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there is progress.

near.

counts” from the Arabic portion of the March, 30 came to be examined for admisfield.

sion — “a most interesting company, and

all appeared very well,” but only 12 were Madura. Mr. Chester (page 250) pre- taken for the new class. There are 52 sents a striking view of " many labors” in pupils in the school now, of whom 11 are his mission, and Mr. Washburn (page 251) church members. Mr. Sanders now has brings to view some of the difficulties grow. charge of the training-school at Batticotta, ing out of long-established habits and char- and to this the care of the station has been acteristics of the people, but shows that added, as it was judged best for Mr. How

land to remove to Tillipally, in view of

the wants of that station, and in the hope Zulus. Mr. Tyler has again visited the that his health would be improved by the interesting station of the native missionary, change. Mr. Sanders speaks of some of Umbiana, and some account of what he saw the meetings during the week of prayer, and felt will be found at page 254. at Batticotta, as very interesting, and says

the relations between the church and the Gaboon Mission. Mr. Bushnell wrote, native pastor, Mr. Rice, are pleasant. March 18,.of a recent visit to Něngenčnge, At the two latest communion seasons, 15 where he was invited to breakfast by the were admitted to the church. In Februcaptain of the French frigate stationed ary and March, efforts were made to dis

He remarks: “ The captain has tribute the Scriptures among the people penetrated, I believe he said, six days' of several islands, catechists, colporters, journey further into the interior, from this and training-school teachers taking part point, than any other white man; but his in the work; 2,830 houses were visited. experience was similar to ours, that after At times the laborers met with strong leaving the sources of the river, the diffi- opposition from Romanists, and at times culty of carrying supplies through pathless they were greatly cheered by the earnestwilds, and other hindrances, were almost ness with which their books were sought; insurmountable ... As I stood upon that but the mass of the people refuse the Word border-land, and contemplated that vast of Life. region of unexplored Ethiopia on each Each member of the church committee side of the equator, extending eastward at Batticotta, after carefully considering to the Albert Nyanza Lake, recently dis- the subject, has “ resolved to give a tenth covered by Baker, I almost coveted youth- of his income,” and the church has reful vigor to undertake the work of carry- solved, as a body, to aim at a tenth. Mr. ing the lamp of life into that dense dark- Howland, removed to another station, exness, unfurling the banner of Jesus upon presses much interest in this movement, those torrid mountains, and preaching the and says he did not know how strong his gospel among those benighted nations. attachment was to that church and people, Those «regions beyond' are the most ex- nor how much affection they felt for him, tensive, and almost only, unknown field till he was called to leave them. ou the globe. It must be explored and Mr. Quick, of Tillipally, reports the adconquered for Christ. Who will come mission of one person to the church, by and carry the war into the heart of profession, in December. Africa ?

Dr. Green states, that since his former

report, “a medical class of nine has gradCeylon. Semi-annual letters, dated uated, and a promising new class of 12 about April 1, have been received from has been received.” He feels "greatly several of the stations of this mission. encouraged by, and grateful for, the very Want of room in the Herald constrains liberal supply of illustrative cuts" sent to the presenting of only a few items of him for his edition of Gray's Anatomy; intelligence, in this summary. From the and mentions his "strong desire for a set female boarding school at Oodoovillo, a of cuts to illustrate a work on chemistry," class of six graduated in January. In which he hopes to issue.

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OTHER MISSIONS.

Micronesia. Mr. Snow, of Ebon, whose is making progress. Some have given their wife and children are now on a visit to the tenth regularly, since the meeting last OctoUnited States, wrote in January, that he ber, some began with the present year, and had been for some time, in his loneliness, some have still more recently adopted the decidedly an invalid — almost disabled by rule. Others have adopted the principle, something like a carbuncle, apparently; but do not yet practice it. One gives two but had been very kindly cared for by rupees monthly, from a salary of fifteen. his Hawaiian associate and by native do- Pastor Modak paid me, a few days ago, mestics. He was better when he wrote, the tenth of his whole year's income in a and was at work upon the translation of lump. Those who give regularly are a portions of Scripture. He was hoping, on living rebuke to those who do not. Some the coming Sabbath, (the first in Febru. may perhaps harden their hearts under ary,) to receive twenty persons to church the influence of good example, by resistfellowship. Extracts of much interest from ing it; but most, I trust, will yield to the letters from Mr. Sturges will be found at good influence, and consent to know the

