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WORK AMONG THE
BEDOUIN. MONG other places
visited by the Rev.
W. Allan during his recent tour in Palestine, was Salt, the ancient Ramoth-Gilead. There he saw a C.M.S. Native evangelist, who goes among the wandering Bedouin, the descendants of Ishmael. Mr. Allan writes :
I was greatly interested in Mr. Behnam's accounts of his work among the Bedouin. Here there is a glorious field open to the C.M.S. Severa most desirous of sending their children to Salt to be taught. Some have solemnly promised to give up thieving, &c., and assure Mr. Behnam that they are keeping their promise. One man was taught by Mr. Behnam to use Mr. Bickersteth's short prayer (“O
God, for Christ's sake, give me Thy Holy Spirit "); and having learned it he said, “ Shall I tell you the prayer I have been in the habit of using?"
Of course the reply was, Yes. He said, "O God, lead me against my will." Does not this in. dicate one taught by the Spirit of God, one groping for the light?
Of Salt and Gilead gene. rally, Mr. Allan writes :
The work on this side Jordan is profondly interesting, and offers in the fullest sense an open door, to far as such a thing is possible in the Turkish dominions. The people are peculiarly ducile and
simpleminded, and remind me of all one reads of the North American Indians. In Salt it is evident that the Gospel bas taken root, and in the villages the ground seems ready for the seed which may be sown to germinate.
A BRIGHT DAY AT RAGHAVAPURAM. all looked very bright as they went away. We soon followed them, and LETTER FROM MRS. STONE.
on nearing the Prayer House, were greeted with the sweet sounds of our
beautiful hand-bells, which the boarding boys were ringing. They had RAGHAVAPURAM, S. INDIA, 14th April, 1883. been doing so at intervals for half an hour to call the people to service. AST Monday, the 9th April, was a wonderful and most The Prayer House outside was decorated with some flags made by the
interesting day for us, and for all the Christians in Christians, on which were marked the day of the month, and the year; Raghavapuram, and the surrounding district; for on that there were also palm leaves wbich we had given, tied here and there. day the foundation-stone, or as I should say, the very
The whole place was crowded from end to end, and not only was every first stone of the church was laid. For many miles around corner of the verandah filled, but there were palmyra mats on the ground there is no church ; indeed the nearest is between sixty and seventy miles outside, which were covered by people. Some Native Christians had come away to the east, and on the north there is none between this part of in bandies (or country carts) from a distance, others had walked on foot, the Kistna District and Hyderabad.
indeed hundreds made an effort to come from all the district around. At five o'clock that morning most of the Christians were up and astir, Service began at balf-past four with a hymn on “Heaven is my some making flags, others decorating the gates leading into the church home.” Then the sub-catechist read the Litany. After this, we all compound, partly with garlands, and partly in the usual native way of quietly took our places to make a procession through the village to the threading leaves together at the stalk and letting them hang downwards. church compound, the large banner being carried at the head, and the Below these were arches of wood with verses illuminated on them—“The older members of the congregation going first. The agents in the disLord is a great God”; “ This is none other than the House of God, this trict, men and women, boys and girls, all followed, bearing palm branches, is the gate of heaven”; also the words, “ Alleluia, to God be glory, flags, and plantain leaves, and as we went along we all sang a hymn of honour, and power.” These were painted by a teacher in the village. joy. The heathen flocked out to see this new sight. At the gateways of
At this time of the year the heat is so great that we shut up the house the church compound some members of the Native Church Council stood at eight o'clock in the morning to keep it as cool as possible, but there waiting to receive the offerings. was plenty of work to occupy all the spare time inside, for there were Having passed through the gates the great company had to be flags to be made, and also one large banner. As St. Mark the Evangelists arranged. There were great mounds of earth thrown up, from the foundday is the only Saint's day which comes in the month of April, it was ations. On these mounds the people stood up, but with the help of settled that his name should be given to the church. On the banner, some men most of the children were lifted down into the trenches dug with the help of Domatatti Stephen, catecbist, but now reading with a for the foundations, so that many of them stood around the stone about view of being ordained as pastor to this place, the name of the church to be laid. One mound of earth was especially left for the heathen and was painted in brightly coloured large letters. This banner was nailed up caste people, who gladly took their places to watch us. Then Mr. Stone on two bamboos, and at the top of each was tied a large bunch of leaves. put up his hand as a token for silence, which was immediately responded
Meanwhile, Mr. Stone was busily engaged in many ways, one im- | to, so that every word spoken, or read, could be distinctly heard. First portant one being, preparing the document and coins to place in a bottle we sang a hymn on “Lift up your heads, O ye gates.” Then be read in the foundation-stone. This contained an account of the number of some suitable prayers and collects. Next the catecbist read Ps. lxxxvii., Christians and catechumens in the District at this time, also the names "His foundation is in the holy mountains,” &c. It was my privilege to of the catechists, and members of the Church Council.
