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CONVERTS IN CEYLON,
solemn question at the end of the address, and pressed it upon the
Buddhists present, this young man, with much presumption, began to EYLON has not had a large share of GLEANER space ask blasphemous questions, and said that God was evil and cruel in having hitherto. The work there is so quietly prosperous,
harmless lambs, sheep, goats, and bullocks slaughtered. We had no hope and the reports, so evenly satisfactory, that there
that he would repent and be reconciled to God. From that day he began
to associate with the old man who was baptized last Christmas. A few is little to compete with the stirring letters from
weeks afterwards he made a public profession of his faith in that God and Africa and China. But we must try and do Ceylon Saviour whom he had previously blasphemed. I am sorry to say that his more justice for the future ; and we begin by giving on the pre- past life has been one of much sin. We earnestly pray that his future ceding page a glimpse of its beautiful scenery, and “gleaning '
may be adorned with fruits of repentance and beauties of holiness. from the last annual letters two or three interesting accounts of
The blessing of God has rested on our new out-station at Elpitiya. I
was enabled to occupy this new outpost by the aid of 301. which Christian recent conversions. Of the three writers, Mr. Dowbiggin, of friends sent me from Holbrook for paying an evangelist and opening a Cotta, is known to our readers ; Mr. Allcock is at Baddegama, girls' school. It appears to me their offerings, and self-sacrifices of faith, in the south of the island ; and Mr. Champion is a Native Tamil and their faithful prayers have prevailed with God. In a year we have clergyman in the peninsula of Jaffna, at the extreme northern
four baptized adults and six anxious inquirers. The Bishop paid a visit to this out-station in September last, and was very much pleased with the
conduct, intelligence, and answers of these candidates for baptism. They From Rev. R. T. Dowbiggin.
all belonged to one family—the father and his two sons. The father took I translate below the account of a convert from Buddhism-a brand the name of Abraham, and the two boys David and Samuel. The Bishop plucked from the burning—as given by one of the catechists labouring in kindly commissioned me to give Abraham and Samuel a Singhalese Bible Colombo:
each. I do hope that they will diligently and prayerfully read the Holy “The two catechists, H. W. and H. R., working in Colombo, visited Book all the days of their life. almost daily four men who had been condemned to death by the judges Forty-one persons have been admitted into the visible Church by of the Supreme Court in July last. We tried to point out to them the baptism. Twenty-six of these were adults, and fifteen infants. way of salvation. By God's blessing, we began to see some fruit of that work. At that time the Roman priests came among them, and turned
From Rev. G. Champion (Native). two of them, who had learned least, away from us. Those who had been
A young man of this place who was baptized at Kandy, is now returned longer taught by us resisted the priests, and were more than ever anxious
from Kandy, and lives with his parents. He is really a burning and shining to learn from us. Both of them had previously been rigid Buddhists.
