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HENRIETTA, TEXAS. DEPRESSED, BUT HOPEFUL.
REV. GEORGE PIERSON.
Just at the time that they were making out the application from this church to the Board, there came a financial crisis among the rich cattle-men. There are three large firms residing here, with cattle in the Panhandle and the Indian Territory, and they have all gone down and the national bank with them. While these men did not have much to do with the churches, and gave very little for their support, yet their bankruptcy has affected everything and everybody, directly or indirectly. And this coming right after two very droughty years has caused great depression. While incse things may not affect the future, they do affect the present. The moral to be drawn from this is, the Board must not cut down the application much, for the people here are not able to do more than they pledged. Western Texas is going through the experience of Kansas ten or twelve years ago ; this country will live through and come out all right.
Rev. Thomas Hickling, Castlewood, Estelline and
Neb. Rev. J. H. Reynard, Aurora, Rev. F. M. Hickok, Hansen and West Blue, Rev. W. P. Teitsworth, Hardy and station, Rev. A. Patterson, Clontibret, Rev. H. M. Goodell, Wahoo, Rev. J. Wittenberger, Meridian German, Rev. C. Brouillette, Ohiowa, Tobias and Bower, Rev. John Martin, Hartington, Coleridge and St.
Kan. Rev. J. H. Byers, Cedar Point, Clement and Wal
and White Bead Hill, Rev. G. Pierson, Henrietta,
Texas. Rev. A. F. Randolph, Otis,
Col. Rev. J. M. Saunders, Black Hawk, Rev. J. N. Grace, Pitkin and White Pine, Rev. J. McLean, Salida, Rev. J. J. Gilchrist, Las Animas, Rocky Ford
and La Junta, Rev. J. A. Menaul, Albuquerque,
X. Mex. Rev. W. Cobleigh, Corvallis and Grantsdale, Montani Rev. W. A. Hough,
Utah. Rev. A. B. Monroe, Salt Lake City, Rev. S. E. Wishard, Presbyterial Missionary, Rev. P. Bohback, Hyrum, Millville and Wellsville, Rev. T. F. Day, Americau Fork, Rev. A. B. Cort, Rev. P. D. Stoops, Parowan, Rev. G. W. Martin, Manti, Rev. A. Monroe, Salt Lake City, Rev. W. R. Campbell, Nephi, Rev. E. M. Knox, Kaysville, Rev. R. P. Boyd, Paris,
Idaho. Rev. I. W. Atherton, Covelo,
Cal Rev. E. R. Mills, Santa Paula and Hueneme, Rev. H. I. Stern, El Cajon, Rev. J. N. Waterman, Gilroy and Hollister, Rev J. N. Hubbard, Tracey, Rev. A. Mackay, Waitsburg and Prescott,
Wash Rev. G. Gillespie, Yaquinna Bay,
Oregon. Rev. G. W. Giboney, Lebanon,
HOME MISSION APPOINTMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER,
1887. Rev. F. W. Ruhl, Mayfield, Central,
N. Y. Rev. J. W. Flagg, South Framingham,
Mass, Rev. G. Strasenburgh, Carlton,
N. Y. Rev. D. M. Buchanan, Christian Hook, Rev. J. Petrie, Corestatine and Cleveland, Rev. C. D. Herbert, Hebron, Rev. W. D. Mather, Rohrsburg, Raven Creek and Benton,
Ра. . Rev. M. Anderson, Philadelphia, Berean, Rev. A. M. Jelly, New Windsor and Granite,
Md. Rev. J. Mitchell, Crescent City,
Fla. Rev. E. B. Waller, Elizabethton,
Tenn. Rev. H. C. Bradley, Sayersville,
Ky. Rev. R. C. Townsend, Staunton,
II. Rev. D. Williams, Estherville, Emmet Co., Scotch and Emmet Co. 1st,
Iowa. Rev. K. B. Weiland, Hospers, Rev. A. Marsh, Mackinaw City,
Mich. Rev. F. Z. Rossiter, Kalamazoo, North, Rev. P. C. Goldie, Harrisville and Alcona, Rev. J. Hoffman, Baldwin,
Dak. Rev. J. S. Butt, Blunt and Canning,
COLLEGES AND ACADEMIES.
