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and said he was afraid of Martin's great aries live on the borders of this kingdom, magician, to whom he (Martin) bad been having been driven out by the king; but talking,' (when he was praying.)

his people are rapidly learning the truth. “At another time, Sikkakoony gathered The blood of the martyrs is proving fruittwelve small companies of soldiers, in order ful seed. He has killed very many, but to kill a large number of converts who has not yet been able to kill Martin. were gathered in the edge of a piece of Many of the people, who have escaped, woods. Martin was of the number, and on being asked – Did you not feel the king hoped, this time, either to have tempted, just for a moment, to deny him killed or to make him recant. The Christ ?' invariably say — •We never soldiers were ordered to kill the Christians knew that Christ could be denied by a by beating them with sticks, which they believer. It would be a hundred-fold had brought from the woods. The Chris- easier to die than to deny the Lord.'” tians said to the heathen: “You use your weapons against us, and we will nse ours against you; so they all fell down on their

SOUND DOCTRINE AT HARPOOT. knees, and were left to pray for some time. At length the soldiers dragged six of them MR. BARNUM, of Harpoot, in a letter out, away from the rest, and beat them dated December 27, 1867, makes the foluntil their sticks were all used up, and lowing statements respecting views held, they left all the six (one a very old man) and preached, by the native pastor at that for dead, and went to the woods to get place, with reference to the self-support new sticks. As they delayed a little, all of mission churches : the Christians fled and escaped. After · Yesterday was the annual Thanks this, in the night, the six who were beaten giving of the Protestants in Turkey. It recovered enough to crawl away and hide was the anniversary of the grant of the themselves, until they could get out of the Imperial Firman, which constituted them realm, except one, the oldest one, to whom a separate and independent community, Martin went boldly and carried him off and thus secured their freedom. The day for burial, but found him still alive. In a is observed here in a manner not dissimfew days, he too was able to reach a place ilar to an American Thanksgiving. The of safety, by creeping, for two days and a pastor of the church here preached an night, on his hands and knees.

excellent sermon, upon the special claim Among the converts are two broth- which God has upon the gratitude of the ers of the king, also his wife, whom he Protestants in this country, especially for loved very much, it is said. He has many giving them the Bible in their own tongue. concubines, but only one whom he calls In the midst of his remarks he referred to his wife. He tried every way to make a class of persons — not here, that he was her deny her religion, and at length said aware of, but in other places — who comshe, too, must die. He built a room in plain that the missionaries do not secure to which he fastened her, forbidding any one the people all the blessings of civilization to go near her on pain of death. After a in their full development, a high grade day or two he went and called, to see if of education, perfection in agriculture, the she were dying; and getting no response arts and sciences, and the comforts of rehe opened the door to find her— not dead, fined society. He said: “It is not possible but gone. Some one had dug a hole for to import these things from without. The her from the outside. He sent in every missionaries have given us the fountain, direction for her, but she, after many nar- the source of all these, in the Word of row escapes, reached the house of a mis- God. These things we are to seek for sionary, out of the king's realm, where she ourselves, from this fountain. They must is both safe and happy, rejoicing in Christ. grow up within us, must be developed. She left everything for his sake, and says It is childishness to expect them in she is now happier, a thousand times, than any other way. External force applied when with her former king. The mission. is not strength. That only is strength




which inberes in the thing itself. You services. Some of them are married, and can do more real good to yourselves in have children of their own, so that the one year than all the missionaries can do third generation is growing up around us. for you in fifty years. The Evangelical All these the Papists made strenuous efUnion, by true harmony of spirit and of forts to secure, and with some success at effort, can do more in one year to secure first; but for two or three years past, they genuine, permanent progress in this part have nearly all come over on the Protof the country, than all the Americans, estant side. Most of them speak English with all the wealth and talent of America, well, and all adopt foreign manners and can do in fifty years. For the develop- dress. Besides these, we have from 100 ment must be from within, and the result to 200 Coolies on our Hilo plantations. of personal endeavor. The tree must have These are ignorant, and much inclined to root; it must be the source of its own turbulence and vice. We are doing what strength.'

we can to civilize and Christianize them “ This is not a new utterance for him. I all; but it is a slow and difficult work. have often heard him express the convic- Chinamen are increasing all over these tion, that aid from abroad is injurious when islands, and they are forming an element there is the possibility of getting on with- in our population so large and important out it. He is strong in the conviction that as to awaken much prayerful solicitude on no church should receive aid from abroad. our part.” As soon as there is Christianity enough to warrant the organization of a church, there ought to be strength enough, especially with the practice of self-denial, on the part of both pastor and people, to be wholly Under this heading, in the Herald for independent of foreign aid. If aid must January last, brief reference was made to be sought, he would have it sought from the testimony of Mr. William T. Brigham, neighboring churches.

