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which was held with such Spartan
On Friday we saw the schools in the Zahar Baksh, the old Palace where the missionaries live,t and in the afternoon rode on an elephant, which the colonel kindly sent us, into the town, and to the Old Fort where the powder magazine was blown up during the siege. On Saturday we saw the vigorous Boys' School, I three hundred boys, the busiest hive of industry under its Christian headmaster, Mr.' Seetal, such an intelligent man, and the second master was baptized at Christmas, 1879. It would be indeed cruel to give up a work like this. We left on Monday morning, after the most enjoyable visit. We feel our hearts quite knit to those dear single-hearted labourers for Christ who are left to hold the fort till more prosperous days shall enable us at Salisbury Square to send them reinforcements.
From Lucknow we came back to Cawnpore, and from Cawnpore to Agra. Here we have been simply entranced by the Taj: its severe simplicity and purity of taste, and at the same time its majesty of outline, just make you feel
you can never tire of it. We have been to the Fort this morning, which would hold a vast army, and is in perfect preservation.
AJMERE, Dec. 13. At Agra, Edward was ill with Indian fever, but on Thursday last he felt strong enough to attempt the long, slow journey here—21 hours for 232 miles. Before leaving Agra, we went to the Taj again on Thursday afternoon, and stayed there till the evening light bathed the peerless marble in rose and ruby. We had a Bible reading with the Zenana ladies, &c., at 8, and at 10
* See the picture and explanation on pages 22, 23.-ED. + See the pictures in the GLEANER of July, 1877, and November, 1880. The missionaries are the Rev. G. B. and Mrs. Durrant (Mr. D. is a stepson of Mr. Bickersteth's sister), and the ladies of the Zenana Mission.-ED. 1 See the picture in the GLEANER of December, 1877.-ED. A young missionary, the Rev. W. Windsor, has since been eent out.-ED. See page 23,
started for the train, which was to leave at 11.30.
It is always a lengthy business getting off in India, and the Mission house is three miles off, and twice our horse mutinied. However, 'coaxing and flogging prevailed, and we got into a very comfortable little carriage, and our train started on its snail-like progress of scarcely more than ten miles an hour. At 6.30 next morning we had an excellent breakfast of tea and eggs for eight annas (less than a shilling) each at Bandikui, the junction for Delhi. However, we were bound for Jeypore and Ajmere.
THE STORY OF THE LIFE OF DR. KRAPF,
farmer ; let me see your brother and talk to him myself.” Full of the
bright prospect which she saw opening for her young brother, my sister The Pioneer-Missionary of East Africa.
returned home, and after awhile the consent of the whole family was TOLD BY HIMSELF.
obtained to the proposition; whilst in the joy of the moment I promised [In our last number we mentioned the death of Dr. J. L. Krapf, the to labour night and day with zeal and industry, and prove to them all that first Christian missionary in East Africa, from whose travels and researches have followed all the explorations and discoveries of the last few years.
I was not unworthy so much love and affection. His own journals, and an autobiograpbical sketch published with his
Accordingly, a day or two afterwards, I accompanied my sister to the Travels in 1860, will enable us to present the story of his remarkable life
house of the clergymın's widow, who, pleased with my boyish answers to in his own words; and this we propose to do from month to month her questions, urged again strongly the importance of my being sent at through this year.]
once to the grammar-school. My father, involved in some law proceed1.-CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH,
ings, saw, as it were in his mind's eye, in his son a rising lawyer capable of E trace, it is said, the impressions, views, and teachings of the bringing these suits to successful issue. With that ambition he took me
child in the after-career of the man, influencing his pursuits with bim to Tübingen to the rector of the Anatolian School.
place before the reader a short sketch of my early life before not fail to make me feel a little abashed and to experience a morbid I became attached to the East African Mission.
