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leaving Mr. Wilson alone with King Mtesa. On the last day of
May 11th. that year Mr. Wilson heard of the death of his companions, and
I saw Mtesa to-day at his court; he sent a message to me to say he
should attend court to-day, and wished me to come. So I went and crossed the Lake to make inquiries about it. He was detained
found him in an exceedingly amiable mood. He said he was sorry he by various causes on the south side for nearly three months, but had been able to see so little of me lately, as he had been too ill, but was returned to Uganda at the end of March, 1878. From this point better now. He was glad I had come to Uganda, and he liked me much, our extracts shall begin :
and hoped I would make myself at home, and come and go about the
palace as I pleased. Mtesa also asked me to say that he hopes before long VILLAGE OF MTEMI, UGANDA, March 26th, 1878. to send ambassadors to the Queen, but is not quite ready yet. I have, I am thankful to say, arrived here safely at last, after a three I ask your prayers that Mtesa may be restored to perfect health, and days' voyage. We encountered two thunderstorms, and in one of them a that I may be enabled to use these greater facilities to God's power and flash of lightning entered the water a few yards only froin the Daisy. It glory, and that there may be showers of blessing on this thirsty land of was most providential, a miracle almost indeed, that it did not strike the Africa. Daisy's masts. Had it done so it would have shattered our little boat
May 31st. to pieces, especially when we had all Mtesa's gunpowder (80 lbs.) on I have not seen anything of Mtesa for three weeks, as he has not atboard.
tended his court on account of illness. I have given him an Arabic Bible,
RUBAGA, April 1st. and a copy of Dr. Pfander's Mizan-al-Haq [“ The Balance of Truth," I found the house all ready for me, and, soon after my arrival, Mtesa a book on Christianity for the use of Mohammedans), and I believe he is sent me down a bountiful supply of food.
pleased with them. I called on the Katikiro or Kamrairona a few days I had an interview with Mtesa this morning ; very satisfactory on the ago, and gave him an Arabic Bible, as he speaks and reads Arabic. He whole—the only objection being that he retired before I could say half I was much pleased, and will read it. He gave me, when I left, a fine goat wanted to tell him. I gave him an iron chair and a few other presents, and an otter's skin. I have given away two or three copies of the and presented the letter from C.M.S. and copy of the memorial to Lord Mizan-al-Hng, and shall dispose of all the Arabic copies I have left Derby. As I anticipated in my last letter, he was much pleased; he did shortly. It is a comfort to know, though one cannot yet preach to the not say much, but his looks and manner showed the greatest satisfaction. people, that still the good seed is being sown in some hearts through the
I feel sure God is blessing the Mission. Certainly things seem smoother reading of God's Holy Word, and may Gud bless it abundantly to these and easier here by far than I had expected. The many prayers that are dark heathen ! being, and have been, offered up for a blessing are, I feel confident, being A lady missionary here might find plenty to do among the chiefs' wives. heard and answered. May it make us all more earnest in prayer, and to They, poor things, are looked upon as mere property, and as an inferior strive “to live more nearly as we pray”!
set of beings, and it never seems to enter people's heads that they are
April 197h. to be taught, or that they too have im nortal souls, and the Waganda are The Waganda have three gods whom they worship, called Chiwuka, so jealous that no man would be allowed to teach them; but-a lady would, Nendi, and Mukasa. The two first, Chiwuka and Nendi, are forest gods, I am sure, be welcomed. Are there none in England who will come forand are supposed to live in trees. They have shrines or places where they ward for this work? India has its Zenana Missions: why should not are specially worshipped, and where offerings are made to propitiate them. Uganda likewise ? Are there any Christian English ladies who will give These offerings consist of black sheep or goats; they are not killed as up something to come and tell ileir dark sisters of Uganda the "Old, sacrifices, but left for the god to dispose of. Each shrine has a priest or old story” of redeeming love! attendant to look after it.
KAGET, August 15th. The third god, Mukasa, is a sort of Neptune ; he is supposed to live in
I shall be glad to see the GLEANER containing O'Neill's sketches. The the Nyanza, and is principally worshipped by the fishermen, who pray to Waganda are delighted at seeing the pictures in it of Mtesa and themhim to protect them from storms and save them from drowning. The selves. Waganda also pray to the small-pox, which sometimes comes in epidemics, and carries off vast numbers of people, for, they say, if it has the power to kill such multitudes, it must be a god.
