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the Society appoints a minister. This is the Old Church,"

A HYMN TUNE FROM AFRICA. the oldest in the city, built by Kiernander, a missionary of the

HIS Tune was composed in the Yoruba country. The Rev. H. Christian Knowledge Society, in 1771. It has been the centre

Townsend, who laboured forty years in West Africa, and who of evangelical life and influence in Calcutta. The Rev. C. S.

was the founder of the Yoruba Mission, composed the air, and it Harington is the present minister.

was then harmonised by a Native Christian of Abeokuta, Mr. R. Coker, Bishop Daniel Wilson, before he died, made over to the

who also gave it its name. Mr. Coker is now musical teacher at the

Lagos Female Institution. C.M.S. a fund he had raised for a “ Cathedral Mission." This fund supports some part of the Society's work in Calcutta, and Elbeokuta.

Harmonised by R. COKER 6,5. 8 lines.

(Native of Abeokuta). among others the college for training Native clergy and catechists, which is therefore called the Cathedral Mission Divinity College. Of this an interesting account was given in our pages two months ago by the Principal, the Rev. W. R. Blackett.

Within the city the C.M.S. has two mission churches, Trinity and Christ Church. Trinity Church is in one of the Nativo quarters called Mirzapore, and is surrounded by parsonage, schools, &c., and by houses for Native Christians, all built on a piece of ground purchased in 1820 by Archdeacon Corrie, the friend of Henry Martyn, who was a great supporter of the C. M. S. This was the sphere of labour for many years of the late much lamented Rev. J. Vaugban. There is now a Native pastor, the Rev. Piari Mohun Rudra. At Christ Church the Rev. A. Clifford has been labouring, but he has now gone out into the country to

E superintend the important work in the Krishnagar district, and is succeeded by the Rev. Raj Kristo Bose.

In several suburbs and outlying villages, the C.M.S. has churches and schools, and little bands of Native Christians. There is Kidderpore, where a venerable clergyman, the Rev. Modhu Sudan Seal, resides; and Thakurpukur, formerly associated with the name of the Rev. James Long, but now having its Native pastor, the Rev. Molam Biswas; and Kristopore, near the Salt Lakes, where there is a little congregation of Christian fishermen; and Agarpara, with its interesting Orphanage, where the Rev. F. Gmelin is now stationed, and of which a picture and an account are awaiting their turn for space in the GLEANER. There are several schools connected with the Society : par

AN UNFURNISHED HOUSE. ticularly a Boarding School for Christian Boys, lately opened ; a large Anglo-Vernaculur School (i.e., where the education is

O you live in an unfurnished house ? both English and Bengali)—what we should call a middle-class

You will think this a strange question, but I will explain my

meaning. I have heard that at a missionary meeting a gentleman or grammar-school; and several Vernacular Schools for the poor. once said he considered a house in which there was no missionary box

Then there is the evangelistic work, the superintendent of which unfurnished, and he advised these present to complete the furnishing of is the Rev. Dr. C. Baumann. Under him work Native teachers their houses, if they had not already done so, by taking a box. This was and evangelists, who carry the Gospel message to all classes and

excellent advice, and I would commend it to you. It is to be feared that grades of the people. They go to the coolies and scavengers in

not very many think of this little article of furniture (or useful ornament

I would rather call it) when making a list of "things wanted.” Is your the streets; to the lepers in the Leper Hospital; to the boatmen house furnished in this respect ? Very possibly you have never thought on the River Hooghly ; to the crowds of Hindus who go down seriously about it; it is now, at all events, brought under your notice. One to the sacred river to bathe. Dr. Baumann also tries to reach

often sees unlovely vases and worse pictures adorning a room; but the neat the educated Hindus who speak English and study at the

little missionary box is only too frequently conspicuous by its absence.

Some people do not take a collecting box because the amount it would Calcutta University, and hold offices under Government, and of yield at the year's end would be so small. If you do the best you can, whom there are some thousands in Calcutta. A good many of ihe amount is nothing, whether it be small or great. Let there be first a these attend an English service he holds in Trinity Church on williug mind, then a man's gifts are accepted according to that he hath, Sunday evenings. There is a fair number of Christians of this

and not according to that he hath not. We all know how a poor widow's class; and in Mr. Piari Mohan Rudra's Sunday-school all the

gift was accepted by our Lord.

