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CAPTAIN REYNOLDS ON THE HAWAIIAN MIS
the statements of Bishop Staley, of the
“ Reformed Catholic” mission, " pronouncAt a meeting of the Suffolk Conference ing the American mission at the Sandwich of Unitarian and other Christian Churches, Islands to be a failure,” and charging it in Horticultural Hall, Boston, a few weeks with making the people worse, morally, since, “ for the purpose of considering the than they were in their heathen days,” he American Unitarian Association's mission- said: “It is with a sense of shame for my ary work in India,” Mr. William T. Brig- kind that I feel compelled to allude, upon bam, of Boston, who went out some time this occasion, to such an extraordinary since to explore the geology of the Sand- statement, coming from such a source. If wich Islands, is reported to have said, that it could be true, or even near the truth, " his own opposition to foreign missionary the cause of missions might well be abanwork had given way when he had wit- doned all over the earth; but the common nessed how a small band of missionaries phases of Hawaiian life give to it a denial; had raised the barbarous people of the the mission of the Morning Star, in carrySandwich Islands. Their work was the ing Hawaiian pastors to evangelize other grandest example of foreign missionary isles gives it a denial; the scenes of yeswork which the world had ever seen." terday and of to-day give to it a denial.
Turn which way you will, there is nothing to be found in its support. Indeed the wickedness of this assertion is only to be
equaled by its folly. Puritanism and imDuring the meeting of the Hawaiian morality have never been allies in any Evangelical Association, in June last, at shape, and all the assertions of all the one of the sessions, Captain Reynolds, of Bishops of Christendom cannot make it the U. S. war vessel Lackawanna, was appear that the American missionaries at present and addressed the meeting. In these islands have afforded an exception publishing his remarks, the editor of the to the rule. The most complete defense Honolulu Friend says:
- No one is more of this American mission, it it needs one, competent to state the facts which he does, is to be found at this day in these facts : as in 1839-42 he accompanied Lieutenant that an Hawaiian monarch is still upon Wilkes in bis Exploring Expedition, and the throne, with his people and some thouvisited nearly every group of islands in sands of foreigners living together in peace the Pacific, saw the natives in their own and security, while the Marquesas, Tahiti, countries, under various forms of religious and New Zealand have long since lost teaching, and from personal observation their native kings; that the Hawaiians makes his own comparisons. Coming from are an educated people, and the churches such a source, the following statements and schools fully attended throughout the will carry weight wherever they may be group; that many Hawaiians are in the read in any part of the civilized world.” ministry ; that some are at work as mis
The "comparisons” referred to were sionaries at other isles, to the south and partly of the past with the present at the to the west ; that others are successfully Sandwich Islands; and partly, also, of the teaching their younger kindred in the results attained by missionary operations schools of the kingdom ; that the moral in different groups of islands. Upon this and social condition of the people correlast point Captain R. stated : “I am not sponds with the advancement of their eduaware that any cotemporaneous mission in cation ; that no civil or religious wars have the Pacific, or any mission established at a taken place since the advent of the Amerlater day in this ocean, has had so great a ican mission, in 1820; and that, as is fully measure of success attendant on its efforts, apparent to any truthful observer, the as has been the case among Hawaiians un- Hawaiians generally love and respect the der the instruction of the missionaries from American clergymen and teachers, who the United States."
have devoted their lives to the improveAt the close of his address, alluding to ment of the Hawaiian race.
