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put on the local stage for charity
or for the -woman's suffrage propa
ganda. Mrs. Burleson has won much
success with her diligent pen.
In the Burleson family there is a
married daughter just leaving her
teens, Mrs. Richard Van "Wick Neg
ley, who ahout six weeks ago pre
sented the postmaster general and
Mrs. Burleson with a fine grandson,
Albert Sidney Burleson Negley. Two !
school girls, Miss Lucy, who is a
freshman in college, and Miss Sidney,
a thirteen-year-old, who gives
promise of developing into a radi
antly beautiful type of young wo
manhood, complete the family.
The Secretary of Commerce and
Mrs. William Redfield have a mar
ried daughter, Mrs. C. K. Grury, of
Montreal, Canada, and-two sons, Wil
liam C. Redfield, jr., a student at
Amherst, and Humphrey Fuller Red
field, a Washington school boy. As
the wife of a representative in con
gress Mrs. Redflpld has made a se
cure place for herself in the social
life at the capital. Before her mar
riage Mrs. Redfield was Elsie Mer
cein Fuller, member of a famous old
New Jersey family.
The Secretary of the Interior and
Mrs. Franklin K. Lane have two kid
dies, Franklin K. Lane, jr., a boy of
sixteen, and small Nancy, who is
quite young. Mrs. Lane is a gradu
ate of the University of California
her native state class of '86. She
is distinguished looking, affable, in
terested in art and music, and gen
erally a well poised, well balanced
woman of the day.
The Secretary of Labor and Mrs.
Wilson and their daughters during
Mr. Wilson's term in the house paid
little attention to the gayer side of
life although both Mrs. Wilson and
her daughters did "their duty" in the
matter of calls and teas. The Wil
sons all are interested in "doing
things," of effectual worth and the
women of the household of the new
secretary of labor are almost as well
informed in the problems the secre
tary will have to solve as he is him
self. The Secretary of the Navy and
Mrs. Josephus Daniels know Wash
ington inside and out. Mrs. Daniels'
mother, Mrs. Adelaide Worth Bag
ley, and her sisters, Miss Belle and
Miss Ethel Brfgley, have lived at the
capital for many years, and they are
thoroughly in touch with the "navy
set." A brother, David Worth Bag
ley, is now an officer in the navy.
The 'Secretary of the Navy and
Mrs. Daniels have a lively squad of
young boys in their household. Mrs.
Daniels is of the affable, whole
souled, well-bred North Carolina
type. She is a woman easily met and
not soon forgotten, and popular with
old and young.
The Secretary of War and Mrs.
Garrison, the Secretary of the Treas
ury William G. McAdoo and the Sec
retary of Agriculture and Mrs. Hous
ton aTe "members of President Wil
son's official family of whom Wash
ington knows little.
The Garrisons have neither chick
nor child. Mrs. Garrison Js a good
looldng woman in early middle age
who has the balance and poise which
comes of living in a college com
munity. The secretary is fond of
a joke and knows how to make one,
and his wife helps the fun along by
seeing the point some time before
it is reached. Both Secretary and
Mrs. Garrison are much interested
in Washington and they propose to
take a house some time in the fall
when the new administration gets
settled down a bit.
Presiding over the home of the
secretary of the treasury will be
McAdoo's motherless daughter, Miss
Nona, a very attractive girl, whose
debut preceded by a very little time
the death of her mother. A mar
ried daughter, Mrs. Charles S. Mar
tin of PrescotVAHz.; Miss Same, a
boys make up tho McAdoo home. The
eldest son, Francis Haugher McAdoo,
will be graduated next June from the
law school of Columbia' university.
Tho two younger hoys, William G.
McAdoo, jr., and Robert Hazlehurst
McAdoo, are students at St. Paul's.
The Secretary of Agriculture and
Mrs. David Houston have in their
family a thirteen-year-old son,
Franklin, a two-year-old daughter
Helen and Lawrence, a two-months-old
baby boy. Mrs. Houston is just
the right sort of wife for a man in
official life to have. It has been
proved that she can keep a secret.
The first information Mrs. Houston's
only sister, Mrs. Walter Boydn of
Beverly, Mass., received about tho
appointment of "The Houstons" to
the cabinet circle she got in the
papers. Mrs. Houston is a native of
Austin, Tex., and her family and the
family of the postmaster-general and
Mrs. Burleson are life-long friends.
Mrs. Houston comes of long-time
democratic folks. W. P. du Val, her
paternal grandfather was territorial
governor of Florfda in Andrew Jack
son's administraion. Her grand
father, E. B. Turner, was federal
judge in Texas, and her father was
a distinguished lawyer at Austin.
Mrs. Houston is a graduate of the
University of Texas. She is interested
in social service work, being affili
ated Avith several committees con
nected with the work of tho medical
school attached to tho Washington
university of which Secretary Hous
ton has been the president for the
past five years.
None of the new cabinet people ex
cepting those who are already estab
lished in Washington will take homes
in the city until next fall.
THE RURAL CHURCH PROBLEM
E. L. Horton, professor of rural
education and sociology at tho
Kansas Agricultural college, after a
study of tho rural church, comes to
tho conclusion that the pastors have
not adapted themselves to changing
conditions. He finds in his territory
that a certain aloofness of tho church
from tho practical needs of tho
people, or a lack of understanding as
to what these needs are, nas slack
ened tho popular interest in tho
church and diminished its social and
religious value to the community.
Professor Holton believes that it
is the duty of tho pastorB to take
hold of tho problem at this end and
overcome the difficulties that sepa
rate tho rural community from the
churches. He has laid down certain
rules which he thinks might bo fol
lowed by pastors with advantage to
"The pastor should influence tho
church to think in terms of the com
munity instead of terms of the
"Ho should mako the church build
ing a social center for community
"He must clothe tho gospel mes
sage in the everyday language of the
plain people of tho twentieth cen
tury. "He must pacify internal wrang
lings and discourage community com
petition between denominations.
"All except one church in each
community of less than six hundred
inhabitants should be abolished.
"Ho should do actual farm work,
that he may be more able to mix with
The Minneapolis Journal says
that these may be pretty good rules,
but they seem to call for a ten
thousand dollar man and such men
are usually discovered and taken
away to the larger churches. So per
haps there should be more of the
Tight kind of men. But it is easy
to lay down rules, and difficult to get
all concerned to follow them. A
recommendation for tho abolition of
all rival churches in a community
minds of tho community can do, that.
In fact, tho pcoplo, as tho pastors,
need to broaden out as well. Tho
fault is with us (til.
Tho great head of the Christian
system onco laid down a law that is
useful in this connection. Accused
of breaking tho Sabbath because ho
was making a normal and reasonable
uso of it, ho said to his critics that
tho Sabbath was mado for man and
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An Improved Texas Farm
I OFFER for Sale 240 acres of
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