To this were lay the stone, and this I did with the help of old Venkayya, who was the added words mentioning the efforts made some years ago by the Rev. first man who became a Christian in these parts. As soon as this was T. Y. Darling to collect a large sum for the building of the church, done, Mr. Stone declared the stone to be laid, saying these words in which enables us to begin it now. Tbe coins added were one rupee, Telugu, “With true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in the name of the one eight anda piece, one half anna, one pie, also an English threepenny Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we lay the first stone of piece, which was the only English money we could find, and one or two this church, to be called St. Mark the Evangelist.” were anxious that it should be added !
A hymn followed, and afterwards Kaliyâna Ramen Garu (C.M.S. agent At four o'clock our boarding girls were ready to go down to the on the Walter Jones Fund), who is working amongst the caste people in Prayer House. Each girl had a little flag in her bunch of ferns, so they Jaggipett, gave a short address. The verse he took was from Ezra iii.
11, “And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.” He spoke also about the spiritual building up that would be assisted by the services held in the future church, of which we had just laid the foundation-stone. Our service was then ended by prayer for a blessing on all the work by D. Stephen, and Mr. Stone gave the benediction.
The evening sun in all its golden glory, which is so peculiarly beautiful in this climate, had now sunk, and it was getting dusk. Friends gathered in little groups to talk; some wandered all round the foundations to see what the size of the church would be; others crowded around the boarding boys, who had struck up a peal with the hand-bells, as soon as the service was over; and so the time passed for about half an hour, when it became quite dark and the stars shone out. Through the kindness of Colonel Phelips (a friend of ours in Masulipatam), a large gift of fireworks had arrived to be sent off at the end of this day. There were coloured lights, sky rockets, and
RAGHAVAPURAM, APRIL 9ry, 1883: THE PROCESSION. pots to be placed on a stand, containing stars and coloured balls, and a whole blaze of brightness came from them or twelve years ago, and although for the last five years we bave been on being set fire to. The Christians had raised a little money to procure looking forward to commenciog it, yet with completing the bungalow, torches also, so that when we bad all been fully satisfied with the fire- and building the Girls' Boarding School, we have not been able to do so works, there still was light to guide us here and there. Some of the till now. Perhaps one of the most interesting events of the day was agents had brought fiddles and native musical instruments, also native counting the money collected, after our return home. The collection bells, and they began singing again. It was nearly 8 P.m., and time to consisted of rupees (2s.), 30; balf rupees (1s.), 13; quarter rupees (6d.), be going home, so we made our way through the remaining crowds, who 23; one-eighth rupee (3d.), 30 ; half annas (ld.), 231; one quarter of an one after the other made “salaams” to us, and we all felt that a day bad anna (1} farthings), 197; a pair of ear-riugs, a slip of paper giving a just ended which would be treasured up in our memories during the young buffalo, and a good many pieces of paper with promises of various remainder of our lives.
A few Christians and some heathen gave their contributions Through the efforts of the Rev. T. Y. Darling the greater part of the afterwards. TẠe total collection will amount to about 80 to 85 rupees money required for the building of this church was collected about ten (or £8 to £8 10s.). The number of small coins will help to show the
large number who gave, and the hearty interest shown in the event by all classes of the Hindu community, both Christian and heathen. In this collection was included four rupees, the last contribution of D. Stephen towards the 40 rupees (£4) he has saved by care and selfdenial in order to make the church site a freehold. A considerable sum more will be needed for the completion of the edifice and the duly fitting it up with readingdesk, communion rails, &c.
