NUMBER 54. ATLANTA, GEORGIA. MARCH, 1894. ATLANTA UNIVERSITY Is a Christian Institution, unsectarian in its management and influence, wholly controlled by an independent Board of Trustees, and receiving no aid from city, state, or national government, or benevolent society. Has 500 students in College, Normal, College-preparatory, Grammar, and Primary departments, under 27 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, laundry-work, and nursing the sick. Has sent out 252 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 seventy acres of land, one mile from the centre of Atlanta, Ga., library of 8000 vols., apparatus and other equipment—all valued at not less than a quarter of a million dollars. All students pay from one to two dollars a month tuition — the majority, a dollar and a half. These charges fall far short of meeting the actual cost of the instruction. Boarding students pay ten dollars a month for their board, receiving for this sum their room, which is furnished, heated, and lighted, together with their food and washing. Boarding students also give an hour of productive labor every day to the Institution, and thus, with cash and labor, meet almost the entire cost of their board. Having no endowment (except about $33,ooo, mostly for special objects), the Institution requires at least $25,000 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 over and above the nominal tuition fees paid by the student. Subscriptions of $100 and upwards, or any smaller sums, are solicited for general current expenses. Remittances of donations or inquiries for further information may be addressed to Pres. Horace Bumstead, D. D. Atlanta, Ga. CLOSED GENTIAN. [From the Boston Transcript.] Shy woodland flower, Whose tightly closed petals seem To guard some secret care — Of all the autumn flowers that bloom Is thine the face least fair ? Beside thee grow the golden-rod, The aster gayly drest, While thou alone of all the band Seem'st with some care opprest. Thy modest sister at the side, Whose fringes soft unfold, Is kissed by every passing wind, Her beauty all behold. But thou, alas ! dost ever hide, With timid, shrinking mien ; Thine eye of tender, heavenly blue Hath no one ever seen ? Thus spake the woodland flower, " Sweet friend, a curse upon me rests For charity ungiven, And though 't is many ages since, The past is still unshriven. A fainting fairy passed my way, Once in the days of eld, And prayed me for the drop of dew That in my cup was held ; But as the fairy stooped to drink I closed my petals tight, When lo ! a curse upon me fell Which turned my day to night. My gentler sister at my side Spread wide her petals fair, And stooping there the fairy spied A dewdrop, pure and rare. ' Sweet flower,' the fairy said, ' For what thou gav'st unbid I '11 leave a gift most passing strange ; ' And fringed her azure lid-Forever thus we twain shall stand — She with her fringes blue, And I, with shrinking heart, to hide My leaves of radiant hue. Kind stranger, let a pitying tear Fall from thy tender eye, And for my petals ever closed Breathe thou a passing sigh." C. R. S. Ashfield, Mass.
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