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Sepoy Mutiny was put down twenty years ago. It has left grand
A GOOD EXAMPLE. monuments of its splendour in the great mosque at Delhi and
To the Editor. the far-famed marble mausoleum at Agra.
Y DEAR SIR,—I was walking, a few weeks back, in a large town in Queen Victoria now reigns over forty millions of Mussulmans,
Yorkshire with the C.M.S. local secretary. We were passing along who make up one fifth of the population of India. But one-half
one of the main streets when he suddenly said to me, “I should of these, in Lower Bengal, are Moslems only in name, being more
like to introduce you to a Miss H- in this street, who is a great friend
of the Society." We crossed the road and entered a confectioner's shop. than half Hindus, observing caste rules and practising idolatrous The shop was full of customers, and the first thought which came into rites. Their ancestors submitted without a struggle to the my mind was that its occupant must be too busy to attend to anything sword of one of the earliest conquerors seven centuries ago.
but her own business. My friend asked her if she would kindly tell me They are of the very lowest classes, and only one in a thousand
in a few sentences the history of her working party. She then told us attend the Government Schools. The remainder, who are most
that a few years ago she had given sixpence to two young nieces who
wished to do something for Missions. This sixpence they had invested numerous in the North-West and the Punjab, are chiefly the in something which they sold again, and with the proceeds they again descendants of the old invaders.
invested, and so went on, until this year they had held a sale of work Mohammedan princes governed India for eight hundred years,
which realised £46. Of this sum £21 was devoted to the C.M.S., £20 and during the greater part of that time the sword devoured the
was given to the C.P.A.S., and £5 was kept to purchase material for land; but Islam, as a religion, totally failed to overcome the
another sale next year. Surely there are many others who could go and
do likewise, and by so doing enable the Society to send missionaries to ancient faith of the Hindus.
those heathen chiefs who are asking in vain for teachers.
AN ASSOCIATION SECRETARY.
BISHOP CROWTHER: HIS LIFE AND WORK. costume. At one end of the church, where we took our seats, were placed about
fifty children of the school, under the eye of the schoolmistress. The service
was performed by the Rev. S. Crowther. Being in the Yoruba tongue, we of -VI.-ABEOKUTA (continued).
course could not understand what he preached. But from the text (Luke T is not possible, in these short biographical chapters, to iv. 15–17), which I could not help thinking was an exceedingly felicitous one,
enlarge on the trials and triumphs of the Mission at and appropriate to the circumstances and situation, it was not difficult to Abeokuta. In all of them, for several years, Samuel
conceive its general tenour. The Yoruba language is full, soft, and sweet; Crowther bore his part; and the practical wisdom
and, delivered in the affectionate and impressive manner of the preacher, o manifested by him again and again was gratefully
seemed to us peculiarly so. The general expression of his hearers was that of
grave, serious, solemn, rapt attention; their bearing not abject, but quietly acknowledged in the Instructions of the Committee
composed. Each, as he took his place without noise or haste, arranged the delivered to him on his return to Africa after the short visit to England folds of his country cloth and prepared to listen. It had a strange and most in 1851 referred to in our previous chapter. (See C.M. Intelligencer, pleasing effect to hear the voices of so many men, women, and children uniting January, 1852.) The motto of those Instructions was, “Sent forth as in the service of the true God, rising in the midst of a population degraded, sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents and ignorant, superstitious—the slaves of the rites of fetish- with so much harmless as doves; but beware of men.” And the Committee referred to
earnest humility; and it would be a good thing for the would-be knowing Mr. Crowther's dealings with the chiefs of Abeokuta, with regard to
men of the world, who sneer at missionary, labour, to take a lesson from the
church of Aké. certain national superstitions (such as “ Oro”-see our March number,
In November, 1854, Abeokuta was favoured for the first time with an p. 33), the persecution of the converts
Episcopal visitation. Bishop Vidal, of by the babalawos or priests of Ifa, &c.,
Sierra Leone—the very man who, when as illustrations of his having combined
a country clergyman, had learned the wisdom of the serpent with the
Yoruba, and assisted Mr. Crowther in harmlessness of the dove.
the preparation of his DictionaryThe persecution here alluded to had
went up from Lagos, and found in the occurred two years before. For a
town and its out-stations, after nine while the converts had been forbidden
years' labour in a country which had to communicate with the missionaries
been the chief seat of the slave-trade, on pain of death ; and Crowther's house
more than a thousand Natives worwas watched day and night. Ulti
shipping the true God and reading the mately he in conjunction with Mr.
