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“From this point eastwards the Catamaran Bay. What was supposed natives seem very fond of carving. to be the South Cape of New Guinea Their chinam pots and spoons, sago
we have named STACEY Island. As we batons, clubs and spears, canoes and opened up the passage we saw what paddles, and all their ornaments, are appeared to be unbroken land on both skilfully carved; and almost every sides for twelve or fourteen miles, and one of them, except the canoes, may wondered where we were going. As be bought for a piece of hoop iron. we proceeded, however, the passages During the night the news of our between Stacey, Tissot, and the Bruarrival spread, and in the morning we mer Islands opened up to the south. were surrounded by thirty-four friendly There is good anchorage between
There could be no mistaking Stacey Island and the mainland. The their peaceful intentions. Some of island is hilly, the highest peak being the natives helped our men to cut and about 600 feet above the level of the carry wood, and one of them slept on It is triangular in shape, about board the Ellengowan. Although the four miles long, and populous. At cove itself is a nice quiet place, there the head of the bay, opposite the are plenty of natives in the vicinity. passage between Stacey Island and To the east as well as to the west, there the mainland, there is a bay running are numerous sandy beaches and cocoa- to the westward which probably meets nut groves swarming with natives. the one running eastward at the top of The entrance to the cove is easily Farm Bay, making Rugged Head an known by a remarkable-looking rock, island also, 80 that the southernmost on which stands a prominent tree, on extremity of New Guinea cannot yet the east side of the bay, about half a be fixed with certainty. As we were mile from the land. We have named on a missionary voyage, looking for it RUNCIE Rock, and the anchorage suitable places to establish mission ISABEL Cove.
stations, we did not feel justified in Proceeding to the eastward, we spending more time for the solution of soon sighted what we thought to be these points. Our discoveries will show • Tree Island,' but which turned out that there is plenty of important work to be •Wedge Rock.'
There is no
for one of her Majesty's ships all island off the western head of Farm along the southern side of the peninBay as marked upon the latest charts; sula ; and, although we do not profess and this is very misleading to vessels to be accurate in our positions, we running aloog the coast, as there is hope that the information gained and one within eight miles corresponding willingly given to the public, will be to the description, off what has hitherto of service until a proper survey is been
supposed the South Cape of New made by the appointment of the Guinea, but which we have proved to Government. In the meantime, it is be an island by passing between it to be devoutly hoped that all vessels and the mainland. Entering the bay visiting the coast will, in the interests between Rugged Head and Wedge
of commerce, as well as of humanity Rock we steamed about three or four and religion, strictly observe a peacemiles, and then opened up a fine ful policy with the unsu-pecting passage half a mile wide and five natives." fathoms deep, by which we enter
III.—Notes of the Monty, and Extracts.
1. DEPARTURE OF A MISSIONARY. The Rev. WILLIAM A. ELLIOTT, appointed to the Station at Hope FOUNTAIN, Matebele Country, Central South Africa, embarked with Mrs. Elliott for Algoa Bay, per steamer Edinburgh Custle, August 23rd.
2. DEATH OF THE REV. ALFRED JOYCE, OF JAMAICA. The Directors regret to announce that they have lost another of the Society's missionaries in the Rev. ALFRED JOYCE, of the Jamaica Mission. Mr. JOYCE had been connected with the Society since the year 1862. His labours were carried on in the central part of the island of JAMAICA-first at the station of Mount Zion and subsequently at that of CHAPELTON. Owing to the failure of his health, our brother returned to England in the spring of 1875; and, during his thirteen months' residence in this country, had been to a great extent an invalid. He resided at Bedford with his family in the midst of friends. A few weeks since, by the kindness of friends, he was enabled to seek some improvement from a visit to the South Coast; but, on returning home again, he sank rapidly and died on the 26th August. Mr. Joyce leaves a widow and young family to mourn his loss.
