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PEACE AND REST. 1 S 17th aft. Trin. Duncan landed, Brit. Columbia, 1857. Peace on
[earth, good will toward men, Lu. 2. 14, M. Jer. 3. Eph 2. E. Jer. 22 or 35. Lu. 5.1-17. 2 M Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Ro. 5. 1. 3 T Peace by the blood of His cross, Col. 1. 20. [peace, Lu. 2. 29. 4 W Rebmann d., 1876. Lord now lettest Thou thy servant depart in 6 T Bp. Russell d., 1879. He walked with me in peace, Mal. 2. 6. 6 F Bp. Cotton drowned, 1866. He shall enter into peace, Isa. 57, 2. 7 S There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked, Isa. 57. 21.
[the city, Jer. 29. 7. 8 S 18th aft. Trin. Fuh-Chow Miss. Ch. op., 1865. Seek the peace of
M. Jer. 36. Phil. 2. E. Ez. 2, or 13. 1-17. Lu. 8. 26. 9 M Bp. Hadfield consec., 1870. Rest in the Lord, Ps. 37. 7. 10 T Price sailed for E. Af., 1874. Carise the weary to rest, Isa, 28.12. 11 W We which' have believed do enter into rest, Heb. 4. 3. 12 T Let not your heart be troubled, Jo. 14. 1. [bulation, Jo. 16. 33. 13 F Miss. expelled fr. Abeokuta, 1867. In Me, peace; in the world tri14 S West at Red Riv., 1820. How beautiful are the feet of him that
[publisheth peace, Is. 52. 7. 15 S 19th aft. Trin. D. Fenn d., 1878. There remaineth a rest, He. 4.9.
M. Ez. 14. Col. 3. 18, & 4. E. Ez. 18, or 24. 15. Lu. 12. 1-35. 16 M I will fear no evil, Ps. 23. 4.
(peace, Ps. 37. 37. 17 T Noble d., 1865. Mark the perfect man: the end of that man is 18 W St. Luke. Peace to him that is afar off...and I will heal him, Is, 19 T Mrs. Crowther d., 1880. I will give you rest, Mat. 11. 28. (57.19. 20 F Mohammedan Conf. at C.M.S., 1875. Toiling in rowing, for the 21 S Peace, be still, Mk. 4. 39. [wind was contrary, Mk. 6. 48.
[de-ired haven, Ps. 107. 30. 22 S 20th aft. Trin. Ragland d , 1858. He bringeth them unto the
M. Ez. 34. 2 Thes. 2. E Ez, 37, or Dan. l. Lu. 16. 23 M Peck reached Whale R., 1877. To guide our feet into the way 24 T He is our peace, Eph. 2. 14.
[of peace, Lu. 1. 79. 25 W My peace I give unto you, Jo. 14. 27. [Christ, Ac. 10. 36. 26 T Townsend sailed for W. Africa, 1836. Preaching peace by Jesus 27 F 1st stone Childr. Home, 1851. Peace be within thy walls, Ps. 122.7. 28 S SS. Simon and Jude. Bp. Moule consec., 1880. Peace to thee, and
peace to thine helpers, 1 Chr. 12. 18.] [be peace, Is. 32. 17. 29 S 21st aft. Trin. 1st Sikh ord., 1854. The work of righteousness shall
M. Dan. 3. 1 Tim. 6. E. Dan. 4 or 5. Lu. 20. 1-27. 30 M Great peace have they which love Thy law, Ps. 119. 165. 31 T Thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel,
(Ps. 128. 6.
EPITOME OF MISSIONARY NEWS. By the lamented death of Bishop Steere, Africa has lost one of its ablest missionaries. Dr. Steere went out to the East Coast in 1863, in connection with the Universities' Mission to Central Africa, which was then being established at Zanzibar after the failure of its first attempt on the Zambesi. He afterwards had a parish in England for three or four years, but in 1874 was consecrated Bishop in succession to Dr. Tozer. Under his leadership_the Universities' Mission has become one of the most important agencies in East Africa ; and his own Bible translations and other literary work have been of great value to other Missions, including our own. It was only in May last that the C.M.S. Committee had an interview with him, and expressed their gratitude for his kindnesses to the Society's missionaries sojourning at Zanzibar.
