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No member should neglect to read on that day the desig In the Calcutta, India, Statesman and Friend, of Sepnated selections, Milton's beautiful hymn, "On the Morn tember 15, 1881, there is printed an admirable article of a ing of Christ's Nativity," and his sublime description of column and a half in length, on the Chautauqua Literary Satan, from the first book of “Paradise Lost." Each mem and Scientific Circle. It is evidently from the graceful pen ber will also do well to give good heed to the advice of Dr. of the lady

cording secretary of the Calcutta Local Circle, Vincent, and prepare a brief memorandum "on the birth, who modestly hides her full name behind the initials “E. life, times, and influence of Milton," for his own use. A. K." An historical sketch of the C. L. S. C. is first

given, ending with this paragraph: "It has to-day an ag

gregate of twenty-three thousand readers; and local circles The required C. L. S. C. reading for the month of Decem

flourish in Londen, Birmingham, Leamington, Nangasaki, ber comprises Mosaics of History, Geology, Health at Home,

Honolulu, Wailuka, Canada, Mexico, all over the United and Christianity in Art, as published in THE CHAUTAUQUAN

States of America, even to Alaska; and now in India there for the month, and Dr. Terry's Chautauqua Text-book, Man's

are circles in Calcutta and Dehra Doon, with correspondAntiquity and Language, and Dr. Vincent's Chautauqua ents besides in Simla, Mussoorie, Allahabad, Coonoor, GunText-book, Outlines of General History. Elsewhere in THE

toor, and Hyderbad. Thus we may say the C. L. S. C. now CHAUTAUQUAN are printed one hundred questions and an

encircles the globe, uniting with its bond of good-will all swers on Man's Antiquity and Language, and General His

people of every nation and creed, seeking to do good to the tory. We make the following suggestive division of the

rich and poor on the pleasantest and easiest terms." Then work for the month into weekly parts:

follows a glowing description of Chautauqua and its attracFIRST WEEK. 1. Mosaics of History, as published in THE tions. Directions are next given for becoming a member of CHAUTAUQUAN.

the C. L. S. C., and the article concludes as follows: "The 2. Chautauqua Text-book, Man's Antiquity and Lan- 28th day of April, the day on which was inaugurated Dr. guage, Part I., the Antiquity and Primitive Condition of

Vincent's scheme in Calcutta, will long be remembered. Man-to page 52.

Over fifty members now form a Calcutta Local Circle, and 3. Questions and answers on the Antiquity and Primitive four most interesting monthly meetings have been held. Condition of Man, Nos. 1 to 25, inclusive.

The subjects taken up have been Egyptian, Persian, AssyrSECOND WEEK. 1. Readings about Geology, as published ian, and Grecian histories. The Rev. J. M. Thoburn, D. D., in THE CHAUTAUQUAN.

is President, Mr. C. A. Martin, Corresponding Secretary, 2. Chautauqua Text-book, Man's Antiquity and Lan and a lady, Recording Secretary. When time bangs so guage, Part II., Language and Writing, from page 53 to end heavily on the hands of some it will be obvious to every of book.

Anglo-Indian that a field for the exercise of both energy 3. Questions and answers on Language and Writing, Nos. and talent to good purpose is hereby opened to them. In a 26 to 50, inclusive.

place like Calcutta the C. L. 8. C. might have the help of THIRD WEEK. 1. Chautauqua Text-book, Outlines of

the most talented lecturers. Dr. Vincent promises to be General History, first half.

among us ere long. It is to be hoped that soon its member2. Questions and answers on General History—ancient ship may be so increased that an Indian Assembly may be period-Nos. 51 to 75, inclusive.

projected.” FOURTH WEEK. 1. Christianity in Art, as published in THE CHAUTAUQUAN.

