The last meeting of the Young Men's Christian Association was held in Lawrence Hall last evening. Mr. Roots, the general secretary, gave the address, which was in substance as follows:
The loyalty of James and John to Christ was tainted by personal ambition, but true honor is only attainable by faith and works, and these alone make honor desirable. The true object of desire, is love for Christ. Not faith alone brings salvation, but faith, manifested by works. Here we have a standard by which to judge men's lives, and also an organization as ours. We are great in the University, in proportion to the service we render. This is the standard on which we should judge the past year, and lay our plans for the future.
Mr. Roots then described the work of the society for this year and closed after considering a plan of work to further the interests of the University and the association among preparatory schools.
It would be manifestly unfair to judge the work of the Association by the attendance during the year. It is the sincerity and activity of those who attend the meetings which tell. Meetings have been held twice a week throughout the year. In addition to this there have been five Bible classes, with an average attendance of thirty men. The Foreign Missionary Committee has met once a week, since March, to study foreign fields. The purpose of the socials has been the promotion of good fellowship among the members, and has succeeded to a certain extent. The work carried on outside of the University has been surprisingly large. Nearly every Sunday men have gone in bands of from three to five to visit sailors on vessels in port, holding such services as are suited to the occasion. Deputations have conducted services in the City Hospital in Boston, and in response to invitations from neighboring cities and towns. Perhaps the most important step which has been taken this year, and which will bring forth the most fruit, was the distribution throughout the country, of 15,0000 copies of "Harvard's Better Self." The handbook issued by the Association has also been a marked success. More than two hundred dollars have been collected to entertain foreign visitors at the World's Student Conference at Northfield from June 27 to July 8.
The Association deserves the heartiest support of the college for the consistent and devoted work of its active members, and it is to be hoped that a far larger attendance next year will show this appreciation.