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SABBATH SCHOOL CONVENTION
Large Assemblage of Sab. School Workers.
Friends of the Cause in Council.
Interesting and Enthnsiastio Demonstration.
Large Gathering of S. School Children
Discussions, Reports, Addresses, Devo
tional Exercises, Music, Etc.
Reported by 11. McDivitt, Req. .
The friends of the Sabbath School
interests, and delegates from the dif
ferent Sabbath Schools in the county,
assembled in Convention, in the Court
House, pursuant to the previously
published notice, on Wednesday morn
ing last at ten o'clock.
The meeting was culled to order by
K. A. Lovell, Esq., chairman of the
committee of arrangements, who sta
ted briefly the object of the meeting
and invited the assembly to unite in
singing the doxology, "Praise God
from whom all blessings flow."
Rev. George A. Peitz, President of
the Penna. State Sabbath School Asso
ciation, offered a most fervent appeal
to the Throne of Grace in behalf of the
Convention and the object for which
it had assembled; the musical choir in
attendance favored the audience with
the piece called "Happy Greeting,"
and a portion of the 11th Chapter of
the Book of Deuteronomy, was read
by Rev. M. K. Foster of Huntingdon,
followed by prayer by Rev. J. M. Love
ORGANIZATION . .
After another piece of music by the
choir, on motion of J. A. Brown, Esq.,
K. Allen Lovell, Esq., was chosen as
chairman of the convention, who on
taking the chair returned his thanks
to. the convention for the honor con
ferred and expressed the hope that the
convention might bo successful in
arousing the members to increased
zeal and activity in the cause of the
G. Barton Armitage, D. M. Giles,
James E Glasgow, and R McDivitt,
Begs., were appointed Secretaries.
On motion of J R Simpson, Esq., re
solved that the chait man appoint com
mittees consisting of five persons each,
one on enrolment, one on business, one
on finance, one on permanent organi
zation, onoon digesting the reports of
the schools of each township, and ono
The following were then announced
by the chair:
On Enrolment, V W Shiveley, John
C Miller, Hugh Lindsay and Miles
On Business, J R Simpson, Esq.,
Hon. D Clarkson, A G Ewing, Esq,
Frank Greene and Dr. .1 D Deavor.
REPORTS FROM THE TOWNSHIPS.
The several townships and boroughs
being called on to report through their
delegates present, the condition of the
schools in their immediate localities,
responded as follows :
Alexandria borough—represented by
John Porter, Esq. A Sabbath School
was organized as long ago as 1823 on
the Union principle, which was con
tinued for 25 years, when a separate
Scqool was organized by the Method
ist denomination,and subsequently one
by the German Reformed church. All
three in a prosperous condition.—
Hardly a child in the place not attend
ing some one of them; schools kept
open summer and winter; a working
interest amongst the parents, church
members and pastors.
Barree—partially reported by Jonas
Brooks. Ono interesting school, get
ting along well and prosperous.
Broad Top—J 11 Miller. School or
ganized on the Union plan in 1859;
getting along well; separate school
organized by the Methodist congrega
tion two years ago.
Birmingham—Jas T Owens. Two
schools, Presbyterian and Methodist ;
good average attendance and well con
Carbon—Rev. Palmer. School at
Dudley in a flourishing condition, and
doing well numerically and spiritually;
organized about 12 years ago among
the coal mines- '
have had difficulties
to contend with ; sometimes a house to
meet in, sometimes none; when with
out a house, met under the apple trees;
have been refused the use of the school
houses for Sabbath School purposes,
but accommodated by Mr. Watson,
President of the road, with the use of
the depot building; school has grown
in interest and the boys and girls who
were pupils twelve years ago, aro now
amongst the best of offioers and teach
ers; have juvenile prayer-meeting the
first Sabbath of every month; there
should bo six or seven other schools in
Clay.—S. 111"Vitty. Three Sabbath
Schools in the borough of Three Springs,
working successfully, with a good interest
in each. Two in the township on the
union plan. Two more required.
Franklin.—A. G. Ewing. Schools es
tablished in the township over forty years
ago. Nine schools at present, well attond
c4, and Sabbath school cause in good con
dition. Few families that do not sand to
some school. Appearances favorable for
Hantingdon.—Wm. P. Orbison. Nine
schools,. generally well attended and in a
flourishing condition, The Young Diens'
Christian Association last year canvassed
the town and found but few families that
did not send to some school of those con
. .nacted with any church or those who were
' not. Schools all in active operation.
