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"The Reading Circle as an Edu- marks being made by Supt. Grier cational Factor” was the subject of of Cortland, Supt. Roller of Niles, a paper by Supt. E. A. Jones of and Prin. Knight of Akron, all on Massillon. He spoke of the ad- the negative side of the question. vancement of the standards of re- A violin duet by Carl and Max quirement in education. Educa- Glover, accompanied on the piano tion is now considered a life work, by Miss Mamie Glover, was beauinstead of ending with the school tifully rendered. life.
An address, “The Practical in That school is doing the most Education” was given by Supt. E. efficient work, which sends out its E. Carey of Warren. He claimed pupils with a desire for knowledge. that if the cry for the so-called He gave a brief resume of the early practical in education were listened history of the organization, and to it would take all soul out of edsaid that its purpose was to give ucation. The practical education the teachers an opportunity to read is not that which teaches a child what was latest and best in peda- to get something, but to be somegogical works, to become ac- thing. Too many want education quainted with the literary master- a filling in process instead of a pieces, and familiar with nature leading out. Teach the child to study and biography. He said observe carefully, to record accuOhio especially needed something rately, and to speak clearly, but of this kind since she had no nor- don't stop with that do not igmal schools within her borders. nore the affections, the soul, the
The discussion on the question will. The moral in education, the "Shall Cleveland corner the Future character is all-important. EducaMeetings of the Association?” was cation should fit one for citizenship. opened by Supt. Parker of Elyria. Do not educate to make the best Mr. Parker favored holding all the minister, lawyer, or doctor, but edmeetings in Cleveland and sug- ucate to make the best man. A gested four meetings instead of strong body, a strong intellect, three each year. He stated that in strong emotions, strong will, each the early history of the Associa- developed in the right proportion tion all the meetings were held in and in harmony with the others, Cleveland and that a better repre- constitutes the practical in educasentation of teachers attended then tional results. than now. He claimed that the A violin solo by Miss Mabel central location of Cleveland made Scott was a pleasant feature of the it available to a larger number of program. teachers.
Dr. Findley 'then mentioned the A lively discussion followed; re- fact that two of the gentlemen who had participated in our last meet- Mr. McMillan's most intimate ing at Oberlin had passed away, friends, and letters were read from viz., Prof. Monroe of Oberlin and many others who were unable to Prin. Rood of Akron. He spoke be present. We find it impossible especially of the faithfulness of to publish even a summary of these Prin. Rood and his uprightness and addresses and letters, but have sepurity of character.
lected from them all, the following Supt. L. H. Jones of Cleveland quotations from two - the first then presented the closing address from the address of Mr. A. B. Corof the afternoon on the subject, nell: "The Influence of Ideals in Educa- We come together to-day, to tion." His address was so filled honor the memory of one whom we with beautiful thoughts and prac
all loved and revered; whose kind
ly face long beamed upon us; tical suggestions, so inspiring in
whose daily vocation was one of its effects upon the audience, that peculiar helpfulness and usefulness no synopsis of the address can do and whose life and manner and it justice.
spirit were in just accord and perProf. N. L. Glover favored the fect consonance with that word of
the Spirit. Association with a beautiful vocal
There have been many gathersolo, which the audience so enthu- ings within the past few months to siastically appreciated as to require applaud and honor men who have an encore.
done valorous deeds; men who led After a resolution of thanks to
columns to victory, in the face of all who had helped to make the
death; men who quailed not in the
hour of fiery trial; men who not success of the session, the meeting only braved' death themselves, but was adjourned until February. inspired others with courage and
enthusiasm. The streets of our
towns and cities have been filled MEMORIAL SERVICES TO REUBEN MCMILLAN.
