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ON another page will be found an allusion to the going of some Protestant Christians from Parral, Mexico, to act as peacemakers at a town near Guerrero, in the southeastern section of the State of Chihuahua. Recent reports state that these Christians were unsuccessful in their Christian errand, and were unable. to persuade the rebellious inhabitants of the village to submit to the government. The force sent to subdue the village was resisted, and it is reported that a terrible slaughter followed in which all the inhabitants were slain. While deploring this result, it speaks much for the character of the Protestant Christians at Parral that they undertook the errand and were so cordially treated by all parties as messengers of peace.
BRIEF letters have been received from the missionaries on Mokil, Micronesia, dated July 20. The Morning Star touched at that island July 18. Aster their six months' residence, Mr. and Mrs. Rand, Miss Foss, and Miss Fletcher report that they are in good health, and that they can live as comfortably and as economically on Mokil as at Ponape. Mr. Rand says that the interest in school and in religious work is steadily increasing. Many of those who have been under church discipline are seeking restoration, and seven persons are asking for admission. Miss Fletcher says: “We are all as well as we need ask to be.” No details are given as to affairs on Ponape, but there seems to be nothing hopeful from that island. Miss Foss was going to Ponape on the Star to see the governor. No direct word has come from Captain Garland, but brief letters from Ruk show that the missionaries on that island were in good health.
TIDINGS, dated August 2, have been received from the missionary party on their way to Gazaland, written from a point on the Buzi River, about 1oo miles inland from Fort Beira. The party, it will be remembered, consists of Messrs. Wilder, Thompson, and Bunker, who found that they could ascend the Buzi in canoes which required only about a dozen men, while carrying goods sufficient to load about seventy men. The route taken leads about fifty miles north of the direct line to Gungunyana's old kraal. Mr. Wilder reports that about eighty miles from the coast they found a fine range of hills, about 500 feet above Sea-level. The most populous region is that about Jobo's and the lower reaches of the Buzi. The people there are docile and intelligent and speak very good Zulu. Much to Mr. Wilder's astonishment they joined in the Zulu songs, singing the bass. When the party left them to go inland, the people said: “Why do you go to the mountains to teach the people; are we not enough?” Mr. Wilder regards this region about Jobo's as an inviting field for missionary labor. The tribe inhabiting the banks of the Buzi is called Senji, a branch of the Ndao, who dwell along the Pungwe up to Massi Kesse, and also to west of the Sabi. Their own tongue is different from the Sheetswa, but the Zulu is said to be understood by the Ndaos wherever they may live. The missionary party have had a prosperous journey, having had no fever whatever. They purpose to go on to Gungunyana's old kraal, making it their headquarters while examining the country to the northwest and also east of the Sabi River. They will not fix upon a permanent location until after careful explorations are made.
THE new vessel, the Hiram Bingham, for use in the Gilbert Islands, which has been built in San Francisco, has already sailed upon her errand of light and love. She is reported to be thoroughly built and admirably fitted for the work for which she is designed. Farewell services were held at San Francisco on Monday, October 31, a large number being in attendance, . and at two o'clock on that day she sailed for Honolulu. Mr. Walkup, who goes in command, was able to find two Gilbert Islanders whom he could ship as sailors. The prayers and good wishes of thousands will go with Mr. Walkup, as he seeks to make his home upon this little craft while doing evangelistic work throughout the Gilbert group. Not half enough money to pay for this craft has as yet been contributed. Shall we not hear soon from many Sundayschools and societies that would like to have part in this good work?
WE call particular attention to the account given on another page of the Jubilee of the Pasumalai Institution. There is no worthier institution in all India, and the interest shown by the people throughout the Madura Mission in its history and in its future development is specially noteworthy. Dr. Washburn, in a personal letter, emphasizes the fact, so strikingly in contrast to anything ever seen in a Hindu assembly, that a hundred or more intelligent, well-dressed women were present, thoroughly interested in the affairs of the college and participating in the exercises of the day. Mr. Jeffery, of Battalagundu, writes of a meeting held by the pastors and catechists of his station, in which all, without exception, heartily pledged one month's salary toward the endowment. One teacher said: “But for the mission I would still be a cow-boy.” This teacher, though a low-caste man, is to-day teaching the best high-caste boys' school at the station. Another catechist pledged two rupees for each of the ten years he had spent in the institution. The interest thus shown by the native Christians in their highest educational institution is the best evidence of its value and gives the best promise for its future.
IN view of the notions as to remedial agencies entertained among the Chinese, it is not altogether surprising that the common people among them credit the stories which are told in reference to the killing of children by foreigners, and especially by missionaries, in order to obtain portions of their bodies to be used as medicine. Dr. Macgowan, who is familiar with the medical practice of the Chinese, has published a statement that the Chinese have always believed that portions of the human body have valuable therapeutic properties. Their most authoritative book on materia medica gives thirty-seven forms of remedies compounded with such ingredients. Human muscles are deemed specially helpful in cases of consumption. Flesh offerings are often made by children for parents. A recent story is told of a man who cut off a joint of one of his fingers that a broth might be made for the healing of his mother. The imperial decrees, published in the official paper, 77te Peking Gazette, often give special commendation to those who have mutilated their own bodies in order to provide remedies for sick relatives. Where there is such universal belief in the potency of these remedies, it is not so astonishing that the charges made against Christian missionaries, that they slaughter children in order to obtain their eyes and hearts, are believed.
REV. ISAAC R. WORCESTER, M.D.