light in his house and in the neighbourhood. The house was indeed a By degrees their attachment to Buddhism passed away, and they took
dark one, though his father was a Christian. It is now changed to be a refuge in the Saviour of sinners. Of that there were many tokens. The
house of prayer and thanksgiving. The incense of prayer rises morning Rev. H. de Silva, Native pastor, labouring in Colombo, also visited the
and evening from the family altar. His mother is a rigid heathen, and men once a week and exhorted them. When both of them were becoming always opposes her husband when he does anything favourable to Chrisstrong in the faith, one of them received a reprieve and was removed to
tianity. His example and earnestness in his religion moved his younger the Welikada Gaol, where he attends our Sunday-class, and is a candidate
brother to seek after salvation. His relations and neighbours consider for baptism. The other condemned man asked for baptism, and was
him as a devotee in Christian religion. He has a great desire to become visited by the Rev. R. T. Dowbiggin, who, after examining him, advised
a proclaimer of the Gospel. Let God help and prepare him to become so. him to wait a little and learn more. Again, on Sunday, the 26th August,
The young man whom I mentioned in my last report, that his father the above-mentioned missionary examined him as to his knowledge and
and friends opposed his becoming a Christian, was at last baptized and faith, baptized him by the name of Don Cornelis, and admitted him into
taken into the fold of Christ. He has overcome a severe trial at that time. the visible Church of Christ. Until the day of his death, in receiving
We fixed a day for his baptism with another of his age, and waited for advice from his teachers, reading of the Scriptures, and in prayer, he
him in the church, but he did not come there on that day. By inquiry passed his time. As the day of his execution drew near, the fear of death
on the next morning we learnt that his father, by some way or other, was taken away, and he frequently showed that he had great joy in the
having understood that he was to be baptized on that day, closely watched Lord. On the morning of the execution, the Rev. H. de Silva, and H. R.,
him in the house. But the boy openly told his parents that he wanted catechist, went to him. He gave a hand to each, and saluted them with
to become a Christian, and to be baptized, and, so saying, he set out to go a cheerful countenance. They said, 'Are you now ready to die?' He
to the church. His father flogged him severely, and tied him to a post, answered, 'Yes, I am now ready for it.' Are you not afraid of that
and thus prevented him. But the boy insisted much, and showed his death which is so soon to happen to you?'. Now I have not any fear
determination to become a Christian. His parents, having seen his deterabout it. He said, moreover, that faith had driven away the fear of mination, left him to his own course, saying that they will take no interest death, and his coming to prison for his sin had been, under God, the
in his welfare nor give any help towards his education. means of salvation of his soul. We knelt down and prayed to God for him, and afterwards the Government officials came and led him away to execution. We walked on each side of him, speaking comfortable words, THE TRIDENT, THE CRESCENT, AND THE CROSS. and seeking to stablish his heart that he might be able to bear his death with patience. On the way he said, 'I bear no one any malice; I love
Gleanings from Vaughan's Religious History of India. everybody.' When ascending the scaffold, he said to the assembled people, I wish to see you all in heaven.' He also said to the two others who
VII.-HINDU REFORMERS. were to be banged with him, Brothers, do not be afraid-be steadfast.'
ROM time to time, as we have seen, there have been When drinking a little water, he said, 'I will not drink this water again,
thoughtful men in India, as in other countries, who but I shall drink of the water of life.' Whilst the bangmen were com
deeply felt the helplessness of their old religion to pleting their preparations, he said, 'I now see the kingdom of heaven; I see a great host waiting to receive me.' The Rev. H. de Silva then knelt
give them peace, and who longed for something in prayer, commending "his soul to the merciful hand of God, he also
better. Buddhism failed to give them what they saying, ' O Lord, receive my Spirit !' and at this moment his earthly wanted. So did Mohammedanism. And these two religions, existence was brought to an end by the hangman.”
widely different as were their most fatal defects, had one great Baptisms from among the school children have taken place during the
fault in common, which of itself was sufficient to make them year. No less than fourteen young people are the fruits of our schoolwork, and were admitted into the Church by baptism. One of these powerless to satisfy the longings of mankind. Buddhism tried fourteen is the daughter of a devil-dancer; she has bravely confessed to find a remedy for the miserable idolatry and superstition of Christ, and is enduring persecution for His sake. She finds herself in Hinduism by saying, “ There is no God." Mohammedanism clothing by making and selling embroidery.
said, truly enough, "There is but one God"; but it represented From Rev. J. Allcock.