blessedness of giving for Christ.” Some

particulars are given respecting the cirNorth China. Mr. Goodrich, writing cumstances of members of the church, from Peking, March 4, mentions “a new showing how small a sum can be realized feature of interest in the school," in the even when all give the tenth. accession of two Jews. The small colony of that people, in the province of Honan, were visited in the spring of 1867 by Rev. Mr. Schereschewsky, of the Episcopal mission, himself a Jew, and now, "a number West Africa. The Record of the Presof them have come north and joined the byterian Board states: "A new station in various mission schools.” They have still, Liberia has been formed among the nain Honan, “a complete copy of the Old tives, near Marshall. The Presbytery of Testament, beautifully written on parch- West Africa, during their meeting in Janment,” but they have lost their language uary, at Marshall, paid a visit to the town and cannot read it, and “differ little, or of a native chief, which was one of much not at all, from the heathen.”

interest. He had built a house for a school

and a place of preaching, and was anxious Mahratta Mission. Mr. Bissell, writing to have a missionary sent to live amongst from Ahmednuggur, May 23, speaks of the his people." hot season, “ unusually severe," as keeping them mostly at home; but says there is South Africa. The Foreign Missionary, much to be done in connection with the for June, states : “Within and beyond schools; and states: “A larger proportion Cape Colony and Natal, four of the printhan usual of the students in the normal cipal English missionary societies, one school, this year, are not Christians; but American, two Scotch, and five foreign by the blessing of God several have al- societies occupy about two hundred and ready been brought into the church, and twenty-four principal stations, and emmore are hopeful. Seven persons were ploy about two hundred and seventy admitted to the First church, on profession European missionaries, besides native of their faith, on the first Sabbath of this assistants. This appears to be a large month. Four of these were from the nor supply of ministerial agency to meet the mal school, and three from the girls' school. spiritual wants of a population not exThese, with others received two months be- ceeding a million of souls. But it must fore, make eleven accessions to the church be kept in mind that this population is from the schools at the station this year. widely scattered over an area of more

“ The subject of giving a tenth for the than a million of square miles. ... South support of pastor, and other religious pur- Africa is one of the most accessible gates poses, is still before our people, and I think of entrance into a large portion of that

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continent, which is now estimated to con- their infant churches; and to require those tain one hundred and eighty millions of churches to sustain those native pastors souls."

themselves, in part, and ultimately, in

whole, at as early a date as possible.” AcMadagascar. The missionaries of the tion to this effect by the Presbytery of London Society in Madagascar have Egypt is noticed. One of the resolutions had their attention called of late, by a passed was the following: “ That the duty 6 budget despatch” from the officers of of supporting, from the first, these pastors the Society (as bave other missions), to elect, be imposed upon the native churches the importance of a native ministry, sup. according to their ability; the mission to ported by the churches. Referring to the afford to the churches such temporary aid progress of the churches there since the as may be deemed necessary; and that it long lost liberty was regained in 1861, be understood that the entire support of and to efforts put forth by the native the pastors be undertaken by the churches Christians, this “ despatch” mentions the as soon as practicable." following “results of the mission”: “90 churches, with 5,255 members, and 462 India. Rev. J. F. Ullman, of the Prescandidates ; with congregations of 13,600 byterian Board, “mentions that there were persons, in a Christian community of about sixteen young men in his theological class 20,000 individuals. You have 101 pastors at Futtehgurh. “More than half of them in and out of the city, and your people are very promising. They study with a have erected nearly a hundred simple will, and all of them are making progress.' chapels, during the last five years, at their own cost."

