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TITE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: MAY 22. 1010.
Augustana Synod is Soon to Celebrate
CHICAGO, DTTHE SaSEIIEJST
Of WHICH ACTaUSTAPTA.
.BGINN1NQ Sunday, June 6, The
Augustana Synod andAugustana
College and Theological Semi
nary at rtock Island. 111., will
begin a two weeks' celebration
In commemoration of the fif
tieth anniversary of their birth. April 27,
marked the fiftieth milestone In the
history of the synod and the college, and.
though the ocoaslon was fittingly cele-
brated with memorial services at that time,
the real jubilee celebration will take place
June 6 to IS at Rock Island, IJ1., where the
ynod holds this year's session and where
the college ia located. It will be the
greatest celebration In the history of , the
synod and thousands of visitors are ex
pected to be present, coming from nearly all
the states of the union. It Is estimated
that at least 4.000 persons from far off con
gregations will be present and that at soma
days the number will be much greater. Of
the 1,082 congregations belonging to the
ynod each one Is entitled to two dele
gates. Beside these delegates scores will
come from those places to. be present as
visitors. Special ' trains will be run from
the neighboring towns, such as Galesburg,
Rockford. Chicago, Paxton and others,
and 0,000 Swedish-American Lutherans
thMii.hMit 4h. luiirf rAl.hn ta thA fif
tieth anniversary of the organisation of
'mod and the establishing of their central
frhool of higher education.
Extensive and elaborate arrangements
have been made by the synod and the col
lege authorities for a fitting celebration
of the anniversary. Every day will be oc
cupied with progress and about three ses
sions will be held dally. Invitations have
been Issued to all the larger universities
and colleges of this country and Sweden
to send delegates, and favorable replies
have' been received from most of them.
The universities of Sweden will send their
most representative men, the Upsala uni
versity sending Its president. Dr. Henrlck
Bchuck. widely known as a scholar and
ihoqrtty on the literature of the middle
Ths representative from Lund was
to bs Dr. C. J. W. Thyren, but word was
received last week that on account of
urgent business at the Swedish Rlkdag,
of which be ia a member, .he could not
Another representative will come In
aoe. Ths representative from the
Swedish church will be the venerable
bishop von Scheele, who has been here
twlee before. He is without doubt the
most prominent man ln the church of the
old country, and the college authorities are
much pleased over the fact that the king
appointed von gcheele. He was present ln
1M at the 100th anniversary celebrations of
ths final establishment of ths reformation
In Sweden, and during this visit he made
Diany friends wherever he went. The preai-
dents of ths various Lutheran synods of
ths country wlU also participate, bringing
greetings from their respeoUva synods, and
I las presidents of ths nine educational la-
Iim. . in Kir.n.,m to Lhe Auaustaiia synod
wlU also be present
Besides these scholars and church men
there will bs many other prominent men
taking part. Governor Eberhart of Minne
sota and Governor Charles Deueen of Illi
nois are on ths program, ths former taking
part In ths session which has been called
"Greater Augustana," held ln tho evening
of June 7. Judge Peter S. Qrosscup of ths
United States circuit court of appeals,
Chicago, will bs the college commence
ment speaker and Chief Justice Harry
Olson of Chicago will also speak.
Ths Rev. Dr. E. Norellus of Vasa. Minn,,
president of ths synod and ons of ths early
plonesrs. wlU be the main figure at ths
syniVkal Jubilee. Though now an old man.
being1 sO years old. he Is quite activs and a
staunch plliar ln ths synod.
Ai"clal auditorium seating over l.
peojSs has Just been completed on the col
lege campus, and arrangemants ars being
mads for extensive decorating of the beau
tiful College boulevard and all the streets
leading to ths college grounds.
, .w .1 . W. . .
All the olaases that hae graduated from
ths school navs arranged for reunions, as
ifcave also ms muaicat organisations.
largest musical reunion will no doubt bs
f ins reunion o. i .auei uraiono cnoiMs,
hli.h It la Utlmttxl will linmk.. -I...
K .- r , v.w-.
to M members, nils ihorus will render
ins juixios canii wnuou .or m occasion
ftW, Olaoti of Chicago. Ths famous
w,"T"4t "u uJ"ru wl lo bs mors
1 thajv rsu'iiAt Tha cliapsl choir, com-
to& only ot Ualnsd voicos, lias Mit no-
TV j ,
tlcoB for a reunion t all Its former mem-
ber. The Auguatana military band will
a'.so be areatly augmented. These musical
organisations will furnish the- music during
the two weeks' ce'.ebrations, besides the
solo numbers on the program.