Him as a God afar off, “ dwelling," as Mr. Vaughan expresses it, A young man, who was a disciple of the notorious adversary, Migettu- “ in the absolute solitude of a sterile unity, with no tender bond watte Unnanse, has been converted and baptized this year. This Migettu- of affinity to man." So that the truths which give Christianity watte is a man of many devices, and goes about to stir up the prejudices its greatest power and beauty, viz., that God reveals Himself
as of Buddhists against Christianity. In this way he makes more money perhaps than any Buddhist priest in Ceylon. One of his disciples attended
a Father, and “so loved the world that He gave His only our moonlight preaching in Kotagoda school-room. The subject was, begotten Son," and that the Son became man like ourselves, to “How long halt ye between two opinions ?” When we repeated the sympathise with us and to suffer for us—these are the very
truths from which Buddhism and Mohammedanism alike were annexation of the Punjab to our Indian Empire twenty-nine furthest removed. Hindu mythology itself was in this respect no years ago. worse, and indeed seemed to be better. And Hinduism conquered The most recent, and in some respects the most remarkable of Buddhism and resisted Mohammedanism by clinging more and Hindu reforming movements is that known as the Brahma more resolutely to the doctrine of a Divine Incarnation. The Shamaj. As Sikhism is midway between Hinduism and Mohamincarnations of Vishnu, the second person in the Hindu Triad, medanism, so Brahmaism is midway between Hinduism and especially as Rama and Krishna (see our 3rd chapter), were Christianity; and it is one result of those English influences more and more taught, and sung, and believed in, because they which, as we shall see in another chapter, are destroying the old gave to the popular fancy, not only a god to worship, but a god Hindu faith. Its founder was Rammohun Roy, a man of the with human passions and sympathies. Sect after sect arose, in
Sect after sect arose, in highest talents and culture, and a good English scholar, who both the Buddhist and the Mohammedan periods, professing the died while on a visit to this country in 1833. He made selections most ardent devotion to Vishnu, though with many varieties of of what he thought best in both the Hindu Vedas and the doctrine and practice ; and these Vaishnava movements played Christian Scriptures, and framed out of them a kind of an important part in keeping Hinduism alive.
Unitarianism. His successor, Debendra Nath Tagore, receded Some of these sects were founded by men of the thoughtful from this position, and followed the Vedas only ; but in 1865 the class, who, while finding nothing to attract them in Buddhism or society split into two, the old president and his disciples calling in Islam, were dissatisfied with the old Hindu faith, and sought themselves the “ Adi (original) Shamaj,” while the “Progressive to reform it. Of several of these Mr. Vaughan gives an interesting Brahmos” followed a younger leader, the well-known Keshub account; but it would not be possible to describe them intelligibly Chunder Sen. Under Keshub's guidance, the Progressives here. The following words of one of these reformers will give an seemed, for a time, to be coming very near to the kingdom of idea of the way in which, from time to time, men were feeling God. They called themselves a Church ; they adopted Christian after better things. The passage is taken from the Bijak, a terms like "justification," "sanctification,” “regeneration," book written by a disciple of a great religious leader named &c.; and in a remarkable lecture delivered at Calcutta in May, Kabir, who flourished about the time of our Henry V.:- 1866, on " Jesus Christ, Europe, and Asia,” Keshub, in glowing
“Of what benefit is cleansing your mouth, counting your beads, language, enlarged upon the greatness of “ Christ and Him performing ablution, bowing yourselves in temples, when, whilst you
crucified.” " Another step,” remarks Mr. Vaughan, “would mutter your prayers, or journey to Mecca, deceitfulness is in your heart ? have landed him within the Kingdom. Alas! that step was not The Hindu fasts every eleventh day, the Mussulman during the Ramazan. taken. To stand still in such a matter was impossible. RetroWho formed the remaining months and days, that you should venerate gression was the only alternative ; and this result all too clearly but one? If the Creator dwell in tabernacles, whose residence is the universe ? Who has beheld Rama seated amongst the images, or found
and sadly ensued.” In a subsequent lecture Keshub put Jesus him at the shrine to which the pilgrim has directed his steps? The city
on a level with “ Moses, Mohammed, Nanak, Chaitanya, and of Hara is to the east, that of Ali to the west ; but explore your own other regenerators of mankind ;” and from that time his teaching heart, for there are both Rama and Karim.”