Scriptures in their own tongue. He Müller and Mr. Hinderer-Mr. Towns
confirmed more than five hundred of end was away) persuaded the head
the converts, and ordained two African chiefs to interpose. The details of
catechists, one of them another sonthis episode appear in the Society's
in-law of Samuel Crowther, T. B. reports of the time at great length in
Macaulay (the same who died lately). Crowther's own words. It need scarcely
But Crowther was not at Abeokuta be said that the steadfastness of the
when his old friend the Bishop visited Native Christians and the disconfiture of the babalawos greatly strengthened
it. He was away up the Niger, whither
he had accompanied another expedithe Mission.
tion sent to open up the river to trade, On his return to Africa, Samuel
the first that had dared to ascend it Crowther made a short stay at Sierra
since the disastrous attempt of 1841. Leone, preaching in the different
But of this journey we shall speak churches, relating his missionary expe
hereafter. riences in the Yoruba country, and
On his return from the Niger, Mr. everywhere exciting the greatest inte
Crowther went up to Abeokuta again, rest among the now large Native
and from thence visited Mr. and Mrs. Christian population. His sermons,"
Hinderer at Ibadan, and Mr. Mann at wrote one of the English missionaries,
ljaye, and discussed with them the “ have been deeply interesting and
extended openings for missionary effort profitable to the people, and his friendly
which were then presenting themselves visits refreshing to us all.” His home
throughout the Yoruba country. But during this visit was the house of his
his own share in taking advantage of eldest daughter Susanna, the wife of
these openings was cut off by his being the second ordained African clergyman,
obliged to go down to Lagos to superthe Rev. G. Nicol.
intend the coast stations, left vacant by In June, 1852, he rejoined the
the return of Mr. Gollmer to Europe. Yoruba Mission. This time he landed,
Two years, from June, 1855, to not at Badagry as before, but at Lagos,
June, 1857, were spent at Lagos; and no longer a great slave-trading centre,
the journals of the period show the but a gate for lawful commerce into
same activity as before at Abeokuta. the interior, owing to the action of the
The work at Lagos itself was trying in British squadron referred to in our last
many ways, owing to the motley chachapter. Crowther had not been there NEGRESS OF ABEOKUTA WITH INDIGO,
racter of the population of a place since, as a little boy, he was shipped
which was rapidly developing as a as a slave thirty years before :
mercantile port; besides which, the On June 14th (he wrote) our little schooner anchored off the place from stations at Badagry and Otta, and two in the Jebu country (since given which I was shipped for the Brazils in 1822. I could well recollect many up), had to be superintended and visited. In December, 1856, Mr. places I knew during my captivity, so I went over the spots where slave barracoons used to be. What a difference! Some of the spots are now
Crowther had the joy of welcoming another old friend in the second
Bishop of Sierra Leone—Dr. Vidal having died on the voyage back to converted into plantations of maize and cassava ; and sheds, built on others, are filled with casks of palm oil and other merchandise, instead of slaves in
Sierra Leone after the visitation mentioned above. This was none other chains and irons, agony and despair.
than the old West African missionary, Mr. Weeks, from whom Crowther For the next two years Mr. Crowther continued his varied labours
had learned carpentering as a boy, and under whom he had afterwards at Abeokuta. To this period belongs the very interesting picture of the
laboured at Regent. But he too was soon to lay down his life in the Mission drawn by Dr. Irving, R.N., as he saw it on visiting the town
cause of Christ and of Africa. After a happy visitation of the Yoruba
Mission, Bishop Weeks sailed from Lagos, fell ill on the voyage, and died
in January, 1853. He a service conducted Crowther :
While at Lagos, Crowther continued his useful labours as a translator We entered the church, which is well lighted, and ventilated, if necessary, of the Bible into the Yoruba language. But his literary work also began by eight glass windows on either side and two at the end, where is the communion-table, enclosed by a railing; at one side is the pulpit. On
to take a wider range. His heart was going forth towards the degraded entering we found a full congregation, the male portion occupying the rows
tribes on the great river he had twice explored ; and a Native Christian of cross benches on the one hand, and the women on the other. There might
from Sierra Leone, named Simon Jonas, who belonged to one of those be, in all, about 300 present, generally cleanly dressed, and many in European tribes, the Ibos, and had been the interpreter in both the Niger
expeditions, was sent to Lagos to assist him in preparing a primer, A Special Ordination was held at St. Mary's Parish Church, Islington, vocabulary, and some portions of Scripture, in the Ibo tongue. Thus on May 1st, by Bishop Perry, acting under a commission from the Archboth the agents and the implements for the future Mission were making bishop of Canterbury, when Mr. G. Litchfield, of the C.M. College, was ready; and in 1857 the Gospel was planted on the banks of the Niger. admitted to deacon's orders. The sermon was preached by the Rev. E. H.