Jackson.—Rev. , Ely. Eight schools,
with good officers and libraries, and in a
flourishing .eoadition. Churohca enough
to accommodate most of the schools.
Juniata.—Represented by a lady. One
school in the township, on the union plan.
Not working well. Denominational re-
judices. Need three or four more schools
in the township. Badly off for books ;
but two hymn books in the school. Never
carried on in the winter.
Lincoln.—G-. IV. Shultz. Five schools
in township. One well attended.
Morris.--Rey. J. Kisler. Two schools;
in rather good condition, but much im
provement Deeded. Room for another
Oncida.—N G. McDivitt. Two schools.
One only organized a few weeks ago. Great
want of books. Not the interest manifest
ed that should be. Another school need
ed. Three public school houses.
Porter.—John Porter, Esq. Three
schools. One at Barree Forge, one at
Knodes, and one in the "Loop," in a
flourishing condition. Five public school
houses. Portion of the township attend
the schools of Alexandria.
Petersburg.—D.M.Giles. Three schools
Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian, all
in a flourishing condition. Quito an im
provement in the Methodist school within
a short time. Pastor takes an active part
and seldom absent. Bible class in ope
Singing by the choir, "Come Holy Spit
, Heavenly Dove."
Prayer by Rev. J. D. Brown.
The Committee on Business reported,
order of exercises, hours of meeting, 9
A. M., and 2r. ; adjournment 12 Br.,
and 5 r. sr., to meet in the evening at 7L
and adjourn at 9i. Afternoon exercises,
Ist. opening services. 2d. report of town
ships continued. 3d. Discussion-Subject,
The condition and wants of our Sabbath
Schools, opened by Rev. S,hoemaker, in a
speech of ten minutes, followed by re-
marks of five minutes each. 4th. Ques
tion, Should Sabbath School teachers hold
weekly meetings, and what is the best
method of conducting them ; opened by
Rev. J. Kisler.
Mr. Peitz addreised a few remarks to
the convention from the text, "bring alive
coal," in which he exhorted all to bring
with them hearts warmed up at a Throne of
Doxology, and Booediction by Rev. M.
K. Foster, of Huntingdon.
The exercises opened by singing. the
Coronation Hymn, and prayer by Rev. J.
W. Plannett, of Huntingdon.
TOWNSHIP REPORTS CONTINUED
The report from the townships and Bor
oughs were continued, as follows :
Cassville Borough.—Hon. D. Clarkson.
A Union Sabbath School, organized abdut
thirty years ago. Three schools ut present,
exclusive of the Soldiers' Orphan School,
each numbering more than the first one
organized. Quite an improvement within
the last three years. Have adopted the
uniform lesson system, which will accom
plish more in three months than could be
done in a year under the old system. Four
schools needed in the township.
Dublin.—Schools have been flourishing
and increasing for the past year. Five in
the bounds of one congregation.
Mount Union.—Mr: T. Adams. Two
schools, Presbyterian, Methodist. Teach.
ere' Meetings once a month. An effort
made to introduce the uniform series of
lessons. Great room for improvement.
Shirlosburg.—Wm. B. Leas. Three
schools, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Bap
tist. ; organised about 25 years ago, Schools
not what they should be, or could be.—
Want of energy amongst; the families. Not
proper effort made to get their children
Tod.—Rey. A. P. Decker. Three
schools, in fine, working order. Have
adopted the uniform lesson system in one
school. Parents interested and superin
tendents report favorably.
Tell.—R. Goshorn. Four or five schools.
Two of them have made considerable pro.
gress. Good attendance and increased
interest and future prospects tolerably
Union.—John Mierley. Two schools
in operation. Two more required. A
good deal of interest manifested by pa-
rents and Unpile. - Schools not open in
Walker.—Mrs. E. White. One school
in operation at Smithfield, and two at
Upper IVest.—Four schools; well at
tended by the children. Great roam for
improvement on tho part of parents.
Lower West.—James Hamilton. Only
ono school apart from Petersburg borough.
In good condition, with room for improve
Brady.---Five schools. Three of them
organized last spring. Two of them held
in school houses; the others in churches.
Three Springs Borough.—P. H. Bence.
