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NEW AUXILIARIES. In former years, the plan of the Society contemplated the organization of an auxiliary in every county of every State. This led to the enrollment of many societies which had a very short existence. The rapid changes of popula-. tion, so common in the newly-settled portions of the country, often carried away all the officers of the auxiliary, and thus left an organization without responsible leaders. For several years a different policy has been pursued. Bible committees have been formed, with the hope that they would develop into active and efficient Bible societies, entitled to a place on the list of auxiliaries. Quite a number of these committees have been constituted the past year, and some of them have given promise of great usefulness.
Although only three auxiliaries have been recognized the past year-one in Arizona, one in Kentucky, and one in Missouri—the Managers have adopted other measures for bringing the Scriptures within the reach of the people. The less formal organizations have been substituted, with the incentive before them of becoming in time recognized agencies of the Parent Society.
THE BIBLE HOUSE. For more than forty years the printing of the Society has been done in the fifth story of that portion of the Bible House which fronts on Ninth street. From time to time improved and heavier presses have been substituted for those which were originally introduced, until the conviction forced itself upon the Managers that in order to insure perfect safety it was desirable, if not essential, that the printing department should be transferred to the second story of the building. This transfer has accordingly been effected, and the power required, not only for the printing but for the entire manufacturing department, is now supplied with much greater economy by electric motors. One change made others necessary, especially to meet the requirements of the depository; but the entire work has been completed, and, although the expense incurred has been considerable, the results are so satisfactory that they cannot fail to meet with the cordial approval of the friends of the Society.
RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS. The report of the Treasurer, as found on subsequent pages, shows that the gifts from the living amounted to $78,251 17, made up as follows: Church collections.
$22,060 70 Individual gifts
10,976 36 Auxiliary donations
$78,251 17 The amount received from legacies was $247,159 36, being $65,661 29 in excess of the amount received from the same source during the year immediately preceding.
The amount received from interest on investments was $26,885 69, which includes the following items: Income from permanent investments
$17,942 94 available funds, etc.
$26,885 69 The amount received from rents was $40,938 64 Received from miscellaneous sources
6,141 58 The total receipts from these various sources were $399,376 44.
The Society also received for books and on purchase account $263,353 36, which includes the following items: From auxiliary societies
5,932 11 Returns from grants to missionary societies
4,251 38 Returns from other grants
5,312 56 foreign Agencies
$263,353 36 This amount, added to the $399,376 44 given above, makes $662,729 80 for general purposes. The total cash disbursements during the year for general purposes were $576,792 03.
The appropriations for the foreign work of the coming year amount to $160,156.
INVESTED FUNDS. The Society holds in trust invested funds, only the income of which is at the disposal of the Board of Managers, for general benevolent purposes. These funds were increased by legacies and gifts, during the year, $10,351 05, and the total amount on the 31st of March, 1894, was $399,313 51. The income from these permanent funds for the past year was $17,942 94.
The Society also holds in trust a fund known as the Jonathan Burr Fund, amounting to $31,576 14, the income of which can be used only to supply the Scriptures in raised letter for the Blind. This income for the past year amounted to $1,750 79.
The income of the Fitch Shepard Bible Fund, amounting to $2,035 48, has, in obedience to the terms of the gift, been added to the principal. Not until this Fund reaches the amount of $100,000 will the income be at the disposal of the Managers for the benevolent purposes of the Society.
The Society holds other funds which are available for its benevolent work. Large legacies received during the year have increased the amount of these temporary investments, the par value of which, on the 31st of March, was $156,190 62.
THE COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION. The detailed account of the Society's Exhibit and of the distribution of the Scriptures at the Columbian Exposition, separately published, supersedes the necessity for more than a condensed statement in this Report.
The Exhibit occupied two sides of the space allotted to the Society in the Building of Manufactures and Liberal Arts, and consisted chiefly of open volumes of the Scriptures in various languages and dialects. It awakened such
a deep and widespread interest that the Managers have now placed the cases used at the Exposition in one of the public rooms of the Bible House in New York. Visitors thus have an opportunity of seeing rare editions of the Scriptures in many tongues, as well as antique and curious articles illustrative of the Society's efforts to place the Scriptures in the hands of all the people of the earth.
The Society's agents distributed at the Esposition seventy-five thousand copies of the special Souvenir edition of the “Specimen Verses,” and more than seventy thousand copies of the Gospels in Englislı, Welsh, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, and Danish, by far the largest number being in English.
Books of registry kept at the Exhibit contain the names of 31,150 persons, residents of every State and Territory of the Union except Alaska, as well as of fortyfive foreign countries. By a careful estimate not less than 125,000 visitors received a welcome from the Society's agents at the Exposition. As established regulations did not permit the sale of the Scriptures within the grounds, orders were taken to be filled in New York, and Souvenir editions of the Scriptures were sent by mail to thirtyseven of the States and Territories of the Union. The expenses for the Society's work in Chicago were $11,175 95. Much of the good accomplished in this special effort to encourage a wider distribution of the Scriptures, as in all the work of Bible societies, is not yet manifest, but some very encouraging instances of the blessings afforded by single copies of the Gospels have been reported. The full harvest will surely be garnered “after many days."
THE LIBRARY. A few additions have been made to the valuable collection owned by the Society, mainly by donation from friends and correspondents. Not the least interesting of the accessions is a plaster cast of a modern reproduction, in clay, of the eleventh tablet of the Izdubar Legends, containing in cuneiform text the Chaldean account of the Deluge, as restored by Professor Haupt, of the Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore.
Some of the volumes in the Library attracted the attention of visitors at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where they formed a part of the Society's Exhibit, and arrangements have now been made by which they will continue to be displayed at the Bible House in one of the rooms most frequently visited by the friends of the Society.
TRANSLATIONS AND REVISIONS. Mrs. A. E. W. Robertson is understood to have devoted considerable time to the translation of the Psalms into Muskokee, but her work is not sufficiently advanced to be sent to the press.
Mr. Marling's translation of the Book of Genesis and of the Gospel of Matthew into the Fang language, for use in the Gaboon and Corisco Mission of the Presbyterian Board, is said to have been completed, but the publication has been assumed by the British and Foreign Bible Society.
The committee in Constantinople charged with the duty of preparing an edition of the Bible in the Ancient Armenian language has completed its work, and the printing of the edition has been begun. The announcement that this edition will soon appear bas been bailed with great satisfaction by the people, who cling with much tenacity to the language of their fathers.
In accordance with the advice of the Presbyterian Mission in Oroomialı, the Society's Agent has been authorized to procure, by purchase, a manuscript version of the New Testament in Koordish, made by a competent Koordish scholar, familiar with Syriac and Arabic, in the hope that its publication may bring a knowledge of the gospel to a large multitude of the inhabitants of Koordistan.
The translation and revision of the Telugu Scriptures have not advanced rapidly of late years, the meetings of the Revision Committee having been suspended by common consent since 1883. Meantime Dr. John Hay, who bad been making a new translation of the Old Testament from