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books are kind, warm-hearted, and honest, is my post-office address only, and it is with good capabilities, but lack develop- not a depot for reading supplies.
Please send me a list of what has been Some of the Woman's Clubs have so collected, and I will reply, giving informamany applications on file that it is impos- tion to whom and to what place in the sible to supply the demands, and people South your reading material can be forare obliged to wait for weeks before their warded. The freight must be prepaid turn comes to receive a library.
by the donors. The value of providing useful literature This useful work of making thousands cannot be overestimated. I have talked of restricted lives richer and happier has with this class of Southern people, and no boundary line, and its influence cannot understand their aspirations and necessi- be measured. ties. They have enlisted my sympathy
SARAH P. BRIGHAM. and interest, and I wish to make a strong
Lend-a-Hand Office, 1 Beacon Street,
Boston, Mass. plea in their behalf. Thirty traveling libraries through the
The Mormon Attitude Lend-a-Hand Book Mission have been To the Editors of The Outlook : presented to some of the Woman's Clubs. In your issue of February 14 you They ask and need our continued help. state that “testimony ... was to the So many requests are coming to this effect that no Mormon would run for Mission that at least one hundred and political office without the consent of the fifty traveling libraries are needed to • First Presidency' of the Church.'” carry forward this part of our work. This statement will not be borne out by The books most called for are
the facts, which are well understood in Beauty," “Ben-Hur," the Henty books, this section, and should have been known “ Little Men," “Little Women,” “Chatter- by the Senators from Utah, Idaho, and box," “ Pilgrim's Progress," Beautiful Colorado. The organization of the "MorJoe,” “In His Steps,” “ Adam Bede," mon Church” is most thorough and effiDickens's “Child's History of England," cient, and it is true that no church officer * Five Little Peppers,” Phillips Brooks's would leave his church work for a politiSermons, “Alice in Wonderland,” etc. cal position which would take him away These and other books of a similar char- from his church duties, without resigning acter are carrying brightness and knowl- or securing leave of absence from his edge into thousands of obscure homes. inmediate superiors (not necessarily from
Sunday-schools are constantly replen- the “First Presidency"). Would this ishing their libraries. What becomes of not be true of any church organization ? the old books? They would furnish excel- Any Mormon who is not an officer of the lent food for hungry minds. Town and Church would not have to secure permiscity libraries sometimes have duplicate sion from any one. copies of volumes, which, after their early With the practical abandonment of popularity has passed, would be a great polygamy and admission of Utah as a boon to less fortunate libraries.
State came a breaking up of the old I have visited some of the State prisons. division into Mormon and anti-Mormon Convicts are especially glad to receive parties and a readjustment along National the “ Youth's Companion” and the “Chris- party lines. It is claimed by the “Mortian Herald.” The wardens are uniformly 'mons,” and believed by the unprejudiced polite, and consider it a privilege to give “Gentiles” who are in a position to helpful publications to the unfortunate judge, that for the past fifteen years the prisoners under their charge. Magazines, “Mormon Church" has not in the slightjuvenile Sunday papers, Bibles, Scripture est particular interfered with the political and picture cards can be used to great beliefs of the members of that body advantage.
The writer of this letter is not a memAll offers of reading should be made ber of the “ Mormon Church,” but rather
Please do not send packages to entirely opposed to their peculiar beliefs. the Lend-a-Hand Office, Boston, as this Boise, Idaho.
J. R. F.