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NUMBER 31, ATLANTA. GEORGIA NOVEMBER 1891, Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga., It is 600 students in College, Normal, College Preparatory, Grammar, and Primary departments, with practical instruction in wood-working, iron-working,farming, printing, cooking, sew-ing, and laundry work under the care of 28 officers and instructors, in four large brick buildings, surrounded by 60 acres of land within the corporate limits of Atlanta, the land, buildings, and outfit v alued at a quarter of a million dollars; with 225 graduates from College and Normal courses near/y all of whom, together with many hundreds of past undergraduates, are engaged in teaching and other useful work in Georgia and surround- ing states, Having practically no endowment, 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. Remittances of checks or money orders, or inquiries for further information, may be ad-dressed to, Pres. HORACE BUMSTEAD, D. D., Atlanta, Ga. NOBLESSE OBLIGE. OCTOBER WEATHER REPORT. Many of our Northern friends make enquiries of our teachers as to the climate of Atlanta. In answer to such enquiries we have occasionally given a summary of the local report of the Weather Bureau, and we now propose to continue this publication as a regular feature of the BULLETIN. The following items are given concerning the weather for October, 1891 : The mean barometer, reduced to sea level, was 30.178 ; the highest, 30.535 on the 29th ; the lowest, 29.834 on the 4th. The mean temperature was 59.4 ; the highest, 84 on the 4th ; the lowest, 36 on the 23d. The greatest daily range was 30 degrees on the 21st; the least daily range, 7 degrees on the 22d. The total precipitation for the month was only .02 of an inch, making it the driest October in the past fourteen years. There was light frost on the Kith and killing frost on the 20th, 23d and 28th. The prevailing direction of the wind was from the Northwest. If I am weak and you are strong, Why then, why then, To you the braver deeds belong ; And so, again, If you have gifts and I have none, 1f I have shade and you have sun, 'T is yours with freer hand to give, 'T is yours with truer grace to live, Than I, who giftless, sunless, stand With barren life and hand. 'T is wisdom's law. the perfect code, By love inspired : Of him on whom much is bestowed Is much required. The tuneful throat is bid to sing, The oak must reign the forest's king; The rustling stream the wheel must move. The beaten steel its strength must prove. 'T is given unto the eagle's eyes To face the midday skies. [Carlolla Perry, in Boston Transcript, DR. MAYO'S PLEA FOR ENDOWMENT. A recent number of the Boston Tran-script contained an interesting letter from Rev. A. D. Mayo, " the apostle of Southern education," relating to the endowment of the older and larger insti-tutions of learning for the colored people of the Smith. Dr. Mayo remarks how utterly impossible it is to educate 2,000,-000 of Southern Negro children and youth by "passing round the hat" among the Northern people; tells how every Southern stale has now adopted the American system of common schools; and then goes on to show how efficiently this great work" of common school education is being aided by the supply of thoroughly trained teachers sent out from the schools of secondary and higher education that have been established in the South by Northern beneficence, and then goes on to plead for the permanent endowment of these institutions. We quote Dr. Mayo's own words: They are all responsible institutions. most of them, of their kind, better supplied with buildings, apparatus and libraries, and under a better system of instruction than the majority of similar institu-tions lor white youth. On them the South must rely largely lor a generation for the training of competent teachers for the colored schools, for an improved ministry and other professional classes. For although every Southern State is now doing something for the training of its colored teachers, these institutions command the situation, so far as the secondary and higher education of the Negro is concerned. There is nothing that the North can do for the Negro just now half as important as the generous endowment of this great educational citadel of the race. Properly endowed and handled with a single eye to this result, a generation of their work would send forth a great body of genuine leaders of their people; displacing the crowd of incompetent and often mischievous men who now occupy that position. 'I he Negro now is more in want of good teachers, ministers, doctors and inteligent young people in every walk of life, than anything else, and these great schools ought to be endowed rather than multiplied, and so placed that they could discriminate in their pupils, enlarge their industrial departments and go at once about their proper work. At present they are all compelled to overload themselves with young pupils and virtually live from "hand to mouth" by the contributions of Northern churches and people. It is simply a shame that men like Armstrong, Bumstead, Washington and scores of others should be compelled to take the field, year by year, to keep alive the institutions with which they are connected. A great movement in each denomination to permanently endow its best schools, with a judicious living within their means, would relieve this body of splendid men and women from their present position of solicitors at the North, for such a ministry of education to the Southern people as is possible to no other class. Until this can be done. Northern money will do the most good placed in these schools where everv dollar can be made to tell. If the teachers and preachers of the colored folk were such as these schools would make them. they would become the most powerful agency in concentrating their people upon the support and improvement of the common school. A goodly number of our former donors have already sent us renewals of their gifts for the current year. These unsolicited evidences of continued interest in our work are apt to come to us more numerously soon after the Bulletin has been mailed from here, and are always doubly gratifying. We hope for many similar responses to our present issue.
|Title||The bulletin of Atlanta University, 1891 no. 31|
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|Description||The bulletin of Atlanta University was a publication sent to faculty, freinds and alumni of the institution; Telling of the institutions progress and present needs. This issue is November, 1891 no. 31.|
|Holding Library||Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center|