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The church was so prettily decorated, and was packed with about 130 The other case is reported by the Rev. F. G. Macartney, of Malligam, people, and there were more than seventy communicants. The candi- in the province of Khandesh, in the Bombay Presidency. There is a dates for confirmation seemed particularly devout and earnest; the

small congregation at Malligam, and a Native pastor, the Rev. Shankar Bishop could not help noticing it. Their native pastor, the Rev. Ram Charan, though not a Santal, is the first man I baptized in this part of

Nana, a Nasik Brahmin, baptized in 1849 ; but the work in the province, the country.

with its 2,758 towns and villages, has been a great trial of faith, and such On Thursday, December 5th, we rode over the hills to a Pahari village a conversion as this is a real encouragement to the patient missionary:called Ratanpur. (The Paharis live on the hills, the Santals in the valleys.) It was a tremendous climb, and in several places I thought our

Paulus Ramchandra Patea is a young Brahman, twenty-one years of horses would scarcely manage to get up the almost stairs-like rocks.

age, whose father died when he was quite a child. Paulus was then Then after several miles along the top of the hills we had a frightfully adopted by a respectable and educated Brahman, who was an assistant steep descent. At Ratanpur the magistrate of the district met and

engineer in the Public Works Department. When a boy he was sent to entertained us. We had two very nice services with the Paharis, among

our Anglo-Vernacular School at Malegam, where he first learnt about whom a good work seems beginning. I baptized two young men in this

Christianity; but at the time of his leaving school it does not appear that village many years ago, and for a long time they stood alone, but now

he had the least leaning towards our religion. He was married to the the work is beginning to grow, and there are already about sixty Pahari

daughter of the deputy-collector of Dhulia, and thus became influentially Christians in that one place.

connected. His conversion is owing (humanly speaking) to the act of a The next day we had a ride of about fifteen miles to Pathra, near

pious officer, named Colonel Bell, who many years ago was the executive Godda, where we have another Mission. We stayed there Saturday and

engineer for the Khandeish district. Upon his leaving this part of India Sunday. On Saturday about forty people were confirmed, and on Sunday worthy Brahman thought was a present, the utility of which would be of

he gave a large quarto Marathi Bible to Paulus's father. This book the there were about eighty communicants, though the mission is comparatively a new one. On Monday, the 9th, we rode eighteen miles through

a very doubtful kind; and had he foreseen what it was destined to aca lovely country to Dhamni, halting for an hour on our way, to have a

complish, it would no doubt have been committed to the flames long since.

Between two and three years ago Paulus often heard our Dhulia evangelists little lunch in the dry bed of a sandy river. At Dhamni we met the little community of Christians, morning and evening, and the next day sought out our little school there, and began to visit the catechist. At

preach in the town, and was so impressed with what he heard that he rode on to Hiranpur, a long twenty miles, but through such beautiful scenery that we could not feel tired, over hills and through woods, and

the same time he commenced to study the Holy Scriptures at home. His over rocky streams, and down through shady valleys, and over wide

relatives were very indignant at this. He was told that the Sahib's book plains of rice. At Hiranpur we had another confirmation of twenty or

was a present to be looked at, but not to be looked into. He, however,

persevered in his determination to become acquainted with the Bible, so thirty: December 12th, we rode on twelve miles to Lukipur, a weary

much so that he read through the whole from Genesis to Revelation. slow ride over rice fields and through muddy streams. To-night we have had a solemn service in one of our tents, and the Bishop has, as it were,

After some months he ran away from Dhulia, and came to Malegam, instituted Sham (one of my newly ordained young men) as pastor among

asking Mr. Roberts to baptize him. He remained here three days, broké the people, first giving the people an address on their duties to him, and

caste by eating and drinking with our Native Christians, and it was thought then addressing Sham, before them all, on the work that lies before him.

that nothing would shake him in his determination. His friends, however, I shall not forget soon the long rides I have had side by side with the

managed to decoy him away under false pretences, and with great expense

he was taken to Nasik and received into caste again. For some months Bishop, and the long talks we have had over mission work, as we have

he abstained from visiting our people; but the old desires came back passed through this beautiful country together. To-morrow at daybreak again, and after reading

the New Testament for some time with the we have to ride ten miles to the railway station, and so will finish our very pleasant tour. Thanks be to God for all His goodness !

catechist, he sent me the following letter :

Dhulia, Nov. 3rd, 1878. Gracious Sir, many salaams,

Although I do not know you, yet, as you now occupy the place formerly

held by the Rev. Roberts, I write to inform you that just as, ten months ago, TWO BRAHMIN CONVERTS.

