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into two hostile camps, the Sunnis and the Shiahs. The former Taylor reports well of the day-schools, with their 88 children. Of the pride themselves on their superior orthodoxy, for they accept Sunday-school and prayer-meetings he writeswith implicit allegiance not only the teaching of the Koran, but Mr. Lane has ipfused new vigour into the Sunday-school, he being a the whole of the traditions as set forth and expounded by the practised superintendent, and it is now in a truly flourishing condition. four great Doctors of Islam. Their name Sunni is derived from

The school has always been a favourite with the children, but it is now so Sunnah (tradition), and denotes their religious adherence to the

more than ever. Some of our scholars have lately given us a practical

proof of their love for the Sunday-school, in continuing their attendance teachings of the traditions. The Shiahs (the term Shiah,


after their marriage and settlement in life. plying sector party, was evidently given to them by their A prayer-meeting, open to all boys in the settlement, is held every opponents ; they call themselves Adliyah," the rightful society") night in the week at my house, and managed by a committee of the boy's accept the Koran and such of the traditions as can be traced

and young men. This meeting is perfectly free, and the attendance, re

gistered at seventy-seven meetings, shows an average of almost twelve and back to the prophet, but reject all the rest. The Sunnis recog.

a-half. A hymn, a portion of Scripture in English or Swahili, as the nise the three who came, as before stated, between Mohammed president chooses, two prayers, the second open to the meeting, the and his son-in-law Ali, as the legitimate successors. The Shiahs, Lord's Prayer and Benediction, comprise the worship. on the other hand, reject these as interlopers, and accept Ali as

On Sunday tbere is another meeting, when the attendance is usually the first of the true Imams or Kaliphs. For centuries past the

about twenty, and sometimes approaches forty. It lasts one hour, and is

also entirely voluntary. It has hitherto been conducted by myself, James Shiah type of Islam has been the national faith of Persia.

Deimler, one of the young teachers, giving his services at the harmonium. There are several mosques both in and around Bagdad, which We have hymos from Moody and Sankey, and short prayers, sometimes are the objects of much veneration to the Shiahs. One of them numbering eight or nine. We sometimes have an address from one of is at Nedjef, on the shore of the sea of that name, 120 miles

the elder boys, which is always listened to with attention. One evening,

Isaac Taylor, a helper of Mr. Shaw in his missionary work at Rabai, gave south of Bagdad. It was erected in memory of Ali

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us a spirited and interesting account of his and Cecil's educational work runs that finding himself dying he directed that his body in the large village of Fimboni. His speech infused among his audience should be placed on a camel, and buried wherever the animal quite an eager spirit to go and do likewise, for, not much more than a stopped. It stopped at Nedjef, and there Ali was buried. Near year before, our visitor had been a fellow-scholar with them. The to Nedjef are shown the traditional tombs of Ezra and Ezekiel,

attendance at these voluntary meetings, when it is considered that all both venerated by Jews and Moslems alike. Another mosque is

present have been twice to church and twice to Sunday-school in the

course of the day, indicates a lively interest in religion, and the prayers at Kerbela, some 60 miles south-west of Bagdad, and is built on and general tone are very encouraging. the spot where Husain, the younger son of Ali, fell fighting.

Mr. Taylor, though not a fully.qua ified medical man, has considerable The soil of Kerbela is accredited with wonderful properties, such medical and surgical practice, not only among the people attached to the as stilling a storm at sea if thrown against the wind, and is pur- | Mission, but also among the Suahili, Arabs, and Hindus of Mombasa and chased by the hundreds of thousands who visit the shrine of i's neighbourhood. “I have had many opportunities,” he writes, “ of Husain every year. There are several other shrines of more or

preaching Christ in my medical practice. Of the Arabs resident in less importance, to one of which, incongruous as it may seem, Mombasa, there are several said to be well disposed towards Christianity, pilgrims are conveyed from the capital by a tram-car for a sum but afraid to declare their belief." equal to about 2}d.; but the chief are those of Ali and Husain. Mr. Lane reports very favourably of the agricultural and industrial It is estimated that upwards of two hundred thousand Shiah department; and the produce of the Society's land is now valuable. Mohammedan pilgrims visit these shrines every year, most of Above a thousand cocoa-nut trees, planted in the last seven years, are them passing through, or close to, Bagdad on their way to and fro. bearing fruit.

