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The Sabbath - School Association, which Maui, within a few days, it is arranged holds its Convention in June, has this year, that Dr. Baldwin, the last of your missionat its second annual meeting, given pleas- aries remaining in the pastorate on that ing evidence of life and vigor. Its mem- island, shall give place to a native minis. bership consists of the pastors of churches, ter, already laboring among them. Four Sabbath-school superintendents, and a del. American missionaries remain pastors of egate from each school. Many, however, churches on the island of Hawaii, but of the pastors and superintendents were their work is being passed more and more delegates.
into the hands of natives, of whom 12 are “ There were present over one hundred already ordained on that island.” members of this Association, representing perhaps 70 or 80 Sabbath-schools, located in every parish of the group. Much inter
North China Mission. est in regard to the manner of conducting Sabbath-schools was elicited, by the dis
PEKING - Northeast China. cussions, the essays, and the reports from
LETTER FROM DR. TREAT, May 6, 1868. the Sabbath-schools, which occupied the attention of the Association. An increase “Impressions.” In this letter Dr. Treat in the number and efficiency of our Sab- briefly presents some of his “
“ impressions bath-schools, the coming year, must be the relative to missionary operations, after six result of such a Convention as we have months' residence in China.” He writes:just held. The numbers in attendance “I have been, above all things else, imupon Sabbath-schools throughout the land pressed with the responsibility which is laid
have increased fully one third during the upon the foreign missionary, in view of the . past year a result owing greatly to the spiritual poverty which everywhere meets
attention paid to the scbools by this Asso- his eye. In the four cities occupied by ciation.”
our mission, there are more than two millions of inhabitants; probably not one in
a thousand has ever heard of Christ and LETTER FROM DR. L. H. GulicK.
him crucified. The seven brethren at presDr. Gulick has also written respecting ent in the field are endeavoring to diminish this meeting of the General Association, the number of Satan's adherents in this rewhich closed its sessions July 13th, after gion ; but what are they among so many ? “a very harmonious and active meeting of Where are the men to enter in and pos13 days." A Confession of Faith and a sess the land for the Master ? Book of Discipline, which had been “ “I have been greatly encouraged by der revision for two or three years,” were the evidence of progress in good things, adopted with “great unanimity.” Dr. Gu- which all the stations indicate, to some exlick states :
tent. The schools, for boys and for girls, “ Dr. Lowell Smith has resigned his pas- at Peking, are in a flourishing condition, torate, and Rev. A. O. Forbes was yester- the latter especially. Mrs. Bridgman has day installed over the Kaumakapili church, sixteen girls, who are receiving a thorough with very appropriate ceremonies. The Christian training. One of them has been entire pastorate of the island of Oahu is baptized, and two others are candidates for now in the hands of native-born inhabi- that ordinance. Five persons, since my tants of these islands, two of them be- arrival in December, have been added to ing sons of missionaries, and only one of our little church in Peking, and a very them being partially supported by aid from promising man has been baptized at Kalabroad. The whole pastorate of the island gan within a month. of Kauai is in native hands with the ex- “I have been greatly impressed with ception of Dr. J. D. Smith, who is pro- the earnest Christian zeal which our misposing to resign as soon as a proper man sionaries exhibit. I have rarely met a can be found, which may be in a few weeks. man who came so near my ideal of what So also, by a meeting of the Presbytery of a missionary ought to be, as Mr.
He is constantly at work for the spiritual remarks at Buffalo- that respectable Chigood of these perishing thousands, striv- nese would be shocked at many pictures ing, by word and by example, to draw and statues in art galleries in America. I men unto the Saviour of sinners. He has do not wish any pictures of nude forms, been permitted to do a great work for his or statues, or any thing that can be easily Master in North China. We pray that he construed to suggest indelicate ideas. In may be long spared to us, to aid in lifting Foochow the female form is always modthe veil which hides these suffering mil. estly dressed, except in the country, in lions from the light and the life which is some cases of female children. in Christ Jesus."