The history of the Augustana synod 1b a
moot Interesting and fascinating one. From
humble beginning It has grown until It has
become 'the greatest body in the general undertook a Journey to the eastern states
council, of which it composes one-third, and to solicit funds among the English and
a great power for the enlightenment of German-speaking Lutheran people for the
the Swedish Lutherans In America. It has erection of churches In the ' newer and
united the scattered Swedes of this ooun- poorer western settlements. In Boston ha
try as no other organization. Little did w'a8 introduced to the famous Swedish
the founders of the synod who met In the s,1Ber, Jenny Lind, and received from her
little church at Clinton, Wis., in 1860 re- a gft of $1,500. With the money he gath
allze that the organisation of which they ered he erected a church at Andover and a
were IaylngNth6 foundation would assume lrlme church at Moline, 111. One of thoso
uch enormous proportions and develop In wn0 wail cf great assistance to Dr. Ksbjorn
the manner which It lias. Little did they ln the trying early days was Dr. E. Nore
reallM what an Influential part It was to llus now Uvlng at Rec, wing. Minn, and
play in the history of the Swedes In Amer- president of the syr.uJ. Together they
lea nd the Lutheran church. It. has walkea or rode between the aoattered set
proven to be a mighty power In uniting the tlementai assisting their . countrymen ln
Bwedes iff this country and In establishing every way, xhey were tireless ln their ef
a system of schools and colleges founded tont and Bacriflclng comfort, they set an
on Christian principles, where their children exampie for their brethren.
.jugijfc uuiun a morougn eaucauon.
It Is often forgotten that the Swede
were among the early settlers of this con
tinent and that they had churches estab
lished here as early as ltB8. But the
"Gloria Dei" church at Philadelphia and
the "Old Swedes church" at Wilmington,
Del., are still witnesses of their earliest
church work In this country. Among the
Immigrants that arrived from the old
country In 1G38 were several pastors, and
immediately upon landing they established
churches where they might worship. The
religious people and.
could not conceive of a settlement without
a church. Their churches prospered as
long as they had tlulr pastors among
them, but gradually their ministers dimin
ished In number, some returning to the
old country and others died. Having no
other way of getting ministers fur thir
congregations, they petitioned the king to
send them pastors, but the troublesome
times in the old country at that time made
it Impossible for the king to grant taelr
petition and they were compelled to get
without any clergy. On this account
the churches were gradually closed and
finally went over to tne Episcopalian
church, ln whose possession. '. fill re
main. Such was the first 1 liiti-fi' 1.'. the
history of the Swedish LulUccau cu:.: in
The second general exodus of Sw i?.ci ie
gan ln the forty-fourth and fTU' J'.'th
years of the last century, fiitw v. ieral
families arrived from the souiliv: J part of
Sweden and settled In Sheboygan, w is.,
and New Sweden, la. A beginning had
been made and several other families ful-
lowed, but did not settle close tovthose
that had come before, but scattered
throughout widely separated parts of the
new country. Tnelr experiences In a
strange land with a stiangu language and
customs were varied. They spent months
at sea, tossed about In small sailing ves-
aels, suffering ail manner of hurdshipj
from storms, sickness and sometimes from
hunger and thirst. Hundreds died on tne
ay. But their miseries wero nut at 'an
ir.d when they landed. Then began tho
tiresome and often dangerous travel over
ths ndli nrairtes. In canal' boaia and
prairie schooners they found their way to
settlements In Illinois and other weattru
states, ln 1&E4 cams the terrible cholera
year. It Is estimated that about two
thirds ot the Immigrants that arrived that
year perished In the plague. Many literally
walked about and died. Serious times were
coming. At first men worked for W cents
a day, while the women worked at 10 and
'! cents a day. One of them wrote in No
vember of the above year: "Twenty-three
ot our small company have died; the rest
are unable to work; our means are gone
and winter Is at hand." Three year later
cams ths financial crisis and many of the
settlers who had a little of their savings
In ths banks lost air they had.
Ths eastern and central states next re
ceived several groups ot Immigrants.
