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their solicitous glances, though seeing and hearing everything with absorbing interest.

"Now, then, tell me the name of a strong, hearty, cheerful young lady, that is not afraid of noisy, fighting boys, and fractious, tattling girls, and makes them mind her when she has a mind to."

The children's eyes fell under the reproof of this indirect allusion to their own behavior. But they soon got over their guilty feeling, and shouted with one accord: "Betsy Boggs!"

matches and cigar stumps out o' my
pocket!" from another.

"She showed me how to wash my
face clean all by myself, when moth-
er's away washing!" shouted a third.
"I sew all the buttons on my
trousers since I've known Betsy!"

"And I black my shoes every day since she showed me how easy it was!"

"An' I never kick holes in 'em any more as I used to!"

"And I could sew a whole dress if Betsy showed me, I know I could!" Excitement in the championship

The lady seemed taken back, but of their questioned heroine was runcontinued: ning higher. A dozen more had risen to add to the category of Betsy's merits, when the lady waved them back.

"And who do you know that is tidy, cleanly, punctual and diligent, and expects every boy and girl around her to be the same?"

"Then you all know and like most for your teacher-"

"Betsy Boggs!" was shouted with a will. And two sturdy lads, taking the lady's searching looks around the room for a summons of Betsy, brought her in with the air of proud constables.

The children were now as much taken back with her questions as she was with their answer. They ex pected to have their smartness, their knowledge of neighbors, and their general good judgment sounded and consulted, and instead she was giving them some smart reproofs and A storm of impulsive applause wholesome lessons in a new fashion. greeted her appearance. The lady They didn't feel at all comfortable, smiled her welcome through tears as and thought of Betsy with increas- she extended her hand to Betsy, the ing fondness, as well as confidence sweeper, and said: that she was all the strict lady could desire. So once more they answered triumphantly:

"Betsy Boggs!"

The questioner received this announcement with an incredulous and amused smile.

"This is quite strange," she said after a pause. "If you had known my intentions beforehand, I would say you plotted together in favor of some particular girl. Are you quite sure now that this Betsy Boggs fairly deserves your unanimous vote?"

The children caught fire at once.

"When she ties my shoe strings they don't come open the whole day," came the convincing testimony from a small voice in the corner.

"She makes me throw all the

"The children's best friend will make their best teacher."


Betsy cried outright-it was unexpected; the children were so delighted they couldn't help making a tremendous noise; and the old folks told the janitress they never knew the children had such a treasure in her girl.

"Well, well," she replied, quite mollified at the turn of affairs," I always said they were after her as if they had gold to pick off'n her. Maybe it's so, maybe it's so. There's more than one kind of gold," Sunday School Times.

BE loving, and you will never want for loving; be humble and you will never want for guiding.[Muloch.

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HAS THE BEST MAKES and FINEST SHOES at LOWEST PRICES. Call and See Him Before Purchasing.





Carpets, Oil Cloths THE COURIER,


Ordered Work and Repairing a Specialty.


Nos. 56 and 58 South Main St.,


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Carry the Largest Stock of Books and Bibles of
all kinds, and offer them at New York Prices.
Ladies Fine Stationery a Specialty.
SHEEHAN & CO., Proprietors.

Barber Shop--Hot or Cold Baths

Call at the old stand over the Postoffice, which has changed hands, and has been renewed throughout. Call and see me, and I will guarantee satisfaction. Respectfully, JEROME FREEMAN.

P. S-Ladies' Bath Rooms entirely separate

from the barber shop.





Number 45 South Main Street,
Manufacturer of and Dealer in

Bridles, Whips, Halters, Brushes, Combs, Etc.
Repairing done neatly and heaply. All work war-
ranted. Also dealers in



All the Best Crades '
Huron St.

Brown's Drug Store

is the best place to obtain

Watchmaker & Jeweler, Anything in the Way of Drug

36 South Main St.


12 Washington St. Residence Cor. Fifth and Liberty Sts.


Calls Attended to Night or Day.
We make this our special business. Call and
see us before purchasing.



