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The new Congregational Church at Long Eaton, between Derby and Nottingham, was opened August 8th, by the Rev. C. Clemence, B.A. Further opening sermons were preached on the Sunday and Tuesday following by Mr. W. Crosbie, M.A., LL.B. of Derby, and the Rev. Dr. Aveling of Kingsland.
The memorial-stone of new Day and Sunday Schools at Barking was laid August 7th, by the Rev. John Curwen. The school is to accommodate 250 scholars; at the cost of £1,100.
Canterbury, on July 10th, by Mr. S.
place of worship is expected to cost £5,250.
A new Church at East Boldon, capable of seating 210 persons, and erected at a cost of £1,200, was lately opened by Dr. Pulsford of Glasgow.
MONTAGUE STREET Church, Blackburn, has been reopened after extensive improvements and enlargement.
The corner-stone of a New School Chapel at Manchester, was laid on July 22nd, by Mr. Henry Lee.
The memorial-stone of new Sunday Schools in connection with the Congregational Church at Folkestone was laid on the 19th inst. by, Mrs. A. J. Palmer.
A NEW Chapel at Hatfield Heath was opened on July 19th, by the Revs. Donald Fraser and S. Hebditch. A stained glass window has been placed in the chapel, in memory of the former pastor, the Rev. Cornelius Berry. Mr. S. P. Matthews, of Campion's Harlow, has presented an organ to the Church. The total cost of the building, including the foregoing gifts, is £4,500.
A New Church was opened at Worksop on July 18th. The sermons were preached by the Rev. J. G. Rogers, B.A. The church and schools are in the Gothic style. The church will seat between 400 and 500 persons.
New Day and Sunday Schools were opened at Swanland, near Hull, August 3rd. The building and site are the gift of J. Todd, Esq., J.P.
ORDINATION. REV. H. HUFFADINE was ordained pastor of the church at Brewood, Staffordshire, on August !4th. The Revs. J. Hindsley, J. B. Handley, Norman Glass, H. Irving, and T. W. Mays, took part in the service. A tea meeting was held at the Institute, kindly lent by the Vicar.
DEATHS. Rev. A. M. Henderson, of 'Mel. bourne, and formerly of Claremont Chapel, London, died June the 23rd, at Toronto, when on his way to England to recruit his health.
Rev. W. CAMPBELL, A.M., of Anerley, died July 8th, in his 73rd year.
Rev. Dr. A. Nisbet, of Samoa, died at Malwa April 9th.
The Managers acknowledge with thanks the following Sacramental Collections in aid of the Widows' Fund:-Kensington, by Mr. W. Holborn, £10; Hornsey, by Mr. W. Hazell, £9 13s. 70. ; Headingly, Leeds, by R. Shapley, Esq., £9 Os. 10d. ; Liverpool, by Mr. A. J. Stephens, £6 138. 9d.; Sheffield, by Mr. J. W. Wilson, £5; Sheffield, Cemetery Road, by Rev. T. S. King, £4 11s.; Croydon, Trinity Chapel, by Mr. J. Gray, £4 28. 10d. ; Snaresbrook, by Mr. A. Sargent, £3 38. ; Derby, by Rev. T. Mirams, £2 2s.; Staines, by Mr. F. Morford, £1 158.; Dorking, by Rev. J. S. Bright, £1 11s. 6d. ; Faversham, by Rev. W. H. Hill, £l 18.; Knowle Green, by Mr. W Baron, £1; Tetworth, by Rev. W. J. Humberstone, 15s.; Rogers, Nathaniel, Esq., M.D. (Donation), £20.
London Missionary Society.
1.- Proposed Mission on Lake Tanganika.