3. CHINA-NATIVE CHURCH AT AMOY. The Rev. JAMES SADLER, of Amoy, at present in this country, has kindly furnished us with the following extracts from a letter recently received from the oldest native pastor in that city. It is interesting as affording evidence of the existence of a spirit of self-help and faith in God among the Native Churches of South China. The pastor writes :—"The chapel at Hui-on is progressing. Last year (as you remember) we were trying to buy a house outside the north gate, but met opposition, and were unable to carry out our plan. At the end of last year we bought a piece of ground within the district city, and prepared to build a chapel. Again we met with opposition. Our enemies plotted against us; the literary men agreed together to hinder us, after the manner of the chin-chin (opponents). But eventually God helped us, by leading the mandarin to shield us according to justice. Concerning the building of this chapel, I was anxious by day and by night; first, because the enemy schemed to hinder us; secondly, because we lacked funds. Day and night I prayed, and assembled the church to pray, beseeching God to protect us, and provide what was needful. In time we obtained great help from God. He answered our prayer. Ho scattered the schemes of the enemy, so that the chapel could be built; just as when the Jews returning from Babylon to Jerusalem would build the temple, but met with opposition from their foes, God took care of them, and would not allow the foe to triumph. I consider that this event shows the great importance of prayer. Moreover, God opened the hearts of the Christian brethren in these Chang aud Chiu prefecturos, so that they willingly contributed monoy to aid Hui-on. Mr. Stronach also give an additional donation to the chapel, The Scripture says, 'Ask and you shall receive.' Is there not here evidence? The chapel is not completed, because the spring rains were very great, and the building thrown down, causing us distress.''
ject to Annuity 2000 0 0
Sandbach. J. C. Billington,
Stroud. Bedford Street
W. Cooke, Esq.
50 0 0 J. W. A., for Ujiji Mission.. 20 0 0 A.C. Stuart, Esq. .........
10 00 Mr. Chapman
10 0 0 The Misses Smith, arrears from 1875
Fleetroood Independent Cha. 20 0 0
“From different Churches
in Wales towards Com.
28 00 Errol, Mr. and Mrs. F. Moli
son, for Ujiji Mission .... 100 0 0
T. F. Cobb, Esq..........
5 0 0 D. H. Small, Esq. .........
1 1 0 H. W. Smithers, Esq.
1 1 0 | Glastonbury. Miss Somers,
1 0 0 Mr. Stanbridge
1 0 0
Halifax District. Auxiliary 13 16 6
1 0 0
............ 13 96 Dlackheath Auxiliary. N.
Higham Dykes. Miss DunGriffiths, Esq., for Ujiji
1 0 0 Mission.
Hitchin. A Friend, N. YO. 05 0
Lancaster. Auxiliary......290 1 2 Clapton Park Auriliary. T.
Malvern. C. P., by Miss T. Curwen, Esq., for Ujiji
20 00 Mission ..
Neroport (Mon.). Tabernacle
6 17 11 Isleworth. May Collection 3 6 6
Northamptonshire. J. W.Y. Southroark Welsh Congrega
H., for Ujiji Mission.... 500 tional Church. Box...... 1 2 10 I. W. Y. H., for Do. ...... 1 0 0
Greenock. A. C.
Stockrell Chapel. Mrs. Pil
Nottingham. Auxiliary....10000 cher
1 1 0
Osucestry. The late Thomas Stratford Congregational
20 00 Church. May Collection., 21 5 10
Preston. Auxiliary. 23 18 6
5 0 0 Royston District.
7 5 9 Legacy of the late Mr. R.
11 10 0 W. Buckley.... 100 00 Therfield
8 10 1
per Rev.J. L.Green.... 89 15
It is requested that all remittances of Contributions be made to the Rev. ROBERT ROBINSON, Home Secretary, Mission House, Blomfield Street, London, E.C.; and that if any portion of these gifts is designed for a specific object, full particulars of the place and purpose may be given. Cheques should be crossed Bank of England, and Post-office Orders made payable at the General Post-office.
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