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the Japanese. One difficulty after another, however, presented began on June 2nd. Hodges took the chair, and, after a short prayer itself. The late Archbishop felt it necessary to consult the (during wbich a few stood), spoke of our plan, discouraging public dis
cussion, but inviting to private conversation. We had 80 or 90 present. American Church regarding the future relations of the two
My principal subject was the “fulness of time” in relation to the Jewish Bishops one to another, and it did not prove easy to adjust and Gentile world. The second lecture was delivered on June 9th, on the them. Then, although the C.M.S. was quite ready to maintain growth of Christianity. The attendance was even better. the English Bishop entirely, as in the cases of Travancore, Mid This provoked the adversary, Damodarayya Garu, the Government China, the Niger, &c., the Archbishop did not think this a good pleader and an old opponent, who had taken notes at both lectures, and
announced a lecture on Christianity for the following Saturday, at the arrangement, because the C.M.S. is not the only English Church
Hindu School. Of course I was there. There was a large attendance, Society in Japan. The Society for the Propagation of the and the Deputy-Collector in the chair. The lecture was in Telugu, and Gospel also has a Mission, so that the new Bishop could not very long, but one of our Christian masters who was present gave me the well be wholly identified with one society. The C.M.S. then
sum of it afterwards. The Chairman and others, at the close, dissented
from the lecturer's views of the absurdity of a "book revelation." He agreed to pay a definite sum as part of the episcopal stipend on
had laid down three conditions which a revelation should fulfil before it certain conditions; and the S.P.G. having offered a like sum, could be accepted: it must be (1) universal, (2) clear, (3) demonstrable. the matter was so far settled. It then remained for the Arch- He ended by a few isolated passages of Scripture, pitted against one bishop to find the man, but he died before this was done. The another as contradictory, and took up the position that, inasmuch as God new Archbishop lost no time in making himself acquainted with
had made the world once for all with fixed laws, revelation on His part the whole matter, and his choice has fallen upon the Rev. Arthur
and prayer on ours were equally absurd. W. Poole, late C.M.S. missionary
Next morning, June 16th, I gave my third lecture. The Deputy.
Collector consented to take the chair, in South India, to the great satis
and at the close expressed his dissent faction of all C.M.S. friends.
from the lecture of Saturday, and Mr. Poole was educated at
urged the importance of reading any
books and attending any lecture which Shrewsbury School and at Wor
would help us in securing the happicester College, Oxford, and gra
ness of the world to come. My subject duated in 1873, 3rd Class Lit.
was "The Claim of Christianity to be Hum. In 1876 he was ordained
Absolute.” It gave me an opportunity
of bringing out Bishop Butler's arguby the present Bishop of Oxford,
ments on the three points raised the and was for some time curate to
day before. Next Sunday, June 23rd, the Rev. A. M. W. Christopher,
I discussed “Non-Christian Witnesses of St. Aldate's. In 1877 he went
to the Historic Truth of Christianity." out as a C.M.S. missionary to the
June 14th, fifth lecture : District
Moonsif in the chair; subject,“ ChristiTelugu Mission, together with his
anity and the Bible.” friend the Rev. E. N. Hodges :
Owing to my having to go to MaMr. Hodges being appointed
dras, there was delay in giving the Principal of the Noble High
sixth. I delivered it, however, on School, and Mr. Poole Rugby
Oct. 5th; subject, "Christianity a
Continued Miracle." The Hindu lecFox Master. He was nearly three
turer was absent through severe illness. years in India, doing a most
I sent to know if he could see me, but useful and promising work, not
he sent word that he was too ill. On only in the school, but by lectures
Oct. 21st, he and his eldest son (a to educated Hindus and private
clever young student at Rajahmundry
College) died within a few hours of intercourse with them. In 1880
one another. It made a great impreshe was invalided home, and has
sion on the Natives. since then won much acceptance as a deputation for the Society.
The missionary who has done His speech at Exeter Hall on
work of this kind is exactly the May 1st will be fresh in the
man for a people like the Japanese memory of all who heard or read
-quick-witted, inquiring, specuit. Some extracts were printed THE REV. ARTHUR W. POOLE, M.A.,
lative. We would commend Mr. in the GLEANER of June. As the Bishop-Designate of the Church of England in Japan.
Poole to the prayers of all our selection of Mr. Poole for the
readers, that God will give him Japan Bishopric was the spontaneous thought of the Archbishop much grace and wisdom for the important and responsible post himself, it can scarcely be doubted that that speech had no little to which he is now called. share in commending him to his Grace's notice.