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At A. L. Noble's, Sign of the Red Star.

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Paul Snauble, W. H. Dorrance, V. M. Spalding, J. B. Cady, W. F. Bird, George Jacobus.



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Ladies' Home Mission Society--Mrs. Stevens,

Pres.; Mrs. H. M. Doig, Sec.

Lad es' Society--Mrs. Nowland, Pres.
Young Peoples' Society-Mr. O. L. Miller, Pres.


Second Sunday in June subscription for Min ister's Home, payable first Sunday in July. Second Sunday in September, subscriptions for State Missions, payable first Sunday in October Second Sunday in November, subscription for

Home Missions, payable second Sunday in De


The pastor will gladly receive at his home or visit at their homes those wishing counsel upon religious matters, or those in trouble or affliction, or strangers, whether members of the church or not. His mornings are reserved for study; his afternoons and evenings usually devoted to calling or to the meeting of appointments at his home.

Church Day.

We have long been looking for ward to the first full observance of what, it is hoped, may become a happy and helpful custom, the observance of an annual Church Day near the beginning of the church year, April 1st.

It is designed to make this the Occasion of the largest gathering of the church membership in the whole year. It is to be made the occasion especially for the assignment of pews, the annual roll-call of members and the voluntary offerings to the Ladies' Society, which will take the place of the fairs and festivals for the raising of the amount the Society contributes each year. The ladies will provide supper for all.

Our pews are assigned by lot to all contributors without regard to the amount contributed. It is hoped that everybody will make their calculations from this time forward to be present without fail in the afternoon at the assignment of pews, at isterial Education, payable second Sunday in the supper and at the roll-call in the evening. The date is Friday, March 28th. Please keep it in mind

Second Sunday in January, subscription for Foreign Missions, payable second Sunday in February.

Second Sunday in March, subscriptions for MinApril.

Last Sunday in each Month, collection for expenses of the Sunday School.

every member.


No. 4.

Membership Changes.


Miss Josephine Drury, 41 S. Ingalls St.

Mr. Howard Beecher, cor. 14th and Washington.

Miss Alice Beecher, cor. 14th and Washington.

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Mrs. Pattengill was the daughter of a Baptist minister and the wife of a Baptist deacon. Since the death of the latter twenty years ago in Hudson, Mich., Mrs. Pattengill has resided in Ann Arbor, where her children were. For sixty of the seventy-three years of her life she was a member of the church, and few leave so consistent a record. "Her children rise up and call her blessed." Her neighbors delight to It will be an excellent preparation honor her memory, and strangers for the annual church business and students coming to Ann Arbor meeting, which occurs Monday have found her sympathetic The death occurred after a evening, April 7, and since this is friend. of some the last month of the period for warning indisposition months and a few days of very which subscriptions were made topainful illness Tuesday, February ward church expenses we should 3rd, and the funeral took place from see that they are paid in full before her late residence on Catharine St., its close, April 1st. Thursday afternoon, February 5th.

A definite weekly or monthly contribution from and allow nothing to prevent your attendance.

Pews not rented, but assigned to contributors by lot. A number of the best pews reserved for strangers and students.

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The Sin of Omission.

It isn't the thing you do, dear,

It's the thing you've left undone,
Which gives you a bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.
The tender word forgotten.

The letter you did not write,
The flower you might have sent, dear,
Are your haunting ghosts to-night.

The stone you might have lifted

Out of a brother's way, The bit of heartsome counsel

You were hurried too much to say;
The loving touch of the hand, dear,
The gentle and winsome tone,

That you had no time nor thought for,
With troubles enough of your own.

The little acts of kindness,

So easily out of mind;
These chances to be angels
Which every mortal finds,-
They come in night and silence,-
Each chill, reproachful wraith,-
When hope is faint and flagging,

And a blight has dropped on faith.

For life is all too short, dear,

And sorrow is all to great,
To suffer our slow compassion,
That tarries until too late.
And it's not the thing you do, dear,
Its the thing you leave undone,
Which gives you the bit of heartache
At the setting of the sun.