has shown that the foundation of personal religion, a true sense Two of the reformers deserve a passing notice. One of these of sin, is absent from his system. The original Brahmos have was Chaitanya, who lived in the sixteenth century. We have gone still further astray. Debendra Nath Tagore has become, already seen (in the 3rd chapter) that the Vaishnavas (Vishnu in his old age, a Hindu hermit in the mountains ; and another worshippers) lay stress upon bhakti, which Mr. Vaughan translates accomplished leader, Babu Akhoy as “faith,” while the Saivites (Siva worshippers) rely upon karma,
confirmed atheist. “ works.” Chaitanya preached fervently the sufficiency of
How utterly Brahmaism has failed to satisfy the yearnings of “faith” without “works”; and it is a strange coincidence dissatisfied Hindus is shown by the fact that at the Census of indeed that he did so in Asia at the very time that Martin Calcutta taken two years ago, the Brahmos numbered only 479, Luther in Europe was raising the same cry. But how different after sixty years' existence. Slow as the progress of the Gospel was the result! Luther had the inspired Word of God to guide
may be, the Native Christians in the city are nearly six times as him, and his faith, being in a holy and loving Saviour, produced
numerous as that. holiness and love in the life. Chaitanya had no such guide ; his faith showed itself chiefly in ecstatic ejaculations of “ Krishna ! Krishna !" for hours together; and after his death, his disciples,
A PARABLE FOR A HOT DAY. thinking " faith” enough without “works,” fell into the grossest
NE hot afternoon in July, with the thermometer vices.
above 90° in the shade, I was preaching to a The other, who flourished a little earlier, was Nanak, the
roomful of listeners in the vestry of our Mission founder of the Sikh religion, which is now professed by more than
Church, which is daily open for conversation and a million souls in the Punjab. Living in a part of India where
addresses to the passers-by. Mohammedanism ruled, Nanak aimed at establishing a society Every one was very warm, and both preacher and congregation which should attract Moslems as well as Hindus. He taught were vigorously fanning themselves. A man, who had been that there is one God, the Creator of all things, perfect and listening for some time, broke in, and tried to prove the eternal, but incomprehensible ; that the knowledge of God and similarity in object and efficacy between Christianity and the good deeds together would procure salvation; that the souls of three great religions of China-namely, Confucianism, Buddhism, the dead might (as the Brahmins said) live in other bodies ; but and Taouism, implying that however excellent my discourse that the righteous might (as the Moslems said) hope for a might have been, it was hardly worth while to change religions consciously happy existence at last. Those who joined him when they are all so much alike. were called Sikhs, or “disciples," and at first they were only a I answered him as well as I could, pointing out the vast religious fraternity ; but in the seventeenth century, Guru difference between salvation from sin, and mere exhortation not Govind developed them into a nation of warriors, who for two to sin. Then one of the native Catechists, Matthew Tai, offered centuries maintained their independence against the Mogul what he called a simple and rude illustration of the subject in Emperors; and in the present century Runjeet Singh made the Punjab a powerful Sikh kingdom. After his death, the Sikhs
* Further information about the Sikh nation and the Sikh religion has been
given this year in the GLEANER, in the papers entitled “Sketches of the waged a desperate war with Great Britain, which ended in the
hand. “ See,” he said, “you honourable gentlemen, all of us have fans. The English preacher has one too, and so have I.
A LETTER FROM PIND DRDAN KHÁN. Our fans differ in shape and colour; some are black with gold
OR a long time we have wished to introduce to the flowers and letters, some white with coloured landscapes, some
readers of the GLEANER a most interesting Mission are round, some crescent-shaped. But really the object and
in the Punjab, called the “ Jhelum Itinerancy." effect of all is the same—to stir a little air, and cool us in
The Jhelum is one of the five rivers of the Punjab, our heat; and it is hardly worth while to exchange fans.
and throughout the district through which it flows Now Confucianism, Buddhism, Taouism, Mahometanism, and the Rev. G. M. Gordon is continually moving about preaching. the many other native and foreign creeds, are all like fans. His head-quarters are at Pind Dadan Khán, of which he has What is Christianity like? THE WIND. Is there any com
now sent us two sketches, with the following letter :parison ? One can get on very well with wind and no fan, but
PIND DADAN KHÁN, February 28th, 1878. surely not with a fan and no wind." The illustration struck the audience and gained their ear, and refreshed me much.
I have great pleasure in sending you a sketch of Pind Dadan Khán,
kindly furnished by Mrs. Nugent. Hangchou.