Bickersteth. On Sunday, May 5th, Mr. Litchfield received priest's
orders from Bishop Ryan at St. Mary's, Spital Square, with a view to his OUTLINE MISSIONARY LESSONS.
immediate departure for Central Africa. For the Use of Sunday School Teachers.
The Nyanza Mission party appointed to proceed to Uganda by way of
the Nile left England on May 8th. It consists of Mr. C. W. Pearson, II.-“ FAR OFF-MADE NIGH.”
the Rey. G. Litchfield, and Mr. J. W. Hall, of the C.M. College ; and “Ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
Mr. R. W. Felkin, a young surgeon. Mr. Pearson, who will be the Eph. ii. 13.
leader, has been a sailor, and served as chief officer on board large
steamers running to India, &c. HESE words part of a letter. Who wrote it? To whom
The following locations of C.M. College students have been made :written ?
Mr. R. Elliott, to the Santâls, as a medical missionary ; Mr. H. W. Eales, Great city long ago--Ephesus-people rich and gay
to the Telugu Mission; Mr. J. Grundy, to China ; Mr. C. H. O. Gollmer, knew not God—worshipped a hideous wooden image- and Mr. T. A. Haslam, to the Yoruba Mission, the former for the Lagos thought it fell down from heaven-called it Diana. St. Paul went there-his message-many believed it-gave up
Training Institution, the latter for evangelistic work; Mr. H. D. Day, idol-worshipped “the Lord Jesus” (see this particular phrase in Acts
to Calcutta ; Mr. J. J. Pickford, to Tamil work in Ceylon ; Mr. T.
Kember, to Tinnevelly; Mr. J. T. Alley, to Port Lokkoh ; Mr. W. xix. 10, 13, 17). Years after, Paul in prison at Rome-wrote them
Goodyear, to New Zealand. this letter. In text reminds them of three things :
Five C. M. College students passed the Oxford and Cambridge Prelimi1. What they had been once—"Far OFF.” From whom? From their Creator, Preserver, Provider, Redeemer, Father. But is not God every
nary Examination of Candidates for Holy Orders held in April, viz., Messrs.
Elliott and Pickford in the 1st class, and Messrs. Gollmer, Grundy, and where ? Yes; but the Bible calls those “far off” who don't like to be
Litchfield in the 2nd. near Him, and keep away, or who are afraid of Him, or who know Him
We regret to hear that the Rev. John Fuchs, the senior C.M.S. mis. not. [Illust.-Child does wrong-mother angry-father grave-can child come near them ?-does it not feel “far off”?] Why this? Something
sionary at Benares, who went out to India in 1847, died of small-pox on
March 29th. between. Sin. So Adam in Eden—"hid himself.” A great wall-a
Mr. W. H. Collison, of the Metlakahtla Mission, was admitted to great gulf. [Illust.-Cloud cutting off sun's light and warmth.]
deacon's orders on March 17th, and to priest's orders on March 24th, by 2. What they had become—“NIGH.” If you had walked through Bishop Bompas, of Athabasca. street of Ephesus at night-passed house--said to yourself, “Ah! bad
On Jan. 20th, at Waimate, New Zealand, the Bishop of Auckland people live there”-suddenly heard soft, sweet hymn-then voice crying | admitted to priest's orders five Maori deacons : the Revs. Hare Peka earnestly to Father above-then " Amen” from many voices-you start
Taua, Meinata Te Hara, Alexander Wharemu, Matiu Kapa, and Reinhara -"How is this ? ” They are changed—not “far off” now—"made
Kamiti. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Piripi Patiki. nigh ”-feel they may come to God-quite happy.
