Wiley College
Historically Black College

 

 

 

 

TEXAS.

What can give more pleasure than to see the unfolding of rudimentary powers and the development of character in the young? This joy has been ours in the uninterrupted progress of our homes—in the Bureau for Texas. Coming to us, as many of them do, from the one-room cabin, with its depressing, intellectual, and moral influences; knowing nothing, and with everything to learn; we have seen mental and moral growth which is simply marvelous.

King Home, Marshall, Texas.

(Scholarship, $50.)

The attendance at King Home was not so large this year by seventeen boarding pupils, nor were there so many day scholars. The yellow fever quarantine extended into October, and affected all the schools in the region of infection, and prevented many from resuming their studies. We suffered less than Wiley University. However, two hundred and sixty two students were under our instruction during the year. Most excellent work has been done in all departments.

We have four courses, domestic science, plain sewing, dress-making, and draughting and millinery. Seven graduated this year. All the pupils take some literary work, and are carefully trained in morals and religion. Many of these girls go forth from our Home with genuine Christian character. This is our chief aim, to give moral fiber to these nature people, so as to make them potential for good among their race. We have made some repairs and improvements. Electric lights have been put in, and a room fitted up in a temporary way for the domestic science department. The house has been painted, some of the rooms papered, and other minor repairs, at a cost of about seven hundred dollars, from the receipts of the Home, save some help which was given by the Conferences on current expenses. We have no debts. We have some pressing needs. We specially need an addition of two rooms to house our domestic science department. Our laundry is now in the cellar, which is very inconvenient and unsanitary. We want new bathroom fixtures, and greatly need a teachers' bathroom. I do not favor the appeal for a horse and surrey, in the Woman's Home Missions, as we can not now afford such a luxury. Miss Simmons, at the head of the sewing department, resigned, and Miss Minta Hungerford has been appointed to the position. She has taken the Pratt system, and comes highly recommended. Some of our girls have shown. marked talent in music and in poetry. The nurse still lingers with us. Sallie Dixon, who hid her money in the earth, so as to be able to attend school, wrote a very creditable hymn. Others have taken prizes for excellent work.

The outlook for the present year is good. Our largest patronage comes from the most influential class of the colored people, and the pupils are remaining in school for three and four consecutive years, thus enabling us to see results. Miss Robertson and her assistants have done most efficient work and deserve all praise.

Eliza Dee Home.

(Scholarship, $50.)

The Eliza Dee Home has been full to its utmost capacity. We can accommodate only sixteen boarding pupils by putting a cot in the hall. We have had one hundred and fifty-eight in the day school. Miss King has managed well and returns another year, as does Miss Wheeler, the sewing teacher.

Our needs here are great. We imperatively need a wing to accommodate our industrial classes, and give more room for boarding pupils. With the crowded condition of Samuel Huston College, they will soon not be able to give us the present room, which is not adequate to our needs. I am at a loss to know what to do, unless we can build this addition in the very near future.

There never was a more critical time in the history of the negro race since the war. The sympathy of the public is not, to say the least, ardent. There is a desperate effort being made in literature and by the secular press, to depress and misunderstand them. The belief in their capability, notwithstanding all that they have done, is being undermined; and all this prejudice is not in the South either. It is a great task to lift a race out of semi-barbarism, ignorance, and superstition. Hied away to themselves in dark masses, with few leaders or guides, is it a wonder they feel

"I am black, I am black,

And yet God made me, they say,
But if he did so, smiling back

He must have cast his work away
Under the feet of His white creatures,
With a look of scorn—that dusky features
Might be trodden again to clay?"

.Are we losing the thought that we have a mission to these helpless ones? Souls may be white, though encased in ebony. Surely they are of the one blood and He who notes the fall of the sparrow has heard their cry and has called us to give them the "Bread of Life." . May God speed the day when "None will be elated while one man is oppressed "

"For mankind are one in spirit

And an instinct bears along,
Round the earth's electric circle,

The swift flash of right or wrong;
Whether conscious or unconscious,

Yet humanity's vast frame,
Through its ocean-sundered fibers.

Feels the gush of joy or shame;
In the gain or loss of one race,

All the rest have equal claim."

  (mrs.) Lavanda Gassner Murphy, Secretary.

 


WEST TEXAS.

My Conference is at work trying to raise funds to build an annex to Eliza Dee Home. Miss King can provide comfortably for fourteen girls only, but is compelled this session to crowd in two or three more.

Our Anniversary was held December 2nd in San Antonio. Miss King and Miss Wheeler spoke to an audience of over five hundred.

I attended our five District Associations during the summer and much interest was manifested.

I have organized and reorganized three Auxiliaries, have endeavored to create a real missionary spirit throughout my whole Conference. I have worked exceedingly hard to meet my pledges, made at Indianapolis. I now come to ask every delegate to help me with the Home.

(mrs.) E. S. Spriggs, Corresponding Secretary.

 


 

 Miss Rosa Simpson went from New York City to Texas - last December, and was elected by the Texas Conference Woman's Home Missionary Society to do special organizing and evangelistic work. She seems to have had considerable success in Galveston and Houston, reporting conversions, children brought into the Sunday-school, money raised for the Society and new members secured.

 

 

Annual report of the Board of Managers of the Woman's Home Missionary

by Woman's Home Missionary Society (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 1906

 

 

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