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But I must not take your time now to talk of these things, but press on to the great needs of this department.

New vistas of usefulness are continually opening upon our mental visions; and we long to enter them, but need of money acts like a paralysis, and we stand and gaze motionless. Now, dear friends, we ask you to apply the battery of and you money, will see how quickly we will start to action. Shall I tell you something of what we need and what we want to do? First, we need a commodious building, the basement and ground floor of which shall be devoted to the use of this department, the front room to be used as a store, which we would have made so attractive that we should never speak of passers-by; for all would be drawn in to look, and once having entered could not go away without buying.

We should have consigned to us for sale everything needed in the household for ornament or use, that could be made by


In the rear should be the restaurant, where each day should be served a dinner with the various courses in the most approved style, and yet where one could also find food of the best quality served at any hour to suit his or her convenience. In the basement should be a laundry. Connected with these should be a training-school, where girls should be fitted for any kind of service they might choose.

The cook should be taught there are other qualities desirable for a cook besides the nice preparation of meats, pastry, and cake. That what she may have thought of minor consideration, the cleanliness of dishes, pans, and towels, in fact all the appurtenances of the kitchen, is of the highest importance, and that they be kept in their proper places. "A place for everything, and everything in its place."

The table girl should be taught to serve promptly, have her table tastefully and attractively arranged.

The laundress should be taught the mysterious art of clear-starching and polishing, so that, when cook, table girl, or laundress should be needed, you would have only to apply to our Employment Bureau, and be sure of your success in obtaining one who had been thoroughly trained.

Were it not a trespass upon your patience, I should like to tell you of the many plans for helping women that lie waiting to be elaborated, when we shall have the money for doing it.

Of the lodging-house, where a woman coming for only a day or two to our city can find a pleasant and safe home.

Of the conservatory and garden just outside the city, where women could be taught horticulture and gardening, so as to be able, by gardens of their own, to earn a handsome maintenance.

One woman the last year supported herself and mother by the raising of seeds. She earned $700, and put up and sold thirty-five thousand packages of seeds.

We want to do all we can to assist woman to do for herself. Every self-supporting woman is a help to the world.

We want you to give, knowing that by so doing you will be recognizing the great principles of human fellowship, will be helping the race, as no class can be helped without thereby helping the whole.

Thanking the public for their generous patronage, and all the friends who have assisted by their money or their work in the past, and hoping that our facilities for still greater usefulness may be increased in the coming years, we respectfully submit this report.

For Industrial Department.

Report of the Hygiene and Physical Culture

THE Committee on Hygiene and Physical Culture, acting in harmony with the principles of this Union, have endeavored to instruct and help women by means of a series of free lectures.

As it was late in the season when the Committee was organized, the first lecture of the course was not given until Feb. 9. By Prof. Mary E. Currier, on “Physical Training."

Followed, Feb. 16, by Dr. Sara E. Brown. Subject, "Ventilation."

March 2. Dr. Elisha Chenery, on "The Care of Children." March 16. Dr. Arvilla B. Haynes. Subject, "Heredity." April 6. Dr. J. K. Culver, on "The Body and the Respect due it."

April 13. Dr. Augusta A. Steadman. Subject, "Pulmonary Consumption."

April 20. Dr. Salome Merritt on "Self-nursing."

The audiences, though not large, were intelligent and appreciative. The lady physicians of the Committee have been in attendance for consultation, as announced in the circulars.

The hygiene work has been well advertised, and seven hundred tickets have been distributed by members of the Union.

Next season, your Committee hope to begin work earlier and accomplish more.

F. L. COMEE, Chairman.

Report of Lecture and Class Committee.

THE specific work of the Lecture and Class Committee, in advancing the Educational Department of this Union, is clearly defined by its name. We are detailed by your Board of Directors to seek among educators those who are best fitted to give the instruction desired in languages, literature, art, and other departments of education which may seem to many of more practical importance in the work of woman's daily life, as dressmaking, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, etc.; though these last may have lost some of their old-time prestige as distinctively feminine pursuits, since they have been so largely adopted by men, and the recent discoveries in applying science, with its clear eye, innumerable fingers, and mathematical accuracy, have helped to lift some of the weary burdens which formerly gave a sad emphasis to the old adage, “A woman's work is never done." Yet a knowledge of these branches is still legitimately included in the Educational Department of a Woman's Union. All who realize the great convenience and advantage of a well-trained eye and hand, of exactness and skill in the use of scissors and needle, and in cutting, fitting, and draping, will appreciate the benefit of competent instruction in these branches, especially when this teacher brings not only taste and skill, but the generous, kindly heart which desires to share her knowledge and smooth the way of the novice to the desired results. This desideratum we had the good

fortune to discover in one of our classes, who, in the true spirit of this dear Union, offered to teach a class in dressmaking, saying that "the Union was doing so much for her that she would like to make some practical return." The Committee gladly availed themselves of the offer, and received twenty-five applications, being able to accommodate only fifteen. The lessons were very explicitly given. The subjects, skirts, sleeves, drapery, wrappers, waists, children's patterns, etc. The pupils were required to cut patterns at home, applying the principles taught; and each had a waist lining fitted in the class, or a dress cut, if she desired. The Committee regret that time did not permit them to supplement these instructions by a class in basting and plain sewing. Another, of like mind, offered to instruct a class in the mysteries and intricacies of crocheting; and the soft fleecy wools of pink, white, and blue were soon fashioned into dainty little socks, sacks, and hoods, and other delicate fabrics for the dear little ones or those of larger growth, which were both pretty and useful. At the close of the lessons, the teacher offered to furnish employment to those pupils who desired it. This class and the dress-making were free to members of the Union.

It is the earnest desire of the Committee to make this department helpful in teaching women to use their busy fingers and active brains with skill and profit to themselves and others. And, if the needed room is furnished by a liberal public, we trust, another year, the work may be increased in many practical directions. Not that we for a moment would imply that any education is unpractical which strengthens, enlarges, or develops the mind, and brings out original ideas, or helps to assimilate those derived from other minds. Do we not believe with Emerson that "ideas are the most practical of all practical things," and rule the

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