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Atlantic Union Gleaner

February 1, 1905

Let Us “Arise and Build”

“‘Elmshaven,’ Sanitarium, Cal.,

January 17, 1905.

“Elder A. E. Place,

“Dear Brother,’

“I have recently learned in regard to the burning of a portion of the Melrose sanitarium. At first I felt almost overcome, but later I learned that only a part of the main building had been destroyed. I want you to see, my brother, that the Lord is good. Do not mourn over the loss, so long as the best part of the main building is saved. Thank the Lord that considerable of the furniture is saved, and above all, that no one was killed or hurt.’

“Can you not do something to arouse our people in the East to arise and rebuild the sanitarium? I feel a deep anxiety that Boston shall hear the word of the Lord and the reasons of our faith .... Let us regard the fire that has destroyed a part of the sanitarium as a blessing in disguise. The Lord is in this cutting away the objectionable portion of the building. It was a fire-trap, and made but a poor representation. After considering the matter, I said, ‘Amen, and amen. Refined and purified by fire.’

“Our people in the East are to do their part in helping to rebuild the destroyed portion of the building. May the Lord impress the hearts of those who have money to come up to his help, and assist in the erection of a building that will be wholesome and safe and convenient. Work to that point.

“I must close now for I am very weary. I ask you to do all in your power to help Dr. Nicola in the erection of the buildings that are essential for the accommodation of patients.

“Ellen G. White.”

February 1, 1905

New England Sanitarium

“‘Elmshaven,’ Sanitarium, Cal.,

January 17, 1905.

“Dear Brother and Sister Nicola,’

“I have just read your letter giving the particulars of your loss by fire. We are sorry that you should lose one penny, but the part of the building that burned was objectionable in many ways. When I first saw it, I said to some one, ‘If that part of the building could be taken away and a suitable addition put on, it would be a great blessing. This will have to be done in order for the institution to make a right representation.’

“I first read of the fire three days ago. That night I lay awake for hours. All the news we had regarding the matter was a short paragraph in one of our papers, and from reading it I feared that the whole building had been destroyed. A day or two later I received a fuller account which told us that only the old portions of the building had been burned.

“‘The Lord is good; praise his holy name,’ I said over and over again. He has mercifully saved every life, and has taken away an objectionable part of the building. I am glad that it has come about in this way. Had a proposition been made to tear that part of the building down, some would have regarded it as a great waste. Now you can have a suitable addition put on the building. It is an unfavorable time of the year to take up this work, but begin to rebuild as soon as you can. Be continually making preparations to this point. If much snow falls, I suppose you will have to wait. If I could help you financially, I certainly would; but I can not. I have had to borrow money recently myself. We must do our best. There is so much to do, and such a lack of means, that it almost looks as if we had to make bricks without straw. I will pray the Lord to open the way for you to rebuild in a way that will correspond with the rest of the buildings. I pray that God will bless all that you do, and that it may be well done.

“Ellen G. White.”

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