The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, January 12, 1901, Page 4, Image 4

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Edited by Miss Helen G. Harwood.
The Lincoln Woman's club will meet
on Monday, January 14th, 8t three
o'clock. The subject for the afternoon
will be "The Art Exhibit" and will be
under the direction of MieB Hayden,
haderof the Art department. Mem
bers are requested to bring their cata
logs of the exhibition.
The ladies of the Exeter Woman's
club entertained the children of its
members Thursday afternoon, January
The general meeting of the Columbus
Woman's club was held Saturday, Jan
uary ath. The Literary department
had charge of the program. Roll call
response, "Current Literature;" paper,
"Books of the Hour.' Mrs. A. J. Baker;
piano solo, Mrs. W. A. McAllister;
book review, "To Have and to Hold,''
Miss Becker; vocal duet, Mesdames
Heintz and Fridig.
A New Year's reception wbb given by
the Woman's club of Plattsmouth on
Tuesday evening, January Jet, 1901, at
the residence of Mrs. B. Eleon. Every
member of tberlub had the privilege of
inviting guests.
Saturday's meeting, December 31st,
of the Fremont Woman's club, was
president's day, it being the fifth Sat
urday of the month. The president,
Mrs. Mullin, having gone to New Mexi
co for her health, her vacant chair on
the rostrum was draped with roses and
ferns, as a tribute of the esteem of the
members of the club. The piogram was
of her arranging. It was given over to
the men who had been invited to ad
dress ths club on the question of a pub
lie library for Fremont. Mies Stella
Keene presided. Reverend William II.
Buss discussed "The Value of Public
Libraries;" Mr. G. G. Martin, the "Ex
position of State Library Laws;' Mr.
Robs L. Hammond, "Practical Methods
of Securing a Public Library."
Dr. Buss adverted to the great prac
tical value of books, how they have been
invaluable aids to the educational, mor
al and religious development of the race.
He traced the growth of the public li
brary idea in this country, showing it is
practically a product of the century
just closing, though one of the first was
earlier established by Benjamin Frank
lin in Philadelphia, it being still in ex
istence. He thought there was to
greater problem to which we could pro
fitably devote ourselves than to that of
devising plans for placing an abundance
of good books within the reach of the
persons who cannot otherwise enjoy
their use. It is particularly importait
for the young to have this opportunity,
for what is read in early life is largely
the formative influence which shapes
the whole career. The daily press does
not meet the requirements. It is a
great-power for good and is improving,
but it presents an undigested and indi
gestible mass of material to the reader
that is debilitating. There mue' be the
careful and studious perusal of good
books. That there is need for such a
public institution in Fremont he was
very sure.
He read briefly from a report of the
work of the Burlington, Iowa, library,
showing the wonderful influence that
library has had on the community.
Mr. Hammond Baid he appreciated
the humor of the situation presented by
bis representing the question of cash in
the discuBsion, since the poverty of
country editors is proverbial; yet he
supposed it was his right to tell others
what to do and how to do it, just as it
is the privilege and practice of othere to
tell the editor how to conduct his paper.
He had, he said, written to librariane
of libraries in other cities of the state to
learn how they bad procured their li
braries and how they were maintained.
He had endeavored to learn if there
was a sustained interest in them. He
read letters covering interesting and
primary features of library building
from librarians and secretaries at Ne
braska City, Beatrice, Plattsmouth and
Crete. These were all enthusiastic.
They all testified to the continued in
terest and benefit of their libraries and
they made clear the steps that should
be taken to procure a library for Fre
mont. The speaker said he was con
servative. He thought a fund of $2,500
might be raised to buy a library. When
this was done he believed the city coun
cil could easily be induced to make a
levy for its support. A tax of one mill
on the dollar may be raised. This
would yield about S800 a year, which
would meet current expenses and add
to the number of books in a small way.
lie would have no building erected for
library purposes until the need of it
was plain. He believed the fund named
could be raieed and suggested how the
Woman's club could organize to successful)-
do it. The intelligent citizen
ship of Fremont is surely in favor of
such a worthy movement for the educa
tion of the masses.
At the conclusion of their remarks a
vote of thanks was tendered the gen
tlemen for their addresses.
The addresses were followed by gen
eral discussion. Among those who
spoke were Mr. J. W. Richards and
Prof. J. L. Laird, both of whom were
enthusiastic for a library for the city.
Mrs. R. D. Kelly recited an appropriate
No formal action was taken at this
meeting for a definite start toward a
library, but there was manifested a
favorable disposition that is likely to
soon lead to results.
The program of music for the meet
ing was very enjoyable. Miss Katharine
Richards Bang a solo. Mr. J. W. John
son sang. Miss Nina Foote was accompanist.
Mrs. Mary Williams. The club work
consists of the general meetings, one
each month from October to May and
the work of the departments of which
there are four, art, history, literature
and music. The art study is devoted
chieHy to the sculpture, architecture
and paintings of France after the Re
naissance. Afternoons ar9 also given to
the Italian masters, and the different
schools form another topic. The in
structive art game is also made of fre
quent use. The History department
has France for its theme. The work is
carefully planned, and begins with the
Feudal System and includes the main
events in French History from 143G
189G. The Department of Literature
has for its leading topic modern litera
ture, including book reviews and quota
tions from new books and poems, with
occasional gleanings from older writers.
This course gives one afternoon to Ne
braska writers, an unusual but a goodly
topic. The Music department offers in
the following successive order two pro
grams of Chopin, one of Mendelssohn,
two of Schumann and Lizt, one of each
Berlioz and Rubinstein, and two of both
Wagner and Gounod.
The Cpntury club met on Tuesday
with Mrs. George G. Waite. Mrs, W.
E. Kirker read a paper on "The Religion
and Astrology of Ancient Egypt."
