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ANNDAL REPORT OF THE RECORDING SECRETARY OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF CONTROL.
The following report, recently made by Mrs. Maiy Snow, Recording Secretary, has not been published in any report of the proceedings of the late convention:
During the past year the Board has held thirty-six meetings, four of which were quarterly, eleven special, and twenty-one adjourned. The preliminary action of the Board in coming together, was the election of additional members, and new officers in sympathy with our aims, who bringing with them fresh enthusiasm helped to strengthen and cheer the hitherto active members, who forthwith proceeded to the accomplishment of their work. Thus reinforced, with unabated zeal have we been legitimately though quietly pursuing the interests of the Society that •were committed to our charge. Unity of purpose and unbroken harmony of action have characterized our sessions, which have been occupied in devising plans for the furtherance of the cause. Accordingly, at our meeting of May 9th, a brief circular, urging the suffragists of California to united action and seeking to arouse enthusiasm in our ranks, and to create public sentiment in favor of woman's enfranchisement, signed by the President and Secretary, was adopted by the Board, and circulated by postal card throughout the State. At our regular quarterly meeting of June 27th another comprehensive and carefully prepared official document, signed by all the officers of the Board, was adopted, designed more especially to influence the action of the nominating committees for the California Legislature. This also was extensively circulated throughout the State, and sent to each member of the several nominating legislatives committees, accompanied by a brief note calling attention to the disabilities of woman, and expressing the hope that in their selection of candidates her claims would not be ignored. Frequently also the more prominent members were visited by special committees of ladies from our Board, urging upon them the importance of the suffrage movement; also the consideration of our educational and property rights; and generally an appreciative sympathy with our aims has been expressed, which is a pleasing indication of the rapid growth of public sentiment upon the subject. On October 4th a special meeting was called to listen to a communication from Lucy Stone, inviting us to send delegates from our Society to the fifth annual meeting of the American "Women Suffrage Association, to be held in New York, and also requesting for that occasion a report of our work in California. We responded by the appointment of Mrs. E. C. Sargent, then in Washington, as our delegate, and by instructing the Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Mary J. Collins, to furnish a synopsis of our labors in the past; also by a telegram of friendly greeting, signed by Mrs. M. A. Lewis, President of the Board of Control, and a letter from Mrs. Mary F. Snow, its Recording Secretary. This action resulted in the appointment of Hon. A. A. Sargent and Mrs. M. A. Lewis as their Vice Presidents for California, and of Mary J. Collins as a member of their Executive Committee.
At subsequent meetings of the Board woman. suffrage petitions to Congress and the California Legislature were adopted, and finally forwarded to Washington and Sacramento. The petition to Congress was received and presented to that body by Hon. A. A. Sargent, and subsequently referred to an appropriate committee. The petition to our California Legislature was presented by Hon. Henry Edgerton in the Senate, and by Hon. W. A. Aldrich in
the Assembly, and also referred to a joint committee of both Houses. It urged thr*e points : Woman's eligibility to official position on educational boards and clerical offices; her property rights; and a constitutional amendment conferring the ballot. It was sent to Sacramento early in December. The Board asked for no oral hearing before the committee; yet through personal calls upon members of the Legislature, previous to their convening at Sacramento, by a special committee of ladies appointed for the purpose, and also by frequent correspondence with them during the whole period of their sessions, through our Corresponding Secretary, urging them to "respectful consideration" and action in regard to the claims of woman, aided by the efforts of an independent delegation of ladies from Santa Clara county, our legislators were induced to pass an educational bill, and also one in relation to our property rights. But so protracted was the discussion upon those points before the final assage, that no time was given to the clause in our petition referring to the ballot; other questions, to them of paramount importance, claiming the last hours of the Legislative session. Yet for the advocacy of our cause, so far as considered, we are especially grateful to Messrs. Edgerton, Roach and Pendegast, of the Senate, and to Messrs. Aldrich, Barton, Coggins and others, of the Assembly; and as patiently as we can we await the "good time coming" when the further privilege of the ballot, removing all our disabilities, shall be granted.
Early in January letters were addressed by our indefatigable Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Mary J. Collins, to each of the Pacific Coast Senators repudiating the Frelinghuysen Utah bill, and urging them to energetic action for its defeat; and the closing effort of the Board was the adoption of resolutions opposing the Congressional disfranchising movement, to be forwarded to each member from the Pacific coast, and also a brief memorial thereon to Congress, to be presented to that body by our distinguished friend and coadjutor, Hon. A. A. Sargent.