The Rev. John Perowne, who died on August 26th, at the age of eightyeight, and who was the father of the Dean of Peterborough, of the Master of Corpus, and of the Archdeacon of Norwich, was a C.M.S. missionary sixty years ago. He went to Burdwan, North India, in 1820, and laboured there seven years, when he returned home in ill-health. The name of Perowne is now a distinguished one in the Church of England, and especially in the University of Cambridge. Two of the sons are Vice-Presidents of the C.M.S., and the third an Honorary Life Governor.
Sir George Grey, formerly Secretary of State for the Home Department, who died on Sept. 9th, was an active member of the C.M.S. Committee fifty. five years ago. He joined in 1827, and continued his attendance until he took office. He was afterwards a Vice-President.
We deeply regret to announce the death of Mrs. Baring, better known to the readers of the GLEANER as Mrs. Elinslie. Margaret Duncan was married in 1872 to Dr. Elmslie, the founder of the C.M.S. Kashmir Medical Mission, who died in the same year. She remained in the Punjab, working with great devotion for several years in connection with the C.M.S. Amritsar Mission, Last year she was married to the Rev. F. H. Baring, and went out with him to Batâla ; and just a year afterwards she entered into rest, on July 28th.
The many friends who contributed to the Henry Wright Memorial Fund will be glad to hear that the steamer is now being built. There has been much delay, owing to differences of opinion amongst the best authorities as to what kind of vessel would be most suitable. The tender of Messrs, Green, the eminent shipbuilders of Blackwall, was ultimately accepted for £5,252, and within a few months the flenry Wright will, we trust, be at her post. A sum of £1,600 is still wanted to place her at Zanzibar, including the cost of transport thither ; and we hope that many who may have waited to contribute till they saw exactly what would be done, will now join heartily and liberally in so appropriate a memorial to the beloved friend and brother whom it pleased God to take from us two years ago.
In February last, the Bishop of Calcutta admitted to Deacon's Orders a long-tried and zealous C.M.S. catechist in the Krishnagar district, Babu Koilash Chunder Biswas. At the same time the Rev. Molam Biswas, of Thakurpukur, received priest's orders. The Rev. K. C. Biswas has been appointed pastor of Bollobpur, where he had been catechist for several years.
During the same tour in Krishnagar, the Bishop of Calcutta confirmed 318 Native Christians, and dedicated two small mission churches built by the late Rev, J. Vaughan.
Letters are to hand from Bishop Bompas, of Athabasca, dated Fort Norman, Mackenzie River, March 6th. It was a relief to hear of the Bishop's safety. The latest previous news was that he had embarked at Fort Simpson on October 13th, to go down the Mackenzie to join Mrs. Bompas, at Fort Norman, on a raft consisting of a few logs lashed together. We now hear that he was for some days and nights “carried about like a cockle shell" drifting ice. Archdeacon McDonald's health was in a weak state, and he was hoping to come over to England next year, bringing his valuable Tukudh translations to be printed-a most important work, for it is scarcely possible that any one else can get the mastery of that little known tongue which he has acquired during so many years of constant travel among the
people. Concerning the Gônd Mission in Central India, the Rev. H. D. Williamson notes progress in three respects, viz. (1) " in the interest taken by the people in our preaching,” (2) “in their understanding us and our aims," (3) "in our understanding them.' To assist the progress in the two latter respecte, Mr. Williamson travels from village to village without tents, in as quiet a way as possible; while the progress in interest is illustrated by a man—the first Gônd met with who could read-coming eighty miles to get a copy of the Scriptures.
The Rev. John and Mrs. Cain, of the Koi Mission, who have been in Australia for some months, visiting the friends of the latter, and doing much to spread interest there in C.M.S. work, were to sail from Melbourne on their return to India, on August 15th. We rejoice to hear that they will be accompanied by two more Australian ladies, Miss E. Digby and Miss Mary Seymour, who have volunteered for the Telugu Mission, and whose expenses will be paid by Christian friends in Victoria.
In the June GLEANER there was a request from the Rev. A, J. P. Shepherd, Director of the Missionaries' Children's Home, for two pianos, and books and magazines. In his Annual Report just issued he says :-“Many laughed and doubted when a short public appeal for books and pianos was made in the Society's magazines for June. Now it is our turn to laugh at the doubters. We have received some forty most useful books and magazines, £4 in money for binding, and a capital piano from Mrs. Fisher. The piano was waiting to be sold, but the appeal changed its destination, and transferred it to us. Gratitude is the expectation of favours to come. We are still waiting for some more books for our library, and also for the second piano."
