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reading by Mrs. Robbins of a letter written in September, 1748, at Nantucket Plantation, by a young lady, Ruth Starbuck Wentworth, to her parents who pioneers seeking a new home in the interminable forests of central New York. The letter goes on to relate the home coming of her cousin Nathaniel Starbuck from a long voyage to China and the making of some of the tea which he had brought, the first of this beverage known on the island of Nantucket. The original letter is in the possession of an old lady residing in New York. The copy of the letter was read before the "Society of Mayflower Descendants' in Illinois eight years ago, and recently before the Society of Mayflower Descendants' in Washington and now before our own Colony."

Rutherford, Colony Six, is also in a flourishing condition. At their annual meeting which was held recently, an original poem was read by Mrs. Sarah L. Flowers, in which she set forth not only the pride they have in the example established by our Plymouth Rock and other early ancestors, but the aim of their colony and the articles of their constitution and by-laws. I regret that lack of space will not permit its being published in this issue.

Pittsburgh, Colony Seven, is also progressing most satisfactorily in the increase of its numbers and the character of the social meetings they are holding. Their report is as follows: “The Pittsburgh Colony of the National Society of New England Women held its regular meezing on the second Tuesday in February at the residence of its president, Mrs. David Kirk. After a brief business meeting the distinguished writer, Miss Nella Sebert Cathee, who had lived at one time in Pitisburgh, read one of her unpublished stories and then at the request of many members consented to read some of her best known poems. After the reading the President invited those present to the dining room where tea was served and red and white carnations showed forth the club colors.

“The Pittsburgh Colony now numbers forty-one members and a club baby, representing every New England state. At the March meeting, Mrs. John Shelley Detwicke, one of its number who has lately returned from a long residence in Russia, will talk to the Colony on the home life of that country.”

Brooklyn, Colony Eight, asks to withhold her report until next month, as their meetings of the last month have been largely executive with little that would interest the Colony readers generally.

Although Colony Nine, Utica,

crippled in its early start by the death of their honorary president, whose picture appears in this issue, still they have completed their charter membership and are prepared to take their place as a representative Colony.

In the death of Mrs. William D. Wolcott who died at her home in New York Mills, Oneida County, New York, on December 8th, the l'tica Colony of New England Women lost one of its prominent members and organizers. She was the mother of William Stuart Wolcott, president of the New York Mills Co., whose death in September came to her as crushing blow. Mrs. Wolcott was one of a long line to reflect honor upon a Connecticut ancestry. Her mai en name was Hannah Coe Hubbard. She was born at Middletown, Connecticut, July 3, 1817, and was the daughter of Captain Charles Hubbard and Lucretia Miller. Captain Charles Hubbard was one of the ten children of Lieutenant Hezekiah Hubbard and Esther Foster both of Middletown, Connecticut. In "One Thousan 1 Years of Hubbard History, from 866 to 1895," it is stated that “Hezekiah Hubbard was a Revolutionary war patriot, was engaged in tlie siege of Boston, and that he served until the end of the war, and was one of the original members of the society of the Cincinnati.” Mrs. Wolcott's ancestry, in the Hubbard line, included many distinguished New England families, among whom were the Fosters. and Porters. (Noah Porter a president of Yale College being of this family) and many other families of note. Among the maternal ancestors, the Millers, the Coes, descendants of the martyr Coe, mentioned in "Fox Book of Martyrs,” Curtisses, Robinsons, Mosses, and Joseph Hawley, wlio was born in England in 1603 and resided in Wethersfield and Stratford. In 1837 she married William Dexter Wolcott, an Oneida County manufacturer, and since that time her home has been in New York Mills, which she efficiently lielped to make a "model village.” Mrs. Wolcott had ever entertained deepest interest in the village and soon after she made her home in New York Mills she was known to every family in the community. Her interest in the affairs of those employed in the factories conducted by her husband and Mr. Campbell was not of the obtrusive sort, the many visits she made being always welcome. The good old families who gained their livelihood at the loom were dear to her an l slie made many suggestions that added to their comfort. Mrs. Wolcott was a woman of fine appearance and dignified bearing, a person of deep sympathy and warm affections, and un



swerving in her loyalty to the right and to all good things. She was a devoted Christian and had long been a member of the Wolcott Memorial Presbyterian church in New York Mills, which endures as a monument to the memory of her husband. She leaves to her family and to the community a rich legacy of kind wor's and good deeds and a rare example of Christian living.

