Page images
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]

come for information concerning geogra- common even among the most favored phy, astronomy, and other sciences; they classes in Mongolia. One of his sons is come to see our white faces and foreign familiar with the Confucian classics, and dress; and to learn something of our cus- reads and speaks Chinese and Mongolian toms, and of the objects that have brought with equal fluency. us to this place.

“ This Mongol chief deplores the ig

norance of his own people, and admires Visit from a Chief. “Last summer we the skill and learning of Western nations. were invited by the head man of a camp, When I told him I had a brother who about eighty miles to the north of this, to I hoped would come to Kalgan to study come and spend a month with him. He their language and to teach them, he said, promised to put up a tent for us and to 'Let him come and live with us. We will furnish us with water, fuel, and mutton, teach him our language, and be will teach during our stay with him.

He had re

our children your language and books.' ceived medicine from us the previous au- When I suggested that our books might tumn, when we were living in the lower be translated into their language, he city, and when he visited the place again seemed greatly pleased. "That,' he said, be sought us out, in our present residence will suit us better than any thing else. in the upper city, spoke of the kindness We can hardly learn to read Chinese, we bad shown him during his previous how much less your language. If you visit, and made an earnest request that we teach us in our own language we may would visit him at his home. It was our be able to learn ; but Mongols are very purpose to have complied with his wish stupid ; we do not know how to learn; ere this, but our duties here have rendered we do not know how to do any thing.' it impossible.

He again said, that when my brother came

he hoped we would both come to his place Another Visit. “Strange to say, while and teach them. writing the last sentence I was interrupted by the coming in of a Mongol chief who Characteristics of the People. “Like lives about thirty miles from here. I had the Polynesians, the Mongols are a people not met him before, but have been ac

of simple habits and of strong social and quainted with his sons. A little more religious feelings; but they possess more than a year ago, when I accompanied vigor, both of mind and body, and a charMr. Blodget on a short trip into Mongo- acter more trustworthy and less weakened lia, we spent half a day with them. Mr. by excesses. Blodget was much interested in them, and

“We see many from Kuren, the old I think they were interested in the many capital of Mongolia, the home of Genghis things of which he told them. As he is Khan, and we are not surprised that, unwell acquainted with the Chinese, which der such a leader, they conquered Asia one of them also speaks fluently, he had and threatened Europe. It was under the pleasure of communicating with them their protection and in their service, that much more freely than I have been able Marco Polo, at a later date, came from to do. We have since met the young men Venice to Peking, where Kublai Khan several times; but we had not seen their had established his court. father till be called just now.

“ It is but a few days since a Mongol of my having visited his place during his called upon us bearing the name of Tami: absence, and invited Mrs. Gulick and my- erlane, that great conqueror who founded self to go there next summer, when he the Mongol dynasty, that held the empire would be at bome. He is known as the of India during the four centuries preGovernor of the Towers, or landmarks, ceiling its conquest by the English. When between this part of China and Mongo- the present Manchu dynasty gained the lia. He is a man of quiet and unassuming sovereignty of China, the Mongols were manners,

but of inquiring mind. He has their allies, and in consequence are still given his sons a better education than is governed by their own princes, and have

He spoke

nese.

In one

other privileges not granted to the Chi- that they are rapidly wasting away under

Satan's cruel reign. The Bakelies and

Shēkanies seem entirely given up to belief An Open Field. “ The Mongol lan- in witchcraft, and to the sanguinary work guage was reduced to writing five or six of juilging and killing those who are suscenturies ago, and they now possess trans- pected of being guilty. During the time lations of the Chinese classics, besides Bud- missionaries were located at Nongenănge dhist writings and a limited literature of they were able to hold this terrible supertheir own.