I was drawn by the love of Christ (to declare myself a believer Him), so

now I am drawn. I therefore most importunately request that you will come MONG the conversions to Christ reported from India this

to Dhulia as quickly as possible and baptize me. Do not let

there be any

delay year there are some interesting cases of Brahmins. Let in this matter. Mỹ faith and fortitude are known to the Rev. Shunka Nana, us look at two of these. The first, a faqir, was baptized by

the Rev. Roberts, and Mr. Samuel

Your unknown Servant,
Bishop French last November at Narowal in the Punjab,

RAMCHANDRA PATEA. in the church of which we gave a picture in the GLEANER of June, 1876. The story of this “babe in Christ,” as he calls himself,

A day or two after the receipt of this I went to Dhulia, and, after is thus told by the Rev. R. Bateman :

examining Paulus before four of our agents who were present with me, I

sent and gave notice to his friends that he would be baptized that afterYears ago a Brahmin faqir was warned by a Mohammedan faqir that

When it became known, a crowd soon collected about our small the truth lay in Christianity. Last year he had a striking dream to the Mission premises, and as many as could squeezed themselves into the front same effect. Being an idolater, his first impulse on waking from his apartment of the house. Then commenced a scene I shall not easily forget. dream was to procure images of our Lord and His Apostles. He went on The entreaties, the threats, the adorations to which Paulus was subjected foot 60 miles armed with Rs. 18 to get them in Lahore. Happily he fell were distressing to behold. This went on for two or three hours; and in there with the Rev. Imad-ud-din, who gave him a Testament, and with when it was found that he turned a deaf ear to all that was said, all friends, Babu Raha, who sold him for Rs. 2, instead of images, a complete set of except a few of the most intimate, left the house. Paulus was baptized Scripture pictures. These he bound up in a Bible, and on them he can before a crowd of Dhulia people, who remained very quiet during the now descant in a most interesting and profitable way. Long after this I ceremony. Great surprise was expressed at the simplicity of the service. found, however, that he was still keeping the balance of his money to They thought that at least Paulus would have been made to eat some make an image of the Saviour with. At last, feeling sure that he had cow's flesh, or drink some intoxicating draught, whereas the Padre only turned to God from idols, I presented him to the Bishop for baptism. An poured clean water on his head ! infant was baptized at the same time. After the service he said, “Re- After the baptism the crowd increased, and there was great excitement member now that I am of the same age as this little one; we are both in the town. Vakeels from the court, and clerks from the Government babes in Christ ; feed me with milk, I pray you." Striking words to fall office, came in to see and abuse the renegade. A meeting was held, at from the lips of a strapping fellow who had served his time in the army, which it was determined to send letters to the great centres of Brahmanism and wore a presentation ring from the Maharajah of Kashmir, whose —Benares, Nasik, Trimbuck, &c., asking if a baptized Brahman who had orderly he had been! He had a house of his own which was looted, and broken caste twice could be received into caste again. It was decided land of which he was dispossessed on becoming a Christian; so I was that if a Brahman had been a Christian ten years, and then wished to bound to find him a means of livelihood. He has been made Chowkidar return to his old faith, he could be received. From this we see that of the Government Rest House at Narowal which adjoins the Christian Christianity is feared more than ever, and that the Brahmans are prepared graveyard. This, besides helping him, will be a means of protecting our to go to any lengths rather than lose one of their number, graves, which the heathen are fond of disfiguring.

This young man has lost a great deal, in a pecuniary point of view, by This same man was mentioned last year by the Rev. Bhula Nath Ghose, becoming a Christian; and rather than go to law with his relatives, he pastor of Narowal. From his letter it appears that in the dream the

freely gives up his claim he has upon his share of the family property.

