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  • Friday marked the closing hours of chautauqua. The forenoon afforded a brief resting spell, also time of preparation for the program finished by Ashland's federated women's clubs, and chief event in which an address by Mrs. A.N. Felts of Portland, state president of the mother's congress, who spoke on "Child Welfare Work in O...
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  • Friday marked the closing hours of chautauqua. The forenoon afforded a brief resting spell, also time of preparation for the program finished by Ashland's federated women's clubs, and chief event in which an address by Mrs. A.N. Felts of Portland, state president of the mother's congress, who spoke on "Child Welfare Work in Oregon." In connection with the federated movement, Mrs. Charles Strother of Yreka, Calif., exhibited a marvelous collection in the way of display of handiwork, performed by pupils who have been schooled in the much discussed Montessori educational system. This interesting display was the exposure of hundreds of interested observers, not through idle curiosity, but prompted by a desire to become boosted by the particular merits of the plan. A reception followed, held under the auspices of the federation and parent-teachers circles. An eminently social function which afforded chautauqua hosts and their guests an opportunity to greet one another and exchange courtesies.
    Friday evening, Dr. Poole of San Francisco gave a graphic description of the Panama exposition, vividly illustrated. Coming from an official representative of the big show, this feature was in keeping with the leading events of the assembly season. Last year, under like auspices, chautauqua was regaled with illustrated descriptions of the Panama canal, an event contemporary with San Francisco's great undertaking of 1915.
    To briefly recapitulate, chautauqua has enjoyed one of the best assemblies in its history. There may have been larger attendance at certain seasons, but not a more uniform one throughout the entire period. Not a single entertainment has been given before small audiences, practically every event having been greeted by a full house, a circumstance which has proved one of pleasure and particular significance to the management. The right hand man of Manager Billings has been Rev. J.S. Smith, who might justly be styled the father of the Southern Oregon chautauqua movement.
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