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In 1897-98, through the efforts of Miss Carpenter, the spirit of missions was aroused in this school, which resulted in one of the most excellent things this school has undertaken—that of helping to enlighten dark China.
Miss Carpenter had a sister, who at this time was a missionary to India, and through her Miss Carpenter was closely in touch with mission work. So great was her interest that, as president of Y. V. C. A., she brought before her association the matter of mission study. They decided that a class should be organized, open to both young men and young women and that Professor Hosic (now of Chicago Normal) should be asked to take the class in charge. Me consented and the mission spirit grew.
About this time Dr. Rachel Rend, a missionary to China, who was home for a furlough, visited Miss Ferguson, a teacher in the Normal school at Peru. Dr. Bend was asked to talk during chapel hour, telling about her work in China. At the close of her talk she said that if any one wanted to talk with her further about missions she would be glad to talk with them. Several expressed a desire to hear more. She met them and at this time told how they might help in missionary effort by taking one of the foreign field and educating her, explaining that this could be done at cost of $30 per annum. These few, chief among whom
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RF.V. YV. A. TYLER
W. K. DARROW Baptist Minister
1. Has a modern chapel seating 300
2. Has 191 members
3. Has modern Bible School
4. Only Students "C. K.” Society
5. First and second classes in Standard
6. Y. W. C. A. and Y. M. C. A. classes
7. Holds praise, preaching and communion
services every Lord’s Day, to which a cordial invitation is extended
REV. HUSSONG, A. B.
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were Miss Rulon, our librarian, and Miss Carpenter, were so interested that they brought the matter before the Y. Y. C. A. and Y. M. C. A. and then
to Dr. Beattie. It was decided to take the matter up as a school. Dr. Beuel
was again asked to speak to the school explaining this part of their work in China. A little later a collection was taken for this purpose and the money
sent to Dr. Bend. W hen she returned to China she chose a girl whom she
thought would be promising and placed her in a good school. She asked the school here to give her an American name, and at the suggestion of Dr. Beattie she was named “Hope Normal." Her Chinese name is Wang Sac—Xa her given name.
It requires ten years to complete the course in these schools, and the following are branches taught: Bible study, reading, spelling, geography, physical geography. astronomy, geology, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, physics, physiology, English. history (English and Chinese), drawing, music. The school is somewhat on the plan of a boarding school, and the girls in turn perform the domestic tasks. This gives them training in domestic science.
Each year Hope Normal has written a letter to the school. In one letter she says: “I am resolved to study well, and fulfill the hopes of mv American friends and my teachers. I want to be a light in China and shine in the dark places.”
Hope Normal is a graduate of her school this year, and the Class of 09 arc indeed proud to claim her as one of their number and wish her the best of success in her chosen profession.
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