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The Pioneer School 

A HISTORY OF SHURTLEFF COLLEGE: 
By AUSTIN K. de BLOI5, PH. D.. LL. D. 



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BENJAMIN SHURTLEFF. 



Published 
by 



Fleming H. Revell Company, 



CHICAGO 



NK'W IfORK. 



TOR.ONTO. 



The Pioneer School 



"Sluirtlcff (."ollcf^e. llu' oldest educational institu- 
tion in the \\'e>t, was foun<le(l in iL^reat faith and in 
threat poverty : sustained for a .generation by the tni- 
nieasured sacrifices of a few consecrated, ctdtnred 
men; nourished for another j^eneration hy a slowly 
incre.'isiuiu" body of sui)|)orters. uiinisttMMnj^' to a 
mrowiu}^ student constituet.cx', sendini;' out }ear by 
year youni; men who ha\e since wrought larj^ely in 
the world. Dr. de lUois, who was president of 
ShurtlelV from 1894 to 18(^9, has rendered far more 
than a local or denominational service in i)rei)arinj4- 
a history of the collei^e. lie has placed before the 
educational public of the day, busy with the press- 
inj4" needs and problems of the ])resent, a fair, un- 
l)reiudiced story of educational bei^innin^s in a typi- 
cal western held. lie has reminded those who mijLjht 
otherwise for<;et that there have been educated men 
and trained teachers in Illinois for more than a few 
years; that the .growth of this ^reat state from a 
horde of emigrants and traders to a splendid com- 
m(»n wealth was not wrouj^ht without the ])atient 
labors of ^odly men who early cast their lot in the 
river towns and the backwoods for the sake of (iod 
and truth. It is as "the pioneer school" that Shun- 
leti'. with 1 )r. de I'lois for her biographer, will ajjpeal 
U) many readers of this narrative. We venture to 
say that few who care for the records of early strujjf- 
i;les for cidtinw with their humor and ])athos and 
luunble heroism, will fail to '^^^^\ this history absorb- 
inin". whether or not they have any personal interest 
in the particidar institution concerned. 



"I )r. de lUois must have delved deeply into the his- 
torical records, written and ])rinted. of the college, 
and more than that, he must have s])ent much time 
in research of .'i more difficult sort — studyinj^- the 
local traditions of early times, the jjcrsonal charac- 
teristics of leaders now deceased, the stories of ante- 
bellum days, l-'rom the late Dr. Justus lUdkley and 
other survivors of Shurtleff's early years he stained 
many facts that help to make the history complete. 
\\ hen one remembers how many of these pioneers 
have passed away within a decade, it is most i*'rati- 
fyini; that the i)reparation of this indispensab^ 
chronicle was not loni>"er delayed. '•' '■' * The 
collection of materials fur this narrative t2"ives evi- 



PUBLISHED BIT 



FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY. 



The Pioneer School 



(U'licc of the industry and conscientious zeal oi the 
author, to whom the work has been largely a labor 



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ow. ■'' * '•' Alto.qether, the v(»lunie forms a 
com])lete narrati\e of tl.e college (hnvn to i8(/;; 
C'lrefuUy compiled, imijartiall}- written, handsomely 
printed, and illustrated with many portraits of form- 
er teachers and students; worthy of the subject, and 
in e\ery way creditable to its author." — The Stand- 
ard. 



"These narratixes are -nterwoven and related in 
his (Avn i^entle but straight-ahead way by Dr. de 
lllois. i)resident of the colk\^;e from iXtj4 to i8</;. 
than whom no better chronicler could be found. ( )f 
])eculiar interest to the denomination, the narratixe 
is also in itself and to outsiders an attractive record 
of the historic conce])tion>. stayinjr power and deter- 
mined ])roi:;ress of men worthy alike to be called 
Christians and ])ioneer Americans. ■•' The 

author is to be coni^ratuhited on the accuracy of his 
details: the manner of tlie narration, producint;" a 
continuous interest; and the fair fame of the school 
which he holds dear and has ser\-ed so well." — The 
r.ai)tist I'nion. 

"A work of extraordinary interest. " * ''' l'\ill 
of instances of foresii^dit ; public si)irit. lofty i)atriot- 
ism. courat; patience, self-denial, heroism, romance 
and the victorious i)ower of hi_<;h ideals. '•' '•' '■' 
When any com])etent historian shall take in hand 
to tell what the small collei^es of the country ha\e 
done to preserve the I'nion. to itisure freedom for 
all. and to lay the foundations of the various edu~ 
cational institutions of this country this ehxpient 
history of .Shurtletf College, by ['resident de I'.lois. 
will furnish him with a y'oodly share of his best ma- 
terials." — 'idle C'hicajLio Tribune. 



"This chapter of i)ion('er educational history is 
well worth writins^". and i- well written." — 'i"he Ad- 
vance Chicago. h 



"President de lUois' narrative is i)hoto.nra])hic in 
its delineations. * '•■ .\ sketch of a typical 

insLilution. '■' '■' " A desir.''l>1e contribution to 
educational literature." — Tht , ork "( )utlook." 



PUBLISH. 



