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MINISTERS' WIVES. Their Place in the Paxish and Their Qualifications. Mm. l.ynmn Abbott Speaks of a Pastor'* 'Wife'* Opportunities—Opinions from Br. TtilmaRe, Sirs. Beecher nna Mrs. Theodore L. Cuyler. [COPYRIGHT. 1S91.1 Rev. Dr. Talmag-e sat in his study the other evening-, his eyes fixed quizzically on a bronze boy of Egyptian aspect •who stood patiently in the doorway carrying candles. "I used to read," he said, "a good deal of literature on the subject of ministers' •wives. "I wish my wife would tell you how •untrue were all those stories of pulling- and hauling 1 , of cSnstant demands, of fault-finding. "Congregations as a rule are composed of ladies and gentlemen, who make the position of the minister's wife an especially pleasant one. My wife knows of hundreds, yes, of thousands, of ministers' wives, all happy, all honored. "The place a pastor's wife should take in the congregation depends on herself. Her call may be to her husband's flock or it may be simply to the dings of her household. This is a matter for her own decision. "The qualification she needs especially is common sense, for she may be a great hindrance to her husband's work or a strong- reinforcement." When one has a glimpse of the experiences, the chances for observation, the responsibilities and- the opportunities that come to such a woman as Mrs. Xiyman Abbott, the wife of the pastor of Plymouth church, one hesitates over the question how much one is justified in making- known. For Mrs. Abbott lives in her home. "If my children," she says, "felt themselves defrauded or my husband wished- It otherwise, even if my judgment did not agree with theirs, I could not go outside." In the early days of their married life Mr. Abbott was a lawyer and Mrs. Abbott studied his cases with him, copied legal papers and absorbed herself in his labors. When he felt himself drawn to the ministry still her thought was to forward his undertakings. So it has teen during the years given to the pnl- pit and to editorial duties. "I know of no demands," she says, t"made on a minister's wf ie, but I see privileges. A pastor must be in some sees' liow many starid ready to relievo it." So strangsly near does a woman like Mrs. Abbott stand to the trials, the joys and the sorrows that make up tha daily lives of other people. Of the Ladies society of Plymouth enure! Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher is president and on rainy afternoons the member spare her the labor of going out b; gathering in the parlors of her home in Orange street, flowerdeckcd and voca with bird songs. "The work of a pastor's wife," say Mrs. Beecher, "must differ widely in different eases. Some ministers believ their wives can aid them most efficient ly by giving them quiet and restfu homes, others like to see their wive, active also in parish duties. "In my own case, five of my seven brothers became ministers and a siste: MBS. EEECHEr. CROSSING THE KAJUROWS. JIRS. BEECHER. a leader, and his wife, too, can do much in the service of humanity. / "There's a, good deal of talk against "the churches, but much 01 that comes ~txom people who don't know what the churches are doing. I would like to see a church so organized that every woman ton becoming a member should be asked Isy kt once on what committee she could £<vjgive much or & little time. Then once a, 4 year there might be a grand rallying ^ day with accounts of things done. cj£ i "Plymouth church. - has its mission Jj churches, the May flower and the Bethel,' £ and it is" a-constant pleasure to watch the transformation of women who come Jn with shawls over their heads, poor, • 'discouraged. "Then there are two working girls' dubs with their educating influences. ie little girls of the 'junior club' sew iuid cook, and one day not long ago L * when they gavft an exhibition I -was un£* able to attend they sent -me a bos -with |- a beautiful -biscuit and a' piece of pie J- and some cake and a great variety of (£, thiags, all daintily made-in the cramped t quarters of their-own homes, j£, "Then there is the Yo-ong Women's PC league: They have made towels for t^the gymnasium, bringing the young a men of the church into- sympathetic re- flations with its cultivated young wom- j£ en. Last summer they sent a trunkfu] r of linen to the Holiday house of the !*; working girls. ' We read together Whitcomb Riley's little poem of 'The honest stitches on the under side,' for I wanted the things made fine and neat 'or girls whose low wages often press -them to think more of dress than of underwear. "Then there are the boys' and girls' :s. The boys are making 1 picture '•ereens for the hospitals and the girls tmako covers for the bare bureau topj the rooms of the colored girls and .e Indians at Hampton institute. iey are helping to educate an Indian ^boy and an orphan in India. "There is the Sunday-school teaching. iBre must be nearly two hundred and teachers." 'And your work?" "I have the infant class. Then there •e the broader charities of the city, |which want the pastor's name, and his ^Wife's sympathy. One could give one's !e in each of so many directions. The leeds that force themselves on one's at- ition would discourage and over- r helm, did not help and sympathy also _jpear at every turn. Money some- |fclines is sent me anonymously, articles got clothing have been left at the door, if one sees necessities one also married a minister, so that before my marriage I understood the life I was entering on. "I made it my first effort to spare Mr. Beecher's time by attending to his correspondence and to financial matters. Our desks stood in adjoining windows, and it was only with' the most important letters that I troubled him. Some of these he answered, on others he would write four or five words as a guide to me. The checks for his salary were made payable to me, and if he wanted money he came to me for it, except that he retained the proceeds of his lectures, making himself a fund ,of 'spending money.' "I saw all callers who came to the house, so many of them only curiosity seekers. When he was in the house I never left it, and so his eneugies were not drawn on except in cases of importance and urgency. "I was not able to do in addition a great amount of parish visiting, though I did what was possible. In my early married life I was asked to lead the female prayer meeting, but it was very hard for me and I did not continue. "It was in the war days that we were lifted out of ourselves completely. I remember the dispatch that came to us one .day at Peekskill,. .where Mr. Beecher. .was recuperating from hay fever, saying that his boys—the Brooklyn phalanx—and the other regiments at Fort Schuyler were without food, and without clcthcs. li l came dowii to the city immediately and crossed to Fort .Schuyler to se the condition of things. . I wouldn' think of being pulled across the Nar rows in a rowboat now, but then on •hadn't tune to think of being afraid Then I went about to the bakers fo their stale loaves, and with an expres •wagon to the shops for mattresses an blankets and—but I can't talk abou ministers' wives. If I had thought th reminiscenses I have been writing would have taken me back through so many years of my life I could not have begun them," and Mrs. Beecher's face beneath her white hair became thoughtful. The wife of Eev. Dr. Theodore L Cuyler,- whose influence through his books, has been world-wide, believes that the work of the minister's wife can be done most gently and efficiently in her own home. • "A minister," she says, "sometimes marries before he fixes on his.profes- sion and usually marries to suit himseU rather than-.his congregation. If his wife makes him happy in his home anc leaves him as free as possible to pursue his work untrammeled, she aids him most effectually. "When some of his parishioners asked me for my-portrait for a memorial they were designing in commemoration oi Mr. Curley's thirty years pastorate, 1 'declined giving it, on the ground that I years, anil 1 speak from experience." It is the minister's wives who see the social side of their husband's churches, of whom men and women alike make confidants, who must perforce have wide experience thrust upon them and to whom, the country over, are carried a large share of humanity's troubles. RI.IX.A PUTNAM HK.VTOX. 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