A CREDIBLE WITNESS. catch some light, electric or otherwise, upon Dr. Meade C. Williams is pastor of the another point, namely, that schools that can Presbyterian Church at Princeton, Ill.
at Princeton, Ill. get such help near at hand need no help Within his Presbytery of Rock River is from a distanoe. That is true. The general located our Board's Geneseo Collegiate In- region around Geneseo, though it never stitute, the first institution to whose aid the would have had the courage to start the Board committed itself by definite vote. school except by the aid of this church Of the thrift and usefulness of the institu- Board, is able to build up that property, tion we have spoken more than once, and and is doing it, as this issue abundantly shall have need to speak again in this issue, shows. You will find no canvasser from for the notable facts developing in its his- Geneseo, III., in New York or New Jersey. tory are very interesting. Now, however, Northern Illinois both helps itself and helps we are telling only one of them. Dr. Wil- the remoter places. Alas for our Board's liams is a trustee of the institute, and thus showing of gifts to the frontier colleges if has the means of understanding exactly the Illinois giving were left out! what claim it has upon Christian sympathy and support. Just before the preparation of this paragraph the writer of it has had
THE LATEST WORD ABOUT SUMthe pleasure of endorsing to the treasurer
NER ACADEMY. of this Board of Aid a draft for three thou- When our article of last month was writsand dollars, the proceeds of which are to ten, it was doubtful whether Rev. Alexander be forwarded at once to the treasurer of the Scott, who had been invited to take the Geneseo Institute, as a gift of Dr. Williams principalship of Sumner Academy, would toward the endowment of the chair of the accept the post. He has since accepted, principal. The gift is made under condi- and he is on the ground. Our last word tions which expressly exalt to the first place from the academy is written by himself. the Christian character of the school. Those His brethren in the Philadelphia presbyconditions, however, are the very same teries, some of whom gave him very warm which the Board emphasizes, and which the commendation, and his long career as clasmanagers of the institute heartily adopt, sical teacher in West Philadelphia, may and with manifest spiritual results.
decide what weight is to be allowed to his Here, now, is an electric light turned on judgment. He says: this Board's western work and the sound
I believe there is no place on the Pacific ness of the principles on which it is con- coast where a Presbyterian academy would ducted. There is not in the state of Illinois have a wider field of usefulness. ... The first a man whose testimony on this subject of thing to be done is the removal of the debt. Christian education could command higher If this is not done at an early date, ... the
school will pass into other hands. regard for intelligence and prudence than
If I does that of the donor of this generous gift.
had $3100 to-day, I believe I could secure
$3000 toward the completion of the building, If any to whom our work seems far off are
and have the carpenters and other workmen asking, Is it safe to put money into these
on the building and in it in less than a month. new enterprises of our College Board ? we
. . If I had the means, I would remove the refer them to the act of this Presbyterian debt myself. pastor, who is on the ground and knows the In another letter he says : facts.
If I had a million to-day, I know of no betThe reader, however, may be claiming to ter place on the coast where I could found a Presbyterian college, and where a better work spirited an effort of a young community in could be done for the church and the world. a denominational interest. The result was,
He wishes he could see some of the “rich of necessity, a deficit of some hundreds of and benevolent" among his “ Philadelphia dollars at the year's end. friends," since "talking is so much better 2. It has been impossible for the commuthan writing."
nity to pay, in full, for their building. They But one thing is evident, whether it be have done well to meet, at once, two-thirds talked or written—that for Mr. Scott to do of its cost ; but a debt of $3000 remains. the good work which he sees within his 3. Western academies, that bring in stureach will employ all his manly and Chris- dents from the surrounding country, must tian powers. To secure to him the chance have boarding accommodations. And Scotof that work, and thus to the church and to land Academy already sees its urgent need Christ the whole outcome of it, will cost of a second modest building, on which the some Christian whom God has blessed with trustees propose to lay out about $2000. means just one act of large-minded giving- Thus, with $3000 and $2000 added to in itself a delight which makes him per- their present outlay, the Scotland commupetual partner to all the issues. Among nity would have a school property free of those issues Mr. Scott foresees“ a Lafayette debt and adequate to their needs, having or a Princeton on the Pacific coast." That cost $11,000. For that lacking $5000, howmay well be, but the tenth or the hundredth ever, the Board believes that community part of any such result would pay good should look in good measure to itself. For spiritual interest on the gift now besought. we wish both askers and givers to know that
it is no part of our policy to teach the local.