The box becomes a litile altar in the household where there may be teachers but one are undergraduates of the University.

brought to God our "sacrifices of thanksgiving." I know a lady, who, All this is good work, earnestly and prayerfully carried on; when she feels sensible of any mercy God has granted her, drops a coin and we should thank God that so much has been done. But it

into her box. It is surprising how heavy it soon becomes with these is not half what ought to be done in a great city like the capital have a box in the "spare" bedroom, that visitors may show their thank

little offerings to Him whose mercy endureth yet daily. Some always of India. Fortunately there are several other missionary societies fulness for travelling mercies; to which, by the way, we are often at work also. We do not know how many Native Christians there insensible, except when we have had some narrow escape. It is profitable are altogether in Calcutta and its suburbs. Those connected with to oneself to thus emphasise one's thankfulness by a gift, however small

. the C.M.S. number 1,310. Is this a small body ? Yes, it is ;

Then again, it teaches members of a family a truth very much forgotten and who is responsible for it ? Not the missionaries : they are

by us all, that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” It cultivates

the healthy and blessed practice of giving. I know a household where toiling on in unfaltering faith and patience. Not the Great

the collecting box is placed upon the breakfast table every Sunday mornMaster: He waits to pour out a blessing. But ourselves, in ing and each member of the family puts something into it. The box making such feeble efforts, and in thinking that our proper sub

thrives so by this plan that it is necessary two or three times a year to scription to a vast work like that of the C.M S. is the same that

open it and exchange the “coppers” for silver.

Another advantage is, it enables us to carry out our Lord's precept, we give to an individual church or school or orphanage or “When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand hospital in our own favoured land.

doeth.” As we place a gift in the box with a silent prayer that God may


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bless it, no one knows what we give except our Father which seeth in little village of Aschar, now identified as Sychar, and after a secret. A guinea put into the missionary box will be more blessed to us than a guinea entered upon a subscription list.

short time spent here, we rode up the valley towards Nablous. Above all I look upon the little box as a witness-a witness as to Whose

Before we reached the town, we passed a natural excavation in cause we have at heart. There it stands testifying to friends and visitors

the mountains at each side of the valley, the spot, it is generally that God's kingdom is not forgotten. It speaks to all who enter the believed, where the law was read before the assembled tribes of house, saying, that there is at least one of the children of God in that Israel, and the blessings and curses uttered from the opposite family. It reminds us of our Master's last command : “ Preach the

mountains. Gospel to every creature.”

Here also Joshua gave his final charge to the All Hallows', Leeds.


children of Israel before his death (Josh. xxiv).

Before we came to Nablous, we saw a little gathering by the THE FIRST-FRUITS OF UGANDA UNTO CHRIST.

side of the road, and heard the sound of voices singing. It was

the children of the Mission-school, who had come out, accomT has pleased God to give a seal of future success to the Victoria panied by their schoolmaster, to bid us welcome. We rode on Nyanza Mission. Readers of the GLEANER will remember Mr.

under the olives until we reached the east gate of the town, by Pearson's interesting journal printed in the number for last

which we entered. A long straight street runs through the town Norember, in which he mentioned two boys, Luta and Mukasa, who

to the west gate, lined on each side with bazaars, and from what were persecuted for declaring that Christianity was true and that all other religions were “lies,” and who were banished by order of King be a very prosperous place. I think we were all rather glad

we could observe, Nablous, with its 20,000 inhabitants, seems to Mtesa to an island on the Great Lake. Afterwards they were released, and when Mr. Pearson left Uganda in March, 1881, he was allowed to

when we issued from the west gate, and were off the smooth, take Luta (or Duta, as his name should be spelt) with him. On the slippery pavement, which gave but uncertain foothold to our

horses. The tents had been pitched in an open space near the journey to the coast he rejoiced the hearts of the missionaries by the blamelessness and consistency of his behaviour. They left him at

new Mission Church, close to the city, and shielded from the heat Zanzibar under the care of Bishop Steere; and we now hear that on

of the sun by an olive garden. Easter Monday last ho was baptized. Mr. Stokes, one of the C.M.S.