Thus have we steadily aimed, according to our highest judgment, faithfully to discharge the duties devolving upon us, trusting that our labors may be ultimately crowned with success. Respectfully submitted by
Mary F. Snow,
Children are shut up in the school-room as the place where knowledge is caught and confined for them to get. But near by is the record of the tremendous hammer that has pounded the hills into boulders, pebbles, gravel, sand; of the old ice-cap Mother Earth wore on her head for a million of years, melting with climatic change; of cakes of frost as vessels bearing cargoes of stone to scatter along the shore; of scratches from pre-Adamite avalanches on primeval rock. But the little human Adam is never taken to this show, knows not what a theatre bigger than his little stage with a green curtain he is always in; understands-not the compass,and cannot tell the North Star. We say hush! little folks should be seen and not heard, with a sort of soul-murder quenching the spirit of curiosity, when their queries put our acquisitions of knowledge or character to the test. So they grow up after and like us, without chemistry enough to cook a meal, or skill to row a boat, or harness a horse in haste for the doctor, or knowledge to restore one from a fainting fit, or hold the blood in an artery, or rescue any mortal in body or soul.—Barlol.
England's latest glory is her triumph over a few unarmed, half-naked negroes in Ashantee—a war without just cause, and with no other result than the burning of an African city, constructed by a people slowly struggling towards civilization. Christianity gains nothing by such raids [ For Common Sense.]
BT H. WINOBKSTKB.
To me there's no name on earth half as K\w t
As mother, dear mother, whose; kindness and care Watched o'er my childhood and guided my feet
To Truth's living fountain each evening in prayer.
When age with its iron hand presses me down,
In breasting life's storms, its strife and its frown.
I hear her dear voice of hope and of love.
I hear a sweet strain from the mansions above.
In life and in death, 'tis ever the same;
Though ?unk in the depths of sin and of shame.
As I gaze through the mist of years passed away;
Yet I feel thou art near me day after day.
Leading and guiding my way on the road,
Whose gates are ajar and whose maker is God.
[From the Golden Age.]
SOWING FOR ETERNITY.
Though humble be the field and the endeavor
Seeds, of which fruitage shall exist forever
Whate'er thy walk, whate'er thy social standing;—
Whate'er thy influence, less, or more conunanding, That influence is the germ of fruit to be.
Ah I if in love of truth thou grapplest error,
However popular that error be,— Accepting loss of favor without terror,—
Truth's harvest waits thee in futurity.
We're sowing seeds in high and lowly places;
We're sowing seeds of honor or of shame; Of truth and goodness, from a moral basis;
Or else to falsehood and each kindred name.
If every word breathes love and hope and duty;
And every deed a thought beyond ourBelf; A life so lived ss blossoming in beauty,
Bicher than millions of your hoarded pelf.
Thus living for the future; thought sublimest I
For the wide cycles of eternity
For good, immortal, in earth's destiuy.
How blest shall be the soul that lifts the lowly,
Scattering seeds, that germinate, if slowly,
What bloom, what harvest for such labor waiting
In the eternal destiny of man;
We all are workers in the general plan.
Workers for Joy eternal, or for sorrow,—
Working for a triumphant bright to-morrow,
Oh! if we are inspired by holy feeling
Sweet charity like sun-beams o'er us si
May purest love from baser influence free us
And lift our spirits to that upper air
Transparent, as the truth, whose shield we wear.
That aspiration from the father given,
A thirst for goodness, fill our souls for aye I
Loving and serving, thus begins our heaven,
Above, below me, on the hill.
The bee pants through the clover beds,
Among his fields so fair to see, Hi takes no count, no note, of me. I lie and bask, along the hill. Content and idle, idle still. My buy silence never stirred By breathless bee or hungry bird; All creatures know the cribs which yield; No creature seeks the fallow field.
But to no field on all the hill Come sun and rain with more good will; All secrets which they bear and bring
To wheat before its ripening,
To clover turning purple red,
To grass in bloom or mowers' tread—
They tell the same to my bare waste,
But never once bid me to haste.
Winter is near, and snow is sweet; Who knows if they be seeds of wheat Or clover, which my bosom fill? Who knows how many Summers will Be needed, spent, before one thing Is ready for my harvesting? And after all, if all were laid Into sure balances and weighed, Who knows if all the gain and get On which hot human hearts arc set Do more than mark the drought and dearth
Through which this little dust of earth Must lie and wait in God's great hand, A patient bit of fallow land?
We slight the gifts that every season bears,
The promised treasure of the coming years.
Or else we mourn some great good passed away,
The offered peace and gladness of to-day.
So through the chambers of our life we pass.
Not knowing how much pleasure tbere was
In each, until tbe closing of the door
And in our hearts we sigh, " For evermore."
