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Description of the Work at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Tuskegee Alabama, A
			
    After adjournment, cards, a foot or so square, given in large
type, a few simple rules drawn from the declarations, were dis-
tributed and each man was asked to tack them up at home. After
this the crowd dispersed and started on their long drives home-
ward.
    The Conference of Workers filled the next day.  These meet-
ings were not confined to the colored people; white and colored
were equally interested, and were heard without favoritism. Any
man or woman who had a thought to offer was given the oppor-
tunity to do so.
    Mr. Washington described the B. and L. Association of Tus-
kegee, (Dizer Fund), by which twenty-four persons had already
been aided. The fund was $1,500 in the beginning, and it is added
to frequently by the original donors.  At present it amounts  to
over $6,000.  From  $50 00 to $300.00 are loaned at a time to young
men and women who want to make homes for themselves, and
thus model cottages are put up in various localities.  He told of
the agricultural lectures given by their professors in the commun-
ities around and of Sunday Schools taught by the older scholars,
in which domestic economy had a place beside the Bible lessons.
    Mrs. Washington was asked to give some account of her work
among the women, which she did.  She was induced to start it by
finding that the women were not taking hold of the ideas for im-
provement as the men were.  The subjects that concerned them
more nearly were not discussed in the Conference.  She, therefore,
decided to have meetings for them alone.  She called one in the
town.  Six women came.  The plan was laid before them and the
six agreed to carry it out.  The women who come now to the
meetings number 300 on the roll, with a good average attendance.
The talk is of making gardens, raising vegetables and flowers,
making and keeping the home, caring for the children cooking
and any subject of practical interest.  They rent two rooms in
town and the meetings are held every Saturday.  Sometimes the
women sew while Mrs. Washington reads to them, or they dis-
cuss the subjects brought out in the reading.  The women are en-
couraged to bring their children with them, and these occupy the
second room, where they are taught sewing and cooking.  The
enterprise is now in good running order.  A large plantation, ten
miles distant, which  is scattered over with Negro cabins, has
been selected as a field for work.  Mrs. Washington first secured
permission from the owner to visit the people. She began the
work by collecting about twenty-five in one of the poorest cabins
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