*** We are requested by the Editor of the forthcoming Official Year-Book of the Church of England” to invite communications to him respecting any systematic plans which may have proved successful in bringing the children of Day and Sunday schools into intelligent sympathy with the work of Foreign Missions. Address, Rev. F. Burnside, Hertingfordbury, Hertford.
A Course of Missionary Sermons. CHE following subjects for a course of sermons suggested by the Rev. Evenings, by various preachers, at his former church at Taunton, have been circulated among the members of the Suffolk Church Missionary Union :
I. The State of the World without the Gospel. II. Man's Spiritual Necessities provided for in the Gospel. III. Mankind humanised by the Influence of the Gospel. IV. The Duty of the Church with regard to the Spread of the Gospel. V. The Church, if flourishing, interested in the Cause of the Gospel. VI. The Encouragement to endeavours to Spread the Gospel. VII. The Opportunities now Afforded for Making Known the Gospel. VIII. The Blessings reacting on those who Promote the Spread of the Gospel.
A New Juvenile Association.
At the first meeting the Revs. J. R. Wolfe and J. M. West spoke. In October the first quarterly meeting was held, when the Rev. J. T. Wrenford presided, and the Rev. J. Spear, an Indian chaplain, gave an address on the Hindus. At the February meeting three Christmas trees were provided, and the sale (purposely restricted to articles of small value) realised £12. At the April meeting the Rev. F. Bedwell presided, and the Revs. J. M. West and A. T. Hughes spoke.
The total amount raised in the first year is £83 9s. 8d., a truly noble example of what young people can do when they try. More than one hundred children's names are on the list of collectors by boxes and cards. We hope that, by the blessing of God, they will go on and prosper.
"TERM" inquires if the edicts against Christians and Christian preaching in Japan have been repealed. Never formally repealed, but withdrawn from the notice-boards and virtually obsolete. But foreigners can only travel without a passport within a radius of twenty miles from one of the seven treaty ports. Beyond that distance they require passports, which would not be granted them for avowed and open missionary work. They travel, however, for health and to learn the language, and have many opportunities of making known the Gospel. There is no restriction on the work of Native Christians.
“A YOUNG FRIEND” suggests that special missionary boxes for “ThankOfferings or “For Travelling Mercies” should have illuminated cards on them explaining their object; which cards she thinks many would be pleased to make for the purpose. Received with thanks :-"D. B.,” 10s., for the Society.
THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.
THE WORKING TOGETHER
OUR MEDICAL MISSIONS. OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHURCH IN THE
( Continued from page 121.) EXTENSION OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM.
T some other North Indian Stations there are small BY THE Rev. J. B. WHITING, M.A., Vicar of St. Luke's, Ramsgate.
dispensaries: for instance at Jubbulpore, whence
the Rev. T. R. Hodgson writes, “A charitable VIII.
dispensary is carried on by a Native Christian CTS XV. "Apostles and elders" deliberate in Jeru
brother, to the great benefit of many sick and salem on a critical matter which has arisen in needy applicants for relief.
needy applicants for relief. In connection with it a weekly Antioch. Peter, as an Apostle, having related his
service is conducted by a little band of volunteers; and the experience, the council suspend their judgment till Gospel is preached daily to from twenty to forty patients.” * the multitude" have heard the reports of the
We have mentioned one of the two Native ordained medical missionaries, Paul and Barnabas, of what God had done by the Tinnevelly pastors. He writes, “ My work divides itself into
men in India. The other is the Rev. Manuel H. Cooksley, one of After this instructive exercise they diligently search for scriptural light on the important subject, and realising the pre
two branches, medical and pastoral," and of the former he says:sence of the Comforter, the “ Advocate " of God's will to the The work in the dispensary is commenced at 7.30 A.M., and continued Church, they give their final decision (not without the con
till 10, and resumed at 4 and closed at 5.30 P.M. every day, with the currence of the “brethren ") as that which “seemed good to the
exception of Sundays; a portion of God's Word is read and prayers
offered before we commence giving prescriptions. I talk to the patients Holy Ghost and to us."
about Christ's incarnation, &c., individually to Hindus and MohammeWe carry on our enterprise with confidence, as we realise and dans; Christians too are not neglected, memoriter lessons or Scripture rest upon this working together of the Holy Ghost and the texts are often asked, with advices and counsels. Church ; and seek that the Holy Spirit may continually direct
The number of in-door patients being 35, we have had prayers every
day with them, with short addresses. It is very pleasing to see the and control the conclusions arrived at and the letters written.