THE CONVERT'S FIRST CHRISTMAS. There are people here called “Mandwa.” They are supposed to have familiar spirits ; they pretend to have communication with the unseen [This is another contribution kindly sent by Miss Tucker (A. L. O. E.), world, and to be able to foretell events. The day before I reached the Honorary Missionary of the Indian Female Instruction Society, at Uganda, one of these men came to Mtesa and told him I should never Batála, in the Punjab. Although the story of a Christmas festival return, that I should die on the road. Next day came the news that I scarcely suits the month of May, we iusert it now, because of the conhad returned, and was waiting at Ntebbi. So Mtesa sent for this Mandwa cluding sentence.] and said to him, “ Well, what do you say now? The white man has come back, you see.” “Oh,” he replied, “ he won't reach Rubaga ; he
S different as Heaven from earth!” fervently exwill die before he gets here.” “No," answered Mtesa, "you only tell
claimed a young convert when he contrasted his lies ; you shall go to prison ;” and he put him in prison there and then,
first Christmas Day with days spent when he was and I believe the man is there still.
a Mohammedan. He had been a bigoted and bitter A dark cloud has come and gone since I last wrote. “About a fortnight ago, messengers came from Kidi and Unyoro to Mtesa, saying that there
opponent of our faith ; now, a humble believer, Was fighting going on in those countries with the Egyptians, and begging he had partaken, for the first time, of the memorials of a dying Mtesa to help them. So Mtesa decided to help them, and to send an army Saviour. He was one of a large band of native Christians who into Unyoro to attack the Egyptian forces there, and came to baraza one kept holiday at Batala, in the Punjab. morning with the intention of beating his war-drum to give notice he was going to assemble an army; but it happened that I was there, and,
A peculiar interest in keeping Yule at Batala arose from the contrary to my custom, did not wait to be announced, but walked straight
fact that it was only the second time that any Christians had into the palace with some of the chiefs, and, as Mtesa told me afterwards,
been there at the holy season. They now flocked from various took him
by surprise ; and, not wishing me to be present at the ceremony quarters to the Rev. F. H. Baring's school for native Christian of beating the war-drum, he deferred it to another day. Later in the day he sent down to tell me of his purpose, and to know what I thought
boys, as to a centre of attraction, that school being established of it. I replied that I was very sorry to hear it, tha
in a palace of the former Maharajah Shere Singh, near Batala.
he would do well to let the “ Turks” alone, as, if he attacked them, they would probably in
Thither came the teacher's libi (laily) from the mud-built village vade Uganda. Next morning the drum did not beat, and I was told in which she is the only Christian woman; the converted Faqir Mtesa had changed his mind and was not going to send an army into wrapt in his blanket, the tradesman from his shop, the munshi, Unyoro.
the schoolmaster, the youth in Government employ ; men,
May 6th. Could you send for the Mission some more Arabic Bibles, or, perhaps
women, bright-eyed brown babies came, some from the distance better, a number of copies of separate books of the Bible, especially the
of twenty or thirty miles, to have a holy and happy Christmas Gospels ? I have several times been asked for them by the chiefs, many together. To at least nine of the adults present it was the first of whom can speak and read Arabic.
one which they ever had known. Some came unexpectedly, I have had a touch of sunstroke, and am troubled a little with bad head-aches, but otherwise I am thankful to say I am well. It is now
though sure of a welcome, and little gifts for such had to be almost two years since I left England, and, looking back on all that has
hastily extemporised, for none must depart empty-handed. happened, I cannot but feel that the hand of a heavenly Father has been About sixty Christians assembled in the chapel, which is but with me. May He give me grace to live more to His honour and glory! a room set apart; we are now collecting to build a church for
our growing congregation. The walls of the once Mohammedan I am endeavouring to combat that by a nice little hut I have built for palace rang with, “ Hark! the herald angels sing,” heartily sung' them, where they have some teaching, and twice a week they have their in Urdu. The latter part of the day was spent in innocent mirth.
nyoma," or native dance. The Makuas' dancing is really wonderful.
