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THE HENRY WRIGHT" STEAMER.
some degree appreciate. What he was in that true simplicity and gentle
ness of character which he combined with faithful adherence to the truth, E are now able to give a sketch, as promised, of the and with a power of saying the right thing and doing it, which, as has
Mission Steamer Henry Wright, the launch of been remarked before, amounted almost to genius, I shall not here attempt which, on March 10th, has been already mentioned to portray. It must be our care, each of us, to keep alive those sacred in the GLEANER, and which sailed for East Africa
memories as an example and an encouragement, to ourselves and to those on May 5th. On the day before she started, a
who shall come after us, to walk as he walked, to work as he worked, and
to follow him even as he followed Christ. small party of friends, including Mrs. Wright and some of her It was said on one of the greatest occasions of antiquity, " The illusfamily, assembled on board, in the East India Docks, and held trious dead have the whole world for their resting-place," and certainly, a little prayer-meeting to dedicate the ship to the service of wherever the Gospel is preached by the agency of the Church Missionary God, and to pray for His gracious care of her on the voyage
Society throughout the whole world, there the memory of Henry Wright
will be always honoured and beloved; but his friends could hardly be out, and in years to come upon the African coast. One inte
satisfied without giving practical expression to their sense of the loss they resting circumstance was that all the C.M.S. African Missions had sustained, by some tribute of remembrance and affection which should were represented in the little gathering :—Sierra Leone by the have for its object the active promotion of missionary work. What form Rev. J. Hamilton, Yoruba and Niger by the Rev. J. B. Wood, their offering should take, and what should be the sphere of its operation, Frere Town by Mr. Handford, the Nyanza Mission by Mr.
were felt to be questions to be decided by wbat might be judged to have
been his desire. Queen Mary it was wbo said that when she died "Calais" Copplestone and Mrs. Hannington; while Mauritius and the
would be found engraved on her heart; and so we might say it was with former C.M.S. Mission in Madagascar had their representative Henry Wright in regard to Africa. Africa bad been the first object of also in the Rev. T. Campbell.
Church Missionary effort, and to Africa attention was again chiefly The following is a technical description of the steamer :
directed during the time of his secretariat. In old days it was the West
Coast where the work was carried on. Now the discoveries of Livingstone Dimensions: length between perpendiculars, 80 feet; breadth, extreme, and Stanley, and the increased activity of our cruisers, bad turned men's 16 feet; depth in
thoughts to the hold, 8 feet 6 inches;
East Coast. There draft of water, 7 feet
the call to 3 inches. The vessel
Uganda, and the opis composite-built,
portunities offered having iron frames
by the settlement of and wood planking,
liberated slaves at principally of teak,
Frere Town. We the whole being
all know wbat has secured with gun
been done there; at metal bolts. The
wbat a cost of life bottom is sheathed
the seed bas been with pure copper.
sown; how in spite She has a teak deck,
of this-yea, rather, and all the wood
how in consequence work above water is
of it-the fruit is of that material, to
beginning to show; stand the heat of
and here then a tropical climate.
seemed to be the She is divided into
fittest sphere for the four watertight
memorial of him to compartments—the
whose inception and foremost one in case
to whose liberality of collision, the next
the work was so for accommodation
But of crew (consisting
what as to the form of seven natives and
to be taken? There two Europeans);
was this to guide abaft this the ma
It was known chinery and coal;
that he would not the after compart
have wished ment being fitled
accumulation of HENRY WRIGHT for the accommodaMEMORIAL STEAMER, FOR THE C.M.S. EAST AFRICAN MISSIONS.
boarded treasure, tion of two ladies
but something in a cabin, also a captain's cabin and a saloon. She will be rigged as a wbich in its entirety should be giving effect and impetus to the carrying schooner.