“I do not for a moment suppose that the hard ground under a broiling sun, at you, my countrymen of the American mis- midday; while as many women were maksion, require a word of support from me. ing the circuit of the temple, prostrating You can safely rely upon your position, themselves to the ground at each step as which is impregnable, as it stands upon they allvanced. And these performances the sure foundation of truth, and cannot are repeated for ten or twelve days in be disturbed by the slanders of your ene- succession, with other ceremonies equally mies. But as it is my good fortune to senseless. be present upon this interesting occasion, “ These ceremonies are performed, genas I have been for so many years a wit- erally, in fulfillment of vows made in times ness of your good deeds and an observer of sickness and trouble. The number of of their excellent results, I could not say persons who are thus fulfilling vows is apless than I have said. I will close with parently much larger this year than usual. the hope that you will neither be dismayed Several have visited the temple walking por discouraged by opposition from any upon spiked sandals, bearing their offerquarter; and that still faithfully supported ings. It is difficult to understand how it by the American Board of Commissioners is that this system of heathenism, so defor Foreign Missions, and sustained by the grading to humanity and so dishonorable admiration and by the best wishes of all to God, retains so strong a hold upon the good men of your own and of every coun- minds of the people, after fifty years of try, you will persevere in your Christian missionary labor. If it was sustained only work unto the end."
by the rude and ignorant, who dwell in places far removed from Christian intiuences, it would excite little surprise; but
many who are educated at least counEXISTING IDOLATRY IN CEYLON,
tenance these heathen practices by their Mr. Hastings, of the Ceylon mission, presence, and contribute to sustain them. writing from Manepy, April 3, in connec- Few intelligent men would probably attion with statements respecting the recent tempt to defend them; and many acknowlfearful prevalence of the cholera, refers to edge their folly, while doing nothing to the continued worship of idols, even by prevent them. intelligent people, as follows: “It is sur- “Much has been expended, during this prising how completely this people are in visitation of cholera, for extra ceremonies bondage to their superstitions, and how at the heathen temples and for ceremonies they cling to their vain and foolish cere- for the dead. I have heard a native estimonies. We can account for it on no mate the expenditure as high as £12,000, other ground than that they love darkness — $60,000 !" rather than light, because their deeds are evil. Yesterday, having occasion to go up into the tower of our church, I looked
COST OF MISSIONS AND OF “STRONG DRINK." down upon the heathen temple opposite, and saw men, women, and children en- A SPEAKER at the last May annivergaged in their senseless performances, and sary of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, my heart was pained at the sight. A in London, made the following statements wooden god, fastened upon the back of a and appeal : wooden image of a bull, with a large red " Who dare say that we have done umbrella spread over it, was carried about enough? We talk of what we have done the temple, within the inclosure, accompa- in England during the last year for Chrisnied with music, by men who claim to be tian missions; but what have the working intelligent. Following it were more than men of Manchester done in another dia hundred men and boys, prostrate upon rection ? One of the principal officials in the ground, each with his feet crossed and Manchester lately made this statement as hands extended over the head, clasping a to the doings of the working men there, cocoanut, rolling with great difficulty on and I hope that everybody here will understand it. One of the highest public offi- the world. Done enough! What, when cers in Manchester made this statement we give 88,000,0001. to Bacchus! Done the other day, that the working men of enough! When, instead of 5s. per head, Manchester and Salford alone spent 250,- as to the missionary cause, the average 000l. every year of their lives, on Satur- expended in strong drink, by man, woman, days and Sundays alone, in strong drink! and child, Christian and teetotaller, altoHere then we have three times as much get her amounts to 31. a bead! Let us money spent as the whole Methodist body have the 31. a bead, and I undertake to are spending in the effort to convert say there will be plenty of men.”
public addresses and in other ways, to HOME PROCEEDINGS.
deepen the interest of the young men in The map presented in connection with the work abroadl, and to lead some among the Annual Survey,” and prepared ex
them to consecrate themselves to that pressly for this number of the Herald, work. brings to view on a single field, all the stations of the Board in the three Turk- A friend of the Board, in a small town in ish, the Syrian, and the Nestorian mis- central Illinois, to whom many thanks are sions, thus presenting more clearly than due for his generosity, writes to the publishin the sectional maps printed last year, ing agent of the Herald as follows: “ Last their positions in relation to each other spring, in a communication addressed to and to well-known places. Some of the you, I favored a wide diffusion of the more important districts, or general divis- Heralıl, with a view to elicit a deeper inions of the country, in Turkey and Per- terest in the cause of missions, and intisia, the more important cities and towns, mated a design to forward a mite for that mountain ranges, rivers, &c., are desig- end, — or rather to help make up the denated ; but very many names could not ficiency of those unable to pay. For that be introduced without too much filling purpose please find inclosed check on New up so small a map. The names of most York for $100, payable to your order.” of the mission out - stations therefore will Small sums bave been received from not be found. For general purposes it is others for the same purpose, and can sufficient to know that these are in the always, it is believed, be well employed. vicinity of the stations with which they are connected. The attempt to give the pronunciation of the names of stations, and to define their location, in all the missions, is repeated in the “Survey,” from The custom of observing a week early that of last year.
