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mountain side, feeling how much land remained to be possessed even in

SIVAGASI AND BISHOP SARGENT. this province. With regard to the work at Siong Chie, there is, I think, every reason

IVAGASI must ever be a spot of special interest to all who for us to thank God and take courage. Mr. Wolfe has, I believe, sent

are concerned in the spread of Christ's kingdom, as being you the account of the conversion of two brothers here who were once

the resting-place of the sainted Ragland. In a peaceful much opposed to Christianity, but who, since another brother's peaceful

tope of trees just outside of Sivagasi rest the mortal death, have quite changed. I was much pleased with the earnestness of

remains of that devoted missionary. Near the grave is these two young men. They afford great help to the catechist, accompany

the bare, rude-looking building in which Mr. Ragland ing him to the surrounding villages to preach ; and as they are tea farmers

committed his soul, and the work he so dearly loved, to his loving Saviour, they have very little to do, except at certain seasons of the year. The

leaving his faithful brethren, Messrs. Fenn and Meadows, to carry on eldest brother of this family still delays to join himself to the Church,

the work. although he comes to listen, and does not at all interfere with his

When Mr. Ragland died there was no church at Sivagasi, and only brothers; it seems that he is still living in sin, The youngest boy, a

a small congregation gathered out from among the heathen by a Native bright intelligent lad of about sixteen, regularly attended the services until

brother. No bell, raised aloft, made known the return of the blessed day lately; his mother, however, now forbids his doing so, saying that she

of rest. Those who professed to be followers of Christ were indeed poor wants him to keep her company at home. The old lady told me that

and ignorant, having no proper teachers over them. she was glad for her sons to be Christians, and that she would herself

How great the contrast now! towering above every other building is come to church if there were any women there. I might mention that

the Christian's Church. There it stands, a constant witness to the the catechist is a single man, and according to Chinese etiquette, women

truth; being entirely white, it is a conspicuous object for miles round. are debarred from coming to the services. This evening paid a visit to

No one can enter the town without being arrested by that silent preacher, the landlord of the chapel. He is very well off, I fancy, and he told me

if they would but heed to its loving warning voice. that as soon as he had finished tea-picking he quite intended to attend

Among the Christians (still a little flock) are those who are known the services, that he had ceased the worship of idols, as he quite saw they

and respected by the heathen, men also of wealth and position. On each were useless. As there was a good-sized idol in the room I thought I returning Sabbath the church bell calls to prayer and praise, and the would test his words, so I said to him, " Oh, I am very glad, and I dare

hearing of the Word read and expounded. At present the Mission say you wouldn't mind giving me that idol there to take to Foochow, I Dresser, or Medical Evangelist, is in charge of the congregation. May should like to send it to England.” He replied, “Yes, certainly,”and as

the day be not far off when there will be a pastor at Sivagasi entirely it was rather large I said I would send for it. When I did so, about an supported by the congregation! The people are very anxious to have a hour afterwards, he said that he was quite willing to let me have it, but

pastor, and promise to support him entirely in the course of a few years. that his wife refused to do so. I think that there are more idols in the

They are willing at once to build a house for him, if sent. Some among Kiong Ning Fu district than in any other I know, and perhaps this is the Christians are hopeful of a large movement towards Christianity, if why such opposition is manifested against our preaching or renting in the

only due means be taken. city.

A weekly open-air service is held at a junction of four streets, consistThe absence of graves in this district is also remarkable, the dead

ing of singing and preaching. Four addresses are usually delivered, being interred in pots all along the road side. It seems that when any

while half a dozen of the Sachiapuram Boarding-school boys act as body dies the body is put into a coffin, and placed about a foot

choristers. A pulpit has been made for the purpose, which takes to under ground for a year, when the coffin is opened and the body burnt,

pieces, and is carried to and fro by the boys. These services always draw the bones being preserved and put into earthenware pots about three feet

together from eighty to one hundred persons. in height, and placed in little caves by the roadside. It is very curious Now a word about Bishop Sargent's visit-a visit long looked forward to see thousands of these pots covered with paper money and charms,

to by the Christians at Sivagasi. At length, expectata dies adest (the which are placed on them at certain times each year.