Nablous is the stronghold of Moslem fanaticism in the north missionaries, stood sponsor, and gave him the name of Henry Wright

of the Holy Land, and the bitterness against Christianity was a happy choice indeed! Mr. Pearson, who is now in Evgland, has formerly as strong as at Hebron or Gaza, but notwithstanding received a letter from him, written in the Suahili language, and translated

this the Church Missionary Society has planted a firm root in by ove of the members of Bishop Steere's Mission.

what promises to be by no means an unproductive soil. The Here is part of it :

staff here consists of Mr. Fallscheer, our missionary, and his "You are my father and I am your son, and I do not forget you. You wife, with schoolmasters and mistresses, and the work already lored me very much. Even my father, when he saw how you loved me, accomplished speaks eloquently of the success and zeal of the agreed to my coming with you. And so we left Uganda, and in the way workers. people wondered greatly when they saw how you loved me as though I Our first visit was to the nice new church which, though then were your son. That which I was seeking for I have obtained here, viz., unfinished, is now I believe opened and used for service.* It is Baptisın, and it is a great thing. And so now I have been baptized with that holy water, and have been joined to the children of God who is

extremely well-built and nice-looking, and stands over the new called Christ. And now I know that sin is a great matter in God's schools and class-rooms. A handsome flight of stone steps leads sight. I bave been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and IIoly to a portico from which you enter the church. We were especially Ghost. I believe entirely that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He is

struck by the first-rate workmanship of everything, but this is God. Three Persons but One God-all this I believe with all my heart.

He has I am writing to you on purpose that you may know that the boy whom owing to Mr. Fallscheer's careful superintendence. you brought bere now believes. Perhaps you thought that I should not

watched over all the building himself, and been his own clerk of believe; but now I am bound to tell you that I try to keep the Ten the works. Over the portico hangs the church bell, the gift of Commandments, and when I go away from here I shall continue to try. Mr. Fallscheer's friends in Germany. The schools below were

"* I have written this letter that you may know that I am baptized, and admirable, and much money had been saved by the discovery on the name which I was given is Henry Wright Duta. And now what shall I say? May God ever protect you! Good-bye,

the ground of two ancient cisterns, which have been repaired, and father. The best thing is health. May God preserve you !

will contain water for nearly a year's supply. I think you will “From your brother,

be astonished when I tell you that all this building, church and "HENRY. WRIGHT DUTA.” schools, has been accomplished at a cost of £1,000. We could

hardly believe that double that sum had not been spent when SKETCHES OF MISSIONARY WORK IN PALESTINE. we saw what had been done. The land had been bought by By Louisa H. H. TristRAM.

Bishop Gobat many years before. Soon, we hope, Mr. Falscheer

will have a house of his own close by, instead of the wretched V.-NABLOUS.

house in the town, which is all he can get now. ABLOUS, the ancient Shechem, is one of the most The day after our arrival, we went to see the schools, with which

picturesquely situated towns in the Holy Land. we wero much pleased. The boys were writing their copies when Nestling between the mountains Ebal and Gerizim, we went in, and were squatting in rows on the floor. Each one about two miles up a lovely valley, and shaded by carries a brass inkhorn in his girdle, and a reed pen, the slates

olive and palm trees, a lovelier spot could not well being of tin. I borrowed pen and slate from one little fellow, be imagined. The whole neighbourhood is peculiarly rich in and tried to copy the Arabic word, but a merry laugh from the Bible incident: from the day when Abraham pitched his first lad made me stop, while he pointed out that it was quite wrong camp in the Promised Land, on the plain of Morch (or the to begin at the left hand of the slate. I am afraid I was not a Mukhna, as it is now called), into which the vale of Shechem very apt pupil in Arabic writing. The reading and the answers of opens, till the day when the Son of Man, being wearied, sat by the children were capital. It was interesting to know that some the well at the entrance of the valley, and to the Samaritan of these little ones in the schools were Samaritans. The number woman uttered those words which, from their deep heart- of this, the smallest sect in the world, has now dwindled down to searching tenderness and mercy, have made the fourth chapter of St. John one of the choicest inheritances of the Church in all * The church was opened on April 15th. The Bishop of Gibraltar and the ages since. Passing from Jacob's Well across the mouth of the

Dean of Chester, who were travelling in Palestine, took part in the service.

