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their own. They have to feel that Christ the admission of one new member to the is no more a Saviour introduced by the church at Tientsin, but disheartening unteachers of a new religion only, but a per- faithfulness on the part of several former sonal Saviour and a spiritual physician, members, three of whom had recently been able and willing to heal the diseased soul, expelled and three others suspended. He and impart health and purity to it; that mentions the encouraging report of' a nahe is no respecter of persons, being the tive helper returned from the village of common Saviour of all nations and lan- Ti Chi, near Téh Cheu, (see Herald for guages. They have to feel that the Bible November, 1866, page 371,) where he which the missionaries brought is no more thinks three or four persons are ready from the American benefactors, but it is for baptism. the book which their Heavenly Father prepared with profound wisdom, and Dakotas. Mr. J. P. Williamson wrote handed them in their native tongue, to from Niobrara, November 8, that on the make them wise unto salvation; that the previous Sabbath two persons were admitSabbath is no more an institution intro- ted to the church;
one a young woman duced by foreign teachers, but it is the of this tribe, and the other a Yankton man, institution of their Creator, designed for who has been living with the Santees here bodily rest, and especially for the growth for a few months past.” He also states: and sanctification of the soul, and com- “ It is a pleasing circumstance, that wild memorative of the resurrection of the Indians, intermingling with our Christian ever-living Saviour; that their pastor is Indians, are often strongly impressed with no more to be supported by their benefac- the divine origin of our holy religion, and tors in America, but that he must be one
desire to partake of its benefits. Our two of them, and be supported by themselves.” native pastors seem to be progressing well
Other letters from the mission mention and gaining favor with the people." the ddition of a few members to the churches, — four at Navaly and one at Manepy; the dedication of the new house of worship at Oodoopitty in May; and the India. Mr. Jewett, of the Teloogoo misopening of a new chapel at Tillipally in sion, (Baptist Union,) wrote from Nellore, August.
March 11: “ Yesterday, Sabbath, we had
a special church meeting to examine ten North China. Mr. Chapin wrote from candidates for baptism. They were all reTientsin October 4. He had recently re- ceived. In the evening I baptized four. turned, with his family, from the hills near On Thursday I start for a village east, Peking, where he had sought to recruit near the sea, to baptize the five men. during the hot. months, but was still not They wish to be baptized among their strong. He mentions a visit by Mr. Gu
own people.” Mr. Clough, of the same lick to Yü Cheu, where Mr. Blodget bap- mission, wrote March 9, from Ongole: tized an aged couple, parents of a Kalgan “ Last Sabbath it was my privilege to bapconvert, in the autumn of 1866, and says: tize nine upon profession of faith in Jesus, “ The leaven of truth has been spreading who, I trust, are the Lord's own children. there, and now three others, including the I now have seven young men, who reprewife of the Kalgan convert, have been re- sent six villages, learning to read, etc, etc. ceived into the visible church of Christ.” I expect to keep them here five or six Mr. Chapin was hoping, when he wrote, to months, and do as well by them during remove from Tientsin at an early day, and this time as I can, and then send them take a new station at Túng Chau, “the back to their villages as teachers, preachport of Peking on the river, twelve or fif- ers, etc., and with God's blessing we exteen miles distant from that city.” The pect great results. The school which I population of the place is estimated at have established for these seven young from 100,000 to 150,000.
men should be made a permanent instiMr. Stanley (September 13) reports, tution."
