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doing quite a business at chapel or church they have never had any regular deacons building, having erected three chapels of until this year. During this visit I have stone. The first was erected last year. ordained four deacons, two at the station They were aided in their beginning of it where the large church is, and one each by a Captain Davis, who was in at South at those out-stations where the other two Harbor at the time. They frequently stone chapels are. It was pleasant to us, spoke of his kindness and counsel in the and accorded entirely with our judgment, work. Soon after our return, they began that their first choice for a deacon was the second one, having already made some George, the man who lived so long in our preparation, in getting stones and burning family, and now the only living child of lime for it. It is three or four miles from our dear old King George. He inherits the station. The people in that vicinity much of his father's good common sense, alone having nearly completed this, on modesty, and noble generosity. I have the 6th of June the king and all the peo been thinking a good deal of him as posple of the island began another and larger sibly the man whom we might think best one, near the residences of the chiefs, on to ordain as pastor of that little flock, as the very spot where Dr. Pierson's house my visits there are so seldom, and will be

By dint of hard labor this was likely to be still more so. nearly completed on the arrival of the Morning Star, September 18.

Deaths. “It is an item of tender and dedicated October 24th, after our return touching interest to us, as we return to from General Meeting on Ponape. It is them and inquire about some of those who about 36 feet by 50, wall two feet thick, have passed away during our absence, to with gothic arches over four of the doors, be told that among their last requests was and is quite a monument to the industry - Give my love to Mr. and Mrs. Snow and skill of the people. A German cooper, when they visit Kusaie again.' To me, by the name of Hartmann, was of great these messages are as like to voices from assistance to us in making the door and the farther shore’ as any thing I have window frames, and also in forming those ever heard. It is wonderful with what arches over the doors. We are hoping intelligent cheerfulness, and even joyous some of our good friends at the Sandwich hope, some of the Christians enter the Islands will help them to boards for their dark valley. I visited a woman who, they floor (as they have only reeds now) and told me, had lost all consciousness, — did sash for their windows.

not speak to or even recognize her friends.

I had seen her but a few weeks before, the Church Meetings and Discipline.“ The very picture of health. As I sat down by church have kept up their meetings, Sab- her, and called her by name, she recogbath-schools, prayer-meetings, and disci- nized my voice, and to the great surprise pline, with nearly their usual fidelity. I of her friends, sat up, with her husband's say nearly, for it was not difficult to see help, and answered all my questions with

and they felt it as well as ourselves a cheerful smile upon her face. There that our long absence had not been for was no fear for the future, nor apparent their profit. It is only a wonder of grace anxiety about the five little children she that they should have run so well. It was was so soon to leave. Jesus was near and delightful to see with what interest they precious. While I was singing—Asleep drank in instruction, and how ready they in Jesus,' (* Motul in Jisus, motul mwo,') were to correct mistakes. For they seemed she lost her consciousness again, and recto be mistakes, rather than perverse wan- ognized no one after that. derings.

Good Influence on Sailors. “I am inDeacons Ordained. Perhaps I have terested in the intercourse of some of the moved more slowly than might seem best young men with seamen. They speak of in establishing some of the more outward one, a supercargo, who seems to have had forms of church offices among them; for a Christian education, and perhaps bad

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been a church member. Supposing the sowing of the good seed may yield fruit island was heathen, he began the usual unto eternal life. course of wickedness. Being ashore one evening, he happened in at one of their Hawaiian Missionaries. “ Here let me prayer-meetings, and was so struck with speak of my Hawaiian associates. J. A. the simplicity and earnestness of their Kaelemakule, upon Namerik, reports 147 devotions reminding him strikingly of readers, 58 who have renounced their home scenes that he gave up bis - heathenism, and 8 candidates for baptism. came regularly to their meetings, confessed Labor was commenced on that island in his sins, took part in their exercises November, 1864. Truly a good record. George acting as interpreter -- and left His pupils number 189. Rev. D. Kapali, the island, they hoped, a new man, or a of Jaluij, numbers 70 pupils; 40 readers; backslider restored.