Burmah. The Macedonian, of the BapUrging the importance of self-support, tist Union, for May, states : “ Mr. Bunker it is stated : “ The Directors think it will gives these cheering views of the brightenbe an injury to the Madagascar churches ing prospects of the churches in Toungoo systematically to support, in any degree, District: • Now the churches are coming either the pastors or the church ordi- forth into the light again. Every thing nances. They will confine their outlay seems brightening, and God seems ready on the mission to the support of the mis- to pour out his Spirit upon us. Already, sionaries themselves. But they will be this year, 300 have been baptized, and prepared annually to place a small sum many more are applying. Education is in your hands, from which, in committee, also beginning to assert its demands. you may make grants to schools, to chapel Last year our school numbered 80, this building, and to schemes of evangelization, year upwards of 100, with 10 at the Thethe main cost of which is provided by our ological Seminary at Rangoon. The call native brethren themselves; and may thus for teachers has greatly increased, which smooth away some of the difficulties into we are wholly unable to meet as yet. This which they have been thrown." The call comes as well from the heathen as opinion is fully expressed, that “it is un. from the Christians.”” wise for English missionaries to take the The Missionary Magazine, (Baptist full pastorate of native churches, as such Union,) gives a letter from Mr. Bixby, a pastorate "checks their development, of the mission to the Shans, in which and keeps them in a state of pupilage.” he says: “I have just returned from

nearly a month's tour on the mounEgypt. The Missionary Trumpet tains, in the course of which I visited six (United Presbyterian) - states, respect- chapels and several other villages, preaching the mission of that denomination in ing the gospel, confirming the churches, Egypt: “It is very interesting to observe counseling the assistants, and baptizing that, simultaneously with similar action believers. I baptized thirteen at Kyah by other missions in other lands, this mis- Maing, among them the chief of the Kyah sion in Egypt is taking the most vigor- Maing district, and the chief of the Kyah ous measures to settle native pastors over Maing village. The Lapet Ing people are building a new chapel, and there are seve greatly needed. He is supported in part eral candidates for baptism. The same is by his own means.” true of Shway-nau-ghyee....

“I have never wavered in my belief Japan. The Record, of the Presbytethat it is God's purpose to introduce the rian Board, for July, states: " In Japan, gospel to the Shan tribes through these Dr. Hepburn, April 24th, reports the bapmountaineers. The light which God gives tism of two young Japanese. They are me upon this path is too clear and positive both married men, belong to the Samuria to allow me to waver. Every year the class, or gentry, are intelligent, and forwork advances, and bids fair to get a foot- merly attended our English school. They hold in the Shan territory.

have been industrious students of the Bible “Our aim should be the evangelization in English, and seem to understand clearly, of the Shan country, not simply the Shan and to have a true love for its great truths. race, — for the tribes are many. Already We hope they may yet become preachers we are working beyond the English fron- of the gospel to their countrymen. This is tier; and if there were a Burman mission- our great desire, to raise up men to preach ary to take charge of the Burmese depart- the gospel; and our daily prayer.”” ment at Toungoo, I would at once move on to the frontier, where the tribes are Presbyterian Board. The Foreign Misready to receive us with open arms.

sionary, for June, in assigning causes for “I do not mean by this that they are

an increased expenditure, presents briefly ready to become Christians. They do the progress of that Board's missions and not know the truth well enough for that work within the last ten years. It states : yet; but they are ready to receive teach. “In this decade, the stations of the Board ers and help support them, and they are have increased from 41 to 62; the missionready to aid us in going to “the regions aries, including missionary physicians, from beyond.""

58 to 83; ordained natives and licentiates,

from 4 to 22; the increase in the total of China. The (Presbyterian) Record, these laborers, from 62 to 105; the native reports the admission of six persons to the helpers from 65 to 179 — or an increase in mission church at Shanghai in April last, the total number of laborers from 127 to and notices " a beginning at Suchow," as 284. Communicants bave increased from follows: “Suchow is a large city in the a little over 700 to 1,616.... Two new province of Kiangsu, China, situated nearly missions have been formed, one in Japan eastward from Shanghai, which is in the and the other in Brazil, and with the exsame province. In this city, Mr. Charles ception of the Indian tribes, and a slight Schmidt is conducting missionary work un- decrease in the Jewish mission, nearly der peculiar and interesting circumstances. every other mission has doubled its exReaching China from Europe some years penditures; or where the Board approago, he entered into military service among priated in 1857–8, $104,170, the payments the natives, became colonel of an imperial have been in 1867–8, $244,271. But inregiment, and gained credit for his energy cluding the Indians and Jews, the payand success. At the end of the rebellion, ments of the foreign work in the former he spent some time in mercantile business, period, were $140,949, and the last year, losing most of the property he had acquired. $256,081.” In the mean time he had married a Chinese wife. He was brought afterwards, as it is hoped, to a saving knowledge of our blessed