The people will respecting the Sandwich Islands' mission, not lean as hard upon one another as upon before a meeting of the Suffolk Confera distant, unseen, and practically, to them, ence, (Unitarian,) at Boston, in November an impersonal power. They will develop last. A full report of Mr. Brigham's adstrength by trying to stand alone. This dress had not then fallen under the editor's pastor is the brother - in - law of pastor notice. Such a report he saw afterwards, Thomas, who has gone to raise money for in the Christian Register, and found in it the building of a church in Diarbekir !” the following frank and generous state


“I confess to you that, four years ago, I believed, as many Unitarians believed,

that foreign missions were useless and Mr. Coan, writing from Hilo, in Jan- absurd ; or, at least, were only useful to uary last, says: “We have, in Hilo, five teach people how to open

their purses. I stores owned and kept by Chinamen. thought that missionaries were a fanatical, These owners and keepers are all pleas- narrow-minded set of men, who could get ant, polite, and honorable men in their no parishes or societies at home, and went commercial and social relations. We also off to foreign lands because they seemed have several active and intelligent China- to have no other work. But a residence of men as owners and managers of sugar- a year and a half on the Hawaiian islands plantations; and some who have made a was enough and more than enough to uncompetence, and are now living easy lives deceive me. I found there a band of misamong us.

These have married (most of sionaries who, in about forty years, have them) native wives, and are rearing up raised a whole people from the lowest large families of children. Nearly all of depths of barbarism to a civilized condition these children come into our schools and that we might be proud of in New Eng. Sabbath-schools, and attend our Sabbath land. I had heard so many stories of the



deceit, hypocrisy, and tyranny that these holiest of Guru's that ever appeared in missionaries practiced upon the unsophisti- the world, notwithstanding his bitter oppocated natives, that I really believed them. sition to his divine claims. By an arrangeI did not know then, as I do now, from ment of the judge, the discussion is to be what sources those stories came. Since hereafter carried on in writing, and the then I have been in the houses, and answers to the first series of questions I have lived in the families of most all the have finished this evening. The Manager thirty missionaries who, with their prede- has a great dislike to idolatry, and publicly cessors, have effected this great work, and declares his adhesion to the Brahmaism of can bear my testimony, and I do it gladly, Bengal. and will do it anywhere, that I have never “ Persons of his description are increasmet a purer, more devoted, and truer band ing in the country, and our time is come of men than these same foreign mission- already to contend, not with idolatry and aries, sent out by the American Board. its adjuncts, as we have heretofore done, Of course I need not refer to the work but with Atheism, Deism, Unitarianism, they have done there. It is the grandest Universalism, and what not. Kindly pray example of foreign mission work that the for us, that we may stand the heat of batworld has ever seen, perhaps, and might tle, and acquit ourselves like good soldiers be the text for very many sermons; but I of Christ.” think it is familiar to you all."

Mr. Chandler also wrote, respecting the same matters : “ There has been of late, in Madura, a very unusual state of things. Ponnusami Devan, the Manager of the Ramnad Zemindary, has been very friend

ly, and invited the Christians to discusMr. Tracy, of the Madura mission, sion of the claims of Christianity. ... now in this country, has sent to the Barnes, as always, was chief speaker for Missionary House extracts from letters the Christians. The last public discussion received by him, confirming his views, was on the divinity of Christ, at the zillah previously presented, as to an increased school - house. All the educated natives interest in the subject of Christianity of Madura were present, and I dare say among the educated young men of India. Barnes never spoke of Christ to so large He first gives the following, from a letter and intelligent an audience before. He from “ Barnes, one of the seminary teach- did well, though several very unfair quesers,” at Pasumalie: “ Among several items tions, on the decrees of God, etc., were of news here which I should like to men