San Francisco, Colony Ten, is in a most flourishing condition; their sixty membership blanks have already been accepted by the Parent Society. They meet twice a month at the California Clubhouse and are continuing a course of England history for their program with music in

terpersed. Refreshments served at every meeting with true New England hospitality.

Binghamton, Colony Thirteen, has coinpleted her charter membership of twentyfive, the papers have all been accepted by the committee of the Parent Society and at an early date the president of the National Society and the chairman of Colony committee will visit Binghamton and Utica and officially complete the organization of each Colony and present them with their charters.

Morristowni, Colony Five, Chicago, Colony Ten, and Portland, Oregon, Colony Twelve, have not furnished any report for this :111ber.

Book Notes

all the authorities regarding Rale, his life and his work while stationed at Norridgewock, and the circumstances and facts surrounding his death. (Issued by the Heintzmann Press, Boston, Mass.)


Lyman Koopman.

A pretty, little book of verse, containing about a hundred short poems.

This one silences any criticism which might be made : “Always the asses in chorus denounce

the poet's arrival, Drowning the voice of his music,

drowning his gathering praises ; Idle to answer them, vainer to scold

them than scolding the weather, For they will always be with us, the

asses, and always be-critics." (The Everett Press, Publishers, Boston.)



By Seth Curtis Beach.

This volume contairs biographies Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Mary Lovell Ware, Lydia Maria Child, Dorothea Lynde Dix, Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Louisa May Alcott. Whether or not familiar with the subjects of these sketches almost any one will enjoy readirg them as they are not written in the style of the ordinary dry biography but are familiarly reminiscent and full of amusing and interesting anecdote. It is not surprising to find that these women, so far in advance of their times in other matters should all have been Unitarians in theology. One cannot fail to profit by intimacy with such women and the author of these sketches deserves our thanks for bringing them so intimately to

The volume is attractively printed and bound. (The American Unitarian Association, Boston. $1.10 net, $1.20 by mail.)


John Francis Spraglie. This is an interesting tale of the labors of one of the Jesuit fathers among the Indians of Maine, telling besides the struggles of the missionary to teach and civilize his wards their struggles for their lives against the aggression and cruelty of the white settlers and how all ended in cruel hassacre and the martyrdom of the good father. The little book is an interesting foot note to Acadian history and contains, beside, The Tradition of Pamola, Letters of Rale, his dictionary, and other matter which is pertinent.

Sebastian Rale was one of the most remarkable and strongest characters that appear in the early history of New England, and many historians, including Parkman, have referred to him as well as the French writers of that period. Much controversy has arisen regarding him. The author has made an extensive research of



The Sage Brush PARSON. By A. B.


A story of life in a Nevada mining town, dramatic in style, full of intensely emotional scenes, which however are relieved by most welcome bits of humor, and permeated with the atmosphere of the sage brush wastes. The author, without tire

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some introduction, plunges at once into his story and from the beginning of the book until its close the reader is with Clement Vaughan, the hero, in all his varying moods and adventures, out on the fascinating western plains. He introduces you at once to both hero and country thus: “The train went on and Clement Vaughan, once itinerant preacher in Gainsborough, England, became an atom, a speck, in the wide expanse of the Nevada plain, abso. lutely alone. He turned in the saddle to look this way and that. Wide stretches of gray, dusty soil with leprous blotches of alkali, he saw, patches of sage brush. no other growing thing, high mountains rimming the horizon. Over him burned the blue of a cloudless sky. Around him poured the limpid atmosphere, a curving line of willows showed the path of the Humboldt River. The one street of Battle Mountain stood out straight and clear. All else was barren plain, sage brush and alkali. Towards the two little hills between which ran the road the stranger urged his horse, but the two little hills evermore retreated. They were like everything else in this strange, tantalizing country.”

