrical Christians who have found Christ
in the early and tender years of youth. Take from the church all who were
converted in the adolescent period and it would be a poor church indeed.

Many of the young although highly susceptible to rdigious influence come
out of our Sunday schools and Epworth Leagues with but little or no Chris-
tian life. They never reach spiritual power and relation in the church Indeed,
between the Sunday school and the church there seems to be a great gulf fixed
into which fall, never to rise again, multitudes of our young people. To bridge
this chasm should be the earnest concern and effort of all religious workers.
That the young are endowed with instincts or sanctions of actions such as
fear, love, reverence, etc, is psychologically demonstrable. If to these instincts
the proper truth in objective form is presented, there generally follow encourag-
ing results. The all important matter for this presentation is to find the pene-
trable point in the mind of the child; or, as Professor DuBois says. The Point
of Contact

This point is always discovered along the plane of the child's interest
The concrete, the definite, the experimental are universally appealing to the
adolescent mind. The task of the Christian teacher is to so clothe the de^
and abstract truths of religion in some one or all of diese forms that die learner
shall eome to that secret and i^ory of lif e-« Christian o^erienoe. Sndi an

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experience we may call Child Conversion. The process or method of being
saved is practically the same in the child as the adult Jesus is presented to
the heart and mind in form and language of love. (For the child there is a
child's religion.) To this there is an instinctive response, the child consciously
surrenders to Jesus. This surrender to the Saviour constitutes the child's
experience and becomes the great Spiritual Point of Contact It is the Life
Interest in the Soul. Thenceforward it should be the duty of the Spirit-led
adult to enrich and develop this new Life Interest

Such enrichment is a matter of infinite concern. It involves all we mean
by Christian Education. And what is this? With some it is a drill in the
Catechism, the Creed, the Ritual, the mere letter of Christianity— these and
nothing more. It is a cram process pure and simple. Dr. Thring of Upping-
ham calls all such efforts "an attempt to pour into the reluctant mind some
unintelligible bits of cipher knowledge and to cork it down by punishment It
disagrees, it ferments, the cork flies out, the noxious stuff is spilt whilst the
taskmaster believes it is all right because of the trouble he took to get it in.''
Such is not the conception or practice of our church.

By Christian Education we mean the expansion and enrichment of an
already existent interest It is the encouragement and growth of the Christ
within. Christian Education presupposes conversion and lays emphasis upon
motives and desires. It cultivates the hope and faith and love which abide in
Christ within. It emphasizes the spirit and not the letter. It is not so much
concerned with memory and confirmation as with character and consecration.

Our church affords a magnificent opportunity to pastor and teacher in the
Children's Day celebration to make clear and attractive our ideals of Child
Conversion and Christian Education. By tact and care, the pastor on the
arrangement of the exercises, especially his own brief address, may so present
Christ that the youth shall decide to live for Him ; and so enthuse over Christian
Culture that they shall resolve to support and attend our Schools of Learning.

The Children's Day exercises require an application of the principle involved
in the Point of Contact The pastors and teachers must adapt themselves in
their addresses to the level of the child's life. Object lessons are helpful in
emphasizing the importance of education ; e.g. One of our preachers who always
returns a very large Children's Day collection, brought into his pulpit a piece
of pig iron and a fine watch spring. He presented these to the attention of the
children, spoke t>f their relative value, beauty, etc., showing that a pound of
watch springs is relatively worth so many hundreds of pounds of pig iron
simply because one was cultivated (educated) and the other was not The chil-
dren easily found the application.

Another preacher brings into his pulpit a small quantity of soot, clay and
sand, also a diamond, a sapphire and a ruby. He explains that the gems are
identical in nature with the soot, clay and sand. They differ because a superior
power has transformed them. From this he illustrates the transforming power
of Christ, who takes the dark and worthless sinner and makes of him the bright
and priceless saint Such object teaching always gains the attention of the
young people— and most older ones as well— affording a Point of Contact at
once effective and conclusive.

God grant that by this or some other practical way all our churches and
Sabbath schools may so appropriate Children's Day that the Religious Suscepti-
bilities of the Young shall be conserved and the cause of Christian Education
be abundantly encouraged and sustained.

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38 The Christias Student

A SooccaafttI Chiidren's Day; How flay It Be Secttred?