Hindus, many of them men and women, kneeling down with us for How impressive is the responsibility which this casts on the prayer, and to hear from their lips the loud “ Amen." writers of letters to and from the Mission field. Those who The total number of patients treated in out-door till November, 1881, are successors of “the Apostles and elders and brethren" are
was 2,776. Since the dispensary was aided by the Local Fund Board in thus bidden to depend on “ the abiding Comforter.” And how
1878, I bave furnished the Board with monthly and annual returns. The
boarding-school children, the Mission agents, and the people have for the incessant should be the prayer of “the whole multitude” of the
most part enjoyed good health. Vaccination is also involved upon “ brethren" that this sacred influence may be recognised in the medical subordinates as a part of their duty. The number of children council chambers of the “ elders."
vaccinated during the year was 120. In a higher sense we observe the same principle at work in So much for India. In China, Medical Missions have been the preparation of the Scriptures themselves. Under the adminis- very vigorously worked by some societies. The C.M.S. for trative action of the Holy Ghost, the circumstances occurred several years had only one of a regular kind, the Opium which prompted the writing of the Gospels and Acts and Epistles Hospital at Hang-Chow, where Dr. Galt laboured with much and Book of Revelation. Then the Spirit of Truth inspired the
He has been succeeded during the past year by Dr. writers of the New Testament, bringing to their remembrance all Duncan Main. One of our oldest ordained missionaries, the things whatsoever the Lord Jesus had spoken, and unfolding Rev. W. H. Collins, late of Peking (now retired), is a surgeon ; unsuspected depths of meaning in the Old Testament. Thus the and it is noteworthy that the first-fruits of the Fuh-Chow whole counsel of God was not only spoken to the early converts, Mission twenty years ago were gathered in by the instrubut written down for the instruction of the Church to the end mentality of a temporary dispensary opened by him in that of time.
city during a visit in 1860. The journeys from city to city of To this inspired and infallible volume the Holy Ghost hath Dr. B. Van Someren Taylor, the Fuh-Kien medical missionary, added no more. It contains the unalterable principles on which during the last year or two, have been very interesting; and our missionary work must be conducted in “ all the world," and several converts have been the indirect fruit of his labours. One tells the whole truth of God.
passage from his last report may be quoted :With deepening interest we note the especial prominence given
At the city of Ning-Taik, upon the advice of the Rev. Tivg Sing-ki, in Acts to the written Word of God. Eye-witnesses spake of the the Native pastor located there, the patients, instead of waiting in the Word Incarnate, that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ, but chapel, waited in the clergyman's own reception room, and there were from the first Christian sermon onward the witness is only given whilst waiting they were spoken to by the clergyman or the catechist,
handed tea and tobacco : in other words, were treated as guests; and as in perfect harmony with the written Word. The Scriptures, then, which have the Holy Ghost for their Author, not only came
Amongst my patients was the head military officer of the city. He here
for the first time in his life heard the Truth, for he sat for some time and through the original writers, but were copied and translated, and listened to the clergyman telling him of Christ. carried and distributed wherever the first misionaries preached Bishop Burdon is anxious to set two medical missionaries to " Christ and Him crucified.”
work in the Province of Quan-tung, in the south-western corner To the converts the truth came “ not in Word only, but in of China ; and Mr. W. C. Jones's munificent gift of £72,000 power and the Holy Ghost.” The Word was not effectual with
will be available to provide the hospitals and for the training of out the Spirit. The Spirit still works by the Word, and not Native medical missionary agents ; but meanwhile, the English without the Word. The appeal of the missionary is still to the doctors are first wanted, and we are looking to the Great Bible. And in regard to no part of the great missionary work Physician to move some to offer for His service. of the Church is it more imperatively necessary that we should Lastly, as a field for Medical Missions, there is the Far West pray for the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit than in refer
of British America, the country of the C.M.S. NORTH PACIFIC ence to the laborious work of translating the Bible into the Mission. Both at Metlakahtla and in Queen Charlotte's Islands, various languages of the world, and of distributing it among the Rev. W. H. Collison has done good service as an amateur all nations.
