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spent a short time at the institution with to work for you again for twopence; for much interest.
although the Jesuits give us much more, Some of the Druse girls have been yet they do not give to us the Gospel as received into the mission-schools in well, as you do. So we have come back Lebanon, and the number of such pupils again to you, because we love to hear the is increasing. But at first their appear. Gospel in words that we can understand.” ance excited great indignation amongst For this reason, also, men and youths the Christian population, who cannot are quitting the services of the Syrian and forget the share which the Druses took in Catholic Churches, conducted in dead the horrible massacres of 1860. The languages, for those of the English mislessons of love and forgiveness inculcated sion, saying, “We can understand your by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospels service." have, however, been repeatedly impressed An increasing desire for education is upon the Syrian Christians, and they are being manifested in the Lebanon district. evincing a willingness to profit by them. Many of the natives have come down to The Druse ladies, many of whom lounge the English schools, asking for instrncall day long smoking in their harems, are tion. Even elderly women of fifty or learning to appreciate the advantages con sixty years of age have entered themselves ferred by the schools. They now say, as pupils, and eagerly learn to read the “We wish our girls to work, and, espe- Bible. An interesting feature in these cially, to be able to make their own Syrian schools is the general willingness clothes."
of the pupils, both old and young, to A peculiarly important feature of the impart to their neighbours the instruction Ladies' Mission in Syria is, that it is only which they have received, and especially by women that the homes of the country the texts and hymns which they have can be approached. The customs of the learned. The education in the schools is people rigidly preclude the communica valued by all classes of the popalation. tions of male missionaries with the All the pupils are required to pay somemothers and girls. If the latter are to thing, however small the amount may be, receive the Gospel and instruction in the inasmuch as education, wholly gratuitous, Scriptures, it must be from their own is in general less appreciated than that sex. Hence the work conducted by Mrs. which is obtained at some cost. A Thompson and her sisters is of the highest desirable sense of independence is also and most essential value. Then, again, thus maintained. Previously to the the natives peculiarly appreciate the establishment of Mrs. Thompson's tenderer sympathies and gentler patience schools, a general belief prevailed in Syria of the Christian ladies. On one occasiou, that the education of girls was an almost when Mrs. Thompson, during an earnest hopeless work. This feeling found exaddress on the love of Christ and the im- pression in the common proverb, “ Teach portance of responding to His gracious a cat or a woman." But now the results invitation, shed tears before her audience, of the mission-schools are effectually disthe latter exclaimed in wonder, “ Why, pelling such low ideas of female capacity. she weeps !” They thus became more than The schools have hitherto been conducted ever convinced of the sincere and heart on an entirely unsectarian basis; and it felt nature of her interest in their welfare. is hoped that this may be continued.
During a season of great scarcity, Mrs. Mrs. Thompson has received an offer of Thompson sought to afford some employ- £1,000 to place her establishments exment to the female population around her. clusively under the care of the Anglican She therefore invited them to her schools; Church; but, although in urgent nced of and, in addition to gratuitous instruction, such liberal assistance, she has felt bound paid them about twopence each per day to decline the offer, because accompanied for their needlework. This sum, though by such a condition. Her schools are very small, was all that her very limited also opened to all classes of the Syrian fund permitted. The women thankfully population. Thus, in one institution, received this help until the Jesuits of a besides a number of Syrian Christian neighbouring Catholic institution offered pupils, there are thirty-six Jewish and six sixpence a day to such as would quit Mrs. Mohammedan scholars. Some care has Thompson's employment for their own. also been extended to the poor blind of Such an offer was, as it may be supposed, Syria (a numerous class). Some copies of a great temptation, and many availed Mr. Moon's raised type, in Arabic chathemselves of it. But after a short racters, have been procured for these ; period most of these returned to the and several have learnt to read the ScripEnglish mission, saying, "We are willing tures by this means. - Christian Vork.