in January, from year to year, as a week
of united prayer for special objects, by In accordance with the action of the Christians of all lands, originated a few Board at its last annual meeting, Secreta- years since (1860), and was first suggested ries Treat and Clark have already visited by missionaries in India, with some parAmherst, Dartmouth, and Yale Colleges, ticular reference to the missionary work, Andover and New Haven Theological and the need of special influences of the Seminaries, and one of them the Seminary Holy Spirit to make that work successful. at Hartford. In each case one of the mis- The week has been observed with much sionaries now in this country was present interest at the various stations of our misalso, and they spent a Sabbath at each sions, on each year since that time, and place excepting Hartford, endeavoring, by often, as in several cases last year, with
THE WEEK OF PRAYER.
very happy results in mission fields; revi- Central Turkey. Rev. Lucien H. Adams, vals of more or less power commencing of Adana, and Miss Nancy D. Francis, of then. The programme for this year, issued Aintab, were united in marriage on the from London by the Evangelical Alliance, 11th of October last. Dr. Pratt (see his and published in many religious papers, letter, page 16,) makes gratifying statepresents no distinct reference to missions ments respecting the theological school or missionaries in the heathen world; but and the church at Marash, and progress it is surely to be hoped that they will not at some out-stations. be forgotten, either in the public or the private supplications of Christians during Eastern Turkey. Rev. H. S. Barnum the week. Certainly one great work of and wife arrived at Harpoot September the Church, for the successful prosecution 26th. of which the mighty workings of the Spirit are essential, is to be, still, for the salvation Nestorians. Mr. Labaree (page 17) reof the nations sitting yet in darkness. The ports recent attempts by the Patriarch to week to be observed commences with the expel mission helpers from the mountains, first Sabbath of the month, (January 5,) and effective interposition by the British and the evening of that day at least (the Vice-Consul at Mosul. He gives account usual time for observing the Monthly Con- also of an unwonted outrage against Nes. cert) should be observed with special ref- torians by a Koordish chief. erence to the foreign mission cause; and, in churches coöperating with the Ameri- Mahrattas. Mr. Harding's letter (page can Board, might not one evening be well 20,) respecting a Brahmin convert, and the given to prayer for China, that great field excitement and violence occasioned by his in which now the Board hopes largely to reception of Christianity, will be found of increase its efforts ?
MISSIONS OF THE BOARD.