on of the work to which he gave his life. Toe Highland Lassie which
Sbergold Smith took out to the East Coast in 1876 was the gilt of Henry We think the readers of the GLEANER will like to have Sir Wright and his family, but the Highland Lassie is no longer sufficient John Kennaway's speech at the launch on March 10, which we for the work, and so the idea was taken up and began to grow which bas were unable to give in our April number. He said —
sound expression in that form of beauty about to spring into life which I have been requested to give an address on this occasion, but my words wishes and his prayers as a means to the great end that “ Africa may be
we see before us to-day, and which we hope would best have satisfied bis must necessarily be few. First because, as you know, tide waits for no
won to Christ." man, and next because it would be cruel to detain you under these snowy skies, exposed to blasts that certainly seem to come straight "from Green- The steamer has cost £5,550, which has all been raised by land's icy mountains.” And indeed it would seem almost upnecessary special gifts, but the Society will have to expend £1,250 in
Of the £5,550 a large name that vessel is to bear are so tender and so deep in our hearts, and placing her, fully fitted up, at Zanzibar. when we see everywhere in the Missions the fruits of his labours and the part has come in small sums from all parts of the country, and evidences of his thoughtful care. But along with all this, the tide of indeed of the world. Sunday-school children, widows, domestic human life runs so fast, and the press of daily work is so absorbing, that servants, and persons entirely anonymous, have poured in their it may be well but for a few moments to carry our thoughts back to that willing and loving contributions. Will they now pray for the waters of Coniston Lake, to call to Himself the servant who was spending vessel they have helped to provide, that she be " sanctified,
may and being spent in His blessed service. What Henry Wright was to
and meet for the Master's use" ? those who knew and loved Him to the Church Missionary Society-to the cause of Christ and His Church throughout the world—we can in
reside so far in the interior of East Africa; and she had been most
successful in winning the affections of the people. The loss to the AN N account of the Society's Anniversary appears on another page. Mission is great, as well as to the bereaved husband. Dr. Baxter writes, Here it may be added that at the Clerical Breakfast which precedes
“She died in harness; and when her dark sisters think of their 'white the morning meeting, an impressive address was given by Canon Bell.
mother,' they will be reminded of the heavenly home of which she used On May 2nd, the morning after the Anniversary, the Rev. F. E. to speak, and whither she has gone; and thus thinking of her, God Wigram entertained at breakfast, at Freemasons' Hall, 240 of the grant that they may be led to long to follow her.” Honorary District Secretaries, members of Committee, &c. After break
LETTERS have been received from the south end of the Victoria fast, a very able address was given by the Rev. W. H. Barlow, partly an Nyanza to Feb. 14th. Mr. Hansington had been very ill again, and at exposition of Rev. iii . 7–13, ard partly dealing
with the practical duties last, to his deep regret, had felt it right to start homeward. Mr. Gordon of an Hon. District Secretary. The Rev. E. H. Bickersteth and Sir John
was at Kagei, and Mr. Ashe and Mr. Wise at Msalala (west of Jordan's Kennaway also addressed the meeting.
Nullah), but the two latter were about to move also to Kagei, and then THE Bishops of Newcastle, Llandaff, and Truro have accepted the office
Mr. Ashe proposed crossing the Lake to Uganda. Mr. Stokes and Mr. of Vice-President of the Society. The Committee bave also appointed as
Copplestone bave arrived in England. Vice-Presidents the Bishops of Sierra Leone and Tasmania, the Earl of BISHOP INGHAM landed at Sierra Leone on March 17th, and was Harrowby, Sir Bartle Frere, G.C.S.I., and George Arbuthnot, Esq.
most kindly received by Governor Havelock at Government House. The To fill six vacancies in the list of One Hundred Honorary Governors
Bishop writes :-“Mrs. Ingham and I are agreeably surprised at everyof the Society for Life the Committee have nominated the following :
thing, so far as that which is outward and visible goes. The foliage is The Rev. Canon Tristram, Honorary Association Secretary for the lovely; the heat does not overpower us; we bave throughout the day Northern District; the Rev. W. Doyle, and G. F. Watts, Esq., Hon.
most delicious breezes.” The installation of the Bishop took place in the Secretaries of the Manchester Auxiliary; Hugh Evans, Esq., Treasurer
Cathedral on Easter Tuesday. The Governor ordered all public offices of the Liverpool Auxiliary; R. C. Hankinson, Esq., President of the
to be closed, and was himself present, as were no less than twenty Native Southampton Auxiliary; and Colonel Channer, for many years a member clergymen and an immense congregation. The Bishop preached, taking of the Committee.
