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Mission Rooms, Congregational House, Boston, Mass.
Rov. N. G. CLARK, D.D.
Letters for the above-mentioned persons should be addressed CONGREGATIONAL HOUSE, No. i Somerset Street, Boston, Mass.
Communications relating to the pecuniary affairs of the Board should be sent to the Treasurer ; subscriptions and remittances for the MissIONARY HERALD, to the Publishing Agent.
Mrs. ELIZA H. WALKER, having care of Missionary children, may be addressed Auburndale, Mass.
Rev. Charles H. Daniels, No. 121 Bible House, New York City.
Rev. A. N. Hitchcock, Ph.D., Room 24, No. 151 Washington Street, Chicago, Il.
Rev. Dr S. J. Humphrey, who still renders partial service, may be addressed at the same office. Office of Rev. Walter Frear, Agent of the Board on the Pacific Coast, is at No. 7 Montgomery Avenue, San Francisco, Cal.
Woman's Boards of missions. W. B. M., BOSTON. Miss ABBIE B. CHILD, Secretary, Miss ELLEN CARRUTH, Treasurer. No. 1
Congregational House, Beacon Street, Boston. W. B. M. OF THE INTERIOR. Miss M. D. WINGATE, No. 59 Dearborn Stroot, Chicago, Seorotary.
Mrs. J. B. LEAKE, No. 59 Dearborn Stroot, Ohioago, Treasurer. W. B. M. FOR THE PACIFIO. Mrs. J. H. WARREN, Sooretary, 1816 Mason Stroot, San Francisco, Oal.
Mrs. E. E. COLE, Troasuror, Oakland, Cal. Letters relating to “ LIFE AND LIGHT” should be addressed Secretary “ Life and Light," No. I Congregational House, Boston, Mass.
Legacies. In making devises and legacies, the entire corporate name of the particular Board which the testator has in mind should be used as follows:
“The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, incorporated in Massachusetts in 1812,"
“ The Woman's Board of Missions, incorporated in Massachusetts in 1869." “ The Woman's Board of Missions of the Interior, incorporated in Illinois in 1873."
Honorary Mşembers. The payment of $50 at one time constitutes a minister, and the payment of $100 at one time constitutes any other person, an Honorary Member of the Board.
“Concert Exercises" and leaflets for free distribution may be obtained at the Mission Rooms.
THE MISSION DAYSPRING, for children, published monthly by the American Board and the Woman's Boards of Missions at $3.00 for 25 copies; $1.50 for 10 copies; single copies, 20 cents.
THE AMERICAN BOARD ALMANAC, annually. Price, 10 cents; $6.00 per hundred.
WALL MAPs, including Map of the World. Set of seven. Price on cloth, $10.00; on paper, $6.00.
Vol. LXXXVIII. – FEBRUARY, 1892. — No. II.
The donations for December were about $1,500 in advance of those for the corresponding month last year. From legacies the amount received was about $8,000 less, making the loss for the month $6,428.48. For the first four months of the financial year the gain from donations was a little over $7,000 and from legacies considerably over $20,000, a total gain of $27,700.18. This is a gain from donations of only about five per cent. It will be remembered, as stated in our last issue, that the immediate need calls for an advance in donations of not less than fifty per cent.
LETTERS from Foochow bring the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. H. Jennie, wife of Dr. H. N. Kinnear, who, with her husband, joined the Foochow Mission two years since. Dr. and Mrs. Kinnear, with Dr. and Mrs. Whitney and Mr. and Mrs. Gardner, were on their way up the Min River to Shao-wu when Mrs. Kinnear was seized with Asiatic cholera. The case was so serious that the party returned at once to Foochow, but Mrs. Kinnear died just before they reached that place, on Sunday morning, November 22. Dr. Whitney writes of Mrs. Kinnear as a most excellent woman and greatly loved by all who knew her. She leaves two little children who, with the afflicted husband, should be tenderly remembered in prayer by the friends of missions.
We have in course of preparation in Japan, under the care of Rev. George E. Albrecht, a missionary map of that empire, in size 15 by 15 inches. The map will indicate missions of all denominations and will be quite in advance of anything yet published. We hope to receive the sheets in season for use in our next number.