The Princes Albert Victor and George, the sons of the Prince of Wales, were valley, we visited Joseph's Tomb, and before long were at the also present.






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forty ; but they still keep up their old customs, and keep the trust, come, one after another, with the prayer of the Samaritan Passover on the top of Mount Gerizim every year among the woman on their lips, “Give me this water that I thirst not." ruins of their old temple.

There are schools in some of the villages near, superintended We went to the summit of Mount Gerizim the next day, by Mr. Fallscheer, and in one an old Greek priest, now a conand came down by the large caverns called Jotham's Caves ; vert, works as a catechist, and is a well-known character, having from the platform in front of which we could imagine his been fifteen years at work in Mount Epbraim and the neighaddressing the men of Shechem, while his parable might be bourhood. suggested to him by the bramble, the vine, the fig, and olive Sebaste, the Samaria of the Bible, is not very far from Nablous, trees growing round his feet, and on the slopes of the hills. A and a most interesting spot to visit. On the top of the hill ride up Mount Ebal gave us a better view of the lovely city, as stood Abab's citadel, and here in later times Herod built himself it is built rather

a magnificent paltoo close under

ace, many of the Gerizim for us to

columns of which see it well from

still stand; while, thence. There

in the plain below, seemed such an air

where a field of of peace and se

young renity all through


springing, the beautiful val

several monoliths, ley, a fancy soon


remains of dispelled when one

Herod's Forum, enters the town,

still erect. and finds it just

There is no town the same for dirt

here, only a miserand disorder

able village at a any other in the

little distance, country. It is a

though the lovely most fortunate cir

plains all round cumstance that the

were well-cultiC.M.S. premises

vated, and there outside

was promise of an town, though not

abundant harvest. too remote.

Mr. Fallscheer has much encouragement, though

ILKLEY there also

CHURCH MISSIONARY many disappoint

ASSOCIATION, ments in his work ;

JUVENILE Meetbut his usual Sun


ing was held on day congregation

May 8th. The Rev. consists of 120

D. Brodie gave a tell

iug address. A " Far. Women in

thing-a-Week” Fund Nablous can never

was inaugurated in

connection with the go out, and poor

Juvenile Association. Mrs. Fallscheer is

Mr. Brodie addressed condemned to the

a public meeting


the evening. The same seclusion in

amount raised by this her house in the

association has thus town, There is a

risen: 1879, £11; 1880,

£66; 1881, £68; 1882, Bible and Book

£86. Depôt kept by a

A. C. DOWNER convert, and

Vicar, President. great many Mos


JAMES HINCHLIFF, lems are now find

Secretary. ing their way there,

NABLÛS, THE ANCIENT SHECHEJ. buying books and asking questions about Christianity. There are very large

THE ESQUIMAUX MISSION. barracks a little way out of Nablous, and the officers from these HE Rev. E. J. Peck, whose zealous labours at Little Whale River, are among the most frequent inquirers. One of these, a Turkish


Hudson's Bay, have been several times noticed in the GLEANER,

writes in his last Annual Letter, dated August 19th, 1881, as captain, and diligent Bible reader, came to our tents and had

follows: some conversation with my father.

"In reviewing the past year, there are some points which cheer and As we left Nablous, we felt there was good hope for her gladden the heart; some things which refresh the soul. Two of the future, for the true-hearted zealous labours of our missionary Esquimaux have died trusting in the Saviour, and amongst the Indians and his helpers there must bring the blessing promised to all

at Fort George there are signs of the Holy Spirit's power. On the other such work done in the spirit in which it is being done here. baptisms during the year amongst the Esquimaux, and amongst some of

hand, there are matters which cause sorrow. . There have been no adult The water of life is being freely offered, and many may, we the people there seems to be but little regard for the things of God. But







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God's grace can and does wonders. Nearly one hundred can now read in their own tongue the Word of God, and many have a clear and intelligent knowledge of Christianity.