You ask how the crops are getting on. The dry weather is all against There were foot-races between Christian, Mohammedan, and
farming operations. November last year we had 21 inches rain ; this Hindu lads, boys from Mission schools in Batila and neighbour- November we have had two inches only. I have just reaped a nice field of ing villages joining in Christmas amusements, though strangers sem-sem, from the seed of which oil is produced. It is a plant looking to deeper Christmas joy.
something like the common white nettle, and about 5 feet high. But this The feast for Christians was spread on the floor of the large specimen, ten feet high, with seventeen branches, each branch being equal
piece was something out of the common, and I pulled one magnificent school-room, tables and chairs being needless luxuries. More to the ordinary plant of the country. On it I reckon there are 200,000 than sixty, including children, sat down to the meal in pleasant seeds. The chief of the Arabs, who followed me when ploughing in his fellowship, as the early Christians might have done.
golden embroidered robes, has just been over again with a large party from the early Christians of the Punjab, some of whom have known
the island of Pemba, where the best cloves grow, to see round the place, well what it is to be “ persecuted, but not forsaken ; cast down, The common people say I give the crops medicine.
and he said it was beautiful sem-sem, and owing to deep cultivation. but not destroyed." There are converted Brahmins sharing I had a case the other day illustrating this, about a barren shamba. the feast with the lad of the despised Mihtar class ; the “twice- The owner said it had been charmed, and nothing would grow, so he got born ” have given up the proud privileges of their caste. The
the medicine man to give a counter-charm. A favourable night was
chosen, goat and fowls killed, a little powder concocted from various whilom Mohammedan is chatting merrily with the former IIindu.
herbs, and at a certain hour of the night they walk round the charmed There is no formality or gloom; Christmas sunshine is over the
| spot throwing their powder. I expect the owner, having faith in the little flock gathered out of heathen darkness.
medicine man, goes to work with renewed vigour, and reaps accordingly. Is there no joy to the missionary in such a meeting as this?
Dec. 28th, Would that some of our Christian brethren and sisters in Britain
In reviewing the work of the year there can be no doubt that, in spite of would come and see! There are not a few who could join our many difficulties, progress has been made. First, with regard to the weak band on their own resources, throwing themselves heart spiritual improvement of the people. Twelve months ago, amongst the and soul into the work, and finding in that work a delight which
freed slaves, there seemed a great indifference to anything that was good, worldly amusement cannot bestow. We want brave, carnest spoke to almost empty benches. Now nearly all are present at their
and their self-denying pastor, the Rev. J. A. Lamb, and George David, men of the “ Rob Roy” type, not necessarily ordained ministers, Sunday morning service, which commences at eight, and they listen very but devoted Christians, who can endure petty hardships, and look attentively both to George and myself ; and as we rest on the "seedon difficulties as things to be overcome.” Is it not worth some
sowing promise,” we know that our labour is not in vain, and our effort and self-denial to see day dawning over a vast nation, to
heavenly Father graciously allows us to see some signs of coming fruit.
Here there are seven or eight who have learnt a little of God's Word, and find living representatives of those of whom we read in the Acts wi-h to be baptized, and by their blameless lives show their wish to be of the Apostles, to nurse an infant Church ?
sincere. One of the freed slaves from Buni got the catechist to send his Perhaps some one who has hitherto contented himself with name over, saying how he also wished to be. He is a good fellow, and reading missionary reports, and subscribing to missionary funds,
when I went over to see him, his face beamed with delight as he told me
he loved God, and wished to serve Him better, showed me bis neat little will pause and ask himself the question, " Is not Christ now
house ho has just put up, his newly-born babe and his good wife, who calling me—even me—to go forth and lay my grasp on the wishes to be baptized also, and how he was to called Thomas. Then, sickle ? May it not be that the Christmas of 1879 will be my in the afternoon, they attend well the little room I had built for them first Christmas in India ?”
A. L. 0. E. close to their own homes; they used not to come to afternoon class at all
scarcely, even after I got them to attend the morning, and one had to go
gently; but at length so many came that the room would not hold them. FRERE TOWN.