Three schools. Teachers' meetings once
a month, with bible class as an auxiliary.
Orbisonia.—J. H. Miller. One school
of 80 scholars. Three schools in Crom
Shirley.—W. B. Leas. Three schools,
one in Germany Valley, ono in Hill Val
ley, and one at Vineyard Mills. Schools
not kept up in the winter.
Springfield.—Rev. Shoemaker. Two
schools, and room for siz. Great want of
books and properly qualified teachers.
Jackson.—Rev. A. M. Adair. Six
schools; three Methodist, one Presbyteri
an, one Lutheran, and one United Presby
terian. Little territory unoccupied. Room
perhaps for on,eur two more skhools. All
in pretty good condition. Some not as
good as desirable. Some of them in exis•
term° a long time. The others organized
within the last twelve years, with about
100 scholars, including the bible classes.
Barree.—Dr. J. P. Wilson. Four
schools; two Methodist, one Baptist, and
one Lutheran. All in good condition, but
much want of more. Not ono child out
of fifty in Sabhatitfitichool. Ten school
houses in the township. A great amount
of work to he done, and a Missionary
might employ some six months of his time
theolo ,very good advantage, although
counted an intelligentlati rather wealthy
The Business Committee announced the
enmities for this evening. Jet. Opening
services. 2d. Address 17 Rev. Geo. 4.
HUNTINGDON, PA., TUESDAY, JULY 26. 1870.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE
Peitz. on the advancement of our work
3d. Miscellaneous business.
After singing and prayer by Rev. J. M.
Adair, the Convention proceeded to the
Subject : The condition and wants of
the Sabbath School. The subject was
opened by Rev. Shoemaker, of Springfield,
who remarked that the school was not
what it should be, but was progressing
when contrasted with its past condition.
The interest of parents has about doubled
itself within the last four or five years. es
pecially in isolated portions of the country.
Parents nod grown persons are more gen
erally interested. New schools are created
every year , and there is evidence cc.. pro
gress in the manner of teaching sinus the
days when we went to school. A great
many libraries in the country aro good for
nothing and should be burned. The school
that does not make the conversion of its
pupilti an especial object has lost sight of
its true mission. One half of the additions
to the Methodist church come in through
the Sabbath Schools. There is progress
in this much needed direction. There is
still not more than one fifth of the children
of the country constantly in the Sabbath
Schools, one-fourth of the school houses
beirim ' unoccupied and the schools being
only kept open during the summer. Pa
rents go to preaching but send ; their chil
dren to Sunday School. Prejudice and
fogyism are difficulties to be otereome.—
We want practical teachers whose primary
object shall be the salvation cif their pu
pils, better libraries, with works on Histo
ry, Biography and Theology, and lastly,
we want God's grace to assist us, in ren
dering our labors soccoahful:',
Rev. J. D. Brown, of Huntingdon, said
the first thing we want is live, enthusias
tic Superintendents. A great many of
them who are acting have no enthusiasm
in their nature, and are only there for the
purpose of keeping order. The Sunday
School is not a dry place. Christ never
failed to get the attention of children, and
no man who has his spirit ever did.
Mr. Common, of Huntitrgdon i was op
posed to the library system as a means of
success, and advocated the distribution of
religious literature in the shape of chil•
drens' papers. He opposed the employ
ment of unconverted teachers.
Mrs. Gilbert, of Tipton, Blair county,
said it is only now and then we come
across a real live Sabbath School. Special
ptiina is not taken to secure teachers qual
ified . ;for the work. New professors of re
ligion appear to be sometimes more zealous
in the wurk than old professors. We want
a concentration of intellect and of heart in
the work, and are satisfied with too little.
It is no time to teach orthography - wheia
the little thirsting-soul is waiting to be
taught about God and Heaven. The Sab•
bath School should be the Lord's and de
voted to His interest.
Mr. Weidman, of Cassville, was nt in favor
of shutting up the schools, for want of con
verted teachers. Many or them would thus go
out of existence. Many conversions could be
traced from the time they were called on to
take a working place in the Sabbath School.
Ho did not know what kind of libraries they
wore that were only fit to burn.
Mr.' Giles, of Petersburg, said it would bo
bettor for our children If nine-tenths of our
Sabbath School books were not in existence.