A local circle was organized at Wauseon, O., in January, 2. Chautauqua Text-book, Outlines of General History, 1880, with a membership of about a dozen. Mr. R. R. Daconcluding half.

vies was the President and principal instructor. Of the 3. Questions and answers on General History-mediæval method of conducting the meetings the Secretary writes: and modern periods-Nos. 76 to 100, inclusive.

“The President gives outlines of our studies; sometimes we are required to fill them in writing, and sometimes verbally,

and sometimes the whole evening is spent in reading imThe Pittsburgh, Pa., branch of the C. L. S. C. held their

portant parts of our lesson." Under a late date a member first meeting for the year at the Y. M. C. A. Rooms, Sixth

of the cirele writes: “Our circle has been very much inavenue, on Thursday evening, October 6th, and the exercises were in observance of the Memorial Day of “Opening pate profitable evenings together during this, our third year

creased, and as we have a very able President, we anticiDay.” The programme suggested in the October number

of the course." of the CHAUTAUQUAN was substantially carried out. The opening exercises of prayer and reading of the selected psalms were conducted by Prof. O. M. Tucker, one of the The Osceola, Iowa, local circle has for its officers Mrs. Vice Presidents. A general statement of the excellencies Alice Cowles, President; Mrs. Hattie MeIntyre, Vice Presiand advantages of the C. L. S. C. course was given by Mr.dent; and Miss Florence A. Tatham, Secretary. The meetA. M. Martin in a short address. Miss F. M. Sawyers pre- ings are held once a week, and the method of conducting sented a paper on the C. L. S. C. meetings held at Chautau the meetings is stated as follows: "Our circle is composed qua during the Assembly of 1881. Miss D. I. McLean, the wholly of ladies, and our meetings are held every Saturday assistant secretary, read William Cullen Bryant's letter on afternoon at the residence of some member. Each time a the C. L. 8. C. Rev. J. S. Wrightnour outlined the course leader is appointed to conduct the next recitation. With of reading for 1881-2 in a ten minutes' talk. Rev. T. J. different studies we recite differently. From the general Leak gave an interesting presentation of the general feat- history of the world we take notes. When studying church ures of the C. L. S. C.course. Several vocal solos were finely history each one had some topic from the lesson given her, rendered by Miss Mamie McKnight, and Prof. L. H. Myers upon which we wrote short essays, collecting all the inforadded to the entertainment by some excellent recitations. mation we could bearing on that subject. On most of the The attendance was large and the outlook decidedly encour studies, though, we recite topically.” In a recent letter the aging. The following officers were elected for the coming Secretary says: “When we began the studies two years ago year: Rev. Dr. W. W. Ramsey, President; Mr. D. W. people said 'That will soon fall through, but now I think Jones, Secretary; Prof. O. M. Tucker, Chairman of the Ex that all the members of our class are more enthusiastic than ecutive Committee.

ever before."

III.

Say, heavenly Muse, shall not thy sacred vein
Afford a present to the Infant God ?
Hast thou no verse, no hymn, or solemn strain,
To welcome Him to this His new abode,
Nor while the heaven by the sun's team untrod,

Hath took no print of the approaching light,
And all the spangled host keep watch in squadrons

bright?

IV.

The Milwaukee, Wis., local circle has organized for its third year by the re-election of Mrs. William Millard as President, and Mr. S. H. Hooley as Secretary. Meetings are held every Monday evening, and regular lessons are recited as if in school. The President appoints a leader each evening for the following week, going through the class, giving each one an opportunity to be questioner. One of the members writes as follows: “Our local circle begins the new studies with great enthusiasm and the addition of eleven new members. We are especially pleased with the questions and answers in THE CHAUTAUQUAN, and the division of the work for the month into portions for each week. A most delightful social entertainment was given our circle last week by Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Millard, serving to introduce the new members, and enabling them to become better acquainted. An essay upon 'Chautauqua,' was read by Miss Louise Slocum, and an essay upon Lord Burleigh, by Mrs. Tufts. The song of the C. L. S. C. for 1880 was sung, Mr. Fowler leading at the piano. Then followed an essay upon the Pyramids by Mr. Hooley, a reading by Mrs. Wallis, and another Chautauqua song, 'The Winds are Whispering,' after which supper was served. The most delightful feature of the evening yet remained. Miss Bertha M. Hansom, who came so near receiving a prize last August, told us all about Chautauqua from her three weeks' experience of its delights. Her remarks were illustrated with numerous photographs, among which the picture of Dr. Vincent was particularly admired, seeming almost to speak to us. The enthusiasm was so great that when one of the members exclaimed, 'Let us all go to Chautauqua in a body next year,' it found a ready response in every heart."