Mr. Mayou, of the Reformed Dutch from Tientsin, — fruits of the remarkable mission, (Arcot,) reports the ordination of a movement noticed in the Missionary Hernative pastor over the church at Coonoor, ald for March last. There is also much and states: “ The congregation are now interest at an out-station of the London making an effort to raise the whole of the Missionary Society, about 25 miles distant salary of their pastor. They may not at from Lau-ling-bieu. Official interposition present be able to raise the whole, but has been secured, which it is hoped will from what they had done before I left the arrest the persecution that broke out in place, I judged they would soon do so. that region some months ago. This must be our aim, to lead each church to support its pastor. I see my way to it South Pacific. An English missionary if I can only accomplish that which I de- writes from Vea, Loyalty Islands, respectsire. Perhaps a few years will pass before ing French papal aggressions: “The Govit is accomplished, but it ought to be the ernor of New Caledonia, on his recent aim from the start. If I can have several visit here, suspended all the Protestant native pastors supported by the churches chiefs, and, in the name of the Emperor, in my division before I visit America, I gave the rule of the island into the hands shall have accomplished my desire, and of three Popish chiefs, who have proved shall have less anxiety in my absence.” their worthiness for holding this office by
their bitter persecution of the Protestants, Burmah. Mr. Bronson, of the Assam and committing most atrocious outrages mission, (Baptist Union,) reports a tour upon them. Previously their power to and a remarkable work among the “Ga- afflict was limited to their own tribes; ros.” On the 17th of April he wrote: now they are vested with power to carry
During my whole missionary life I have out the operations of the priests over all; never seen any thing so wonderful as the and the Protestant chiefs, who before were work now going on among the Garos. able to protect their people, are now, with Those two Garo assistants, Omed and them, given over to the cruelty and bigotry Ramkhe, have worked quietly and faith of these men — or rather the priests, whose fully on amid ridicule, reproach, and even tools they are.
Two of these rulers have threats of personal violence, and have burned down the villages of their Protestproved themselves to be reliable, trust- ant neighbors, for no other cause than worthy, and faithful men, as I took them their being Protestants, and have perpeto be when I baptized them at Gowahati." trated such other cruel outrages, that had
Another missionary wrote, May 28, “ A they been committed by the Turks on note from Mr. Bronson, then in the hills, the Catholics of the Levant, they would says: . The work among the Garos is truly have quickly brought out a French fleet wonderful. I have baptized thirty-seven and an army of defense.” since coming here, organized a church of forty, including the three baptized in the plains, ordained a preacher, and established schools for boys and girls, according to the urgent plea of this people. How Population of Jerusalem. The Prus suddenly the Lord has appeared in our sian Consul of Jerusalem has formed the mission, where hope has been so often de- following estimate of the number of inhabferred, which maketh the heart sick,' to itants of the Holy City: Jews, 7,100; Morebuke our weak faith and want of perse- hammedans, 5,000 ; Christians, 3,400; sum vering trust.”
Papul Missionaries. The Annals of the China. Up to February 1867, about Propagation of the Faith, for September, 100 persons had been baptized by Messrs. announces the departure of missionaries as Hall and Innocent, of the Methodist New follows: In October, 1866, six “ Belgian Connection, in the vicinity of Lau-ling- Religious of the Society of Jesus,” for hieu, in Shantung province, 140 miles Calcutta, Hindostan, and four for China; VOL LXIV.
in March, 1867, two Frenchmen, of the sionaries in India and Siam, for increased same order, for Madagascar; in April, salaries, owing to the increased expense of seven Spaniards, for Manilla, and two living, which, as all contributors should rePrussians for Missouri, United States, all member, is not felt in America alone. of the same order; and in June, two The Presbyterian Board of Missions an“ priests of the Seminary for African mis- nounce that an advance of one third over sions (Lyons),” for Dahomy.