"And is not Fairybel able to be ness! Though I could do nothing in school?" said the anxious visitor. for her, she has done something for me," she thought. "Shall I ever again say I have no time for what is worth while?”

"No; she wasn't able to stand it more'n two weeks after the term be gan. She fainted dead away here one morning before breakfast. Her father said she shouldn't go to school no more."

She hastened home to right with zeal some small confusion in her drawers, and mend some small rips "Oh, do you think it was from in her gloves. For a day or two a going to school?" said the visitor, perfect mania of housekeeping recwho knew the air of the one room titude possessed her. Fresh air, in which the family ate and slept. cleanliness, order, dispatch-they "If 'twan't that, then I do'no what reigned, each in turn, as the one t'was." thing needful.

But object-lessons have a way of striking deep. One day as she

"But now the weather is growing milder," said the visitor, casting about for a hopeful suggestion, "the dusted her orderly book-shelf, her open air will do them all good. And this house has such an advantage in having this nice little yard about it. You will send them out regularly every day, won't you?" But the frown only deepened upon brought out last fall-no time for the brow of the visited. that either!"

"I do'no," she said. "The yard's --Margaret Sangster so full of broken glass from these old windows, I can't let 'em out. Grover cut his hand the last time. I won't risk it."

Broken Glass.


The visitor stood gingerly upon the decaying doorsteps. The visited held the door open about six inches and looked through with frowning, shrewish, sallow, face. Her hair was unkempt, her dress front an unimaginable spread of rags and dirt.

She did not invite in the visitor of charitable intent, who therefore persevered to make the best of the door-step situation.

“Oh," said the visitor, let me lend you our rake, and you can get the broken glass away in a few minutes."

glance fell upon a Christmas gift-
book, not yet opened. "No time
for that book yet," she thought,
with an inward distress.
there is the German grammar I

Then her eyes wandered to a thin little book-her Sunday school classbook.

"Those two irregular girls," she said. "I am constantly thinking I will do something for them, and week after week slips by without my doing it. There is no time. "What time have I got to rake up And what a tender spot of vague yards," snarled the visited, "with discomfort I have had about them all baby to tend and all there is on my the time! Vague discomfort. hands?" Does that always mean broken glass somewhere?

Then the gravity deepened upon the visitor's brow.

The visitor's flickering courage died out. She murmured something about hoping the visited would let her know if she could do anything "There's Cousin Helen," she to help, in a somewhat stultified con- thought. "She was hurt that I did dition, retreated down the tottering not go oftener to see her, and I was door-steps.

But as her mind cleared, she pondered the situation: "One little

hurt that she was hurt; and there has been stiffness and coldness between us. And I have never prayed

No, said the visited, her husband would not be able to do the work offered. He was getting greens now; he had taken up that line of business. The visitor somewhat subdued by room, never tidied," she mused; 'Forgive us as we forgive,' but I the lofty tone in which this employ-next to nothing in the way of mater- have thought I would do something ment was mentioned, merely hoped ial to keep her cooking and sewing; to right matters between Helen and the children were well.

one child old enough to take care of No; they were not all well. Fairy- itself and help the others-yet she bel had a great deal of trouble with has no time to make that yard a her head, and Grover had had two place where her children can have convulsions. The baby was suffer- the blessing of the fresh air! Oh ing from chills,

me. But I have not done it. Oh what cruel heaps of broken glass!

"And there is dear old Uncle John, who loves me because I am his dearest sister's child. All this how I hate such atrocious shiftless- winter he has sat by his dull fireside,

bent with the rheumatism, and I have suffered the discomfort of knowing I ought to go oftener to see him. He has sent me such sweet tempered, affectionate messages, and I have appreciated them, yet never let him know. Woe is me! It may any day be too late. How the broken glass will cut and rankle then!"

Then her humble mind went from that slighted love to the love highest

of all.

"When I heard that sermon about believing prayer," she said, "what hights of spiritual strength did I not

Last of all her mind, made tender with repentance, went back to the visited, that poor visited, with her half-open door, her torn gown, and shrewish face, the drift of broken glass beleaguring her little ones in their unventilated home.