Ben Sellm had a golden coin one day.
Which he put out at interest with a Jew;
Until the golden coin two pieces grew;
Ben Adhem had a golden coin that day,
Who went rejoicingly on bis unknown way.
But when his soul reached Heaven, angels with pride
Showed him the wealth to which his coin had multiplied.
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rpHE MOST FASCINATING AND AB1 sorbing Novel that ever came from the pen of the eminent novelist.
This great story, begun by the gifted author while still among us, has beeu finished by Thomas P. James, of Brattleboro, Venuont. He amrms that tbe
SPIRIT OF CHARLES DICKENS Finished the story through him as a medium; and if this is not true, the book is the greatest
LITERARY CURIOSITY Extant—the latter part being in no way inferior to the first, and written in the peculiar and inimitable style which has always distinguished the works of that brilliant writer.
TWENTY-SIX THOUSAND COPD2S Have already been sold, and the demand continues unabated.
NOTICES OF THE PRESS.
The style, to the very minutiae of chapter headings, is thoroughly Dickeusian.— [Boston Traveler,
It is a deeply interesting psychological phenomenon, to Hay the least—explain it how you will.—[Christian Union.
Whatever the truth may be concerning the authorship of the larger portion of the work, the fact that it is so thoroughly in Dickens' style as to almost defy criticism, is admitted by many of the ablest critics. [Toledo Journal.
The interest of the story Is well sustained. The characters are generally consistent with themselves and in harmony with the peculiarities ascribed to them in the first part; while the new characters introduced are strongly drawn, standing out clear before the mind's eye like living pui-sons.—[8. F. Bulletin.
The imitations arc striking; the characters, as foreshadowed by their author, well sustained, and the new personages introduced are in each and every case admirably drawn. The working out of the plot is, under the circumstances, a marvt'l of ingenuity and cleverness, and there are many touches of real feeling scattered throughout the second half of this book almost worthy of the great man himself. [Inter-Ocean.
The great lesson of the book is, that a man's sins are sure to find him out, and that men ought to forgive rather than avenge with their own hands the crimes perpetrated against them. It thus teaches the highest Christian lesson that can be taught on the subject. And no book that I have ever read presents more beautiful and hopeful views on the subject of death. [Auburn Advertiser.
If Charles Dickens, in propria persona, wrote The Mystery of Edwin" Drood up to a given chapter, and then if Thomas P. James In Ins persona propria took up the tale where Mr. Dickens left off, I will hazard my reputation as a critic ou the internal evidences of authorship, by challenging the world, or the shrewdest man in it, to tell, if he did not know beforehand, where Dickens left off and James commenced I— [Prof. T. B. Taylor, of Chicago.
Each one of the dramatis personne is as distinctly, as characteristically himself and nobody else, in the second part as in the first, and in both we know them, feel for them, laugh at them, admire or hate them, as so many creatures of flesh and blood, which, indeed, as they mingle with us in the progress of the story they seem to be. Not only this, but we are introduced to other people of the imagination, and become, in like manner, thoroughly acquainted with them. These people are not duplicates of any in the first portion; neither are they commonplaces; they are creations. Whose creations?—[Springfield Union.
We have Been several "notices" of the book, all of which spoke of it disparagingly, and all, we venture to say, were penned without reading a single chapter of the portion condemned. We have no hesitation in saying that we do not believe the most intelligent person, not having read the firbt portion of the story, can commence it and in going through tell where the live Dickens left off or where Mr. James (for the dead Dickens) began. [Vox Populi, Lowell, Mass.
The great literary sensation of the season seems to be the completion of the Mystery of Edwin Drood, by the spirit of Charles Dickens, through a medium, at least so claimed. The admirers of Dickens find themselves in a strange puzzle. The best and most intelligent admirers and critics of the great author find it impossible to determine where Dickens alive stopped writing, and where Dickens dead commenced. Is it not a little remarkable that those most familiar with Dickens' style cannot detect at what puint—what chapter—the "medium" begins the continuation of Edwin Drood? The style, the headings to chapters, the names of characters, are all Dickensian. If it is a fraud it is more marvelous, mysterious and puzzling than .any phenomena of Spiritualism that we have ever beeu asked to believe. There, can be no denying the fact that the portion of it written since Dickens' death has the real Dickens flavor. [Lawrence Tribune.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, purporting to have been completed through the mediumship of T. P. James, is before us, read and digested. Resting upon an assumption of its continuation by the great novelist, we expected to mett with some evidence of Mr. James' own individuality. We are not sure but this may be apparent, yet when we consider how smoothly and consistently the undeveloped plot is brought out, and the mystery solved; how admirably the characters are sustained, on the whole; how the Billickin and Twinkit-ton warfare seems Bo characteristic of Dickens ; how wonelerfully suggestive of him the great shadowy something that closes with Jasper and sendB him forth from the presence of his child a maniac, and how the death-bed of the precocious Bessie reminds us of little Nell, though very unlike—when we reflect upon these things, we can at least say that if we were so bigoted, or knew so little of spirit control, as would nt>t permit us to acknowledge this for Dickens, we should, with Mrs. Sapsea.be forced toappreciate mind, not as manifested by a bapsea, but a James.—[Cleveland Lyceum.