He desires now to make himself useful as a preacher among his fellowBrahmin thought the Mohammedan faqir, who had died, appeared to

countrymen. Surely our friends will join in the wish and prayer that he him, and threatened him with the heavy wrath of God unless he imme- may become a faithful witness for his newly-found Saviour in this part of diately got the “ Injil” (Gospel) to read.

India, unhappily, as yet, so barren in spiritual fruits.

noon.

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UP THE NILE TO UGANDA.
JOURNAL OF MR. R. W. FELKIN.

(Continued.) [During their stay at Khartoum, the missionary party received the greatest kindness from Colonel Gordon. On August 13th they bid him farewell, and proceeded in another steamer on their voyage southwards. (See the map in our last number.) The same boat took some Waganda, who had come to Khartoum as an embassy to Colonel Gordon from King Mtesa, and were returning to Uganda.]

UGUST 13.—Mtesa's embassy consists of two chiefs—one a

thin sharp fellow, the other a very fat one, who keep their eyes open-and fifteen men, a dreadful-looking lot of fellows. One's heart sank when one saw them; they do indeed need the Gospel to elevate them. They cannot talk much, but wanted brandy, which of course

hey did not get. Gordon Pasha has bought and given to us with their freedom five slaves, a boy each, and a man cook, and a young woman to grind durah, wash, &c. This is a personal present to us.

Aug. 14.-A dismal sight met my eyes this morning. All was wet, the rain dropping down, and I wet through. All the morning spent in getting things dry, and a waterproof sheet put up to preserve our goods. Land all flooded on each side of river ; nothing to be seen except trees submerged in water.

Aug. 16.—Got books out to-day; hope do some work, especially Arabic. Our girl bitten by a scorpion, which we caught on her dress. Mosquitoes have made their re-appearance; are very large. River water very nasty.

Aug. 17.-At 5.30 the cook brings coffee and a bit of bread; get up and read privately till eight; breakfast; dinner at 12.30; tea at six; prayers at eight, and then to bed soon after. We have now left off ties and shirts, with collars, &c., and are dressed in blue serge trousers and jacket, made like a Garibaldi shirt, only with military collars ; under this we wear a thick under-vest. Our bread is mouldy, and has to be soaked in water before we eat it, so if you want to eat as we eat, keep your home-made bread till it is dry and mouldy, then soak it in cold water and eat it wet.

Aug. 18.-A great many grass islands passed us to-day; they are formed by the water undermining the banks, and then they float down stream. The grass is six to eight feet high; sometimes wild beasts are on them ; huts, too, have been known to float off in like manner.

Aug. 22.-On going on deck this morning Fashoda lay before us. It is a fortified town, and the gate is about 200 yards from the river. The walls and Government houses are built of baked bricks, rest of the town of mud or wooden huts, thatched with sugar-cane. We had towed up a new Mudir to this place, the other being dismissed for slave dealing. He was on board to pay his respects to us, and ask us to go on shore with him; all the soldiers were in two lines from the fort to the ship to receive him. He wore the Cross of the Legion of Honour, having fought in Mexico, and two other French medals. We refused, however, and he went off. The troops presented arms, and the drum and bugle band played very well as he walked up the lines to his new home. This is a great garrison, generally 800 or 1,000 men, as the “Shillooks (a neighbouring tribe) used to attack this place every night.

CHIEF OF THE NUEHR TRIBE, NEAR SOBAT, ON THE WHITE NILE.

(From Baker's Albert Nyanza.) The people crowded round and were very much amused. Most of them were naked, or nearly so, here. We then went and paid a visit to the Mudir, and then I inspected the hospital and prison. They bave no idea of letting light or air into these places. After this we went and bought some things from a Greek merchant, the last chance we shall have. We bought a native-made bell for our church in Uganda for 15s., some penny looking-glasses for 3s. each, and half a dozen cakes of Windsor soap for 1s. 3d. a cake. This will give you an idea of the prices.

