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HISTORY OF THE MICHIGAN FEMALE COLLEGE

AND A SKETCH OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF MISS A. C. ROGERS BY MRS. ELIZA C. SMITH, 1883

Hers was not that easy spirit of fellowship that contents itself with saying to the needy, "Be thou clothed, or fed, or warmed. " Her quick and generous impulses took active forms of helpfulness wherever a worthy occasion offered itself. No young woman anxious for improvement, but lacking means to meet the expenses of tuition, ever stated her case in vain to this true, earnest friend of all who wished to help themselves. "Some way, " she would say, "it must be done—you shall have the chance; " and during all the years of its existence the school constantly had among its members those who without any prospect of paying for their privileges except the hope of earning something by their own efforts in the future, were enjoying all the advantages of the most favored pupils. Gratitude and appreciation do not always follow such benefits, but those who do generous deeds find their best reward in their own consciousness of having carried out the idea of the human brotherhood; and there are many who. having repaid the pecuniary debt, will still acknowledge a life long obligation for the help received just at the right time, and for the bent which turned their lives toward higher and better purposes. How far reaching beyond all our powers of estimating is such an influence. Hundreds of young women coming at various times under the guidance of this great hearted, liberal minded woman, date from that influence a turning point; an awakening in their lives; and they in turn reflect upon their circle, wide or limited as the case may be, all the cheer, and light, and blessing that flow from a gracious enlightened womanhood. And this suggests what seems to me the crowning grace of Miss Rogers' character—her true and perfect womanliness. Some One has said that we especially admire in either sex, what is usually thought to be the predominant trait of the other—the tender heart in great men, the imperial intellect in great women.

MICHIGAN HISTORY


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