with applauding thousands, as our
young soldiers, amid the clanging In common with many others in of bells and thundering cannons, the state, we regret exceedingly return with weary and many with that it was impossible to be present wasted forms from brief but honorat the Memorial Services to the late
able service. And heads have been
bared and eyes dimmed, as with Reuben McMillan held in the First
muffled drums and guard of honor Presbyterian Church, Youngstown, the lifeless remains of youthful vicOct. 16. Through the kindness of tims of malaria and the chances of Supt. Treudley we have received war, have been borne to their burial copies of the Youngstown Telegram, place. The nation has honored
them, but such evidences of patriand Daily Vindicator giving a full
otism and self-sacrifice deserve recaccount of the proceedings. Ad- ognition. All honor to those who dresses were made by a number of by their valor and heroism, have
won an honored name for their from his trip abroad. It will be county, and opened wider doors
remembered that Supt. Treudley of opportunity and helpfulness for
followed Mr. McMillan in the sumen of other lands. And shall we not, with equal ear
perintendency at Youngstown. nestness and depth of feeling, if
I feel unwilling to have the name with less outward show, record our
and work of my honored predecessense of obligation to one whose
sor and esteemed friend, Mr. Reulong life was spent in self-sacrific
ben McMillan, become a memory ing efforts; in labors for the edu- or a treasure belonging to those cation of the young and the ad- only who knew.him best without a vancement of the community, in all public acknowledgment on
my that elevates and refines and en
part of what I owe to him and of nobles? Who shall measure the
what he was to me. force and effort of such a life as
I have had no opportunity of that of our brother? Day by day making such acknowledgment unfor a half century, he met succes
til now, his death ocurring while I sive generations of children, teach- was far away. It was not unexing them the principles of right- pected and its announcement occaeousness, truth and unselfish ser- sioned no surprise. Nevertheless, vice,
I understood that there had passed If we could trace back to their
from earth one to whom I could source great deeds of valor or un- never make adequate return for the selfish streams of good which
countless acts of kindness which I sometimes flow out of newly had received from him. opened wells, we could find their If I may indulge in a few reminoriginal spring, very often, in the
iscences, I recall that when, years faithful instruction of some earnest
ago, my eye rested on a paragraph and devoted teacher, whose words in one of my educational papers to and example infused a desire for
the effect that he was about to reknowledge. Knowledge was the tire from the superintendency and life work of our brother, whose sole
that a successor was being considdesire was to lead and teach the
ered, I wrote to him and in due young; and how faithfully and suc- time received a very courteous recessfully he did it, is witnessed by ply. He did not know me well, as the thousands who, in tender affec
we had not been thrown closely totion, cherish his memory; it is wit- gether, and, of course, he could not nessed by the success of our educa- speak further than he did. But tional system, in the development when, after consideration of the of which the best vears of his life
various candidates before the were given; it is witnessed also by board, the lot fell upon me, I can the public library which fitly bears never forget the sincere and hearty his name, as it bears the impress welcome which I received from his of his toil and care.
hands; and, I will add, the breadth The following quotations are
of the generosity of that reception.
It may be remembered that Mr. taken from a letter given to the McMillan, as I recall it, entered Youngstown Telegram by Supt.
Telegram by Supt. upon the superintendency of these Treudley shortly after his return schools the year I was born, and at
the same age at which later I suc- your friends, and they will sustain ceeded him. He had filled this you in every particular." honorable position during all that time, excepting a period of about ten years when he was otherwise
Mr. McMillan was helpful man. engaged.
I need not speak of the high honor Necessarily a successor would
in which he was held by his assohave his own ways, and changes of ciates in educational work. No various kinds would likely be man was more deeply revered. At made. I wrote him to the effect each annual meeting of Ohio teachthat while, without question, our ers a message regularly came from ideas as to the ends to be reached
him and an answer was as reguwould be identical, the means of larly returned. reaching these ends would vary, and that he would not expect me to follow exactly in his footsteps.