ROM the interest which has been awakened in the mission to Ujiji, the
Society's friends and constituents will, we are sure, be gratified to receive a report of the proceedings of “our Special Commissioner" to the East Coast of Africa -the Rev. Roger Price. Since his departure from this country in the steamer Java, on the 18th of March, Mr. Price has kept the Directors fully informed respecting his movements, which they have watched with the deepest interest. Our brother arrived at Aden on Sunday, the 16th of April. At the outset some rough weather was encountered, which, however, only served to render the smooth waters of the Mediterranean more enjoyable. Among Mr. Price's fellow-passengers were four young missionaries, three of whom were about to join Dr. Steere's mission at Zanzibar. From them, with characteristic energy, Mr. Price gained some acquaintance with the Swahili language, spoken by the natives on the East Coast, and which he found to be a coznate dialect with Sechuana, although differing from the latter in its grammatical construction.
At Aden, Mr. Price, with his baggage, was transferred to the steamer Punjaub for the remainder of the voyage along the East Coast. Before leaving Aden he obtained valuable information from missionaries connected with the Mombasa Mission, then on their way to England, respecting means of transit into the interior, especially as to the practicability of land carriage with oxen and waggons. It appears doubtful whether the Wami River is navigable, except at certain seasons, and when heavily flooded, and whether, owing to the very limited size of its channel, it could be made available for traffic to any considerable distance in the interior. The wisdom of Mr. Price's decision in favour of a land route uorth of that river is thus apparent. After a slow and rough passage of eleven days from Aden, Mr. Price reached Zanzibar, in health and safety, on the evening of Tuesday, the 2nd of May. Making that town the base of his operations, he at once placed himself in communication with Dr. KIRK, Mr. DonALDSON, and other gentlemen, from whom he received much practical sympathy and help. Although his first efforts to secure a leader for his little party fell
. through, Mr. Price was at length enabled to obtain the services of an individual well acquainted with the district to be traversed, and willing to undertake the duties involved. Arrangements were accordingly made for starting in the early part of June. Wo prefer that Mr. Price should tell his own story, and, therefore, print his letters as they have reached the Directors :
EXTRACTS FROM MR. PRICE'S LETTERS.
“ ZANZIBAR, MAY 4TH, 1876. “Although it was rather late in the evening when we arrived, I went on shore at once, and was fortunate enough to secure pretty comfortable accommodation at a place which is dignified by the name of the Europe Hotel.' Yesterday morning I took my leave of the good ship Punjaub, and came to the Europe Hotel to breakfast. That over, I went to call on Dr. Kirk.
On my return to the hotel, I found Dr. Foster, of the Mombasa Mission, and a Mr. Hildebrandt, a German natural history collector. These gentlemen, together with the Rev. Mr. Price, had just arrived in one of the Sultan's steamers, which Dr. Kirk had obtained for them, as it is almost impossible to get from Mombasa to here at this season of the year in dhouws. I mentioned to Mr. Hildebrandt my intention of trying to find a route, if possible, from Saadani, on the northern side of the Wami, to Usagara. He says that the range of hills running north-east and south-west on the north side of the Wami is quite visible from Saadani, and he believes that a good route will be found in that direction. In fact, he mentioned an expedition sent by a French house in Zanzibar into the interior, and which had taken that very
route. He thought very favourably of the bullock-waggon project, and recommended me by all means to try it. He recommended me very strongly to go over at once to Saadani, and see the chief of that place, from whom he thinks I shall be able to get all necessary information about the route from that place to Usagara, and also ascertain the difficulty, if any, of crossing the low-lying coast-land, which is there about the narrowest of any place on this part of the coast.