TURKEY IN ASIA.—Dr. West, of the In addition to the support of the school American Board's Missions, writes from and other expenses, the people there are Sivas: "My occupation has given me a making strenuous efforts to build a better opportunity for seeing the effect of place of worship. They are very poor the missionary work ontside the nominal indeed, Baron Simon writes, yet they have Protestant ranks than the preaching mis- done nobly toward this object, and plead sionary enjoys. I find the Bible now in a for forty dollars more only, to complete large majority of the Armenian houses to the edifice. They live among the mounwhich I am called. In Sivas, I have made tains, exposed to the ever annoying, plunit a point for a long time to inquire, so dering Koords; and the preacher there that I do not speak vaguely. This shows writes me, that those of the villagers who what a contrast there is, in this respect, are shepherds spend what leisure time they with their condition fifteen years ago, can, while watching their flocks, in reading
ben the priest would not permit the their Bibles, which they carry about with reading of the Bible. It is also now used them ; while others, who carry on their as a text-book, in the modern language, backs to the city of Moosh, three hours in the Armenian and Greek schools, and distant, the heavy loads of faggots they the people acknowledge that this has been are taking to market, are seen reading from missionary influence. I am sur- their Testaments by the roadside, while prised to see the familarity of many with occasionally stopping to rest; 80 interthe Scriptures. They will quote passage ested are they in the Word of God ! after passage readily, and seem to understand and appreciate the meaning. The WEEK OF PRAYER THROUGHOUT THE Eght of the Divine word, thus beginning WORLD. JANUARY 5-12, 1868.to glimmer in this land, is revealing to The following circular is signed by several them their former darkness and errors, secretaries of the “Evangelical Alliance" and many are ready to confess them. The at home and abroad :Bible is as yet their principal book, and Our Gracious God lends an attentive they do not read much else; but with the car to the supplications of His people. increase of education and knowledge, The records of individual, family, and other and sometimes pernicious reading is church life abundantly prove that beliey. being introduced. There is a great desire ing prayer is followed by results that call to learn French in the Armenian schools forth gratitude and praise, and encourage at present. Fortunately, few get more renewed requests at the Throne of Grace. than a smattering of the language as yet; In every land, and in most of the leadfor a full knowledge of it will certainly ing cities, the annual invitation of the introduce infidelity. It is a great reason “Evangelical Alliance” to observe the for thankfulness that the Word of God “Week of Prayer" at the commencement has got the start of all other, and especially of the year has been largely and incrcasof pernicious, books here. It needs but ingly responded to. Multitudes have to be followed up by carnest Christian united with one accord to implore, in the · effort, and by the influences of the Spirit, name, and relying on the merits and to make it prevalent against every error." mediation, of our Divine Lord, that the
Mr. Knapp writes: "In the city of New Year may be crowned with the goodBitlis, the average Sabbath congregation ness of God, and special blessings conferred has increased from one hundred-what it both upon the church and the world. was when we left there last August-to The“ Evangelical Alliance" by its one hundred and forty; and Baron Simon, British and Foreign Organizations, renew the pastor, writes, that his wife and the their invitation for the opening of the teacher of the female school are visiting year 1868. In doing so, they express the people from house to house, to give their profound conviction that passing religious instruction,--labour which they events are more than ever furnishing dared not attempt before we left. They motives for a closer union among all true also hold a weekly meeting for women, at followers of Christ, and for the offering of which thirty are present. The female faithful, importunate prayer for things perboarding-school is prospering; and, sur- taining to the spirituality and spread of the prising to say, when he wrote there was kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do persecution,
Fellow-Christians of every land and "At Halvadorie, one of our oat-stations, language,- in the prospect of the weighty the work of the Lord is advancing greatly. interests and great responsibilities of the Eleven houses, or nearly one half the New Year,- let us again draw near to the village, have become Protestants, and the Heavenly Throne, that common centre for average Sabbath congregation is forty. universal prayer, and prove the Lord of
Hosts according to His own Word, where- cloth, harsh and wiry. It is worn round in it is written :
the waist with a scarf over the shoulders ; See" if I will pot open you the windows the most ordinary colours being a brownof heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that ish-red and very dark blue. They are there shall not be room enough to receive particularly fond of adorning the scarf
with strings and tassels of beads. The The following topics, amongst others, covering of the head is usually the bark are suggested as suitable for exhortation of a tree. The superior class wear a strip and intercession on the successive days of of foreign blue cloth in imitation of the meeting :
Malayan destars; and a few have outer Sunday, Jan. 5th.--Sermons. Subject: garments of chintz. The young women The Person, Work, and Kingdom of our wear in their ears numerous rings of tin, Lord Jesus Christ.