In conclusion, we commend it to Him who can supply all our need, trusting that the building may not only be a witness to the heathen around, but that in God's own good time it may prove to be to them " the gate to heaven.”
ALICE CAMERON STONE. [We have great pleasure in adding that the money required has since been supplied ; indeed it had already been raised when Mrs. Stone wrote. It was collected in England by the Rev. A. W. Poole, formerly of the same Telugu Mission, and now Bishop-designate for Japan. A sum of £110 reached Mr. Stone on Whit-Sun. day, and £50 more has been sent since.
It was quite unexpected, and was received RAGHAVAPURAM, APRIL 9TH, 1883 : THE SERVICE.
with great thankfulness.-ED.)
THE MONTH. THE Valedictory Dismissal of missionaries is fixed for Monday, Oct. ist,
those field will be the Rev. J. B. Wood, to Lagos; ibe Rev. J. W. Handford, to Frere Town; Mr. C. Stokes, to Central Africa; the Rev. C. T. Wilson, late of Uganda, now going to Palestine; the Rev. G. Litchfield, late of Uganda, now going to the Bheel Mission, North India; the Rev. T. R. Hodgson, late of North India, going to Baghdad ; the Rev. F. A. P. Sbirreff, to Lahore; the Rev. W. J. Richards, to Travancore; the Rev. A. R. Cavalier, formerly of Ceylon, to Tinnevelly; the Rev. J. D. Valentine, to Mid China; and probably three or four others; besides several new men whose appointments bave been mentioned before.
THE Rev. J. H. Horsburgh, M.A., of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Rev. G. E. A. Pargiter, B.A., of Merton College, Oxford, and the Rev. E. W. Elliott, B.A., of St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, whose acceptance by the Society has been previously mentioned, have been appointed respectively to the Mid China Mission, to St. John's College, Agra, and to the Rugby-Fox Mastership at Masulipatam.
WE ought before to have mentioned the appointment of the Rev. C. A. Blackburn to Mauritius, and of Mr. J. B. McCullagh as a lay missionary to the North Pacific Mission. Both sailed in June.
It is with special pleasure that we announce the appointment, by the Church of England Zenana Society, of Miss Marion Gray, daughter of the Rev. W. Gray, Secretary of the C.M.S., to the head teachership of the Alexandra Christian Girls' Boarding School at Amritsar. Tbis important school belongs to the C.M.S., but is conducted by ladies of the C.E.Z.M.S.
The same society has accepted Miss Gough, daughter of the veteran C.M.S. missionary in China, the Rev. F. F. Gough, as a missionary to the Chinese women of Fuh-Chow. This is an important move forward on the part of that society, which has hitherto been confined to India ; and it is partly due to the efforts of Mrs. Fagg, the writer of the interesting articles in our pages entitled “Listen.”
he and Mrs. Lamb were ever ready to sail in any direction where they could serve the cause they loved. His loss just now, when there are so few missionaries on the West African coast, seems to our eyes irreparable ; but He who bas taken His servant to Himself will not forsake the work, Mr. Lamb was buried in the churchyard of Christ Church, Lagos, which church he himself built fourteen years ago. The Governor of Lagos attended the funeral, and an immense concourse of Native Christians,
THE Rev. William Johnson, Minister of Christ Church, Madras, who died suddenly in that city on July 13th, had been a C.M.S. missionary for eleven years in Travancore, from 1866 to 1877. He was, indeed, closely connected with the Society in many ways. His father was a Travancore missionary, and died there in 1846. His mother (who survives) is a daughter of Henry Baker, sen., and sister of Henry Baker, jun. He himself was born at Cottayam, educated at the C.M. Children's Home, and prepared for orders at the C.M. College; and he married a sister of the Rev. R. C. Macdonald, for some years C.M.S. missionary at Madras. He was the author of a Catechism of Sacred Geography, and a translation of Bishop Wilberforce's Agathos, in Malayalam.