“A few years since, a helper saw a foreign picture of Adam and Eve in Eden, exposed in the street for sale, but it sug
gested any thing but the idea of primitive foochow Mission – South-eastern China. purity to the Chinese, who were ignorant LETTER FROM MR. HARTWELL, May 19, 1868.
of its design, and he tried to purchase it to
prevent its doing harm; but it was too high Making general statements respecting in price. This will illustrate why I give the condition of the mission, Mr. Hartwell the above caution. expresses his conviction that it has im- “I have sometimes wished I could get a proved of late — is in “better working picture of the Lord's Supper in true, oriorder” than it was some months since. ental style, so that people could understand Helpers are all in their fields and pretty about Johns' reclining on Jesus” breast, the faithfully at work; and something is done dipping of the sop, etc. Whiy must artists in the way of selling books and tracts, gra- put modern chairs, table, plates, etc., in tuitous distribution being stopped.
all their representations of the supper ?
Pictorial Illustrations Plates Desired. Benevolence. A quarterly examination “I have recently purchased 5,000 copies of mission helpers is noticed as having of a pictorial sheet published at the Pres- been a “profitable season.” On the secbyterian mission press, Shanghai, contain- ond day, essays were read, many of which ing twenty-five illustrations of Bible inci- had reference to the duty of giving for dents, with brief descriptions, and refer- religious and benevolent purposes, what ences to the places in the Bible where full was required of the Jews, what is to be exaccounts can be found. We sell these at pected of Christians, etc. — and Mr. Hartall our chapels, and they are a great help well remarks: “We trust the discussions in promoting the sale of tracts and books have done good. I hear that a subscripgenerally, and will ultimately increase the tion for the Board was started soon after, interest in the Scriptures. These can be and sums agreed upon to be given at sold at full cost. The Chinese like pic- monthly concert collections, communion tures as well as people in America, and seasons, etc.; but the result has not been I have thought that Christian publishers made public, and I cannot state at present could do a good work, at comparatively what it will be. I think, however, that little expense, and greatly aid the mission- some of our Christians give a larger pro ary cause, by donating to the missionary portion for benevolent objects than many societies second-hand plates, not too much patrons of the Board, who give of their worn, of illustrations of Bible scenes, man- greater abundance and enjoy far richer ners and customs, etc., which they may luxuries than the converts here would have on hand.
ever dream of indulging in, even regard
ing the proportional difference of station. The Kind Wanted. “ If you think this I have heard one of our helpers speak of suggestion of sufficient value to take any fasting one meal a day, for a few days, to means to promote the object, please be get a small sum to send to a poor man in careful to have good judgment used in the another city, and whom he did not know selection. Mr. Nevins was correct in his personally. I would not have you infer
from these statements that I think our wished to embrace Christianity, and of converts are remarkably benevolent, or receiving the various implements of devil give as much as it may be their duty to worship which they had brought. Two of give; but
you should understand the facts them had visited me before, and I had as they are, both the encouraging and the been once to their village. They are discouraging
from two villages about twelve miles east “I have frequently thought of a remark of Máná Madura, and have relatives in vamade to me last year, in Boston, that we rious congregations of the Máná Madura, must expect the converts from heathenism Tirupuvanam, and Mandapasálie stations. to do better than Christians in America in I rejoice much to see the influence of rethe way of giving; and while I think the lationship working to bring men to Chrisidea correct, I cannot but ask, as a matter tianity, because it indicates a degree of of justice towards our converts, how can thoughtful comparison of Christianity and we reasonably expect, that people who all its accompaniments, persecution inhave been denied the blessings of the gos- cluded, with Hinduism and its debasing pel for most of their lives, who have grown superstitions, and so an intelligent choice up under the debasing influence of a of Christianity, instead of an ignorant venselfish heathenism, and whose consciences ture in the doubtful hope of gain. These have been deadened through its influence, men say that their Pariah relatives in will at once, upon their conversion, ex- three other villages – one within five hibit in a higher degree the grace of miles of our house — are thinking to join Christian benevolence, than Christians
We shall see. who have been privileged to know the gospel from infancy, and have been edu. Giving Tithes — Providential Prospercated under its benign and elevating influ- ity. “ Most of my helpers, and some of ence ?