The following missionaries have lately arrived in England :--The Rev. 3. What made the change ?-"THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.” Two things done: (1) Jesus died, shed His blood, to take away their sin; (2) they
J. G. Deimler and W. A. Roberts, of Western India ; the Revs. J. Brown,
B. Davis, S. Dyson, F. Gmelin, and S. T. Leupolt, and Mrs. Elmslie, of believed it, trusted, so their sia put away--no great wall now-can draw
North India ; the Rev. R. Collins, of Ceylon ; the Rev. R. Palmer, of nigh unto God” (Heb. vii. 19). See 1 Pet. iii. 18—"Christ suffered ...
China; the Rev. C. Baker, of West Africa; and the Rev. J. A. Lamb, of that He might bring us to God.”
East Africa. THERE ARE MULTITUDES “FAR OFF
The Henry Venn mission steamer arrived safely at Sierra Leone on [Illust.-See “How the Heathen Pray,” Gleaner, 1875, pp. 22, 27, 94, April 6th, on her way to the Niger, 137, 136 ; and “African Catechist’s Evangelistic Tour," Gleaner, 1876, The North Pacific Mission had the advantage during the winter of a pp. 88, 107, 112.]
visit from Bishop Bompas, of Athabasca. He crossed the Rocky MounBUT MANY HAVE BEEN MADE NIG..”
tains in November, and remained on the western side till March, visiting [Illust.—Sick and Dying Christians in Yoruba, Gleaner, April, 1875, Metlakahtla, Kincolith, and Queen Charlotte's Island. He confirmed p. 37; Imam Shah, Gleaner, Nov., 1876, p. 122; First-fruits at Liyan- 124 candidates at Metlakahtla. There are now 1,000 souls connected wela, Gleaner, Sept., 1877, p. 104; Shaou-hing Converts, Gleaner, Oct. with that settlement. and Dec., 1877, pp. 89, 138.]
At a great fire at Abeokuta, on March 22nd, the church and missionYou may hear all over the world what could be heard at Ephesus— house at the C.M.S. Ikija station were burnt down. singing and prayer to God. [Illust.-Red Indians singing hymns on The baptisms in the Yoruba Mission last year numbered 409, viz., 202 canoe journey ; Prayer-meetings every Saturday night all over Fuh-kien.] adults and 207 children. Of the adult baptisms, 65 were at Lagos, 38 at
How WERE THEY MADE NIGI? Same way—“ by the blood of Ebute Meta, 38 at Abeokuta, 29 at Ibadan, besides a few at the smaller Christ.” But, “How shall they believe on whom they have not heard ? stations. The Native Christian adherents have increased by 1,100, and and how hear without a preacher ? and how preach except sent ? ” You the communicants by 300, in two years, the figures being now 5,815 and must send the preachers.
A special fund has been opened by Bishop Ashton Oxenden, the
Metropolitan of Canada, in aid of the Mission carried on under the EPITOME OF MISSIONARY NEWS.
auspices of the C.M.S. among the educated Natives of Madras. A Special Fund has been opened for the C.M.S. Mission in Palestine,
The statistical returns from South India again show decided progress. chiefly for the purpose of helping to provide the requisite buildings in The Native Christian adherents connected with the C.M.S. are 66,513, the different mission stations, and other similar purposes. The cost of
an increase of 1,640 in the year; the communicants 13,924, an increase the Mission, it will be remembered, has been increased by the expenses
of 583. Yet the deaths have been 2,052, nearly double the usual of the work taken over from Bishop Gobat last year. It is hoped that number. The baptisms in the year were-adults, 1,153 ; children, 2,320. many who take a peculiar interest in the Holy Land will be glad of the Of the adult baptisms, 641 were in Travancore, 349 in Tinnevelly, 146 in opportunity thus afforded them of contributing specially to the spread of the Telugu Mission, 17 in Madras. There are 725 schools of all pure Christianity among the people.