It will be seen that the City of the Kaliphs affords excep- Of Rabai or Kisulutini, which has grown to be much the larger settletional advantages for the making known of the Gospel, and ment of the two, having nearly 600 souls connected with it, Mr. Shaw the Rev. Bernhard Maimon, a converted Austrian Jew, who writes in very encouraging terms :reached Bagdad in January, has gone to work with much zeal We bave now been nearly three months on the station, and have seen and vigour. There is considerable opposition from the Turkish much to encourage and cheer us, amongst which are the following :authorities, but full particulars of the difficulties that have arisen

1. The regular attendance of the people at our services, and their

evident desire to learn. have not been received at the time we write. We hope, mean- 2. The general good behaviour of our people. Although we have while, that all our friends will remember Bagdad and Mr. Maimon nearly 600 in our village, it is the exception if I have one case in a week

of wrong-doing

3. The grand opening in the surrounding villages for the extension

of Christ's Kingdom: most of the villages have repeatedly asked for a PROGRESS IN EAST AFRICA.


4. The friendliness of all our immediate neighbours. OR a long time we have had nothing in the GLEANER about

On Nov. 5th I had a pleasing proof of the earnestness of our people our East Africa Mission. We are thankful to say that to help in the work. I had told them to bring some offerings to help Frere Town and Kisulutini (Rabai) are both going on well. defray the expenses of cleaning our church. They came in such numbers The Rev. H. K. Binns is the missionary at Frere Town,

that it was impossible to get them inside. The building was completely with Mr. H. W. Lane as lay superintendent, and the Rev.

filled, having 247 adults and about 60 children inside, and outside were

160 more. W. E. Taylor in charge of the school and the medical department. The

Most brought something. In the plate was Rs. 19:55, of

which there were 713 pice. The corn, &c., sold next day for Rs. 18:28, Rev. A. D. Shaw is at Kisulutini, and Mr. J. A. Wray has gone out with making a total of Rs. 38 : 23, which is no mean sum for these poor people, a view to extension inland.

who live on about Rs. 4 each a month (about seven shillings, the rupee Mr. Binns reports that at Frere Town there are 264 souls, mostly being 1s. 9d.). liberated slaves, of whom 157 are baptized ; 21 adults and 24 children

We have four of our young men (who were released from slavery having been received into the visible Church during the year. There

some years ago) working in the school and neighbouring village, and are 33 communicants, who appear to be all “Bombay Africans

are glad to testify to the thorough Christian character which they

possess; were these alone the result of past years' labours, one might of the community to whom the settlement owes much, as almost all the say with admiration, "What hath God wrought!” Amongst our skilled work has been done by them, and the various offices of trust filled villagers are many bright children of God, “ epistles known and read by them. A large class of candidates for confirmation, liberated slaves,

of all men. There are some things, however, which give us sorrow. await the visit of a Bishop. “Many show by their walk and conversation

One is a lack of real Christ-seeking amongst many of our adherents.

Many, we must confess, come and settle for the sake of our protection, that they are daily endeavouring, by God's grace, to lead holy lives ; but and they attend our services as a matter of course; but it does not this," he naturally adds, “cannot be said of all.” The people have con- seern tbat the seed has taken root. Let us not, however, despair. We tributed in the year 57 dollars to the Native Pastorate Fund. Mr. / rejoice that such people come under the teaching of the Word.