Their writing is alphabetic, stition in check to some extent; and not a and many of the people can read. The few poor victims were rescued through Bible and several tracts have been trans- their influence. But now, with none to lated, but the people have not one mis- molest or make them afraid, they carry sionary to interest them in these books, or on the work of destruction with savage to teach them of the Saviour who has come greediness and.fiendish cruelty. In about to open heaven to them. There is noth- every case of death, one at least, and often ing to prevent the most free intercourse two or three poor victims are cruelly sacriwith them in this place, and if commenced ficed. in prayer and faith, I believe the way will open for an extensive work among them. As I passed along in my boat, I freThe progress might at first be slow, but quently saw, on the banks of the river, when the truth has once made an entrance places where the bamboo had recently amongst them I think its triumphs will be been burned, and upon inquiry was told great and rapid.

that there the fires of superstition had “ Their language is allied to that of the been kindled to burn witches. Turks, and is much easier than the other place a wife had been burned for her languages of Eastern Asia. A mission busband, who had fallen in battle with can be commenced among them with less the Pangwes. In another, two persons outlay than is necessary in commencing had been burned for an old chief who had most new missions; for much preliminary killed himself with rum-drinking. In this work has already been done in the trans- way the remnant of these two tribes, left lation of the Bible, and the publication of by the slave-trade, are destroying each grammars and dictionaries."

other, and will soon be numbered with the departed, or absorbed by the more

numerous and powerful Pangwe tribe, Caboon Mission.

who, though cannibals, are not witch

killers. They sometimes purchase and eat (West Africa, near the Equator.) condemned Bakelie witches, but never LETTER FROM Mr. Bushnell, Sept. 3, 1867. kill their own people for the imaginary

crime of witchcraft. They quietly look Mr. Bushnell had recently returned upon this destruction among the other from “ a tour up the river, making repairs tribes with satisfaction, seeing that soon on the house at Nëngeněnge, and visiting they will occupy the places on the river Bakělie and Pangwe towns," to some which are being vacated, and come in extent. His statements respecting the direct contact with commerce on the coast, people, and the results and prospects of with no intervening factors to rob them of missionary effort, are not the most en

their profits. couraging, but should stimulate to more fervent prayer for the redemption of Trade and its Influence. “ Trade seemed Africa.

to be very active, and boats from the Eng

lish, Dutch, and French factories near us, Depravity and Superstition. "I saw were seen at almost every considerable much of the people, and my heart was sad- town, receiving ivory, India rubber, red dened by the exhibitions of heathen de- wood, ebony, etc., in exchange for rum, pravity and superstitions, and the evidence powder, guns, and other trade goods.

SO

And what was saddest of all, was to see “ This discouragement, which we many of these boats, and the factories in deeply feel, is felt to a greater or less exthe towns, manned by young men who tent by other missionaries, at Corisco, have been educated in our schools, some Calabar, and other stations on the coast, of whom have been and still are members many of whose former pupils and converts of the church. It seems almost incredible are now engaged in work and trade here, that

persons of civilization, education, and with little to remind one of their former a knowledge of the gospel, can prefer such advantages. But I did not intend to dwell a vile work to the service of the mis- so long upon the dark picture which pains sion, and effort for the salvation of their our eyes and hearts and tries our faith, people. But such is the native passion for there is light in the purposes and for traile, and the gambling kind of ex- promises of God, and comfort in the symcitement and hopes connected with it, that pathy of Christ the dear Master, who of all the hundreds we have educated, we knew all this when he issued ‘his last do not find one who has such a heart commandment, 'Go ye into all the world,' for the work, that for a reasonable and the gracious promise, “Lo, I am with compensation he would go and live at you always.' He is with us, and specially Něngenănge and try to do good to the near and precious when we are partakers people.

of his sufferings in labors for the lost.”

PROCEEDINGS OF OTHER SOCIETIES.

UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (SCOTLAND).

« Old Calabar. This mission, situated

on the west coast of Africa, immediately The annual missionary meeting of the to the east of the Delta of the Niger, has (Scotch) United Presbyterian Synod was five stations. There are 57 natives in full held on the 15th of May. The receipts communion, 7 having, during the year, been of the Foreign Mission Fund, as reported, baptized and added to the church for the were £21,260 17s. 1d., ($106,304,) and first time. There are 40 candidates, and the expenditures £21,727 17d. 78., ($108,- the gospel is preached each Lord's day to 639.)