Wo find them settling ln Sugar Grove
and Jamestown, along the borders of Penn
sylvania and New York; at Chicago, And
over. Rock Island. Moline, Galesburg. I I.;
at Burlington. Is,, and Chisago lake. Mln-
nmnta. At this tlms no organised church
work axlsted among ths Immigrants, but
th, ud, of a shepherd was keenly felt. In
New Sweden, la., the settlers organised a
congregation as early as 1848. Being with-
out a minister they appointed one of their
. . i.
own to servo as pastor, noon iruuuio sro
an(i the existence or not of ths congrega-
tlon was serious. But at this Juncture
B,va, Esbjorn and Hasielqulst cams and
succeeded In restoring order and harmony.
t.n m.n w.m th niiiara r th
church work from now on. Actuated by 4
AND THEOLOGICAL ScmNKKSf
desire to help his countrymen In the ,far
off country, Rev. Eebjornr settled with his
company In Andover, 111., which soon be
came a large center for the Swedes. He
soon organized a church there and later on
other churches at Princeton, Moline, Hen
dersun and Ualesburg, -111,
But Dr. Esbjorn'a work was not limited
to Illinois alone. In the spring of 18.'1 he
About this time it became evident that
a stronger church government was neces
sary for their existence. Dr. Eebjorn,
therefore, together with some Norwegian
With tile English Lutheran
in northern Illinois at Ce-
darvllle ln the fall of 1651 and organised
the Evengellcal Lutheran synod of north
Meanwhile the congregation at Gales
burg had called Rev. T. is'. Hasselqulst of
Some Specially Culled May Time Flowers from Storied Urns
An Appropriate Test.
OHN D. ROCKKFK1.I.ER. Jr.,
said a. New York banker, "asked
m one Saturday aft-'rncon a
'good, blblcal text to base an
'I'm thinking,' he sail, 'ar out
u..i btaullful verse lrom the Tw.nty-third
j-aiin "The Lord is iny tshephcTu, 1 ei.u.il
not want.' "
" 'Leautlful, and appropriate,' I agreed.
But, Rockefeller, there Is even a better
verse In tho tsair.e pslam "Tnou anoint
est my head with oil; my cup runneth
over. Cleveland Post.
ln the Land Itapld Travel.
"The tiain crews of the southwest, from
sheer necessity, are made up ot men able
to take and appreciate a Joke," says former
Councilman L. C. Carrau. "Otherwise the
dreariness and monotony of their lives
might kill them.
"1 was on a train In Arkansas recently,
when the biakenian came through the car
and howled out somo sort of gibberish
as we came to a stop.
" 'What place Is this, pleaser I asked
" 'Place? . 'this ain't no place,' he
said, and good-naturedly, too, at that.
A,"B Jusl ono ot habits or the
engineer. Whenever he goes so muny yards
ha fclops Just from force uf habit.' "Cleve-
Friends lu Uota Places.
Mark Twain, the humorist, had friends in
tiiii. city, and one of tlioiu. a woman who
was his hostess at a dinner on his last visit
to Philadelphia, tellj the following story:
"We weie talking about the future life,
and the various kinds of reward and pun
ishment that might be expected ln the next
world, and, Mr. Clemens took no part in
"After a few moments of conversation on
ths part of the other guests, and com
plete silence from the humorist, the woman
sitting next to him turntd to him and said:
"Well, Mr. Clemens, aren't you going to
tell is what you think about future pun
ishment and reward?"
" 'I must ask you to excuse me, madnme,'
he replied, 'you sue I have friends In both
places." " Philadelphia Times.
,U ,ae- ( utjtM(..-
Prof Lu(1iey a. Sargent, physical dl-
s...... n 1 ..... ....
I tL I Jt V ll.tl.IU, ..111 I CI t II U J UlBl
than th. m.,.ani no wonder. .mca .... ,
took beelihy exerc.se whhs man slaved in
"To look at sums of our men," said Prof.
Bargent, "you would believe that sentl-
menu like Blank's were universal.
"Blank, a fat millionaire, was arranging
to have his portrait painted. The length
three-quarters was settled and then ths
And shall ths view bs proflls or full
PKESIDE.TTTS OF 1HE CjOITTEKCTTCJES . 19
BISHOP GEZ.-vW SCHEELE."
WHO OrtcS AS RtPRtSEltTATlVI.
3f THE SVNtftt.M CHUKCH AND
appointed BY KING GU5TAF V
.u. - T ...A c V,.
their pastor. Rev. Hasselqulst accepted
and arriVed ln 18M and at once took charge,
rpt,, - ir.o- f ,.lu mn mMi-Ua an onrw.h
ln th hiatni v of the Lutheran church In
America. He was an unusually well gifted
man, with rare ability to organize and with
an untiring working capacity. Early in the
year of 1S53 he organized a congregation
in the rapidly growing city of Chicago.
face, Mr. Blank?'
