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VI.— Notes of the Month, and Extracts.

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1. ARRIVALS IN ENGLAND. The Rev. ROGER PRICE, on the completion of his mission to ZANZIBAR and EASTERN CENTRAL AFRICA, per steamer Agra, September 6th.

MRS. WESLEY from MADAGASCAR, per steamer Agra, September 6th.

The Rev. W. G. MAWBEY, from CUDDAPAH, South India, per steamer Macs donia, September 17th.

The Rev. W. E. COUSINS, Mrs. Cousins, and family, from ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, per steamer African, September 19th.

2. CHINA.-HANKOW. Under date June last, the Rev. GRIFFITH JOHN writes thus to the Directors:“The past six months have been the most fruitful we have seen at Hankow, forty-eight adults and six children having been baptised, more than wo generally have in a year. The next six months will, I trust, prove equally fruitful, if not more so. Many of our converts were greatly quickened last year, and they are working well this year, whilst some of the young converts are full of firem real Welsh fire !"

3. TAHITI. The islands of the South Pacific Ocean are rising in importance. Consul Miller, in his report this year from Papeete, Tahiti, states that less than a generation ago the exports from Tahiti were under £10,000 in value ; but in 1874 they had reached £110,00 O at wholesale prices at the place of export. The chief export is cotton (clean), of which in that year 887,400lb., of the value of £36,302, were shipped to other countries. The greater portion of the cotton is the produce of Tahiti itself. But the three items of export next in importance come chiefly from the Paumotu or Low Islands, dependencies of Tahiti, in which, however, a port (Anaa) is opened this year for direct exportation of merchandise. These three items are coprah (dried cocoanut kernels), exported to the value of £20,191 in 1874 from Tahiti; pearl shells, 410 tons, of the value of £20,530; and cocoanut oil, 311 tuns, of the value of £11,190. A portion also of these exports cons isted native products collected and brought to Tahiti from the French po esession of the Marquesas, or from the neighbouring inde pendent groups such as the Society or Leeward Islands, the Hervey group, &c. Among the other exports of 1874 from Tahiti were 4,969,000,000 oranges, and 152 tons of fungus, edibl o, for China. The trade between Tahiti and its dependencies is conducted by vessels bearing the French protectorate flag, the trade not being open to foreign shipping. Tahiti itself consumes a considerable quantity of live stock and other provisions obtained from the surrounding groups of islands. The invoice value of the imports at Tahiti in 1874 from other parts than South Sea Islands is estimated at about £125,000; one-third appears te have been brought in British ships.—The Illustrated Missionary Neu's.

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CORRECTION.—In the “ Notes” of last month, by a typographical error, the date of the REV. A. JOYCE's death was stated to have been 26th August. That event occurred on the 26th July,

VII.-Contributions.

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From 17th August to 15th September, 1876.
LONDON.

Dorking. West Street .... 14 4 0 Glasgow, for support of Girl
M. C. .....
.....40000

in Mrs. Edkin's School,
Great Bridge
5 126

600 T.J. Edwards, Esq.

10 00
Guernsey. Auxiliary

...... 30 0 0

Hawick.. Per Mrs. Wilson, " Thou hast enlarged me

Rev. A. Duff, Sherbrooke, when in distress 1000 Haverhill. Old Chapel 0 12 2 Canada

100 Dr. J. R. Bennett, for Ujiji Hertford. Legacy of the

Motherwell. Mr. Jas. Black 2 0 0 Mission 5 50 late Mr. George Harding.. 19 19 6

Nairn. Auxiliary, for 1875. 18 16 1 A Friend 500 Huddersfield Ramsden St.

Ditto, for 1876. 12 13 9 Cha., for Native Teacher, E. M. H., for Widows' Fund 2 0 0 Madagascar

12 50

Per Rev. E. 4. Wareham. W.C. M. Jenner ..........

1 0
0 Lapford
2 0 0 Aberfeldy

5 3 0

Bankfoot, Perth Miss Tubbs, for India 100 Leek. Auxiliary

43 40 Buchan

13 03 Culsalmond

10e Mr. James Porter, Forest

Matlock Bath

3 8 0

Dalry Kirkcudbright) 1 17 0 HIN, Missionary Box .... 0 13 4

Dingwall

4 2 1 Nottinghamshire. Auxiliary10000 Dollar

12 15 0 Mr. J. Saunders ............ 0 10 0

Dumfries ..........

1 ll 6 Olney 2 14 3 Forres

16 1 2 Highgate. Auxiliary ...... 10 0 0

Grantown .......