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troubled at the indifference of the women; one head man begged me to go to his house, because, he said, “Satan will not let the women go.” So I

sat at the door and shouted to the women; I only know a few words of HY will be done !” The prayer came down from heaven Koi, but they all know Telugu, and I spoke about my mother ; gradually And lingers still,

they drew nearer and nearer, and when they had grown a little familiar An echo of the songs of hosts above

I spoke about my mother's God. I paid another visit to that village last Who do Thy will.*

Sunday, and they were all very friendly; I invited them to come to our Thy will be done." Thy will to Israel,

house. These are ladies clad in about one and a-half yards of dirty rag To gather home,

in their homes, making up for the clothes in the quantity of cheap jewelry With songe, to Zion's hill her weary sons

they wear on their necks and arms; some of them are better dressed than Who, scattered, roam.+

others, but all wear the minimum of clothing. “Thy will be done.” Thy will to call the lost

On Tuesday, to my surprise and joy, just after I got home from school, From lane and street,

twenty-five Kois, most of them women, came up to the house. A few

men with them said their ladies would give them no peace till they And highways far and wide, to worship at The Saviour's feet. I

brought them to see me. One woman was very proud to turn my sewing

machine and stitch a whole yard of calico. They all sat down on the “ Thy will be done.” Thy will to give Thy Son

floor and stopped for about an hour, while I told them of Him who had The heathen world ; $

been born that we might live. Once they caught sight of my husband, To cause the Gospel flag o'er idol fanes

and all fled outside, but as he was only going into the study, they soon To be unfurled.ll

came back, but kept guard at the door. We promised to go to their village Thy will be done.” To make eternal truth

and show them our magic-lantern, which a friend kindly gave us before To be proclaimed

we left Melbourne. We have a few slides, and not very good ones, as Throughout the world ; earth's desert wastes for Thee

they are not to be had easily in Melbourne; however, such as they are, we To be reclaimed.**

took them to Nallapalli, and by 7.30 all was ready. We were both rather

unwell, but got through the evening; about sixty were present, and many “Thy will be done." All nations, peoples, tribes,

of my Koi friends, who sat in front. I had to do most of the talking, as Shall own Thee Lord;

my husband showed the pictures, and when he tried to talk they began And Thou alone, by every human tongue,

to be restless, as they could not see who was talking. Do pray for these Shalt be adored.†

poor Koi women. " Thy will be done." Amen, so let it be.

We wanted to make our Christmas a very joyful day, and had been Then willing made

preparing for some days. We invited all the nearer Christians to come Be all Thy servants, Lord; their all upon

to a feast we prepared in our compound, and about 200 came. Some of Thine altar laid.

them living on this side came to the house, and we started about 8.30 in Thy will be done.” Ourselves with all our powers

procession to service in the village; we are about a mile from DummaWe give to Thee;

gudem. I led the van on my little white pony, with a teacher bearing a

large red banner, on which I had stitched large white letters,“ The Birth Work Thou Thy will by us; so shall all flesh Thy glory see. It

of Christ”; then our boarding girls, two and two, and about 100 ChrisM. A. S.

tians; my husband brought up the rear with another teacher bearing a

similar red banner with“ Christ our King” on it. We started off singing * Ps. ciii, 20, 21. † Jer. xxxi, 10, 12. I Luke xiv. 21, 23. $ Ps. ii. 8,

a Telugu lyric, and were met by the boarding boys, the native clergyman, | Isa. ii. 18. | Rev. xiv. 6. ** Isa. xxxv. 1. it Rev, vií. 9, 10; Žec. xiv, 9.

and about 200 Christians, and more Christians, too, who had joined them, 11 Isa, xl. 5.

singing a lyric, and bearing a banner they had made themselves, with “ The Dawn of Salvation” on it. My pony took fright, so I got down

and walked with others, singing as we went. The school-houses were ANOTHER LETTER FROM MRS. CAIN.

festooned with leaves and flowers by the boys, and the inside of the

schoolroom was decorated with coloured texts and leaves. My husband (See GLEANER of March and August, 1881, and September, 1882.)

preached from the words on the second banner, and we trust some good To the Editor of the GLEANER.

seed was sown on good ground. DUMMAGUDEM, January, 1883.