What is the work of the Church of England in Japan, over It will interest many readers to print here a brief account of which the Bishop-Designate will preside? The C.M.S. has on Mr. Poole's first lectures to educated Hindus at Masulipatam, its list at present eight clergymen, one layman, and three ladies which he sent to the Society in 1878:
(besides the wives). The S.P.G. has four clergymen, one layWhile in Madras I delivered a lecture for Mr. Satthianadhan in the
man, and one lady (besides wives). There are three or four Chintadrepettah Hall. It was an extempore address on Oxford. Through other English clergymen working in various capacities in Japan. a notice of this in the Madras papers, the news reached Masulipatam, and The C.M.S. has 304 baptized Native Christians by the last soon after my arrival I was constantly asked when I was going to begin returns, and the S.P.G. 147 (according to the last Report, but lectures. I thought that a repetition of the same lecture would be best as an introduction to them, so on April 20th (Saturday afternoon) I de
we think the figure should be larger); and there are a few livered a lecture on the “ History, Constitution, and Studies of Oxford.”
others. On the other hand, the American Episcopal Church has We had the school-hall well filled. A large number of Native officials, a bishop, six clergymen, four laymen, and three ladies (besides and masters and boys of the Hindu school, as well as our own, were wives). It has 126 “average attendance on public worship," present.
but how many of the attendants are baptized Christians we are I was so encouraged by this that I determined to try a course of lectures. I announced a course of six lectures on "Christianity as an
not told. The great successes in Japan have been achieved by Historical Religion,” to be given on Sunday mornings at 7 A.M.
We other American societies, particularly the Congregationalists and
Methodists. The Russo-Greek Church and the Church of Rome sinful world outside, digged a well, and afterwards built over it a rough also have strong forces there. We trust that Bishop Poole may place of bricks as a covering. By these means he obtained two necessaries be privileged to develop and extend largely the Missions of the wanted, and that was food. This he managed to secure from a neighbour
of life; a house to live in, and water to drink. Only one thing more was Church of England, and that by their means multitudes of ing bazaar, the shopkeepers of which are in the habit of daily feeding Japanese Buddhists and Shintoists may be brought to the know- these holy men in order to get their prayers and blessing. For several ledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
years the fakir lived alone in this curious place; and seldom, if ever, did
any visitor call to see him. At last a godly man named Mr. Fraser, who (The picture above represents the Matchless Mountain of Japan, as Fusi- held a very important position as Judge in Agra, found him out. And yama is called by common consent. It is 13,977 feet high. It is the central what do you think he did ? Why, once or twice in every week Judge object in the background of all Japanese ideal and allegorical pictures. It is Fraser found time, in spite of his numerous engagements, to go and read a painted at the bottom of the delicate china cup from which he sips his tea, portion of the Christians' Bible to the Hindu fakir. This pleased the and on the lacquer bowl from which he eats his rice. It appears on his fan, holy man of the well exceedingly. His own sacred books were nothing on the back of his looking-glass, on the skirts of his garments.)
compared to the sahib's Bible. And so he listened eagerly to every word the sabib read.
Shortly after the commencement of the good judge's visits the fakir A GRATEFUL FAKIR.
died. But so grateful was he for the good he had received from the reading
of his kind friend's book, that on his death-bed he bequeathed the well be T the end of a public road in Agra, North India, there stands a had dug and the house he had built “ to the sahib who used to read the
small, plain brick building, which bears a close resemblance to an Bible."
ordinary English barn or shed. It appears from what I afterwards learnt that the place was once the
What a touching tribute of praise this is to the excellency of the Word abode of a "fakir,” that is, a holy man of the Hindus, who never works,
of God! If a poor, ignorant fakir could value it, how much more should and seldom eats, but passes his whole time in contemplation and prayer.
we? Thank God that we have such a Bible to give to the heathen.
HENRY LEWIS. This fakir, in order to secure a place of retirement from the noisy and St. John's College, Agra,
shown me something of myself and Himself before I 'm any older. It OVER THE WATER.
was dear old Mr. North that made me really begin to think about religion By EVELYN R. GARRATT.
“Mr. North ? " asked Netta, in great surprise, for she had never seen CHAPTER VIII.-HOLDING BACK.
him, and had only heard him spoken of as a feeble, almost childish old man. ETTA, I want to tell you something."
“Yes, he has been praying for me, and God has answered his prayers.” Netta Ogilvie, engaged at the moment in unfastening
Sasie began now to long to do some more definite work for God; and her necklace before the glass, turned round rather hastily knowing that Sunday-school teachers were always wanted, she resolved to at Sasie's words, wondering from the tone of voice what
see Mr. Bennett, the rector, about it. the something could be.
