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Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga., Has 600 students in College, Normal, College preparatory, Grammar, and Primary departments, under 29 officers and teachers. Trains teachers and leaders of their race from among the sons and daughters of the Freedmen of the South.. Gives industrial training in wood-work,, iron-work, mechanical drawing, printing, farming, cooking, sewing, dressmaking, millinery, and laundry-work. Has sent out "225 graduates from College and Normal courses, nearly all of whom, together with hundreds of past under graduates, are engaged in teaching and other useful work in Georgia, and surrounding states. Owns four large brick buildings, on sixty acres of land, one mile, from the centre of Atlanta, Ga., library of 7000 vols., apparatus and other equipment — all valued at not less than a quarter of a million dollars. Having no endowment (except about $27,000, mostly for special objects), the Institution requires at least $20,000 a year in donations from its friends to continue the work now in hand, and a fund of about $500,000 to put that work on a permanent basis. Annual scholarships of $40 each are asked for to provide for the tuition of one student for one year. Subscriptions of $100 and upwards are solicited for general current expenses. Legacies for endowment or for current expenses are greatly desired. Remittances of donations or inquiries for further information may be addressed to Pres. Horace Bumstead, D. D. Atlanta, Ga. DECEMBER WEATHER REPORT. The mean barometer, reduced to sea level, was 30.270; the highest, 30.570 on the 9th ; the lowest, 29.900 on the 3d. The mean temperature was 47 ; the highest 65 on the 6th ; the, lowest, 25 on the 1st. The greatest daily range was 29 degrees on the 10th ; the least daily range was 4 degrees on the 24th. The total precipitation for the month was 3.68 inches, and there were 12 days on which rain fell. There were 11 cloudless days, 5 partly cloudy, and 15 cloudy days. The prevailing direction of the wind was from the Southeast. OUR CHRISTMAS MISSION. One of the pleasantest customs of our school is the manner of spending part of the time at Christmas. Four years ago a new plan was adopted for proving the Master's word, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Having tested it for four years we were glad when the fifth anniversary came. "It was the night before Christmas" that a busy scene was enacted in the small dining-room of North Hall. Upon one of the long tables was heaped clothing of all kinds, while busy hands were sorting into piles and marking with name, street, and number from a list prepared by one of them. Another long table fairly groaned with its heavy load of groceries, for all of which special gifts had been made. From the large sacks of flour, meal, coffee, sugar, etc., small packages were made up and properly marked by willing hands. These were placed with the clothing ready for distribution. Christmas morning found us ready and the work began. By twos, threes and fours the volunteers from the students started with their gifts, many of them taking a Bible and Hymn book, as they went on their happy mission. Twenty-eight homes were visited and more than one hundred and ten old and sick or little children with overburdened mothers were made happy. Space will not allow a full account of these visits, but some very pleasant and touching experiences were enjoyed. One man said, "Why I tell you I thought last year I was blessed, but this year when I could not work and my 'ole' woman' was sick in bed I just felt so s'prisingly proud that them college folks did not forget me, I tell you 'twas a happy day." An old woman said, "I thank the Lord! Bless His name for giving us such good friends as the college folks are. 'Twas a grand day for me and husband." Another who has been visited since said-,"I was sitting here thinking of old times and how nobody cared for me, and what an ungrateful and thoughtless set young folks of nowadays are and how 'hity tity' they all are in their fine feathers when some one knocked and I said 'Come in! In came two mighty peart young folks with basket and bundles, before I could say 'Howdy' they said 'Christmas gift! We have come from the college to see you this morning They fonud places for their bundles and sat down to talk with me. They sung and told me some of the blessed promises and then prayed. And 1 tell you I was ashamed of myself to think I'd said what I had. I reckon I'm the one wrong." Another who lives with an 'only son said afterward. "O that college is a blessed thing for us poor folks and God will bless you northern folks for all you have done. Reckon your homes up there will be mighty fine 'cause of what you have left. Ah, that college has done a heap for me. See this room all ceiled fine and tight?" "Yes." "See that table over there standing square on four legs?" "O Yes." "See that fine little cupboard across that corner? Never had a cupboard before." "O yes I see it all, but what of it?" "Well college did that for me, no not that quite but a boy learned bow to work in the shop and came down here and did this for me." "O well you paid him for it." "Yes just half what every body else asked. I tell you, he knows heap beside books. Why he never goes past without running in to see me. When I am all cast down he will talk and pray with me until all the clouds are lifted. Ah, that's a good work to teach them books and then how to work.". Yisits were made to several families
|Title||The bulletin of Atlanta University, 1892 no. 33|
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|Description||The bulletin of Atlanta University was a publication sent to faculty, friend and alumni of the institution; Telling of the institution's progress and present needs. This issue is January 1892, no. 33.|
|Holding Library||Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center|