A Koi man who had been listening, very attentively came up to E arrived here about the middle of October, and I was indeed

me after service, and I asked him if he knew Christ our King. No," charmed with the lovely scenery all up the great Godavari

he said, “ but my baby boy is teaching me to pray." river, for all was new to me. We found our house

mean? I asked, and he told me a long story, which I must cut short for Dearly finished, and very comfortable, and were soon

you. A Christian man here, who spends all his spare time in preaching,

went to the Koi village where this man lives (nearly two miles away), able to take possession of the new rooms. Of course we

and there, after he had preached, he joined his hands and told them to ask began our work almost immediately, and I went to work at the girls' school, where I was sorry to find that only five caste girls

God to open their eyes. The next morning, when the baby, not three years attended with the ten Christian girls, but I resolved to try, on the first

old, woke up, he tried to join the father's hands in the attitude of prayer. opportunity, to stir up the people here as to female education.

The father did not understand, he had paid very little attention to the The opportunity presented itself on the first Wednesday we spent here, evangelist, but the child, who cannot speak much, tried again and again and I spoke before quite a crowd of native gentlemen. Another oppor

to join his father's hands. The evangelist went again and again, and tried tunity was given shortly afterwards, when we were publicly welcomed to

to teach them to pray; the father then exclaimed, “Now I see; my baby

wants me to pray. I will come and learn about it all.” He was at Dummagudem. The streets were festooned, guns fired, &c., for our re

church that Christmas morning for the first time, and has been since as ception. After my husband had thanked them, I was asked to speak a few words; so I spoke of my treasure in, first, the religion of Jesus, and

often as possible ; his wife, I rejoice to say, has promised to come tosecondly, being able to read and write, and urged them to send their

God grant that the little child may lead them to Himself.

Such was the gist of his story, and we came home with glad hearts to children to school. Now, I am thankful to say, we have thirty-eight names on our rolls, fifteen Christians and twenty-three caste girls, besides

our Christmas feast, which all seemed to enjoy, except that my husband a few who have been received but not entered on the rolls yet.

was feeling poorly from an attack of fever. In the evening we had a I have been very warmly welcomed in many of the houses, and have

grand gathering round the Christmas tree, which was loaded with

good many opportunities, far more than I can take up, for telling the “old, things brought from dear friends in Australia. So we came home about old story." One very interesting case came up the other day. A woman,

8.30 after our long and busy Christmas Day. very wealthy, is trying to gain merit and everlasting life by giving away

There are many other jottings of our work up here which might be large sums of money and doing charitable acts. She listens eagerly when

told, but writing takes time from our precious work, only I want to show I tell of Him who came to bring us merit. But with all the press of you that in this far-away place the work is very great, and the workers, Telugu work, our little boarding girls' school to get in order, boys'

oh! so few. I am trying to learn Koi, for I am quite convinced that we boarding-school, Christian congregations, &c., here, we lovg to take up

cannot make much impression on the Koi women without their language, Koi work.

and yesterday when writing I tried to tell the story of Christ's birth in The poor Koi women are very timid, and oh! so stupid. The first

broken Koi and Telugu. The delight of the women was very amusing. "She time I went to see some of them at Nallapalli, about four miles from here,

talks our language,” they called one to another, and after I came home I was very disappointed ; they all ran away, though I went at the request

I heard that some were very jealous because I did not visit them and talk

SARA! CAIN. of the men who have been Christians for some time, but are greatly their own language to them.

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character enough to do what our visitors require should they ask True Stories from Fuh-Chow.

us to read, then we walk along, and perbaps, as we really did, BY A LADY MISSIONARY.

meet a girl coming out of a narrow passage leading into the

streets from her home. “ Where are you going ?" was her III.

first question. We answered, “ Out for recreation." O show you the inside of a poor Chinese house is have you got in your hand ?” she asked. “Look and see if

what I promised to do; and to do this successfully you can tell me what this picture is ?” we answered. By this I cannot do better than invite you to accompany time many passers-by had been attracted by the foreign women, Mrs. Stewart and myself on a visiting afternoon. and all like to guess what the animal is. A sheep is an