the amount received from the churches Self-support. The Wesleyan Mission- last year will be required to defray the ary Notices for November states : “ The expenses of this year. able Superintendent of the North Ceylon Five persons were received to the PresDistrict is working out with great vigor byterian mission church at Bangkok, Siam, the project which he so eloquently advo- on the 4th of August. Two others, pupils cated when in England, — that of endeav- in the school, gave pleasing evidence of a oring to make the native churches, in all work of grace in their hearts. respects, self-supporting. ... In South A new attempt has been made recently Africa the fruit of many years of zealous to interfere with Romanism in Japan by and prayerful toil is ripening into a rich persecution. The authorities seem to bave and abundant harvest. At Natal a sanctu- been alarmed by a large influx of French ary bas been erected at the sole expense of Jesuit priests, and it appears to be the Jesthe native Christians, and was dedicated uits and their followers - not Protestants to the worship of God under very hopeful - who have been interfered with. The circumstances." An English missionary in result, through the interposition of the Tinnevelly, India, refers to recent resolu- French and other Foreign Ministers, will tions of the “ Local Committee” “ to intro- probably be a repeal, ere long, of the anduce the plan of self-support" among the cient edict against Christianity. native churches. It seemed unfortunate Mr. Loomis, Presbyterian missionary, rethat the time fixed upon for the introduc- ports hopeful appearances among the Chition of such new measures proved to be nese in California, -some persons professone of great scarcity, almost famine, so ing to pray to the true God, and to depend that many fears were entertained as to
on Christ alone; three or four young men the result. But“ an increase of contribu- desiring to be educated for usefulness tions,” during such a year of trial, proved among their own people; the Sabbath“the popularity of the plan” with the school increasing in interest; and religious people. A respectable native Christian, services “as encouraging as ever." a man of large property, when conversed with on the subject, and told fully what was meant by the self-supporting system, said: “It is only in this way that Christianity will become the people's religion ; and the foundation of Christianity in these Mr. H. 0. Dwight, of Northampton, parts should be properly dated from now.” Mass., son of the late Dr. Dwight, of the
The Debt of the Presbyterian Board, of Western Turkey mission, and Mrs. Mary $35,000, it is announced, may be regarded A. Dwight, daughter of Rev. E. E. Bliss, as paid off, by “ the liberal gifts of Chris- of the same mission, sailed from New York tian friends and the warm-hearted chil- November 23, on the way to Constantino dren of the church.”
ple, where Mr. Dwight will labor in special Earnest requests have been received by connection with the business department the Presbyterian Board, from their mis- of the mission.
FOR THE CHILDREN.
ABOUT THE “MORNING STAR."
gan, and the carol of human voices. The The first missionary work of the chil- burst was so sudden and so sweet, that it dren's new “Morning Star,” after she seemed as if an angelic choir had descendreached the Sandwich Islands, was to ed from the sky and filled the cabin and carry supplies, native missionaries, &c., to all the ship with melody. My eyes filled the Marquesas Islands. Mr. Coan, of with tears, and my heart melted in tenderHilo, on the island of Hawaii, went in the ness at this first gush of sacred music on vessel, as a deputation to visit the Mar- board the · Morning Star.' quesas mission, and the children will cer- “ Sometimes the “Star' sailed eight tainly be glad to see what he wrote about knots, sometimes ten, and sometimes twelve their little packet. Here is his letter: or thirteen an hour. And when her white
“ The • Morning Star' is a glowing wings are spread to the winds, and the beauty, and a radiant gem in the little light of the celestial orbs flashes
upon her constellation of missionary packets whose canvas, she looks all beauty, like a thing soft light falls upon the ocean wave, and of life.' reflects upon the dark clouds that hang " She touched at Hilo on her outward over pagan lands. I wish to say to the and homeward passages. Her stay was thousands and tens of thousands of dear, short, but as we have hundreds of juvenile precious children who own and love and stockholders in Hilo, they all mustered, watch the Morning Star,' that their vessel with songs and banners and thirty waving is one of the neatest and most beautiful flags; marched down to the shore, and emafloat. It is well built, well rigged, well fur- barked in a flotilla of boats, furnished by nished, well appointed, and well navigated. residents and by generous captains of The vessel is every way superior to the old whale ships, (twelve or thirteen being then • Morning Star' — larger, stronger, neater, in port), and met on board of the packet. better lighted, better ventilated, and more The children were perfectly delighted sea-worthy. I have never sailed so com- with their vessel. They ran all over it fortably on a vessel of her class, and I re- like squirrels, and Auttered like birds upon joice that I was permitted to go in this the shrouds, flitting over the decks, through packet on her first voyage to the heathen. the cabin, steerage, and all parts of the In 1860 I visited the Marquesas in the old vessel, in jubilant ecstasy. They were • Morning Star,' and my late visit enables told that they might examine all parts of me to compare the two.
the ship, from the keelson to the trucks, “In disbursing and sailing the packet and from stem to stern. The ship was all Capt. Bingham has done nobly. His care alive with those happy owners, as with a for the vessel and for all on board has bevy of birds, and the dear children did been unremitted and faithful, and his most not regret that they had taken shares in excellent wife, whom we will call chief so beautiful a craft. And I am sure that mate,' is a light to the • Star,' and a min- those bright, happy Sabbath-school chilistering angel to all on board.