3 10 6 Miss Bodkin 100 Ongar. Moiety of collection 500 Harray

1 2 1 Invergarden ..

18 Lover Clapton. Rev.F.Soden, Parkstone, near Poole. Collec. 2 5 0 Inverness

15 09 for Ujiji Mission 1 1 0 Rev. Walter Gill 1 1 0 Jedburgh ..

409

0 16 2 Stepney. Collected by Mrs. Rochdale. Auxiliary .....104 10 4

Kirkwall

7 19 6 Bacon, for Mrs. J. R. Providence Chapel ...... 20 7 8 Linlithgow

2 2 6 Bacon's School, Cuddapah 3 0 0

Melrose

4 10 6 Sedgley. Cong. Chapel 5 94 Peterhead

10 20 Sutton. Legacy of the late

Rosskeen .........

100 Rev. James Moreton .... 1000 South Cheriton ............ 2 14 1

Sandwiok..........

0140 Stirling

9 16 2 Troickenham. Edwin Gaze,

Stalbridge ....
2 18 9 Strathpeffer ...

5 28 Esq., for Ujiji Mission.... 50 0 0

Stromness

OS 3
Tewkesbury. Auxiliary .... 8 4 0 Stuarttield. ......
COUNTRY.

Thornhill

0 12 3 Tideswell

2 11 10 Armitage, near Rugeley

Thurso .....
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10 14 0 Bakewell

Uckfield. The late Miss E.
16 15 0
Mannington

5 00 Barrow-in-Furness. Mr. Jas.

IRELAND
Mayor ..

Wallingford. Market Place
100
Church ...

5 5 0

Ballooley. Bequest of the Bideford. Collection ...... 6 150

late Mr. Ebenezer Martin 10 00 Wellingborough. Mrs. T. s. Bishop's Stortford. Mr.Ashby

Curtis, for Chinese Evan-
Wiffen

3000
gelist," Josiah Viney"
2 2 0

FOREIGN AND COLONIAL
Wimborne.......

2 2 Brill. Auxiliary

SOCIETIES. 5 9 7

Worksop. Auxiliary 5 1 10 Bristol. Rev. R. P. and Mrs.

Brisbane

Wharf Street Church, for
Clarke, for Ujiji Mission.. 1000
Wotton-under-Edge. T. S.

Widows' Fund
Broronhills, near Walsall.... 4 20

Child, Esq., for Ujiji
Mission .......
........ 10 00

Goverville. South Prestos
(Australia) ..........

Ill 4 Cannock.

5 2 0
Wrington. Miss Northmore 0 100

For Malua

100 Chulmleigh 4 2 0

South AfricaDerby. J. Denston, Esq., for

SCOTLAND.

Per Rev. W. Thompson,

Cape Town. The Misses Ujiji Mission ............100 0 Edinburgh. J. Melrose, Esq.100 0 0 Anderson, Swellendam. 3 0

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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..

YATES & ALEXANDER, Printers, Chancery Buildings, Chancery Lane, London,

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Christian Hope— Its Nature and Jufluence. Hope is that faculty of our nature by which man looks into the future, picturing it more or less radiant with scenes of brightness and prosperity, some day to be realised and enjoyed. It is unquestionably one of the most powerful springs of human action, inspiring the subjects of it with fervid desire and earnestness, and stirring them to efforts which otherwise they would be too sluggish to put forth. Doubt is enfeebling. Despair withers up our energies ; but hope bears us on in the most arduous and difficult enterprises. What spirit would the husbandman have for effort in seed-time, if he despaired of, or were even doubtful as to the harvest ? But hope pictures to him his fields, laden with rich and luxurious crops, waving in the autumnal breeze; and animated by the prospect, he drives the ploughshare through the soil, gathers out the weeds, and scatters in the precious seed. Thus, too, the homeward-bound mariner imagines himself under his own roof-tree, rejoicing in the society of those he loves ; but aware that the wings of imagination cannot carry him thither, he spreads his sails to the breeze, and takes every advantage of wind and tide to speed his vessel over the surging sea. And so with all. Take away hope from a man, then, unless driven by pain or by poverty, he will sit down and do nothing. Inspire him with hope, and his nature is stirred to its depths ; his powers are roused to action; he heeds not toil nor danger as he presses towards the coveted prize.

Hope is a feature of our nature which distinguishes us from the inferior creatures around us. The beasts of the field and the fowls of the air do not anticipate. They emphatically “ take no thought for the morrow." No ray of hope from the future influences any one of them.

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