The Woman's Board of Missions of the Interior during its last year
advanced in its receipts over the previous year by nearly $10,000, while the Woman's Board of Missions, Boston, whose annual meeting is in progress at Brooklyn, N. Y., as we write, will report an advance of over $14,000, the advance in donations being about $18,300. These are good records, and indicate a growing zeal in behalf of woman's work. The American Board may well use the words which Paul uttered to his true yoke-fellow, “ Help those women which laboured with me in the gospel.” By an error, the date of the organization of the W. B. M. I. is given in American Board Almanac as 1873. It was incorporated in 1873, but was organized in 1868.
SINCE the report of the death, by cholera, of Miss Bell, of the Madura Mission, we have received by letter the painful tidings of the death by the same disease of nine of the native Christians in Madura City, eight of them within as many days. Among the number was Rev. E. Yesadian, pastor of the East Gate Church. Rev. J. S. Chandler writes that the ravages of the disease in the city are fearful. The mortality has been especially great among the Mohammedans, and on November 23 twenty-five bazaars of the city were closed because the men had either died or fled. In the midst of these trials, Mr. Chandler reports there are some interesting inquirers. Two young men have come out as Christians, one of them a man of much promise. Other persons of some prominence have manifested much interest, so that amid their anxieties the missionaries are much cheered.
It is with profound thankfulness that we can record the ratification on January u, by the United States Senate, of the “ Brussels Agreement” in reference to the suppression of the traffic in slaves and in intoxicating drinks in Africa. All the seventeen Powers sharing in the preliminary negotiations have now given their assent to the Agreement, and the ratifications will be exchanged at Brussels on February 2. A few months since this result seemed wholly improbable, but France, which at first emphatically refused to assent, has reconsidered her action, and now our own Senate, after appending a declaration that its action must not be construed as approving of the partitioning of Africa made by the European Powers, has confirmed the Agreement. There is now good ground for hope that something effective will be done for the suppression of the two gigantic evils which have cursed Africa. May the hopes of those who planned and favored this scheme be speedily fulfilled !
The Morning Star, which sailed from San Francisco, November 4,
had good voyage to Honolulu, from which port she sailed for Micronesia, November 27. Captain Garland writes from Honolulu that the Star is now better suited for her work than when she was new. She had on board a full cargo, and expects to reach Honolulu, on her return, in April next. Mr. Rand's health having greatly improved during his stay on Hawaii, he went with his wife on the Star, though it is not quite clear what they will be able to do should the Spaniards decline to allow them to re-locate on Ponape. There is doubtless a good field for work at Mokil or Pingelap, in the Western Carolines.
A MISSIONARY in India reports a singular case of conversion of a young man who subsequently became a divinity student at Allahabad. While a Hindu his conscience was greatly aroused by the burning to death of a cow and calf, the result of an accident of which he was the innocent cause. To him, at that time, the killing of a sacred cow was a horrible sin, and finding no relief for his conscience in Hinduism, he met a Christian who told him of the way of salvation and gave him a New Testament to read. The young man shut himself up for a week and studied the Gospels, and was led to faith in Christ as the Redeemer, not from such sins as he had imagined he had committed, but from the real guilt of which he became conscious.
INFORMATION from Japan, received both through letters of our missionaries and the public press, deepens the impression as to the appalling nature of the catastrophe which befell Japan in the great earthquake of October 28. In the Aichi Prefecture, of which Nagoya is the chief town, the list of casualties, according to The Japan Mail, is : killed, 2,424; wounded, 4,241 ; buildings totally overthrown, 81,439 ; partly overthrown or injured, 94,646. The area covered by all buildings totally overthrown was 739 acres. In the Gifu Prefecture the number of patients who have been treated in the hospital is 9,860. The Doshisha Relief Corps, headed by Dr. Berry, is only one of the many hospital agencies which were carrying on work in the Gifu Prefecture. All classes of people in the empire have been making a generous effort to relieve the distressed, but the needs are so vast that the calls for help are reiterated. The various journals of the empire have received and distributed contributions amounting to 110,000 yen. The Imperial Diet has granted 2,500,000 yen, and supplementary grants which have been made by the government since the Diet was dissolved, will make the sum appropriated by the government 6,801, 120 yen. The greatest want at the present time seems to be houses for shelter. Many families are living in the little space afforded by the high roofs of their thatched houses, which have fallen to the ground. Contributions are asked for from all quarters, and we are glad to say that the well-known banking-house of Kidder, Peabody & Co., of Boston, has consented to receive and forward all contributions for the relief of the sufferers. Whatever sums are thus contributed will be forwarded through Admiral Belknap of the United States Navy, now in Japan, who will direct in the distribution. We shall be glad to know that a generous sum has been contributed for this purpose.