As a rule, we wait until invited before we enter any uncommon animal in some parts of China, so we have several residence. Walking slowly along, with a Chinese book and some guesses before we arrive at the right. The girl who first spoke of Mrs. Grimke's very valu

said, “Come into our house able text cards in our hands,

and sit down and let mother perhaps a child or woman

We immediately folmight say, “What have you

lowed her into the narrow got in your hand ? " We

passage, down some steps, would show a card and ask if

round a corner into a very they knew what the picture

dirty courtyard not more than meant, and directly they

12 feet by 14 feet. Doors would be so interested that

round the three sides, all they would want to look closer

open to admit light, mud and hear the characters read.

floors, a room 8 feet by 10 Chinese politeness would

feet, and an opening leading make them invite us in. The

into an inner room, very child might say, “Come in

dark, and much smaller than herë and show mother," or

the first, made up

the "home" the woman would say, “I

of the inhabitants. Into one invite you in, be seated, have

such house we were now insome tea," and then question

vited to enter. The furniture us as to our ages, homes,

was, a form placed for us to clothes; and we would answer

sit on, and a wooden table, all their queries, at the same

on which the mother of the time endeavour to turn their

girl was pasting silver paper attention away from ourselves


squares on very common to the object on the card,

brown paper to be used as perchance teach them to read

mock money in worshipping the verse and then explain it.

the dead. Lines of string Do not misunderstand me;

fastened from wall to wall we try to explain, but our

covered with this paper hanghearers do not readily take in

ing to dry warned us to stoop all we mean. It is almost im

low on entering, and keep low possible to give an adequate

while in the room,

for did idea of a heathen mind. It

not wish to knock any

down. is rare indeed to meet work

Work as hard as she might, ing people in England who

she would not be able to earn do not know, at least, what

more than 5d. a week; out we mean when we speak of

of this she must provide a God; they have an idea of

home, food, and clothing for the Deity and the one

herself and children, because Creator. But the heathen

her husband no longer lived has gods many, and to hear

to work for them. She looked any special wonderful act be

at us and our books, invited ing performed by a god is no

us to be seated, offered us tea, uncommon thing. To tell

and then worked as fast as them they are sinners, and

she could with her hands, God is angry at the wicked,

while her eyes were examining would tend to make them

us and her ears trying to take angry and not listen at all.

in all we said about the They have terrors enough

" Doctrine."

The only other already with the gods they

furniture in the room was & have been taught to worship from earliest infancy. But tell square table on which stood the idol ; and, poor as they were, them what God says in John iii. 16. Open their curiosity to they took of their mock money to burn before this idol on the want to know what the love was, who the Son is, and where He 1st and 15th of every month. Justus Doolittle, in his “Social is, then they may stand by and patiently listen to a quarter of Life of the Chinese," says :an hour's discourse, and at the end ask us to go again. Well, supposing we are able to speak in such a manner as to

A singular custom, which derives its name from the fact that mock be partly understood by outside people, and able to read the Chow) in families; they believe that there is a god and goddesses who

money is burned monthly, is extensively practised at this place (Foo



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rule over the eaves of a house and over the bedroom. Mock money, A MISSIONARY MEETING AND SUNDAY-SCHOOL incense, and candles are therefore burned to the honour of this god and

FESTIVAL IN CEYLON. these goddesses. The children are made to kneel down while the mock

To the Editor. money is burning, and the head of the house will call to the god or the goddesses referred to, and ask them to protect their children, make them

DODANDUWA, Christmas Day, 1882. grow fast, easy to nurse, have a good appetite, &c. It is expected that

HE annual Missionary Meeting and the Boys' Sundaythe god and goddess of the bedstead will be led to use their influence,

school Festival were held on December 16th. The fesand cause the children to lie down quietly and sleep soundly when their

tivities of the day were preceded by an early communion parents wish, whether by night or by day; that the goddess of the eaves will keep them from stumbling or falling down on the stones usually to

by the Rev. J. Allcock at 9.30 A.M., at which nineteen unt

communicated. Mr. Allcock preached on this occasion à be found near or under the eaves of every house; and that the goddess of

very impressive and edifying sermon from the words, the bedroom will make them tractable in nursing and good-natured. “Looking unto Jesus” (Heb. xii. 2). At 11 o'clock there was a “ MisWe do not denounce the idol, but strive to bring before them a

siopary Breakfast,” at which there were thirty-two Christian Jadies, more excellent way. While we were talking, neighbours gathered gathering of Christian brethren of all the leading nationalities, English,

gentlemen, and children, who were admitted by tickets. It was a happy round. One woman was splitting bamboo into fine strips ; her Burgher, Singhalese, and Tamil, from different districts. There was fingers moved with marvellous rapidity, while her eyes were another breakfast for the Sunday scholars, who numbered about 150. almost fixed upon us; she had a baby fastened to her back, and a