two texts, St. John xvii. 21, “That they all may be one,” and Eph. ix. 3,
“Endeavouriog to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” THE Rev. E. H. Bickersteth has written another earnest letter on the
Afterwards he entertained the clergy at luncheon at the West Africa need of “Half as Much Again," and of “Half as Many Again," i.e., of Hotel, at the close of wbich an address of welcome was presented to him. workers for the Missionary cause both at home and abroad. He suggests a "Nine Days' Mission" in various great towns, similar to those now so
The Government Census of India, of 1881, the results of wbich are in common for evangelistic purposes, but with the object of systematically course of publication, has again, like the partial Census of 1871, been a setting before the people the claims of the foreign Mission field and the surprise to those who disbelieve or doubt the progress of Christianity in work done there. We earnestly hope that some zealous friends wiil try
India. A leading London daily newspaper saye, “It was not supposed this plan, and thus set a pattern for others to follow.
that the Christian population of India was so large as it is now shown, or
that it exceeded in number the warlike race (the Sikbs of the Panjab) The usual Day of Intercession service for the C.M.S. Committee and
which fought so good a fight against our own army less than forty years friends was beld at St. Dunstan's, Fleet Street, as announced, on May 8tb.
back.” The total number is given by the Census as 1,862,634. Tbis, The Rev. W. Martin (Rector) and the Rev. F. E. Wigram officiated; and
however, includes the European population, and the Syrian Church of the sermon was preached by the Ven. Archdeacon Richardson, on the
Travancore, and the Native Romanists (who are mostly the descendants words, “ That your love may abound yet more and more” (Phil. i. 9).
of the converts of two centuries ago). These three classes account for SEVEN Islington students will (D.V.) have been ordained before this nearly three-fourths of the whole. The details are not yet published; number appears, on Trinity Sunday, viz. :-Messrs. J. W. Handford (of
but the number of Native Protestant Christians, who are the real result East Africa), Tom Hardiog, Arthur W. Cotton, Thos. Holden, Milpes N.
of the Missions of this century, has meanwhile (as already stated S. Atkinson, John B. Panes, and John W. Tims. All these except Mr.
in the GLEANER) been separately ascertained by the returns for the Atkinson, and also Mr. S. Ledward (wbose health, we regret to say,
Decennial Missionary Conference lately held at Calcutta. The figures prevents bis ordination), competed in the Oxford and Cambridge Pre
are, India proper, 417,372; Burma, 75,510; Ceylon, 35,708; total, 528,590. limirary Tbeological Examination; and all passed, Mr. Ledward and
The rate of increase in the last decade, in India proper, 86 per cent., is Mr. Panes in the 1st class, the other five in the 2nd class, and none in
now shown by a comparison with the Census, to be fifteen times tbe rate the 3rd.
of general increase in the population. The communicants have advanced
at a still higher rate, 114 per cent. THE Rev. A. R. Cavalier, late of the Tamil Cooly Mission, Ceylon, who bas been acting for two or tbree years, while at home, as Organisiog
Mrs. THOMAS, the widow of that much-blessed missionary, the Rev. Secretary of the Indian Female Normal School and Instruction Society,
John Thomas, of Tinnevelly, still resides at the important Christian is about to return to the mission field, and has been appointed to Tinne
village which was his bead-quarters for thirty years, Meugnanapuram, velly, to work with Bishop Sargent.
and where he built his great church, known as “ The Glory of South
India.” She and her daughter carry on the Elliott Tuxford Girls' THE Society has lost one of its oldest and staunchest friends by the
Boarding School, in which there are ninety-seven Christian girls. Of death of the Rev. G. Lea, of Edgbaston, Birmingbam. For half a century
former pupils, seventy are engaged as schoolmistresses and Bible-women he bad (with Mrs. Lea) laboured devotedly in its cause. He became in various parts of Tindevelly, and 136 are wives of pastors, catechists, Hon. Sec. of the Birmingham Auxiliary in 1860, and was appointed an and schoolmasters. Thus a really great work has been quietly carried on Hon. Lise Governor of the Society in 1868.