It was very

expected day is come]-a day to be long remembered by the people—a pleasant to notice here that the people were not the least afraid of

busy day for the good Bishop. Although he had delivered two addresses a foreigner. Even the smallest children very soon made friends with me, here, one in the morning, and the other at the Confirmation Service at whereas, at Foochow, and some other places, the women and children run noon, in compliance with the earnest request of the Christians of away as though we were cannibals or wild beasts. This is, of course, in Sivagasi, he consented to deliver a third address at Sivagasi in the consequence of the absurd stories which are told about us.

evening. Accordingly, at 8 P.». he and I started for Sivagasi ; on the April 25.-Started this morning for Ku Cheng, a three days' journey,

road we were met by half a dozen men carrying torches, lent for the and called at Siong Po, a new station about seven miles from Siong Chie.

occasion from the heathen temple! As we neared the town a crowd This place has been occupied about six months, and as yet no fruit has

began to gather, which thickened as we approached the church. On appeared; there seemed to be no opposition manifested, and the catechist entering the church we found it filled with Christians and heathen, the is allowed to preach without hindrance.

latter predominating. Although there was a large crowd outside the To-night reached a large place called Sang Tau (Mountain head),

church, perfect order was kept during the whole service. The Bishop where we have tried, but as yet in vain, to rent a chapel. The people spoke

from the words “What is truth ?." The address was most suitseem very much afraid of foreigners, and I had great difficulty in getting able, and listened to most attentively by those present, and will long be a bed. After I had done so I took a walk outside the village, followed by

remembered by many who heard it. Bishop Sargent is still, thank God, a great crowd of people. I sat down on a bridge near the village, and

hearty and strong, and able to get through a good day's work. May he was able to tell the people my business by means of some Ku Cheng men

long be spared to Tinnevelly !

Hugh HORSLEY. who were present. The people, for the most part, had never seen a

Sachiapuram, August 16th. foreigner before, and they believed that we can see into the ground and tell where to dig for gold, silver, &c., a distorted notion, evidently, of

"NO LEISURE.” geology; it was in vain that I assured them it was not so, that only a few men who studied the earth and its formation were able to give an

1T is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master"; and an opinion about it with some probability, and that my eyes were the same

extract sent to us from a private letter from Miss Laurence of as theirs, except in colour; they insisted that it was not so, and that if I

Ningpo (see GLEANER, February and November, 1877, and was willing I could tell them where to find precious things. After supper

September, 1878] reminds us of certain days in Galilee, 1800 years ago :I walked down the street, and at the invitation of the owner, sat down in Although the schools broke up on Monday, I have had no rest yet to a cake-shop for some time, while the colporteur, who understood the speak of. This is the great month for worshipping the Thunder God, dialect, told them of the doctrines his books contained, and sold some whose temple is close by. I have had an awning with mats put up from portions of the Scriptures.

the house to the gate, and seats and a small table for tea-cups, and since April 27.-To-day a man called after me," Jesus' teacher! come and Monday we have had very little quiet. On Tuesday there were relays the drink tea." I therefore entered his house, and was soon surrounded by whole day from 8 A.M. till 6 P.M. The poor Bishop [Russell] only tried the neighbours. We were only about a mile from Sek Lek Tu, and of talking once in the chapel, and then he got into such a heat (at 9 A.M.) course these people knew all about our doctrines, indeed some of this that he had to change every vestige of clothing, and has been hoarse ever man's relatives are Christians. I told him I hoped he would go to the since. You would have been much amused at some of them. One old services at Sek Lek Tu. He begged me to have dinner with him, but I nun came and worshipped me, and when I stood up, assuring her I was preferred to go on to Sek Lek Tu, where an interesting work is still of the same nature as herself, she only smiled and nodded, and then going on, there being several inquirers and candidates for baptism. Was asked, “ Is this a male or a female god ?” This morning three women, glad to reach Ku Cheng to-night, where we had the usual Saturday sisters, have been in, all widows without sons; two of them have one little evening prayer meeting.

girl. They had never heard anything of “the doctrine" at all. April 29.—Started for Foochow, and arrived there on the 3rd of May, Mrs. Russell has had two women also busy all the time on her verantruly thankful for the protection afforded me in my journeyings.

dah, and the chapel has been open several hours every day with a succession of speakers, so I do hope we may reap a few sheaves this time.