SINCE the last number of the Missionary Herald was issued, Rev. Isaac R. Worcester, who for thirty-five years was closely identified with the work of the American Board, has been called from earth. This venerable and beloved man was born in Peacham, Vt., October 30, 1808, and was the son of Rev. Leonard Worcester, who was a brother of Dr. Samuel Worcester, first Secretary of the American Board. Another of the sons of Leonard Worcester was Samuel A., the well-known missionary among the Cherokees, who suffered long imprisonment in Georgia and subsequently went with the tribe on its sad journey to the Indian Territory. Mr. Isaac Worcester practised medicine for a time, but subsequently, on the death of his brother Evarts, became pastor of the church at Littleton, N. H. On the appearance of decided symptoms of pulmonary disease, he resigned his pastorate and became Secretary of the Vermont Domestic Missionary Society, the duties of which office, requiring much traveling in the open air, proved favorable to his health. In 1847 he began service as District Agent of the American Board for the State of Massachusetts, residing for a time at Leicester, subsequently removing to join with others in the founding of the suburban village of Auburndale, Newton. In 1856, in the absence of Secretary Treat, Mr. Worcester took charge of the Missionary Hera/a, and continued as editor for twenty-two years, resigning when at the age of seventy years. His wis
dom and experience were so valuable that he consented to serve for a time upon the Prudential Committee, but
increasing infirmity compelled him, in 1882, to decline reëlection. He died at Auburndale, October 23, lacking only one week of being eighty-four years of age. Mr. Worcester was no ordinary man. He would have been a man of mark had he been a judge upon the bench. He was not quick to form his judgments and not seldom was he diffident in expressing an opinion, yet when called to pass judgment with others on difficult and important matters, he would often state the case so clearly, presenting the opposing reasons and weighing them so judicially, that the conclusion which he expressed, sometimes with hesitation, was usually seen to be the wisest, and was accordingly adopted. He was a man of sincere piety, humble yet cheerful, gladly spending his time and strength in labors for the coming of that kingdom which he joyfully believed would yet be established throughout the earth. With profound reverence and affection we pay this tribute to one who for thirty-five years bore so large a part in active work for foreign missions in connection with the American Board.
5 IO What Can the Board Do 2– Pasumalai Jubilee. [December,
WHAT CAN THE BOARD DO IN 1893;
ONLY what the churches enable it to do.
Will they sustain the missionaries now in the field and the work of last year? To do this will require $840,ooo, the Board's total income for that year.
But of that $840,000, $100,ooo was an unusual inflow of legacies, not to be expected this year; and $50,000 more were given by a few friends as an offering for that year only.
Here are $150,000 not now to be reckoned upon. How shall the lack be supplied?
There is no way but for every donor to add something to his annual gift. Who cannot add at least a little? If half of the members of our churches will do what they can, the great work can be carried on, but an advance all along the line is imperatively called for. Will not every one who reads this act at once, or definitely plan to do his part during the current year? Do not let it be forgotten that this work rests upon the hearts and hands of every member in our churches and calls loudly for help from every one now.
It is proposed to open a special account for “Advanced Contributions for 1893,” and acknowledge such by themselves in the Missionary Herala. This will enable the Committee to make additional appropriations from time to time, and so keep up the work of our missions as hitherto. It is greatly desired and hoped that enough will be given to provide also for the urgent calls for new laborers and new fields. A few new missionaries are under appointment, and more have applied who will doubtless soon be appointed. Contributions for the sending out and support of these are urgently solicited. A large force of native helpers, well qualified and ready for the work, can be employed if means are provided. Nothing promises better for the extension of the Kingdom of Christ in our mission fields than the increase of these laborers. There should be no delay, if the work is to be done. “The night cometh, in which no man can work.”
THE PASUMALAI INSTITUTION JUBILEE.
This was an occasion of great joy to our Madura Mission; and the hundreds of graduates and former students who graced the occasion manifested great enthusiasm and love for their Alma Mater as she entered upon her new halfcentury of service. The event was celebrated September 15; and from eight A.M. until nine P.M. the day was absolutely crowded with meetings, reunions, exhibitions, and — fireworks. We all had ample opportunity to learn of the birth, the early struggles, and the progress of the institution.
Half a century ago it was established to train and prepare native preachers and teachers for mission service. For the speedy coming of Christ's kingdom the mission must have strong, well-qualified men to proclaim the kingdom. But these men could be prepared only by a suitable training institution. The Inission wisely chose one of its choicest men, Dr. Tracy, to take up this works are: the school was opened. For a long time it was a modest affair; though it is manifest from the abundant testimony of old graduates that Dr. Tracy, during those years, laid deep and broad its foundations in the lives and character of the men whom he trained — men who still stand conspicuous among our educated Christians. After twenty-five years of good work under Dr. Tracy, the institution was placed under the charge of Rev. G. T. Washburn, D.D., who, during the last quarter of a century, has devoted himself entirely to it. The growing wants of the mission and the ever-enlarging opportunities for a broader work and an ampler sphere of usefulness compelled the principal and the mission to keep adding to the school, so that what was originally and for many years a very simple affair has now developed into an institution which embraces Middle, High School, and Collegiate departments, a Normal and a Practising School, and a Theological
THE PASUMALAI COLLEGE,
Seminary. During the first quarter of a century its students were very few ; at present there are about 4oo upon its rolls, of whom 200 are boarders. Of the .5oo who have passed out of its halls and are engaged in the duties of life, a arge number are in active Christian service; others are found holding positions of trust and of usefulness under government and in other departments of life. They are found all over this Presidency and even beyond. So that we can proudly ay that the seed sown in this school has, by the providence of God, been carried ar and wide and is now bearing blessed fruit for the healing and nourishing of many people. The institution is no longer a mere training school for mission agents, though hat work is done more extensively than ever before. It is also an important entre of culture, an exponent of Western thought and civilization, a growing