One of the missionary periodicals 1,350 persons in their own tongue. Nearly of the Church presents the following sum- 400 children are attending the week-day mary statements respecting the foreign schools, in which six natives are occupied operations :

as teachers. Several of the native memJamaica. We have twenty-four con- bers also teach in the Sabbath-school; and gregations in Jamaica, and two in the it is gratifying to observe that they not Grand Caymanas. The two latter have merely hold prayer-meetings themselves, been vacant during the year, and have but that they itinerate in the villages, and not given any return. The table of sta- endeavor to communicate to others the tistics for the twenty-four congregations of truths which they have learned. This tenJamaica states that there are 4,684 mem- dency to evangelize, which they manifest, bers, being a decrease of 117; that the would seem to indicate that, with proper average attendance is 6,121; that there training, they may become useful preachare 470 candidates ; that the Sabbath ers of the gospel ; and both the Rev. Mr. classes are 298, with an attendance of Robb and the presbytery have been doing 3,445, and 296 teachers; and that the in- what they can to secure this result. The come for all purposes is £2,539 3s. 6£«l., most important event of the year is the being at the rate of 10s. 11d. per member. completing of the Efik translation of the

Trinidad. In this island we have Old Testament Scriptures, in which the three congregations, with a joint member- Rev. Mr. Robb has for years been laboriship of 178 ; 16 having been admitted ously engaged. during the year.

South Africa. We have now four

[ocr errors]

congregations in South Africa, three in treated. There were several inquirers; Caffraria, and one in the colony. These but the want of an ordained missionary four congregations have a native member- prevented the fruits from being gathered. ship of 307, and 95 candidates. Six na- One was baptized by a neighboring minis tives are employed as evangelists, and

ter. they are said to be faithful and consistent, “ Thus we have had, for the year 1866, working earnestly to convey the truth to irrespective of France and Belgium, eight their unconverted countrymen. There are separate mission fields; namely, Jamaica, five schools, which are attended by about Trinidad, Old Calabar, Catfraria, Aleppo, 200 children.

Algiers, Rajpootana, and China. These · Aleppo, in Syria. We regret to state missions have been wrought by 36 ordained that as this mission, after eight years' ex- European missionaries, 2 European mediperience, failed completely, both as a mis- cal missionaries, 7 ordained native missionsion to the Jews and to the Arab-speaking aries, 2 European evangelists, 12 native population, the committee, after much con- evangelists, 10 European teachers, and sideration and correspondence with the upwards of 100 native teachers; or, altoRev. Dr. Wortabet, came reluctantly to gether, an educated agency of more than the conclusion that it was their duty to 170 persons.

Besides several stations, cease to support it.

there are forty congregations, with an Algiers, in Northern Africa. This aggregate membership of 5,615; and 106 mission, now placed under the care of day-schools, attended by 5,464 scholars." the Union of Evangelical Churches in France, is supported by us. The missionary preaches in Algiers, and visits every

PARIS MISSIONARY SOCIETY. month nine villages, and has an aggregate audience of 200 hearers, the greater pro- Tas Society held its forty-third annual portion of whom are Roman Catholics. meeting in the Church of the Redemption, He has only eight members.

Paris, on the 9th of May. The President, Rajpootana, in India. This mission, Count Jules Delaborde, madle the opening situated in the British province of Ajmere adılress; after which M. Casalis, Director and Mairwara, about 600 miles north of of the Missionary House, &c., proceeded to Bombay, was begun in 1860, and has four review the occurrences of the year which central stations. It has, during the six had just closed. Distressing as had been years of its existence, been attended with the apprehensions of the friends of the encouraging marks of the Divine favor. South Africa mission a twelvemonth Eighteen natives have been baptized, and ago, the reality had transcended their some of these are persons of high caste worst fears.

