754 CHURCH REVIEW.
WE are in possession of an article from the pen of Mrs. Marianna
Gibbons, on the life of Dr. W. C. Pennington, accompanied with
his picture which we will present in the next number of the REVIEW.
We regret that owing to our absence from the office it was overlooked
until too late for insertion in the present number.
The editorial in the New York Independent of Dec. 15, under the
caption, "The North Carolina Troubles," is the clearest showing of
unanswerable facts disproving the claim that Negro domination led
to the Wilmington murders, that could be made. The Independent
is a brave Christian.
WHEN DOES THE TWENTIETH CENTURY BEGIN
Leaving out all consideration of mistakes in chronology, the twen-
tieth century does not begin in 1900, as so many suppose.
The first century included for its completion the year 100, the
second century beginning with the year 101; so the second century
included the year 200; the third century the year 300; the fourth
century the year 400; and so on down to the nineteenth century,
which includes the year 900. The twentieth century, therefore,
does not begin till January 1, 1901.
Many fairs, celebrations, memorials, and Twentieth Century
movements will thus find themselves antedating by one year the
event they mean to synchronize.
THE NATIONAL OLIVE BRANCH.
There can be no reason for dissatisfaction at President McKinley's
overtures for the obliteration of sectional hate between the two great
sections of this country No class of American citizens is robbed by
efforts to cement friendship between other classes. Those of the
Negro race who tremble for their own status and well-being if the
North and South fully join hands, need to remember that no friend-
ship for the Negro based upon hate for another is a safe and valuable
friendship, and no protection extended to rebuke another is likely to