in this branch of the work; and now a qualified medical
missionary has been appointed, Dr. John Horden, a son of the not been without trial. "Perhaps," he writes, “the greatest Bishop of Moosonee.
trial of all is to be continually met by one's own countrymen Such is a hasty summary of the Society's Medical Missions. with the objection that what you are doing is worse than useless, They deserve our warmest sympathy and our constant prayers. that no results are seen, and that to make the Tamil labourer We cannot doubt that they are especially pleasing in His eyes a Christian is only to make him twice as big a rogue as he was who is the Healer of both body and soul. May He give them before.'' But he adds :much influence in softening hard hearts to receive His word, “For the fifty.six adult baptisms, which is a larger number and so in fetching home to His fold the wounded and the than that of any previous year, I feel specially thankful to God. wandering sheep !
In many instances the examination preparatory to baptism has been most cheering, as manifesting a simplicity of faith in Christ
which could only have resulted from the work of the Holy Spirit THE TAMIL COOLY MISSION, CEYLON.
in the heart; and I have more than once been constrained to
say to European planters who have thrown doubt upon the WO important branches of the work in Ceylon are power of the Tamil people to receive Christian truth at all, ‘I
the Kandyan Itinerancy and the Tamil Cooly only wish you could have been with me this morning to hear the Mission. Both work in the hill-country in the answers of such and such a candidate for baptism ; for had you centre of the island, covering nearly the same area. been, I am sure you would no longer speak or think as you do.'"
The former is directed at the Singhalese village The Bishop of Colombo visited the Tamil Cooly Mission last population; the latter among the Tamil Coolies on the coffee year, and confirmed 174 converts. In this work he spent three estates, some 1,400 of whom are now on the roll of Native
roll of Native weeks riding and driving with Mr. Rowlands, and holding conChristians, besides many who have returned to their native firmations at fourteen different centres. "There was much," country, South India. The Tamil Cooly Mission has been writes the latter, " that was gratifying in the earnest, devout mainly supported for upwards of a quarter of a century by a spirit in which the candidates entered into the service ; and the committee of coffee planters, who have raised more than £1,000 Bishop expressed himself much pleased with what he saw. I to maintain catechists, schools, &c., the Society furnishing the trust and believe it was an occasion when real spiritual life was funds for the superintending English missionaries. There are deepened in the hearts of very many." two Native assistant missionaries, the Revs. Pakkyanathan Peter and Aralanåthen Gnânamutthu, and also fifty-three catechists
THE number of Native Christian adherents in India, including catechumens, and schoolmasters. The Rev. W. E. Rowlands writes encourag- The total is now close to one hundred thousand (99,543), having doubled in ingly of the success which has attended the work, though it has twenty years.
THE SULTAN OF ZANZIBAR.
before proceeding into the interior. Mr. Hannington's account
of his reception by the Sultan is very interesting : HE Sultan of Zanzibar has been so frequently men
tioned in the GLEANER in connection with the The palace is well situated on the Grand Square looking out on the Society's East African Mission, that our readers roadstead, with a tall lighthouse, with a fine electric light, close to its side.
Here in the square a guard of honour was drawn up, which saluted as we will be glad to have a portrait of him before them. came up to it, and then again as the Sultan came down the front steps to
The Sultan, or to give him his full title and name, receive us. He shook hands with the Consul and then with Captain Hore, Seyyid Bargash Bin Said (Seyyid is his title, signifying “Lord”; of the L.M.S., who was likewise being introduced, and then with me, after Bargash means "little," and is, so to speak, his proper name;
which he beckoned us to follow him. We mounted some very steep stairs, while “ Bin Said" means simply the son of Said), came to the
and were then led by the Sultan into an antechamber, and bade be seated throne in 1870. His territory is little more than a narrow strip the best I ever tasted, in gold cups, and immediately after some syrup in
on some grand yellow arm-chairs; then attendants brought some coffee, extending some 600 miles along the coast, though he claims a tumblers ; the attendants then retired, and conversation, a brisk one, began kind of suzerainty over the tribes far into the interior. His through an interpreter. He asked me how long the journey would take, most important possession is the Island of Zanzibar, on the west
how fast we travelled, and about the shape of the lake. I, on the other
hand, expressed my respect for his Highness, and said I had come to pay side of which is the town of the same name, looking towards the
homage, and to ask for letters of safe conduct, and an introduction to mainland (see pictures in GLEANER of June last). The Sultan King Mtesa ; that our object was not to interfere with, but to further the is about fifty years of age, and
interests of the Sultan. I also exis a thorough Mohammedan.