"'Profile, by all means," was the reply,
'The curve of the stomach gives a dignity
to the figure.' "-Philadelphia Bulletin.
One IV ot In tlio lllble.
"We wero Invited to dinner the other
evenlns" my wlfe and
luluni) - iarit "ho Hi
1," said a Staten
Island preacher, "by some people who had
Just moved Into the pariBh. Inadvertently
my wife had allowed the maid to go out
thut day, winch Involved the conniderat.ou
of my hoy, who Is Just s6 years old. My
wife telephoned asking if It would be agree
alle to bring the youngtter. Of course the
new parishioners replied that they would be
Ueiigntcd. So we went.
"At dinner 1 was asked to say gvace,
and not satisfied with this the family be
gan to repeat li turn a passage of Scrip
ture. The brevity of the beatitudes seemed
to make tho most popular uppcal, and when
my boy's turn came I saw a twinkle In his
eye, but was scarcely prepared for what
followed. With a look of extreme piety he
loided ills hands and exclaimed: '
" 'Ulexaed are those who sit on a tack,
for they sht.ll rise again!' "New York Sun.
Where Vtue Juhnt t
A San Francisco woman, whose husband
had been dead some years, went to a me
dium, who produced the spirit of her dead
"My dear John," said the widow to the
tplrlt, "are you happy now?" ,
"1 am very happy," John replied.
"Happier than you were on earth with
me?" she asked.
"Yes," was the answer; "I am far hu.p
pler now than I was on earth with you."
"Tell 1110, John, what Is It like in
"Heaven!" said John. "I'm not in
heaven." Llpplncott's Magazine.
Platt'a tnlrnl Wit.
"The late Senator Piatt," said an Albany
legislator, "had a cynical wit. Talking
about a politician who had changed his
party, he once said to me:
" 'Circumstances alter everything polit-
leal views, religion, even health.
" "Why, I've got a friend who Is afflicted
with liisonmia In Us worst form, and yet
every morning that man sleep as sweet
and .sound as a new born babe when his
wife crawls over him to start the fire.' "
That settled His Kate.
Superintendent of Insurance William H.
HotchkUs said at a dinner In New York:
"Thcro nie not so many people buying
annuities from ths insurance companies as
there used to be. This, perhaps, speaks well
for human nature. An annuity holder, you
know, is apt to bs selfish.
"I heard ths other day, however, of sn
annuity holder against whom the charge
of selfishness could not bs nought.
"This man lived on and on. Year after
year his annuity was paid. Finally, when
ORGANIZER OF THE ADGT7STANA SYNOD
V.l. r-.-Lnn nr.nfhor of
staunch p.oneers, took charge of this woik
after NHasselaulst had put It on a
fimtlnir With unabitnl vleor this
labored In Chlcaso for twenty-two years,
receiving a salary of $3o0 during the first
years. When he was offered 400 he replied
that he could get along on $350.
The work of the church now reached
Minnesota, where Rev. P. A.- Cederatam
his age seemed about 119, the company sent
a special agent to his home to make' sure
that James Montrose In his proper person
was really getting the annuity.
"The ugeut found James Montrose, an
aged man, but hale, making a chicken coop
1:1 fie luckyard.
" 'Are you Mr. James Flagg Montrose?"
" 'Yes, sir; I am," the old man answered.
" 'Aid you the Mr. Montrose who draws
the annuity from the Dash company?'
" 'Yt blr, 1 am, and my father before
me,' said the old man." Detroit Free
llplgrsm on Kxperlence.
The late Senator Piatt had a whimsical
way of wrapping his views of life In neat
A New York Jurist once said to Senator
"My son wishes to marry a chorus girl.
Oive him some good advice, won't you?"
"No," said Senator Plait. "Advice Is
worthless. We learn only by experience."
Here he smiled sadly.
"And experience," he said, "is, alas! a
comb for a bald head." New York Sun.
(Grant's 'lour and Roosevelt's.
Correspondents of foreign newspapers
following the trail of Colonel Roosevelt
draw novel pen pictures of the event and
occasionally Institute comparisons. In the
latter class Is the Paris correspondent of
London Truth, who contrasts the present
tour with that of General Grant, thirty
two years ago. He says:
"Tho tour of General Grant, when ex
presldent, found the capitals and courts
of Europe was humdrum and quiet, and
Indeed Jusl nothing coinparedAo that now
made by Colonel to give him his military
title Roosevelt. Yet Grant tumd the tide
of victory from soutn to north. He brought
the United States in safety and without
a Caeaansf wind-up throufch one of ths
greatest civil wars ever known, lie must
have passed through Europe unnotloJd had
not the different monarchs he called on
Invited him and Mrs. Grant to dinner. And
they did this without going out of ths
ordinary course. Not a soul noticed Gen-
eral Grant on the boulevards and ln ths
Rue tic la Palx as he sauntered to and
from the American bar to take a glass of
whiskey as an appetizer before each meal.