See how from far upon the eastern road
The star-led wizards haste with odors sweet;
O run, prevent them with thy humble ode,
And lay it lowly at His blessed feet;
Have thou the honor first thy Lord to greet,

And join thy voice unto the angel choir,
From out His secret altar touched with hallow'd fire.

THE HYMN.

I.

It was the winter wild,
While the heaven-born child

All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies;
Nature in awe to him
Had dofft her gaudy trim,

With her great Master so to sympathize: It was no season then for her To wanton with the sun, her lusty paramour.

MEMORIAL DAYS.

II. Only with speeches fair She woos the gentle air

To hide her guilty front with innocent snow, And on her naked shame, Pollute with sinful blame,

The saintly veil of maiden white to throw, Confounded that her Maker's eyes Should look so near upon her foul deformities.

MILTON'S DAY,

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In consecrated earth,
And on the holy hearth,

The Lars and Lemures moan with midnight plaint;
In urns, and altars round,
A drear and dying sound

Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint; And the chill marble seems to sweat, While each peculiar Power foregoes his wonted seat.

SATAN. (MILTON.)

XXII.

Peor and Baälim
Forsake their temples dim,

With that twice-batter'd God of Palestine;
And mooned Ashtaroth,
Heaven's queen and mother both,

Now sits not girt with tapers' holy shine;
The Lybic Hammon shrinks his horn,
In vain the Tyrian maids their wounded Thammuz

mourn.

XXIII.

And sullen Moloch fled,
Hath left in shadows dread

His burning idol all of blackest hue;
In vain with cymbals' ring
They call the grisly king,

In dismal dance about the furnace blue:
The brutish Gods of Nile as fast,
Isis and Orus, and the dog Anubis haste.

He scarce had ceased when the superior fiend
Was moving toward the shore: his ponderous shield,
Ethereal temper, massy, large and round,
Behind him cast; the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose orb
Through optic glass the Tuscan artist views
At evening from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new lands,
Rivers, or mountains in her spotted globe.
His spear, to equal which the tallest pine
Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast
Of some great ammiral, were but a wand,
He walked with, to support uneasy steps
Over the burning marle, not like those steps
On heaven's azure; and the torrid clime
Smote on him sore besides, vaulted with fire:
Nathless he so endured till on the beach
Of that inflamèd sea he stood, and called
His legions, angel forms, who lay entranced,
Thick as autumnal leaves that strew the brooks
In Vallombrosa, where the Etrurian shades,
High overarched, embower; or scattered sedge
Afloat, when with fierce winds Orion armed
Hath vexed the Red-Sea coast, whose waves o'erthrew
Busiris and his Memphian chivalry,
While with perfidious hatred they pursued
The sojourners of Goshen, who beheld
From the safe shore their floating carcasses
And broken chariot wheels: so thick bestrewn,
Abject and lost lay these, covering the flood,
Under amazement of their hideous change.
He called so loud, that all the hollow deep
Of Hell resounded. “Princes, potentates,
Warriors, the flower of Heaven, once yours, now lost,
If such astonishment as this can seize
Eternal spirits; or have ye chosen this place,
After the toil of battle to repose
Your wearied virtue, for the ease you find
To slumber here, as in the vales of Heaven?
Or in this abject posture have ye sworn
T'adore the Conqueror? who now beholds
Cherub and seraph rolling in the flood
With scattered arms and ensigns, till anon
His swift pursuers, from Heaven-gates, discern
Th' advantage, and, descending, tread us down
Thus drooping, or with linked thunderbolts
Transfix us to the bottom of this gulf.
Awake, arise, or be forever fallen."