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Vol. 1. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL., SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, 1874. No. G.
gigttg of the ?hucs.
The Sacramento ordinance requiring the payment of a license by lecturers is to be repealed.
Elizabeth Peabody has commenced the publication at Cambridge, Mass., of a monthly, called the Kindergarten Messenger.
Of twenty-five liquor saloons in Hollister all but three have discontinued business. A combination has been made to test the law.
Count de Saint Croix, in order to provoke Gambetta to a duel, struck him in the face. Gambetta*did not challenge him, but a court of justice sentenced the Count to six years imprisonment. Times change.
A book entitled "What is Darwinism?" has appeared, the design of which is to show that the evolution theory excludes design in Nature, and is therefore atheistic, and, per force, exceedingly dangerous.
In proportion as the fashionable bonnet rises and recedes to the back top-knot of a woman's hair, so the frizzly curls come down over the eyes, until the most foolish of the sex at last look like the idiots they really are.
Judge Morrison, of the Fourth District Court, who was petitioned to reinstate certain members of a secret society, who had been expelled by their associates, has decided that the courts have no control over such matters.
The theological press are commending the book recently printed by B. P, Brown against Herbert Spencer and his theories. The book is a very weak affair, and full of misrepresentations of Mr. Spencer's views and arguments.
People whose opinions on most subjects are not worth the having often imagine themselves competent to criticise public journals in a masterly manner. Whatever else they may not know, they are very sure they know all the shortcomings of the press.
Rev. L. Beecher, D.D., of Nyack, New York, kissed pretty Mrs. Wessels. She told her husband, and he called the Reverend to account at a public "tea party" in the parlors of the Y. M. C. A. Mr. Beecher denied the story, and the enraged husband slapped him in the face, saying— "'lhen you say my wife lies!"
Prof. William Denton was arrested in Sacramento, at the close of his lecture on Saturday evening, and lodged in the city prison, for refusing to pay a license, $20, for giving an exhibition. The following day he was released on bail, and has since left for the southern part of the State, without paying the demand. The action of the authorities does not meet public approval.
There is talk of the appointment in England of a government minister whose duty it shall be to look after the interests of Science,
During excavations at Ekley, England, recently, an ancient burying ground was found, containing several urns filled with calcined bones and charcoal.
• The New York Independent now consists of 32 pages a little larger than Common Sense, about half being filled with advertisements. It is a very profitable paper.
What is to be done about the publication of a report of the committee on the Oakland spiritual manifestations? Is it not time the public were informed of the result of the investigation.
Beer and whisky pay 55 per cent, of the internal revenue taxes, while tobacco is next highest on the list. This is as it should be, and it would be still better if these products could be taxed out of existence.
Somebody says the only visible functions of the Republican leaders now are to fill the offices and handle the public money, and that the manner in which they perform these duties is not above criticism.
It is a notable fact that in every locality in this State where the prohibitionists won a victory under the Local Option Law, women labored earnestly at the polls; and in all places where they did not take part the license party succeeded.
The Boston dress reformers have invented a combination garment for female wear which includes in one piece, chemise, waist, drawers and stockings. On this foundation are buttons to attach the rest of the rig. It is said to be neat, cheap and convenient.
The recent Swing trial in Chicago, in one of our most narrow and bigotted churches, shows that the old dogma of damnation for disbelief, can no longer be maintained. Dr. Swing had said in his sermons, that good and wise heathen, might have as fair a chance of heaven as some devout believers. He was charged with heresy, and yet the Synod cleared him of the charge.
The Industrial Palace at Guise, in France, is an institution built by Mr. Godin for his workmen, in which from twelve to fifteen hundred persons are provided with a healthful, comfortable and agreeable home, where may bo found the conveniences and enjoyments which are generally only within the reach of those who are rich. While involving no elements of mere charity, it respects individual freedom, and maintains capital and labor in relations of perfect amity, and at the same time of perfect justice, while securing to the capitalist an adequate return for his outlay.