In the afternoon we saw a war dance. The Captain, Mayor, and the Commandant of the town came on board for us, and we put on our best helmets and dresses to make as imposing a show as we could. On entering the fort, the company of soldiers on guard presented arms, and the cannon were fired. We were conducted to a raised platform before the Mudir's house, where seats were prepared for us, and that worthy and his numerous attendants were assembled. On taking our seats the drum and trumpet band, stationed below on our left, began to play, and the music was good, but it was too near to be enjoyed.

A wide square was formed by soldiers, their wives and children, and some people from the town. Soon a noise of bells was heard, and a band of Sbillooks rushed pell-mell into the square, yelling and leaping in a remarkable manner; at the same time their young chief, Kakkum by name, came up and kissed hands and sat with us. He is a splendid young man, tall and well built, and his beautiful face not spoiled by the numerous cuts which so much disfigure the men and women generally; he gives one the idea of great power, both of body and mind. His interpreter was quite six feet four inches, a most massive-faced man, a regular study for an artist. Well, the warriors came up in a sort of line to the platform and saluted us, dropping their lance points to the ground and half bending the right knee; it is very graceful. Round each head a band of leather was tied, into which was woven long grass, forming a sort of "glory” round the face, and waving with each movement of the head or wind. Round the left arm another leather was tied, to which hung a long black sheep's tail; the ankles and fore arms were adorned with rings of copper or brass, and small bits of metal were loosely tied round, or rather below, the knee. Some also had belts tied above the right elbow. Some were dressed in leopard skins just tied over one shoulder; others had a skin round the loins; others nothing but a belt round the waist, from these belts rows of iron rings hung.

Their arms are simple but very good—a 7 ft. lance, with broad sharp head, shields made of skins oval in form, bows, arrows carried in the hand, and clubs, being all they possess. A drum, however, I must not forget, as they keep splendid time to the beat of it, made by one hand and a stick. The noise is not pleasant even to my unmusical ear.

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A circle was formed by the men round the drum, and they danced or of bell-shaped huts, thatched with sugar-cane, and surrounded by very rather went round it in long strides, sinking the whole body at every strong stockades. There are some soldiers here and lots of woodmen. stride and covering it with the shield, at the same time making a lungo Aug. 25.–We had started at six, and were going up the White Nile. forward with the spear; yells and cries as unearthly as you like to imagine Just as we sat down to breakfast a tremendous torrent of rain came were uttered at regular intervals, and the whole had a certain rhythm down, which soon stopped the steamer, all hands taking refuge in the about it. The dance lasted about two hours, coffee and sherbet (water, paddle-boxes or the engine-room. (In the paddle-box we have our only sugar, and lemon) being handed round.

chance of a bath. When the steamer stops we get through a little door, It appears to be a rule here to marry your servants, the principal climb down the wheel, and it is very jolly, as the crocodiles can't get in.) reason being that if the man wishes to run away, his wife gets to know of My nice clean things got a good soaking ; I got to my cabin and sat it and tells you, so the flight can be prevented. We left early next urder a waterproof sheet until the rain left off. It is fearfully damp and morning for Sobat.

steamy; we all feel it much. May God keep us from all harm ! Aug. 23.- Soon after leaving Fashoda we saw the old encampment of Aug. 27.–Finished taking in wood; piles as high as possible on deck. Baker on the right side of the river, marked by a remarkable tree, the Aug. 28.—Passed the Bahr-el-Ghazel, or Gazelle River, which has name of which I cannot find out. At this place he lost more than half numerous branches, and was mapped out by Schweinfürth. It is about of his men from sickness. This was almost the last tree, as all round they two hundred yards wide ; before the mouth of the river a barrier exists had been cut down for fuel for the steamers. There is difficulty now in across the Nile proper, and is formed of floating islands. There is the getting wood, and it will soon be much worse. On coming to the Sobat greatest difficulty in getting along, and sometimes the river is quite we noticed the great difference in the waters, the Sobat water being a blocked up. The water channel is often only ten or twenty yards broad, dirty red white—the White Nile is blue. The village of Sobat is composed though the real banks of the river are from six, eight, and ten iniles off,

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the space being filled with floating marsh, as it is called. The grass is , in a remarkable manner in the marsh; they serve as a landmark. The from 15 to 20 feet high, and you can't think how curious it is to be captain, after a good deal of pressure, consented to cut down enough to steaming through it, turning about so often and so sharply that water is go on a little way. only seen a few hundred yards at a time. Often and often the steamer The noise the mosquitoes make is like what the buzzing of all the flies has to stop till the current carries away the blocks of grass.

in all the butchers' shops in Wolverhampton collected on the hottest day The wood does not burn well, so we don't make much progress, though would be, if you can imagine that. I fear you will think I have moswe steam night and day. How the men manage to keep up is a mystery, quitoes on the brain; well, I have, they are so very trying ! Colonel for they work harder than I have ever seen men work.