grades, taught by 773 teachers, and educating 15,012 boys and 8,253 The speakers at the C.M.S. Annual Meeting were the Earl of Chichester, girls. who presided; the Bishops of Sydney and Saskatchewan ; Gen. Sir W. Female education is spreading in Tinnevelly. Mr. Lash's schools for Hill; Canons Miller and Martin; the Rev. T. P. Hughes, of Peshawur ; girls of the middle and upper classes now number 50, and the pupils and the Rev. W. T. Satthianadhan, of Madras. At the Evening Meeting
1,551, an increase of 15 schools and 727 scholars in the year. There is a the Bishop of Sodor and Man presided, and the speakers were the Revs. large increase also in the girls attending the village schools. R. V. Dunlop (Ceylon), W. P. Schaffter (Madras), W. T. Satthianad han, Miss Laurence, of the C.M.S. Mission at Ningpo, has, by permission of and B. Baring-Gould, and Major Morton. The address at the Clerical Lord Hatherley, translated his valuable book, The Continuity of Scripture, Breakfast was given by the Dean of Ripon.
into Chinese. The venerable Bishop W. Williams, late of Waiapu, entered into rest
The Rev. A. E. Moule has published a Chinese version of the Thirtyat Napier on February 9th. He was the third Oxford graduate sent out nine Articles, with a Commentary. The first edition of 600 copies has by the C.M.S. He went to New Zealand in 1825, and laboured there for been sold at once, and a second is being printed by the American half a century. One of Bishop Selwyn's first acts was to appoint him, in Episcopal Mission press. 1842, Archdeacon of Waiapu ; and in 1859 he was consecrated first Bishop A revised version of the Prayer-book in Arabic, for the use of the of the see of that name. He resigned the bishopric two years ago.
Palestine Mission, has been completed by the Rev. F. A. Klein.
THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.
- The cup
sway. He asked Smith for poison with which to kill his Thoughts for those Engaged in Christ's Service. enemies, but seemed satisfied with the reply that “the King of BY THE REV. G. EVERARD, Vicar of St. Mark's, Wolverhampton.
kings abhorred such dark and treacherous deeds, and would be
very angry if this request were complied with.' On the 14th VII.—THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN WORK.
the dhow—which had been named the Chimosi, being T was the remark of a young man going out to India Kisuahili ” for “ The First,” and also, as to its consonants,
some years ago, Pray for me that I may do the embodying the initials of the Society, Ch., M., S.)—was at Master's work in the Master's spirit.” It is a length successfully launched; but, to Smith's surprise, Lukongeh prayer each one of us may well offer for ourselves immediately turned out with an armed force, demanded why his
and for all others engaged in Christ's service. His property was being removed, and seized the mast, rudder, love must be our motive, His arm our strength, and His mind anchor, &c. “We looked on,” says Smith, “ with passive and spirit that which we must strive to catch. What unflinching unconcern, knowing all would come right in the end ;” and it courage, what unsparing self-sacrifice, what fearless rebuke of
soon transpired that Songoro (the Arab trader) had never sin, what meekness and lowliness, what utter putting aside of informed Lukongeh that the vessel was sold to the missionself, what tender compassion for sinners, what patient endurance party, had never paid for the timber, and had pocketed a of hardship and reproach and suffering, do we behold in every present of twenty dollars which Smith had given him for the moment and in every action of His wondrous life! It is our king. Two or three days' delay took place, owing to Songoro's wisdom to study His holy example, and to put our feet in the absence; but on the 19th, Smith met him in Lukongeh's footprints He hath thus left behind.
presence, and after five hours' discussion, which was renewed on Oh, for more of His unwearied zeal! Oh, for more of His
the 20th and 21st, the king was entirely satisfied of the good cheerful self-surrender to the will of God! Nevertheless, not faith of the white men.“God," he said, “ brought you here ; as I will, but as Thou wilt.”
which My Father hath God brought Songoro here; but (very emphatically] he is a great given Me shall I not drink it?" Oh, for more of His diligence rogue.” One of the topics of discussion was the value of a bill of | in labour! May it be our meat to do the will of our Father in exchange on Zanzibar, which Smith had given to Songoro :
heaven, and even in seasons of rest and recreation, may we ever Lukongeh asked how a piece of paper could be turned into cloth or be watchful to leave behind a savour of Christ wherever we go, beads, to illustrate which I tore a slip out of my pocket-book, and, and to speak a word by the way that may guide a soul to Him. writing to O'Neill
, asked him to send back a cloth by the bearer. The Oh, for more of His spirit of unselfish love ! Most of all do we
paper was handed to Lukongeh with instructions to send it by messenger
to O'Neill. This he did, after turning it over several times, and carefully need this. Love is the fulfilling of the law, and the crown of all
scrutinising the writing to see that the writing was not black beads obedience. Would to God we were so moulded and fashioned
The messenger soon returned, bringing a cloth, which so by the spirit of love, that we might render a life of loving service pleased Lukongeh that he asked for the ceremony to be repeated. both to God and man!