11 who have renounced their heathenism; “ At one time a gruff old officer, when and 7 candidates for baptism. His field is the ship first came to anchor, treated a trying one, both for lack of native food, the Christian boys and young men very and for difficulty of reaching his people. roughly, wanting them to get out of his A large lagoon, and the population scatway, as far off as possible. One evening tered all around the atol. he also was ashore, and at one of their “We are planning to push out vigorprayer-meetings. What he saw and heard ously next year into the Radak range of there wholly changed his course towards this group, if we can get men to occupy them. Ever after that he spoke kindly to the posts. We hear very encouraging rethem, and seemed to love to have them ports as to the amount of population upon about him. From some things of this sort, the more northern islands of that range, I cannot but hope that they are doing good and shall hope, ere long, to test the truth to others than their own people. As many of these reports by actual observation.” of them can speak English quite readily, I encourage them to try, in all modest and becoming ways, to do good to seamen as

PONAPE. they bave opportunity. It is encouraging to hear them well reported of from time


1867. to time, by those who visit them. Their modest and retiring manners win re- This letter from Mr. Sturges is of earspect.

lier date than some others received at the

same time; but was doubtless brought to Influence of Ebon Christians. “ Our Honolulu by the same conveyance.

He Ebon young men (church members) are writes at different times, and from differalso exerting a good influence, in their ent places; but the letter, like others from way, upon other islands, of both this and the mission, is of much interest. Under the windward range. The young man

date May 7, he wrote: who assisted me in translating the Acts “We are still at our new place, on the into this dialect, went north with the east part of the island, and find full comchiefs, during our visit to Kusaie. He pensation for our exile from the comforts spoke in one of our recent prayer-meet- of home, in the hurry of work we find ings of his trip. They had worship morn- here. The people are all anxious to learn, ing and evening on their proa, during the and Mrs. Sturges finds more than her passage; and while at Namo, an island 100 hands full in her school. miles or more north of this, they (he and another young man, a church member)

A Communion Service. “We have just had Sabbath services, at which quite a returned from holding communion services number of chiefs from neighboring places in another tribe, on the north part of were present, giving respectful attention the island, where there are many church to all their exercises. He spoke of baving members who have long desired to come a congregation of about 300. Some of this to the communion, but could not, for want

of a church large enough. We spent a ple, there seemed to be no way but to few days among the scattered people, and assert their rights or lose all. I advised were glad to find that so many gather in our people to stand for their rights. Our their new church on the Sabbath. All chief, in a friendly note, demanded the our meetings were solemn; over one hun- return of his places. The king sent word dred partook of the elements of Christ's in reply, that he held the lands and love; six hundred witnessed the scene; should defend them. Our people sent to and though many had never been pres the Christians in other tribes, who made ent at a like meeting, not a smile or look common cause with us here. Soon a very indicated a sporting spectator. It was large force was gathered; and a note was especially pleasant to see the mountain sent to the king, stating that the lands patriarch' sit down with so many whom must be returned. He, seeing his weakhe had helped to come to Christ. ness, agreed to restore the places, and be

" What a change since he came over friendly; so the dread arbiter, war, stands to the Lord's side! Then he was almost still. We much hope never again to come alone; and a little band, met to worship so near a conflict of deadly strife. I think, God, were fired upon and stoned, by some and all think, a better day is dawning. of the very persons now so much inter- The Christian party is now a party — a ested. On the very spot where the meet- power to be feared. ing-house stands, I was near being overcome and robbed fourteen years ago. Church Building. “ Just as the warSome who were then ready to take my cloud began to threaten, our people comlife are now followers of Jesus. I never menced erecting a new church at this attended a communion service with more place, as it was not convenient for them satisfaction. Six hundred heathen just to go to their regular place of holding opening their eyes to the light, and so meetings, some two miles from here, and many communicants, made truly a pleas- on a very high hill. We are hoping to ant sight. We much desired to spend be in it in a few days; and our hea some more days in that very interesting greatly cheered at the interest the people field. They need much the presence of take in this, the third meeting-house they a teacher. The sooner the Doanes get have built here within two years. It is there the better.