Influenced by his half-sister and pained and disgusted by the license and brutality of the little mining town which he visits Vaughan is filled with a great enthusiasm for saving souls and works zealously among the rough miners, living in the tiny Methodist Chapel there and becoming generally known as the "Sage Brush Parson.” Cleverly woven into the plot is a thread of romance of unusual strength and purity. Certainly a well written story and worth the reading. (Little, Brown & Company. $1.50.)

Little, Brown & Company, the Boston publishers, have an unusually promising list of new books on their spring list. This firm opened the publishing season of 1906 with “A Maker of History," by E. Phillips Oppenheim, followed by “On tlie Field of Glory," by Henryk Sienkiewicz, and “The Sage Brush Parson," by A. B. Ward. Other books of fiction announced for early publication are: "Hearts and Creeds,” by Anna Chapin Ray; "Maid of Athens,” by Lafayette McLaws; “Kenelm's Desire," by Hughes Cornell; “Called to the Field," by Lucy M. Thurston ; "Old Washington, by Harriet Prescott Spofford; “Sandpeep,” by Sara E. Boggs; “The Wire Tappers," by Arthur Stringer; “The Wolf at Susan's Door," by Anne Warner; "The District Attorney,” by William Sage, and “In Treaty With Honor," by Mary Catherine Crowley.

This firm will also issue a new illustrated e lition of “Truth Dexter," by Sidney McCall, with a series of piciures by Alice Barber Stephens; also new editions, with illustrations, of two of E. Phillips Oppenheim's novels, “A Millionaire of Yesterday” and “Man and His Kingdom”; together with popular editions of the following recent novels : “Painted Shadows," by Richard Le Gallienne; “The Viking's Skull," by John R. Carling; “Sarah Tuldon,” by Orme Agnus; “The Siege of Youth," by Frances Charles; “Hassan, a Fellah," by Henry Gilman, and “The Wolverine," by Albert L. Lawrence.

Other books on Little, Brown & Company's spring list include the following: "The Heart of the Railroad Problem," by Prof. Frank Parsons; “The Fight for Canada," by Major William Wood; “The Upto-date Waitress," by Janet McKenzie Hill; “Thunder and Lightning," by Camille Flammarion; “Practical Rowing, with Scull and Sweep,” by Arthur W. Stevens; “The Economy of Happiness," by James Mackaye; “The Game of Bridge," by Fisher Ames; "The Book of Daniel and Modern Criticism,” by Rev. Charles H. H. Wright, D.D.; and “Centralization and the Law," by Dean Melville M. Bigelow, of the Boston University Law School, and others.

Little, Brown & Company, also announce a special limited issue of "The Triumphs." by Petrarch translated by Henry Boyd, and printed at the University Press from Humanistic type, made especially for the publication, together with six plates from ancient Florentine engravings.






BUY, IMPROVE OR RENT. By C. E. Schermerhorn.

This very practical publication is pamphlet of architectural common for those who would either build a house or improve an old one. Good directions for arranging the plans of a house with an eye to both harmony and comfort, the demands of specifications, the needs of site are given. The information is complete, of a brief sort and well arranged. All departments of the house subject are treated-from the relative position of rooms through the importance of good stone and brickwork foundations, the framing, tiling, heating and all the finishing details. As the list shows, the manual is thoroughly practical, but the like need for beauty and fitness is not forgotten. The final page is a direction


The Watch-Word of Commerce, Made by Ten Million

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It was not a very long time ago that anything in our work-a-day life was considered too prosaic to be written about in the clever magazines. The lesser feats of invention, the problems of the shop, the efforts of toilers to master mechanical difficulties and to give the world new things of utility and value were thought fitting features for treatment in journals of the trades, but not in the magazines. Many a good story was turned down because it was just shop talk. But a skilful magazine man saw possibilities in stories of industry; in narratives of real human interest evolved about the struggles and attainments of the plain worker. He believed every man and woman had a curious interest in those who do things worth while, who produce something of usefulness, who carve success out of hard and hostile elements.