pressed my pleasure at the electric The Sultan has lately had
light, and at the honour done me by interviews with two
granting an interview. The interC.M.S.
view lasted about half an hour, and missionaries. One was the Rev.
was by no means dull, por do I think W. S. Price, who went on a
unimportant to our Mission, for the temporary mission to East Africa
news soon spread that the Bwana in December last. While he
Kubwa (great master), as I am called,
had paid a visit to the Sultan. was at Frere Town certain charges were made against the
The letter which the Sultan missionaries by the Wali, or
sent to the Society by Mr. Price Governor of Mombasa, and it
was as follows :was to refute these that the
From Barghas Bin Saeed to the Cominterview was asked for and
mittee, Church Missionary Society. given. Mr. Price writes :
ZANZIBAR, 6 Shaaban, 1299.
(23 June, 1882.) Colonel Miles (H.M. Consul) and
As our friend Mr. Salter Price is I went to the palace on Tuesday, the 6th of June. For an hour and a
proceeding to England, we take the
opportunity to write and offer you half I had to do most of the talking. We had an Arab interpreter, but
our salutations, to inquire respecting
your welfare, and to assure you of when his Highness discovered I could
our increasing friendship and regard speak to him direct in Hindustani,
for you. Nothing has occurred in we conversed more freely together in
these parts worthy of mention except that language. The Sultan at first
what is good and pleasing, and should took up the cudgels in defence of the
you'require aught of us, the sign is Wali; but truth is mighty and must
with you, and salaam. prevail. It came out that the Wali for months past, whilst professing to
[The expression, “ The sign is with be on the best of terms with us, had
you," means, "I am at your service, been privately sending to his High
you have only to let me know your ness the most extraordinary reports of
wishes." Salaam,” of course, is the our proceedings : we were systemati
salutation of peace.] cally enticing slaves from their masters, and hiding them away-we bad established a large colony in the interior, as a refuge for runaway slaves ; in some way or other we were
A SPECIAL FUND FOR EGYPT. in league with the outlawed rebel chief, Mbaruk, &c., &c. Happily I was able to give an emphatic denial to all these absurd charges, and to place OW are we to show our gratitude to the Almighty Ruler of matters in a very different light from what they had been represented to nations for the recent events in Egypt ? England underhis Highness, so that at last he threw up the case, and expressed himself took to restore peace and good government to the Egyptian satisfied that I was in the right, and the Wali in the wrong. He afterwards informed the Consul that by his order the Wali woulå come to the people, while securing her own highway to India. It was an consulate to make an apology to me, and “do me honour.”
undertaking which may seem easy now it is done, but which A fortnight or so after this, on the eve of his departure for might well have proved
most arduous and difficult, and have cost
thousands of precious lives. We have all joined in thanksgiving England, Mr. Price had a farewell interview with the Sultan.
to God for the success of our arms. What shall we now render He writes :
unto Him for all His benefits ? His Highness received me with his old cordiality, again assured me Give Egypt the Gospel—that is surely the only true and that his mind was fully satisfied as regards the Wali affair, and offered to
sufficient answer. give me a letter to the Committee to that effect. He promised to take
The Committee, therefore, invite Special care that the Wali should not give us any further trouble ; and on part- Thank-offerings for a Mission in Egypt; and they have deteriog at the palace door he took my hand in both his, and giviog me a mined to include in the appeal Palestine and Persia, both which hearty shake, said, “ Good-bye, I wish you a pleasant passage, and come Missions are calling for increased grants and more men. In all back soon.”
three countries the work is of the same kind ; and in all three it The other interview was later in the same month with the is peculiarly hard. Mohammedan rule tolerates no conversions Rev. James Hannington, who went out in May last as the leader from Islam. But Christ's word is, Preach the Gospel to every of the Nyanza reinforcements, and stayed some days in Zanzibar creature; and that must include every Mussulman.