The exclusion of so many and considerable attainments, and they missionaries from their former homes was are now proving useful agents in the mis- a sore trial to them and to their converts; sion. Five natives have, during the year, but the policy of the Boors was inexorabeen admitted to the church. One of these ble. They coveted the land of the Basis the high priest of the Ram Suehs, and sootoos; and so the spiritual guides of this two are from the elder girls in the orphan- despised and obnoxious race must retire. age. At all the stations, bazaar preach. No indemnity has been obtained as yet for ing, which presses the truths of salvation the heavy losses which the mission has sufupon those who reside in the vicinity, has fered. This dark cloud, however, has its been steadily prosecuted; and in the cool silver lining. The constancy and fidelity months of the year the gospel has been of those who had professed the faith of carried over a wide extent of country, and the Lord Jesus Christ are the joy of their proclaimed to many thousands.

teachers. Instances were mentioned as Ningpo, in China.

There is here a touching as they are edifying; and the few medical hospital, which was visited four brethren who reside in the unappropriated times a week by Dr. John Parker, aided territory are much encouraged in their by a native evangelist ; 2,851 cases were labors.

After a brief reference had been made ceeded 200,000 francs. On the other to the labors of the Society in Tahiti and hand, the expenses had increased, the Senegal, Count Robert de Pourtalès set disbursements having been as follows: for forth its financial condition. Notwith- South Africa, 175,000 francs; for Tahiti, standing the appeals of the Committee, 44,000; for Senegal, 20,000. It became the receipts were 2,000 francs below those necessary, therefore, to report a deficit of of the previous year, when they had ex- 70,000 francs.

MISCELLANIES.

TUE PARIS EXHIBITION.

Paris; and judging by the throngs of

people one always encountered there, few Mention was made in the Herald for places were more attractive. I dare say February, 1867, of the intention of Prot- several hundred thousand visitors were in estant missionary societies, the American the Hall from first to last, and many of Board among others, to make some exhi- them were people of intelligence, who bition at Paris, which should indicate what would report their observations to friends they had done and were doing for the at home. good of the world. The “ Exposition " has “ I really believe that the true objects now closed, and gratifying testimony has and workings of the missionary enterprise been received as to the value of what was were better disclosed in this way than thus done in illustration of the missionary they could have been by any other form work. M. Vernes, Commissioner for Prot- of publication.” estant missions, wrote to the Secretary of Another eye - witness states, that the the Board November 21: “It is highly condensed table of statistics of its operagratifying to me to be able to state, that tions, furnished by the American Board, every work undertaken on the Protestant in the form of a large placard, was copied mission ground succeeded far beyond our probably by hundreds of persons,

and that expectations. Probably never before, dur- the contrast between the past and the presing an equal space of time, was the work ent at the Sandwich Islands, brought to of spreading the gospel carried out on so view by idols, implements, and books sent, large a scale as during the seven months attracted much attention. of the Exhibition, and all parties have left In the building there were not only delighted with the result of their labors. museums of idols from different pagan In the museum, the idea originally sug- lands, sent by missionary societies, and gested of showing the former and the pres- specimens of Bibles and other books ent condition of the natives of the different translated by missionaries into very many mission fields, was rendered strikingly evi- tongues, but Bible and other religious pubdent to all observers; and I must here re- lication Societies displayed and disposed of quest you to return my earnest thanks to specimens of their books and tracts. It is the members of your Board for their im- said that two and a half millions of porportant contribution.”

tions of Scripture and four millions of Professor Joy, of Columbia College, New tracts were sold and given away. York, also writes respecting this exhibi. The friends of the Board are under tion of Protestant Christian work : “ I was great obligations to Rev. Dr. Eldridge, from the outset deeply impressed with the of the American Chapel at Paris, for the importance of such an exhibition as the unwearied pains taken by him in exhibitAmerican Board proposed to make, and ing and caring for their part in the Expodid all I could to facilitate it. There were sition. It would appear that his labor, few things more complete than the ar- and that of others in this matter, has not rangements in the separate building in been in vain.

« PreviousContinue »