If you have not in your home already the American Board Almanac for 1892, it would be well to secure a copy at once.
A friend of the Board in the Northwest writes : “I wish I could put them in 10,000 families. If they could be in every family represented in all the Congregational churches of our land, it would tell wonderfully at home and abroad."
That the movements of missionaries in Japan are still much hampered may be learned from the fact that, recently, Mr. Newell, of Nagaoka, was invited to go to Kashiwazaki to take part in a Christian “ theatre-meeting,” but since the place was outside of treaty limits he could not stop there overnight. The town is nearly twenty-five miles from Nagaoka, and, after speaking at the evening service, Mr. Newell had to return by moonlight, reaching home an hour and a half after midnight. This certainly is preaching under difficulties.
TIDINGS were received by cable on January 4 of the death of Mrs. Cornelia C., wife of Rev. Lyman Bartlett, of Smyrna, Turkey. Mrs. Bartlett has for some vears contended bravely with serious physical infirmities, and her death has been anticipated for several weeks past. For twenty-four years she has been a faithful and devoted laborer with her husband in the Turkish Empire, first at Cesarea, and afterward at Smyrna. Her death will be a serious loss, not only to her husband and her household, but to the missionary force at Smyrna.
This number of the Missionary Herald will reach most of its readers prior to the Day of Prayer for Colleges, which falls upon Thursday, January 28. If Christians understood the vital relation of these higher institutions of learning to the progress of Christ's kingdom in the world, they would be upon their faces before God on that day. Let it not be forgotten in the thoughts and prayers of the day that there are in foreign lands, connected with our Board of Missions, over 7,000 students in colleges, high and boarding schools, and that in the various grades of schools there are over 46,000 pupils under instruction.
DEATH has removed from earth Bishop Samuel Crowther of the Niger Mission, the event occurring at London, December 31. His fame, for he was widely known throughout the world, was due not alone to his singular history, but also to his character and his intellectual ability. Snatched from his home in Africa when a lad, he was sold no less than four times into slavery, but was returned from a slave-ship to Sierra Leone, where he made such good use of his freedom that he became a leader among his countrymen. For forty-eight years he has been a clergyman, and for twenty-seven years a bishop of the Church of England, ministering with ability to his countrymen on the west coast of Africa.
A LETTER from Rev. Hiram Bingham, who is still at Honolulu, engaged in the work of revising the New Testament in the Gilbert Islands language, reports the receipt of tidings from Rev. Mr. Walkup, who was then on Butaritari, of the Gilbert group, that there had been much religious interest among the people on that island. The king himself had been conducting an evangelistic tour throughout his small domain, and the churches had been greatly stirred up. The people had erected four new church edifices, and were anxiously looking for copies of the Bible, which are not yet ready to be sent them. There has been what The Friend of Honolulu calls - a phenomenal demand for books" from the Gilbert Islands, and the Star had on board, as part of its cargo, the following books in the Gilbert Islands language: 750 arithmetics, 250 geographies, 750 readers, 750 hymnbooks, 465 New Testaments, and 205 Bible stories.
The effect produced upon the minds of converts from heathenism when they visit Christian lands is often quite the reverse of what was anticipated. They are always impressed by the marks of skill and enterprise everywhere visible in America and in Europe, but they are often shocked beyond measure to see so many unbelievers and such open disregard of Christian morality. They are not prepared to find that the lands which are called Christian are not Christian, and, worst of all, they are amazed at finding the church of Christ so like the world. In a brief memorial of Mrs. Ahok, the well-known wife of a Christian native merchant at Foochow, China, it is said that when she came to England, not as a traveler to amuse herself, but on a mission in behalf of her countrywomen, she was so overcome by the sight of Christians living in luxury instead of giving their thought and endeavor to Christian work that her friends felt it to be too great a strain for her faith to let her remain in such circumstances.
Her own faith and zeal were so far beyond what she witnessed in the body of professed Christian believers that she seemed like one who had received a staggering blow. Oh, for a witnessing Church !