XXIV.
Nor is Osiris seen
In Memphian grove or green,

Trampling the unshowered grass with lowings loud:
Nor can he be at rest
Within his sacred chest,

Nought but profoundest rest can be his shroud;
In vain with timbrel'd anthems dark
The sable-stoled sorcerers bear his worship'd ark.

XXV.

He feels from Juda's land
The dreaded Infant's hand,

The rays of Bethlehem blind his dusky eyn;
Nor all the Gods beside,
Longer dare abide,

Nor typhon huge ending in snaky twine:
Our Babe, to show His Godhead true,
Can in his swaddling bands control the damned crew.

XXVI.

So when the sun in bed, Curtain'd with cloudy red,

C. L. S. C. ROUND TABLE.*

A communication from a lady in Connecticut, of the class

of 1883, is worthy of our consideration, and shall have it: Dr. VINCENT: I am happy to report to you the organi Your kind reply to my request for a Shakspere Class zation and successful conduct of the Second Assembly of the has been received. Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle at Pacific Grove, My knowledge of English literature is quite limited, and near Monterey, California, opening June 28th and closing for one of the Chautauqua classes.

I do not feel at all competent to select a course of reading

However, the works July 13th. The circular of announcement which was scat that I have selected for my own reading this summer, on tered all over the Pacific coast states that “this Assembly the subject of Shakspere, are: White's Life and Genius is partially modeled after the famous Assembly held each of Shakspere;" Chautauqua text-book No. 23, “English summer near Chautauqua Lake, New York." From all ac

Literature;' Rolfe's annotated “Merchant of Venice,"

sixty cents. counts they had a delightful session. I am looking every The above named books, I think, would be sufficient for day now for the presence here of the Secretary, Miss Lucy the Required Reading, while Dowden's “Shakspere M. Washburn, who has been the Secretary from the organ

Primer," fifty cents, and Rolfe's “Hamlet” or “Julius ization of the California Circle two years ago.

Cæsar,” would be good additional books. I think that the

months of July, August and September will be sufficient to I am happy to read to you the following communication:

complete the course satisfactorily. I shall be happy to as46 DHURRUMTOLLAH STREET, )

sist, as far as I am able, in forming this summer Shakspere

class.
CALCUTTA, INDIA, June 4th.j

Respectfully,
Dr. J. H. Vincent:
DEAR SIR-I wrote to you last week informing you of the

I think we shall add to the Bryant Class the Shakšpere organization of a Circle of the C. L. S. C. in this city. Sev- | Class, probably for the coming year. I read this to show eral short articles about the Chautauqua plans have been published in our India papers, and in consequence great

you the current of thought, and to have from you an exnumbers of letters have been coming to me as correspond

pression of opinion on that subject. ing secretary, asking for further information, plans, etc. I hold in my hand Miss Frances E. Willard's memoranOne other circle has already been organized with an en dum giving a course of temperance reading as a special couraging enrollment, and a request for seventy-five blank applications for membership. To me this matter is grow

course-a temperance course for a temperance seal in the ing rather serious. I can not refer them to you, for it would Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. The books given take months for an answer to come back to them. In re are these: Judge Pitman's “ Alcohol and the Church," gard to ordering books, great contusion would ensue if we Judge Pitman's “ Alcohol and the State," Dr. R. W. Richwould individually order from New York. Again, such an organization as the C. L. S. C. has to grow into the under

ardson's “Ten Lectures on Alcohol," Canon Farrar's “ Ten standing, if I may use such an expression, of the people Talks on Temperance," Dr. Crosby's “ Lectures and Re here. It is hard for them to realize its full scope at once. plies on Moderation vs. Total Abstinence," I. N. Stearns's When you think over the case for yourself many other “ Does Probibition Prohibit?" Dr. Hunt's “Alcohol as a difficulties will present themselves to you. Such a work as the C. L. S. C. is expected to perform is