It was the same to a class George held on Friday evenings, so I asked
who would volunteer to help to enlarge it. Over forty said they would Letters from Mr. J. R. Streeter.
give a day, and the result is that they have now a nice large hut 32 feet FRERE TOWN, December 5th, 1878.
by 17 feet, which they call their own. AM truly happy to say that the hotter it gets the better I
With regard to the Bombay boys, I feel that I cannot say much. One seem to be. I assure you it takes me all my time to manage
month they seem to do the right, and the meetings are fairly attended. the place, what with one thing and another. I begin as
Another month it is the reverse. This does not include the heads, of I get up at six o'cl and don't leave off till bed.
whom I cannot speak too highly, and there are some of the others who time. But it is work I love, and I am getting rewarded a
are ornaments to their Christian profession. Their Institute, opened little by seeing hearts unfolding, and the people becoming
three months back, is doing its work fairly, and I hope will show those more attached to the place.
who have gone astray there is a better way of spending their evenings Five of them lately have built neat little houses themselves on plots of
than going in the shambas. ground I have marked out for them, and it makes a pretty picture, see
With regard to the Sunday-schools I must say the progress seems ing the “once a slave,” every moment expecting to be torn from his land
great. Not two years ago, when I took the first class, they could scarcely and ready to bolt into the bush, now peacefully sitting at the door of his
read, and could not find the chapter. Now they read as well as an ordihut, making a mat or mending his wife's dress, while she stands near
nary class at home, and begin to turn to different parts of the Bible, pounding the corn for the evening meal. Of course it ought to be the
answer questions in English fairly, and when I ask them if they will other way, and the man doing the really hard work. But if I show them,
learn their verse in school, as is the custom of necessity here, my boys they only laugh, and it is not the way they manage in this country. On always say, “No; we will read and listen to you, and learn verse in asking a few if they would not like to be back to their own homes again, dinner-time;" and during the past six months only three boys have they say no, they feel safer here, and mothers, who have been snatched
failed in saying them well, and they remember them during the week. from their little ones, say, “What would be the good of going back ? we
As they know of the way of salvation, and seem trying to please the should not see our children now.” Of course there is another side to the Saviour, one cannot but think with that beautiful hynin – picture, and every now and then the wife gets a good thwacking. I am
“That many dear children are gathering there, inclined to think they love their husbands all the more for that. There
For of such is the kingdom of heaven.” is no doubt some of them need it, for they are gifted with long tongues. The town is thriving. It would be no small thing for a village in Sometimes the husbands have the blows. I had two complaining the England to have twelve new houses added to it; here that number of other day, and one, a fellow six feet high, said he had been beaten nearly freed slaves have come out from the mission-rooms, and built good ones every day since his marriage, about three years ago, and he could not for themselves in plots of ground allotted to each, which I allow them to stand it any longer. I could no: help lau rhing. I gave them both a good call their own, subject to the conditions of conforining to rules, &c. talking to, and looked them up a few nights running and saw all was Others are beginning to build, and some have remodelled their old ones. going on quietly.
There are happy homes hare, and although I have heard it said of the Tuese, and indifference to religious teaching, are some of the trials from Africans, they have no real love for their children or one another, I don't within, and wo have a bad one from without in the neighbouring Suahili believe it; for the way some mothers care for their little ones, now they shambas (plantations); they are as bad as the low music halls of London. live in hopes of seeing them grow up with them, is surprising.
OUR HOME IN THE WILDERNESS.
ful group would listen good-temperedly, more frequently we had
stupid ignorance, stolid indifference, frivolous objections or deterRecollections of North Tinnevelly.
mined opposition to bear. The ignorance was often such that BY THE REV. R. R. MEADOWS.
it seemed impossible to convey any, the most simple, idea. “We
can boil rice and eat it: this is all we know," would be the CHAPTER V.
answer of some. “ Talk not to me of such things, I cannot “ What are these among so many! Make the men sit down."
understand them,” said a shepherd. " Ask me to take care of HE wilderness I described in the first chapter was not your sheep,” he went on, tell me to take them to any field and
always destined to remain a wilderness. But it I will obey your orders, but of religion I know nothing." Oh! needed cultivation and the rain from heaven, and in how indifferent they were about their souls' salvation. They the course of time it had both. I shall now describe would say, “Pay us five rupees a month each, and we will join
the first ploughing up of the soil, taking the reader you. Who has seen heaven ? Who has seen hell ? These back some six years.
gentlemen are obliged to wander about to get a crust of bread.” But the ploughers, on first entering upon their work, might well While we were talking some would yawn, some would lie down have despaired, not only from the barren aspect of the wilder- and go to sleep; often they would leave us altogether. Or there ness, but also from its vast size. What were four labourers in a would be opposition on all sides, each objector anxious to get in field of 1,400 square miles ? What were four preachers among a his objection first. But so little interest did they feel, even in population of 270,000 people ? And yet the first preachers were their own question, that they would ply us with a second and a only four, three Englishmen, speaking the language very imper- third while we were attempting to answer the first. fectly, and one
The opposiNative. After
tion only once a little time we
to got the help of
personal vio. other Native
lence. It would preachers,
sometimes show that there were
itself in persons eight or ten of
throwing dust us in the field.