“As regards the habits of the people, I am glad to say there

some improvement. The Esquimaux are

very dirty race. To see an Esquimaux in his wild and uncivilised state is truly disgusting; their skin being literally coated with dirt, while their hair is generally

hardened, clotted mass. Several of the Esquimaux who come to Little Wbale River present a different

appearance, and some of them quite enjoy a wasb. As soon as I can get wood from the south I shall (D.V.) build a bath-house ; I shall then ask them to supply washing utensils, &c., and I hope to create amongst them at least a little love for soap and water.

“As regards the inner and spiritual life of the converts, I delight to say there are some Cases of the Holy Ghost's influence. It is true these are comparatively speaking little flock.' It is true they are in some cases weak and erring; but our great Master bad but a little band, and He loved them with all their faults.”





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PRAYER AND PRAISE. 18 Prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, Phil. 4. 6.

Tbeen mindful of us, Ps. 115. 12, 2 S 4th aft. Trin, Nyanza Miss. recd. by Mtesa, 1877. The Lord hath

M. 1 Sa. 12. Ac. 10. 1-24. E. I Sa. 13, or Ru. l. 1 Jo. 5. 3 M He will bless us, Ps. 115. 12. 4 T For this will I be inquired of, Ezek. 36. 37. 5 W The Lord is pigh unto all them that call upon Him, Ps. 145. 18. 6 T We know not what we should pray for as we ought, Ro. 8. 26. 7 F The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, Ro. 8. 26. 8 S Praying in the Holy Ghost, Jude 20.

(His courts with praise, Ps. 100. 4. 9 S 5th aft. Trin. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into

M. 1 Sa. 15.1--24. Ac. 15. 1-30. E. I Sa. 16 or 17. Mat. 4. 1-23. 10 M Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me, Ps. 50. 23. 11 T J. C. Miller died, 1880. They sung a new song, Rev. 5. 9. 12 W Lord, teach us to pray, Lu. 11. 1. [to be made, Ac. 16.13. 13 T Female Inst. S. Leone op., 1866. A place where prayer was wont 14 F Is any afflicted ? Let him pray, Jas. 5. 13. 15 S Is any merry ? Let him sing psalms, Jas. 5. 13.

[Ps. 5.3. 16 S 6th aft. Trin. My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord,

34. 2 Sa. 1. Ac. 19. 21. E. 2 Sa. 12. 1-24, or 18. Mat. 8. 1-18. 17 M Jay Narain's Coll. op., 1818. Sanctified by the word of God and 18 T Praise waiteth for Thee, Ps. 65. 1. I prayer, 1 Tim. 4, 5. 19 W Let the praises of God be in their mouth, Ps. 149. 6. 20 T All Thy works shall praise Thee, Ps. 145. 10. 21 F Mungo Park disc. R. Niger, 1796. O Thon that hearest prayer,

[unto Thee shall all flesh come, Ps. 65. 2. 22 S Ask, and it shall be given yon, Mat. 7.7.

[joyful in My honge of prayer, Isa. 56. 7. 23 S 7th aft. Trin. 1st Confirm. at Osaka, 1876. I will make them

M.1 Chr. 21. Ac. 23. 12. E. I Chr. 22, or 28. 1-21. Mat. 12. 1-22. 24 M Pray withont ceasing, 1 Th. 5. 17. [nothing wavering, Jas. 1. 6. 25 T St. James. Bps. Speechly and Ridley consec., 1879. Ask in faith, 26 W 1st Tsimshean bapt., 1861. Brethren, pray for us, 2 Th. 3. 1. 27 T Niger Miss. beg., 1857. That the word of the Lord may have free 28 F Ye also helping by prayer, 2 Co. 1. 11. [course, 2 Th. 3. 1. 29 S Wilberforce d., 1833. God granted him that which he requested, 1 Chr. 4. 10.]