OTHER recent deaths must also be mentioned with deep regret in these pages. Mrs. Sargent, the excellent wife of the venerable Bishop who superintends the C.M.S. Missions in Tinnevelly, entered into her rest on June 19th. She will be greatly lamented and missed by the Tinnevelly Christians. Canon Battersby, of Keswick, who died on July 23rd, was an Hon. Life Governor of the Society, and had done much for it by his influence in Cumberland and Westmoreland. Professor Birks also was an old and hearty friend. He delivered a remarkable speech at the Anni. versary of 1859. The Dean of Exeter, Dr. Boyd, preached the Annual Sermon at St. Bride's-one of great power and eloquence-in 1864; and he frequently presided at the large meetings which are held balf-yearly at Exeter.
The death of the venerable Dr. Robert Moffat removes the patriarch of English missionaries. He went out to Africa in 1816, the very year in wbich the C.M.S. began its Mission in Sierra Leone; so that almost the whole of the Society's vast work has been accomplished, not during the lifetime merely, but during the missionary career, of one man now taken from our midst. All Christendom should honour the apostle of South Africa and the father-in-law of Livingstone.
The third Annual Meeting of the Bengal C.M.S. Native Church Council was held on May 9th and 10th, at Calcutta. There was a Commuvion service at Trinity Church at 7.30 A.M., with a sermon by the Raj Kristo Bose "on true Christian liberty as distinguished from that which often passes under the name of independence, but is in reality a slavery to the carnal nature.” During the meetings reports were presented from the various pastorates; and papers were read, followed by animated dis. cussion, on missionary work among non-Christians, and on education for Native Christian children. The Rev. W. R. Blackett presided, and among those present were the Rev. Piari Mobun Rudra, Secretary; Babu Omesh Chunder Dutt, Treasurer; the Rers. Modhu Sudan Seal, Molan Biswas, and Sartok Biswas ; Messrs. H. H. Sandal, P. M. Mukerji, &c.
The Indian Female Normal School and Instruction Society bas appoioted as its Clerical Secretary the Rev. A. H. Lash, late C.M.S. missionary in Tinnevelly, who is so well known to our friends for his work in connection with the Sarah Tucker Female Institution.
The Telugu Mission has had many losses of late years. We cannot grudge the Rev. A. W. Poole to the Japan Bishopric; but we are truly sorry that the Revs. W. Clayton and W. G. Baker are forbidden by the Medical Board to return to a tropical climate. The former has been appointed to act as Association Secretary of the Society for the counties of Hants, Berks, Bucks, and Oxon, during the Rev. J. Hamilton's absence in West Africa,
The Bishop of Saskatchewan has appointed the Rev. J. A. Mackay, one of the C.M.S. missionaries in bis diocese, to the office of Archdeacon.
By the death of the Rev. James Abner Lamb, at Lagos, on July 1st, the C.M.S. bas lost one of its most faithful and whole-hearted missionaries. He was a solicitor before devoting himself to missionary work, and had been educated at Cheltenham College. On his offer of service to the Society being accepted, he spent a few months at the Islington College to read divinity, and was then ordained, in September, 1861. In November of that year he went out to Lagos as Secretary of the Yoruba Mission, which then included in its ranks veterans like Townsend, Gollmer, and Hinderer. In 1870 he was transferred to Sierra Leone, and acted as Secretary there; but in 1873, his health failing, he returned home, and was soon appointed Vicar of Hoyland, in Yorkshire. This was a valuable living, but in 1876 he gave it up to go out to East Africa, to succeed Mr. Price at Frere Town, where he laboured most earnestly for two years. In 1879 he was again sent to Sierra Leone as Secretary for West Africa ; and only last spring he left England for the sixth time to go back to his old post, Lagos. In fact, he has always been a man for an emergency. Again and again the Committee invited him to fill special vacancies; and
Bishop SARGENT is appealing for help to restore, and almost ertirely rebuild, the church at Kadatchapuram, Tinnevelly, where the Rev. John Devasayagam formerly ministered. Mr. Devasayagam was the first Native clergyman in South India, and was ordained in 1830. He died in 1864, universally respected. One of his sons, the Rev. Jesudasen John, is now pastor of Palamcotta, and another, the Rev. Samuel John, is a missionary to educated Hindus at Madras. Mrs. Satthianadhan of Madras is his daughter. Bishop Sargent wants about £500, of which the Native Christians on the spot will raise £100. There are 1,259 Church members in the Kadatchapuram district, of whom 442 are communicants.
