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Kings House 1897

Kings House 1897

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FRANKLESLIE'S
POPULAR
MONTHLY.
VOL.
XLIII.JANUARY,
1897.No.
J.
THE
ORDEROFTHEKING'SDAUGHTERSANDSONS~
ANDITSWORKINNEWYORKTENEMENTS.
ByLOUISESEYMOURHOUGHTON.
'VHEN
anewlyformedorganizationmakesabletojudgeofthesig-nsofthetimes,perceivedstrongandrapidgrowthinanycommunity,itisthattheywerenotsingularinthisdesireforcertainlybecauseitispivotedinanideawhichunityandfellowship,decidedtoofferthemselveswasalreadyworkinginthemindsofthecom-asanucleusforsnchafellowship,andorganized
munity,
ThehistoryoftheInternationalOrderthemselvesinto"asisterhoodofservice."\VithoftheKing'sDaughtersandSonscanbeex-thatpropheticimpulsewhichalwaysbuildsbet-plainedonlyinthisway:Foundedinalittleterthanitknows,theycalledthemselves"thecoterieoftenwomen,increasingsorapidlyinCentralCouncil,"andelectedfromamongthem-numbersastobeforcedinseIvessuchofficersa
8
its
secondyeartoestablishwouldservealargeorgani-aperiodicalastheonlyzation,littlenotinghowpracticablemediumofvastwastobecomethatcommunicationbetweencircumferenceofwhich·
its
members;puttingagir-theywerethecentre.dIeroundtheearthinlessTheCentralCouncilofthanfiveyears,with"cir-what?Thequestionof
cles"
inCanada,Europe,namewasnotaneasyoneTurkey,Palestine,India,toanswer.NotlongbeforeChina,JapanAustraliathattimeEdwardEverett
,
New
Zealand,aswellasHalehadwrittenamar-innearlyeveryStateandvelouslittlebookcalledTerritoryintheUnion.a"TenTimesOneareTen,"littlelaterconstrained'towhichhadhadremarkableope
Ii
itsdoors
to
menvogue,andinitsownwayknockingimportunatelyforhadgonefartomeettheadmissiontowhathadatdesireforfellowshipin
first
beencontemplatedeffortwhichwasferment-
1
MRS.MARGARETBOTI'O~IE.
dN
t
on
y
as
anOrderofwomen;inginpeople's
min
s.
0
PRBSIDBST
or
THEKIXU'SDAroflTKR8ANDSONS.
f
B;D
organizationwithastorylongbefore,too,one
0
hkethismusthavebeen
wanted,
notbyafewthesewomenhadorganizedagroupofschoolpersonsonly,butbyhumanity-bythetime.girlsintoalittlesociety,whichshehadcalled
It
isbarelyelevenyearsago---tobeexact,ittheKing'sDaughters.Thenameappealedto
was
onthethirteenthdayofJanuary,1886-thatthemallassuggestingjustthatbandoffel-theOrder·wasfounded.Ninewomen(thelowshipwhichtheywereseeking,looseand.:..tenthhappened
to
beabsent)whohadoftenflexible,yetinevitableasthehouseholdband,yettalkedtogetherabouttheneedamongearnestwithahighsacredness.Theyadoptedthenamewornen,activeinChristianwork,of"anewfortheirneworganization,andfromDr.Half"sspiritofunityandfellowshipinfaith,hopeandhooktheideao(self-multiplying"tens,"which,love,"andwho,beingwiseandexperienr-od,thoughsinceabandoned,furnishedthebestpos
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KD1G'8
DAUGHTERSAXD
80.\:<::.
I
L
MRS.18.\BEI,T,ACHARI.ERDAVIS.
sibleframeworkfortherapiddevel-opmentoftheOrder.FromDr.Hale'slittlebooktheyalsoadoptedasthemottooftheOrder,aquat-rainwhichpreciselyembodieditsideals-faith,hope,love,andtheoutwardexpressionofallthree,
Seroice:
"Lookupandnotdown,Lookforwardandnotback,Look
out
and
notin,
Andlendahand."
CouncilofWomen.Mrs.Dickinsonisastrongplatformspeaker,asisalsotheCorrespondingSecretaryoftheOrder)Irs.IsabellaCharlesDavis.::\Irs.Davishasamarkedgiftfororganization,andthetwosecretariestraveleveryyearmanythousandsof~ilesinthointerestsoftheOrder,buildinguporstrengtheninglocal,countyandStateorgan-izations.FromtheverybeginningtheOrderformulateditscardinalpointsinthetwowords,
serrice
and
liberty.
Itsfirstpublishedcircularlaidemphasisupon"thesolemnobligationofeveryDaughteroftheKingtoserve,andthefreedomofeverysoulastotheformofservice
it
shouldchoose."Thesewords,serviceandliberty,marvelouslyrespondedtothespiritofthetime.Equallyharmoniouswiththisspeech,though,eventoitsfounders,notsoobviously,wastheannouncedpurposeoftheOrder"tohastentheKingdomofGodintheheartsofthechildrenofmen,"or,
3S
theconstitutionafterwardformulatedit,"todevelopspirituallifeandtostimulateChristianactivities."
It
waswithamazementthattheylearnedhowwideandhowpopularwastheresponsetothispurpose,andfound,toquotefromoneoftheirpublications,that"thelovewhichwasneededtocreatethedesirewasmuchmoreuniversalthantheysupposed;"sothatwhattheyhadtodowasnotsomuchtoarouseanimpulsetogoodworkastoguideit.Xolighttaskthis!andrequiringanorganizationandmachineryofwhichtheyhadlittledreamed.Withthequestion"Whatshallwedo?"comingtothemfromalloverthecountrythey-foundthemselvesforcedtoopenanoffice,employastaffofhelpers,createaliterature,found
a.
periodical,and,asfastasmightbe,tosubdivideanddeepenthework
by
theappointmentofProvincial,
State
FromanotherofDr.Hale'sbookstheyborrowedtheirwatchword,"In
MR.HCOBA.RU8.
HisName,"theinitiallettersofwhicharealwaysen-graveduponthelittlesilverMaltesecross,whichwassub-sequentlyadoptedasthebadgeoftheOrder.ThemembersofthenewlyformedCentralCouncilwereWomenalreadyknownandtrustedinasomewhatlargecircle;withoutthis,evensuchfaithandpropheticfore-sightaswastheirswouldhardlyhaveimpelledthemthustoofferthemselves'itsthenucleusofagreatmovement.l\Irs.TheodoreIrvingwasattheheadofawell-knowngirls'school.Mrs.CourtlanddePeysterField'sinfluencehadbeenwidelyexerteduponyoungwomenofsocialpositionforthepromotionofthehigherspirituallife.l\Irs.MargaretBottome,whowaschosentobePresidentoftheCentralCouncil,andisstillPresidentoftheIn-ternationalOrderoftheKing'sDaughtersandSons,hadlongshownconspicuousabilityinBiblicalexposition,and
hy
herparlorreadingshaddrawnmanysocietvwomentoundertakeseriousBiblestudy.~il·S.:'IIaryLoweDickinson,whowaschosenSecretary,andstillistheGeneralSecl'ctarvoftheOrderandtheeditorofitsperiodical,
The8ill',.r'
('I'O.,.~,
hadbeenacollegeprofessorandauthor,andprominentinthecauseofthehigherwomanhood.SheisnowthePresidentoftheNational
:MRS.MARYLOWED1CKINSOlli.
 