Many of them he would not allow in his house.
there is too much machinery and too little
time for instructing the classes. We most
take such material as we can find for Superin
tendents. He was opposed to unconverted
persons as teachers and officers. It. was a
curse to the Sabbath School. No man can
teach religion when he knows nothing about it.
Mr. Leas, of Shirleysburg, said the great
' want was an interest in the parents. Nothing
is more encouraging than to see the father or
mother taking their children to the school.
Another want was a proper interest and atten
tion on the part of ministers. The brother
who could not talk to children ought to learn
to do so.
Mr. Cheney. of Huntingdon, also strongly
favored a greater interest on the part of the
ministers, and illustrated it by a very forcible
example in his own experience, where a class
taught by the pastor seemed to inspire the
whole school with energy.
The discussion on the subject closed with
singing, and prayer by Rev. Zahniter,of Hunt
The question, should Sabbath Schoolteach
ers hold regular meetings, and what aro the
best means to be employed for the same, was
opened by Rev..l. Lisler;of Wateratreet. He
was in favor of regular teachers' meetings. In
every other department of life men meet to
gether to devise means to meet certain ends.
The Superintendent should lead the meeting.
In order to make the meeting interesting and
insure attendance in the country let there bon
little social party. It was about as consistent
to throw straw before lambs as to bring teach
ere before their classes without any prepare.
tion. He would not exclude teachers who
Mr. Glasgow, of Scottsville. was opposed to
the employment of unconverted teachers. The
grand oblict of the teachers' meeting should
be to qualify themselves, morally and relig
iously to teach children the way to Heaven.
Mr. Miller, of Broad Top, was not opposed
to the employment of unconverted teachers.
He was, with others, enabled to praise God
for what ho had learned in a Sabbath School
conducted entirely by those who wero uncon
verted. It was the duty of citizens to organize
such a school in preference to allowiag their
children•to run at large on the Sabbath day.
Mr. J. A. Brown, of Huntingdon, was in fa
vor of teachers' meetings fir consultation and
prayer. We obtain grace when wo ask for it,
and not till then. He would not discourage
the employment of unconverted teachers.
Elijah was fed by ravens although an unclean
REMARETZ BT MR• FELTZ
Mr. Peltz at the request of thn Convention
proceeded to answer a number ofquestions pro
pounded relatire to the practical workings of
the Sabbath Schools. He was not opposed to
the employment of teachers who were not yro
femora of religion. A. large number of profes
/lOU aro incompetent =Wally and morally,
and appear to ho without tho grace of God ha
their hearts. We should seek for moral qual
ifications irrespectiyeof a profession of Mtg.
ion. Where there is a deficiency of teachers
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morally qualified we must do the very best we
can in the case. He would get them into the
teacher's meeting and If not professors would
pray for them and labor to bring them to the
Lord. Get the best persons you can and seek
to make up for the deficiency on your own
earnest piety and personal efforts.
On the best methods of making teachers'
meetings interesting, ho would seek to do so
by meeting the wants under which they are
staggering.' help with reference to the les.
son of the coming Sunday. The Super'Men
dent should be thoroughly prepared by earn.
eat study to lead the meeting. The reading
of a little local paper once a month and a
social re union once a quarter were recom
mended together with occasional essays, dis
cussions, lectures Ac., together with a special
prayer meeting for the success of the school.
There are times when the Superintendent
should lead in prayer in the school, but it
should be a prayer to which every child could
say amen, adapted to the minds of the chit'
dren, and not too long so as too give them an
unpleasant idea of prayer. The repetition of
the Lord's Prayer in concert by the school Is
a good idea. The amount of good derived
from Sabbath School festivals, pic.nics, 1 1 / 4 c.,
depends first on the demand and secondly on
the capacity to manage them properly.
Ho favored giving rewards for anything in
which the children stand fairly on a par, but
not for committing to memory. A system of
giving tickets which lead to swindling should
Teachers aro often responsible for the con
fusion in school from the fact that they do not
set a good example. Teachers should instant
ly come to order and be responsible for the
conduceof theii elastics.
Uniformity of hissolis was particularly re
commended, and theft is no question about
its practicability;' •
Union schools are not the most' deSirable
and often load to complication, but the geld
should not suffer from the want of a school on
that account. If accidentally dropped down
where none thought as he did he would go in
one denominational basis.
The Convention adjourned with singing and
benediction by Rev. J. J. Kerr, of Hunting:
The session was opened with singing by tho
choir, üßeautiful Vale," and prayer by Rev.