A. E. MOULE. The sketch is taken from the top of an old Sikh fortification, re
presented in a second sketch, which has long carried the Red Cross mission The drawing by Matthew Tai, which is engraved above, represents the flag with the inscription Jehovah Nissi. Around these are three or four vestry referred to by Mr. A. E. Moule. Mr. G. E. Moule sends us the ancient Hindu temples, with the flags of their various monastic orders, following notes on the picture :
but Christ's flag floats highest. Close in front is the native town, with On the right is the gateway opening on Horsemarket Street, a thorough its bazaars and houses inhabited by Hindu shopkeepers, and Mohammedan fare of considerable traffic. A Buddhist monk with shorn pate, loose traders and cultivators. sleeved, grey or yellow cassock, and fan in hand, is stepping in to hear One of these wealthy merchants was yesterday sitting with me and the new doctrine. In front of him two women, each leading a child. telling me how thirty years ago he was a prisoner with the Sikhs on the To the left a cobbler's pack, the owner resting (perhaps listening) inside. battle-field of Chilianwála, distant not many miles from this spot. Close to the pack a blind soothsayer, using his long tobacco pipe as a In the background are the Hills of Salt, which have for twenty-five staff, his guitar appearing over his shoulder. Within the wide doors of centuries and more supplied a lucrative revenue to the successive rulers the vestry a little group of men listening to the missionary, who sits at of the land. To the left you may see the gorge whence every morning the table at the head of the room, a catechist supporting him on the other issues the stream of traffic from the salt mines on camels, mules, bullocks, side, and the earnest chapel-keeper on a bench at the side taking his turn and asses; some going to Central Asia with their Affghan drivers and in telling the Gospel story. Above the table the Decalogue in Chinese, travel-worn packs, some to the river gháts to be shipped for Multan and and on either hand a scroll with Rom. iii. 23 and 24. Against the wall, Kurráchee, and some to the railway to supply the marts of Lahore and above the porter's head, shelves loaded with portions of Scripture and Delhi. tracts for sale. Hung against the wall in front is the Proclamation, This morning, walking up to Khewra I passed five miles of camels tied granted in 1872, to the effect that the Treaty fully authorises foreigners in long strings, nose to tail. There must have been more than 1,000 to travel and reside in the interior with a view to preaching Christianity. camels, besides other beasts of burden. A camel will carry from five
Our audiences are often nume ous enough quite to fill the little room; maunds to ten maunds of salteach maund being equal to 80 lbs. Yester. but the draughtsman has chosen a scene more suitable to his pencil. day 10,000 maunds of salt were sold at the mines to traders, and each
maund brings a clear gain to Government of five shillings and sixpence. On the extreme right you see a sharp peak, which has a fort on the top and a Hindu temple. The fort is so strong that it long defied the armies of Runjeet Singh, and was taken by him only when the water supply failed. There is & village below the fort named Koosuk, inhabited by Hindus, and distant about fourteen miles from Pind Dádan Khán. They came round me when I preached there, and the illustration of the fort's history supplied an appropriate answer to the
old argument of justification
by works. “ Your ceremonial penance and pilgrimage, my friends, is like the water of that fort. It could not save the garrison, because it dried up, and there was no renewal. Christ's merit is more sure than the casual rainfall which refills the empty tanks, or the spring which dries in summer heats. Only thus can you hold the fortress of your soul against your sleepless enemy."
The Sunday before last we baptized a native of these hills, who has long been an earnest inquirer. Six months ago he came to me for
OLD FORT NEAR THE SALT MOUNTAINS, PUNJAB. (From a Sketch by Mrs. Nugent.)
