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having fallen in, they could not all be and learning to read at these villages, accommodated inside ; so a good many that the hymn-books, spelling-books, on the Sunday had to sit and listen and catechisms, as well as Bibles, without. The old town is an impor- Testaments, Come to Jesus,' &c., fell tant place at which to collect the far short of the demand; the catepeople together when a missionary chisms which have been lying on our visits the district (if they are only shelves for years are now being rapidly duly warned), it being the most cen- sold. Inquirers came in force, brought tral, and of any one town still the by the members of their various villargest. I therefore intend to get lages, twenty-three of whom were adthe fallen part of the church re- mitted to the church, but only five of built, and the whole of it repaired, so them by baptism, the rest being chilas to afford suitable accommodation dren of believers. when the people come together. For "When I was returning from Likhatthis purpose I wish to be allowed long, a man was waiting for me at to appropriate the contributions of the Donderbosch, to purchase hymn books. people of the Likhatlong district until I told him I had sold them all, ‘But,' this work is accomplished. I men- said the man, ‘have you sold your tioned this to them on my late visit, own that you sing with on the road ?' when £1378. 9d. were given in money, And nothing would serve him for an and twelve bags of grain, worth at the answer till he got my own copy, though least £12.

very far worn.” “ There is such a spirit of teaching

IV. Neu Guinea Steamer, "Ellengowan.

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UR readers are acquainted with the circumstances under which, two

years since, Miss BAXTER, of Dundee, kindly presented to the Society funds for the purchase and fitting out of a small steamer, designed for the use of the New Guinea Mission. By means of this gift a steam-yacht of eighty-five tons burden was obtained, which, after,'having been improved and altered, in view of the special service required, received the name Ellengowan in honour of the donor. The vessel left the West India Docks, on her long and hazardous voyage, on the 9th of March, 1874. By the watchful guidance and protection of God, she was permitted to reach CAPE YORK in safety on the 26th of the following August, upwards of five months from the date of her leaving the English shores. At this point the real missionary work of the steamer commenced. Details of the several cruises which she has made among the islands in the Straits and along the shores and rivers of the mainland have duly appeared in the pages of the MisSIONARY CHRONICLE. Upwards of twelve months having expired since the date of the steamer's arrival, our missionary brother, the Rev. S. MacFarLANE deemed the occasion a suitable one for presenting the first annual report of the work which has been accomplished by means of the vessel. Under date November 3rd, 1875, he writes :

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“ The Ellengowan has now been provide clothing for the three Papuans, more than a year in this mission. We most of which are made by Mrs. have informed you of the difficulty Macfarlane with her sewing machine. they had in getting her out and of the They are dressed in uniforms with state in which she arrived, but the Ellengowan the ribbons of wonder was not that she arrived in the their hats. We have only quite condition she did, but that she arrived recently got our complement, and got at all. We soon, however, had her them into working order. But I can beached, overbauled, and repaired, assure you they are smart, intelligent the leaky boiler put to rights, and the fellows, quite a credit to our Society. crew shipped to Sydney. It was no " The Eller gjowan has made easy matter, however, to get a native eight voyages, besides a short trip to crew here, where the pearl-shellers are Darnley Island. Five of these have in want of men, and ready to pay high been to Port Moresby, the other three wages for them.

Fortunately, we to stations in the straits and the adsucceeded in getting two Mare men joining coast of New Guinea (the one and a Savage Islander from a vessel when we collected the teachers for the which was seized and sent to Brisbane

conference at Murray Island, and took by the authorities here, and with the them back again, was a double voyage). assistance of our native teachers we Considering the time it takes between managed to make two or three voyages. the trips for cleaning and repairing After sundry changes and experiments, the boiler, engine, vessel, and boats, we have now got what we consider an you will see that there has been very efficient and economical crew for the little time lost. I regret that I have vessel, viz., three good natives from not seen more of my own immediate the Loyalty Group, and two Chipamen, district, but considering Mr. Lawes' one as fireman, and the other as cook position on the mainland, we felt that and steward. All are working well he should, especially for the first year, and giving general satisfaction. The have the majority of visits. I have Loyalty Islanders have been offered accompanied the Ellengowan on all higher wages by the shellers, but they her voyages since Mr. Murray left, prefer remaining with us. To keep feeling that I should thus best serve them dressed alike and respectable, we the mission."