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Love, the want of the world!



This world is dying for love and
sympathy, and so
Order listens, listens, and hears the
cry and sees the hungry, and so it
is going into the hospitals and into
prisons, and bridging the chasm be-
tween the rich and the poor, going
them to unite in helping others in
to the working girls and helping
their Circles. *



Extracts from the annual address get the power of love in us, so that of Mrs. Margaret Bottome, president hands and feet and brain will be full of the order of King's Daughters: of the life and light, and the power "About 120,000 are wearing the of love. And as I thought I seemed Silver Cross to-night somewhere, all to see again this organization of over the earth, and I have thought The King's Sons and Daughters; that I should like to whisper to them and really, dear friends, it only just the message, which is in the looked like organized love. Love form of a question, and which is forming into Circles. There is no full of unfathomable joy. It is the color line, no age line, in the organquestion which He asked of old of ization. They are just forming into one who stood by His side, and He these Circles and answering the called him by name-very particu- question, "Lovest thou me?" Yes, larly by name--as he asked the Lord. Then they all, hearing "life's When I heard question, and it seems to me that the what Jesus said to Peter, "If you sorrowful cry," and going out to do propose to climb? that other, about living for the blessed Lord Jesus calls us each by love me, feed my sheep, feed my kingdom's sake, what cross bearing name, and asks the old question, lambs." was I not ready to undertake? I "Lovest thou Me?" It is the quesI have let it all go. The heart had tion that love always asks, and it is not room; the days had not time." only those who love who ask the question, and I love to think of His heart of love for those that He calls by name as he bends over each and says, "Lovest thou Me?" Ah! how long it will be before we shall fath om the unutterable love of Jesus, as He asks the question, and yet He "I left her in discouragment of wants love-love always wants love, soul," thought the visitor. "I let and the more loving the nature, the her go. Yet in that very act was I more love is wanted-and yet, beone with her, surrendered to the yond the question I have seemed to broken glass in my path. From see Him, as He asked the question of above, whence the angels look upon Peter, as He looked out and saw, us, how plainly they must see me as as He only could see, the hungry her sister, joined with her in the world, symbolized by sheep and feebleness and spiritual un- lambs the hungry world that needed love. Love is life, love is Then at last was the love she had power. I took up a magazine the lacked for the visited born in her other day and saw an article ensoul. "The Lord do so to me, and titled, "The Power of the Future." more also," she said, "if I stand not The writer was speaking of the by her. She shall know that I love concern that is felt in some parts of her, and I will wrest love out of the world to day, about the coal her hatred till I have leave to help mines giving out and the need with that broken glass. Poor little of the world for coal not Fairybel is the one bit of romance being met, and this writer said: in that poor life," mused the visitor, "Civilization is safe so long as the suddenly growing practical; "and sun shines, because wood and coal there is the pink gingham that lay are solar gifts. We owe everything idle all last summer, because I had to the sun. Yes, civilization is safe so no time to dispose of it. She will long as the sun shines, and Chrislike that for Fairybel; I will begin tianity is safe so long as the Sun of with that."-Congregationalist. Righteousness shines,so long as there



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"Feed my lambs, feed my sheep," If you and feed them with love. don't you give them a stone. Love, love, is the thing that is needed. wish that every one here to-night could have heard a report from a woman this afternoon who had saved some of the boys-the butcher and go in all our homes. boys, the grocer boys, that come Some of them she has absolutely won to Christ by simple smiles and a kind shake of the hand.



O! the dreams that we have, that are to be realized in the future through this organization of The King's Sons and King's Daughters! I find myself saying, as I look at the lovely procession of young Daughters of our King, who have been Name," trained to loving ministry "In His

"Others shall sing the song, Others shall right the wrong; Finish what I begin

And all I fail to win."

And as I stand here to night, on this mount of privilege, my very heart is saying;

"I feel the earth move sunward,
I join the great march onward,
And take by faith, while living,
My freehold of thanksgiving."

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