LAST YEAR we concentrated our efforts and had one General Convention at Put-in-Bay. It was both enjoyable and profitable and served some better than any other arrangement. For the present year, however, it has been deemed best to pursue a different course—to have a number of Conventions in various parts. The advantage in so doing will accrue chiefly to those residing far apart and to whom a General Convention would be too expensive, both as to time and money.
In pursuance of this plan we have already had the Nashville, Tenn., and the Jacksonville, Fla., mid-winter Conventions. That the friends may be able to order their affairs to the best advantage, an early announcement of the Convention arrangements for 1909 is requested and stated below. In it we have sought the greatest good for the greatest number.
Unable last year to spare the time for even a brief visit to the friends of Germany and Scandinavia, we promised (D.V.) to see them hastily this year. The routes of travel make it convenient to see the British friends again enroute, and this gives us pleasure, as we have many cordial solicitations. However, our time being extremely limited, we cannot do what we would. We must hope that it will be possible for quite a number of the friends to attend the London Three-Day Convention. Our proposed itinerary follows:—
Brother Russell expects to leave New York May 5th, on the steamer Mauratania, and he hopes to arrive at Liverpool May 11th. He will be glad to greet the friends as follows, as may suit their convenience:—
Liverpool, May 11 Stockholm, May 23 Manchester, " 12 Copenhagen, " 24 Glasgow, " 13 Berlin, " 25 Edinburgh, " 14 Elberfeld, " 27 Bergen, Norway, " 17 London Convention, " 29-31 Christiana, " 19,20 Due to arrive in Brooklyn, Orebro, Sweden, " 21,22 N.Y., June 8
Leaving Brooklyn at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, July 8th, our first stop will be at Memphis, July 10th, via Frisco Line. Leaving at 11:40 p.m. (Ill. Central Ry.), we are due to reach New Orleans Sunday, July 11, at 10:45 a.m. Leaving at 9 p.m. we hope to reach Houston, Texas, at 10:15 a.m., and, leaving at 12:25 p.m., to reach San Antonio, Texas, at 7:35 a.m., July 13. Leaving at 9 a.m., July 14, via El Paso at 8:30 a.m. of the 15th, we hope to reach Los Angeles at 12:45 Friday night, July 16th. We leave at 5 p.m., July 17, arriving at Oakland, Cal., 8:45 a.m., July 18. Leaving at 8:57 p.m., July 19, we are due at Portland, Ore., 7:15 a.m., July 21, Wednesday. Leaving at 11:45 p.m. we are due at Seattle Thursday, at 8:15 a.m. Leaving at 9:30 p.m. (N.P.Ry.), [R4343 : page 69] Sunday, July 25, arrive at Spokane at 10:50 a.m., Monday, July 26. Leaving at 3:20 p.m. (O.S.L.Ry.) arrive at Butte, Mont., 7:40 a.m., July 27. Leave at 2 a.m., July 28, arrive at Denver at 10:50 a.m., July 29. Leave July 30, 1:15 p.m. (C.B.&Q.Ry.), ar. at St. Joseph, Mo., July 31, at 9:30 a.m. Leave August 2 at 1:45 p.m., arrive Huron, S.D., at 7 a.m., Aug. 3. Leaving at 8:10 a.m., arrive at Aberdeen, S.D., at 11:55 a.m. Leave (C.N.&St.P.Ry.) 8:35 p.m., arrive at St. Paul, Minn., at 8:10 a.m., August 4, and Chicago at 9:45 p.m. Leaving Chicago at 11:45 p.m. (P.R.R.) arrive at Pittsburg at 6:05 p.m., August 5. General Meeting at Allegheny Bible House, 7:30 p.m. Leave 9:40 p.m., arriving at Brooklyn 9 a.m., August 6. Of course, changes of railroad schedules may make necessary some slight modifications of the foregoing.
One-Day Convention, Memphis, Tenn.
" " " New Orleans, La. " 11
" " " Houston, Tex. " 12
" " " San Antonio, Tex. " 13
" " " Los Angeles, Cal. " 17
Three " " Oakland, Cal. " 17-19
One " " Portland, Ore. " 21
Four " " Seattle, Wash. " 22-25
One " " Spokane, Wash. " 26
" " " Butte, Mont. " 27
Two " " Denver, Colo. " 29-30
Five " " St. Joseph, Mo. July 29-Aug. 2
Three " " Aberdeen, S.D. Aug. 1-3