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THE LITTLE SHIPS ON THE LAKE.

BIBLE-WOMEN AT AMRITSAR. (Suggested by the late LIEUT. Smith's Sketch in the March GLRANER.)

N reply to a request we addressed to the Society's

devoted lady missionary at Amritsar, Mrs. Elmslie, ESIDE the rippling lake He found a home : At morn He walked along the wave-kissed shore;

that she would kindly supply the GLEANER with He watched the mirrored blue, the tossing foam,

some information to accompany the above picture, The fisher's gliding sail or toiling oar.

she informs us that the photograph was taken in “A little ship should wait on Him," He said,

1875, at the same time as the one engraved in our September When round His feet the thronging people pressed ; number, and that some changes have taken place in the group The waves, that wildly rocked His sleeping head,

since then. Mrs. Elmslie herself is the central figure. The Sank at His word to silence and to rest.

two other English ladies were Miss Wauton and Miss Hasell, Now let the dawn on broader waters break !

missionaries of the Indian Female Instruction Society, and the Dark faces flock to greet Thy coming, Lord !

latter has since married. The four sitting Bible-women, beginThe little ships are on the mighty lake, The sail, the oar, are waiting for Thy word.

ning from our left hand, were named Elizabeth, Susan, Sophy, Let the full net be drawn at Thy command,

and Jane; the two standing, Chrissie and Maggie. Bibi When night seems long, and hours of labour vain

Elizabeth and Bibi Jane (Bibi corresponds to our Mrs.] “have Far from his home, upon a sultry strand,

been called up Higher." Bibi Chrissie “has proved unsuitable The fisher follows Thee, in toil and pain.

work for her work.” Bibi Sophy“ is married and away." Bibi The stars that glittering gild the purple wave,

Maggie" is now at a village distant from Amritsar." Of Bibi
No longer light Thy lonely midnight way :

Susan, Mrs. Elmslie sends the following interesting account:
Let not the water be the boatman's grave!
Still for Thine own, O Saviour, watch and pray !

In looking at this little group of missionaries and Bible-women my

eye rests with pleasure on the face of Bibi Susan, the teacher referred to See where they sit in error's darkest night,

in “Sketches of the Punjab Mission ” in the GLEANER for July. Eighteen And weeping slaves in death's deep shadow dwell ;

years ago she might have been seen, a pilgrim among many others to the Rise, Sun of Righteousness ! our Life, our Light !

holy city of Benares. She had felt the burden of sin, but was assured Like their bright waves, let songs of freedom swell. by her father and husband, both Brahmins, that she had but to bathe in Now let them come with eager, out-stretched hand,

the sacred river Ganges and be pure. She did all she was told, and To touch Thy robe, or take a blessing given;

returned with her family and friends to her home on the borders of With healing finger reach “ the Morian's land,"

Kashmir unsatisfied and unsaved. Some time later she was taken to And break for fainting thousands bread from Heaven. another of the many shrines which Hindus frequent in the neighbour

M. hood of Beawr, and while performing the prescribed rites, she overheard

an Englishman speaking to a crowd of listeners about the One True God. FESTIVAL OF THE JAPANESE GOD OF WAR.-Respecting the picture on She strained her ears to hear. He spoke with a foreign accent, and the opposite page, the Rev. George Ensor writes that it represents the festival

much of what she heard was strange to her, but this she did learn, that of the Hachi-man, an ancient Japanese Mikado, who is now worshipped as the god of war.

the One True God “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten He appears on one of the banners in the guise of a warrior. Gigantic swords and suits of armour are set out in his honour. Hachi-man

Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everwas an emperor of the 16th dynasty (says Hepburn)

about A.D. 275. In his lasting life.” It struck her as a marvellous revelation, and she longed reign the Chinese classics and the art of weaving were introduced into Japan,

to go and ask the earnest teacher to tell her more, but it was impossible.

years after.