through many years, with manifest tokens of God's blessing. “We Two former C.M.S. missionaries have entered into the rest in the past know," writes Mrs. Thomas, “ that many of the girls meet in their few weeks, the Rev. John Harding, D.D., Vicar of Martin, Salisbury,
recreation hour, for united prayer, and to study God's Word together." who was at Allepie, Travancore, from 1848 to 1854; and Mr. J. Stack, who was in New Zealand from 1833 to 1847.
C. S. M. suggests that the coloured Diagram of the Population of the World which appears on the new Collecting Card should be printed in the
form of a Map of the World. If he will refer to the GLEANER for April, 1882, We deeply regret to announce the death of Mrs. J. T. Last, of
he will find, in the description of the Map there given, good reasons why the Mamboja, Eastern Central Africa. She received a runstroke on Feb. 4tb, plan would be misleading. wbile visiting the villages and talking with the women, and died on
RECEIVED.-B. J. C., Proceeds Missionary Box on Hall Table at Moyola March 10th. She will be remembered as the first English woman to Lodge, Castle Dawson, 16s.
THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.
S. M. 4th
3.4 p.m. .. 1.49 a.m.
F. M. 20th.... 3.21 a.m.
THE JUSTICE OF GOD
M. 2 Sam. 1. Ac. 9. 23. E. 2 Sam. 12. 1-24, or 18. 1 Jo. 4.7.
M. i Chr. 29. 9–29. Ac. 18. 24 to 19. 21. E. 2 Chr. 1, or I Ki. 3. Matt. 7.7.
M.1 Ki. 10, 1-25. Ac. 22. 23 to 25. 12. E. 1 Ki. 11.1-15, or 11. 26. Matt.11.
we shall look up and thank Him. Oh, for the perfect work of
patience—for strength of soul to tarry the Lord's leisure! Once July.
we have resigned ourselves to the guidance of God, let us rest in His love. He will hold our weak hand within His strong one
all the way to Zion, and pleasant will be the journey in the quiet 1 S 6th aft. Trin. Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy soul-trust of obedience to a beloved Ruler and Guide. He who
(throne, Ps. 89, 14.
hath made and fashioned us alone can tell when it is for our true 2 M Nyanza Miss. recd. by Mtesa, '77. But God is the judge, Ps. 75.7.
interest to say “No," and when it is indispensable to say “Yes.” 3 T He is the Governor among the nations, Ps. 22. 28. 4 W Verily He is a God that judgeth in the earth, Ps. 58. 11.
And with Him disappointment is unknown. Such a regretful 5 T Judgeth according to every man's work, 1 Pet. 1. 17.
and misapplied term must be both grieving and dishonouring to 6 F Whose works are truth, and His ways judgment, Dan. 4. 37. 7s Every morning doth He bring His judgment to light, Zeph, 3. 5.
our great and good Helper in every time of need. Alas! He
must often look with unutterable compassion on us who call our8 S 7th aft. Trin. Thy judgments are a great deep, Ps. 36. 6.
selves Christians, and whisper sorrowfully, “Where is your M. i Chr. 21. Ac. 14. 'E. I Chr. 22, or 28. 1—21. Matt. 3. 9 M Thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, Ps. 39. 11. faith?" It well becomes us to humble our hearts before Him, 10 T God shall judge the secrets of men, Rom. 2. 16.
and, by a fresh act of devotion, to resign ourselves into His 11 W Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished, 12 T A just God and a Saviour, Is. 45. 21.
(Pro. 11. 21.
keeping 13 F He is just, and having salvation, Zech. 9. 9.
