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quite as much of them as I did of my American children. The Boys' School still come to me twice a week. Of course when there are more gentlemen in the station the boys will fall to one of them."

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Christian Three Character Classic,' in which she can read a few of the characters, and tries to teach those children a sentence or two. She is so eager to learn the last-named book herself that she will stop after meeting and get some of the schoolgirls to help her, if the rest of us are busy."

Miss Morrill reports a trip made to Nang-tu, about thirty miles from Paoting-fu, which she regards as one of the most promising of their out-stations. The helper's wife was doing a good work and the people were eager to hear. Miss Morrill says:

“On this trip I visited five villages and was received by nine families. They were all on hospitable thoughts and would have feasted me on Chinese fare had I not pleaded the dangers of indigestion. In two places I could not escape, because the meal was already prepared for us. Their interest in the truth seemed to be genuine from the fact that in this their busiest season they would take time to entertain us.

“One of the pitiful things which confronts the missionary everywhere is the old people. We met some women who could not understand a connected sentence which the Bible-woman or myself said. The daughter in one household said, •We understand, and are glad to hear, but it has come too late for my mother to understand.' Every season that goes by without bringing the hoped-for increase in our ranks increases the number of those whose ears are deaf, by reason of physical infirmities or indifference, to the gospel call. When we came away we wanted to leave some money with the old man who entertained us. He was very reluctant to take it, saying, ' If you trouble your hearts to come and teach us, the least we can do is to entertain you. Finally he accepted it, but only to put it in the contribution box. They are saving their money, hoping to build or rent a small building expressly for worship. The Girls' School falls to me this year, as Mrs. Merritt's family cares are greatly increased by the little newcomer. I enjoy my ten little folks more than I can say. I think

OFFICIAL RECOGNITION. MR. THOMPSON, of Tai-ku, sends an interesting account of a visit from the district magistrate :

“ It is said to be an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and we have just had a new evidence that the saying is true.

“Owing to the troubles in the south of China the emperor has issued a proclamation for the protection of missionaries, and government officials have been warned to see that the proclamation is rigidly observed. We were accordingly notified that the magistrate of this district intended to make us an official visit on September 8, at five o'clock A.M., but as His Honor went first to the Confucian temple to worship, it proved to be eight o'clock A.M. before he reached our compound. Mr. Goldsbury and I and our noble Chinese Christian friend, Mr. Liu, who seems to have come to the kingdom for such a time as this, met the magistrate outside the great gate and escorted him to the reception-room. On taking his seat he informed us that he had come in compliance with the imperial proclamation and in order to assure us of his protection in the prosecution of our missionary duties.

“We gave him Mr. Clapp's card, and informed him that Mr. Clapp was waiting at the coast to accompany Mr. and Mrs. Williams into Shansi. The visit lasted about a half-hour, and it must be regarded as the most propitious event that has happened to us, as it gives the mission such official recognition as we have hitherto lacked. This puts us in a new and better light before the law-abiding people among whom we reside. We had nothing to fear before, but we are grateful that our legal standing has been thus publicly recognized. According to the


of age.

democratic custom which obtains in

Japan Mission. China the people thronged the court

A BIBLE-WOMAN'S WORK. during the visit, and an immense crowd remained outside on the street, where We give here some letters written prior they waited until they saw His Honor to the earthquake, reference to which is reënter his chair and take his departure.

made on another page. Dr. Learned The magistrate is about thirty years

writes that the number of students in the He has an honest face, and is Doshisha, on October 27, was 536, in the a fine example of a Chinese gentleman. following Departments : Preparatory, 168 ; Mr. Liu, of his own accord, explained to Collegiate, 243; Theological, 84; Scienhim that this was a Protestant church, tific, 29; Economics and Politics, 12. and pointed out a few of the essential This is a most encouraging statement. differences between the two bodies. He Mr. Cary writes from Osaka : said he did so because the Roman Cath “ There is nothing specially new to olic Church is looked upon as a political report about the condition of the work in organization, and he considered it impor Osaka. In the main it is apparently in a tant that the magistrate should under good condition. Those who were led stand that Protestants are free from for away by the Plymouth Brethren show no eign control. Mr. Liu also explained signs of returning. They are very active to him that we had rented a place at Jên in trying to get others to leave the Ts'un and asked him to rebuke a few churches; but I do not learn of their persons there who had been trying to doing much mischief yet. stir up opposition. His Honor promised “ The work at Kõriyama was for a long to do so. It means a good deal in China time in a discouraging condition. As I to have the active protection of a man have before written, the town is far from who governs a population of perhaps prosperous, the young people leaving 1,000,000 people."

and coming to the city. Several of the Dr. Atwood, of Fen-chow-fu, reports church members removed, while others the progress in the building for a dis died. There was a debt of about eighty pensary and for other medical purposes, yen upon the church building, and the and adds :

people had become so discouraged that “ The work of preaching has not been they even talked of selling the property, neglected. On Sunday we have held paying the debt, and renting a small meetings in the court out-of-doors, the house for their meetings. At the beginwomen and children sitting inside the ning of the summer a student from the house. In this way 150 persons have Bible-women's School in Kõbe went there. heard the gospel at a time. Mr. Liu was She had received invitations to much with us a month and preached the truth pleasanter fields, but having spent the with great earnestness and has produced former summer in Koriyama and knowing a good impression. He also preached at the needs of the place, she felt it her duty the summer resort one Sunday to over

to go there.