T. Kieler. The following additional commit
tees were announced by the•chair.
Ftnesee.--T, W. Mytoo, N. G. McDivitt,
Keister, Win. Brewster and P. 11. Bence
Permanent Organnation.—Jas. A. Brown,
Dr. Isaac Guss, Jackson Bannon, Dr. G. W,
C. James and N. B. Corbin.
Address by Rev. Geo. A. Polls, on the
subject of the advancement of our work ;
Our work is the Sabbath School work, and
may be regarded in two aspects, as individu=
ale, and as organized bodies. We are a great
Sunday School army with an enemy In front
marshaled under Satan. Onr work is to make
a firm line, not simply of defence, but one
that is ever advancing, pressing onward and
outward until the enemy is driven back and
we hold the fluid In the name and for the sake
of our Lord Jesus Christ. We advance_ this
line as a whole by the advance of every single
point. When the Sunday School work first
begun it was a reformatory measure merely.
That idea has lasted too long. We want to
enlarge our conceptions to something ade
quate The idea that it is adapted merely for
children is pernicious. Its object is primarily
to !corn the will of God and arrive at a proper
understanding of His word. There is no mere
dignified work. We do good if we hold schol
ars under the influence of truth even if it does
not tend to tiring them directly to the Saviour,
and the teacher's work if it holds the scholar
there is just as important to us as the sermon
itself. We should enlarge our ideas as to the
impo'rtance of proper school furniture and ap
paratus. There is such a thing as developing
working men and working women. Be
should endeavor to promote intelligence as
well as enthusiasm. To advance our lines
against the kingdom of Satan and become vic
tors for the Lord Jesus we must enlarge our
ideas of the work. Abandon the old idea that
it is only for the children's benefit. It Is the
bible studying department of the Church of
God, and when the church fails to study the
bible she is like a sea captain who flings his
charts and compass into the sea. The Sab.
bath School is not to teach children the alpha
bet but to teach them Jean, and bring them
to the Saviour ; to hold them under religious
influences and teach them the truths, that they
may become christians and as such that they
may developo into higher usefulness. Perse
vere then and press out the lines and drive
Satan back. Some other valuable hints and
suggestions were given in regard to libraries,
finances, loegths of lessons. The following
books were' specially recommended for a Sab
bath School teachers library :
Eggleston's "S. S. llianual,"
House's "Hand Book,"
Trumbull's "Children in the Temple,"
Hart's "•In the School Room,"
Vincent's "Helpful Hints,"
Taylor's "S. S. Photographs,"
Reprints of London S. S. Union, Eg., "Art
of Questioning," "Art of Illnstration,""Wbat
is a Child," &c., in all costing about $2,00.
Also ?'Cook's forthcoming book on "Ob
ject Teaching." Total cost about $15,00.
The session closed with singing and bene
diction by Rev. J. D. Brown.
DEVOTIONAL Emmen—Convention met At
o'clock, and spent hall an hour in devotional
exercises, led by ger J. P. Brown, and par
ticipated in by Messrs. Porter of Alexandria,
and Evans and Ridder of Shirleysl3urg.
The regular exercises were opened by sing
ing, and prayer by Rev. Moore, of Alexandria.
Tho following Cnmaiittoo on hesolutions
vas announced hi the chair: J. S. Blair, J.
M. Kidder, James T. Owens, S. 0. Miller and
Wm. E. Adams.
On motion of Rev. J. W. Platmett, a spe
cial committe of tiro was appointed to decide
on and xeport to the conyeAticto .the time and
place far holding next meeting.
The discussion on the best use of the black
board in the Sabbath ,School as a mode of
.teaching .was opened by. Mr. Pelts, who said
the most proper mode of instruction would bo
to take Om pupili to the Pcupes 01 the trans.
action ; if possible, The nett best ip to have
TERMS, $2,00 a year in advance.
a good picture of the same, which would be
too expensive.. The next best would be by a
rough rapid drawing on the blackboard or
slate to aid the memory through the' eye by a
simple presentation of it, just as in the study
of arithmetic or geometry, thus holding truths
already gained while we gain others, and then
reviewing all together. The blackboard is
one of the most valuable aids in this respect
and is used for this purpose in our higher
schools and colleges and . even in the Supreme
Court of the United States. The highest
style of Blackboard teaching is the pictorial
presentation. The creation and development
of anything is of special interest to the mind
of tt child.' The acrostical, aliterative, and
topical methods for , the cultivation of mental
activity and impression of texts, on the mind,
were each in turn explained and illustrated.