The Rev. G. Maunsell, our missionary at Opotiki, New Zealand, has made, at the request of the Bishop of Auckland, a Maori version of Canon Norris's Key to the Acts of the Apostles. He had previously translated the key to the Four Gospels.
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THE LOVE OF GOD.
Al. Ex. 34. Phil. l. E. Ez. 37 or Dan. 1. Lu. 8. 1-26.
M. Dan. 3. Col. 3. 1-18. E. Dan. 4 or 5. Lu. 11. 29.
M. Dan. 6. 2 Thess, 1. E. Dan. 7.9, or 12. Lu. 15. 11.
the All-Bountiful. It may help us to enumerate some of what we
are apt to call “common mercies, because they come to so October. F.M 16,6.45am | L.Q.22,11.19pm
many. And, when we pause to reflect, what have we that we have not received? Think of the perfection of our marvellous
body, and how all its magic machinery goes on, without our care 1 M God is love, 1 John 4. 8.
[Jo. 3. 16. 2 T God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
or forethought. How unbearable should we find such responsi3 W God commendet h His love toward us, Ro. 5. 8. [the end. Jo. 13.1. bility, even for one hour! The pliant hand, the sensitive eye, 4 T Rebmann d., 1876. Having loved His own, He loved them unto the brain with its fairy network-can we help standing in awe ? 5 F Bp. Russell d., 1879. The Lord loveth the righteous, Ps. 146. 8. 6 S Bp Collon drowned, 1866. Who shall separate us from the love
Shall we not consecrate all we are and have to our Creator's
[of Christ? Ro. 8. 35. service ? When we awake refreshed each new morning, let us 718 20th aft. Trin. Our Father, which hath loved us, 2 Th, 2. 16.
say, I laid me down and slept ; I awaked, for the Lord sus8 M He that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, Jo. 14. 21.
As we step over the threshold of the chamber which 9 TBp. Hadfield consec., 1870. His love is perfected in us, 1 Jo. 4. 12. 10 W Price sailed for E. África, 1874. O continue Thy lovingkindness,
has heard our grateful, trustful outpourings, let us be joyous and 11 T How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, Ps. 36. 7. (Ps. 36. 10. brave, quite sure the Lord's good gifts will meet us at every turn. 12 F It is a good thing...to show forth Thy lovingkindness, Ps. 92. 2. Each happy circumstance is undeserved ; each sorrowful ono
[ntterly take from bim, Ps. 89. 33, 13 S Viss, expelled fr. Abeokuta, 1867. My lovingkindness will I not
might be sadder. Candour will readily admit that Gratitude is (midst of Thy temple, P3. 48. 9.
never out of season. If we delight to record God's mercies, 14 S 21st, aft. Trin. We have thought of Thy lovingkindness in the they will spring up for us on every side, for a thankful heart, like 15 M D. Fenn d., '78. Thy lovingkindness is better than life, Ps. 63. 3.
a true philosopher's stone, turns seemingly adverse combinations 16 T Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, Heb. 12. 6.
to pure gold 17 W Noble d., 1865. I love them that love Me, Prov. 8. 17.
Let us open our eyes and see; may the Lord open our lips,
[kindness, Ps. 103. 4. 18 T St. Luke. Healeth all thy diseases...crowneth thee with loving. that they may show forth His praise. Even our special needs 19 F Mrs. Crowther d., 1880. In His love He redeemed them, Is. 63. 9. and tastes are tenderly noted and gratified. And how much 20 S I have loved thee with an everlasting love, Jer. 31. 3.