as well as several large rings of thick brass Monday, 6th.— Thanksgiving for special wire round their necks. On festival-days and general mercies during the past their ornaments are of gold. year, to Nations, Churches, and Families : The morality of the Battas is much and Confession of Sin.
better than that of their Mohammedan Tuesday, 7th.—Prayer for Nations, for neighbours. Marriage is kept by them Kings and all in authority; for the Obsery- most strictly. Adulterers suffer the ance of the Lord's Day; for the Removal dreadful punishment of being killed and of Obstacles in the way of Moral and eaten up. To this day, in the independent Religious Progress; and for Internal and Batta country, this is the most frequent International Peace.
occasion for the practice of this dreadfullyWednesday, Sth.-Prayer for Families; barbarous custom. So far as the Battas for Schools, Colleges, and Universities; are subject to the Dutch Government, and for Sons and Daughters in Foreign they are, of course, not allowed to pracCountries.
tise these crimes, or to engage in war and Thursday, 9th.–Prayer for Christian gambling. The incessant civil wars did Ministers, and all engaged in Christ's much evil to the people, and they do so Service ; for God's ancient Israel, and for still in the independent parts, in Silinthe coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. dung and High-Toba. Every village has
Friday, 10th.— Prayer for the Sick and its own king or kings. ,Petty quarrels Afflicted; for Widows and Orphans; and feuds are almost endless. For gamand for the Persecuted for Righteousness' bling they are as bad as other people ; cardsake.
playing, dice, and especially cock-fighting, Saturday, 11th.-Prayer for the Chris. being their greatest delight. In many tian Church; for increase of holiness other respects they are better than you and activity, fidelity, and love ; and for would expect them to be as heathens. grace equal to the duties and dangers of There is no fear that they will steal any. the times.
thing from you. They are, on the whole, Sunday, 12th. – Sermons. Subject : truthful, and, like most heathen people, Christian Charity.--1 Cor. xiii.
hospitable. Shortly after the first victory
was won by a missionary in Silindung, it SUMATRA. --Missio TO THE Can. appeared also at almost all of the other NIBAL Battas.—The Battas eat human stations that the preaching had not been flesh as a mode of showing their detesta. in vain. At Sipirak, at Bunga-bondar, tion of certain crimes by an ignominious at Sigom-pulon, converts were baptized; punishment, and as a savage display of and in all these places quickly sprung up revenge and insult to their unfortunate small Christian congregations. The numenemies. The celebrated bay of Tap. bers as yet are not large : at Sipirak there panooli, in which navigators assert that all are about thirty converts; at Sigomthe navies of the world might ride with pulon the same number; at Bunga-bonperfect security, stretches into the heart dar forty; at Silindung above eighty; but, of the Batta country. Its shores are in considering the short time since the Miss habited by Battas, who do not themselves sion-work was begun, the number is large, make long sea-voyages, but obtain the and gives hope for the future. It is like articles they need from abroad by barter. a dike which has been overflowed by the The Batta country is divided into nume- waters, which gives way first slowly, then rous tribes, governed by rajahs. The more rapidly, until the great waters rush people are fairer in complexiou than the through the opening majestically, Malays, and are shorter in stature. The Report of the Rhenish Missionary dress they commonly wear is of their own Society. mannfacture, and is a sort of thick cotton
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Nes. C. ROWLAND was born in the year rep ated to her grandson the verse com1782, at Acressord, near Asbhy-de-la- mencing,— Zouch. There her father, who was a consistent member of the Established
“In age and feebleness extreme ; " Church, carried on business for many and then the weary wheels of life stood years. When very young she heard the still, and she entered into the presence of Word of God preached by the Wesleyan her Saviour. She died on March 19th, Methodists; and having been led to 1866.
