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the work is grasped to some extent as one reads this number of the ERA, and one is really astonished at what has been and is being done and expended by our citizens towards intellectual and social progress. Our splendid choirs, our musicians, artists and authors, who contribute very largely to our education, blessing, and enjoyment, though so deserving, have received no attention. In agriculture, in mining, in manufacture, in happy homes, in natural beauty, and in many of the business interests which go to make a great state and a prosperous and contented people, Utah stands pre-eminently in the front rank of the western states; while in climatic conditions no other state in the Union can show anything more favorable.

We thank our contributors who have so willingly and efficiently aided us in preparing the information contained in these pages. Without their help the work could not have been accomplished. And now, to the visiting educators, a hearty welcome, and may your sojourn together and with us be fraught with benefit and pleasant memories.

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“Hebrew Idioms and Analogies in the Book of Mormon” by Thomas W.
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Improvement Era, July, 1913

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JOSEPH F. SMITH,
EDWARD H. ANDERSON,

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HEBER J. GRANT, Business Manager
MORONI SNOW, Assistant

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Hon. P. P. Claxton, U. S. Commissioner of
Education

Frontispiece
Education in Utah

841
The National Education Association, Its His-

tory, Work and Misison. Illustrated.. Edward H. Anderson.... 843
Residence District, Salt Lake City. Illustra-
tion

853
A Sketch of the American Buffalo in Its Pic-

turesque Relation to the West. Illustrated. Levi Edgar Young, M. A... 854
Accounting for Every Idle Word...

Edwin F. Parry.

860
A Story of Pioneer Days...

Jennie Leigh

861
Hill and Valley. Illustration.

863
Customs and Legends of Utah Indians. IV.. Enoch Jorgensen

864
John Ericsson Monument, Sweden...

867
Thorns. A Poem

Hope

868
The Artist vs. the Poet.

Alfred Lambourne

869
G. N. Child, Director for Utah of the N. E. A.

876
Education in Utah. Illustrated..

.Levi Edgar Young, M. A.. 877
Evolution of Education in Utah. Illustrated.. Dr. Geo. H. Brimhall.. 895
Scene in Ogden Canyon. Illustration.

903
Utah Public School System. Illustrated. State Supt. A. C. Nelson... 904
Organization and Government of the “Mor-
mon" Church. Illustrated

.Joseph B. Keeler.... 928
A Mountain Lake in the Cottonwoods. Illus-
tration

928
The Church Schools.. Illustrated..

Supt. H. H. Cummings. 929
The "Mormon” Finance System. Illustrated.. Bishop C. W. Nibley. 941
Educational Value of the "Mormon” Mission-
ary System. Illustrated

Nephi Anderson

944
Utah Agricultural College. Illustrated. Dr. John A. Widtsoe

953
Alfred Lambourne. Illustration

Mahonri M. Young.. 957
Supt. D. H. Christensen, Salt Lake City. Il-
lustration..

958
The Latter-day Saints' Hospital. Illustrated.
The Y. M. M. I. A..

Edward H. Anderson. 962
Editors' Table-Welcome.

Prest. Joseph F. Smith. '963

959

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