Sorosis met on Tuesday with Mrs. T.
M. Hodgman. Mrs. M. D. Welch die
cuEsed "Opening of China."
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The Review and Art club of York,
have prepared a neat, little calendar
with a greenish cover, fastened with a
while cord. "Dutch and Early Ger
man Art and Miscellaneous Topics" are
the chosen work. The arrangement
of topics is brief and scholarly. The
artists to whom special attention is
given are Hubert and Jan Van Eyck,
Memlling, Maseye, Rubens, Van Dyck,
Frank Hals, Verrour, Terburg, Ruys
dael, Paul Potter, Rembrandt, Durer,
Teniers and Holbein. A short pro
gram in English Literature is also of
fered. One meeting each month is giv
en to Current Topics. The officers are:
President, Mrs. C. F. Gilbert; vice
piesident, Mrs. C. H. Bell; secretary,
Miss Alice Dillon; treasurer, Mrs. Rob
ert McConaughy.
The fourth general meeting of the
Woman's club of Seward was held in
the parlors of the Windsor hotel Decem
ber 22nd. There wan a good attendance
considering the storm. All who were on
the program were present and prepared.
The Literature class furnished the
numbers: Quotations from Tennyson,
by class. Life and workB of Tennyson
by Mrs. Callender. Piano solo by Miss
Alice Sexton. Recitation by Margery
Ranss. Legends of King Arthur, Mrs.
U. O. Andercon. Talk on the work of
the department, Mrs. Ross Anderson.
Vocal solo, The Brook, by Mies Victoria
Hedden. Business followed. Miss Mil
ler reported tickets sold by club for the
entertainment course, 811.50.
A motion was carried to ask Mrs. Hall
to come and give a lecture on Art before
the club, arrangements to be left with
the art class. A vote of thanks was
tendered to those who contributed to the
musical part of the program.
The First Year Book of the Columbus
Woman's club, compliments of Mrs.
John B. Geitzen, president, has been re
ceived. The cover is most effective with
a pink carnation, the club flower, done
in water colors, and 1900-1901 Columbus
Woman's Club, Year Book, done in gold.
The club colors are pink and green.
The club has certainly made practical
illustration of its motto: "Spare mom
ents are the gold dust of time," for it
must have taken many spare momenta
to paint a carnation on each booklet.
The officers are: President, Mrs. Mary
H. Geitzen; vice president, Mrs. Bertha
Cramer; second vice president, Mrs. Lil
ian S. Reeder; recording secretary,
Martha Turner; corresponding secre
tary, Mrs. Carrie B. Voss; treasurer,
ations of the times and works. The
course began in October with a study
of early English and will be concluded
on the eighth of May with a review of
English poetry since 1832, English poets
laureate and the Brownings with a
finale of quotations from Tennyson
Each page of the year book has at the
top, an apt quotation. "That book is
good which puts ne in a thinking
mood;" "Reading without purpose, is
sauntering, not exercise;" "Books are
yours, Within whose silent chambers
treasure lies Preserved from age to age."
"For pdetry is the blossom and fra
grance of all human knowledge, human
thoughts, human passions, emotions,
language." Familiar names and epochs
in the progress of literature from Beo
wulf to Browning appear in the synop
sis compiled by the Tecumseh Sorosis,
Buch as Chaucer, troubadours, Eliza
betban age, etc.
On December the 29th, the class in
Household Economics of Seward, met at
the home of Mrs. Harvey. The mem
bers show great interest and a large
number were present. The subject was
a debate. .
Resolved, That the mistress and not
the maid, is responsible for the present
imperfect style of housekeeping.
Affirmative, Mesdames J. F. Skeede
and George Merriam. Negative. Mes
dames Will Dickinson and C. E. Hoi
land. Remedies: Doubtful in domestic
service, Mrs. Bradley; Possible in domes
tic service, Mrs. Strayer; discussion by
class, Mrs. Teresa M. Carey, leader.
The Literature class of the Woman's
club of Seward, met with Mre. Keefer
January 2nd. In the absence of the
leader Mrs. Ross Anderson look up the
work which consisted of studies and
readings of the first seven chapters of
Ivanhoe. The class will study Scott un
til the close of the year. Mrs. Spear
gave a sketch of the Princess, which has
been one of the studies of the class from
Tennyson. Quotations and answers fol
lowed which bad been given out by the
leader upon the history of the times
written of in Ivanhoe. This depaitment
has made good progress, meeting every
Tuesday afternoon at the homes of the
members under the direction of their
efficient leader, Mrs. Emma K. Schemel.
Sorosis of Tecumseh has been kind
enough to send The Courier the club's
year book for the season of 1900 and
1901. Printed on rough, deckel edge
paper and bound in the club colors of
rose and white, the Tecumseh Sorosis
year book ia a valuable addition to this
year's collection, for each one of which
the editor, and the editor of the elub
department are very grateful. The So
rosis officers are: President, Mrs. C. B.
Scott; first and second vice presidents,
Mrs. Mabel Lattan and Miss Lib J.
Hervey; secretary, Mrs. Sadie E. liar
man; treasurer, Mrs. Clara A. West.
Program committee: Mesdames An
derson, Daviea, Leach; chairmen social
department, Mesdames Chenoweth, Mc
Kay and Lattan. At each meeting a
paramount issue is discussed after which
English literature is studied with illus-
The Art department of the Woman's
club of Seward met with Mrs. W. W.
Stoner, January 5th, at seven P. M
Mrs Manning, the leader, gave a review
of the previous lesson. Miss Miller's
subject was the Romantic School in
Art. with the two artists Gericault and
Delacroix. Mrs. Blanchard had Ary
Sheffer and Delaroche.
Mrs. Stoner had received a new con
signment of pictures which were placed
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