“I shall ask for a boys' class,” said Sasie to herself, as she hurried Netta was Sasie's contrast in everything ; tall, dark, with grave steadfast
towards the rectory one morning. “I always get on well with boys, and brown eyes, a firm resolute mouth, and a decidedly queenly figure. In
don't believe I should mind them being a little troublesome at first." her black net dress and pearl necklace she made a picture upon which any
It was with a certain amount of trembling that Sasie found herself lover of beauty would have looked with pleasure.
entering the study and shaking hands with Mr. Bennett. He had known Netta Ogilvie was worth knowing, though not easily understood. Some
her ever since she was twelve years old, and Sasie was continually running mistook her so utterly as to put her down as cold and proud—those who
in to see his wife, and to play with his children, with whom she was a great loved her admired and reverenced her as well. Perhaps, indeed, more
favourite. But it was a very different thing to find herself in the rector's reverenced than loved her, just because they did not understand her.
study, sitting opposite to him while he waited for her to speak. Those who were weak or sad looked on her as a kind of saint; and more
It was with hesitation that Sasie told bim what she had come about, than one on the verge of despair had learnt to hope through knowing her.
but she managed to explain herself sufficiently to make him understand, Among those who did not understand her was her own sister Sasie. It
and his words of encouragement were remembered by Sasie all her life. is possible that a slight feeling of jealousy may have been at the root of
He was glad, he told her, that she wanted to teach in tbe Sundaythe misunderstanding. Netta was held up to Sasie by her aunt as a
school, particularly as his infant school was at that moment suffering from pattern to be copied ; and even her father, though perhaps specially fond
an insufficient number of teachers. of Sasie, always turned to Netta if there was anything to be decided or
“I should prefer taking a class in the boys' school, if there is one for done. If Sasie ever offered help, which, however, was seldom, her father
me,” said Sasie; " I fancy somehow I could manage boys, for I'm really would pat her on the shoulder, with the words, “No, no, my dear, you
fond of them." are sure to make a muddle of it, leave it to Netta, there's a good girl.” “At present I have no vacancy in the boys' school : all the classes are For a game of tennis, or ride, or in fact anything in the way of pleasure,
filled up; but I'm very much in want of infant school teachers." he would look to Sasie; but apparently he thought her incapable of being
“But,” said Sasie, rather aghast, “I am afraid I never could make up useful or helpful.
my mind to that." It may have been also that Sasie felt Netta to be much better than “And why not?” herself. She was conscious of there being a gulf between them, and bad
“Because I am not fond of small children, and am quite sure I should considered till this evening that it was hopeless to try and bridge it over. never manage them.” Sasie had long been convinced that Netta was a servant of God, and had
“Not fond of children! Mine would tell a different tale I think." found out the secret of being happy and rest. This knowledge had till Oh, but they are quite different, Mr. Bennett. I am afraid now had no effect on her, save to make her feel uncomfortable at the sense Well, Sasie ?" of the difference between them; but for the last two or three days, in
“I don't think I should ever have enough patience to teach them,” fact since the Missionary Meeting, the thought that they were treading said Sasie, doubtfully, her eyes bent on the carpet and a very disappointed the same path drew Sasie to her sister, and she felt instinctively that expression on her face. “I simply have no patience.” Netta, whose love for her was very great, though unexpressed, would be “ But should you not try to cultivate it?" glad to bear that she could now sympathise with her in her longing to
“Yes, I suppose so; but-oh I am not half good enough to teach please and serve God.
infants; and besides, on a hot summer Sunday-oh dear!” Consequently when Netta went into her bedroom one night Sasie
“ It would doubtless be a work of self-denial.” followed her, and, lingering by the fire, waited for some opportunity in
“Very great self-denial,” said Sasie, thoughtfully. "I am afraid I look which to speak. Netta, however, seemed in a silent mood, so that there
upon infants as very uninteresting; besides, I should not know a bit if was nothing for it but for Sasie to open the subject.
they were taking in what I told them. I fear I should find it rather dull When Netta turned round quickly at Sasie's words, her sister was lean
work." ing against the mantelpiece, her face resting on her arm, gazing absently
“It is a happy thing for our little ones that all are not of your opinion, into the fire. “Well, Sasie, what is it?”
Sasie. God's work should never, and need never, be dull work." “You and I are very different, Netta.”
Sasie was silent for a minute. “Yes, in some things."