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2. KIND OF VESSEL NEEDED. Vír. Macfarlane next ceeds to discuss the relative merits of steam and sailing power, in view of the exceptional demands made upon a New Guinea mission vessel. The result, while it serves to show “both are best,” affords also most conclusive testimony to the value and efficiency of the steamer at present in use.

“We have had ample opportunities the connecting links broke, and we of testing the suitableness of the Ellen- were drifting on to a lee shore amongst gowan for the peculiar work for which

strange savages, we felt that a small she was procured. Of course we cannot steamer was unsuitable for such strong combine all desirable qualities in any winds and heavy seas, and that a one vessel. For instance, when we were smart schooner would do much better. caught in a gale of wind in the gulf Then when we were threading our way to leeward of Yule Island, and one of amongst the reefs and banks off Katau,

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Boigu, and Hood Point, we felt how of our work may be done under sail, thoroughly unsuitable the smartest even with more speed, safety, and schooner would be for such work. For comfort than by the Ellengowan; but carrying cargo, and for encountering then there are branches of our work the heavy seas of the gulf, we feel which, especially during the N. W. that the Ellengowan is too small. season, it would be folly to attempt For the rivers and intricate navigation without steam. Even with the Ellenwe find that she is too large. Up the gowan, and all our precautions, we Baxter more beam and less length have been hard and fast' several would have suited us, she being too times. long for turning. When we left the Miss Baxter and the friends of river and got into a chopping sea, and the Ellengowan will be gratified to the propeller went whizzing round on know that the vessel has been exceedthe top of a wave, we felt that she was ingly useful, and that it is still in altogether too short for such work. good condition. It has enabled us to So that we have found that a steamer watch over the teachers and take is best, and a sailing vessel is best ; them supplies regularly, to remove that the Ellengowan is very suit- the suffering from unhealthy able, and most unsuitable; that she is localities during the sickly season, too long and too short; too large and and take them back when recovered. too small !

It has enabled us to visit parts of “You will see that the cosi of New Guinea hitherto unknown, and working the Ellengouan since her establish new stations amongst the arrival here is not so heavy as it was benighted people. It has also enabled feared. And now that we are getting us to discover and proceed ninety our wooding stations into working miles up a noble river, which we have order, with a prospect of cheap coal, named the Baxter' in honour of the the fuel question will not be a serious kind lady who gave us the vessel. one. Still there are many reasons And now we are just about to comwhy we are anxious not to be de. mence a very important voyage to pendent upon steam any longer than the Fly River, hoping to find a way is considered necessary. Very much into healthy localities in the interior."

3. THE BLIXTER RIVER.

In addition to the particulars already given respecting this discovery Mr. Macfarlane thus describes the manner in which the visit of the Ellengowan was recorded on the banks of the river :

“Before leaving we all went on glass to show our friendly feeling to shore, faced a large, prominent tree any natives passing that way, and on the bank of the river, and, with then fired a royal salute and gave our stencil-plate, painted Ellengowan, three hearty British cheers, which London, with the date. We then took made the forest ring. Our native a portrait of her Majesty the Queen, crew and teachers entered with spirit cut out a frame about an inch deep in into the ceremony, and the whole the tree, and inserted the carte, which thing reminded us of happy loyal can be seen from the river ; suspended meetings in the dear old country far an axe, a clasp knife, and a looking- away."

V.- Loyalty Islands-Übea.

CONFIRMATORY reports, from official and other quarters, continue to

reach us of the happy results which have followed the prompt and effective action taken by the French Government, at the instance of Her Majesty's Foreign Office, for the protection of our Protestant converts in the Loyalty Islands, from various evils of which we have long had reason to complain. It is to be regretted that, just as the people are regaining their religious freedom, they should be deprived of the missionary, whose presence and counsel have cheered and sustained them during a long period of persecution and suffering. Owing to the state of Mrs. Ella's health, our brother, the Rev. SAMUEL ELLA, has been compelled to leave Uves and to proceed to the colony. In his last letter, dated December 15th, 1875, Mr. Ella announces his arrival in Sydney, and states his plans for the future. In the meantime the Rev. J. SLEIGH, of Lifu, has been appointed to take the temporary oversight of the mission on Uvea. One of the Society's students will, it is hoped, be ready to proceed to the island by the close of the year.