By Chaxlis L. Van CLivb Ph.D., Supebintendbnt Pubuc Schools,
Mansfuld, Ofioa

The Secretary has asked me to tell the story of the wdl-nigh marvelous
results obtained in Central Church, Mansfield, whereby a church and Sabbath
school only a year old last year led the North Ohio Conference in Children's
Day offering. I gladly comply, for the story is so simple that it scarce seems
worth the telling and yet it is the story of success in eyerything done in church
or state.

The first condition of success in Children's Day matters is loyalty to the
authority of the church. We are strictly enjoined not to lavish money upon
decorations and entertainment, but to rigidly hold before the Sabbath sduxrf
the purpose of this glad day in Methodism — namely, an offering for the cause
of Christian Education, unhampered by considerations of any other sort

The second condition is to put the management of the^ offering and die
preparation for it in the minds of the people into the hands of one man and he
preferably not the superintendent, who is making appeals so frequently that
an extra appeal or two does not count for so much.

The third condition is that this man should be one who bdieves so thor-
oughly in his cause that he will take pains to render himself intelligent about
it and be so on fire with his theme that men will deem him an enthusiast if
not altogether a "crank."

The fourth condition is that he be given right-of-way for at least three
Sabbaths before Children's Day to set the cause before the Sabbath school in
three snappy five-minute talks, which will make it seem worth while for every-
body to be interested.

The fifth condition is for everybody to be urged to give something and as
many as possible to get on the Honor Roll — ^not that make-believe Honor
Roll of Mr. So-and-So's class, but bona-fide individual $i subscribers.

I share with Jefferson an abiding faith in the honesty, integrity, and intelli-
gence of the people and believe that if you set before the Sabbath schools of
Methodism the sacred cause of Christian Education fearlessly, unmixed with
any other considerations, you will get an adequate return.

As a sort of corollary to the above principles, lei me say that I have felt amply
justified by the results obtained in using a subscription paper. I prepare with
an appropriate heading a slip for each class and put it into the hands of the
teacher on the Sabbath before Children's Day. If as often happens, anyone is
absent, the teacher is lovingly urged to visit each absentee during the week
and to offer him the opportunity of sharing in the class contribution. I set
the day for final payment of subscriptions about a month before conference
time, thus giving the smaller children several weeks of vacation to earn their
own offering.

Of course it is a good deal of trouble to look after subscriptions and see
to their collection, but what is there in the world really worth while, which does
not entail labor and service?

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The Christian Student 39

The Hantf old Expreasioni of the Chriitlan life

By Thomas Nicholson, D.D., Pbbsiobnt Dakota Wesleyan University,

MrrcHELi^ South Dakota

Whoever studies careftdly the Sermon on the Mount and similar utterances
of Jesus must come to see that the Great Teacher regarded dogmatism and
ritualism as savorless salt and that he had no patience with any religious profes-
sion which did not eventuate in noble character and in the right relations of
the individual with both God and his felbw man. He insisted that true religion
is a spirit which breathes through life and produces ethical results. The pure
and the holy (the whole) life is his first demand. The soul must search for
truth as for hidden treasure, and must be absolutely true to that truth when
found. The genuine Christian will have a passion for righteousness, will
exercise supreme trust in God as a provident Father, will master God's plan
for humanity, and will work out God's principles as the eternal foundations on
which life, individual and national, is to be lived. The first expression of this
union with God will be the passive virtues which are begotten in him. He
will not only be law abiding, but he will also have the law fulfilling principle
within him. He therefore does not murder, but that is simply the beginning. In
his perfection he will be free from the ugly and the angry passion. G>nmiit no
adultery? He must go on until he is set free from lecherous thoughts. His
yea must be yea, his nay, nay, for he says what he means and means what he
says without circumlocution or prevarication. His spirit is to be one of concilia-
tion rather than one of retaliation. He is everywhere sincere, and displays no
semblance of hypocrisy— the mere acting— in almsgiving, prayer, and other
religious duties. While he is not a weakling, he does know the value of meek-
ness, aspiration after goodness, mercy, purity, the peacemaking spirit, and all
the other fruit which grows on the tree of love. The very hope tiiat is within
him purifies and softens him. His lofty ideals, the noble prizes for which he
strives, the appreciation of his possibilities, the insight into his opportunities, the

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