wonderful to see these people — naturally

so selfish and indolent so ready to help Almost a War of Parties. “July 25th. us as to build a parsonage, 23 by 31 feet, Since last date we have been passing without expecting any pay; and then, so through exciting and busy scenes soon, commence work on a new house of and church building! I say war, for this worship. Is it strange that we have so has been the one great thought with our protracted our stay here, and have some people. For two years and more, the thought of making this, in place of our old heathen party have looked upon their home at Kiti, the head station'? thinning ranks with jealous feelings, and we have feared a conflict of their party At Home. * Kiti Station, August 17th. with ours. The king of this tribe has Home again! To know the meaning of long acted towards our good Hezekias, this sweet word, how one needs to be in who is the second in rank, as though he exile awhile! And thus we seem to ourwere a nobody, and treated him and his selves to have been for the last few months. people with much indignity. They have Yesterday I seated myself in a chair for meekly borne all insults, even to the spoil- the first time for months; and now I am ing of their goods — though they were writing by a large glass window, the clear three to one of the heathen party — hop- light of out-doors pouring in upon my table. ing they would be won over; but when we are no longer in a low house, with tall the king went so far as to take possession bread-fruit trees, like so many English taxof our high chiefs' lands, and commenced gatherers, counting our windows, and beto disfranchise all our chiefs and their peo- grudging us the free light of heaven! But




while we are so comfortable here, in this ship. He thought, however, that the conour old, sweet home, there are not the flict of parties would end without war, crowds of eager natives about us that we though the heathen seem desperate; the have had of late. Here, there are few who fact that they are so few and weak only desire our teachings. The mass of this rendering them more so.” tribe are still, with their chiefs, turning their backs upon us and all good.

“We are glad to feel that our tempo- LETTER FROM MR. DOANE, August 19, 1867. rary removal to another place was not in vain. We lingered there longer than we

MR. DOANE, also of Ponape, writes intended, and when we left we could not mainly in respect to his experience in belp feeling that even our selfish Pona- building a house for himself

, “on the peans may yet be changed into loving northern, or windward side of the island lovable Christians. They have done and;" an experience quite the reverse more for us, and done it more cheerfully, of that of Mr. Sturges, on the eastern than I had even hoped to see on Ponape. part, bringing to view not generous kindOn our last Sabbath there, we held com- ness, but the covetousness and indolence "munion services in the new church. All of native character. He found not only the exercises were solemn, and the meet- that they were not ready to aid him freeings fully attended. The meeting-house ly, from love to him or to the Master, but was well filled. It will seat some five that even those who professed to be Chrishundred, and will soon need to be en- tians were not satisfied with what was, for larged."

them, good compensation, and would not

adhere to bargains fairly made; but would Mr. Sturges notices the kind assistance stop work at the most urgent point perof the people in his removals, with his fam- haps, demanding more pay; so that, from ily; so that they had spent “more than first to last, the building of the house “was five months in the harvest-field, removing up-hill work — trying, saddening.” He felt to it

, and returning, with such household constrained to testify : “ It may be truly goods as were needed, with no expense.” said of this people, that they are a covetHe states that the heathen party, where ous people. They seem to have no conhe had been, were still unfriendly; that science or but little as to asking all the king, after “signing the treaty,” went they can get for what they have to sell, on arming and fortifying; and that one of or for what they do, whether it is worth the houses of worship had been fired upon it or not. But we labor in hope of better as the people were dispersing from wor- days and a better people.”