Mr. Feltz, was followed by J. Rand°lpp
Simpson, EN., of Huntingdon, who Militia
ted in a clear, forcible and very i lug
style the method pursued in the miss of
It.tre, of teaching Bible truths, scrip e
ography, history and chronology, by means of
the blackboard, to adults who, cannot read or
writ: ' ' '
rown followed In some very in
ter arks illustrative of the method of
tc . . • objects pursued by him with a
great amount of success, and the subject of
blackboard tesehing was-fuTther illustrated by
J. A. Brown.
PERNA MINT ORGAIISATION
The report of the committeeron permanent
organization was presented and adopted as
Your committeo directed to submit a plan'
for organizing a County Association, report
Resolved, That we form an association to be
known as 46 The Huntingdon County 'Sabbath
School Association." .
Resolved, : That the officers, of this Associ
tion' shall' lA' a President, Vice ' Presidenti
Connty,.Secretary, and one Secretary in each'
township and borough
. in the county,•ard a
Resolved, That an executive committee be
appointed to consist of seven persons, and
that the President, Vice President, County
Secretary and Treasurer be three or four of
Wo' respectfully sitbmit tho following 120113i
For Presidant—:-IC.' Andy' Lovell,'Esq.
Vice President—John Major. '
County Secretary —G. B. Armitage, Esq.
Treasurer—N. 8. , Mmes..
Signed by the Committee.
The committee on resolutions presented the
following which were adopted
This being the first Union Sabbath School
Convention held in this county, it Is 'a matter ,
of unfeigned thankful lness to your committee,
and we doubt not to every member of the
Convention, that God has put It into the
hearts of so many to be present with us, and
that the filtered in the Sabbath School cause
is so earnest and growing.
To avoid any misunderstanding or miscon,
struction on the part of the churches or on
the fart of the world or among ourselves it is
Resolved, That we understand the true posi
tion of Sabbath Schools to be auxiliary and in
subordination to the Church, and the proper
work of the Sabbath Schools to be to assist
in the dissemmination of religious truth and
the instruction of the rising generation in the
knowledge of the Bible doctrines of human
salvation and to lead all scholars to embrace
Jesus Christ as he is offered to us in the gos
Resolved, That it is the duty of the Sabbath
School officers in the town and country to
keep the rooms where their Sabbath, Schools
aro usually held open every Sabbath in the
year, and to be present themselves to teach
such of the children as are able and willing to
Resolved, That as Religion and Temper.
anco go hind in hand that it is:the duty of all
our Sabbath School teachers to inculcate the
doctrines of total abstinence, and by their
walk and conversation to enforce this° les
sons; and we recommend that each Sunday
School be a temperance organization,
*Remised, That it is the duty of all who love
Christ and desire to see the advancement of
His Kingdom to organize Sabbath Schools in'
every part of the county where • they do not
already exist, and to use their best endeavors
to make them nurseries of the Church, and a
means of grace to the children.
Resolved, That WO 'urge the impOrtance' of
every school in the county organising weekly
teachers' meetings for mutual comfort, en
couragomens and instruction.
Resolved, As lessons of charity should be.
taught to the children at as early an ago as
possible, the missionary work'shenid be made
interesting to them, that we recommend to
each school that a missionary collection bo
taken regularly every Sabbath,
Resolved, That each school should be 'pro
vided with a blackboard, pictures and such
Biblical maps as may be obtained to aid in in
structions, and also a good library and illus
trated Sabbath School papers, for general
distribution as means of good and to render the
Sabbath School attractive to the children.
Resolved, That the thanks of this convention
bo tendered to flay. Geo. A.. Pelts fur hie val- .
noble services L.to the members of the press
for the aid they hive rendered us in calling
the convention ; to the citizens of Buntiogdon
for their liberality in bearing the expenses and
for their kind hospitality ; to the musical nom,.
nalttee for their excellent music with which'
they have favored us on this occasion; to the
Secretaries for their faithful records of our
proceedings; to the President, for the able
manner in which he has conducted these exer
cises, and to the otticere of the county for the
liberal use we have had of ail the rooms In
the Court Rouse. „
The commtttoo . on digest of reports from
the different schools reported—
Number of schools reported 63
. 1 scholars 4820
Average attendance 3815
?dale Tc,tchers 3ol
Female Teachers 355
Vol's in Libraries 1678. A.