Our number was so small, owing to the sickness prevailing in some little boy of three holding her dress. After a little while I asked districts, which prevented a good many from coming.

At 2 P.M. all assembled into the large hall of the English School, and this woman how much she earned a day? She told me "three

the meeting commenced. There were about 200_altogether, among cash" two-thirds of a farthing. She had these two children whom were many brethren from out-stations. Mr. David Weerasooriye and herself to keep ;

Arehchi was called to her one tiny room

the chair. The proceedlooked unfit for a pig

ings opened with singing

and prayer. A report of to dwell in. She was

the Sunday-schools and a widow, and my heart

the work of the district failed me. What is

was given by the pastor one to do in such a

in charge.

« There were case? There was no

631 Sunday scholars,

wbo were carefully inthing she could do but

structed in the principles the splits, and they

of Christianity and the were hardly sufficient,

way.of salvation. The working as fast as she

preacbing to the Bud

dhists was encouraging. could each day, Sun

People everywhere mani. day included, to pro

fested a willingness to vide even food ; she

hear. There were a few was apparently per

inquirers. The liberality

of the Christians was fectly satisfied with

growing. During the her surroundings,

past year they contri. although not with her

buted about Rs. 400 for condition. We sat

religious purposes, &c.” down on her doorstep,

Prizes were then distri

buted by Mrs. Bowman there being no other

and Mrs. Allcock to seat, and we told her

fifteen pupils who had of rest, peace, plenty,

passed the examination. and joy all in store for

Then followed speeches

and the collection, wbich, her. We spoke of

including the contents of God's great love in

missionary boxes and parting with His only

offerings of SundaySon that she might be

school children, amount

ed to Rs. 33 and some & partaker of these

cents. This is an juBADDEGAMA CHURCH, CEYLON, blessings. Her eyes

crease by fifty per cent. glistened ; she said it

on the last collection. sounded good, but she had neither time nor thought for more I had a hearty Christmas Service this morning in our neat little church, than the present need. How it makes one's heart ache to see

which was quite full. The Christians here enjoy their Christmas very people and hear such things! Yet the missionary has to do with

quietly, and in a Christian way, without going into the extremes which

many Christians in towns will go to. Mrs. Amarasekara has got together very many such cases. “To the poor the Gospel is preached.”

all her girls for breakfast, and after being filled, they are going on with M. FAGG. fun. It is a lovely sight. This evening we are going to have preaching

to the Buddhists to make known to them the Gospel, which the Angel

said was “Good tidings of great joy to all people." Men's Work.

ABRAHAM SURIARACHCHI AMARASEKARA, EAR MR. EDITOR, I have been greatly interested in reading about

Pastor of Dodanduwa. "Men's Working Parties," and now I wish your readers to know what

a working man has done for us towards our missionary sale. A lady [Dodanduwa is a village in the Baddegama district. We gave a picture has painted a large quantity of Scripture illuminations for the sale, and this

of the “neat little church ” alluded to above in the GLEANER of May, “working man” has undertaken to frame some at his own expense, and do the others at cost price, no charge for time or labour; and a very poor old

1876; so we now present one of the old church at the central station, woman has sold her rags for 3d. and given her mite to the Lord. M. Fagg. which was built in 1821, and consecrated by Bishop Heber during his

visit to “Ceylon's isle” in 1826. A view of Baddegama was given in We are glad to say that Walter Moule, son of Archdeacon A. E. Moule, of June, 1875. Mr. Amarasekara was brought up as a Buddhist, but was Shanghai, educated for six years at the Church Missionary Children's Home, and afterwards at Monkton Combe School, has gained an open Mathematical

baptized in 1867 at the age of 15. He was ordained February 2nd, Entrance Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.