[Ps. 149. 1. 30 S 8th aft. Trin. Sing His praise in the congregation of saints,

M. 1 Chr. 29. 9-29. Ac. 28. 17. E. 2 Chr. 1, or 1 K.3. Mat. 15. 21. 31 M Found. Stone C.M. Coll. laid, 1826. Praise ye the Lord, Ps. 150.1.

Another poble benefaction has been made in aid of the Society's work by Mr. W. C. Jones, the donor of the £20,000 and the £35,000 held in trust for the support of Native agents in Africa, India, &c., and the assisting of Native Churches in India, and also of smaller sums to build colleges at Fuh-chow and Hang-chow. He has now presented to the Society a sum of no less than £72,000 Consols for the training and support of Native agents and the development of Native Churches in China and Japan.

Threc old and much respected members of the C.M.S. Committee have been lately called away, viz.: Colonel Smith, F.R.S.; W. Coles, Esq., of Dorking; and J. G. Sheppard, Esq., of Campsey Ash, Suffolk, Colonel Smith was for. some years Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Coles has bequeathed £2,000 to the Society.

One of the oldest of C.M.S. missionaries has been taken to his rest, the Rev. C. T. Hoernle. He went to Persia under the Basle Mission in 1825, and in 1838 joined the C.M.S. in North India. He laboured forty-three years at Agra, Meerut, &c. He only returned home to Germany last year, and died on June 7th at the age of seventy-eight.

We regret also to announce the death of the Rev. James Quaker, one of the senior Native clergy in West Africa, on May 24th. He was Principal of the Sierra Leone Grammar School, with which he had been connected for thirty. three years. He was ordained in 1855.

Dr. W. P. Johnson, of Edinburgh University, having offered himself to the Society as a medical missionary, has been appointed to the Santâl Mission, His brother, the Rev. J. J. Johnson, is a C.M.S. Missionary at Benares.

The Rev. Thomas Dunn, formerly a Jay agent of the Society in Ceylon, and then of Islington College, who was ordained deacon with the other Islington men on May 1st, was admitted to priest's orders by the Bishop of London on Trinity Sunday, June 4th, at the request of the Bishop of Caledonia, to whose diocese he is now going, to labour in the North Pacific Mission.

On the Day of Intercession for Foreign Missions, Tuesday, May 16th, there was au Intercession and Communion Service at St. Dunstan’s, Fleet Strect, which was attended by the C.M.S. Committee and their friends. The Rev. H. W. Webb-Peploe preached on the 72nd Psalm.

On the afternoon of the same day there was a Valedictory Dismissal of the following missionaries at St. James's Lecture Hall, Paddington :- The Rev. T. Phillips, proceeding to the Niger as English Secretary of the Mission; Mr. H. W. Lane, to East Africa, as Lay Superintendent of Frere Town; the Reva. J. Hannington, R. P. Ashe, W. J. Edmonds, J. Blackburn, E. C. Gyrdon, and Mr. C. Wise, to the Victoria Nyanza Mission ; the Rev. H. Nevitt and Mr. J. Lofthouse, to Hudson's Bay; and the Rev. T. Dunn, to the North Pacific Mission. Gen. Sir W. Hill, K.C.S I., presided. The instructions of the Coomittee were delivered by the Rev. C. C. Fenn; the intercessory prayers were offered by the Revs. W. Abbott and D. Wilson; and the special address was given by the Bishop of Moosonee. The whole proceedings were of a deeply interesting character. The hall was densely crowded, many persons standing the whole time.

The six men for the Nyanza Mission, and Mr. and Mrs. Lane, sailed the next day for Zanzibar in the s.s. Quetta, accompanied by Miss Amy Havergal, who goes out to be married to the Rev. A. D. Shaw, The same steamer takes a large party of missionaries for the London Missionary Society's Missions on Lake Tanganyika ; and the two parties together form a considerable majority of the passengers.