the Christians in the villages, have entered with much spirit into a resolution
to give a tenth of their income to benevMadura Mission – Southern Endía. olence. The congregation in Séttúr, in
particular, entered into a solemn agreeMANA MADURA.
ment before they planted their fields, last
October, that whether the return were (30 miles S. E. of Madura.)
larger or smaller they would give a tenth LETTER FROM MR. CAPRON, April 25, 1868.
to the Lord; and as a result, the Lord has
largely blessed them, and they have fulfilled MR. CAPRON mentions a tour in the their vows. Soon after their pledge it beitinerating work, during which he had gan to rain; and they ploughed their fields, some trying experience, and notices one and one Saturday sowed their seed. The village congregation which was found in heathen would on no account sow their a very
“unsatisfactory and discouraging fields on Saturday, and in fact lost sevstate.” Yet there are brighter things. He eral days before a lucky day came round. states respecting the region visited :- Meanwhile, on Sunday it rained, and the “ The leaven is so working in the com
seed which the Christians had sown germunity, that villages which have not been minated, and their fields were becoming visited by the missionaries, and very rarely green. At the end of the season, when by catechists, are not much behind villages the water failed in the tanks, the first sown where the gospel has been often preached, fields ripened into a full harvest, and the in the conviction that idolatry is doomed, later fields of the heathen came lagging beand that Christianity must ere long pre- hind. All this was received by the Chris vail."
tians as a token of the blessing of God
upon them, and at the time of the meeting A Deputation of Believers.
of our local committee in Máná Madura, return, yesterday, I had the pleasure of (March 4), they came with their offering meeting a deputation of five men, who the tenth of their harvest -- two full
6 On my
alent in money.
cart-loads; or some thirty-six bushels of be presented here. He had attended the grain, of various kinds, and worth at least annual meeting of the mission at Dindiforty rupees. A small quantity, I hear, is gul, had “ kept house" for a short time, in still to come, and some cotton, or its equiv- Madura, and then went, with his wife, to
the cooler hills, where they expected to
spend about two months, as a matter of Girls' School. “Most of the pupils of precaution. He writes : our station-school for girls are from this “In coming to India I am somewhat village, and it was with great interest that surprised. The people, instead of being they saw these offerings of their parents fierce and savage, are mild and timid; and relatives. The school is prospering, instead of being rude and impudent, are and is a very great encouragement to me polite and respectful; instead of being in my work. We have constantly the full riotous and drunken, are quiet and temnumber of twenty pupils. Two of these perate. In fact I have seen no fighting are of heathen parents, but both are now at all, although I hear some terrible scoldChristians, according to their own unwav. ing. They seldom come to blows. In reering opinion, and both have asked for gard to the use of ardent spirits, perhaps baptism. One of them prays like a true no nation on the globe is more temperate Christian. The other said to her heathen than the Hindoos. Another thing that father, lately, — “We must not worship arrests my attention is the temporal comdevils any longer. We must all become fort with which we are surrounded. I can Christians.
tell the dear anxious ones in America that “ Half of the school are large girls — we are comfortable in our India homefrom fifteen to twenty years of age — hard that it is cheerful and pleasant. to manage, and sometimes breaking out “ There is another thing that is noticeinto terrific quarrels; but their fierce tem- able, and trying. The influences of the pers are becoming tamed, and several are Spirit seem to be wanting. While all sitting at the feet of Jesus.
else is cheering, this sends a pang into
the heart. I would suggest (if it be not A Disappointment. “I met with a great presumptuous for one so young in the misdisappointment lately in seeing an intelli- sionary work) that the outpouring of the gent heathen man, who in a time of most Holy Spirit upon the India missions be dangerous illness was spared, as be him- made a special subject of prayer at the self believed, by an interposition of God monthly concert. Tell the praying ones in answer to his prayers, turn back again that we want the Master with us more than to his idols. I can scarcely conceive of cir- all else. God has blessed many of the cumstances which should call more loudly churches at home during the past winter. to a man to repent and come to Christ, Let them show their gratitude by asking but they do not move him. Since his own for the same blessing upon us." severe illness, he has lost successively an infant child and a little daughter, his favorite, by death. But he hears no voice calling him to repentance and salvation." Mahratta Mission — TUestern Endia.