His. instinct led him to keep his goods on
the back shelves ot his store. That of
ex-President Roosevelt is to show them
well ln the front window. Rut few persons
thought Grant Interesting until he revealed
his great character and tender nature in
his last Illness from a cancer In the throat.
In that time of sore suffering he wrote
his memoirs, not for any egotistical satis-
faction, but to assure a fairly good In
come to Mrs. Grant. Ths pan to correct
and revise only fell from his hand a few
hours before the fatal moment.
"Think not that 1 want to draw any ln-
vldlous comparison between General Grant
vs. .' ss s
HTVT A. .TTDEK
dXJSTAV iOTHEEN.PH.D. - president of
was stationed at Chisago Lake and P.
Carlson at Carver. A little later J. P.
C. Boren took up the work at Red Wing.
Beside the small means at their disposal
they often had to be on their guard for
the Indians, who often annoyed them. At
times they were compelled to leave their
dwellings and flee from the prairie Into
the towns with the Indians at their heels
and their houses ln flames behind them.
The spiritual status of the different con
gregations varied exceedingly. Here Is a
picture of the dlioipllne exercised within a
northern settlement: The men gathered and
went from plaoe to "place to punish Indi
viduals and "apply the law." One man
was trying to appropriate the land of a
widow. He was driven out of the settle
ment, whereupon the whole crowd plowed,
the sowed and fenced In a considerable post-
. , ,,j,i. r..i.uin
" " "" 7" '
the "committee" took a few drinks and
- spena an enjoyawe evening wigeiner. imi
of course, was more on the order of "vlgl-
lance" than of evangelical church disci-
Pne; but their motives seem to have been
good, and It had at least the desired et-
and the ex-president whose rush around
the capitals and courts of ' Europe has
turned all attention from the approachjng
comet. The parallel Is rather to bring out
the Incapacity of the publio from top to
bottom to see greatness when not set forth
with some striking or sensational element.
The course of going straight from the
White House to tho wilds of Uganda was
loo much out of the common not to hypno-
tlze all lookers on, Imperlul, royal and
The London Times correspondent, daxed
by the whirl, sends to his paper this
grimly humorous dispatch:
"It is one week since I Joined Mr. Roose
velt's expedition It seems muny a year.
For the correspondents who have followed
him' from Gondokoro time has long since
ceased to have any meaning. Since Febru
ary 28, they have toiled after the colonel
In heat and dust, have risen at 5, after
working till i. They can only trust the tele
graph office to know the names of the
places, the month and the date, for they
are no longer certain of any of these things.
They wander in a kind of dream. Person
ally, after one week 1 have begun to doubt
the glamour of a fireman's life. Waiting to
Jump for a motor car when the alurm'may
be given in two minutes, in half hour, or
not at all Is more fearing even than wait
ing for a flying man to fly.
"This is indeed a singular adventure
upon which ws are engaged. It Is useless
to pretend that It is nut a royal progress,
for what further marks of distinction could
any sovereign receive than to travel In
royal trains, to dwell in kings' houses, to be
welcomed by kings, queens and princes, to
drive in state carriages amid flags and
cneerng crowds, and to have theards ot
warships manned for him?
"And It is not only the ex-president who
Is honored as if he were a reigning mon
arch. Mrs. Roosevelt, with her charm of
quiet dignity. Is honored euually. Her
bright, untpollt, at. la.-tive son and dajgnur
are honored, too.
"The whole affair Is quite unique. One
is constantly wonc'ering what it all means."
Doa Counts lh Honrs.
Promptly at 4:30 o'clock ever morning
John Paesner, a farmer at Beverly, N. J.,
arises and begins his day's work. He does
not bother about alarm clucks any more,
tor be places more reliance In his hound
dog Spot, who sleeps outdoors and who a
few minutes before 4:30 begins an unearthly
Paesner knows from experience It Is use
less to try to prolong his sleep, for the
dog's yelps will not cease until his master
comes down to him.
