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The Sunday Schools of the County Hold an Instructive Convention.

The Annual Convention of the Washtenaw County Sunday School Association opened in the First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, on Tuesday, Oct. 25th, at 2:30. In the absence of the President, Perry F. Trowbridge, the meetings were presided over by vice president Mr. S. A. Mapes of Chelsea.

The attendance was large and much interest manifested. After devotional exercises led by Rev. B. L. McElroy, of Ann Arbor. State Secretary M. H. Reynolds, of Owosso, gave an instructive talk upon ''The Home Department'' of the Sunday School. This is for any who for any reason cannot attend the S. S. proper. It is for young or old, high or low, rich or poor, There are hinderneces from infirmatties from long distaness to the school and other reasons. There is a field for a Home Departement in every School". A detailed account of the work and needed applices was given. From 3:00 to 4:00 were given several papers. The Superintendant and the Teacher by E. P. Goodrich, Ypsilanti;
Push, Patience and Prayer,

Mrs. O. M. Thrasher, Sale; Needs of our Schools,

John Smith, Salem; Proper attitude of pupils toward the Sunday School,

Mrs. J. R. McLaren, Chelsea.
Through the papers and tne discussion following tnem, often repeated and urged as needs in all Sunday Schools are personal interest in the pupils, visitation to the homes, grading in schools Í8 strongly recommended, and teachers meetings, invaluable. Mr. Reynolds says to maintain a teachers meeting in the country may require "grit grace and gumption." "We can do what we want to do".

Mr. Canfield in stirring words gave an account of "Pittsfield Union" S. S. "If we get a crop of wheat we work for it. We must work for the S. S."

At 4;00 came a Primary conference consisting of a talk by Mrs. W. W. Wetmore; a class of little ones taught by Mrs. Stimson. and a talk by Miss Bennett, all of Ann Arbor. Much that was entertaining and helpful was given in this hour. The conference was closed by a short account of the Primary Dept. of the Cong. S. S. of Ypsilanti, by Mrs. B. L. D'Ooge.

Tuesday evening the meeting opened with i smaller attendance owing to a pouring rain.

After Devotional Services, led by Rev. Mr. Batchelner, a beautiful arthem was sung by a chorus of ladies. A telegram was read announcing the unavoidable absence of Rev. Jas. A. Brown, of Ypsilanti, whose paper entitled "Teaching: Them" was omitted.

Secretary M . R. Reynolds spoke upon S. S. Leakages, causes and cure. Mr. Reynolds also gave an account of State work which was suggestive and instructive.

Another fine arthem was sung, "Lift thine eyes to the Mountain". The Convention is indebted to the chorus for much enjoymeat. Benediction by Rev J. J. Nickerson of Cbelsea.

Wednesday forenonn there was a good attendance and the full program was given.

The following officers were then elected: President, John K.Cambell. Augusta: Vice Pres. W. E. Scott, Ypsilanti; Field Sec'y, E. E. Calkin, Ann Arbor; Rec. Sec'y. Miss P. A. Noble, Ann Árbor; Treasurer, Clayton J. Deake, Salem ; Executive Com., S. A. Mapes, Chelsea, Howard Bartlett, Saline. Delegates to State Convention, J. K. Campbell and E. E. Calkins; Alternates, Clayton Deake and E. C. Goddard.

The Report of International Convention at London Eng. given by Hon. John K. Campbell was elaborate and entertaining.

The program for the last session was, Devotional Services led by Prof. G. P. Coler. Common Sense treatment of boys, E. S. Gilmore, Ann Arbor: What ought, to be the attitude of Parents and teachers toward the S. S. J, G. Webster, Chelsea.

After this came a normal lesson by M. H. Reynolds with black board and charts. Those who missed this suffered a loss indeed. " Those who listened to this able exposition of the Normal word, should aim for a share in this very important branch of the work.

From the report of Sec'y. E. E. Calkins we learned that thirteen Township conventions have been held the past year. There are seventy-seven Sunday Schools of Englich speaking peop'e in Washtenaw Co. Fifteen townships were reported by officers.

Report of Treas. Mr. C. F. Dake Salem. Total Receipts $110.95.

We shall be able to meet our pledge of $100 to the State Association this year besides carrying on the work in our own county.

Pamela A Noble. Rec. Secy.