(140 miles east of Bombay.) PULNEY HILLS.
LETTER FROM MR. ATKINSON, May 29, 1868. LETTER FROM MR. HAZEN, May 9, 1868.
Impressions of a New Laborer. Mr. As in the case of Mr. Atkinson, of the Atkinson reached Bombay in December Mahratta mission, Mr. Hazen had been last, and Ahmednuggur soon after. He but a few months in the field when he speaks of himself, therefore, as “an infant wrote. He gives some first impressions missionary,” but readers will be much inA few passages only from his letter will terested in his early impressions respecting
the field and the work to which he has derstanding what is said to us; but not
sure that we shall enjoy it much when able
in it. I fear that the statistics Hardships — Where are They? “Where may give a wrong impression of the state are the hardships of missionary life? We of things here. Numerically, of course, came expecting many, but they are not. they are right; but as to strength and Of course we are separated from dear ability, it is questionable. Many of the relatives, and many much loved friends, churches have very little strength, or pewhich is not as pleasant as to be always cuniary ability. I was much impressed with them; but I don't see that our situa- with this when at Kolgav, with Mr. Bistion in that respect is much different from sell. There were nearly all the members that which we should bave experienced present (about 17, I believe); some came had we remained in the United States. 20 miles, one man and wife about 16 miles, And had we remained there, it is hardly and two or three others from 6 to 12 miles. probable that we should have found such These, with two of the male members dear good friends as we have found here. residing at Kolgav, are teachers or cateWe have been made to feel at home, from chists, and, with one exception, in mission the very first moment that we landed. We employ. I hear good reports of them have done no more, in this respect, than that they are doing a good work for our parents did before us. Both went Christ. Only two male members of that west, leaving friends behind — the one church are not teachers or catechists; and from New England, and the other from you will see that such a church is not very Old England, and in the latter case, strong, and more than that, that the work they have never returned, and never ex- of the pastor of such a church is more pect to.
Such trials are very common, missionary-like than pastoral. The pasindeed, all the world over. But I mean tor, Gangarām, has much influence there. by trials those peculiar to a missionary. Although he is of the lowest caste, or As yet we have seen none. Perhaps we rather of the outcasts, during the late do not realize them fully while we are in festival that abomination of Hindoo the nursery. As far as I can see, they are abominations, when everything licentious but little different from those of a home is sanctioned by their religion — his moral pastor. We realize the promise of our influence was more powerful than the inMaster,' are receiving a hundred - fold fluence of the chief men of his village. now, and have the promise of the life to
Self-support. “You know my opinions
regarding self-support; I think they are Happy and Well. "I need not say,
as strong as you could wish them to be; after this, that we are very happy and re- but here the work has not been carried on markably well. The weather is hot, but on that plan, and the question is how to the worst, and indeed all that troubles us, get affairs changed. ... There are many is the lack of energy for study. Hot difficulties in the way, not insurmountable, weather is more easily endured when but still great. Yet I believe they will be one's work is varied, and not confined to overcome. I cannot believe the Lord has study; and we take comfort in the pros- brought India to its present position to pect that all our hot seasons will not be leave it to deism or rank infidelity. I spent in studying Marathi. So we hope, think great things are to be done here, at least. We have not made great prog- and probably before long. I judge from ress in the language. We cannot con- the
very manifest state of affairs, the loose verse, though we sometimes succeed in hold that idolatry has on the people, the making ourselves understood, and in un- inquiries — independent inquiries- of ed