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and that a vast concourse of people assembled for the ceremony. After

Mr. Newton had read the Burial Service, the Archbishop delivered a HE Archbishop of Canterbury will take the chair at the touching discourse, and the body was then conveyed to the British C.M.S. Annual Meeting on May 1st. This is usually Lord

Protestant cemetery. Chichester's place as President; but it has been the custom for a new Archbishop on the first occasion of his attending It is not necessary to refer in these pages to the debate in the House of

to preside as Vice-Patron. In addition to the speakers Lords on April 12th upon the work and agents of the C.M.S. in West Africa. already mentioned, it is hoped that the Revs. A. W. Poole, 17. Newton, Lord Derby, on the part of the Government, acknowledged that the Society W. J. Richards, and Dr. Downes, will represent the missionary army

could not be fairly held responsible for the sad affair that had provoked the either morning or evening.

discussion; and Lord Cairns, in a most powerful speech, vindicated it

from the Duke of Somerset's unjust aspersions, as also did Lord Chichester. We are thankful to be able to report the acceptance by the Committee

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who had shown special kindness in the of seven more offers of service from candidates ready to proceed to the

matter, was prepared to defend the Society at length if it should be mission field without further training in the C.M. College, viz.:-(1) The

necessary; but after the previous speeches his few hearty words were Rev. C. T. Wilson, M.A., late of the Nyanza Mission, who had retired and

suflicient. It is interesting that his maiden speech in Parliament should taken a parish in Hampshire, but who has now offered again for Palestine;

have been made in behalf of the C.M.S. (2) the Rev. George E. A. Pargiter, B.A., of Merton College, Oxford, senior curate of West Ham, and son of the Rev. R. Pargiter, formerly C.M.S. mis- The reports this year from the Niger Mission, sent in by the two sionary in Ceylon, and now an Association Secretary; (3) Dr. Percy Brown, African Archdeacons, Henry Johnson and Dandeson Crowther, are M.B., brother of the Principal of the Government Medical College at Lahore; among the most remarkable that have reached the Society from any (4) Dr. E. G. Horder, L.R.C.P., &c., of Edinburgh; (5) Mr. W.E. Oliphant, part of the world. In the Delta, at Bonny and Brass, where ten years of the London College of Divinity, St. John's Hall, Highbury, about to be ago the most degraded heathenism and barbarism reigned almost undisordained ; (6) Dr. Shapurji Dhunjibhoy Bhabha, a Parsee of Bombay, and turbed, there are now 4,000 souls under regular Christian instruction; an M.D. of Glasgow, surgeon in charge of the Willesden Cottage Hospital; and at some of the upper stations (the furthest of which is 320 miles up (7) Miss Eva Young, sister of Mrs. Pickford of Ceylon, who has offered the river) there have been notable conversions in the past year. The for, and been appointed to, the Tamil Girls' Boarding School at Colombo. Committee are especially sensible of the mercy of God in making Dr. Brown is appointed a medical missionary to the Niger; and Dr. Onitsha, which six years ago was he scene of the barbarous cruelty for Horder to Bishop Burdon's new medical Mission at Hoihow, in the which two Native ex-agents of the Mission have lately been brought Island of Hainan, South China.

to justice (and which is referred to above), a field for very signal

manifestations of the power of the Divine Word. Not only were fortyANOTHER member of the C.M.S. Committee has been taken to his rest

three adult converts baptized there in the year; not only are many -Mr. George Loch, formerly a Judge of the High Court of Calcutta. While in India he was a hearty friend of missionary work, and in the

hundreds attending the Church Services; not only has the king, hitherto Home Committee bis calm judgment and good sense were much valued.