EMBARKATIONS. Lord, and received as a member of our church in Shanghai – as also his wife. Rev. Thomas W. Thompson, of WorAnd now he is earnestly laboring to make cester, Mass., sailed from New York July Christ known to the Chinese in the city 9, for Panama, on the way to San Franwhere formerly he had been engaged in cisco and China; to join the North China battles, and where missionary laborers are mission. Mr. Thompson was educated at Dartmouth College and Andover Theo- Bitlis. They were accompanied by Misses logical Seminary, and has already spent Charlotte E. and Mary A. C. Ely, of something more than one year at Kana- Cheektowaga, Erie County, N. Y., who gawa, Japan, and one year and eight are to join them in their work at Bitlis, months at Canton, China, teaching, and Miss Jennie Dean, of Detroit, Mich., on studying the Japanese and Chinese lan- the way to Oroomiah, to join the Nestoguages.

rian mission, and Miss Rebecca D. Tracy, Rev. Messrs. L. T. Burbank and C. of Andover Mass., who goes to join her Knapp, of the Eastern Turkey mission, sister, Mrs. Livingston, in missionary labor sailed from New York for Liverpool, July at Sivas, Western Turkey mission. 11, with their families, on their return to

FOR THE CHILDREN.

LETTER FROM HARPOOT, EASTERN TURKEY.

ple think it hard that you cannot spend

the money that is given you, or which you DEAR CHILDREN, — The other day I earn, just as you please; that is, as children read in the Missionary Herald, that you usually spend their money. But what do had given for “ Mission Schools,” during you suppose Jesus thinks about it? the year 1867, almost $14,000, besides the Let me tell you a little story. There $28,000 you collected a year ago for the was once a little boy whose mother had new " Morning Star.” Well done for the died, and he often saw his father very children! I exclaimed, and turning to some sad. They lived in a foreign land, among friends, I asked if they knew how much a strange people, and had few friends to money our little friends at home had given comfort them. One day this little boy for Christ.

“ Yes,” said one, “but they came to wish his papa a happy new year. spend more than that every year,

for There are no more happy new years for candy!”

me,” said his father, sadly. The little fel. Can this be true, dear children? I do low went away with his own heart full of not wish to believe it. I don't like to sorrow, and of desire to show his poor think, even, that you beg money from father some token of love. Pretty soon your parents for the missionary-box, and he came back and presented him with a keep your pennies for yourselves. I am picture. It was one of those you often see sure some of you do not, for you love the pasted upon linen, worthless in itself, yet dear Jesus too well to treat him so meanly. the most precious and prized of all the When you make him a present, you wish dear boy's treasures. With a burst of to give him something of your own — some- tears he laid it in bis father's hand, saying, thing which you could keep, and spend for " I'm so sorry for you, papa!" yourselves, but because you love Christ Do you think his father scorned that more than yourselves, you had rather go proof of his dear boy's love ? No, indeed. without and give it to him. Is it not so ? He said, in telling the story: “I knew what

Now suppose you all count up the pen- a struggle it cost the child to part with it nies, dimes, and half-dimes which were that nothing but his love for me made him yours last year, and see how many of do it -- and for that reason the little gift them you spent for candies and playthings, became very precious to me. I have kept and how many you gave to Jesus. it in my desk for many years, and I never

But why should you deny yourself to look upon it without seeing also that dear give to Christ? Is he not rich? Does little weeping face and those quivering he really need the children's pennies to lips, and it tells me how much he loved carry on his work ? Perhaps you some- me." And so, dear children, will Jesus times think these questions, if you do not prize your little gifts and self-denials, as ask them; and it may be some older peo- tokens of your love for him.

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