at us, or the lived in
children would tents. Every
set up a shout, morning and
couraging them. went forth to
Sometimes we the towns and
would be orvillages preach
dered away, as ing the Gospel.
if we were the Our tents were
vagaat three or four
bonds : "Away, different places,
thou slave; ten or twelve
tread not thou miles apart from
within our holy each other; and
village, thou from thence we
vile outcast." went forth and
However, preached in all
" they that sow the villages
tears shall within reach.
reap in joy," We then moved
and while the on and did the
great majority same in a fresh place, returning again and again to go over the seemed to be rejecting our message, from one motive or another, same ground.
a few hearts were pondering over the things they heard. It was a pretty sight; the white tent pitched in a clump of One of these was a man named Arulanandham Retti.
He was towering graceful tamarind trees, the horse tethered close by, a well-to-do farmer. One of us went to his village and preached a group of natives standing or sitting, either to watch the opera- in the street, and afterwards offered Gospel portions to those who tion of cooking, gipsy fashion, or to listen to the preaching of one could read. He received one, and read it, and was much
It was really pleasant, too, the morning ride to one of the impressed with its contents. But he thought that the religion of villages. The air was slightly cooled from the night. The Jesus Christ was too holy for Hindus to be able to walk accordcotton fields were filled with groups of women and girls, picking ing to it. He had heard that our native assistants lived alone in the cotton from the open pods, laughing and chattering as they their tents, and was curious to know whether they were consisworked. Or we would meet the ploughmen driving their bullocks tent Christians. Surrounded on all sides by heathenism, away before them, and carrying the plough upon their own shoulders. from any public opinion which would condemn evil practices, he Sometimes we arrived at the village before sunrise, while the expected to find them like the heathens themselves. He supposed people were rubbing their half sleepy eyes, and thus succeeded that they were preaching the doctrines of Christianity merely for in catching the men before they set out for their day's work. their pay. So, without telling us his motive, he asked permis
But matters were not always pleasant. If the mornings were sion to go and live with professedly to learn more of the cool, the mid-day was almost intolerably hot. The glare and Christian religion, but really to spy out the private life of our frequent dust storms nearly blinded the eyes. If often a cheer- Native brother. Providentially he went to live with one who was
then, and since has ever proved himself, a living loving servant of and England, Ireland, Scotland, and America were all represented by Christ. He soon sawthat Christ in the heart could change the whole
four ladies, two little girls, and three missionaries. The proceedings life. He was convinced, and came back to us, asking for baptism.
were, of course, all in Chinese, though some spoke the Shaou-bing and
some the Ningpo dialect. We commenced our meeting with the singHe was baptized a few weeks afterwards, and has for more than
ing of the hymn, “ Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove,” to Melcombe ; twenty years lived a life truly worthy of the Gospel ; worthy of and then the reading of Scripture, prayers by a Native member of each the answer which, on his first renunciation of heathenism, he Mission, short addresses by each of the three missionaries, and the hymn, gave his heathen relatives, who could not conceive a motive for
“Jesus shall reign where'er the sun," to the Old Hundredth, made up a what seemed to them so strange a course. The answer was, “I really pleasant and refreshing meeting.
Such a meeting helps one to realise that, within the past decade, some have learned to hate and abhor those sins which I once revelled
little impression has been made here; some seed has fallen on good in. This is the advantage I have derived from becoming & ground, however much one is tempted oft and again to cry out, “ Who Christian, and not, as you suppose, remission of taxes or anything hath believed our report ?”. Probably not more than two or three of the of that sort."
Chinese present knew twelve years ago what a prayer-meeting was.
PRAYER-MEETINGS IN THE CITY OF PERPETUAL
To the Editor.
