The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 03, March, 1889 eBook

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ENGLISH AS IT IS NOT TAUGHT.

He didn’t crack a smile.

I feel many gratitudes to you.

His forgiven name is John.

Help us to bring forth meats for our repentance.

I won’t fool with the Lord no more.

Help us to pray as the Republican did, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

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At one of our schools, students had been learning the Beatitudes to recite at the table, and one Sunday they were asked to write the meaning in their own language.  One wrote, “To be poor in spirit means weak but willing.”  Another, “Poor in spirit means that a person who has religion and don’t make a great to-do over it, has as much as one who cuts up over theirs.” ("Cutting up” means the noisy demonstrations in meeting).

A pupil gives us the following insight into the precise appearance of the beings of the future world.  “An angel is two lines which intend to meet,” in response to the question, “What is an angle?”

According to one of our growing historians here, Gen. Gage, of Revolutionary fame, didn’t altogether believe in the then existing styles, for we were told the other day, that, “Gage, learning that there were millinery stores at Concord, at once sent a force to destroy them.”

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CLIPPINGS

FROM PAPERS EDITED BY COLORED MEN.

The only colored daily paper in America is printed at Columbus, Ga.  It is a four column folio, neat in make-up and well edited.

COLORED EXHIBITIONS TO THE FRONT.—­At the recent Virginia Exposition Mr. J.C.  Farley, the colored photographer, was awarded the first premium for his work, for which he is to receive a diploma and medal.  Our esteemed townsman has entered a new field and ascended to the topmost round of the ladder at one bound.

A COLORED PRIZE WINNER.—­Give a colored man a fair show and he is certain to give a good account of himself.  One of the notable college contests in Illinois is known as the Swan Oratorical Contest, and is held annually at Lombard University, at Galesburg.  This contest was held Thursday night of last week.  The first prize was awarded to Burt Wilson, a colored student, who lives at Galesburg, and is one of the most promising scholars in the university.  His oration is said to have been an unusually brilliant effort.

WHAT THE NEGRO HAS DONE.—­In the South there are now 16,000 colored teachers, 1,000,000 pupils, 17,000 in the male and female high schools, and 3,000,000 worshipers in the churches.  There are sixty normal schools, fifty colleges and universities, and twenty-five theological seminaries.  The colored people pay taxes on nearly $200,000,000 worth of property valuation.  This is a wonderful showing for a race that has two hundred years of slavery and four thousand years of barbarism back of it; it needs no silent sympathy or patient waiting, when in twenty years it makes such a showing.  American generosity has done for the South in twenty years what statesmanship has failed to do in over a century; but generosity should not be depended upon, as even that can reach a limit.

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