Historically Black College
Under the blessing of God the year has been crowned with prosperity. During the winter there was much illness among students and teachers. An epidemic of tonsillitis prevailed for some weeks. One death resulted, and also another from pneumonia after the close of the school. Miss Robertson was detained about two weeks to care for this student. The teachers have been faithful and efficient. It is with great regret that we have to report that Miss Robertson was compelled, to resign on account of ill-health. She has not recovered fully from the attack of tonsillitis. Mrs. L. A. Van Houten has accepted the position of Superintendent, and Miss Nellie M. La Porte will be in the sewing department and Assistant Superintendent. Misses Tolin and Tedrick return to their respective positions.
King Home, Marshall, Texas.
There were thirty-nine graduates at King Home. One could not look into the faces of these girls without feeling a sense of pride in their development. There is a most pressing need for domestic science rooms. We must have them. Who will help? Sisters, please do not forget this plea, because it has been made so often.
Eliza Dee Home, Austin, Texas.
Twenty-eight finished the different courses in the Eliza Dee Home. The school can not grow for want of room. Here, too, our needs are great and pressing. We have no place at all for our industrial classes. Were it not for the great kindness of the Samuel Huston College, we could only keep a boarding-house. We must have a wing and better accommodations. I have asked that a building for Eliza Dee Home be the next to receive money from the building fund. I am sure that there is no other Home so needy. I have gathered a small amount, but must have at least $10,000 before we begin to build. What can we do under such embarrassments? You will surely help us to rise up and build.
In these Homes habits of industry are inculcated, economy practiced, knowledge is being imparted, and character developed, the four cardinal principles of any symmetrical development.
The Negro's ability to learn is no longer doubted except by a superficial observer. The danger-line in Negro education is not so much in his education as in the lack of it. Knowledge is power, but ignorance, too, is power. Ignorance may destroy in a day what knowledge reared in a century.
Education enhances the Negro's power as an economic factor the same as it does for a white man.
The times demand skilled workmen. Even in the digging of a ditch now there is science. The great mass of mankind, black or white, will never enter the so-called higher walks of life—the fine arts and the professions. The demand is for intelligent, conscientious workers in every field, but chiefly in physical and manual labor. Upon patient, persistent effort, health, home, and the family rest. Our brother in black ought to have the largest liberty to develop hand and brain and heart.
In the near future he must furnish the teachers for his race, and they need the equipment of the broadest culture of intellect and character to fit them for the task of uplifting a race from ignorance and degradation.
To-day there are indications of a reaction of sentiment towards the Negro in the North. It is seen in cases here and there like Hyde Park and other communities.
Nothing is so blinding as race prejudice. We hear of the Indian question, the immigrant question, the Chinese and Japanese question, the Negro question, and the yellow peril. But no one whose vision is bounded by color or race can come in contact with that breadth of thought which is highest and best.
Only he who has world-wide sympathies and whose vision, thoughts, and plans take in humanity, can reach the broadest and highest plane of usefulness in life. There is no defense or security for any of us in a republic except in the highest intelligence and broadest development for all. There is no escape through the law of man or God from the inevitable.
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In the economy of God there is but one law by which individuals, races, or nations can succeed. And that law is righteousness and obedience to the divine will.
In our land the American standard is the measure by which all must be tested; and it is largely intellectual and economic. The Negro will rise or fall as he measures up to this shibboleth.
This race is now passing through the crucible. There is much dross to be eliminated, and the burning fire of the testing process will be painful and slow. They are to be tested in the moral qualities of patience, forbearance, perseverance, power to endure wrong and to withstand temptation, and the economic qualities of economy, thrift, and skill, and to compete with a race which has a thousand years' start and far superior in training and knowledge, and yet side by side in competition. Vast and almost hopeless undertaking; yet there are twenty million hands outstretched to us asking our help.
I bespeak your interest, your sympathy, your moral support, your gifts, and your prayers, and pray you to come over to Africa in America, and help us make these Homes which we have established great centers of light and influence which will result in Christian mothers, Christian homes, and Christian character, the surest and only defense of a nation.