"'filEOSl.Y(lOODTIMEWEHAVE."
andCountySecretaries.Verysoonitwasfoundimpossibleto«eepthecirclestoamembershipoften,ashadbeenatfirstintended;amoreflexibleunitwasneeded.ThenChaptershad
to
becreatedtoincludestilllargernumbersunitedinacommonwork,andfinallytheCityI'nion,whichcodrdinatestheactivitiesofanentirecommunity.Thisisthelatestdevelop-mentoftheorganization,andasyetithasfounditschiefsuccessinthesmallcitiesandlargertowns.TheCentralCouncil,bythemereincreaseofitscommitteework,wasforced
to
add
toitsownmem-bership,andatpres-entitconsistsofthir-teenmembers.Amongthelater
ad-
ditionsareMrs.Seth
Low,
wifeofthePres-identofColumbiaCniversity,andMrs.DavidH.Greer,wifeoftherectorofSt.Bartholomew'sChurch,
Kew
York.NeverprobablyhastherebeenamoretrulycatholicbOdythanthisOrder.Thereisabsolutely?obartomembership
In
sex,age,nntion_ality,colororcreed,theconstitutionalconditionofmembershipbeingthattheapplicantshall"holdherselforhimselfresponsibletotheKing,ourLordandSaviourJesusChrist."Atanearlydaytheneedofexplainingthisstate-mentwasbroughthometotheOrder,andaleafletwasissueddeclaringthattheOrder"de-clinedtomakeofitt;CentralCouncilaboardofexaminersinto
the
theologicalviewsof
its.
~J
members.',
It
wasneverthepurposeoftheOrdertoopennewfieldsofwork,butrather
to
turnnewworkersintoworkalreadyinprogress,especiallyintheirownchurches,andtofosterinthemahabitofrecogniz-ingtheworkthatliesunnoticedaroundthem.Inthisthesuecesshasbeengreat;thenumberof"Doyenextethynge"circ
I
es
is
legion.Almost
asthe
J.lRRARYAFTERNOON.
numerousare"Pastors'Aid"
cir-
des,
whoholdthenl-sel\'csreadytor
any
litt\cservicethe
pas-
to!
mt\~
tequir
e-
",\,ercatcci!c\es
tha.
t

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