Instances will crowd into the memory where, had we been 14 S Just, and the justifier of Him that believeth in Jesus, Ro. 3. 26.
given our heart's desire, its fulfilment would have brought gall 15 s 8th aft. Trin. The righteous Lord loveth righteousness, Ps. 11.7.
and wormwood where we fondly fancied sweetness. Let us lay
our plans, along with our powers, in the testing crucible of the 16 M Thou art just in all that is brought upon us, Neh. 9. 33. 17 T The Lord our God is righteous in all His works which He doeth,
Great Physician. Work awaits all the willing. But the time 18 W Just and right is He, Den. 32. 4.
[Dan. 9. 14. and place and nature of that work depend not on appoint19 T Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap, Gal 6. 7.
ment. For some of us, eager to go forth to labour, the Mission20 F Are not my ways equal? Ez. 18. 29.
(Ps. 18. 30. 21 S Alungo Park disc. R. Niger, 1796. As for God, His way is perfect, field may narrow down to the compass of a sick-bed, and all our
[Rev. 15. 3. Gospel be preached from the patient lips of sanctified suffering. 22 S 9th. aft. Trin. Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints,
Or, again, we may imagine our talent to lie just where our tastes 23 M Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? Gen. 18. 25. selfishly centre, and we may be shown that our energies are to 24 T Mine arms shall judge the people, Is. 51. 5. [God, Ps. 43. 1. 25 W St. James. Bps. Speechly and Ridley consec., 1879. Judge me,
be called forth amid scenes and circumstances whose anticipation 2 T 1st Tsimshean bapt., 1861. Faithful and just to forgive, 1 Jo. 1.9.
would have struck us with despair. Perhaps we possess zeal 27 F Niger Miss. beg., 1857. He shall bring forth judgment to the and power, and we delight to spend and be spent for the Master, 28 S His reward is with Him, Is. 40. 10. [Gentiles, Is. 42. 1. [which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me, 2 Tim. 4.8.
We are important in our little sphere of prosperous activity ; 29 s 10th aft. Trin. Wilberforce d., 1833. A crown of righteousness, and, to the outward eye, all this running to and fro seems highly 30 M Behold, the Judge standeth before the door, Jas. 5. 9.
to be praised. Let us beware. How do we bear the truer test 31 T Found. Stone C.M. College laid, 1826. Rejoice, for He cometh to of being set aside and not missed ; of being detained from going
(judge the earth, Ps. 96. 13.
up-to the beloved courts of the Lord ; of being thwarted here,
and prevented there? It is by our demeanour under the tiny MORE JERSEY BREEZES.
daily crosses that we prove the depth and value of our faith.
Let us be careful to preserve unsullied the bright gold of loving VI.-Our Disappointments.
trust. Let us habitually lay our wills beside His, and our crosses " But the Lord thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee.”
will vanish. Deut. xxiii. 5.
These thoughts may meet the eye of some who are going GOOD man once sought to teach his child the nature heavily oppressed with a sense of having missed their aim. But of a cross. Pausing, as they walked hand in hand who would rashly accuse the Lord of failure ? Is He blind, through the leafy forest, he laid one slender twig because our poor sight is holden ? “He knows best” is the athwart another. “See, my son," said he to his true balm of Gilead for our wounded spirits. Let there be no
wondering boy, “if, through life, you lay your will secret regret. We cast from our hearts and tones the misalongside of God's will all must go smoothly with you ; but chievous idea of “ Disappointment.” All that comes to the directly you lay your own wishes across the appointments of Lord's bidden ones must be fair, fresh, and prosperous. His your heavenly Father you will find a cross to bear.” Perhaps Word will always accomplish that which He pleases, and who this simple lesson may help us children of a larger growth to the that loves Him would wish it otherwise ?
A. M. V. right understanding of some things that now come upon us hardly. May it prove powerful to instruct us as to the true | beauty and harmony of a consecrated life.