“Mr. Bennett,” she said, after a pause, “would there be any objection “In most things, I think. I sometimes have wished we were more alike
to my waiting for a month or two, for then there might be a vacancy in than we are, but I think I'm not quite so far away from you as I was.”
the boys' school ? " “Far away, dear-how do you mean?" and Netta drew nearer the fire,
"Possibly there may be, but do not refuse this class without praying and looked more closely at the pretty dreaming face of her sister.
about it. We should not turn our back on any work God gives us to do. " It seemed to me that we were so very, very far away from one another
Be quite sure in your own mind that He does not intend this work for a little while ago, there was no subject on which we could meet and you before you refuse it. sympathise, and now
Help me, O Lord, “And now, Sasie ? "
To give Thy work the foremost place of all, “ Well now I think we both have the same aim in view. We love and
To kecp my post whatever may befall,
And never to hold back when Thou dost call are trying to serve the same Master. Are you glad, Netta ?”
To work for Thee.'” Was Netta glad? Are we not glad when we have been praying for “May I have a few days to think over it ?" asked Sasie. something night and day and it comes to pass ?
By all means. Give me your answer this day week if you can; we You may be sure Netta told her so.
will pray about it before you go." “I feel to bave been living such a useless life all this time," continued Sasie's face wore a very sober expression as she walked homewards. Sasie after a little while,“ and I'm afraid that people will take a long struggle was going on within her. She had for so long done only that for time to believe that I want to be different. I'm very glad that God has which she felt inclined, that it was most difficult now to make up her
mind to do that which, except that it was work for God, was very dis
FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. tasteful to her.
“Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the If she undertook a class she was resolved to be regular in her attend- earth.”—Isa. xliii. 6. ance—was she therefore willing to give up all her Sunday afternoons in order to teach a quantity of tiresome fidgety little infants ? Boys were a
0! they come, a host in white, different thing; she was convinced that she would get interested in them,
Hark! they sing the gospel psalm; that it would become a real pleasure to her, and imagined it would cost
Victors through the Saviour's might, her very little. Had she known more about it, she would have understood
Bearing in their hands the palm.
nearer they advance, that to teach a class of boys was by no means so easy as she imagined,
Louder pæans stir the air; that it needed much more patience and perseverance than Sasie was pre
Angels downward bend their glance, pared to give. But Sasie felt that she was not willing to give so much
Welcoming a sight so fair. time and trouble as infant school teachiog would require.
Once in shades of heathen night “Shall I offer unto the Lord of that which doth cost me nothing ?”
Wounded unto death they lay; The question arose suddenly in Sasie's mind and changed the current of
Now uprisen to the light, her thoughts. Was she only willing to serve God in ways that gave her
Zionward they take their way.
Messengers of Christ went forth no trouble, and that cost her nothing ?
North and south and east and west,
Bade them come to Him for rest.
England ! let thy pulses thrill !
Glorious work to thee is given !
Sow the seed of life until of a small Missionary Reading Society, which has now been in exist
Christ return to bless from heaven. ence for nearly three years. We have found it very useful ourselves,
Give what makes thee great—His word, and should be glad to think the idea would be a help to others. The follow.
Bend the knee-unite as one, ing has been our plan up to the present time :-Early in every month the
Till the kingdom of our Lord reading for the month is sent to each member. It consists of two or three
Stretch from east to set of sun. articles, selected by the examiner from the C.M.S. periodicals. These have to be carefully studied, and towards the end of the month a paper of questions
M. B. on the reading is sent to each member to be answered from memory. The answers are sent to the examiner by the end of the month, and he looks over and marks them. Any member failing to send in a paper of answers, or to
THOMAS SCOTT'S PARISH–EIGHTIETH obtain half the full number of marks, pays a fine of 2d. ; and at the end of the
ANNIVERSARY. year a small prize is given to the member who has obtained most marks. We
To the Editor. are now, however, trying a new system. At the beginning of each month the examiner now draws up a paper of questions embracing much larger portions
EAR MR. EDITOR, -An account of the anniversary just than formerly of the Intelligencer and Gleaner. These are at once sent out
held in the parish of Aston, Sandford, Bucks, may interest to the members, who answer them before the end of the month, reference
some of the readers of the GLEANER. The Rev. Thos. being allowed to the periodicals, and to any other books or maps. We hope
Scott, our first Secretary, was rector of this parish, and it this plan will enable us to master a larger portion of the mass of information
was here the first missionaries of the Society were trained. provided for us by the C.M.S., and that the finding and writing out of correct
On Sunday last sermons were preached in the neat little answers will impress it on our minds as much as our old system. I must add
church, and reference was made to the fact that it was eighty years since that the Rev. R. R. Meadows, formerly of North Tinnevelly, most kindly acts
the first sermons were presched there for the Society by the revered Thos. as examiner, and I need hardly say that his kind help is the greatest possible
Scott, when the sum of £17 28. 6d. was collected, as announced in the advantage to us. We shall be very glad to receive new members, and any of your readers who
Report for 1804. wish to join the Society should write to Miss Williams, Bridehead, Dorchester,
On Monday afternoon tables were spread on the rectory lawn to regale and put the letters M.R.S. in one corner of the envelope.