Prenner gives a simple explanation of
how tne dog became such a reliable alarm,
When he used the clock the first thing ho
would do after getting up would be to see
if Spot was all right and throw him a piece
of meat. Ths dog now looks for his bucak-
fast at that hour, and for six weeks has
not varied five minutes ln tlms
AND THCOIOGICAL SEtifNARY
The privations and sacrifices of the mitt
Isters were great and it Is hard for ths
present generation to understand how they;
could bear It. The present President of tha
Dr. , E. Norellus, lived at Tasa.
in a single room, which also Berved
as church. The furniture consisted of a '
bureau, a stove and a bed. Later on they,
moved to better Quarters a house pro
vided with a tent-roof. When It rained
they slept under an umbrella. When they:
moved to Red Wing there was no room to
be had, and In all good faith a man told
them: "I don't know anything else but
for you to move Into my pigsty for tho
present." It was a new one, however, and
had not been used for Its purpose as yet.
But his hospitality was not put ln requlsl- '
In the year 1860 the Scandinavians with-
. . .. .
arew irom me norinern Illinois synod and
organizea an independent synod. They;
held a conference In the Swedish Lutheran
church of Chicago, April 23-28. This step
marks a new beginning ln the history of
the Scandinavian Lutherans of America,
At Ule meeting at Clinton, Wis., where
the final organisation of the synod took
place. It was also decided to establish a -school
of their own and August ana
college and theological seminary, now lo
cated at Rock Island, 111., was founded.
Rev. Hasselqulst was elected president of
the synod and Prof. Esbjorn president ot
the school. Ths school was first located
at Chicago, but later moved to Paxton.
111. Rev. O. C T. Andren was sent to
Sweden to gather funds for the new school
and succeeded well. The sum raised was
40,000 crowns, or 110,846.45. The king, Carl-
XV, donated over 6,000 volumes that had
belonged to tha library of his father. In
1875 the institution was removed to Roc It
Island, III. ,
In 1870 the Norwegians withdrew from
the Swedish Augustana synod, united with)
the general council, organized in 1867.
The men who have served the synod as)
its presidents ars Dr. T. N. Hasselqulst,
ISijO-1870; Rev. Jonas Swenson, 1870 to his
death In 1873; Dr. E. Norellus, 1874-1881; Dr.
Krland Carlson, 1881-1888; Dr. S. P. A. trtT
Llndahl, 1888-1891; Dr. P. J. Sward, 1801-1839, i-sjnn
and again Dr. Norellus from 1810 to ths
To give a brief review of the history of
the Augustana synod It might be stated
that when Dr. Esbjorn, on March 18, 1850,
organized a Swedish Lutheran congregation
ln Andover, 111., It consisted of ten corny .j.oij
muiui-ttiib iiieiiiueis Aeu years ia.ir, on
June 5, 1860, there were thirty-six Swedish,
congregations, with seventeen pastors and
3,447 communicant members. According to
the latest available statistical reports,
covering the tlms up to January 1, 11KM, tho
synod then consisted of 163,473 communi
cant members, with a total membership of
254.645. The number of congregations was
1.01)2, and of ministers, 611.' Ths value of ths
church properties was $8,077,861.', and ths
total annual expenses were 1,607,300. There
were 8.144 students enrolled in its nine edu
cational institutions. Its charitable In
stitutions consisted of sight orphan homes,
four homes for ths aged, three hospitals,
two deaconess institutions and two lm
migrant homes. Its missionary activities-
home, foreign and inner mission are car-,
rled on extensively, and Its publication
house, the Auguatana Book Concern, Rock
Island, with branch offices at Minneapolis,
Chicago and New Tork, Is doing a great
work In tho Interest of ths synod.
Augustana college aJso celebrates Its fif
tieth anniversary with great festivities la
June. It Is tho largest educational Insti
tution of ths synod, embracing also its only
theological seminary. Dr. Gustav Andreen
is its present president. Hs Is a man ot
untiring energy and has dons a great work;
for the school In personally leading th
movement for soliciting the $250,000 endow
ment fund that is Just being completed. It
is to a great extent due to his sacrificing;
and Incessant labor for the placing on a
sure foundation ths college of which ha Is
president, that Augustana will forever
be the central institution of learning of tho
synod. Its rank is high among colleges
and many of Its alumni hold prominent po
sitions in church and atate.
One of the finest libraries of Its kind In
ths country Is now being built In the mem-
ory of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. A. Denkmann.
late residents of Rock Island, and donated
by their sons and daughters. The cost ot
ths building will be considerably over lido.'
OoO when completed.
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