sup reports, will be read with great inter


Mr. Samuel JESSUP, of the Syria mis- “ There are a dozen or more missions, sion, wrote in December last, that he had or circles of stations, in visiting which Dr. been recently " surprised by a visit from a Wangeman traveled two thousand miles tall, portly, gray-haired Prussian clergy- by land. Commencing in south-western man,” who “proved to be Rev. Dr. Wan Africa, and coming on around through geman, Director of Prussian missions,” Cape Colony and Orange River Free [Berlin Missionary Society,] “a very State, visiting Natal, and calling on our warm-hearted man, who gave us a rich American missionaries in Zulu Land, of feast of missionary intelligence." Some whom he spoke in highest terms. of the facts stated by him, which Mr. Jes

A Wealthy and Liberal Native. “In tion, more than three years ago, which the Orange Free States, the Prussian mis- continues until the present time. He orsionaries have a station which they call dered every Christian to be killed, wherBethany, where they now have a town ever he might be found; and even made of 910 freedmen and their families, many it the duty of his subjects to kill them. of them being old Hottentots. When the This brought out very many gems of faith town became of some importance, the peo and trust. Blind Joseph, a middle-aged ple chose Adam Opperman, a freedman man, was a most devout Christian, expectof devoted piety and clear head, to be ing daily to be sacrificed. One day his their magistrate.” He accepted the office, father, still a heathen, but intellectually but ere long became the owner of a large convinced of the truth, came running to tract of land, a hundred miles from Beth- him, saying : “My son, my son, you will any, to which he removed. Here “ the kill me; for the people say I am believing Lord blessed him more and more in his and praying, and so the king will kill me; substance, and better than all, made him and all this because you believe and pray.' the instrument of converting his heathen Joseph replied: Well, father, if the peofather and one of his brothers.

ple say you believe and pray, why don't “ He soon built a neat chapel, as he you believe and pray; so that when the could not longer go to Bethany to hear king comes to kill us we will both be preaching, and now, four hundred hearers happy forever.' gather there whenever the preacher visits them. But Adam Opperman says, “I “Martin, the king's gun-smith, became a must have a missionary of my own, as we faithful and fearless believer, and being a none of us know how to preach. God has most important man to him he was spared blessed me with substance, and I cannot for a long time, and thus exerted a great do less than give enough of it for the sup- influence for the gospel. At length the port of one who will preach to me and to king gave orders that Martin must die, my people, and to all the heathen around.' and sent soldiers several times to kill him; He has built the church, and now he but they always failed to do so, as every has pledged as follows: ‘I will build a one about the king either loved or resuitable house for the missionary. I will spected Martin. One day the king fully give a large garden spot; fields for grain, determined to put an end to his life, and as much as a man can walk around in sent for bim to go out on a hunting excurfour hours; and two thousand acres of sion with him and a company of soldiers. pasture land. Above this, I will pay the Martin's friends told him of the king's purfull salary usually paid by the Society, pose; but he said, “The Lord will take and give the missionary full right to the care of me; I will obey the king.' When water - privileges in the summer.' Dr. they were out in the hunting-grounds, the Wangeman says the Society have just king sent Martin off to one side, ordering sent a missionary there, in order to com- his soldiers to fire at him; but they all fired plete their part of the agreement. This blanks. He then tried again, with indiman, with all his getting, seems to bave vidual soldiers, calling them one by one. gotten understanding. The Lord blessed Each had an excuse, either • Out of powbim, he is thankful for it, and wishes to der,' or 'Out of shot,' or • No flint,' or, as show it.

one said, 'I must get Martin to mend the

lock'; so no one was found to shoot him. A Persecuting King. In another re- The king could not do it, nor could his gion, north and west of Orange Free higher officers, as it would disgrace them, States, is a country under a barbarous Martin being of the common people. heathen king, Sikkakoony. After the While all this was going on, Martin had missionaries entered his realm, had been fallen on his knees and was praying. preaching for some time there, and had At length he came boldly up to the king made a number of converts, he became and said, • Why will no one kill me ?' At alarmed, and began a fearful persecu. this the king became very much troubled,

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