F. L. W.
friends with tea, &c., &c., and at half-past four it wys a pleasant sight to see no less than 100 persons sit down to partake of the goodly fare pro
vided for them. As the parish only contains 50 people it is evident that HOW I GOT THE “HALF AS MUCH AGAIN.”
many of the neighbours from surrounding villages had come to assist in ROM March, 1881, to March, 1882, I collected for the Church Missionary ringing of a bell, and a company of over 120 assembled. The proceedings
the proceedings of the day. At six o'clock all were summoned by the Society something like £1 6s. I was present at St. Bride's when the Bishop of Ossory made such a stirring appeal for more labourers, and
commenced by the singing of “O'er the gloomy hills of darkness.” After for funds, and after hearing what a great effort was being made in order to prayer and the reading of the 2nd Psalm, the rector, the Rev. A. C. Alford, raise the - Half as Much Again,” I resolved that I would try and see if I could made a few opening remarks, stating that he remembered in years gone not accomplish it.
by, when his father was restor of the parish, attending a meeting in the One day I was reading a missionary publication, when the writer said that barn close by, when the deputation was a missionary from Sierra Leone, he thought instead of people keeping old coins for curiosity, if they were to and again this evening they were to hear one who had been a missionary give them to Foreign Missions it wouid be much wiser. I had no coins, but I
for some years in that same place. Three of the neighbouring clergy then had an old silver watch which was probably made in the last century. “Well,”
gave short addresses, one of them specially commending to the company I said, “I will pull you to pieces, and consign the case to the melting-pot,” which I accordingly did, and being of a similar craft as the Demetrius we read of in
the reading of the GLEANER. The hymn, “Jesus shall reign," was then the Acts, i converted the old case into the following articles, viz., a pair of
sung, after which the deputation spoke. solitaires, a mount for my stick, and lastly, but not least, a Silver Missionary Referring in the first place to the gratifying fact that for eighty years Box. I had the name of the Society engraved thereon, polished it, and had it without interruption the Society had been supported in the parish, he then realed up. You can guess the size of it when I tell you it will take nothing pointed out that it was in the year 1804, when their first contribution was larger than a threepenny piece.
sent to the Society, that the first missionaries were sent to the West Coast I soon began to show my box, and it soon began to fill. Soon afterwards
of Africa. He called attention to the fact mentioned in the Church we had a meeting, on which occasion we were addressed by Mr. Nicol, a
Missionary Almanack, that it was forty years that day since Bishop CrowNative clergyman from the Gambia. In the course of the evening several articles from Mission lands were shown, and I did not forget to show my box,
ther was first ordained, and then proceeded to tell the story of his rethreepenny,” and so did others who happened to
markable life. when the vicar put in a have them; many were sorry that they could not get a sixpence to drop in, Another neighbouring clergyman then said a few concluding words, and and wher our vicar's son was trying to get one more coin in, out came the a collection was made during the singing of the hymn, “From Greenland's bottom, and when the money was counted there were twenty-one silver pieces, icy mountains,” and the rector having pronounced the blessing, by eight
o'clock all were able to depart again to their homes, and thus a very pieces, which soon made the “ Half as Much Again,” which I transferred to my
happy and pleasant, and we trust a profitable anniversary came to a ordinary C.M.S. box, and I am happy to say that altogether I sent in through close.
J. H. our vicar last year a little under £2.
June 12th, 1883. As so many people were sorry they could not drop a sixpence in I determined that I would have a larger one, which would admit not only sixpences [The writer of the above, the Rev. J. Hamilton, was, of course, himself but also shilliogs. I have tried it, and find it will hold over £2. 'It is made the “deputation” he refers to; and his letter is the more interesting of silver, and has got “Church Missionary Society "engraved on it.
that he has just sailed for Africa once more, to help Bishop Crowther for W. H. a while on the Niger.-ED.]