hostile, suddenly commanded the observance of Sunday, and arranged for

a public service at his own court; not only has a leading chief been buried THE Bishop of Travancore and Cochin (Dr. Speechly), and the Rev. without the offering of human sacrifices at his grave; but the Onitsha W. T. Satthianadhan, of Madras, have been appointed Fellows of Madras Christians have spontaneously visited neighbouring towns to tell the University.

story of the Gospel, and Archdeacon Johnson, being invited to one of

them, found 1,500 people waiting to hear him. We shall give some On Feb. 24th the Bishop of Lahore opened the new chapel of the C.M.S.

good extracts shortly. Divinity College at Lahore, which has been built with funds bequeathed for the purpose by the late Rev. G. M. Gordon. On the following day, Some interesting letters have been received from the Rev. A. J. Hall, in the chapel, the Bishop admitted three well-tried Native brethren to of the Quoquolt (or Kwag-gutl) Mission, established at Fort Rupert, deacon's orders, Nobin Chandar, Malih Ishaq, and Thomas Edwards. Vancouver's Island, four years ago, but now removed to Alert Bay, The Rev. N. Chandar will be pastor at Batala, Mr. Baring's station; the some distance off. It has been a most difficult and trying work; but the Rev. M. Ishaq is appointed to Dera Ghazi Kbau; and the Rev. T. Edwards first baptism of one of that tribe took place on July 20th. He was a will minister to the Native congregation at Simla, whose lay pastor he has young man at Fort Rupert, named Wamis, who had been for some time already been.

one of a little band of catechumens. He was attacked by consumption, The Bishop of Moosonee has appointed the Rev. T. Vincent, C.M.S.

and finding himself sinking rapidly, asked to be brought to Alert Bay to (countrybörn) missionary at Albany, Hudson's Bay, to the office of be baptized and to die. Two days after his admission into the visible Archdeacon of Moose. He was ordained in 1860, but bad laboured some

Church he passed away, simply trusting in Christ; the firstfruits, if it time before that as a lay agent.

please God, of an abundant harvest of souls from his nation. Mr. Hall

now reports the baptism of the second convert, on Jan. 21st. On December 22nd the Revs, J. Hannington, R. P. Ashe, and E. C. Gordon, and Mr. C. Wise were still at a place called Msalala, at the south THE Rev. A. F. Painter, of Travancore, reports a remarkable movement end of the Victoria Nyanza, and all four were suffering from fever. among the Hill Arrians, the people to whom the late Henry Baker first

carried the Gospel. In one district, 157 adult males gave up their idols A GIFT of £600 has been made to the Society's Extension Fund by Mrs.

and removed their heathen marks at one time, including one of the chief Henry Wright, to provide for a Native medical missionary at Salt, “on

devil-priests. “I trust,” he writes, “that it is indeed the work of God's the other side Jordan” (see Miss Tristram's article in the GLEANER of

Holy Spirit on the hearts and consciences of these people.” May, 1882); and we are glad to hear that a good man has been found for the post, Dr. Ibrahim Zourab, of the Beyrout Medical College.

NOTICE.-Several friends having expressed an carnest desire that the A VENERABLE C.M.S. missionary, the Rev. F. Hildner, died on Feb. GLEANER Examination may not be dropped, we propose holding one in 28th, at Syra. He was a native of Saxony, and went originally to Greece January next, on the same plan as before, in hope that the plan may this for the Basle Missionary Society. He joined the C.M.S. in 1829, and year be taken up in good earnest. in 1841 received Anglican orders from Bishop Blomfield. For more than forty years he carried on a large school in the Island of Syra,

Will any medical friend send the Lancet, after he has done with it, to the

Rev. John Williams, the excellent Native Medical Missionary at " Tank, and won the universal respect of the community. The British Consul

Dera Ismail Khan, Punjab, India”? The newspaper postage is a penny for writes to the Society that the Greek Archbishop of Syra placed the each four ounces. cathedral at the disposal of the Rev. Mr. Newton, Acting Chaplain at the

RECEIVED.-J. E., 133. ; L, M., 53.; L. D., 43. ; E. T., 18.; J. F., 28. 61. (for British Legation at Athens, who went over to Syra to conduct the funeral, “ Half as Much Again.”)

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