Her husband hurried her away, but he could not obliterate that revelation with his own hands, arranged it as prettily as his means allowed, and from her mind.

laid in a store of provisions and firewood, that Faith might find all she It would occupy too much of our readers' time were I to relate all required. poor Susan had to endure before her yearning desire to know more was The wedding-day was fixed for the 10th of December, 1874–just the gratified. She at last found her way from her mountain home to time of the year when the coolness of the climate makes it very refreshing, Amritsar, where, she had been told, she would find "a teacher of women,” and Nature appears in her glorious raiment, as with us in our beautiful the kind and indefatigable wife of the Rev. T. H. Fitzpatrick, then May days. Three other couples were married at the same time. The stationed there as Missionary of the C.M.S. She was welcomed at the brides were all orphans who had been brought up at Secundra. Mission House, and patiently and lovingly taught. Her husband and Although from her special endowments Faith was entitled to a higher friends expostulated and warned her that if she received baptism she position in life than the one upon which she now entered as the wife of a could never again have anything to do with her children, or with them. compositor in a printing office, yet in her humility she willingly underShe answered, “ Christ is more to me than all, and He has said, She that took the work of her little modest house, feeling thankful that God had doeth the will of My Father the same is My sister. I will follow Him." given her a Christian husband, who loved her dearly, and truly happy She was baptized, and never again saw her husband, who died a few that she could remain at Secundra. “I should never wish to leave

Secundra,” she said, "even if Matthias could earn more in another place.” Many years elapsed, and Bibi Susan employed them well

, first as She was reminded that perhaps the Lord might require her services elseteacher and then as Bible-woman. She was married to the catechist where, at some future time, for mission work, and then she expressed her T-, a convert from Sikhism, and won the respect and love of all willingness to make the sacrifice from love to Him. classes of the people among whom she laboured. But her heart yearned The Christian village where Matthias and Faith lived lies near the over the children from whom she had so long been separated, and in Orphanage. It consists of two parallel streets, tolerably wide, and very 1874, she made a request for three months' leave, that she might visit clean, a short cross road uniting them. From this through a shady her old home. It was granted, and she set off in her little doolie (litter), avenue the churchyard could be reached in less than ten minutes. This with two trusted bearers, promising to send us news of her arrival as soon had long been a favourite spot with Faith. Here she had often gladly as possible. Some time passed, and we began to feel uneasy at hearing tarried with her beloved teacher, and they had held earnest conversations nothing from her, for Mankote is beyond British territory, and under about the love of Jesus, salvation through faith in Him, and the power strict Hindu rule. At last, after she had been absent six weeks, one of He gives His own people to overcome sorrow, and triumph over death the bearers arrived with the startling, intelligence that our dear friend and the grave, in the certain hope of a glorious resurrection. was under arrest, and that the Maharajah's officials were very angry with It was a very modest little home to which Matthias led his bride. Like her for having read the Ingil (i.e., the Gospel) from house to house in

all other houses in Secundra, it looked more like a mound of mud than her native village. A letter was dispatched at once by the Commissioner, anything else-had a flat roof, a low entrance, door, and no windows; but General Reynell Taylor, claiming for her the privileges of a British it was adorned by a beautiful tree in front, and within its simple furniture subject, and ere long we had the pleasure of seeing her safe in Amritsar was neat and well arranged. A niche in the wall of the sitting-room held again. She had found her relations, but had not found her darling first- a number of books; here the sacred treasure of the house, God's Word, born son. He was gone. Death had made many other changes, and had its place, and also the devotional books for daily use, as Matthias and her change of religion had apparently turned the hearts of her kindred Faith began and ended each day with family prayer. This was Faith's from her.

unpretending but pleasant home, and here she felt so comfortable that Nothing daunted, in the summer of 1877 she again asked leave of she seldom left it. It was no temptation to her to run into the houses of absence, and spent two months at Mankote, earnestly seeking to impress her acquaintances, or join in the village gossip. on the hearts of her only remaining son and his wife, her brothers,

At first Faith sometimes found it hard to perform all the rough housesisters, and friends, the same marvellous truth which had brought peace work, though she had been accustomed to do it at the Orphanage until and joy and everlasting life to herself.

she became a teacher ; but she could not keep a servant, and was therefore It may interest some to know that she is now occasionally visited by obliged to work herself. She had to rise early that she might prepare a some of her relations, and that her sister and her husband have come to warm meal for her husband before eight o'clock, when he went to bis live near her. It was pleasant to see her joy over them when, for the business, from which he returned at six in the evening. In January and first time, they came to the Christian's church with her. I would ask February the mornings are bitterly cold, and Faith's little fingers were so the prayers of all who have read her story, that those who are bound to sadly frozen one day whilst washing the brazen vessels in the court, soon her by the ties of nature may be united with her in the still sweeter bonds after her marriage, that she burst into tears. Matthias saw what had of the Gospel.