C. B. Christ, so as to receive forgiveness and Experience a change of heart, she united Mrs. ELIZABETH CRABTREE was the herself to the Wesleyan-Methodist So- daughter of Mr. John Hemingway, and ciety. Sach was her love for the means was born at Lightcliffe, near Halifax, in of grace, that she has been known to walk 1791. Her parents were members of the to Ashby, a distance of four miles, to Methodist Society for more than half a attend the watch-night service at the close century; and for many years their house of the year, and to return home in the first was the hospitable home of the Methodist hours of the new year. She could truly preachers in their periodical visits to that adopt the words of the royal Psalmist, picturesque village. With the names and " How amiable are Thy tabernacles, o character of the venerable men who formed Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, the second race of Methodist preachers, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord : Miss Hemingway was extensively acmy heart and my flesh crieth out for the quainted; their sermons, conversations, living God." In the troublous times and prayers were vividly remembered by which swept over the Connexion, she her, and often furnished topics for edifying recasined faithful, cherishing an ardent and pertinent remark. attacbment to the people of her early Her first religious impressions were thus choice. Her membership in the Church received under the most auspicious circumon earth was maintained with sacred con stances; and about her twentieth year staney, until her heavenly Father called she was fully led to the Saviour. A visit to her to join the fellowship of the saints in a Methodist family at Low Moor, in the glory.
Bradford Circuit, largely contributed to She was united in marriage, in the year this result. Attending a lovefeast in 1814, to Mr. Joseph Rowland, who was, which a friend found peace with God, her for many years, a very acceptable Local convictions were deepened ; and while preacher, and a wise and laborious class. listening to a sermon, in the evening of leader. He was also a kind neighbour, the same day, on the appropriate passage, esteemed by his Christian comrades, and "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and baving a good report of them who were thou shalt be saved,” her anguish became withont." He died in the year 1847, insupportable; and, falling upon her knees with a firm trust in the merits of the in the pew, she cried alond for pardon. Redeemer; declaring, just before his de. Being favoured with suitable counsel, and parture, "I have settled hope and constant fervent prayer being offered in her behall, peace."
she was speedily enabled to rejoice in the Mrs. Rowland met in the class of the assurance of the Divine favour, a blessing lite Mr. Thomas Foster, which was held which, it is believed, she retained to the at his own residence, adjoining the chapel close of life. in Oakthorpe. This good man opened his Exulting in the liberty wherewith “the house for the worship of Almighty God, Son had made her free," she at once joined before there was a chapel in the village; the class in which her honoured father met, and at this early period, when the congre, and on her removal to Halifaxwas connected gation was disappointed of a preacher, with the one under the care of the late Mrs. Rowland frequently read one of Mr. Mr. Bate. Among other modes of evincWesley's Sermons. Eternity alone can ing her love to the Saviour, she engaged show the amount of good done on these heartily in promoting the cause of Misoccasions.
sions. The formation of the Leeds District She was active almost to the close of Missionary Society, in the year 1813, life. Her last days were spent with her furnished an appropriate sphere for the son at Overseal, a few miles distant from exercise of sanctified influence and zeal; Oakthorpe. Just before she died, she and she at once became an energetic and
successful collector; so that when the excellent women and mothers in Israel,' joyous celebration of its Jubilee took place, of whom Methodism may be justly she could look back on an unbroken con- proud, and not one of them has a higher nexion with it of fifty years. One of her place in my esteem and affection than last acts was to forward by the writer, four Mrs. Crabtree.” days before her death, her annual donation A mong other traits of character, we to the Windhill Missionary Meeting. may allude to her habitual spiritual.