Songoro ultimately agreed to pay a certain amount of ivory, O Father, for Christ's sake, grant unto us this grace. “Pour and to leave hostages until he could obtain it; whereupon the into our hearts such love toward Thee, that we may love Thee embargo on the dhow was removed, and on the 22nd the party above all things.” “Send Thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our got away, after three visits from Lukongeh to the vessel, in
hearts that most excellent gift of charity,” that we may love all perfect friendliness. One was a special visit to Mr. O'Neill, to i
men as Christ hath loved us. Fill us with pity and compassion, request him to remain on the island, as "all the people loved with kindness, gentleness, and long-suffering. Give us hearts to him, because he said Watcha sugu (good morning) to them." yearn over the lost and perishing! O Blessed Saviour, in all “O'Neill," writes Smith, “ has been very kind to the people ; things renew us in Thine own image, and give us the same mind his amiable disposition and untiring good nature are the very that was in Thee, that we may do Thy work according to Thy things wanted in Africa." He had taught the children their holy will, for Thy name's sake. Amen.
alphabet, and they ran about repeating “eckiss, y, z." Nor had
In the midst of these troublesome disputes we read :-
Sunday, Nov. 18.-Assembled a few to listen to St. John's Gospel being
read in Kisuaheli. It was a more attentive gathering than usual. May Rev. C. T. Wilson, and also a most interesting things to come, and a cause of deep thankfulness to see Nagombwa, the
the entrance of the Word give light! It was a foreshadowing of better journal kept by Lieutenant Smith during the month Mganda sent by Mtesa to attend upon us, come into the tent, and, kneelof November, which, having been sent to the British ing down, ask to be taught to pray the same as Mtesa did. He could
Consulate at Zanzibar, has come through the only remember one word, for he had been present at the services held in Foreign Office. These and the previous dispatches are printed Uganda, and that word he devoutly repeated—it was “ Amin." On in the C.M. Intelligencer of this month, and it is only possible might learn of Jesus and understand His Word. in the GLEANER to give a brief outline of their contents. Of
Lieutenant Smith gives the following account of the wreck of Mr. O'Neill's elever sketches we present three on another page, the dhow off Kagei. The women and children alluded to were which speak for themselves, and others have been reproduced as
some of Songoro's party, to whom he had given a passage :coloured lithographs in the publication just issued by the Society,
Saturday, November 24th, saw us at sunset running before a pleasant Sketches of African Scenery (see advertisement).
N.W. breeze; fires were lit on shore, and at 7 P.M. we dropped our From Lieutenant Smith's diary we learn that, after the voyage grapnel in 34 fathoms, 100 yards off the pier at Kagei. of exploration up the Shimeyu and Ruwana rivers, described There was a slight swell on, and the sand being bad holding ground in our last number, he returned to Ukerewe on November she dragged, nor had we rope for a cable to our second anchor, neither 6th. He found the king, Lukongeh, full of warlike projects, rocks astern, unshipping the rudder. We vainly endeavoured to pole her
time to unreeve the running gear to make one before she bumped on the and the war-drum beating to summon his people to an expedition off, but were powerless against the wind and swell,
so, drifting on to a bed with the object of annexing a part of the island not owning his of pointed stones, she was stove in' and filled.
It was dark, and the noise of the yet darker crew, and I suppose we must “Amens.” The people, as a rule, are very attentive, and seem to say “fair” women, combined with the cries of children and cackling take an interest in what is read, especially in our Lord's parables; and of fowls made confusion worse confounded, and with feelings of relief I the hearty expressions of assent which come from them, when anything saw the Daisy, in charge of Hassani our interpreter, come to our comes to them with special force, are very pleasant to hear.
