MISS F.J. ROSS, M.A.
Miss Ross’s elocution was exquisite, but above all the spirituality of tho speaker moved her whole audience. One little but notable circumstance could not have been without influence at such a moment. The convenor of the special committee who watch over the new educational enterprise of the Church'introduced Miss Ross to the Moderator of the Synod ns “ the daughter of a pioneer farmer in North Otago, who for many years had represented in tho General Assembly ibe kill: session of Otepopo. This venerable man had created traditions of private and parochial influence that would remain for generations. Mr Angus Ross was an elder of the historic type,'as well as a theologian of not a little learning and acumen.” It now appears that his term of office in tho Assembly extended over 40 years. Ho passed away since the Inst meeting of the Assembly at Christchurch, so that this was the first meeting of the supreme court of the Church at which the familiar figure of Angus Boss had not been present. In being officially welcomed as Principal of Columba College Miss Ross was really entering into her father’s place to continue in her generation—if on a wider horizon—his work of faith and labor, of love and patience, • f hope. A worthy daughter of a worthy sire, and all educationists who know the value of her life’s labors rejoice with the convener of the committee that the Church has found for her an atmosphere so much to her taste, and a field of intellectual activity so capable of yielding a rich garnering. LADY WHO WAS FOUGHT FOR. Leeds (England) has just lost its oldest inhabitant by the death of Miss Maria Forster, who had attained the age of 102 years. She was born on March 12, 1802, and, having lived in* the reign of six sovereigns, had a fund of reminiscences. Bom at Tickhill. near Doncaster, she lived nearly all her life in Yorkshire. She could tell with actual experience of mail coaches and highwaymen, and in her recollections of horse racing she was able to speak of St. Leeers that she had seen run_ in the early thirties. She had thO' distinction—a distinction, however, which caused her much grief—of being one of the last women in England for whom a duel was fnught._ “ Ofttimes there were affairs of honor," she once said, “ but ns a rule when two men fought they fired their pistols where they would do no harm, and honor was satisfied. Pint one day near my home two men—cousins —came out with their seconds to fight, they fought seriously, and one of the poor fellows was killed. It was the same old story. They were rivals in love, and it was for mo that they fought. Ah, mo, j l ® "’ ns a flue fellow, the one who was killed, and my life would have been very different bat for that tragedy. The one I loved was killed, but’’—after a long pause 'I shall so-m be with him now." She remained faithful to his memory for over 80 years.
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MISS F.J. ROSS, M.A., Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914