As for me, because I was a young I recall the heartiness with which
man when I came here and none he responded to that letter and his
too confident, and because no man saying to me so emphatically that
in corresponding position could
have ministered to me more wisely were I to attempt to do things exactly as he had done them he would
more kindly, I venerate his not deem me competent for the
memory, and in these few words
which I have written I have perplace. He respected individuality, for he prized his own. And I can
formed in a very feeble manner
what I consider to be a simple duty never be too grateful for the fact that always, under all circum
toward one for whom I cannot enstances, without one single excep
tertain too deep an affection, whose tion, Mr. McMillan held up my
society I would be glad to share in hands, encouraged me, sent mes
the world of light, the memory of sages of the kindliest nature to me,
whose bearing to me will always be rejoiced in the progress of the
hallowed, and whose whole life was schools as if he were actively min
directed toward making better and istering to them, gave me good
sweeter the world in which he
lived. counsel and literally bore to me, a young man, a relationship that
OHIO LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. came as near being ideal as I can conceive. I know whereof I speak,
BY C. B. GALBREATH. for I know of the tribulations of The Ohio Library Association others who were not assisted as I
met in Dayton, October 12.
weather was ideal and the attendMr. MicMillan was possessed of a high sense of honor. I recall with
ance at the opening session repredeep satisfaction one brief conver- sentative of almost every section of sation I had with him shortly after the State. Frank Conover, Esq., my arrival. He said to me in sub
member of the Board of Trustees stance: “In coming here you
of the Dayton Public Library, wrote to me first. You pursued the honorable course. Now I wish
called the meeting to order in the to say to you that my friends are spacious parlors of Hotel Beckel, and proceeded at once to deliver been opened in Coshocton, Listhe president's annual address. In bon, Logan, Marysville and Massetting forth the duties of library sillon. trustees he advanced many clear- Miss May Prentice, of the Clevecut and cogent suggestions of
land Normal school, made a report practical interest to all persons on “Library and Schools, and Coengaged in library work. - The operation With the Ohio Teachmission of the library, he declared, ers' Association." This included was to furnish good reading to the a brief account of the meeting of people. Fine buildings, adequate the library section of that body at equipment, numerous volumes of Put-in-Bay. In speaking of the carefully selected books, trained use of the library in schools, Miss librarians and competent assist- Prentice said that the books need ants,-all these may be considered not always bear directly upon the necessary. But the most elaborate recitation. Some teachers would appointment and the most intelli- read the twenty-third Psalm to the gent service in the reading-room children only to illustrate a lesson will not, in themselves, accomplish on sheep. The needs and capacthe mission of the library. The ity of the children should be kept books must circulate. If the peo- in mind, and within these limits a ple will not come to the library, degree of freedom should be althe library must go to the people. lowed, even if it sometimes leads “It is a mistake,” said he, "to sup- outside of the routine of school pose that it is one of th chief du- work. ties of the trustees to prepare a
Superintendent E. A. Jones, of catalogue for the use of the pub- Massillon, who was present as the lic. It is their business, rather, to representative of the Ohio State prepare the public for the use of Teachers' Association, spoke of the catalogue.” The field he con- his mission and the intimate relasidered wide and inviting. Books tion that should exist between the could be taken to the Sabbath public school and the public library. school, the value of the library ex- The latter is not a supplement to plained there and the co-operation our educational system; it is a comof the church secured. They could ponent part of it. He gave a briet be taken to the factory and issued account of the Ohio Teachers' to the men and women at the close Reading Circle and the excellent of their day's work. They could be work it has accomplished. The distributed in the public schools pupils' reading course is now read where, under intelligent direction, by over nine thousand children in rare opportunity is presented to the State. The traveling library cultivate a taste for healthful lit- system will enable the children in erature among the young:
the small villages and rural disAt the conclusion of the presi- tricts to get the necessary books at dent's address Miss Linda A. East- trifling expense. Superintendent man, of the Cleveland Public Li- Jones stated near the close of the brary, delivered an interesting re- meeting that he was much pleased port on library extension. Within with the spirit that seems to perthe past year new libraries have vade the Library Association, and