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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

The last work of her pen was an address to the graduating class of 1869, in which she held up to them as worthy of imitation the beautiful sketch of : he "Perfect Woman" in the book of Proverbs. To those who knew her jest, it seemed that this might well have been drawn from her own character.
In trying to fix upon a central point as the controlling trait around which other virtues clustered, it has seemed to me that her absolute truthfulness ind sincerity shine out with brightest light. A false pretense of any kind was abhorrent to her. She would not assume an interest or regard she did not feel, nor did she ever wish to secure such expressions from others. No one of the many who have been under her care, can ever forget the searching look of the mild, clear eyes that seemed to pierce the inmost secrets of : he soul, and to make subterfuge or evasion impossible. By precept as well is example, the surpassing value of genuineness in character and life, over all seeming was constantly impressed. She did not however practice or encourage that miscalled frankness that insists upon telling the whole truth, even when it may be both useless and harmful. When reproof or correction were necessary, her words were like the firm, unflinching touch of the surgeon, who hurts to heal; but with this trait were united a deep sympathy for those who had erred either through misfortune or fault, a wise patience, and a charity that could overlook many shortcomings and forgive all personal injuries. Her standard for conscientious right living was so high, that- like the best of those who have lived looking toward such an ideal, she often lamented falling far below it; but to those who looked up to her from a lower level, the path she trod seemed illumined with the light of Christian deeds of charity and benevolence.

MICHIGAN HISTORY


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