THE KASHMIR MEDICAL MISSION. And first, concerning the sad word “Disappointment." Its very utterance grieves the heart, and seems to strike the knell of
BY THE REV. J. S, DOXEY. earthly bliss. Yet, to dis-appoint is merely to dis-arrange, and
HE name of Kashmir is familiar to us from the implies an unseen hand disposing every event that can befall
beautiful shawls and other woven materials manuthe children of God. We are assured that “all” things shall
factured there, and a year or two ago we all heard "work together" for their good, and the idea of “working
of the dreadful famine which raged amongst its together excludes foolish notions of settling down to rest. Do
inhabitants. A glance at the map shows us that the we know enough of His wisdom and foresight to trust Him ? Valley of Kashmir is to the north of Hindustan. It lies at a What say the changeful years of His goodness and mercy ? height of 5,350 feet above the level of the sea, and is about When He alters our plans and traces our path in an opposite 60 miles long and 20 broad. On all sides it is shut in by the direction, He is only preparing us some glad surprise, for which lofty Himalayan mountains, some of whose peaks are more than
M. I Ki, 12. Ac. 28. 1-17. B. I Ki. 13 or 17. Matt. 15. 1--21.
15,000 feet high. The waters of the Jhelum flow in a westerly there were turned towards Kashmir.
Occasional missionary direction through the valley, on their way to the Panjab. efforts by agents of the Society visiting the Valley were com Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, is in the centre, and occupies, menced about 1854, but it was in 1864 that Dr. Elmslie was for about two miles, both sides of the river.
sent out as a medical missionary. In the spring of 1865 he The streets of Srinagar, if so they may be called, are narrow, commenced operations, and though he met with opposition and roughly paved, and at all times very dirty. Wheeled vehicles difficulties, for four successive summers he ministered to the are unknown, but boats take their place. The houses, generally wants of the poor Kashmiris, who at the same time had the built of wood, and for the most part very rickety and dilapi- privilege of hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their own dated, are built on the banks of the river. On the Ghats leading tongue from a Kashmiri catechist who accompanied him. After to the river the whole population seem to be always congregated. the death of Dr. Elmslie in 1872, the Rev. T. V. French, now Here may be seen, all day long, Pandits performing their ablu- the Bishop of Lahore, and the Rev. T. R. Wade paid a visit to tions and puja (worship), or Mohammedans, after the strictest Kashmir, when they distributed simple medicines and proclaimed manner of the Pharisees, saying their prayers. Srinagar is said the Gospel of the Saviour. In 1874, Dr. Maxwell arrived, and to contain about 120,000 inhabitants, or one-third of the popula- for two summers he laboured earnestly and zealously in his tion of the valley.
Master's service, until at last his health broke down and relucSpeaking generally, the Kashmiris are a fine race of people- | tantly he was obliged to return to England. In 1876, once perhaps the finest in this part of
more the Rev. T. R. Wade, this Asia. The men, with the excep
time accompanied by the Rev. tion of the shawl and carpet
John Williams, the Native mediweavers, who are easily dis
cal missionary now at Tank, tinguished by their leanness and
visited Kashmir to carry on the sallow complexions, are tall and
work as best they could. strong, with Jewish features.
In 1877, Dr. Downes arrived The bulk of the inhabitants are
to take up the work in Kashmir, Mohammedans, the Hindus
and it is well known how for six forming only about one-seventh
years he has, through famine of the population. The Maha
and pestilence, and in the midst rajah belonging himself to a sect
of difficulties and opposition, of the Hindus, these latter are
laboured to heal the bodies and undoubtedly the favoured class
instruct the souls of the poor in Kashmir. The dress for the
Kashmiris. Dr. and Mrs. most part consists of one long
Downes will not be forgotten. loose woollen or cotton garment
On the occasion of their leaving coming down to below the knees.
it was a pleasing sight to see, The sleeves of this garment are
at a large meeting within the wide, so that the arms can be
precincts of the hospital, repreeasily taken out and placed in.
sentatives of different classes of side. Their clothes are as a rule
natives expressing their gratiexceedingly filthy, and this is
tude and parting regrets to both often the cause of their nume
of them. rous diseases. In character the
The present medical missionKashmiris have some good quali
ary is Dr. Arthur Neve, to whom ties, but these are far outnum.
we hope the Lord may grant bered by their failings and faults.
abundant success both in his They are clever, ingenious, talk
medical and spiritual labours, ative, and cheerful in disposition,
and that he may be privileged but their ignorance and selfish
to see some of the fruits of the ness, and their intriguing, false,
seed which has been sown by and dishonest qualities, have
the various missionaries who made them proverbial amongst KASHMIR : DISPENSING MEDICINES DURING A MISSION TOUR.