EAR SIR, -As you have kindly allowed me, on two previous ERY interesting and hopeful were Mr. Valentine's and Mr.
occasions, to advocate in the GLEANER the use of a special Palmer's letters from Shaou-hing (the “ City of Perpetual
Missionary Box for the reception of Thank-Offerings, I Prosperity "), in the Province of Che-kiang, which were
think it may prove encouraging if I state the result of my printed in the GLEANER of September, 1875, November,
own experience during the past year. 1876, August, October, and December, 1877, and February, box for Thank-offerings, placing it where it would have the opportunity
Some nine months ago we prepared and started a special 1878. We are sorry to say that later intelligence has been much less
to receive contributions from the members of our own family, as well as encouraging. Mr. Valen
from any friends who might tine is now alone, Mr.
visit us. At the close of our
financial year we have just Palmer having been driven
opened the box, and find home by illness ; and his
that it contains £3 178. 6d., hopes of a rapid spread of
which is a clear gain to the the Gospel in and around
Society, inasmuch as our Shaou-hing have been sadly
other two boxes both condisappointed. Yet let us
tain more than they did last
year; indeed, the addition not forget that it is they
of a third box for a special who “ sow in tears ” to
purpose has considerably whom the promise is given
helped (instead of injuring) that they shall
the two boxes already in use. joy.” Meanwhile, it is plea
Surely this is an encouragsant to see, as we do in the
ing fact; and it seems to
prove conclusively that the following letter, the little
more we cultivate a spirit of Native Church “continu
thankfulness to our heavenly ing instant in prayer"; and
Father for His many and we are very glad to be able
great mercies, the more will to say that one of their
our sympathy be drawn out
towards those of our fellowprayers will, God willing, be
creatures, who are, as yet, shortly answered, as the
ignorant of that Father's Committee have appointed DISTANT VIEW OF SHAOU-HING. (From a rough Sketch by the Rev. 1. E. Moule.) love.
E. D. S. a new missionary to Shaouhing. Our readers will notice with interest that the GLEANER has been an encouragement to them. (Mr. Moule's sketch shows us the city in
A REQUEST FROM JAPAN FOR PRAYER ON the distance on the right; a conical hill, with some strange upright
MAY 20TH stones on the top, in the centre; and a canal in the foreground.)
HE Day of Intercession for Foreign Missions, recomSHAOURING, January 8, 1879.
mended by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, The Day of Intercession was observed by the members of our own Church here. To make the time correspond as nearly as possible with
has been altered from St. Andrew's Day, Nov. 30th, the hour of your meeting in Salisbury Square, we met in the afternoon
to the Tuesday before Ascension Day, the date of at four o'clock. We were a small company indeed, only about thirteen
which will vary a little from year to year. This year Chinese being present; but the meeting was very enjoyable. The deeply it falls on the Twentieth of May. We have received one special interesting special India number of the GLEANER had just arrived, and I gave the meeting some of the statistics, &c., which made quite an im
request for prayer on that day, from the Rev. C. F. Warren, our pression on some minds. Our Native brethren offered earnest prayer for
missionary at Osaka, in Japan. Mr. Warren describes the rea blessing on the Society's operations at home and abroad, and special markable development of Japanese civilisation : the journeys of supplication was made for a minister to come and fill up the vacancy the Emperor through his dominions as an ordinary mortal, the caused by Mr. Palmer's return home, for one “who will be able quickly
new system of popular municipal government, the extension of to acquire the language, and who will not have to go away so soon,” as both my former colleagues have had to do. I need hardly say what a
the railway and of the newspaper press, the establishment of hearty " Amen ” I gave to that prayer.
Chambers of Commerce and various benevolent societies ; but Being now in the Week of Prayer, we have been to-day holding our with this, the increased activity of the national religions, both Annual United Chinese Prayer Meeting. It is commonly spoken of as Buddhism and Shintoism. It is even rumoured that highly “the meeting of the Three Churches, consisting, as it does, of members of the China Inland Mission, the American Mission, and our own
educated Japanese are to be sent as Buddhist missionaries to Church Mission. Ever since we began it in 1871, except on two occa
Europe and America. And Mr. Warren closes his letter thus : sions, we have met in our little Christ Church. About fifty Chinese I would especially ask the prayers of the Lord's people for the complete were present, including children from each of the three Mission schools ; opening of this country to missionary effort. Much is being done, not
withstanding that the door is but partially opened; but, under God, much There is now complete railway communication from New York to the more might be done if the ambassador of Christ was permitted to travel Red River, a distance of 2,000 miles, the line to Winnipeg having been as such, unfettered by the restrictions which now hamper us. Has not opened at the close of the year. In 1811, when Archdeacon Cowley the time come when one united prayer should be put up for the complete went out, he tried in vain to get there that way, and eventually had to opening of this country to the Gospel of Christ ? If you think so, be so come back to England, take ship direct to Hudson's Bay, and thence to good as to let this be among the most prominent subjects suggested for go 800 miles by canoe. prayer on the Tuesday before Ascension Day, 1879.