MARGARET ELMSLIE. happened, and he was so touched that he sent her into the house to warm

herself, whilst he washed and polished the vessels. Ever afterwards he

helped her whenever he could. “I do it only from love to you,” he FAITH NANDO:

would say, " for I would do it for no one else.”

The married couple did not neglect public worship. “It is nowhere so A TRUE STORY OF SECUNDRA.

beautiful as here,” Faith said, “and God's service in Secundra sinks III.

deeply into my heart.” Her clear voice could be distinguished in the

singing from those of the other village women. Occasionally, when not (Continued from p. 120.)

busy in the house, she was glad to visit the superintendent and the two HE gentle maiden, now eighteen years old, had everywhere ladies who conducted the institution which had been the home of her won the love and esteem of those around her.

childhood. There was a young man named Matthias in the Christian At Christmas Faith had the great pleasure of once more seeing her village, who had been brought as an orphan boy to Secun- early and specially loved teacher, who spent some weeks in Secundra and dra, and educated in the school. He was now

compositor its neighbourhood, on her way to Europe, whither she was obliged to return in the printing office connected with the mission station, on account of her health. Faith had much to tell about her husband's having a house of his own, and a sufficient, though only moderate goodness to her, and her little household affairs. When Miss H. was taken income. He often noticed Faith in church, and was delighted with ill at Agra, Faith could not rest until her husband allowed her to go and her quiet Christian behaviour, her devout singing and expression. He nurse her kind friend. Matthias gave her leave, though reluctantly, to had long wished for a pious, gentle wife, who would be a loving help remain ten days, going to the city several times by waggon himself in to him. What maiden more suitable than Faith? But would she have order to see her for a few hours. The farewell to Miss H. was a great him ? According to Indian custom, a man must not himself speak in grief to Faith, who felt that though they might write to one another, there the first instance to the object of his choice. So Matthias went to the was little hope of their meeting again on earth. The children of God missionary clergyman, and begged him to communicate his wish to Faith. know that they have a home above, where there will be no sorrow or The missionary readily agreed, because he knew Matthias was an upright, separation, but an eternal reunion in the presence of their Lord and pious young man, and therefore hoped Faith would be happy with him, Saviour. There Faith desired that her heart might evermore dwell, and and that their married life would be a bright example to the natives she comforted herself with the Word of God. around. Faith, however, found it very difficult to give her consent. Not Towards the end of the summer God sent Matthias and Faith a little only was she so happy in her situation as teacher that she would gladly son, over whom they greatly rejoiced. Soon after, Faith became so ill have continued her work for some time longer, but she had an ardent that she could not remain in her own loved home, because there was no desire to be permitted, when she grew older, to carry the sweet message one to nurse her except her husband, and she was taken to the hospital at of pardon and peace through Jesus Christ to her heathen countrywomen. Agra with her baby. Here she got no better, and had the grief of seeing Still Matthias was not willing to give her up, and, as it is the custom in her little one fading away. So after a few days they returned to Secundra, India for all young women to be married, unless sickness or other cir- where in baptism the child was taken into covenant with God and received cumstances prevent, Faith was at length persuaded to accept his offer. the name of Edward. When the Saviour took their darling to Himself, Who more bappy than Matthias ? He cleaned his little house thoroughly two days afterwards, the sorrowing parents were comforted with the thought that they should meet him hereafter in heaven. The frail

BISHOP CROWTHER: HIS LIFE AND WORK. earthly shell was laid in a little coffin, adorned with many flowers, and was carried to the churchyard, followed by most of the boys from the institution and the singers from the girls' choir, who both on the way and

X.-FIRST FRUITS ON THE NIGER. at the grave sang some beautiful Hindustani hymns; but their voices

WARM welcome awaited the missionary party, as the were almost choked by their tears, and the elder boys, who had been