shame at my igaorance. But this very shame stood me in good stead by My father, whose circumstances were easy, followed farming, and lived making me the more desirous to learn, to be placed in the class above me in the village of Derendingen, near Tübingen, where I was born on the with boys of my own age. The early morning always found me on my 11th of January, 1810, and baptized by the name of Ludwig, the wrestler, road to Tübingen with satchel on my back, in which besides my books no inapt appellation for one who was destined to become a soldier of the
were a bottle of sweet must and a great hunch of bread, which were to Cross. Many were my providential escapes in childhood from dangers constitute my simple mid-day's meal, and which I quickly consumed which beset my path, from falling into the mill-stream which flowed between twelve and one o'clock, under the willows on the banks of the through the village, from accidents with fire-arms, or falls from trees in Neckar, in order more leisurely to devour my Litin grammar and Scheller's the eager pursuit of birds' nests. The inborn evil nature of the child was vocabulary, which I soon learnt by heart. somewhat held in check by a nervous susceptibility, and the consequent My diligence met its reward, and at the end of six months I was at the dread I experienced in witnessing the contest of the elements in storms, head of my class; and before the close of the year was placed on the third or which shook my frame at the sight of the dead and the grave, or even form, the rector not considering it necessary that I should remain longer when reading or listening to the narratives of the torments of the wicked in the lower school. I was becoming a good Latin scholar, and speedily in hell. On these occasions I secretly vowed to lead a pious life for the removed to the fourth form, where I became a Grecian, and rose to be top future ; though, childlike, I soon forgot the promise when the exciting boy of the class, my teachers expressing themselves well pleased with my cause had passed away, as is ever the case throughout life with the natural, general conduct and progress. unregenerated heart of man. Thus, but for an apparently trivial event in Whilst I was still on the lowest form, my father bought me an atlas of my boyhood, though in it I gratefully recognise the chastening Hand of the world, and well do I recollect wondering why there should be so few the great Teacher, the evil of my nature might have choked the good names of places put down in the districts of Adal and Somali in the map seed with its tares, or destroyed it altogether.
of Eastern Africa, and I said to myself, “Is there then so great a desert When eleven years old I was so severely beaten by a neighbour for a yonder, still untrodden by the foot of any European ? What, too, if it fault which I had not committed, that it brought on a serious illoess of is full of hyænas ? " for of these I had just been reading in an odd volume six months' duration. Left to myself my thoughts dwelt much upon of Bruce's Travels, which had been lent me by a bookseller in the town. eternity; and the reading of the Bible and devotional books became my How curious that such a thought should have been instilled into the mind delight, particularly such portions of the Old Testament as recorded the of a child, who in manhood was to be the means of expanding the know. history of the patriarchs and their intercourse with the Creator; and when ledge of those very regions, of which then so little was known! My I read of Abraham conversing with the Almighty, an earnest desire arose desire for travel was greatly fostered by the study of geography, and by in my breast that I too might be permitted to listen to the voice of the reading voyages and travels, and when in my fourteenth year my future Most High, even as did the prophets and apostles of old. If this reading course of life was discussed in the family circle, I expressed an ardent resulted in nothing better, at all events it made me desirous to master the desire to become “ the captain of a ship, and to visit foreign lands." My historical portions of the Bible. Nor was this knowledge thrown away; father would have pre red my being either a lawyer, or a doctor, or a for in the autumn of 1822, during the period of my convalescence, I was clergyman. Neither law nor physic were to my mind; divinity was less in the habit of repeating to the reapers many of the stories of the Bible, objectionable ; but I dreaded the learning of Hebrew with its repulsiveso earnestly and vividly, that more than one them would say to my looking characters and unfamiliar sounds. I still continued zealously the parents, “Mark my words, Ludwig will some day be a parson.”
study of Greek and Latin and of general knowledge, adding to these also In my career, providential guidance is the more evident, because just the commencement of French and Italian. such trifling and seemingly unimportant circumstances have governed its Whilst so engaged, again a seemingly unimportant circumstance helped whole course. In the early part of the year 1823, on going to Tübingen to fix my future career. When I was in my fifteenth year the rector read to buy a new almanack, my sister, mistaking the house, instead of that to an essay to the whole school on the spread of Christianity amongst the which she had been directed for the purpose, called at the dwelling of the heathen, in which it was explained what Missions were, how they were widow of a former vicar, whose son attended the grammar-school of the conducted, and what great good they had achieved in various parts of the city. Of kindly disposition, and having no false pride, the lady entered world since the beginning of the present century. It was the first time I into conversation with her lowly visitor, and amongst other things inquired had heard of Missions amongst the heathen, and the idea assumed a if she had any brothers and sisters; and learning that besides two elder definite form in my mind, so that, boy-like, I asked mysell, “ Why not brothers she had one younger, then in his thirteenth year, she asked if he become a missionary, and go and convert the heathen ? " But then had any knowledge of arithmetic. To this my sister could reply with a quickly arose the inquiry, “How can he preach the Gospel to the heathen, safe conscience in the affirmative ; upon which the widow said at once, “I upon whose heart its seeds have fallen as upon stony places ?” Oit and should very much like to see the lad; he may be able to teach my son oft would the words of the Parable of the Sower pass through my mind, arithmetic, go to the grammar-school, and perhaps in time study for the impelling me to read the Bible with greater earnestness, and to pray for a Church.” My sister replied that she would bring me to see the lady, but quickening knowledge of it. It was the earnest prayer of one who knew added, “We are only simple farmers ; so as to grammar-school, and not yet how to pray, but it was not uttered in vain. studying for the Church, I think there will be but little chance of that.” The Easter holidays of 1825 were at hand, and as I walked homewards “Never mind,” said the lady, “farmer or no farmer, Adam himself was a from Tübingen the thought arose in my mind with the force of a com