dren in America, whose dimes and dollars “ And that dear organ, given by the put the Morning Star' afloat, with her generous Mr. Smith, is a treasure in the white pinions spread to the breezes of cabin, thrilling our hearts with its melody, heaven, and her peerless and priceless and leading our spirits upward to mingle pearls for the heathen, will not fail to reour notes with the vast symphony of heav- member her upon the great deep; to pray en. On sailing from Hilo I was immedi- for her; to watch for tidings from her; ately sea-sick, and retired to my state- and, should she be wrecked or foundered room, where I lay in a state of stupor, in a tempest, or worn out in service, to nearly unconscious to all passing events. unite promptly and cheerfully in building At evening I was awakened, as from a de- a new, enlarged, and improved · Morning lirious dream, by the full notes of the or- Star.' I am very sure that the noble boys
IT IS GOOD TO GIVE.
A WORD FROM MICRONESIA,
and girls of my country will do that, and I am also sure that my boys and girls in
The Foreign Missionary says again : Hilo will take hold, with their young cous- “ More than one child has sent a generous ins in America, in the good work. And gift, saying that in her school the subject I think that some of our Hilo boys and had not been mentioned, but seeing a nogirls will yet sail in the · Morning Star' as
tice of an appeal to the Sabbath-schools in missionaries to the heathen. How many the papers, she sent $5, or $1, &c. The of my young friends in America will be influence of this movement upon the chilready to go too, when the Master comes
dren themselves, no tongue can tell. It and calls for them? Many, many, I trust.” binds many of them to the cause in the
future, and it is in this aspect of it, that
we have regarded this effort with delight. CHILDREN'S CONTRIBUTIONS
Many schools that never gave a dollar,
now write, . We will take up a regular colThe Missionary Herald has acknowl- lection for Foreign Missions.' Here is a edged, during the year 1867, almost $14, gain to the cause, and a blessing to the 000 as received from Sabbath-schools and
school. Then many children have heard in other ways from the children, for the of the heathen, and of the Board, who Mission Schools. How much the children knew but little of them before ; and this can help in the mission work is shown by knowledge will bring good to them, and the sum they raised a year ago for the will be the means of leading some to connew Morning Star,- more than $28,000.
secrate themselves to this cause, and to go Sabbath-schools in the churches contribut- forth as preachers of the word.” ing to the Presbyterian Board of Missions have just been showing how much they can do also. Trying to help that Society pay off its debt last year, they had contributed, up to the first of November, A Few years ago, in one of the beautiful $20,960. This is $17,236 more than they islands of Micronesia, a young girl was sitcontributed up to the same time in 1866, ting at the feet of a missionary. A little and serves to verify the old saying, time before that she was a wild, rude crea" Where there is a will there is a way.” ture, as all the heathen children around There was a prospect, also, that they would her were; wearing almost no clothes, and send in about $6,000 more in November, likely to grow up a corrupt and vicious - we have not learned just how much woman, like the other natives of the island. they did send.
But the missionaries who had come there to live had taken her into their family.
There she had learned something about The Foreign Missionary, published by God, and she tried to pray to him. She the Presbyterian Board, speaking of the bad put on American clothes, and at the “ Appeal” to Sabbath-schools, says: “A time of which I speak, she was helping missionary from China, hearing of the • Ap- the missionary to turn the Gospel of Mark peal,' brought the matter before his school, into the language of the islanders. At last and when it was put to the vote, every they came to a passage which said somelittle hand was raised in favor of contrib- thing about believing in Christ. She stoputing all we have for this object.' He ped a moment, seemed to be thinking very writes that, though very poor, they will hard about something, and then looked up raise $10. When the news of the debt, into her teacher's face and said: “Missionand of the action of the General Assembly ary, what is it to believe in Jesus ?” He reached Africa, a Sabbath-school in Libe- bad tried to explain it to her before, and ria determined to raise a sum of money to now he tried again. At last she seemed relieve the wants of the Board, and it to understand it, and to receive it into her sends $7.50. Here is a voice from the heart as if it were meant for her. But just mission field to the children at home." as she was beginning to feel glad that Jesus
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CHINA AND AFRICA.