self, an effort is made to give him confidence.
These interviews have been noticeable for the manly, unassuming attitude of the men, their frankness, and their ready and intelligent response to the recommendations made. As each man's individual problem is considered, his choice of work is not limited to what he happens to prefer among the few things he may have heard of, but the whole range of charities is laid under tribute to furnish him the task that will be most satisfactory to him as well as most valuable of itself, and that will tend best to prepare him for those forms of public spririted service of his fellow-men which his expected future residence and profession will be likely to call for or favor. No unfamiliarity with charities, no doubt as to his own capacity for such work, no lack of striking qualifications of peculiar talents, no doubt or uncertainty of any kind, need deter any student who feels the impulse that underlies this movement from calling upon the director.
Known opportunities for volunteer service among the charities are utilized, and others thought out as the tastes and special talents of the students may suggest new ways of serving the poor or unfortunate, in their own homes or in institutions, in connection with existing agencies. Always, however, the student is sent where, as he gives himself, he will receive the guidance and direction of experts, and profit by association with discreet and experienced people.
So a number of young men have become friendly visitors for the Associated Charities, and have met the poor in their won homes. Others have taken charge of Home Libraries for the Children's Aid Society,- small libraries placed in the homes of poor families, some boy or girl in the family acting as librarian, and the membership of a library including half a score of children from a single neighborhood who meet with their visitor once a week to exchange and talk about the books, read, sing, play games, save their pennies, etc. Another young man has visited a bed-ridden child who had been discharged from the hospital, but whose case the hospital doctors wished to follow through a volunteer visitor. Other students have heldped run Boys' Clubs. Another man, preferring religious work, has taken a class in a mission Sundayschool. Still another has given talks to groups of poor children in the Home Libraries, on the lives of some famous authors, whose works the children had been reading. Again, under the auspices of the Society for Home Savings, students have visited poor families, and encouraged them to save what they could from week to week. Largely the men have become acquainted with the poor in their own homes.
When vacancies are reported in the teaching force of the Prospect Union and the Social Union, men are assigned to these positions. The work done by a large number of men under the auspices of the Young Men's Christian Association, in teaching at the Chinese Sundayschool and conducting services at the Sailors'Mission and other missions, offers an opportunity for such work to those who wish it.
Most interesting and highly appreciated have been the entertainments, consisting of vocal and instrumental music and recitations, given by small "troupes" of students to the inmates of the Cambridge Almshouse, the Middlesex county jail, the Boston Lunatic Hospital, and the Home for Incurables.
A systematic collection of clothing was made in January and again in June, from which more than fifteen hundred garments were placed in the hands of responsible charitable agencies in Boston.
Two groups of men made an excursion to the municipal institutions on Deer Island, Boston Harbor. We are contemplating this year a half day among the medical charities of Boston, an evening among the institutions of the North End, and visits to the Massachusetts School for the Feeble Minded at Waltham, the Concord Reformatory, etc.
In April an intensely interesting and enthusiastic conference of all the workers was held at Professor Palmer's house.
Thus the future clergyman in a western city finds varied instruction as to what his native city needs, and the future lawyer finds legal work and problems, in the Associated Charities; the future teacher finds congenial and profitable experience with the Prospect Union classes or the Home Library groups the future physician visits the sick child; and any man who looks forward to helping the unfortunate is enabled to make a good start, and add to the charm of his college days a bit of thought for somebody else."