[hath to us, 1 Jo. 4. 16.
do earthly benefactions brighten our daily life! Suppose wo 21 S 22nd aft. Trin, We have known and believed the love that Gol adopt the beautiful expression of Oriental gratitude: "I thank 22 M Ragland d., '58. Bp. Barclay d., '81. More than conquerors thro'
God for thy goodness to me.” There is too little counting-up of 23 r I will love them freely, Hos. 14. 1. [Him that loved is, Ro. 8.37. our mercies, too much murmuring, fretting, and anxiety. Comes 24 W To know the love of Christ, wh. passeth knowledge, Eph. 3. 19. not our every experience from the appointment of a pitiful 25T He will rest in His love, Zeph. 3. 17.
[love, Cant. 2. 4. 26 F Townsend sailed for I, Africa, 1836. His banner over me was
Father? Shall not He, the Judge of all the earth, do right? 27 S 1st Stone Childr, Home, 1851. The Father Himself loveth you, The whole day takes its colouring from the thoughts of
[Jo. 16. 27. 28 S 23rd aft. Trin. SS. Simon & Jude. Bp. Moule consec., 1880. Christ
the morning hour; the whole life, from the blossoms of its [loved the Church, and gave Himself for it, Eph. 5. 25. spring.tide. Those who are labouring, in whatsoever place M. Hos. 14, or Is. 28. 9-17. I Tim. 5. E. Joel 2. 21, or 3.9, or Jer. 3. 12–19. 29 M 1st Sikh ord., 1854. Continue ye in My love, Jo 15.9. [Lu. 19. 28.
or capacity, to spread the glad tidings of Salvation, specially 30 T We love Him because He first loved us, I Jo. 4. 19.
need to gird themselves continually with the invincible panoply 31 W If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another, 1 Jo. 4.11. of gratitude. Their poor hearts must often be so weary; the
frail flesh so willing, the fainting spirit so weak. Let them MORE JERSEY BREEZES.
make gratitude their constant companion. Let them, when in
danger of losing courage, “set their foot on the lost Ebenezer " IX.-Our Daily Blessings.
in their journey, and "give a spring.” The effort shall be
rewarded. “ All His benefits." — Ps, ciji. 2.
Sudden brightness shall illumine the dark and
dreaded passage, and with the happy confidence of obedient, UR daily blessings! How much does that short loving children, they shall own what a joyous and pleasant thing epitome contain! It is the much in little of bounit is to be thankful.
A. VI. V. teous benediction. According as our temperaments differ, co does one or another of the Christian graces seem to us the more attractive. The young, beam
THE DIOCESE OF SASKATCHEWAN. ing with hope, will take Joy to heart, and long to see much of it gushing forth among the ransomed of the Lord. The aged asks
[The pictures in the present number are all illustratire of this article.] only to be permitted to lie down in Peace with God and man.
ANY of our readers have heard some of the always Woman finds rest for her yearning sympathy in the endearments
vigorous and interesting speeches of the Bishop of of home Love; while man, panting for conflict, grasps the strong
Saskatchewan. · We give some pictures illustrative shield of Faith. Long-suffering is perfected in the ailing and
of his Diocese, and take the opportunity to add a the evil-entreated; while Temperance braces the healthful and
brief summary of C.M.S. work in it. sends him onward with elastic footstep.
The see was founded in 1874, as part of the wise and farBut the lovely grace, wherein all others take root and flourish, seeing plan formed by the present Bishop of Rupert's Land, is GRATITUDE. “ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all Dr. Machray, for dividing his then enormous Diocese into the His benefits" is a stirring exhortation continually needed by our four dioceses of Rupert's Land, Moosonee, Athabasca, and Sassluggish souls. With meek, heaven-gazing eye and onward- katchewan. To Moosonee and Athabasca two C.M.S. missionpressing step, the sweet spirit of thankfulness is always within aries were appointed, Dr. Horden and Dr. Bompas; and to call. She is our best helper and friend, the unobtrusive guardian Saskatchewan a clergyman who was helping Bishop Machray in of all things lovely and of good report. Perhaps we have St. John's College at Winnipeg, Dr. Maclean. The four dioceses neglected to invoke this kind angel when clouds obscured the form an Ecclesiastical Province, of which the Bishop of Rupert's ever-during sun. We have grieved her and made her weep, as
Land is Metropolitan. we passed, in cheerless despondency, amid the countless gifts of The Diocese of Saskatchewan, speaking roughly, lies between
England in the Diocese during the last seven years. But it is of the greatest importance that the Indians should be brought at least under Christian ministrations before the tide of immigration fills the land ; and this Society may thank God for the part it is permitted to take in spreading the Gospel amongst them.