ities which serve themselves with school SCOTLAND ACADEMY.
buildings that they are to expect the de A typical illustration of the yearly work- nomination to supply the half, or anything ing of this Board is furnished by this acad- like the half, of their building fund. The emy of the Presbytery of Southern Dakota. localities must, in all ordinary cases, mainIt was incorporated April, 1886, and by tain the good rule thus far observed, of supSeptember of that year its very handsome plying by far the most of it. But good brick building was ready for occupancy. Its friends that love the cause should keep the roll in its first year reached to seventy-two, struggling localities in good heart. That music pupils included. A letter received stimulus of help has been a chief creator of our just as these lines are written, September half a million of new property. Some liberal 29, says that its second year has opened with help these Scotland Presbyterians deserve three times as many students as it opened and need. Their load stops near the top of with at first, and of higher grade. The the hill. With kind shoulders to the wheel, whole enterprise gives signs of competency, they will bring it into the barn. If their energy and good management. There are present debt, with its yearly tax of interest, three good reasons why that community were wiped out, they would be sure to find should have help beyond that which is given their way to the needed boarding-hall. Here by the appropriation of the Board.
then, as at Carthage, Mo., mentioned a month 1. The Board's appropriation for the ago, is a fine spot for that large-hearted exacademy's first and only year was materially ercise described by our contributor (see May less than the community reasonably hoped number), who proposed to help “some westfor when they gave their money for build- ern educational enterprise," and "to watch ing the school. They put about $6000 into its progress." their property, and the Board gave aid to The Rev. Harlan P. Carson, president of the amount of $417, the best it could do with the board of trustees and pastor of the its scanty means and wide work; but not as Scotland Presbyterian Church, to whose zeal much as was deserved in the first year of so and energy the academy largely owes its ex
COLLEGES AND ACADEMIES.
istence, has been commissioned by the Board needing bread, may be compelled to make of Aid to make such canvass for centennial his teaching costly, and so may teach a few. gifts to his institution as was described in Then let some good man or woman arrange our careful article of last month. His field
that, while the teacher is at that work, he consists of the northern presbyteries of New shall never lack for bread, and so enable Jersey, as Dr. Reaser's does of the southern. him to put his personal impress of faith and We feel safe in having this delicate branch learning on many, and these on many more, of our work represented by such men, whose till they count up into scores and hundreds, standing owes nothing to our certificate, and and still keep counting on so long as that whose wisdom and courtesy will gain favor
teacher can have a successor and the land to our cause.
furnishes children. Into what a fellowship Mr. Carson is expected to reach his field does such a giver introduce himself! He about the close of October.
joins hands with his teacher, whom he sustains; he joins hands with the Holy Ghost,
who uses and blesses his teaching; he joins ENDOWMENTS.