Mrs. L,. G. Murphy, Secretary.
Austin Conference is looking up. Within the past year two new Auxiliaries have been organized—one at St. Paul's Church, Ft. Worth, with thirty members; the other at Mallalieu Church, Dallas, Texas, organized by Mrs. E. R. Ballard, with nine charter members, which was doubled at their first meeting, July 6th.
At Trinity Church, San Antonio, we have gained two new members, making a membership of eight. Our work has not been confined to the members of the Society. Last winter we packed a barrel to send to a minister and his family, and every woman in the Church became interested. The result was, when the barrel was sent off with warm new quilts, clothing, and groceries, a most grateful letter was received by the Society from the minister and a voucher inclosed, saying the bar- ' rel was worth to him $75. There was great rejoicing in our little circle, for "it is more blessed to give than to receive."
Meetings are held once a month under our efficient President, Mrs. H. H. Eyman. Our Treasurer, Mrs. E. B. Ailing, reports $13.15 in cash and a voucher for $75, making a total for the year's work for the Conference of $88.15.
With the growth of the Society in other parts of the Conference, we are encouraged to press on, looking unto Him who giveth the increase.
Mrs. C. R. Clark, Corresponding Secretary.
In presenting the report of the Woman's Home Missionary Society of the Texas Conference, I take great pleasure in saying to this body of Christian women that more and more we feel the need of this great work among us, and our women are awakening to their duty to this Society.
We have our difficulties and discouragements, but all over the Conference can be found good, loyal women, earnest in every endeavor, who are praying and working that the time will not be long when every charge in the Texas Conference can boast of a well organized Woman's Home Missionary Auxiliary.
As our history develops we are forced into a wider world of activity, and, as we go, the Church must see that the civilization which we carry is filled with the spirit of the gospel. We will continue to tell of the great good that is being done by this Society, and will do what we can to strengthen it spiritually, financially, and numerically.
There are six districts within this Conference, and each held profitable district meetings during the past year. The district officers are endeavoring to systematize the work, and have everything done in an intelligent and business-like way.
There was an increase in our past year's report, and we have entered into the work for this year with renewed efforts. We are endeavoring to reach that high Christian life which only can be reached by helping our more unfortunate sisters.
Within our Conference is situated beautiful King Home. Beautiful for the characters that have gone from under its roof. Our girls leave this Home better prepared for life's work, and to make the lives and homes of others brighter. We are justly proud of this Home, and for the superintendents and teachers sent to us.
The immediate need of King Home is more room. Our women have been sending some money for the past three years to help build an annex, that a greater number of girls may be accommodated. Every year there are dozens of girls turned away from the Home because there is no room for them. We are not forgetful of the many other needs of the Society, but an annex for King Home has become a real necessity.
We want to make King Home so beautiful and commodious that every member of the Society will be delighted to visit us.
Our one great desire is that our work shall increase in interest, and all that we do may be "For the love of Christ and in His name."
Mrs. W. H. Logan, Corresponding Secretary.
Our Conference has been blessed in raising all pledges made at the Philadelphia meeting. We have met all requirements of our Conference beneficiary, who is fifteen years old. We have the full care of her, and much is paid out where no vouchers can be given.
'At our anniversary, held in Victoria, November 14, 1908, we planned an emergency fund, and through this medium we hope to be of great help to the poor and needy of our Conference. We observed the Day of Prayer for the first time, and those present will never forget that day.
Our Eliza Dee Home is crowded to its utmost, and the work becomes better each year under our proficient Superintendent, Miss King. We are very anxious for the annex to the Home, and will not cease to ask until it is built.
I attended during the summer the five District Associations, raised $200 for the Society, and sold $14 worth of fancy work done by the girls in the Home.
My people are becoming more interested in the work, and we are at all times doing our best.
Mrs. E. S. Spriggs, Corresponding Secretary.
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