GLEANINGS FROM BISHOP SARGENT'S JOURNAL
other party will not keep the peace.” I said, “Let each one speak for
himself. Are you for peace?” With some appearance of hesitation he IN TINNEVELLY.
replied, “ Very well, I am for peace.” The others then readily followed,
and I concluded with prayer. As I got into my bandy, surrounded by the (Continued.)
crowd of people, I took out a rupee, gave it to the Native pastor, and said, UGUST 11th, Thursday.-I got a letter this morning from “Buy so much betel and nut, and let all partake of this token of good
a clergyman in Ceylon that requires notice, from the will and peace as Christians." Next day I got a letter to say that the uncommon character of its contents. We read frequently parties were indeed reconciled, and it was hoped that for the future peace in English papers of sums sent to the Chancellor of the would be maintained. I was thankful for this, for Alankulam is so imExchequer as conscience money.” In this case the sum portant a place—the church, a large and substantial building, and the
was but a small one, and the clergyman was not authorised congregation containing more than 300 souls, with more than 1,500 to state any name or circumstances, but three parts of the money were to heathen mixed up with them in the village—that if only the Christians go to one of our schools, and one part to another. The youth had been would act unitedly and kindly, as Christians, the result would be to formerly in Palamcottah, and he now made restitution in the way I have advance this place to one of first importance among the Christian comdescribed.
munities in this district. But with strife and divisions no progress can be 18th August, Nallúr.— The greater part of the day was occupied in the expected. Several days after I again
heard that all was peace. business of the Church Council. One pleasing part of the proceedings was 12th September, Monday.--Held a Confirmation for candidates in Palamthat four agents volunteered to go as Evangelists to the north of the cottah and its immediate neighbourhood; there were 141 presented, of Godavery, and take up work among the Kois. In the evening, as I sat in whom 84 were males and 57 females. Many of these were young people the verandah, a party of men from Alankulam, one of our largest congre- from our Normal and Boarding Schools in Palamcottah. Nothing could gations close by, came to represent the sad misunderstanding which existed be more pleasing than the orderly and devout manner in wbich the between the leading parties in the place, and asked me to examine the candidates presented themselves. May this season of renewing their matter and decide. I had received several petitions previously to coming baptismal covenant prove an occasion of real spiritual blessing to them. here, so I understood more or less how matters were. They did not seem 13th September. --Arrived at Pannikulam at 10 A.M. and at 12 met in to comprehend my remark that there was most likely fault on both sides, Church Council. There were 3 pastors and 13 laymen present. and that the better course would be not to stir up more strife by inquiring 14th, Wednesday.-Completed the business of the Church Council, and further into the case. I added that the party who would forgive would settled a variety of questions brought forward for my advice, and at 4 P.M. be the real conquerors. After a deal of talk one of them said, “Well, you started for Kallattikinaru. On my way I had engaged to stop, and have a come to our church to-morrow and have prayers, and then send us away short service with the Christian congregation of Travanpatti. As I in peace.” I promised to do so, adding again that the party that forgives travelled I had Bishop Caldwell's “ History of Tinnevelly” in hand, and was will be the real conquerors.