Gordon told us, and we find it almost true, that we should have to stay Aug. 29.-One of the Waganda died in the night; the others said in curtains fourteen hours out of the twenty-four. nothing to the captain, but just threw him overboard. Nothing to be Aug. 31.—After tea we went on the bridge, and found to our horror seen all day but grass, grass. Have been working hard all day trying to the wood would only last another hour. Neither the captain nor pilot make myself a pair of trousers of some strong cloth they use here, and know where they are, they keep no reckoning. Our anxiety was very when nearly finished found I had made a mistake and had to undo them. great, for although we have been well so far, a long stay in such an Don't I wish I had a wife, or a sewing machine !—which ?

unhealthy marsh is not desirable. It got darker and darker; from The river curves very much. To-day we steered N.E. and N., which where we are they say it is still two days' journey to Shembeh. is good when going to a place S. What a wonderful river it is ! Saw At about eight P.M. we got into a large lake, and then could not find several large expanses of water, but not in connection with the water- the way out, and no more wood either, so we dropped anchor and course. Had to stop at night, men tired out. Wood getting short. waited for the day. We tried to get the captain to cut down parts of

Aug. 30.-Rather an exciting day. Wood is nearly finished, and if we woodwork, but he refused. do not get more to-day shall have to stay till a steamer comes from Sept. 1.–We can now truly say we are in Central Africa, for if we Khartoum, perhaps six weeks ; as the wood got lower the excitement got were to walk N., E., S., or W., it would bring us to almost the extremes intenser. However, at six P.m., we arrived at two trees growing together of the continent.

Sept. 2.-After working two days the men have enough wood to burn

EPITOME OF MISSIONARY NEWS. three hours. They have to go three-quarters of a mile up to the neck in water to the fast ground, and then it is knee-deep. For this reason

With reference to the paragraph on Ceylon in our last number, it is we cannot get on shore.

right to say that although difficult questions are still pending, events Sept. 3.-I must tell you of last night. By the way, the nights are

have since occurred which warrant the hope that they may be satisfacvery damp, and although 80°, are very cold to us. We dress up in torily settled. Any explanation in a few words could only be misleading, blankets, and handkerchiefs tied over our ears-old woman's dodge-to

and we, therefore, again refer any who may wish to know more to the keep off our enemies. Big gloves preserve my hands, though I have

C.M. Intelligencer. forty bites on one; waterproof leggings, but they are not much good, as On Trinity Sunday, June 8th, the following students from the C.M. the mosquitoes get in at top and bottom.

College at Islington were ordained by the Bishop of London :-Messrs. At eight it was so misty we went down from the bridge, as the malaria W. Banister, J. Ilsley, J. Johnson, A. Manwaring, C. Mountfort, C. A. is supposed to be in this mist. At last, after a battle royal to get into Neve, J. B. Ost, G. H. Parsons, W. G. Peel, J. C. Price, J. Redman, my curtains, I lay down, just getting to sleep when a splash of water in J. C. Verso, T. Ć. Wilson, and G. S. Winter; also Mr. Nasr Odeh, a my face told me something was up. In a few minutes a storm was over

native of Palestine. Mr. G. G. M. Nicol, B.A., of Corpus Christi College, us, torrents of rain coming down, so in a short time I was soaking, and Cambridge (Bishop Crowther's grandson), was prevented by illness from a dark cabin reeking hot and lit up by lightning is, I assure you, no place receiving holy orders at the same time. to sleep in, especially when you are wet. At last I did sleep, rocked by the Dr. E. Hoernle, the Medical Missionary appointed to Persia, was also swing of the boat, and sung to by mosquitoes and waves, occasional drops ordained by the Bishop of London on Trinity Sunday. of rain on my face beating time.