“ Dr. Kirk thinks very favourably of the north Wami route, and knows of the French expedition, which left in November last, under the headship of one Phillippe, who intends to stay for some time at Unyamwezi. He has grave doubts as to the tsetse, as he knows it to exist in many places
along the coast. He enters very heartily into the waggon project, and thinks it ought by all means to be tried. He promises me every assist
In the meantime I am doing what I can in feeling my way. Having got some information from Messrs. Pearson and Last, at Aden, about oxen, on the day after our departure from that place, the thought struck me that if I could but get, at Zanzibar, a rough bullock-cart, such as you see about Aden, it would be a good thing to purchase and train six or eight bullocks, and make the experiment at once from the coast to Usagara. This idea has clung to me very tenaciously ever since. I feel that if I could but manage this, it would do more for the Mission with the public at home than a whole volume of a report, however favourable. I mentioned this part of my plan to Mr. Hildebrandt, and it was, in fact, in connection with this more particularly that he recommended my visiting Saadani at once. He mentioned a Banyan here, the owner of the Koko toni sugar estate at the northern end of this island, from whom he thought I should be able to get a cart. This morning I had occasion to go to the custom-house to get my luggage. To assist me in this natter, Mr. Donaldson, agent for the Bible Mission, kindly accompanied me. I bad heard from Mr. Randall, my fellow-passenger, that he had seen something in the shape of a cart about the Sultan's place. I got Mr. Donaldson to go with me round the place, and we came upon two sets of wheels, with something like a body on. If the Banyan fails me, or is too exorbitant in his price, I shall be able to convert one of these into something suitable for bullocks; for Mr. Donaldson has no doubt that the Sultan will be most willing to let me have one. This part of my plan will, of course, depend on its not materially adding to the expense of my mission, and also on its not causing any delay, as far as I am able to foresee, in the journey to Usagara. The oxen I shall need will not, I know, cost more than £25. Whether I shall be able to carry out this plan or not, I shall in any case visit Saadani at once, and spend perhaps two or three days there."
ZANZIBAR, MAY 28TH, 1876. “Thanks to the energy of my friend Mr. Donaldson I have a man in hand for Kilangozi. This one is a native of Saadani, is first cousin to the chief (Bwana Heri) of Saadani, has travelled the Saadani and Unyamwezi road three times, and lately come down in charge of an ivory caravan for Seyd Barghash.
“During the week after the departure of the mail, and after having done all I could by way of setting things going here, I went over to
Saadani with letters of introduction, both from his Highness and Dr. Kirk, to Bwana Heri, the native chief of that place, and whose influence, Dr. Kirk tells me, extends a long way inland. Two European residents of this place accompanied me for the sake of a hunt for a day or two. One of these gentlemen was formerly connected with the l'niversities' Mission, and is a good speaker of Swahili, and was, therefore, valuable to me as interpreter. I took my Kilangozi (Asmani), cook, and personal atterdant (my Zulu); I took, also, my tent and camp outfit complete, and had a trial of East African
life. “With a fair wind, it takes a dhouw about five to six hours from here to Saadani ; but we were eight hours, having been becalmed about midchannel for nearly three hours. We arrived on Thursday evening, and remained till Monday evening.
“On the Friday morning after our arrival, the approach of an ivory caravan from Unyamwezi was announced, and in the course of an hour or so the drums began to sound, and the caravan came marching into the town. It belonged to a chief of the name of Kitebi, of Ushetu, a district lying to the north or north-west of Unyanyembe. The carriers looked lean and weather-beaten, and glad enough to put down their loads, which were piled up in front of the house which Bwana Heri had kindly placed at our disposal the previous night, while another was being got ready for our further residence. You may be sure the arrival of that caravan was an erent of great interest to me, coming as it was from the very route which I proposed to take, and from those very countries which our mission party will, by-and-by, have to traverse. I had scores of questions to ask about the roads, the swamps, the rivers, the forests, the hills, the valleys, the peoples, countries, peace and war, famine and plenty, &c. ; but of course it was Bwana Heri's privilege to do the first pumping, and I must bide my time. In the meantime, we shifted to our new quarters, pitched the tent, and set our establishment a-going. After breakfast, my two companions went out to hunt, and I remained to get what I could out of the new arrivals. I soon began to realize the difficulty often referred to in books of travel in East Africa, viz., that of getting reliable information from such people. They quite unable to comprehend why a white man should want to know so much about their countries, or the roads leading to them or from them. It is almost impossible to get them to treat your questions seriously. They scem always to fancy that you want to entrap them in some way or other ; and hence, in their answers, their object is not so much to give you real information as to let you see that they are not so ensily to be made fools