After much prayer for di200 people, who seemed much pleased vine guidance she proposed to the women with his preaching. The majority no who were under her instruction that they doubt came from curiosity, still they lis make a beginning toward the payment tened attentively.

of the debt. They thought that in their “It is through this Mr. Liu's influence poverty little could be done; but by practhat Mr. Thompson has rented premises tice of various forms of self-denial they at the village of Jên Tsóun. This is a found themselves able to gather a sum very prosperous region of country into far beyond what had at first seemed poswhich providence seems to have been sible. The zeal of the women made it leading us."

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tive; and so the debt was paid off. This was one who, together with his wife, had, gave courage to think that more could be until the beginning of the year, kept a done. Though they had before thought disreputable house, but who now earns an it impossible to raise the sum that was honest living as overseer of a troop of necessary in order for them to have an prisoners, while his wife, who received evangelist, the money was now pledged, baptism last spring, aids him by doing and a graduate of the last class of the needlework. Their daughter of about Kyoto Theological School commenced eighteen, and their little girl of seven, work in July. I spent last Sunday in likewise received baptism, and the whole Koriyama, and one man and five women family are happy in their new life, to were baptized. We hope that the evan which the Divine Redeemer called them. gelist will be able to keep up the work so On one evening we had a lecture meeting favorably begun. If he has anything like at the summer villa of a leading physithe devotion and zeal of the Bible-woman, cian, to which admission was by tickets, we may hope that, through divine bless and which was attended by about 150 peoing, the little church will continue to grow, ple of the upper classes. notwithstanding the obstacles with which “ In Mineyama I welcomed five adults, it must contend."

all women, into the church of Christ, by

administering to them the sacrament of THE PROVINCES OF TANGO AND TAMBA.

baptism and

of the Lord's Supper. Mr. Albrecht, writing October 26, of a Seven children were also brought by their tour he had made in these two provinces, believing parents, and were dedicated to says:

the Lord in baptism. “ It was a most pleasant trip in every “In Miyazu, where we began work this. respect -- beautiful weather, magnificent summer, we held two theatre meetings, scenery, and rich spiritual blessings : but three Japanese and myself each time it was by no means a pleasure trip, four

being the speakers. On the afternoon of teen sermons and public addresses being the 21st I baptized the first converts crowded into these ten days, besides con from among the people of this city, five sultations, etc., with the evangelists. I men and two women, and administered visited our stations in Kameoka, Fukuchi the first sacraments ever administered in yama, Sonobe, and Ayabe, which all are that town. Here also a woman evangelist parts of our Tamba church ; also, our would find a large field of labor. The churches in Miyazu and Mineyama and city has recently risen in importance, our out-station in Maizuru, in the prov being selected by the government as the ince of Tango. Everywhere I found station for a naval yard on the west coast earnest spiritual life and activity. In of the main island. Although smaller Miyazu, where Mr. Takenouchi began than Miyazu, it is far in advance, both in work about a year ago, and where Dr. trade and in educational matters, having Gordon, this last spring, baptized twenty 1,000 children in its schools, of whom five converts, I had the privilege of bap 200 are in the kindergarten. tizing thirteen adult converts and two “In Ayabe eight converts were bapchildren of about seven years of age. tized, among whom five were Among these thirteen, eight were women, These are largely the fruit of the sumled to Christ by Miss Hoshino, our woman mer's work of a pupil of the Köbe Trainevangelist there. This is her first field of ing School. labor, but she has shown most praise “Next Sabbath, November 1, I am to worthy zeal and wisdom in her work. be in Schushi, in Tamba, where three conThese women evangelists are treasures verts are awaiting baptism, making a total for our work, and we can only wish we of thirty-six. To these we can add the had one in every church and out-station. eleven who were baptized in Fukuchiyama

“ Among the men baptized in Miyazu the last Sunday in August, and the five


converts who united with the church in the Christians to new life and hope, Kameoka on the first Sunday in Septem secured a pledge that there should be no ber, and we can thus rejoice in fifty-two more wine-drinking, hung out the old conversions since the beginning of the sign once more, and secured a few new summer in these two provinces alone. attendants. He assures me that, if work Here in the city our Shijo (Fourth Street) can be continued there, a number of inChurch has manfully risen up, determined quirers will appear forthwith. Quite a to free itself from a long-standing debt, similar work in two other towns, one of and the prospects are that they will suc which is notoriously an immoral place. ceed. In our out-stations in the south part Opportunities for fruitful work, both in of the province we have garnered in the the city and country, are countless, but firstfruits of the sowing begun last year." where are the reapers ?” OKAYAMA AND OUT-STATIONS.