Open during the year 20
~ ~ .. summer, 12
Blackboards and other helps 6
Cabinet organs ' ' 1
WIZATEII VIIOOLS IN TUE CIOUNTILY.
The discussion on the subject of keeping the
schools open during the winter months, in the
country was opened by S. MeVitty, Esq., of
Clay township. Ho tooktho ground Watt it
depended upon the location and facilities fo,r
attending. While it would be morally wrong
to close some of our schools in the winter It
would be almost inhumanity in other casee
not to do so. Tho broken condition of the
country, the sparseness of population and the
..distance a number of them would have to tra—
vel in mem cases „rendered at impassible du
ring the inclement season to secure a comp:
tent corps of teachers and sufficient number of
scholars to make it interesting or keep open
the schoolti with any doge° of advantage. lii
such cases it would bo proper to close quun,
Inat where possible to keep them np veithokkt ,
these difficulties to interfere it should by sit
means be done. On this subject quite an an-
Signed by the Committee
DIGEST OF REPORTS.
JOB PRINTING OFFICE.
T" "GLOBE JOB OFFICE"
the moat complete of any lir the country, And pox.
!mama tho moat ample facilltiea for promptly executing to
the but style, every variety of Job Printing, such as
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CIRCULARS, . -
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LABELS, &C., &C., NSW
CALL AND LAMPE 'MINIM OP 701 , 1 P,.,
LEWIS. BOOK STATIONERY & BLUM - STORK
Minted discussion ensued. Mr. IV[Witty . was "
followed by Rev. A. P. Decker, D. Blair,Esck,
Hon. D. Clarkson, S. L. Glasgow; Esq., Revs.
Moorhead and Adair, Mrs. Gilbert, and Revs.
Kisler ' Palmer, all of whom took the opposite
view of the question, and Messrs. P. H,Bence,
A. L. Guss, and Jas. Hamilton, pbci,, in fitvpy
of it. At the close of the discussion a vote
of the congregation was taken which resulted
in a unanimous expression in favor of main
taining the schools during the year. • ,
Mr. Simpson, chairman of the business conn
mittee said it'was due to Mr. Mcyltty to say
that the committee in assigning him the sub•
ject had requested him to take„ the negatiVO
position in order to elicit the opinions or , Hiq
other members more fully on the subject.' II
' The remainder of the session was, principal)
ly occupied by p.m Mr. Peitz, in -reply to. ,itt
largo number of questions propounded relative
to the practical working and success of the
Sabbath School, such as the true position'ot
the church; .uniformity of lessons, number of
sessions proper to be held each day,best mode
of distributing library.beeks, organization and
instruction of infant classes, „Sunday: rSchool
prayer meetings, Sec., all of which were . en.
steered in a highly satisfactory manner,' an:
cowpanied with valuable hints. and Migges4
tions in regard to each, which were replete
With information and instruction.
00111iITTEE C)N THE AND DLAAMS•
The chairman , atinMinced - the - following
committee on the time and place 61 holding
the next meeting John-Majur, J. S. Corn,
man and N. 11. lumen, of Huntingdon, John
Porter, of Alexandria, and Adam Sheeter, of
Adjourned veith doxology mad prayer )14.
ger.. J. Palmer, di Broad -Top. • - -
• • ATITIWOOK. . •
, Children's. Meeting.—The SabbattichildrOso
of the various schools la this place, amounting,
to several hundred assembled in the court'
house yard at 2 o'clock, and after singing and
prayer by Rev. j. W. Evans, of Shirleysburg,
were addressed by. Rev JAL Adair, of Pick
son township and Prof.S.t. Grier, of INK,
mingham and Rev. Gbo. A.. Patti, in-nettf,
appropriate and interesting speeches, suited to
thejuvenile' capacity, ski which were listenest
to. With the most , respectful attention,' at thb'
close oi, these, exercises the Convention re t;
,assembled hi . the' court house.
gates present from the different schoolnpfittps
Adjourned with do.T.orogy. and-bouellcp,on
by n.e v Moorohead. , „
Opening Exereiseel—Eiericises introduced
by singing ttto «lieerld of Xion" prtyer .
by'Rev,, Moore, of A.,laiondria.
alx!txt !ULAN FOUS giErBII4E99
The committee on time and , place for hold.,
log next convention reported the place—Hunt
ingdon—and time—on the $d Wednesday and
Thursday of-May next. Report adopted. , rd-
The committee on finances ,repotted - 7144 v-b-ally,
-ally, recoMmending pare collection be taken
tip for the purpose of defroying4ho incidental
expenses of the convention. ' .