The Rev. J. A. Lamb, who has been in both West and East Africa, has
gone to Sierra Leone to act as Secretary of the Mission there during the We need scarcely add that Japan is not the only part of the
expected absence of the Rev. L. Nicholson on a visit to England. world that needs special prayer. Which part does not need it? The Rev. F. Bower has sailed to rejoin the Travancore Vission, and the We trust that Africa, East and West-China—and Central Asia- Rev. W. T. Pilter to join the Palestine Mission. will, in particular, not be forgotten. But remembering how many
Affairs at Fuh-chow still cause much anxiety. No reparation has
been made by the Chinese authorities for the outrages of August last. doors are already open which the Church Missionary Society is
Throughout the Province the Christians are suffering, and one very sad invited to enter, but cannot for lack of means, let our mest event has been the result. The Rev. Ling Sieng-Sing, pastor at Lofervent petitions be for ourselves and all Christian people at home, Nguong, was so distressed by the troubles of his flock that he became that a spirit of love and pity for those without the knowledge of insane, and though tenderly watched by his excellent wife Chitnio (see
GLEANER, February, 1878), succeeded in taking his own life. He was a Christ, and of self-denying liberality and consecration of our sub
faithful labourer, and even so sad an end to his useful life was, we doubt stance to God, may be poured out upon us.
not, but the gate into everlasting rest.
The Bishop of Sierra Leone visited Lagos, Abeokuta, and other stations
of the Yoruba Mission in February. FOR THE DAY OF INTERCESSION.
The Bishop of Calcutta has admitted to priests' orders the Rev. Sartok
Biswas, a Native deacon of the C.M.S. Mission in Kristinagur. “How shall they preach except they be sent ?”
Further news has been received from the Nile Missionary party, dated By the Ven. R. B. HONE, M.A., Archdeacon of Worcester. Regiaf (some miles south of Gondokoro), November 7th. All well.
The Zanzibar mail of March 3rd brings news from Mr. Stokes, who, UPROUSE ye, Christian brethren, Pour in a flood of treasure,
with Mr. Copplestone, was still at Uyui on December 23rd. We hear, The harvest-fields are white;
Nor let its fulness cease
however, that they had subsequently gone forward towards Lake Victoria, All hail the day of promise !
Till all the world has welcomed from whence there is no news. At Mpwapwa, up to February 17th, all Farewell the gloom of night! The messengers of peace.
was well. O why so little ardour Send forth your men of vigour,
On January 13th, the Sultan of Zanzibar, in consequence of some To spread the gladd’ning Word ? The men whom grace hath taught, fighting that was going on in the northern part of his dominions on the O why so little honoured The men of loving spirit,
mainland between the Suahili population and the Wakamba and Wanika The service of the Lord ?
The men of toil and thought.
tribes, went up to Mombasa in his new steamer Glasgow. He did not It is a cause of mercy,
land, but it was his first visit there for ten years, and he remained in the To bless this holy labour
harbour a week. Mr. Streeter writes, “ The good effects of his trip will It is a cause of love,
Is Thine, O Lord, alone, It is the cause which brought us O hasten every nation
be great. He was very severe on those who were in any way concerned
in slavery, and has given strict orders to put a stop to the kidnapping A Saviour from above.
To bow before Thy throne.
business that has been openly carried on here." He did not land at all, Send up your prayers with fervour And speed that happy morning but Mr. Streeter waited on him on board the Glasgow. “ He received That heathen souls may live;
When Christ shall come again, me most warmly, and we had a good talk together.” Before leaving, he O turn not back the pleading To bless His chosen people,
sent his captain to Frere Town with a present, and to ask if he could For help your hands might give. O'er all the world to reign. do anything for the Mission.
The year's returns from Japan show that the progress of the Mission
is steady, though not rapid ; and we trust the foundations of the Native EPITOME OF MISSIONARY NEWS.
Church of the future are being deeply and truly laid. The Christians
connected with the C.M.S. now number 128, against 88 last year, and 50 The Annual Sermon before the Church Missionary Society will (D.V.) be
the year before. There are 48 at Nagasaki, 35 at Osaka, 22 at Tokio, 8 at preached at St. Bride's Church, on Monday evening, May 5th, by the Rev.
