NUMBER 56. ATLANTA, GEORGIA. MAY, 1894. THE MESSENGER. BY IDA WHIPPLE BENHAM. KEEP it not idly by thee — hoard it not ! Thy friend hath need of it ; behold, he stands, Waiting to take the bounty of thy hands ; Pay him the debt thou owest, long forgot, Or — hast thou paid already — ease his lot Of that which he would sell, or loaf or lands — Whate'er his need can spare and thine demands ; So shall thy wealth be clean and without spot. Dost thou not know ? hast thou not understood ? The stagnant pool breeds pestilence, disease ; The hurrying stream bears bounty on its tide. Pass on thy gold, a messenger of good ; Swift let it speed on gracious ministries ; Wing it with love and let its flight be wide. [the congregationalist.] 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 8ooo 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, 000, 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.
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