mand,“ to go to Basel and announce myself willing to devote my life to the
HINDU SCHOOL RHYMES. labours of a missionary.” The matter was discussed at home, and met with
HE accompanying rhymes are an attempt to give to English readers the ready approval of my mother and sister, and, furnished by the former
some idea of what a Hindu school-book is. These moral maxims, with a letter of introduction to Missionary Inspector Blumhardt, I made
108 in number, were written by a female, reputed to be the sister the journey to Basel by way of Schaffhausen on foot. The Inspector
of the famous author of the Kural, Tiruvalluvar. Her name was Avviar, kindly recognised my zeal; but pointed out to me the first requisite for
or the mother. It is a curious thing that both these authors were Pariars, the calling of an evangelist, the renewal of the heart, as still wanting ; and yet their books are universally read, Avviar's in every school, and the yet added, by way of encouragement, that as I was as yet too young to be
Kural by every one who claims to be a Tamil scholar. received into the Missionary College, I should return home for the
The maxims are many of them good, and inculcate sound morality. present, continue my studies, and cultivate the acquaintance of Christian
Unfortunately for the boys they are written in a high dialect, wholly friends in Tübingen and its neighbourhood; and above all, let the search
unintelligible to them, and the masters never think of enlightening them. after gospel truth and a knowledge of my own heart be my chief care,
They are learnt off, parrot-like, by the lads. waiting patiently till I should receive a call to enter the Missionary
Give charity willingly;
Test, ere thou make a friend; Iostitute as a labourer in the Lord's vineyard. I resolved to be guided by
Give, then dine beartily.
Made, hold on to the end. this sage counsel ; but previous to my return home I obtained permission Keep down an angry thought; Sleep on silk-cotton bed ; to spend a week at the Institute, and here it was that for the first time in Impatiently say not aught.
Rest not too long thy head. my life I became acquainted with true Christians, who upon their knees The giver thou hinder not.
Do well wbate'er you do; prayed beside me, and some of whom became my special friends, in whose
Thine own wealth trumpet not. Enter'd on, carry through.
Say not, “ 'Tis impossible”; Speak not deceitfully, subsequent correspondence with me after my return to Tübingen I found
Stout-hearted, thou art able. Hard words, nor angrily. the greatest solace and blessing.
Walk thou most orderly;
Speak not the marvellous ; In 1826 I entered the fifth and highest form in the Anatolian School, Study thou steadily.
Eschew the gambling-house. and privately devoted myself to the study of Hebrew with such diligence Learning do not despise ;
Waste not thy property ; that before long I had read the greater portion of the Old Testament in
And in youth become wise.
Spoil not thou greedily.
Stand in the royal way, the original. During that period I made the acquaintance of several
Live not on wrested soil.
And with the learned stay. thorough Christians, and by their intercourse I was in a manner better
Speak thou to edify;
Cleave to thy kith and kin; qualified to accept the summons to the Missionary College at Basel, which Do what will dignify.
A house that's large, live not in. when it reached me in 1827 filled me with inexpressible joy.
Mother and father feed.
What you see, that only say ; I remained at Basel two years, during which I made a stealthy
Remember a kindly deed.
With a serpent do not play.
R. R. MEADOWS. acquaintance with the forbidden writings of such mystics as Madame Guion and Jacob Behmen, which took such a hold upon my excited imagination and so imbued me with their fanatic enthusiasm, that I
OUR PORTFOLIO abandoned the idea of becoming a missionary and returned home, intending to give up study, and to labour with my hands as more conducive LET every man donaccording as he is disposed in his heart, and accord
ing as he is enabled by to happiness and a truly religious life, according to the pernicious C.M.S. Sermon, 1825. doctrines which I had imbibed. My parents and family combated the notion, not on religious grounds, of which they were incapable of judging, IN 1872 Prin Livingstone, when in the heart of Africa, wrote thus to his
brother Canada, “ but on account of the cost of my education and the disgrace it would be me to put a stop to the enormous evils of the inlaud slave trade, I shall to the whole family, if, having been brought up with reference to a learned not grudge my hunger and toils. I shall bless His name with all my profession, I were to sink again to the level of a mere tiller of the soil.
heart. The Nile sources are valuable to me only as a means of enabling Much against my will I returned to college, completed my studies, and
me to open my mouth with power among men. It is this power I hope
to apply to remedy an enormous evil, and join my poor little helping was ordained; then entered upon the curacy of Wolfenhausen, but which,
hand in the enormous revolution that in His all-embracing Providence in consequence of a sermon, in which I had represented the world to be He has been carrying on for ages, and is now actually helping forward.” in the last quarter of its twelfth and final hour, giving umbrage to the -Blaikie's “ Life of Livingstone” (p. 441). Consistory, I resigned for a private tutorship. So it is, gold is purified
Quaint Prayers of the South Sea Islanders. by fire; and those were years of severe and painful struggle; but they brought with them at its close the restoration of my former healthy tone AT
about to go to our respective homes. Let not the good words we of mind, and the dismissal from it of the doubts which had so long have this day heard be like the fine clothes we have been wearing, soon to threatened its peace.
