This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905. Excerpt: ... FOREWORD The hills of Western New York were swathed in filmy purple, and the white farmhouses glistened in the sunshine that was ripening the golden pumpkins. It was vacation time in the village of Castile, when a group of merry girls with baskets of bright blossoms in their hands paused in front of Orchard Cottage, beautifully situated on the side of a hill. Tripping lightly up the white steps in the midst of the green lawn embroidered with lovely flowers, the girls entered a large, sunny basement room with windows extending across the entire front. Flowering plants and green vines and a picture of Frances Willard greeted them, but the warmest welcome came from Frances Bennett Callaway, their friend and the founder of the "Loyal Temperance Legion Flower Mission." The fragrant blossoms and old-fashioned flowers were soon skillfully packed so as to reach, in fresh condition, the children living in hot, dusty New York City; Miss Callaway meanwhile reading to her eager listeners extracts from letters from "Pastor Joyce" telling of the joy the flowers received had given the children and sick people, many of whom never had possessed any kind of a blossom, nor even a green leaf. For several summers this flower mission had been blessing the young people of Castile as well as those of New York. The girls on this special afternoon made plans for a Flower Show and Harvest Home Festival which was a splendid success, and which had an uplifting and beautifying influence on the homes of the town, and also on the outlying farms. In this unselfish ministry, Miss Callaway was aided by the late Dr. Cordelia A. Greene of the Castile Sanitarium and by Dr. Mary T. Greene, the present proprietor. Dr. Cordelia Greene gave prizes at the flower show for the best vegetables and fl...
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