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I have seen it in a hut and in a palace.
Wherever it is found it is the badge of a
scholar well beloved by the Master, and
the best prize in the school of life."

Ellen Stabler told us about the woman
who had spanked Carnegie, in his early youth,
for sliding down her banisters. Years after
the millionaire settled a pension upon her.

A second contribution from our esteemed
visitor was a New Year’s verse, -

"Full sweet the thought which underlies
My New Year word today,
The years, God’s years, do always give
More than they take away.
And as I send my great glad wish,
To compass all your year
I know full well, God’s hand of love
Will portion out your cheer.”

Emilie T. Massey gave a chapter from
the Japanese Schoolboy’s experience in a
N. Y. Apt. As cook, a most laughable
take-off on the follies of pretension, especially
where a moderate income necessitates
a small home.

Estelle T. Moore read a fine poem, “Why
How and Where? A Legend of Service,” by
Henry Van Dyke. One verse is appended.

“Not thine nor mine to question or reply
When he commands us, asking how? or why?
He knows the cause, his ways are wise and just
Who serves the King must serve with perfect trust.”

Mary E. Gilpin brought a very interesting
recapitulation of inaugurations, from Washington
to Wilson. The weather was declared
to have been, “Cold 9 times”, “Rainy 5 times”,
“Fair 7 times”, “Snowy 6 times”, “Cloudy twice”
“Blizzard twice.” In 31 instances only 7
suitable days are recorded for Mar. 4th.
Jackson holds the record for brevity
of Inaugural, 100 words for each of his
two addresses, while Wm. H. Harrison heads
the other extreme with 8500 words. Mrs.
Polk objected to an Inaugural Ball on religious
grounds, but attended as a duty.

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