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creature,' &c. Baptism had but made His eldest son is a well-known Chris him a Christian outwardly. He must tian poet. Many of the Lyrics in the also, he felt, experience the “Wash

volume published by the Madras Tract ing of regeneration and the renewing Society (a book greatly prized by of the Holy Ghost.' This great inward Christians and others everywhere in change he earnestly sought and joy

the Tamil country--many thousand fully found, and never afterwards lost copies of which have already been the sense of complete acceptance with sold) were composed by him. Another God through Jesus Christ.

son was a most dovoted and useful “The next forty-eight years of this catechist. good man's life were spent in the “ But we must stop. Our limited service of the Mission as schoolmaster, space forbids the record of many intercatechist, and superintendent of the esting facts and anecdotes regarding mission rice-fields respectively. For the life and labours of this exemplary fifteen years he laboured as catechist servant of Christ. For honesty, inat Tamaraculam, with great zeal and

dustry, consistency, hospitality, faithmuch success. The chapel was en- fulness, brotherly kindness and charity, larged and again became too small.

humility, readiness to forgive injuries, The congregation rose to the number and return good for evil, love of prayer of 1,100 souls ; a church was formed ; and the house of God, desire for the three schools were established; Bible- prosperity of Zion and the conversion classes were begun and vigorously of souls, success in attempting to maintained ; villago-to-village and establish the kingdom of heaven-for house-to-house visitation was carried all these things he has had few equals, on; and preaching to the heathen perhaps no superior in these missions. occupied no small share of our friend's During the last twelve years he was time and attention. At this time Mr.

As often as strength Mault speaks of him and his work in would permithe went to the sanctuary, the highest terms; and Messrs. Bennet but for the most part was unable and Tyreman speak of his as a to move beyond his own door. He model native church.' Several who seemed never to tire in relating the had received no instruction but what

story of God's mercy to all who visited he gave them were appointed by Mr. him. He would often say 'I am Mault as catechists and teachers; and quite ready to go, but the Master's five or six, at the request of Mr. order has not yet come.' Then Thomson were sent to Quilon to engage asked, a little before death, whether in mission work, concerning whose he felt sure he was going to Christ, piety and diligence honorable testi- he replied, with a pleasant laugh, mony was borne in after years.

"To whom shall I go if not to Him?* “Whilst a faithful and diligent Several times he was thought to have worker in the church and the world, passed away. His coffin was prepared Gnanapiragasam was not unmindful

and his friends assembled for the of his own household. He stroye to funeral, when to the astonishment of train


his children in the way all he revived. At last, on the 4th of they should go, and had the satisfac

July this year, the long expected call tion of seeing them all become good home had really come, for the spirit and useful men and women. His two

of our brother was found to be not in daughters were married to catechists, the flesh.”

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THE group of stations forming the Society's mission in Central South

Africa extends some five hundred miles north of the Kuruman. Of the six towns at present occupied, the most distant are Inyati and HOPE FOUNTAIN comprising the MATEBELE mission and lying only a few days journey south of the Victoria Falls. In 1859, in two bands, missionaries of the Society set forth for the purpose of founding new missions among the MAKOLOLO and the MATEBELE. Disasters broke up the first. The second was established successfully at Inyati, and although it has encountered many difficulties, it has since grown in influence. In the year 1871, on the re-arrangement of the kingdom, the Rev. J. B. THOMSON opened a new station at HOPE FOUNTAIN. The occupation of SHOSHONG, the head quarters of the Bamangwato tribe, as a mission station took place in 1865. The present missionary is the Rev. J. D. HEPBURN. MOLEPOLOLE called also LOHAHENG, is the principal town of the BAKUENA tribe, ruled by the chief SECHELE. The mission was commenced at KOLOBENG by Dr.. LIVINGSTONE thirty-four years ago; was destroyed by the Boers and abandoned; but was re-opened at the new station by the Rev. ROGER PRICE in the

year 1866. Labours among the BAWANGKITSI located in and around KANYE, were commenced by the Rev. JAMES Good, who removed thither from Shoshong in the year 1871. The Directors have only recently taken up the mission at Morito, which was formerly under the care of the Paris Missionary Society. The condition of the station, as he formed it, is thus described by the Rev. A. WOOKEY at the close of last year :-“We have no building here at present to use for church or school, but we meet under the shade of a splendid large willow tree close by, which, wind and rain excepted, is a very pleasant substitute." Under date May 18th, Mr. WOOKEY gives the following gratifying report of the completion and opening of the new church at Motito :