• On motion of J. 'S.- Cornman, :the 'finance
committee were authoriied to pay the reporter
$lO for his services during the aeision of the
The committee on permanent, organization
presented the names et the following peisone
as merobers'of the executivircommittee:'-% •'
Wm. Neff, of West twp.,; D. Clarkson, of ;
flissville Janice' Magill, of ;Wrenn . ; "John
Palmer, of Dudley itllll6l3llcCandy, .of
teraburg, and W. P. Orbiaou and Robert Ake, ,
Disitt of Huntingdon. •
The finance,cotntoltteo reported 4
Ardount of collection $11.6g
Donation from John Portar,E:q. 500
The question should all Sabbath Schools km
organiged under the supervision of ,some and
of the various churches of our land'? was
opened by Rev. Dr. Hamlin, who took ground
in the affirmative. He was followed by Rev,
J. D. Brown, who strongly * favored tho,estab,
listunent of union sclacmis ii,preferetico•to
loping the children to be without Sabbath
School instruction, the trtio object of which,
in till cases is to direct children into the way
of salvation and Mug them into the, fold :of
. , 1
Christ. ' •
At the request of the chairman the' remain,
der of the session was sputa in devotional, ex.,.
enlace, in order to invoke the Xvine blessing
upon our labors, and implore the guidance of
His spirit to strengthen us for, opr work.
'rho exercises consisted of singing . ans
prayer; aecotnpanied by' feeling and np . propkri.'
ate remarks, and were participated in by Revs,
Moore, Peitz, Hamlin . , D. Brown, D. Blair,
- Erg., and the Chairman. - They, troxo„ of 'the
most solemn and impressive character,' and
the large audience in , attendance, partakingor
the inspiration imparted by the exercises and
the occasion, appeared, as one man, to maul
fest a realizing sense of the solemnities of the
hour, while the ministers, delegates and Sato
bath School workers, in closing their labors'
consecrated ,thaceseiverEaneW to the -work, : in
view of the magnitude .of their labors, and the
great burdtin of souls xesting upon them.'
Mr. Peitz 0/Tared ale ,concluding prayer i and
the Association adjourned.
isEs„.'As she swept along the pave- ,
.with a grandeur fit to kill, 1.•
saw her but a moment, yet methinks,
I . sce Cher still. The wind..wai
bender,And saucy as a, witch, tiii4
it played the very , diekene-With
dimity and. sich.. Tbo gaiters were
delielaus, wl,tich her feet were,made t 9,
till. I saw her but.a moment, yet me
thinks I see her stiil. .
ter Bangor has. ti sharp diwyeir,
who tried•to got his Christmas inrkey
for nothing. Ile, asked a countrYnian
if the bird was young, and king an:
savored in tho affirmative; asked if he
would take his oath, of,it. The rural
poulterer assented, and tee
ministered the oath, und &gm:wiled 4
dollar as his fee. -
AFTER THE DANCE —CbarloB :
mc,l4aura,, why that sadness? Wei l l
me why thS look of ears? Why has
fled 'that look of 'gladness that thy
face was wont to wear ?" :Laura :--f
"Charles,. 'as useless to 'dissemble ;
well,my face may wear, a frown, Iry
I've lost my largest hat-pin, arqkmi .
chignon's coming down.
pay-" Now, aposim you wae . :to .be
turned into some , animal," said
"wliu-t would you like to ho, Bill ?"--r
0, I'd bo a lion," replied Bill, "be 7.
cause he's so—" "0 no, don't be a
lion, interrupted little Who*
_had come recent £fxperionce at school;
"be a wasp, and th en you can sting
111W•g(), Tommy, that was nagghty,
you to eat your little sister's "share
of the cake !" "Why," said Toianrty„
"didn't you tell me, ma, that I was ak
ways to take her part,"