Food Medicine," "Dr. Willoughby and his Wine,” Pansy's needed in India as badly, if not worse than in any other “ Temperance Stories," "History and Mystery of a Glass country, and if can be made a success here a great ad of Ale," by Dr. Crane, Rev. Dr. Steele's “History of the vance will be made toward the establishment of God's Crusade,” Mrs. S. M.J. Henry's “Pledge and Cross." From Kingdom. I know you will be extremely busy at the time this letter

these we shall select a few books to place on the special seal reaches you, but if you can possibly give a personal reply course for temperance, and I suppose that almost every you will greatly oblige and assist, Yours sincerely, member of the C. L. S. C. will want to take that special

C. A. MARTIN.

course, and get a coldwater seal on the diploma. P. S.-I must say the great success of the Circle thus far

You have been supplied with copies of a circular setting has resulted from the labors of Rev. T. H. Owens, one of our Methodist pastors here in Calcutta.

C. A. M.

forth our new scheme of reading, which is in some sense

preparatory to the C. L. S. C. Itaims at a double objectI think Mr. Owens caught the fire here. I am not quite the enlisting of children in a course of reading that will not sure. I know he was interested in the work in Plainfield.

interfere with their week-day studies, and the providing of In the office of the C. L. S. C. at Chautauqua you may see

a preparatory course as substitute for the preparatory the list of thirty-nine members of one of the local circles of

course we have already adopted. You have looked at this Calcutta.

as an advertisement. A specimen copy of the Wide Awake, It is proposed, in pursuance of a suggestion directly or indi

the July number, you may have by calling at the bookstore, rectly from the Christian Union, to make February 27th a

free. That is the Wide Awake, but it is not the Wide Awake Longfellow Memorial Day for Longfellow. Mr. Martin will

with the "Chautauqua Supplement.” It has a supplement please make a record of that.

with a serial in it. The Wide Awake will publish every We must hereafter require the fifty cents annual fee to be

month, beginning with the October number, a supplement paid in advance. It has been thought necessary to insist

of sixteen pages devoted to the interests of the Chautauqua upon no enrollment until the fee is paid. This seems a ne

Young Folks' Reading Unicn. I do not think that the inicessity on account of many who make no remittance what

tial letters will make as euphonious initials for the new orWe have said little or nothing about the money mat

ganization as the C. L. S. C., and we tried to get something ter. We have alluded to it in our communications. There

better than C. Y. F. R. U. But we could not do that; there are people who overlook that, and imagine the C. L. S. C.

was some objection on the part of one member of the comis in some way sustained by Chautauqua, and that there is

mittee or another. We shall probably call it the "Chautaua large income from which to pay all these incidental ex

qua Reading Union" as distinguished from the Chautauqua penses. Then there are some people in the world who al

Literary and Scientific Circle. It is not for children alone, ways postpone paying money. We never like to get money

but for what I call the after-boys and after-girls of societyin postage stamps if we can help it, and it is difficult to get girls and boys who are no longer girls and boys, but are not a postal order at some places to send fifty cents. Conse- quite women and men. If you will turn to the fourth page quently the treasury has actually suffered this year, and our

you will find the advertisement of the Magna Charta Stories, expenses are really heavy. A word to the wise is sufficient.

the first to be known as "The Great Paper," by Harriet Sli*The third Round Table Conference of the C. L. 8. C. for 1881, held

dell Mackenzie; the second to be "In the German Woods at the Hall of Philosophy, Chautauqua, Monday, August 8th, at 5 Long Ago;" and the historical series to follow, of the strugo'elock, p. m., Rev. Dr. J. H. Vincent, presiding.

gle for freedom, which will be of great interest to the old as

ever.

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