“In my last letter to you I think I Sunday, May 14th. Mr. Moffat mentioned that we were about build- kindly came over to preach for us, ing a place of worship here. I am with Mrs. Moffat and family. The bappy to say that it is now an accom- fact that such services were to be held plished fact. I set the people to work had become generally known, and we to cut timber for the walls and roof, had a number of strangers here from and also reeds and grass for thatching. all parts of the district. Four young I need Dot enter into the particulars men came on pack-oxen at least a of the building, except to say that hundred miles. On Friday last we after three or four months' hard work, held our first church meeting in the we had it ready for opening last new church, and twelve new members,


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who had been selected from twenty- the natives themselves in aid of the five candidates, were admitted. On feast. I collected about five pounds, Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Moffat and mostly in sixpences and shillings.

other friends arrived from Coffee and sugar was given by some Kuruman. The people were all ex- friends, and also most of the meal for citement, and on Sunday the church, bread. The people themselves brought which holds a few over two hundred milk. Early on Monday twelve goats people, was closely packed. We had

were slaughtered; and about two very interesting services. Eleven dozen pots of various sizes—some of adults were baptized, and about the Sechuana ones being an enormous seventy sat down in the afternoon to size—were set a-going to cook the the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. meat. I can assure you it was a We commence with a church of sixty sight well worth seeing: as the members. At the church meeting we time went on the crowd became appointed one of the members as thicker and more noisy; for if ever a teacher and schoolmaster at Morok- Mocwana enjoys himself, it is when wain. Another is at Pitsane, work. large cooking is going on, and there ing in connection with the church is a prospect of a good foed. The here. Another young man was re- crowd adjourned to the shade of a ceived into the church, who resides at large weeping willow, to which the Konke, a town beyond Morokwain, meat was carried in large native and nearer the Desert. When I visited dishes, and divided amongst them. the people nearly two years ago, I While they were eating the meat the gave him a spelling-book, with which pots were put on again for boiling he set to work to learn to read, getting water for coffee, an enormous quantity help wherever he could. I was sur- of which was made and distributed in prised to find the other day that he buckets. Each one received also a could read well, and had obtained a large piece of bread, and, I think, for good knowledge of the New Testa- once in their lives, they all had ment. He now returns to his dark, enough to eat. A short address and benighted fellow-townsmen

three cheers for Mr. Moffat concluded only representative of Christ's Church, the feast. We had, at least, three to carry on His work amongst them. hundred people present.

In the We are hoping much from these men evening Mr. Moffat exhibited his in this way. My idea is to have as magic lantern in the church, which many as possible of such workers in was again crowded. A short address connection with our church here, and from Mr. Moffat, and salutations from to visit them as often as I can.

the people, closed the proceedings of hoping, too, that we shall be able to a very pleasant day, and one which form a kind of union with the will not be soon forgotten by those churches of Kuruman district under who were present. Mr. Moffat's charge.

“ In a few days we hope to start on “But to return from this digres- a journey to visit all our out-stations; sion. On Monday we had a grand and I am anxious to devote as much feast in commemoration of the church as possible of this winter to establishopening. For a fortnight previously I ing schools in the district at the had been making a collection from various towns and villages."

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2. KANYE.-REV. J. GOOD. Reviewing a period of five years' labour, the niissionary records his conviction that, in the social status of the native tribes no less than in the tone of feeling and action manifested by individuals, evidence is afforded that the Gospel is gradually leavening the mass of heathenism by which he is surrounded. Addressing the Directors, Mr. Good writes:

. “ You remind me that I was the them-seeing they have been the means first to occupy this station, and ask of delivering the women from that whether I have found satisfaction and intolerable drudgery (to which the usefulness. I am most happy to treadmill would be a treat), the digging answer the question in the affirmative. of immense gardens with a broad I have from the day of my arrival to bladed pick, at a time of the year the present been treated by the chief when the rains have not fallen, and and his people with the greatest consequently the heat is, even to them, respect, and my teaching has been most distressing, and these implelistened to by many with pleasing ments, I am glad to say, may now be attention ; and although I have not found in almost every family. much of the couleur de rose in my