instruction, saying, "I have read a good deal, and I want to know the and shelter on my way thither, but also that my gratitude was not to root of the matter—the secret of this new birth which Christ gives ! ” end with this. Acts were to follow words, and the presence of the His search has at length been, we fully trust, rewarded, and on the day missionary-box gave a present opportunity thus to prove that gratitude. of his baptism he said, “This is the happiest day of my life.” This “I may not visit that hospitable house again. Its tenant has since was a confident assertion for one who had been cut off from wife, family, given place to another; but if, in the resting-places on the journeys and lands as a deserter from the religion of his forefathers, and it gave through dangers seen and unseen, I find no missionary-box, on my encouragement. For we may well be anxious about the stability of our return home I seem to see that self-same piece of paper pasted on my Mohammedan converts, when their relapse entails no penalties such as a own, and the words written on it pleading with me, on the ground of Hindu would be subjected to who had broken his caste. If an adult gratitude, to care for those millions who, unlike ourselves, know nothing baptism in this country be not an unclouded joy, one remembers that of the great and gracious Guardian of the soul and body. the Saviour also sighed when in act to bless
“I think the visitors' room is a good place for a missionary-box." “ The Son of God, in doing good,
EPITOME OF MISSIONARY NEWS. There are other points of attraction in the view from the top of the old Sikh tower, which cannot be included in a single sketch. There are Bishop French arrived in his new diocese at the beginning of March, the snowy peaks of the Kashmir mountains, rising 100 miles away behind and on the 3rd was duly installed at Lahore. He then immediately the salt range, and visible only on a clear day. There is the Jhelum river started on his first visitation tour, taking in his way Umritsur, Dera a mile off, which sends its overflow up to our very walls, while its sister, the Ismail Khan, Tank, and Bunnoo. He writes in encouraging terms of the Chenáb, glitters on the far southern horizon.
work everywhere. But more congenial than all to the missionary eye is the pretty little The C.M.S. students lately appointed to various missions, Messrs. church which rises among the trees, the "place by the river side where Elliott, Eales, Grundy, Gollmer, Haslam, Day, Pickford, and Kember, prayer is wont to be made." Here, a few Sundays ago, we thanked God were admitted to holy orders by the Bishop of London, on Trinity for the safe arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Nugent, in answer to many prayers Sunday, at St. Paul's Cathedral. for help. Here repose the remains of our native brother Andreas under The Bishop of Saskatchewan having earnestly pleaded that another the quiet turf, and here we gather nerve and sinew for each successive C.M.S. missionary might be sent to the vast field comprised in the embassy in our Royal Master's name.
diocese, Mr. S. Trivett, a student in the C.M. College, has offered for this G. M. GORDON. work, and been appointed to it. He was ordained by the Bishop himself
on Trinity Sunday, and will in the first instance proceed to the old station
at Stanley, English River, now in charge of a Native catechist. THE RED MAN'S APPEAL.
The Rev. Eugene Thornton, who was educated at the C.M. College,
but was ultimately ordained independently, and has since been labouring T the ordination of the Rev. G. Litchfield, one of the members of
as a curate at Liverpool and elsewhere; and Mr. C. B. S. Gillings, a the recent reinforcement for the Victoria Nyanza Mission, in the
student at St. John's Divinity Hall, Highbury, have offered themselves Parish Church of Islington, the preacher, the Rev. E. H. Bicker- to the Society, and been accepted. steth, related the following simple story as told by the American Bishop The Nyanza party going to Uganda up the Nile arrived at Suez on of Minnesota :
May 31st, and were to leave next day by steamer for Suakim, the port of
Upper Egypt on the Red Sea, which they hoped to reach on the 8th. They “One who had been a heathen red man came 600 miles to visit me in
have received every attention in Egypt from the British Consul-General, my home. As he came into the door he knelt at my feet. He said to
and are the bearers of a letter from Lord Salisbury to King Mtesa. me, ' I kneel to tell you of my gratitude that you pitied the red man.'