sprung upon him. Others may write of tion, I have time only to tell you


this, and I will only add, that there is a very feature of religion, now making its appear marked excitement through the town on ance in Madura. Ponnusami Devan, Man- this subject. Many are getting and readager of Ramnad, who now resides in Mr. ing the Bible. Ponnusami has said openly, L—'s bungalow, some time ago sent for to Judge Thomas and me, that he now acus teachers, and very kindly and hospitably cepts ninety-five per cent. of Christianallowed us to dine with him. He brought ity; and before more than fifty of the up several discussions between us and his Brahmins and office-holders he said, – Brahmin pundits; paid a visit to Pasuma- •Prove to me that Christ was divine, and lie, where we had a debate in the seminary I will be a Christian.'” hall; and recently took a prominent part at Mr. Tracy says of the man thus referred a public meeting, presided over by Judge to: "Ponnusami is practically the head of Thomas, in which the divinity of our Lord the great Zemindary of Ramnad, and in was closely attacked.

wealth and influence is not equalled, prob“ The Manager thinks highly of Chris- ably, by any other native gentleman of the tianity, and would accept Christ as the District.”

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munion ware. Four cups, by some means,

have found their way into the field, but MR. POWERS, writing from Oorfa, Cen- no plate, or tankard. For these churches, tral Turkey, mentions a want which might at the very least, four tankards, four readily be supplied by some church or plates,' eight cups, and four baptismal churches, when procuring new commun- basins are needed. Two plates for each ion ware, and disposing of the old, wbich church would be a convenience, but we might be sent to the Missionary House for can do with one for each. Can you, in bim. He states :

some way, procure these articles for us, “ In this Oorfa field there are four or- and thus subserve the good cause, and ganized churches, but not one set of com- rejoice these churches.”



from Mrs. Capron, of the Madura mission;

Mrs. Wheeler, of Eastern Turkey; Mrs. The Treasury. The receipts of the Ladd, from Western Turkey, and others. Board during the month of March were

A letter was also read, written thirty-one only - from donations, $26,866.67, and

years ago, by Mrs. Champion, one of the from legacies, $4,071.05; in all, $30,937.- first missionaries in South Africa. The 72. Last year, for the same month, they letters read, remarks from different ladies, were, from donations, $30,908.14; lega- and devotional exercises, all combined to cies, $6,299.51; total, $37,207.65; show- make this, in many respects, a model meeting a falling off, this year, of $6,299.51. ing, and to inspire hope for the future. For the first seven months of the cur

Beside the three ladies above mentioned, rent financial year, up to March 31st, the the Society assumes the support of ten pareceipts have been, in all, $230,558.05, tive Christian women, employed as Bibleagainst $212,815.80 last year,- - a gain of readers, - two at Smyma, two at Constan$17,742.25. This is by no means equal to tinople, two in the Nestorian mission, and the gain needed to meet appropriations for four in India. the year. Will not pastors and churches

The receipts of the first quarter were note the facts, and see to it that deficien- $2,133.25. From the churches in Boston cies are made up ?

and vicinity, as follows: Old South, $448,25; Essex Street, $209.50; Park Street, $158; Mount Vernon, $166.50; Central,

Berkley Street, $25; Salem Street, THE NEW ENGLAND WOMEN'S FOREIGN MI4- $57; Shawmut, $212; Maverick, East

Boston, $200 ; Phillips, South Boston, The first quarterly meeting of this Sa $66; Elliot, Roxbury, $40; Jamaica Plain ciety was held at Old South Chapel, in and West Roxbury, $85; Chestnut Street, Boston, on the 6th of April. The occa- Chelsea, $58; Broadway, Chelsea, $108; sion called out a large number of active a friend in Boston, to support a BibleChristian ladies, and the meeting was one reader in the Mahratta mission, $30. of very great interest. Letters were read From “M.,” Providence, R. I., $5; and from different parts of the country, express- L. S. R. H., Little Mass., $5. ing lively sympathy with the object, --- from The following persons bave been made Mrs. Edwards, soon to join the Zulu mis- life members by the payment of $25 each, sion; from Miss Andrews, now on her way to during the last month : Mrs. Julius A. China; and from Miss Parmelee, appointed Palmer and Mrs. E. C. Parkhurst, of to Mardin, in Eastern Turkey, — all of Mount Vernon church; Mrs. M. H. Simpwhom are to be supported by the Society; son, Mrs. Ezra Farnsworth, and Mrs. J.