hands with every scholar that accepts inIn a nation that provides secular educa- spiration through such a channel and aption at the public expense, can it be the plies it to his life-long work. duty of Christian people to provide dis- Mr. Lowell tells a thrilling little story tinctively Christian schools and colleges ? about Ezra Cornell, who became the founder As many as say, Yes, to that question must of Cornell University. George William Curbe ready to see one thing more- -the Chris- tis was sitting in front of Mr. Cornell in a tian schools must be endowed. Where secular convention, where one of the speakers made education can be had for nothing, many a Latin quotation. Mr. Cornell leaned forChristians even will not prefer the Christian ward and asked for a translation of it, school at the cost of a large school bill, and which Mr. Curtis gave him. Mr. Cornell parents that have no Christian leanings will thanked him, and added, "If I can help it, be sure to avoid that outlay. Yet the chil- no young man shall grow up in New York dren of indifferent or unbelieving parents hereafter without the chance, at least, of are those upon whom the Christian school knowing what a Latin quotation is when he does its most needed and decisive work. hears it.” Just as an irreligious teacher is the most formidable antagonist of home religion, a
GENESEO COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE. religious teacher creates the most hopeful offset to the influence of a godless home. The above finds pertinent illustration in Indeed, the religious teacher has one chief the case of this most promising institution. element of power which the infidel teacher In the matter of grounds and buildings it is entirely lacks—the co-operating grace of rapidly coming into admirable shape. Its God. Accordingly there has not been and original building, containing ample recitanever will be an American agency more tion rooms, chapel, music room, etc., seems admirable and interesting in its historical likely to stand for generations. The fine working than that of those thoroughly- mansion, with its seven or eight acres, lately furnished and enthusiastic Christian teach- given to the trustees for a young ladies' ers who have been intent on making Chris- boarding hall, seems likely to last as long. tian students. But the next thing to the A recent legacy of ten thousand dollars propersonal exercise of such a power is the vides for a similar hall for the young men. privilege of widening its scope. Whoever Such gifts are plainly of the highest value. endowed the chair which Mark Hopkins The school could not do its work without filled served as a sort of providence, em- them; but they yield no revenue. They bracing and enlarging the personality of more than treble the amount of property the teacher. One of our own new teachers, with which the school began, but only indirectly and in small measure do they add cerned. A very large part of the money to income. Accordingly, while the sched- that has gone into the Geneseo property has ule of the Geneseo property has been run- come from other than Presbyterian givers. ning up so finely, the receipts of the excel- In particular, Mr. Charles Atkinson, of lent principal, who has made the school Moline, whose noble legacy of $10,000 is deserve these gifts, have been actually run- soon to build the young men's dormitory, ning down. That is, this Board, in the was a Congregationalist. Other men of that exercise of that compulsory economy by communion are among the most devoted which alone it keeps out of debt, cut down friends and helpers of the school; but they its last year's appropriation to that academy see the desirableness of denominational confrom $1500 to what proved to be less than trol, and heartily consent to have it in our $700; and to the amount of that reduction hands so long as we administer it without the principal would have gone without his littleness. salary if the trustees had not made it up by
Thus favored and hopeful, this young borrowing or subscription. Either of those academy makes its most becoming appeal to alternatives is bad. The energetic friends its own region and with great emphasis to of the school, understanding the emergency, the Presbyterian part of it) for the prompt mean to meet it, namely, by endowment, for completion of the endowment of the prinhigh tuition fees are not to be thought of, cipal's chair. The Presbytery of Rock and the Board cannot help always.
River, under whose care the academy is, The endowing work is already begun. has by recent vote committed itself to the One most interesting item of real estate, not purpose of furnishing $5000 toward such named above, is, in effect, a partial endow- endowment. This Board has commissioned ment of the principal's chair. It is the the canvassers of the institution, Rev. J. M. excellent house which Mrs. Susan Harding, Linn, pastor of the Geneseo Presbyterian of Monmouth, Ill., has given for his res- Church, and Rev. N. W. Thornton, prinidence. House rent is thus ensured. There- cipal of the institute, to solicit for further upon is added the liberal gift of Dr. Wil- endowment gifts in such parts of northern liams, elsewhere described. These begin- Illinois as are not here excepted. The exnings are actually made, and most generous ception covers the Presbytery of Peoria, pledges have been received of some similar which has been previously assigned to angiving to follow. We make this recital with other institution, and the counties of Wingreat joy. Geneseo, our first-born institution, nebago, Lake, Cook and De Witt. The is likely to prove an example to all the flock. Presbytery of Bloomington, excepting the Less than five years old, it is within a stride county last named, is included in the Genof such establishment as promises its per- eseo field. Now let this part of the middle petuity and indefinite aggrandizement. West set to the East a stirring example.
It enjoys, to be sure, some special advant- We are begging liberal men and women in ages. It is in a region which, when once New York and New Jersey to send their encouraged to begin such an enterprise, is money away to Nebraska and Dakota in competent to build it up. Northern Illinois, order to put our young schools on their feet,
we have elsewhere said, does not go Here now, in Illinois, the East and the abroad to beg her school property.
West, the means and the need, touch each In addition to that, this school affords so other. Let the competent field about Genhappy an illustration of the wise co-opera
up its centennial endowment, and tion of Christians in behalf of their local complete in that fine school one object lesChristian school as reflects the greatest son of the ideal working of the Presbyhonor on the minds and hearts of all con- terian Board of Aid.