He exploited the idea and was surprised to find that his readers, old and young, took immediate and keen interest in everything pertaining to the employments of the people. The little stories of industry were strangely popular. Now, all the magazines are glad to print narrations of achievement in any kind of work, even at the risk of giving free advertising, and the most popula'r monthlies are those that feature, in stories about little and big industries, the facts and feats of factory and shop.

What could be more inspiring to the man or boy with a purpose than the story about Robert H. Ingersoll buying that odd old-fashioned timepiece, a cross between a clock and a watch, from the shop_of a clock dealer near the building in Fulton street, in which twenty-seven years ago, in a dingy little room, he made rubber stamps and stencils for a living; how he took the curious device to pieces and worked and fashioned days and nights into months and years to contrive a practical pocket timepiece of moderate size at low cost; and how he finally succeeded after many discouragements in producing the Ingersoll Dollar Watch. There is something thrilling in the thought of the plodding, determined youth toiling over the rusty works of the old clock to make it possible for every boy and man in his country, and later in the world, to carry a reliable timepiece; to make watches so cheap that in

stead of being a jewel ornament for the rich they became such a utility to the poor that bells and clocks in church steeples were no longer necessary to tell the time.

It is one of the striking facts of our modern industry that more than twelve millions of these watches are now in daily use; that the products of the great business of Robert H. Ingersoll and Brother have become synonyms of American com

that the dollar watch bought not alone in jewelry stores but in almost any well stocked mercantile establishment and more than ten thousand a day are turned out to supply a continually increasing demand.

The Ingersoll watch has become a standard article of its kind. That passage in scripture which says "By their works shall ye know them” seems to apply not inappropriately to the dollar watch. It is not a small clock but a perfect watch in every sense, marvel of timekeeping mechanism, worked into as small space as the ordinary watch; it is made in various sizes and ornamental cases of filled gold. gun metal, nickel, silvered, etc. Of course there is no jeweling, there is an absence of precious metals in the cases but there is great strength, owing to thickness and weight of pivots and wheels. There is not the careful adjustment of expensive watches but it just goes on keeping time at a surprising rate of accuracy.

Some one has said it is a good thing to have expensive clocks in the house, if you have an Ingersoll watch to set them by. A good many men of prominence to whom time is most valuable have had Ingersoll watches not only for themselves but have sent them to friends with high commendation, among these have been Mark Twain, Thomas A. Edison, W. K. Vanderbilt, J. P. Morgan, Admiral George Dewey, and others. A testimonial to the accuracy of the watch was received from Mr. Edison years ago. Referring to his experience, New York Herald recently said:

"To Mr. Edison time is so valuable that he does not waste it even by taking account of it. Time to him is only the chance to get things done; and no matter how long it takes they must be got done. In his office safe there is carefully locked away a $2.700 Swiss watch, given him by a European scientific society. It is never used.

He buys a stem-winder costing a dollar and a half, breaks the chain ring off, squirts oil under the cap of the stem, thrusts it into his trousers pocket-and never looks at it. When it gets too clogged with dirt to run he lays it on a laboratory table, hits it with a hammer and buys another."

On his trip to Labrador last year, Secretary Root and his boys, it was said carried Ingersoll watches. The makers have a letter from deep in the mines of Pennsylvania telling how gangs of workmen there regulate their movements by the time of an Ingersoll watch, which takes the place of the sun to them. The United States midshipmen carry Ingersoll watches and orders are regularly received from the midshipmen's supply department of the navy.

Among the many testimonials which the Messrs. Ingersoll have, from hundreds of users of the dollar watch, is one from a captain in the United States army who tells how his soldiers have for months risen, eaten, worked and slept by his Ingersoll watch which regulates the time of the company.

A thousand men in a regiment of Brooklyn during their encampment at Peekskill had a similar experience.

At the Paris, St. Louis and Portland expositions, the Ingersoll watch received gold medals, in each case the highest awards. A business of several thousand watches a day is being done in free trade England against competition of the poorly paid labor of Europe. In Germany a considerable demand is being created based wholly

the excellence of the watch, notwithstanding almost prohibitive duty and the ridiculously low priced but worthless watches bearing the typical mark “Made in Germany." The De Selms Watch School of Attica, Indiana, answered an




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