FLEMING H. REV^^^l OMPANY. 



The Pioneer School 



"'.)\ jL^rcat iiitorcst. * * '■' Dr. do lUois has 
doiK" his work well. '■' Xo omissions of mai- 

ler I'crtiiU'iU to tlu' ihoroiiyii (.■xjxjsilion of thi- siih- 
jc'ct. * -' i )cHi;lufiill\- prosotiteii.""— Christian 

"lloral.l 



■■'IdK'rc' i> a romanci- ahont the hcjuinninju's of 
Shurtk'fT CoHi-.^c' sncli as attaches to hnt few of onr 
eihieational institutions. I )r. de lUois has 

(lone a nctble work in his history, lie has j;ras])e(l 
the principles and has held them in \iew while he 
ijatherecl lo them the men and the work which have 
iL;i\en them brilliancy and force. The \-olinne can 
hardly he less than a classic." — The Jonrnal and 
.Mes;;ent:er. Cincinnati. 



"The l)ook is written l)y a recent president of the 
collej^e. who has drawn a ])hotojnra])hically minute 
and accurate pictiu-e of its life and ])ur])ose. its 
struj4"L;les and trium])hs. its work accomplished, its 
asjjirations and its ideals, from its foun(liny- to the 
])resent day."— 'idle .\ew \'ork Christian .\d\dcate. 



"l'"ormer and present students and friends e\ ery- 
where will welcome 1 )r. de lUois' history. '•' '■' * 
StU'Jents of llu' liistory of education will also tind it 
ti xaluahle addition. Dr. de IUim's has brought to 
his work a loxiuin" reverence for its traditions and 
accomplishments." — The St. i.ouis ( llobe Democrat. 



'".V inra|)hic narrati\e. Dr. de I'dois 

modestly says nothing' about himself or his own 
work. We had to look lonjn' before we could tind 
any mention of his a])])ointment to the i)resideucy. 
biU IMose who ha\e had the ])leasure of 

hearing Dr. de lUois preach in London will feel as- 
sured that his ])residency must ha\e hail a ])owerfid 
inlluence in deei)euin,n- the spiritual life and stimu- 
latiuii" the intellectual life of the sch(»ol. '■' ■■'■ * 
The narrati\e i^ marked by i^raceful ap])reciation of 
the li\es and characters an<l work of the man\ 
faithfid men wlio ha\e labored for ShurtK'lT Col- 
lege. It bears e\idence of careful research. The 
author writes con amore. The historx' is one of 
which the liaptists of Illinois ha\e reason to be 
proud." — The Times and l'"reenian. London. ( ( )r- 
Ljau of the r)a])tist DiMiomiuation of ( ireat I'.ritain.") 



PUBLISHED BY 



FLEMING H. REV ELL COMPAMY. 



A CHORUvS 
OF PRAISE 



\h. cr r.l(ii>" riTi'iU Ixjok, "'riu' I'loiu-rr Scln x )1," 
li;i> ])vcu ;iC(.-(ir(l(.'(! an uuiahk- rc''T])ti()ii. St'ldoiii 
flui's a w I •rl< iwrivi' siu'li lirarly and unanimous ap- 
l)n)\al trntn liir ri'atlint;- puMic. In ])r(i()f of ihis wc 
snl)ji»iii a l\'\\ irstinionirs lo iis wurtli. iwcix (,■(! 
(-•ntiri'Iy witln.ut si ilicilali' ui I'n im Ic'idini;- ck'i;L;\nu'n. 
I'ducal'irs. and literary nu'ii mT our coinitrx. 

■"A \i\id .-•inry." 

■'.\ \ cry hcainiful woik." 

"A -pU'udid ])iri'o n\ \\ iirk." 

"A nol)lc' st<ir\ well I M." 

■"ll is cliarnu'n^ly wiitlcn."* 

■"!'. IS as rnclianlini^- as a work of fu-tion."' 

"I Ik- anl!i(ir i.\inc(.'> |ioisr ,in<! rapaliilil \ ." 

■' riu' l)ook ou.L^lu to conmiand a nuicli wider rir- 
cuk'ition than llu' inunod'atc Sliurtk'ff constitncncv .' 

"Xow and tlun it is «;i\cn to a man to do a work 
tliat is tinislu'd. com])k'tcd. and kistinj;-. This l)ook 
is of tliat sort." 

'■ Idle author awakens interest at tiie >tart of tlu- 
; -ory and holds it all throu-h. The chafaoter 
sketches of Mr. I'eck. k'ather Loomis. the keveretts 
.".nd I )r. liulkley. may well a])ide lonj;- in any reader s 

heart."" 

■■ There is spiee enouiih in the hook — a \illain oi 
two as the curtain lifts — then the tribute to tiie an- 
nual detic!*. the dismisal of the missi(;nar\-, the ■hard- 
shell" governor, the snap-shots of the im])erturl)al)lc 
trustees, and the bit of keen analysis puncturinj;- the 
'Hand of I'aith' l)aul)le and all similar vaiiaries." 

Sent on receipt of price. 

FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY. 
63 'WasKins'ton St., 
CHICAGO.