Investigator dropped anchor opposite Onitsha on the brought up with Matthias, wept as much as the friends of Faith.

evening of September 5th, 1862. But a significant illustraAfter this Matthias nursed his little wise day and night with most

tion of the difficulties which have always beset the Niger devoted love, and she really seemed to improve. When one of the ladies

Mission, owing to the want of frequent and regular comwent to see her and said how rejoiced she should be when Faith could

munication, is supplied by Crowther's experience on this return her visit, Faith laughed and told her that as she felt very weak she occasion. The steamer was to leave at 5 A.M. the next morning, so would get a stick to help her on her way. She sent by her visitor many that he had no opportunity of seeing chiefs or people, and had to spend greetings over the sea to Miss H., with renewed thanks for all the tokens the whole night in hearing from Langley, the teacher who had been left of her love. But even the help of a stick was not sufficient to enable in charge, the auconnt of his labours. However, Mr. Taylor had come Faith to leave her room; whenever she got up she had to be carried from back to his old post to settle with his family, and to him fell the glad her bed to a chair and back again. Soon afterwards the teacher removed task of taking up the work. He found twenty-nine adults, who had Faith to her own house, having a bed prepared in the sitting-room that embraced the Gospel, awaiting baptism; and on the first Sunday nearly the invalid might have experienced nursing, and all the nourishment she 400 people attended the public service. In the course of the following required. In the loving care she now continually enjoyed dear Faith year it was his privilege to baptize no less than fifty-three persons. traced God's goodness ; and thus He returned to her the kindness with Meanwhile Crowther went on in the Investigator to the Confluence at which she had watched over her sick sisters years before. What Faith Gbegbe. There, too, the grace of God had been at work, and several prized most of all was the reading of God's Word for her comfort and candidates for baptism were presented by the solitary but faithful teacher. support, and the prayers offered up with her and for her. She was visited It was here that the first-fruits of the Mission were, on September 14th, not only by her husband, and an earnest Christian friend of his, but the gathered into the Church. Let the happy event be recorded in Crowmissionary often came and prayed with her. For a time her strength

ther's own words :seemed to revive ; she slept better and enjoyed her food, and hopes were

Sept. 14.- This day, at the morning service, though with fear and trembling, awakened that the Lord would restore her to all who loved her. But this was only a short flickering of the light of life which was soon to be extin

yet by faith in Christ the great Head of the Church, who has commanded

*Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the guished. She herself thought far more of her soul than of her dying Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," I took courage, and baptized body. On one occasion when Miss S. would have given her medicine she eight adults and one infant in our mud chapel, in the presence of a congregabegged for prayer instead, and mingled her own feeble petitions with the tion of 192 persons, who all sat still, with their mouths open in wonder and gupplications of her kind friend. Gradually she became so weak that she

amazement, at the initiation of some of their friends and companions into a slept much, but often awoke in such suffering that she could not restrain

new religion by a singular rite, the form in the name of the Trinity being cries of anguish. At such times the Word of God always soothed her.

translated into Nupe, and distinctly pronounced as each candidate knelt,

These nine persons are the first-fruits of the Niger Mission. Is not this a One day when suffering very severely she asked the teacher to sing a

token from the Lord to the Society to persevere in their arduous work to introfavourite hymn, and when emotion obliged her to cease, Faith sang the duce Christianity among the vast population on the banks of the Niger, and rest of the lines herself in a loud voice. The following day her sufferings that they shall reap in due time, if they faint not? More so, when the few were still greater, and she cried out, “Oh, what shall I do?” She was baptized persons represent several tribes of large tracts of countries on the reminded of the agony which our Saviour endured on the Cross, and she banks of the Niger, Tshadda, Igara, Igbira, Gbari, Eki, or Bunu; and even became quite calm, resigning her will entirely to His.