Twelve of the C.M. students went up to the last Oxford and Cambridge Read Isa. liii. this morning. What did not our Lord bear for us, and

Preliminary Examination for Holy Orders, two of whom, Messrs. Neve shall I complain at these little things ? No, never, by His help.

and Redman, passed in the first class, and the others, Messrs. Banister, Ilsley, Johnson, Mountfort, Ost, Parsons, Price, Wilson, and Winter, and Mr. Nasr Odeh, in the second.

Our last number mentioned that General Alexander had, among others, DEATH OF THE REV. SAMUEL HASELL. been appointed a Vice-President of the Society at the recent Anniversary.

At that very time he was lying on his death-bed, and on May 16th he T is with the deepest regret that we record the death entered into rest at the age of eighty. He had been a zealous member of of the Rev. Samuel Hasell,

Central Home Secretary the Committee for nearly thirty years. of the Church Missionary Society, in the very midst

Bishop Samuel Gobat, of Jerusalem, whose death we just mentioned of his usefulness. On the morning of June 3rd he

last month, was for eighteen years a C.M.S. missionary. He was a native

of Switzerland, and a student of the Basle Missionary Seminary. From rose apparently well, and as cheerful as ever ; but

thence he came to the C.M. College at Islington (then just opened) in when just about to leave home to come to Salisbury Square, he 1825, and sailed for Abyssinia in November of that year. For ten years was struck down by apoplexy, never spoke again, and breathed

he laboured there amid difficulties and trials innumerable. He was his last early on the morning of the 5th.

afterwards at Malta, then a C.M.S. station. In 1846 he was consecrated Mr. Hasell was a student of the Society's College at Islington, Land, from which time, until his death, he proved himself a wise and true

Bishop of Jerusalem, and in 1851 he invited the C.M.S. to the Holy and contemporary there with Rebmann, Koelle, and Hinderer. friend of the Palestine Mission. He went out to India in August, 1847, and for sixteen years We much regret to announce the death, in New Zealand, of the Rev. laboured most zealously and efficiently at Calcutta and in Krish

T. S. Grace. A sketch of his life, with a portrait, appeared in the

GLEANER of February, 1877. nagur. His journals were amongst the most graphic and full of

The King of the Belgians has addressed an autograph letter to Bishop interest which the Society's publications have ever contained. Crowther, expressing warm interest in his work on the Niger. In 1863 he returned home in weakened health, and soon after- The Rev. Reginald Shann, B.A., Curate of Trinity Church, Tunbridge wards became Association Secretary for Lancashire and the Wells, has been accepted by the Committee as a missionary for China, North-West district. In 1871 he was appointed Central Secre

where he will be associated with the Rev. J. C. Hoare (son of his present tary in London, the duties of which office are to supply deputa- vicar) in the work of the Institution for Native agents at Ningpo.

Mr. Archdall Burtchaell, of the Sierra Leone Mission, was ordained by tions for meetings and sermons, to correspond with the Asso- Bishop Cheetham at Freetown on May 11th. He and Mr. J. A. Alley ciation Secretaries and other friends throughout the country, and are labouring with much encouragement at Port Lokkoh in the Timneh generally to act as chief of this branch of the home work. How country. Mr. Hasell fulfilled these duties many of our readers know well ;

The Henry Venn steamer has been in imminent danger, but has been but only those who were associated with him in Salisbury Square Niger in the dry season, but when coming down again she struck, on

mercifully preserved. Her light draught enabled her to ascend the know how arduous and wearing they are, or with what untiring April 3rd, upon a snag, and was with difficulty saved by being run upon devotion and unfailing cheerfulness our deeply-lamented friend a mud bank. She sustained much damage, but has since been repaired. worked on day after day, year after year, in the cause he loved.