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I am thankful to say," writes Mr. translation of the New Testament in Ella, “ that peace and religious tole- the Taian tongue. I have translated ration seem to be established in the and printed the Gospels and Acts, and Loyalties, and for many months we I am proceeding with the Epistles. I have been able to pursue our way

revised Romans with our punditsunmolested and with much success. just before the John Williams Religion is becoming more and more arrived, and was proceeding with a thing of the hcart, and not a mere Corinthians. I purpose applying my. empty profession ; and the civilising self closely to this work, and hope influences of the gospel are before the end of next year to have all clearly apparent in the social habits finished. I made arrangements with and customs of the people. Even the my most intelligent pundit, a chief of papists, awakening from old pre- Uvea, to join me then for a careful judices and superstitions, and he revision; and I can have the Epistles evil influences of the priests,

printed here. This plan will enable coming more friendly. Before leaving, me to complete what I have closely at I had some pleasing evidences of tbis, heart, and have carried on so far. It and kindly expressions from them. will be a proud achievement, as well The persecuting chief himself, in a as a delightful privilege, to have formed meeting of his followers, charged him- a written language from uncouth self and them with being 'the means sounds (such as it was to me at first), of driving away, by their follies, the and translated into that tongue this friend of their tribes. He also brought blessed portion of Holy Writ. It is me a parting gift.

most urgent that the Uveans should “I wish still to do as much as have the Scriptures without delay, as possible for the benefit of our poor the readiest and best defence against people, and especially to complete the the assaults of Popery." work I have greatly at heart-the

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VI.—Notes of the Monty, and Extracts.

1. ORDINATION OF A MISSIONARY TO INDIA.

Mr. EDWIN MIDWINTER, having studied at Western College, Plymouth, and been appointed by the Directors to reinforce the Society's Mission in the VIZAGAPATAN District, South India, was ordained at the Congregational Church, NEWBURY, ou the evening of Wednesday, the 16th of February. The devotional parts of the service were led by the Rer. W. Jones, of Devizes, and the Rev. J. J. Goadby, of Henley-on-Thames. The Rev. E. Porter, fermerly missionary at Cuddapah, described the field of labour. To the usual questions, which were proposed by the Rev. Edward II, Jores, the Society's Deputation Secretary, suitable answers were given by Mr. Midwinter. The ordination prayer was offered by the Rev. E. W. Shalders, B.A., and an impressive charge, founded on 2 Cor. vi. 7, was delivered by the Rev. C. Wilson, M.A., of Plymouth.

2. DEPARTURE. The Rev. E. MIDWINTER embarked for Madras, South India, per Viceroy, February 26th.

3. OUR MAGAZINES. As one result of the circular addressed by an anonymous friend of the Society to the churches throughout the country, a copy of which was inserted in our February issue, several applications have been made to the Mission House for copies of the Missionary Chronicle for congregational use. The Directors take the opportunity of stating, for the information of their friends, that they will be happy to supply the Magazine, in large or small quantities, at the rato of seren shillings per hundred, either through the publishers or direct from tho Mission House. They consider the present an appropriate time for directing attention to their other illustrated periodical, likewise issued monthly, and which is especially designed for diffusing missionary information among the more youthful portion of our congregations. The Juvenile Missionary Magazine is edited by the Rev. Robert Robinson, Home Secretary, and can be supplied at the rate of three shillings per hundred.

4. THE MISSIONARY MUSEUM. The valuable articles which form the above collection are now being arranged in the apartment specially prepared for their reception on the upper floor of the Society's new premises in Blomfield Street. The Directors deem the present an appropriate time for adding to the number and interest of the objects to be exhibited. They therefore ask the kind assistance of those of the Society's friends throughout the country who may be able and willing to place at their disposal, for the above purpose, CURIOSITIES, SPECIMENS of Natural and Manufactured PRODUCE from Foreign Countries, and the like; and especially such articles as have any bearing on Missionary work. Gifts of the character we have indicated, addressed to the SECRETARIES, Mission House, BLOMFIELD STREET, London, E.C., and marked "Ton THE MUSEUM,” will be thankfully received and duly acknowledged.

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