a scattered Yoruba was among them. Is not this an anticipation of the During the night her weakness was so extreme that she could not speak,

immense fields opened to the Church to occupy for Christ? but made signs to show she understood what was said. The teacher Samuel Crowther has always known how to redeem the time, and the watched by her with her husband until four o'clock, when she became so few weeks he spent at Gbegbe were well occupied, not only in preaching, weary that she lay down for a little rest. At six o'clock Matthias roused teaching, and organising, but in improving his Nupe vocabulary and her, as Faith could scarcely breathe. The missionary knelt at her dying translating into that tongue some chapters from St. Matthew's Gospel, bed, and prayed that the Lord would grant her a gentle and happy dis- and also in establishing an “industrial institution ” for the purchase, missal. She perfectly understood, and a few tears quietly stole down cleaning, and packing of cotton for the English market, in hopes of her cheeks. When the prayer was ended she opened her eyes wide, and developing a trade in that article. When, in the following year, he was cast a sorrowful but loving look on all who stood around her, as if to again up the river, he was visited by some messengers from Masaba, the bid them farewell; then a peaceful look spread over her face, and she fell Mohammedan king of Nupe, from whom nothing had been heard since asleep in Jesus. This was on the 11th of October, 1875.

the closing of Rabbah in 1859; and, taking them round the Mission Loving hands prepared Faith's last bed. They put on her bridal dress, premises, and showing them the cotton-gins, the screw-press, and the and strewed over her the most beautiful roses which bloomed in the bales ready for shipment, he asked them to deliver this message to their Secundra garden. She lay in her teacher's sitting-room, where she died, master :- We are Anasara (Nazarenes) : there (pointing to the schooland looked most lovely. Every trace of sorrow was gone, and peaceful room) we teach the Christian religion; these (pointing to the cottonindeed was the expression of her face.

gins) are our guns; this (pointing to the clean cotton puffing out of Towards evening she was carried to the churchyard which she so much them) is our powder; and the cowries (the little shells which are the loved, and laid near her little one, to rest until the great Resurrection currency of the country), which are the proceeds of the operation, are Day, when the Lord Jesus will Himself awaken His own sleeping people, the shots which England, the warmest friend of Africa, earnestly desires and the corruptible body arise in everlasting beauty.

she should receive largely." The coffin was carried by the elder youths belonging to the institu- Some trials fell upon the Gbegbe Mission during the interval between tion, and was followed by more than a hundred of the boys and girls. Crowther's visits in 1862 and 1863. One of the teachers, the daughter On the way they sang the hymn, “ There's a land that is fairer than of another, and two of the converts, died. The two latter, Maria Azin day," and after the coffin had been placed in the grave they sang, "Oh, and Fanny Aniki, were “consistent Christians, very humble and affecthink of the home over there.” Other sweet hymns followed, and then tionate, and placed their entire confidence in Christ for salvation.” Both all returned quietly home. A serious expression marked every face, and belonged to the Bunu tribe. Azin, who was the very first inquirer to many eyes were filled with tears, for all loved and valued Faith, whilst to come forward, had been a slave of the king of Gbegbe, but had been

many she had been an instrument of good. The principal man in the ransomed by Crowther. “ These two hopeful deaths made a very great | village said of her, “She led a truly Christian life.” She was a bright | impression on the heathen population, being quite different from what

example to her companions, though her humility never allowed her to they had been accustomed to witness.” Another trial was the death of the consider herself above them. So she was greatly beloved, and now the king himself, Ama Abokko, who had been very friendly to the Mission, and assurance that she was happy with the Lord Jesus helped to draw their on his dying bed charged his chiefs in these words :“Suffer nothing to hearts upwards.

harm the Oibos; they are my strangers.” (Oibo is the word for white The evening of the funeral was most beautiful.

Nature was as man, but is applied also to civilised Natives who come from “foreign parts," peaceful as the fresh grave over which the moon was shining. In deep like Crowther from Sierra Leone.) This event proved a real calamity; for | grief Matthias visited the sacred spot, and then went to the kind friend civil war followed, and two years afterwards Gbegbe was entirely destroyed

who had so tenderly nursed Faith to the last, and begged her to pray | by one of the combatants, and the Mission broken up. Meanwhile, how. with him before he returned to his desolate home. She read the 121st ever, about forty converts had been baptized, and some of these escaped Psalm. That was the farewell message for Matthias when his Faith left across the river to Lokoja, which has since then been the Confluence him-a loving promise from the Lord, to whom he looked for help in his station. SORTOW ; and the words spoke peace to his troubled heart.

The time had now come for a great step forward to be taken. But H. we must leave this for another chapter.

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