reading the account of what transpired in this part of the province when In the mean while another man came up, an old man, with a bundle the country was taken under the Government of the Honourable East under bis arm, and on my dismissing the previous speakers he said, “I India Company. I repeatedly asked myself, “ Here are the same names suppose you don't remember me, sir ?" I said, “ No, who are you?” of places, but can this be the same country, the same people ?” We have “ Thirty years ago a servant came to Pavúr and engaged me with my pair in this district alone some 450 people of the turbulent classes who in those of bullocks to take you on to this place, Nallur, and it was on this very times knew of nothing but violence and crime. Cultivation was mainspot you alighted, paid me my fare, and sent me away, and I was pleased. tained with difficulty, for it was hard to say whose hand would prevail at When I was driviog the bandy from Pavúr, you spoke to me about the the time of harvest. How changed is everything now! Hardly a spot Veda and about Jesus ; but I was a very bigoted man, and though I tried left in jungle-all bas been brought under the plough. I went for some to forget what you said, it nevertheless rankled in my mind for years after, distance along the road that must have been the line of march for our but I could come to no decision. Abont two years ago I lost two of my troops when they went from Kytar to Panjalankurichy. I see one great children, and in my distress I sought in vain for any consolation in my change that has lately affected the condition of the province, as in my own worship. I then thought of what you had said, and of the happiness bandy I cross over the railway, and under the telegraph wires. What is of knowing the Saviour, so I determined to become a Christian. Some still more surprising is the fact that while I am writing this part of my
I was baptized, and now hearing that, having been so very ill, journal, a person of importance, whose residence was at that turbulent you have come back in recovered health, I determined to come and see iime, next to Panjalankurichy, the focus of rebellion, is now seeking you. My family has always been devoted to the worship of our idol admission into the Christian Church, and has applied to me for baptism. goddess. Here are the offerings of three generations” opening the bundle It may be that when pressure is brought to bear on him by the persuasion he took out three cloths). This was my grandfather's, this my father's, and threats of relations, he may be unable to stand to his profession, but and this my offering to the Swami [idol). To dye this with the figures as yet be seems all truthfulness and earnestness, and I see no reason at all of the goddess on it, I paid 14 rupees. The other cloths cannot have cost why I should doubt his sincerity. I have known him for about eight less; but they are now to me nothing. Do with tbem as you like”; and years. so saying he cast them at my feet. I was, I confess, somewhat uncertain 18th September, Sunday.-Went this morning to the town of Tinnerelly how to accept all this statement of the 30 years ago; so I looked at the to hold a Confirmation service at 9 o'clock. Many of the candidates had to catechist and said, " Is this all credible ?” Yes,” he replied, " the man come from places tbree to eight miles distant. But every one was in his told me years ago of this conversation with you ?" I looked at the man place, preserving very nice order. There were 104 males and 63 females. and said, “ Well now what do you want—what can I do for you?” The The church stands on one side of a public street, and the heathen flocked old man seemed hurt at my suspicious question. “What do I want ? I into the verandahs, but preserved the utmost decorum, while they witnessed want nothing from you. I am going home at once as night is setting in. this Christian ceremony. The building used as a church here is not what Only I thought that in coming to you, you would hear what I had to say, it ought to be, but we hope soon to have a more becoming place of pray with me, and send me away with your blessing.” Evidently then worsbip. This was a genuine case, and I had done ihe old man wrong in suspecting 2nd October, Sunday, Panneivilei.- Arrived here last night, and his motives. I thought that probably he had got aid from us in the attended the early morning prayers. Long before noon the place was famine, and might now be expecting by this means to get further aid; but filled with the candidates for Confirmation, who came in from three on inquiry I found he was too well off to claim aid in the late famine, and pastorates. By 12 o'clock the church was filled to overflowing, as many really expected nothing of worldly good from me. I thought of the words, besides the candidates, who numbered 159 (81 men and 78 women), were " Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days present. The Lyric sung at the opening soon arrested the attention of (Eccles, xi. 1), and also the 6th verse, “In the morning sow thy seed,” &c.
all to interesting service before us. It is addressed to the Holy Spirit. Ilis name is now Gnanamuttu (pearl of wisdom). May he be indeed the finder of the “ Pearl of great price.”
“Come, Lord, and change this sinful heart,
And love divine impart." 19th August, Friday.--Having concluded business in the Nallúr Church Council, I started at 4 P.M. and went to Alankulam. The church was
This is the refrain after each verse, the 4th and 6th of which run thus:soon filled, but I missed the headman of one of the parties, and on asking
“ The mind for heaven is lost, for him was told that there was no doubt of his coming, and I became
And blighted chaff am I. afraid that the object of my visit would miscarry. However, just before
A sinner poor before Thee stands, beginning the service, he came in by the side door and sat down in the
Come, Lord, and change, &c. distance. I at once invited him to the front, and after a short service of
“ Thou didst come to dispel darkness, prayer took for my text the parable of the servant who had so much for:
To impart light to the mind given him by his Lord, but was so cruel towards his fellow-servant. At the
And to melt the stubborn will, close of my discourse I alluded to the strife which had been carrying on
Come, Lord, and change," &c. among them, and urged mutual forbearance and peace, and now I said, the It will take long before our English-metre hymns and tunes can move the party tha: forgives wins the day. The headman referred to said, “The patives as do these sacred Lyrics.