Madura. Mr. Penfield, who recently went to this field, wrote from Madura,
September 16, respecting the meeting of Western Turkey. Dr. Riggs, of Con- the mission then in progress: “I am pleasstantinople, reports the dedication of a antly surprised by the numbers present Protestant house of worship in the Greek from the different parts of the field; for I village of Demirdesh, six miles north of did not suppose that the mission had half Broosa. The population of the village is so many helpers of the different grades.... over 2,000, all Greeks. The little Prot. So large a company reclaimed from heaestant community numbers but about 40; thenism is a goodly sight in this land where “i but there must have been over 150 per- Satan's seat is. The pleasure is greatly sons present at the dedication service,” enhanced by the reflection that these are which was on the Sabbath, October 27; the under-officers of the army of Christ and “all listened with earnest attention." in this district, of which army we are the Dr. Kalopothakis, from Athens, who has generals. been instrumental in collecting most of “In the villages and congregations which the money for the building, was present, I have yet seen, Christians seem very few and preached in the afternoon. Dr. Riggs and weak. ... At this annual meeting, preached in the morning. It is expected however, one can recognize the fact that that a church will be organized during the Christianity is a power in this district. If visit of Dr. Kalopotbakis, who "remains we and all these helpers, filled with a spirit for a fortnight to aid the good work there." of earnest loyalty to our King, act with
A letter from Philippopolis (page 14) one accord as recruiting sergeants, we may notices
progress and encouragements to la- yet be strong in the main elements of an bor; and mentions increasing opposition, army's strength, a large, earnest, loyal in some quarters, as one among the indi- rank and file. We are scattered over an cations that truth is having influence. immense field, nearly all of wbich is in undisputed possession of the enemy. It is difficulty. It is surprising how suddenly, no great wonder if the few natives should out of a quiet and calm sky, a storm has feel weak, and at times be tempted to de- broken forth that threatens to wreck the spondency; no wonder if some of the spies piety of the strongest. Nearly every house should bring back an unfavorable report has its persecuting agent in it. All this is of the promised land. We shall yet pos- the work of one Thonè, a French Jesuit, sess it all for Christ; and one of the best who has lighted down among us.” results of this annual gathering may be Mr. Burnell reports the admission of the increase of courage and faith, both two members to the church at Nélur June theirs and ours."
30, and the death, in September, of one of Mr. Washburn, writing from Battala- his most valuable native teachers. gundu, August 15, notices indications that appear to one on the ground, in that mis- Ceylon. Mr. Howland wrote from Batsion field, that in due time a harvest will ticotta October 5, noticing increased and be gathered, though it may be but “mid- gratifying efforts by himself, pupils in the summer now; refers to a recent itiner- training - school, and helpers, among the ating tour, with his catechists, on which heathen; says a class of 18 has been renearly all the villages of the station were 'ceived in the school; and states
.“ We visited and 9,000 persons addressed; and very much need help.” He writes rebears testimony to “ the great value of this specting the results, so far, of the ordinaitinerating agency in the prosecution of tion of a native pastor at Batticotta, and the mission work.” He then mentions the the independent, self-supporting position completion and dedication of the church of the church : “ Although I rejoiced in at Battalagundu, and says :
that movement, I had some fears. I am “ After worshiping for years in a build- thankful to be able to say, that thus far ing not very different from an empty cab- my fears have not been realized. There in, or barn, it is not easy to describe the seems to be no want of harmony in the feelings one experiences on meeting, on a church, while there is increasing satisfacpleasant Sabbath morning, a congregation tion with the pastor. I think they have in a house reminding himn of a New Eng- good reason to be satisfied with him. He land village church, and made more at- seems to be faithful, even beyond my extractive by the gifts of friends in our dear pectations. He is thoughtful also, and I native land."
have repeatedly found that he had foreThe station school, “ begun a little more stalled the necessity of my suggestions than a year ago, with 8 scholars,” bas about things to be done and individuals * gone up to 28, with manifest improve- to be seen and conversed with. His serment,” and “is a source of great satis- mons are interesting and instructive. I faction.” Respecting another matter he consider it a personal privilege to hear writes as follows: “ Two or three of the him preach. congregations are enduring a great fight “ There is also a manifest spirit of selfof affliction with the Romanists. It will reliance and a feeling of responsibility dedo them good; but for the present it is veloping in the members of the church not joyous but grievous. In cholera sea- committee. Some of the subjects brought sons they—the Romanists-rud to us for up by them for consideration in their help, and we dispense medicine as freely stated meetings, and the opinions exto them as to one another, and watch by pressed, indicate a maturity of Christian them when dying. When they are well character, and a soundness in faith and they requite us, in places where they are Christian principle, which I hardly exstrong enough, by putting the Protestants pected.” under ban, refusing them fire and water, A letter from Mr. Rice, the pastor, also and keeping them from the village washer- notices the happy influence of the change man, barber, blacksmith, and carpenter, upon the church. He says: “ The church so that a plow cannot be mended, or a members are at present in a situation to house repaired except with the greatest feel that the privileges of the gospel are