Information has been received through the Foreign Office that the He then told me this simple, artless story :- I was a wild man living
Rev. C. T. Wilson had returned to Uganda (i.e., after his journey to beyond the Turtle Mountain : I knew that my people were perishing : I
Kagei, and to Unyamuezi); and that Mr. Mackay was pushing forward never looked in the face of my child that my heart was not sick. My
through Ugogo. fathers told me there was a Great Spirit, and I have often gone to the
Another member of the Nyanza Mission has been removed to his woods and tried to ask Him for help, and I only got the sound of my voice. And then he looked in my face in that artless way and said,
heavenly rest. Mr. W. C. Tytherleigh, an excellent young carpenter, "You do not know what I mean.
who was with Mr. Mackay's party, and whose cheerfulness, industry, and You never stood in the dark and
Christian consistency had endeared him to his companions, died on reached out your hand, and took hold of nothing. One day an Indian
April 10th at Magubika, in the Usagara hills, from some internal injury came to my wigwam. He said to me he had heard you tell a wonderful
accidentally received while pushing one of the bullock-carts. story at Red Lake; that you said the Great Spirit's Son had come down
Mpwapwa has been re-occupied by Messrs. Copplestone and Last. to earth to save all the people that needed help; that the reason why the
Their comrades, Dr. Baxter and Mr. Henry were still on the road white man was so much more blessed than the red man was because he
thither at the date of the last letters. had the true religion of the Son of the Great Spirit, and I said I must
An invitation to Christian teachers was lately received at Frere Town see that man. They told me you would be at the Red Lake crossing. I
from Mandara, the principal king of Chagga or Jagga, a country not unlike came 200 miles. I asked for you, and they said you were sick, and then I said, “Where can I see a missionary ? ” I came 150 miles more, and
Switzerland, lying between the East Coast of Africa near Mombasa and I found that the missionary was a red man like myself. My father, I Rebmann, in 1848, when he discovered the great snow-capped mountain
the Victoria Nyanza. The first European to visit this country was Mr. have been with him three moons. I have the story in my heart. It is
Kilimanjaro. Capt. Russell last year sent his “ salaams” to Mandara by no longer dark. It laughs all the while.' And he turned to me and
an Arab trader named Sadi, and this invitation was the response. said, 'Will you not give me a missionary?' Shame on the Church that
Three urgent appeals from India have been before the Committee : I had to say to him, We have not the man, and we have not the
one, to resume the special Mission to Mohammedans at Bombay, which means.'
was ordered last year to be closed owing to the Society's financial diffi.
culties; 'the second, to begin a new Mission to the Bhils, a hill-tribe in A GOOD PLACE FOR A MISSIONARY-BOX.
Rajputana; the third, to open a new station at Dera Ghazi Khan on the
Indus, with a view to reaching the Beluchis on the frontier, Beluchistan no
HE missionary-box occupies a variety of positions in the houses of being a country as yet unvisited by missionaries (see GLEANER of Aug.,
those who have at heart the great and urgent work undertaken 1877). The latter has already been resolved upon.
by the Church Missionary Society. It has a prominent place in An encouraging report on the Santal Mission (see GLEANER, April, the hall, the dining-room, the nursery, and the kitchen, and there it 1877) has been received from the Rev. W. T. Storrs, who went out last speaks and pleads for the perishing. But is there any rule to exclude it autumn to consolidate and extend the work. The people are ripe for the from the bed-room ? If so, there are exceptions, and here is one. Gospel, and a vigorous effort made now would, he believes, by God's
“ After a long journey by rail and road," writes one to us, “ I reached blessing, result in a large ingathering of souls. The C.M.S. has now five the house of my host, and was soon shown to my room, in which nearly missionaries at work, besides one at home for awhile, and one just newly the first thing that caught my eye was a missionary-box. On approaching appointed. The Native pastor, the Rev. Ram Charan, is la pouring sucit I found the words Church Missionary Society' printed on it, and cessfully, and Mr. Storrs is training four others for holy orders. that a slip of paper had been pasted by its mouth and the words 'In Competent men are urgently required by the Society for missionary acknowledgment of travelling merciès' written on it.
work in higher education at the Cathedral Mission College at Caloutta, “ Those words were full of force. I was reminded by them that not and for college classes which it is proposed to establish in connection only was I, when I had shut-to the door, to acknowledge by thanks- with the Robert Money School at Bombay. Two men are needed for giving in prayer the mercies shown to me by One who had been a shield each station.