The leading persecutor among the Native chiefs at Bonny, who had He was emphatically a whole-hearted man. His whole soul was

taken the name of “Captain Hart," died on April 5th. On his deathin the Church Missionary Society. Yet not so much in the thrown into the river, complaining that though he had been their

bed he publicly renounced all trust in his idols, and ordered them to be Society, dear as it was to him. Rather in the sacred mission it upholder, they could or would do nothing to save his life. No sooner strives to fulfil, in the Gospel it preaches, in the service of its was he dead than the people turned in fury upon the idols, and threw Divine Master. That the heathen are without Christ-that to two canoe-loads into the river, breaking in pieces those that would not

sink. We must give the whole narrative more in full shortly. preach Him amongst them is the very first duty of the Church at

A harassing war still prevails in the Yoruba country. The Rev. home-that to that duty everything else should give way-this

James Johnson, the Native superintending missionary, gives an interesting was his profound conviction. To bring others to the same con- account of the Christian contingent in the army of Abeokuta, commanded viction was the work he set before him in the last fifteen years by John Okenla, the Christian balogun, or war-chief. His men are conof his life, and if ever a man could rightly take up as his own

spicuous for their bravery, and the heathen will not go out to battle without St. Paul's words,

them. After one skirmish with the Ibadans, some of these Christian “This one thing I do,” it was Samuel Hasell.

warriors were missing, and the liveliest grief was manifested by the whole The loss to his colleagues and fellow-workers is not to be army. The same chief Okenla has taken a leading part in resisting the expressed in the cold words suitable for print. The loss to the rum and gin invasion,” which is doing so much mischief in Abeokuta. Society and to the missionary cause would be irreparable, but At a meeting of the Christians on the subject of strong drink, he rose and that we can turn to Him who “is alive for evermore,” who

said, “I for my part am resolved to have nothing more to do with it." " walketh in the midst of the golden candlesticks,” and who in

In November, 1876, Mr. W. H. Collison, then Mr. Duncan's helper

at Metlakahtla, began a Mission in Queen Charlotte's Islands, which lie His unerring wisdom appoints “ to every man his work,” and off that part of the North Pacific coast. The natives are the Hydahs, when He sees that work is done, calls the faithful servant to the finest and fiercest of Red Indian tribes. We rejoice to say that a receive the blessed welcome, “ Well done! enter thou into the

remarkable blessing has already been vouchsafed to the work. Chiefs

and medicine-men have given up their degrading heathen customs, and joy of thy Lord !"

a large number of men and women are candidates for baptism.

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THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.

AUGUST, 1879.

MARCHING ORDERS.

with His glory. Amen, and Amen." For this psalm is not only BY THE LATE FRANCES RIDLEY HAVERGAL.

Messianic but emphatically Missionary; and the prayer which

is so graciously suggested and ordered in it is really the sum and VII.

culmination of all Missionary intercession. And it is the spirit of "Prayer also shall be made for Him continually.—Psa. lxxii. 15. it which ennobles, and ought quite to transfigure all our Mission

ERY reverently yet rejoicingly let us accept these ary intercession. Let us keep the bright thought before us, that words exactly as they are written. Most likely we

this is really, even if indirectly and unconsciously, making prayer have read them with private revision of our own, and

" for Him; and I would humbly say that if we take it up, and so supposed them only to mean “ Prayer also shall be frame our petitions that they shall be directly and consciously made unto Him continually.” But see ! there it is,

“ for Him,” we shall hardly fail to find freshness of power and For Him!" To many it may be a new thought, to some a

gladness in thus entering simply and literally this singularly very startling one, that we are not only to pray to our King, bright vista of prayer which God has opened for us. but for our King. Yet words cannot be plainer, and we lose untold sweetness by gratuitously altering them.