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Kittredge, of Park Street church ; Mrs. consented to spend the winter at Sidon,
William B. Wright, by ladies of Berkley with her adopted daughter, and superin-
Street church; Miss Sarah E. Holland, tend the school, gratuitously, as “purely
and “a friend,” Essex Street church; a labor of love." The boys' school at Si-
Mrs. C. W. Freeland, Mrs. S. Grover, don was also more flourishing than ever
Mrs. Elizabeth Kendall, Mrs. Linus Child, before; the Sabbath congregation was in-
Central church ; Mrs. Jeremy Drake, creasing; and there were

urgent calls Phillips church, South Boston; Mrs. James for religious teachers and schools” from Stone, Shawmut church; Mrs. William R. several places in the vicinity. Lovejoy, Mrs. W. Bates Lovejoy, Salem The report of the Beirut station, for Street; Mrs. E. B. Huntingdon, Elliot 1867, notices “manifest tokens of the church, Boston. Mrs. Jacob Mitchell, presence and favor of the Holy Spirit,” Chestnut Street, Chelsea; Mrs. A. Sweet- and the addition of fourteen members to ser, Broadway church, Mrs. J. A. Copp the church by profession. During ten and Mrs. S. E. Herrick, by ladies of months, the Native Evangelical Society Broadway church, Chelsea ; Mrs. N. G. had collected 7,000 piasters, expended Clark, rs. R. Pierce, and Mrs. Fiske, chiefly in the support of a book magazine of West Roxbury; Mrs. Richard Borden, in the city, and a traveling colporter, who Miss Carrie Borden, Mrs. Nathan Durfee, had found much to encourage him in his Mrs. Hall Remington, and Mrs. Robert K. work. Young men of the church had susRemington, Fall River, Mass.

tained a Sabbath service, throughout the year, at Kefr Shîma, six miles from the city, a monthly collection being taken in the church to defray the expenses. This

collection had amounted to 463 piasters; Greece. Dr. King wrote February 17: and monthly collections for the poor, in" Nothing further has been done with re- cluding the persecuted community at Sagard to my trial, before the criminal court.” feeta, amounted to 3,648 piasters. The * The native laborers here, mentioned number of pages issued from the press in my letter of December 7, [Herald for during the year was 5,089,000, of which March, page 82,] are doing a great work.” 508,000 were pages of Scripture. Num.

ber of volumes, 16,800. Syria. The Syria mission sends an earnest appeal for a reinforcement of at least Central Turkey. Mr. and Mrs. Adams three men, giving urgent reasons for send- removed to Adana in November last, ing them at the earliest possible time, and where they were “warmly received by showing that any long delay must “endan- the brethren.” Mr. Adams wrote, Januger vital interests."

ary 31st, that difficulties which had long A sad accident occurred, in February, existed in the Protestant community there, in the new church-building at Beirut. By so that he greatly shrank” from going to some mistake of the workmen, the neces- that field, had been apparently settled; sary support of arches which were being the congregation had increased from 140 erected in the inside was removed too soon, to 260, as an average number; and the and they “fell with a terrible crash, killing women, who have heretofore strongly retwo men and injuring three others." sisted the light, “now come to public wor

Mr. Eddy wrote from Sidon, January ship in such numbers that, last Sabbath, 31, that the female boarding-school there there were more than could be accomhad been in quite successful operation modated in our little chapel." “ Several since the first of November. There were Greeks have avowed themselves Protest13 pupils. The missionaries had been un- ants"; and the Armenians have “hurried able to procure suitable native teachers, one of their so-called eloquent preachers and Mrs. Watson, a pious English lady, down from Constantinople, to stem the who has long had a very flourishing school current setting so strongly in favor of an in Shemlan, on Mount Lebanon, kindly inquiry into Protestantism.” “The little

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