The first principal C.M.S. station as we leave the eastern boundary of the Diocese and move westward is PRINCE ALBERT, on the North Saskatchewan river, a little above the confluence of the two great branches. Here the Bishop resides, and here are located Archdeacon Mackay and the Rev. J. Settee. The latter venerable Indian brother—who writes, “ Give my Christian love to the Committee, and tell them I am now an old man,
having served the beloved Society now SASKATCHEWAN : THE CATHEDRAL, PRINCE ALBERT.
52 years ”—has charge of the Cree congre
gations at South Branch and Nepowewin, lat. 49° and 55°, and between long. 105° and 117°. It is bounded comprising together 344 baptized Native Christians, of whom
. on the south by the boundary line between British America and 110 are communicants. The latter district, including Sturgeon the United States, on the north by the Diocese of Athabasca, on Lake, has been dignified by the Bishop with the title of a rural the east by the Diocese of Rupert's Land, and on the west by deanery, and Mr. Settee is the first rural dean. Mr. Mackay
. the Rocky Mountains. * It is about 700 miles square, and com- acts as Secretary of the Society's Saskatchewan Mission, and is prises an area of nearly half a million of square miles. When also Cree tutor in Emmanuel College, the training institution for the Bishopric was founded in 1874, this vast country was peopled the Diocese. This college, though quite in its infancy, has by some 30,000 heathen Indians, a small number relatively to thirty students ; twelve in the college classes, and the remainthe extent of territory occupied, but larger than that of the der in the collegiate school. Six students have been ordained Indian population in the other dioceses of the North-West put since it was opened, and five others are employed as catechists together. There were a few small settlements of white people ; and schoolmasters. The Society maintains four Indian students but there was not a single missionary in the Saskatchewan ter- in the college, and that number have been sent out into mission ritory proper, though there was one on English River, in a
work during the past year, one of them being the Rev. D. remote corner of the diocese. “There were," as the Bishop Stranger. Mr. Mackay is also engaged in linguistic work, both has lately said, “ no endowments, no missionaries, no churches; in Cree and Sioux. In the former tongue he has prepared a everything had to be begun as far as the Church of England is volume of family prayers, of which 4,000 copies have been printed concerned.”
by the S.P.C.K. for the use of Indian families. These words are quoted from the Bishop's address at the At BATTLEFORD, higher up the north river, is stationed the first meeting of his Diocesan Synod on August 31st, last year, Rev. T. A. Clarke. There are 230 Christian adherents conwhen he was able to report that he had sixteen clergymen on nected with this post. A local newspaper, the Prince Albert his list, of whom eight were C.M.S. men, six S.P.G., and two Times and Saskatchewan Review, in its issue of December 27th supported by private contributions. The eight of the C.M.S. were Archdeacon J. A. Mackay, the Revs. J. Hines, T. A. Clarke, S. Trivett, J. Settee, J. Sinclair, and D. Stranger, together with another, who was expecting to go out last autumn, but has been prevented by the illness of his wife. Another, however, one of this year's Islington men, the Rev. J. W. Tims, has started in his stead. Of the seven above named, Mr. Settee, Mr. Sinclair, and Mr. Stranger are Indians ; and Mr. Mackay also is a native of the country.
Meanwhile, English immigrants are pouring into the Saskatchewan territory; the Canadian Pacific Railroad is being laid down at the rate of four miles a day; and the Fertile Belt, as a large part of the country is called, promises to become in a few years the home of a mighty people. To provide for their spiritual wants is not the work of the C.M.S.; but we may rejoice that other Societies are able in some degree to supply the need, and that the indefatigable Bishop has been enabled to do so much for the development of the Church of
* Since the above was written, we find that the Provincial Synod has somewhat modified the boundaries.
SASKATCHEWAN : EMMANUEL COLLEGE, PRINCE ALBERT.