Women, children, and those who cannot swim are taken on I was much pleased last Sunday with what the king did. The passage shore, the remainder set to and dive up the most valuable part of the from the New Testament was the raising of Lazarus, which was listened cargo, such as chronometer, theodolite, compass, medicines, and cloth, to with unusual attention. At the close, after speaking of our Lord's so that by 10 P.M. we reluctantly leave the dhow to the wild sport of the power and willingness to save all who came to Him, I urged them to now moonlit waves.
come to Christ at once, while there was time. As soon as I had finished, You will naturally ask why we did not attempt to get her off ? the king took it up and spoke most eloquently to them, telling them to With an English crew it would have occurred to each man that such believe in Christ now, saying they could only do so in this life; when was the right thing to do, but not so to ours. Many were too frightened they were dead, it would be too late. to return, and those who did were unable to work in the cold, cold These services are attended only by what may be called the aristocracy water—80 doubtless it was to them, though standing at a temperature of of Uganda; but it is a great thing that in so young a Mission we can 78° or 80°. It may be
give some, at any rate, the some satisfaction to know
opportunity of hearing rethat the attempt would
gularly the Word of God; have been futile, as
and we have God's promise have since found that the
to encourage us, that His stove-in plank admitted a
Word shall not return unto pointed rock which trans
Him void. I, of course, fixed her.
do not confine my work to
Sundays, but whenever I As they could not get
go up to the king's court, the vessel off, they broke
which I do several times her up, saved the good
each week, I take my timbers, nails, &c., and
Bible, and generally con
trive to read or say someprepared plans for build
thing about religious mating a new one on arriv
ters. At these courts the ing in Uganda. They
attendance is more mixed, sailed away in the Daisy
and there are people present on December 6th, but
from all parts of Uganda,
so that one cannot but hope put into Ukerewe in
that the seed thus sown may consequence of contrary
be carried far and wide, to winds, and the next day,
spring up in due time to alas ! was the day of
God's honour and glory. their death, the native
A few words in Mr. accounts of which, given
Wilson's last letter, writin our last number, are
ten in February near confirmed by our latest
Unyanyembe, whither letters, though the exact
he had gone to procure circumstances are still
cloth (for money), reveal not quite clear.
a silver lining even in In the meanwhile,
the dark cloud that has ever since Lieutenant
been permitted to overSmith left Uganda in
shadow the Nyanza MisJuly, Mr. Wilson bad
sion. He says, “I can remained there with
already see how God is King Mtesa. He sends
bringing good out of evil a very encouraging ac
in this matter (the death count of his Sunday ser
of our brethren], in the vices at the palace :
favourable feeling it As in all tropical coun
seems to have created tries, we are early here;
towards us in the minds so, about half-past seven
of many of the natives." every Sunday morning, I
Assuredly our brethren set off for the palace, the fact of its being Sunday
have not died in vain.
(From a Photograph.) being announced to the
In their case, as in so public by the king flying
many others, the blood his flag from the flagstaff by his palace. This flag is a nondescript sort of of the martyrs will prove to be the seed of the Church. The thing, consisting of pieces of red, blue, and white calico sewn together. dispensation is indeed a mysterious one; but The service begins with a chapter from the Old Testament. I read three or four verses in English, and Mufta then reads them in Kisuahili—the
“God is His own interpreter, king generally translating into Kiganda. I then explain and comment
And He will make it plain.” on the verses just read, and answer any questions that may be asked ; then three or more verses are read and explained, and so on till the chapter is finished. A chapter is then read and explained in a similar
FAMINE VICTIMS IN SOUTH INDIA. manner from the New Testament, and I give a short address, consisting AST month we gave a picture of some famine-stricken children in principally of a sort of summing up of what we have just read, and Tinnevelly, with an accompanying narrative from the Rev. H. drawing particular attention to anything of special importance. This Horsley. His relief camp was, however, a small one. A very keeps the people's attention better than reading longer portions at a much larger one was carried on at Mavalur, near Madras, first by the time, and also gives them more opportunities for asking questions, of Rev. W. P. Schaffter, and on his return home by the Rev. J. D. Thomas. which I am glad to say they avail themselves pretty freely. We then For some time no less than six thousand persons were provided with two conclude with some prayers from the Prayer-book, in English and meals daily. The above picture is from a photograph taken at this camp Suahili, the people (except the Arabs) all kneeling and joining in the and given to us by Mr. Schaffter.