Niigata, 15 at Hakodate. The communicants are 62, against 30 last year, C. F. Childe, M.A., Rector of Holbrook. Mr. Childe was Principal of
and 22 the year before. There have been 56 baptisms, 43 of which were the Church Missionary College from 1839 to 1858. The Annual Meetings
adult. In 1877, 18 adults were baptized; and in the year before, 25. at Exeter Hall will be held on Tuesday, May 6th, the Earl of Chichester The second Annual Meeting of the Provincial Native Church Council presiding in the morning and Admiral Prevost in the evening.
for the C.M.S. congregations in the North-West Provinces of India, was The appointments of Islington students for this year have been pro
held at Allahabad on October 1st and 2nd. Among those who took part visionally made as follows:- Messrs. Price, Verso, Wilson, and Cole, to
were the Revs. David Mohun, Madho Ram, David Solomon, and Aman East Africa and Mpwapwa ; Messrs. Manwaring and Mountfort to Western
Masih Levi, India ; Mr. Redman to Sindh ; Messrs. Johnson and Ilsley to the North
The Travancore Mission has sustained a heavy loss by the return West Provinces; Mr. Parsons to Krishnagur; Mr. Neve to Travancore ;
home, invalided, of the Rev. F. W. Ainley, B.A., of Clare College, CamMessrs. Ost and Banister to China; Mr. Peel to Japan ; Mr. Winter to
bridge, who went out eighteen months ago to conduct the Cottayam Hudson's Bay; Vr. Sim to Athabasca. Mr. G. G. M. Nicol, B.A., as a
College during the Rev. J. II. Bishop's ab:ence in England. native of West Africa, goes to Sierra Leone, and Mr. Nasr Ode, as a
or the Hudson's Bay Missions Bishop Horden writes, " I can make native of Palestine, to that Mission.
my statement with thankfulness and joy, inasmuch as the progress At the General Committee of the C.M.S. on March 10th, a Minute announced in former years has been fully equalled in this.” Archdeacon was adopted expressing regret at the death of the Rev. W. T. Builock, Kirkby visited Churchill
, the remotest station in the district, last Secretary of the S.P.G., and acknowledging his important services to summer, and the Rev. T. Vincent in Albany and the south-west, the the cause of Foreign Missions.
Rev. J. H. Keen on Rupert's River and in the south-east, and the Rev. The following is extracted from the Court Circular. Dr. Baxter's ser
J. Sanders at Matakumme and in the south, have thoroughly visited vices to the Belgian Exploring Expedition were rendered at Mpwapwa.
their respective districts. Mr. E. J. Peck, the lay agent (formerly a One of the explorers was attended by him in illness, and their goods were
seaman in the Navy) who went out in 1876 to labour among the Esquihoused in the mission premises. At the interview, King Leopold mavi
maux on the eastern side of Hudson's Bay, and whose letters from Little fested much interest in the Society's plans for Mpwapwa :
Whale River were printed in the GLEANER of June, 1877, went back to
his remote post last summer after his ordination. He was warmly MARLBOROUGI HOUSE, MARCH 23. The King of the Belgians received a deputation from the Church Missionary happily of the work amongst them.
received at Little Whale River by the Esquimaux, and writes very Society at Marlborough House, yesterday afternoon, for the purpose of express
" Jesus is known to many," he ing to them his thanks for the valuable assistance rendered by Dr. Baxter, of
writes; "and the Spirit's sanctifying influence is felt, I trust, in some that society, to Belgian explorers in Central Africa.
hearts. Let us preus on in faith, nothing doubting, and God will give a The deputation consisted of the Bishop of London, the Bishop of Rupert's still greater blessing.” Land, Canada; Bishop Perry (formerly of Anstralia); Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, Bart. ; Mr. Arthur Mills, J.P. ; Captain the Hon. F. Maude, R.N. ERRATA.-In the January number, page 11, 1st col., line 3, for "thirty-two (Treasurer); Mr. Alexander Beattie, Mr. Edward Hutchinson (Secretary), and men," read “thirty-two oxen." In the April number, page 48, Pred col., the Rev. Henry Wright (Clerical Secretary).
5th line from bottom, for “ £2,500," read " £1,100."