have preceded him, and his own other people. To tell a lie and
work prospered of God. deceive is thought nothing of by them. Though manly in appear- In Dr. Maxwell's time a hospital building was erected, containance they are great cowards, and when threatened by their ing dispensary, operating and other rooms, and accommodation superiors in any way cry and act after the manner of children. for about twenty in-patients. Through Dr. Downes' exertions
For centuries the country has been the coveted prize of kings this has been enlarged and added to, so that as many as 120 and emperors.
In late years Moghuls, Pathans, Sikhs, and in-patients have been receiving treatment at one time. There Hindus in turn have conquered and oppressed the people, until are separate wards for Hindus, Mussulmans, and the women, every vestige of manliness has been taken out of them. In this and now Dr. Neve is having a separate place built for the lepers, matter, sad to say, our hands as English people are not clean, of whom there are a great number in Kashmir. for when we became possessors of it we sold, actually sold, the In the time of the famine an orphanage was built. Here country into the hands of its present possessors—sold the country under the fostering care of Mrs. Downes were gathered together, with all its inhabitants into little less than slavery.
fed, and instructed, about 400 children. These having been Such is the country and such are the people of Kashmir, claimed by their relatives, now that brighter days have come, where our Society, through its agents, is now working.
are scattered throughout the valley. Let us trust they will not As Kashmir is on the high-road to Central Asia, to which it is readily forget their kind friends, nor the lessons of piety and hoped our Missions may at some time extend, no sooner had wisdom they were taught. The room is now converted into a Missions been founded in the Panjab than the eyes of our friends ward for the women and girls. One large room in it has been
converted into a church. Here the Native Christian community meet together for worship. At service times the hospital servants and visitors come in and occupy seats or sit on the floor, while the verandah is filled with patients, who can see and hear all that goes on. The addresses given by the clerical missionary or by Dr. Downes have been willingly and patiently listened to, as well as those by K. B. Thomas, the Native medical assistant. There are short services every morning in the wards.
Four days of the week are set apart for seeing the out-patients, and two days, Wednesday and Saturday, for performing operations. To show the extent of the work, we may mention that as many as 300 patients have come at one time on many days in the summer months. Before dispensing medicines the patients are assembled and told that the blessing of God is about to be asked on the labours of the day. A hymn is then sung, a passage of Scripture read and explained, and finally a prayer offered suitable to their wants and necessities, to which they listen and give their assent in such a way that at times it is very affecting. To look upon the crowd of sick and diseased as they are grouped before the missionary is a sad and strange sight. (See the picture on page 78.) Men, women, and
KASHMIR : CITY OF SRINAGAR, AND MOSLEMS AT PRAYER. children, of many creeds and nations, and suffering from all kinds of diseases, are there. After the address district. By the work which has been done so long in Kashmir and prayer, the patients are admitted one by one through a door, he is well known, and no sooner does he arrive at the rest-house, and their wants are attended to.
or pitch his tent, than he finds some one to welcome him, or Sometimes the medical missionary takes a journey into the sick folks are immediately brought before him. The picture on
the opposite page represents a group of people gathered round Dr. Neve, who is seated with his medicines before him under a tree close to his tent, which may be seen on the left. At intervals of about half an hour a hymn is sung, an address given, and a prayer offered up.
In connection with the Kashmir Medical Mission is a school, a notice of which must not be omitted. In the annexed picture are to be seen three of the classes. The majority of the students are young Hindus.
The direct results of our Mission work in Kashmir are not what we could have wished. There is, however, a willingness to listen, and amongst many a spirit of inquiry, and an acknowledgment that we are only anxious to do them good in body and soul, so that there is much to be thankful for. The seed must be sown in tears; we must labour and pray, be patient and trust, believing that in the end many more souls of the Kashmiris will be gathered in to the glory of the Master, whose commission is, i Heal the sick, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh to you."
KASHMIR, 6th December, 1882.