be taken off, folded up, and hidden in a box, until another Sabbath comes About this period I met the missionary Fjelstedt, of Smyrna, who urged round. Rather let Thy truth be like the tattoo on our bodies, ineffaceme to enter again upon the course of life which I had abandoned in 1829.
able till death!” I took time to reflect, calling prayer to my aid, and arrived at the joyful cold it was all last night. We could hardly endure it. Do Thou change
On a Bitterly Cold Morning.-"O Lord, Thou knowest how terribly conviction that I ought again to dedicate myself to the service of Missions.
the wind so that it may be warm. And, Lord, let not our souls shiver Fjelstedt was delighted with my decision, and brought me into communi- with our bodies. Let them glow with love to Thee." cation with the English Church Missionary Society, with which he was In Sickness.—“Lord, why hast Thou thus laid Thy hand upon us ? himself connected. The wish of the Society was that I should remain for Perhaps we have wandered from Thee. May this sickness teach us to a time in the Missionary College, and await the further orders of the
cling to Thee with hooks and claws, like bats clinging to the branch of a
tree.” Committee. In the autumn of 1836 Mr. Coates, the secretary, came to For their Missionary.--"Let his hair grow perfectly white here; his Basel, and during his stay at the Mission-house tidings were received that back be curved with age, and leaning for support upon a staff, may he Missionary Knoth, who was to have accompanied Blumhardt to Abyssinia, mount the pulpit.” had died suddenly at Cairo. The vacant post was offered to me, and
Against Sin.-“ Lord, we may have long been slaves to sin. Do Thou having accepted it, I gave up the study of Turkish and modern Greek,
blind its eyes, so that it may not be able to find us. Let Thy word be as
a club, to break its arms and its legs, so that it may be powerless. Break which I had commenced during my second residence in Basel with a view
Thou its neck, that it may die!” to Smyrna, which Fjelstedt had originally indicated as my destination, On Entering Church.—“O Lord, do Thou chain up the devil outside, and applied myself to Æthiopic and Amharic. In February, 1837, I set and then do Thou enter with me." out on my long and difficult journey to Abyssinia, the land of my youthful dreams and aspirations; yet it was not without tears at parting, and
A Pathway in Nights of Trouble. with fear and trembling, that I took up my pilgrim's staff, and bid adieu
N patience, then, the path of duty run; to many and dear friends and to the home of my childhood.
But that which thou wouldst do if thou couldst see
IN , ,
MONUMENT OVER THE WELL AT CAWNPORE, INTO WHICH NANA SAHIB
THE RESIDENCY, LUCKNOW, WHERE HENRY LAWRENCE, OUTRAM,
AND HAVELOCK WERE BESIEGED.
in the centre an avenue of tall cypress-trees, separated by a line of
MAORI PARISHES IN NEW ZEALAND. fountains, and leading the eye to the foot of the building, which rises A CHADEA,CONE: B: CLARKE, bet es histle is sicheren froW ainis ten einen
ZealandwritesI trust that because written this district, from a double platform, the first of red sandstone 20 feet high and 1,000
you will not think that little is going on. The work has assumed an uneventfeet broad, the second
ful character, though not
the less real; the leaven of marble 15 feet high
is influencing all quarand 300 feet square,
ters, and has its effect on the corners of which
even upon the scattered
European population. stand four marble min
The archdeaconry is arets. In the centre
divided into parochial of all, thus reared in
districts, each under its
own minister; and to a air, stands the Taj,
clergyman at home the with giant arches and
charge of 800 or 1,000 clustering domes. As
souls may not seem a
very heavy burden, but you walk towards it,
it must be remembered the building grows to
that here this population its real size, a marble
is scattered over an area
of sixty or more miles shrine of great magni.
square. These are living tude inlaid with pre
in parties of from 150 to cious stones, graceful
25, several miles apart,
BO that to visit them in its outlines, costly
every two months entails in its gems, and perfect
any amountof travelling. in its details.”
It is in no boastful spirit
that I state that, as a Agra is an important
rule, neither I nor the centre of C.M.S. work.
two Native clergy near There is St. John's
me (by near I mean
eleven and fifteen miles) College, founded by
sleep more than one SunFrench and E. C.
day night in a month at Stuart ; and other im
home, and on those days
we usually ride from portant agencies.
twelve to sixteen miles." THE MARTINIÈRE SCHOOL (PALACE OF CLAUDE MARTIN), LUCKNOW.