The University of Dublin has conferred the degree of D.D., honoris crusú, upon the Rev. Robert Bruce, C.M.S. Missionary in Persia.

On Ascension Day, Bishop Horden preached for the Moosonee Diocesan Fund at St. Margaret's, Westminster. Among the congregation was the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, who afterwards wrote a kind letter to the Bishop, sending a copy of his work, Gleanings of Past Years.

A disastrous fire troke out in Ibadan, in the Yoruba country, on March 31st, and consumed a great number of houses. Very many friends will hear with great regret that the C.M.S. Mission-house, formerly the dwelling of the Rev. D. and Jirs. Hinderer, was burnt to the ground. The Rev. Daniel Olubi, who occupied it, lost everything-personal effects, books, and papers, and the church registers.

The Rev. E. Champion, of the North India Mission, has gone to reside in Tasmania, after a missionary career of twenty-three years. During most of the time he was at Jubbulpore, and latterly he had devoted himself to the work of preaching the Gospel to the aboriginal Gônds.

On June 6th, the C.M.S. Committee received Bishop Steere, of the Universities' Mission, Zanzibar, who has shown very great kindness to the Society's missionaries in East and Central Africa when sojourning at that port. He gave an interesting account of the work of his own Mission, both at Zanzibar, in Usambara, in the Rovuma country, anil on Lake Nyassa.

The Rev. A. and Mrs Menzies have arrived in England. After the very dangerous illness from which he suffered, as related in the June GLEANER, it was necessary that he should come away from East Africa as soon as possible.

On Feb. örd, the Bishop of Auckland, N.Z, presided at the annual meeting of the Native Church Board for the Archdeaconry of Waimate, all the members of which are connected with the C.M.S. During the next few days he confirmed more than 160 Maories, at four centres : 48 of whom had ridden 70 miles from Parengarenga on purpose.

The Punjab Native Church Council, at their annual meeting last Christmas, made a noteworthy forward move. They have undertaken the entire charge of the village missions in the rural districts surrounding Awritzar, and have appointed the Rev. Mian Sadiq Masih as their own missionary, to reside at Jhandiala, the same village where Clay, devote honorary lady missionary, has her head quarters.

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"HALF AS MUCH AGAIN." ES, half as much again as what we gave

To be the offering of the present year,
Must with the many mean more sacrifice,

More earnest work, more prayer; but shall we fear ?
Snrely for Him who bore the cross and pain
Few can refuse the “half as much again."
What did I give last year to Mission work?

Ah! that is known alone to God and me;
Was it so small, I never missed the sum

Costing me nought? My God, oh! can it be?
Linked to Thee now bv Love's unbroken chain
I'll give myself, my all; in giving all, I gain,
Whate'er we gave np in the year that's past,

Now is there no indulgence we can yield ?
No hour redeem from sleep, no talent lay

Low at His feet, who owns the Mission field ?
Oh ! let us then each selfish wish restrain,
That we may give the “half as much again."
Not half as much again, but all we have :

We must redeem the time that has gone by,
Must give to God of all He gives to us,

Our treasure garnered henceforth in the sky,
Oh! happy sculs this motto who retain,
To give each year the “half as much again !"


RECEIVED:-J. B.J., Kensington, 5s.; Mrs. Winch, 48.; Miss Mason, £1 10s., collected by knitting stockings, &c., for friends. Also, for the Henry Wright steamer, 58. from J. F., who writes, “I am sure that after reading the account of the Rev. W. S. Price's voyage from Zanzibar to Mombasa in the GLEANER, all the Society's friends will wish to hear that the Henry Wright is at its post 08 speedily as possible.” Also £5 from “Only Gleaner," whose letter is too late for insertion. The following letter has also been received, enclosing a gold watch-guard :-“The writer bought, a few months ago, a gold watch. guard ; but whenever he knelt to pray for the work of God among the heathen his eye fell upon it and it seemed to reprove him. It weakened his faith. So now he sends it to belp the work which before it hindered. May the Lord be ple to accept it for Jesus' fake. Kindly acknowledge receipt in the GLEANER." (The watch-guard was sold for £2 16s. 6d.)

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