For whom shall prayer be made ? There can be no doubt as THE GLEANER AS A PAROCHIAL MAGAZINE. to this. The glowing, far-reaching statements and promises of this most magnificent Messianic psalm could never apply to any

BY.TIE Rev. W. ALLAN, M.A., Vicar of St. James's, Bermondsey. mortal monarch. Solomon in all his glory is but the transparent WANY parochial clergymen find a difficulty in deciding typical veil through which we discern the far-excelling glory of

what is the best magazine to localise in their Messiah, and “the glorious majesty of His kingdom.” And the

parishes. Four years' experience enables the writer only word which for a moment seems to dim the clearness is this

to speak confidently of the advantages of introone: "For Him." But gaze once more, and let love arise and

ducing the Church MISSIONARY GLEANER, of the come to the aid of faith, and her quick eye shall pierce the

success which has attended its introduction, and of the means shadow and trace new splendour through it.

whereby that success has been attained. It has repaid tenfold The more fervently we love any one, the more we want to pray

the trouble which it has cost. (1) For localising purposes it for them. The very thought of the loved one is changed into offers a larger blank space than any other magazine. (2) It is prayer when it glows under pressure of spirit. Intercession is well and profusely illustrated. (3) It possesses an educational the very safety-valve of love. We all know or have known this. value. Instead of pandering to the popular taste for tales and There is solace and relief and delight in doing something for the novels, it imparts in a pleasing style varied information of the object of our love; but the more our circumstances or ability or most recent date, and thus tends to instruct and elevate the relative position hamper us, and make us feel that our acts can reader's mind. (4) And, best of all, it kindles an interest in bear but small proportion to our love (especially when gratitude the spread of the Gospel in foreign lands, in those who have been is a large element in it), the more we feel that prayer is the truer heretofore uninterested, and deepens that interest in those whose and greater outlet. And when we feel that we can do nothing at sympathies have been previously awakened. Thus it is the best all in return for some remarkable kindness and affection, how possible handmaid to the local Church Missionary Association. exceedingly glad we are that we may and can pray!

Instead of proving a drain upon the clergyman's pocket, it Should there not be analogy here with the "depth and height” may become, as it has in the case of the writer, a constant and of the love of Christ ? We have talked unhesitatingly, sometimes steady source of income, supplying means of helping parochial even a little boldly, of “working for Jesus.” And even a glimpse charities, as well as home and foreign missionary work. The of His “ kindness and love” has been enough to set us working direct and actual profits which the writer has gained in four "' for Him,” as we call it. Then comes a clearer and brighter view years, after paying every expense, have amounted to £35, of of “the exceeding great love of our Master," and we are pressed which £9 4s, have been given to the C.M.S. ; £17 10s. to home in spirit, and all the work we ever could or can do for Him is missionary societies, and £8 5s. spent in parochial charities. seen to be just nothing, and oh! how we do want to do more The largest profit was made when two pages were filled with ** for Jesus !” Now has not our God provided a beautiful advertisements, and one only retained, besides the title page, for safety-valve for the full hearts of His loving children, in this local matter. But this arrangement was inadequate for the most condescending permission and command ? Not only " to necessities of a large parish, though it would probably be the Him shall be given of the gold of Sheba,” but “Prayer also shall best plan where the clergyman did not need much space each be made for Him!” Yes, we may pour out our hearts in prayer

month for himself. For the last three years, three pages have for our King, besides spending our lives in working for Him. been filled with advertisements, and two additional pages, and And I do not know that there is any purer and intenser joy than not unfrequently

not unfrequently four, filled with parochial information, have such prayer pressed out by adoring love. There is no room been given monthly. The increased expense for printing and for looking at self and difficulties and troubles and fears, when for paper has not been covered by the increased number of there is a gush of prayer summed up in “ Father, glorify Thy advertisements obtained, so that tho balance in hand at the Son!" We know that He hears this. And we go on pleading close of the year is less now than it was at first, the profit the His own great promises to the Son of His love, rejoicing at first year having been over £11, and since then having averaged the same time in their certainty ; praying that Jesus may see of over £8. On the other hand, the circulation has increased the travail of His soul and be satisfied, even in our own poor largely, the average number sold during 1875 having been 350, sinful hearts and lives, and in those for whom or over whom we are whereas it has now a steady sale of about 550, and having risen watching, and in myriads more; asking that the heathen may be on special occasions as high as 800. Its popularity has been given Him for His inheritance, and that all nations may call Him materially aided by the gift cach February of a chromo-lithiothe Blessed One; and widening out to the grand prayer for Him graph to every regular subscriber, the cost of which has been with which the psalm closes, “ And let the whole earth be filled paid out of the profits of the magazine, without trenching upon

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