“The outward observance of the composition, I should be a very in. Sabbath is another pleasing evidence attentive observer indeed were I not of this progress. I have often been able to trace surprising marks of pro- surprised at their self-denial, even gress in this tribe during the last few when the rains had begun to fall, and years.

it would have been to their advantage The outward indications of it are to commence at once with energy their seen on every hand; even the traders agricultural operations. They have themselves have often expressed waited until the Sabbath was passed, their surprise to me at the immense and although I can see numbers of quantity of clothing purchased by the gardens from my own door, I have natives ; and the beads and trinkets of very rarely seen, during the last two half-a-dozen years ago find a very years, even one of the owners plough. slow market, and are only patronized ing on the Sabbath ; not that I would by that class which may very properly affirm that there is no such thing, but be called intensely heathen. Ploughs, I can say that the difference made again, ought to be taken as a mark of betwixt the Sabbath and the other civilization and advancement amongst days of the week is very gratifying.”

3. PUBLIC WORSHIP. Besides showing an outward reverence for the Sabbath by refraining from ordinary labour, growing numbers of the natives attend the House of God, and appear to take an intelligent interest in the services of the sanctuary.

“When I commenced my labours being continually disturbed by the amongst them,” adds Mr. Good, “I arrival of some stranger with news used to meet a mere handful in the from a distant tribe, the unedifying Chief's enclosure, where we were per

conversation of parties of men sittingin mitted on sufferance, and where we were

groups, preparing and sewing the


skins for Karosses, or the lively gam- to give a synopsis of the Sabbath's bols of troops of calves, or some other discourses, and I can assure you I have distraction which rendered the service often been surprised at their memories oftentimes anything but an edifying and felt a smile to hear my own

sermons reproduced even more accu“Now, I am happy to say, I have a rately than I could have recalled them tolerably good Church, built of poles myself on so short a notice. The and plaister, which holds nearly three chapter is then read, and each makes hundred, and it is often too small for his remarks and asks his question; and my hearers, and some are obliged to the attention shown, and the evidence listen outside.

of interest exhibited by them in these “I have about forty-five enquirers, exercises is to my mind one of the whom I have divided into three classes, most cheering signs, and encourages and they furnish me with my most me much for their future progress. pleasing departments of service. The “ With these facts before me, I think plan I have adopted with them is to take I can comfort myself, and the Directors in my Sabbath ministrations a chapter, too, with the assurance that, although or part of a chapter, and expound it, still unsatisfied, nevertheless the and from it select the texts for the labour expended has not been unday.

blessed; and I also firmly believe that “ This chapter is afterwards read in the seed which has been sown broad. the class, previous to which, however, cast will spring up and yield an I call upon any two indiscriminately abundant haryest."

4. MOLEPOLOLE.REV. C. WILLIAMS. For the past eighteen months the superintendence of this mission has devolved solely upon the Rev. CHARLES WILLIAMS, owing to the return to England on furlough, of the Rev. ROGER PRICE. Mr. Williams thus describes the ordinary work of the station :

Immediately after the departure and were, on the whole, gratifying. of my colleague I made such arrange- Two days in the week I had a class ments as I thought would enable me for instruction in arithmetic and to overtake the whole work of the writing, the attendants being intendstation, and, thanks to the very effi- ing candidates for the Moffat Insticient aid rendered by some of the tution; and one day each week I had more intelligent and earnest members a sermon class, when one of those who of our churches, those arrangements assisted me in the preaching departwere highly satisfactory. I collected ment read a sermon, and listened to all the inquirers, except a few aged the criticisms of the rest. This was a women, into two classes-a male and

most enjoyable and, I believe, useful a femalo—and devoted an afternoon class—useful to the men as tending to weekly to each class. We met to read induce a more careful and thoughtful and study the Scriptures, to converse

preparation for the pulpit, and useful about the sermons on Sunday, and to

to me as helping to familiarise me hear the experience of all who pro- with native modes of thought and fessed to be under religious impression, expression. These classes were largely attended,

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