Mr. S.S. White, under date of October Mr. Pettee, writing from Okayama, ne 24, reports a meeting he had attended last of September, says:

with Mr. Pettee at Takahashi: There were four additions to this “ The meeting began with a sermon, church last Sabbath, one a member of followed by the communion service. In our Boys' School, one a medical student, the afternoon of the same day there was one a lawyer, and one a politician. The speaking by one of the orphans from Mr. schools are small but full of an excellent Ishii's asylum, and also by a member of spirit. The Orphan Asylum is always the Boys' School, for a delegation of full, and now is running over. Superin about thirty from the former, and ten tendent Ishii says they are too crowded from the latter, went over to the celebrafor comfort and good morals, and must tion. They walked the entire distance, have a few new cottages. It is proposed leaving here about 2 A.M. Monday, and to put up buildings accommodating twenty arriving there about 5 P.M. They created children each as fast as extra gifts are quite a sensation there, as they march received. Each cottage will cost about lately somewhat after the manner of the $70. Enough money for at least two has Salvation Army, headed by six trumpetalready been raised in Japan. The va ers, and carrying three flags, black, red, rious industries are all prosperous. A

and white, which signify, respectively, nicely furnished barber's shop is the sin, salvation, and purity, I believe. latest addition. An American who had “ Thursday evening they conducted just arrived in the country patronized the meetings there, remaining over for that establishment and nearly went into con purpose by special request, though the vulsions laughing over the barber's at regular meeting closed Wednesday night. tempt to shave the inside of his ears. The boys from our school did good work

“ Out-station work, so far as heard in speaking upon Christianity in eight from, is fairly prosperous. In one town places in the city. the leading Christian died last spring and “One gains much encouragement from the little band of believers had become attending such a meeting, even if every thoroughly demoralized. They

thing that is said is not understood, for closed their chapel and took down their you cannot be present upon such an ocsignboard. We sent a Doshisha student casion without feeling that Christianity is to work there during the summer. Chris making progress and daily becoming more tian students returning from the capital of a power in Japan.” drank wine and were careless about the observance of the Sabbath. They re

Mexican Mission. ported this as the way that was done in Tōkyō. Thus the burden of the young evangelist was made all the heavier. MR. CASE, writing November 3, speaks He worked quietly and faithfully, rousing of the new chapel at Las Cuevas which is



approaching completion, so that services gust established in Las Cuevas. Miss have already been held in the building. Prescott placed one of her advanced He says:

pupils in charge, and the school is now Although some conveniences and im progressing finely, numbering about forty provements, such as two or three humble scholars. This station has no appropriachandeliers, a pulpit, a civilized board tion for the school this year, but the Las floor instead of beaten earth, are still Cuevas people hoped to be able to help lacking, the church at dedication will materially, and Miss Prescott felt that the possess a respectable tower, which we matter was so important that she deterdid not at first expect to add this year, mined, if necessary, to pay a portion of and will have cost not less than $1,300. the teacher's salary herself.” The native brethren have taken hold of

HOPEFUL OUTLOOK AT FUERTE. the enterprise in quite a remarkable way, especially considering their poverty. The Mr. Bissell reports in regard to recent work was carried forward last spring as work within the district of which he has far as the means then in hand would al charge as follows: low, and in the anticipation of a usual “During the last week in July I took harvest some

me funds belonging to the Par another trip down to our port, Agiabampo. ral church, amounting to nearly $300, were The same kind reception was found all borrowed; the head of families of the along, as in former journeys. Some $5 Cuevas church all pledging to contribute worth of Bibles and Testaments were sold. one tenth of the proceeds of this year's The next week I went to a ranch some crop, thus paying off at once the debt. twelve miles away. The heat had now But the crops have proved an almost com become excessive and the rains liable to plete failure. No season so sterile has occur with violence at any time. I therebeen known here since the famine fore suspended the journeying for a time. year,' 1851. Instead of having corn and July was our hottest month this year, but beans to sell as usual, our Las Cuevas June, August, and September continued at farmers will mostly be obliged to buy, nearly the same temperatures. It is at and at prices double and even fourfold length sensibly cooler. Am now slowly what are customary. The situation is making a canvass of the town with a fine rather desperate; yet our people, those display of books, Bibles, Testaments, who are able to secure the seed, are hard portions, tracts, etc., in a handcase which at work sowing wheat, and are quite is well adapted to the purpose. A very cheerful in the hope that next year will be general willingness is shown to examine a plenteous one. They are, however, dis the display and at least hear something of appointed that they are unable to return the invitation. Sales are not infrequent. the borrowed money this fall, as expected. A sale of tracts has been effected that Not a dollar's help has ever been solicited is quite different from all our former exby them or for them, although several perience. missionaries and one Parral company have “Sabbath hearers just about as when given aid; but I am sure that a little help I last wrote you. Friends from the coming just at this time would be grate ranches and pueblos that have been fully received, and tend much to encourage visited occasionally drop in. In a little those who have shown considerable pluck. while I expect to resume the frequent

Mainly through Miss Prescott's ef touring." forts, a mission day-school was last Au

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