While resideut in Halifax, her heart was mindedness; her conversation and bearing ever devising liberal things, and she was indicating the habit of intimate comone of a noble band around whose hospi. munion with the Triune God, and evincing table board many earnest conversations of an extensive acquaintance with the teachministers and friends occurred, which cul. ings of His word and the operations of minated in the erection of Wesley chapel. His grace. Her religious experience was Here she became the wife of the late Mr. not clouded by doubt or uncertainty; and Benjamin Mills, an excellent and devoted she shared largely in the “blessedness" member of the Methodist Society : but the of those “who hunger and thirst after union, though a happy one, was brief, and righteousness," being enabled to testify, his early removal was mourned by many. with consistency, that “the blood of Jesus Bowing submissively to this afflictive dis. Christ” the Son of God “cleanseth from pensation, she received rich communica- all sin.” tions of blessing from on high ; her H er Christian generosity was prompt, spiritual gifts and graces acquired greater discriminating, and ample, according fully maturity; and her excmplary deportment with the wishes, and sustained by the and eminent fitness for the task, led the example, of her devoted husband. The late Rev. W. Hinson to request her to “widow and the fatherless," and all whose take charge of the class vacated by the temporal or spiritual necessities presented removal of Mrs. Galland. The responsi. legitimate claims on her sympathy, ever bilities of a position so important occa found in her a willing car, a tender heart, sioned great searchings of heart, and she and a ready hand. Many an aged pilgrim, shrank from the proposal; but, after much and numbers of the poor and destitute, prayer, and influenced by the counsels of will recall acts of generous and thoughtful her best friends, she felt that she could not kindness wbich will not be forgotten in absolutely refuse the call. The sequel that day when “the King” will declare, illustrates the wisdom and happiness of “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye those who neither anticipate, nor tarry have done it unto one of the least of behind, the distinct indications of Divine these My brethren, ye have done it unto Providence, and proves that “He takes Me.” not away the pillar of cloud by day, nor Nor ought her love to the ministers of the pillar of fire by night, from before Christ to be passed over. In her house His people.” The duties of her new they ever found a hearty welcome and a position were discharged with such judg- benignant smile; and for their personal ment, fidelity, and affection, that she won and domestic comfort she was deeply conthe admiration, and secured the love, of cerned. As the wife of a Circuit-steward, her intelligent and godly charge.
she was ever ready to show marks of On her marriage to Mr. Crabtree, and respect and affection to those who are removal to Shipley, she entered on the literally “strangers and pilgrims on the same course of Christian usefulness; and, earth,” whom she "esteemed very highly as long as health permitted, was "in law in love for their work's sake;” and in bours more abundant.” The Rev. Samuel various other modes she strove to imitate Allen remarks, “I had the opportunity of Him“ who went about doing good.” observing the soundness of her judgment, Her spirit was naturally buoyant and and the equanimity of her temper, in try- elastic; and the language of praise and ing times. As a leader it was quite evi thanksgiving was frequently on her lips. dent that her heart was in her work, that Few persons could more appropriately she loved the souls committed to her care, exclaim with David, “I will bless the and used the influence of her character, Lord at all times ; His praise shall conoffice, and position to build up Zion.' I tinually be in my mouth.” Familiar with have a vivid recollection of ticket-renewals, the Wesleyan Hymn-Book, she loved to when she evinced her strong attachment join in " the service of song” in the social to Methodism,--a system which she un- circle, and in the devotions of the sanctu. swervingly upheld, and fearlessly recom. ary. Even when her vocal powers were mended to others. It has been my honour enfeebled by disease, and articulation be. and privilege to be acquainted with many came difficult, she several times attempted