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THE MISSIONARY HERALD
87 WEST CENTRAL AFRICAN MISSION. - From
Mr. Slover, Mrs. Webster, Mr. Lee, and King Gungunyana. (Photograph) 93 Miss Clarke ....
115 Sketch of Samokov Station. By l'ev. 1. C. Haskell, D.). (Two Illustrations)
CENTRAL TURKEY MISSION. From Presi94 dent Fuller
•117 Help for Ogaki, Japan
96 A Standard-bearer Fallen
Notes from the Wide Field....
Africa: The New Lovedale; The AtrociThe Walker Missionary Home... 99 ties of the Slave-trade; The French The Work of the Moravian Missionary
Mission on the Zambesi; Death of the Society
Basuto King; A Serious Reverse in
Nyasaland; Mashonaland; The Ruins Lord Harrison American Missionary
Zimbabwe. --- China : Remarkable Work in the Bombay Presidency...
Conversion. — Manchuria. - Korea,
......123 NORTH CHINA MISSION, From Mr.
Special Topic for Prayer. – Arrivals at
Stations. Departure. Death.
123 MISSION TO MEXICO. Donations
123 From Mr. Wright. . 112 MISSION TO AUSTRIA. - From Mr. Porter. 112 For Young People....
130 ZULU MISSION. — From Mr. Bridgman
In and about Madura. By Rev. George and Miss Hance.
H. Gutterson, of the Madura Mission. 113 (Three Illustrations.)
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MISSIONARY HERALD .
VOL. LXXXVIII. - MARCH, 1892. — No. III.
The donations for the month of January advanced over those of the corresponding month a year ago nearly $2,700. For the first five months of the year the advance from donations has been a little over $9,700. The legacies, however, for January were nearly $26,500 less than those for the corresponding month last year, and the legacies for the first five months over $4,800 less, so that the net gain for the five months is only $3,877.48. The call, therefore, for a large increase in donations from churches and individuals is more urgent than
This is the time for earnest missionary sermons from pastors, and for generous freewill offerings from the people, old and young.
The sheets of the map of Protestant missions in Japan, to which we referred last month, have not reached us, as we anticipated they would, in season to be given with this number of our magazine. The maps have arrived in San Francisco, and will undoubtedly be received in time for use in our next number.
We had hoped to receive before this number went to press the full report to be made by Dr. Thompson, of the East Central African Mission, of his visit with Mr. Wilcox to the Gaza Country, but it has not reached us. A note from Mr. Wilcox simply reports that the party were gone from Beira forty-three days, walking over 500 miles. They found that Umoyamuhle, the old home of Umzila, and where his son and successor, Gungunyana, lived for a time, has been practically deserted since Gungunyana moved southward to Baleni. But forty or fifty miles north of thi; point they found a beautiful, well-watered, and wellwooded plateau, with a kind people, who would welcome the missionaries, and who understand Zulu to some extent. This district is said to fall within the British territory, and seems especially favorable for the site of a mission. A full report of the exploring tour may be expected in our next issue.
DURING the Week of Prayer a request arrived from Dr. Greene, of Constantinople, which it is not too late to present. He says: “Oh, plead with the churches, at home to pray for us, while we plead with God for you. I am almost overwhelmed with fear at times lest the piety of our native Christians be lost in formalism, lest the marked and amazing divorce witnessed in this country between religion and morality be characteristic of the native Protestants also, and our moral and spiritual power be lost through lack of spirituality and the corruption of morals.” Let not this request for prayer be forgotten.
LEITERS received, not alone from our missionaries in Bulgaria but from others who understand the facts, request us to put the public on its guard against a person named Basil Stephanoff, whose couise in Bulgaria has not been such as to warrant Christian people in this country in contributing to schemes which he is advocating. We need say no more than this.
THE Annual Report of the Japan Mission of the American Board, to be prepared and printed in Japan, will appear about June 15, will comprise about 100 pages, and will be a document of unusual interest and value. It will contain a somewhat extended description of the different stations of the mission, setting forth their geographical position and political and social character, with a map. The whole work of the mission will be reviewed, and it is believed that this report will be of much value to all friends of the missionary work. By special arrangements it will be mailed postpaid, at twenty cents a copy, to any person sending this amount with his or her address to Charles E. Swett, 1 Somerset Street, Boston, Mass., or to the agency of the Board in New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. But such subscriptions should be sent before April 20, and the subscribers may expect their copies about the middle of July.
In most parts of China, so far as we can learn, the past year has not been an unfavorable one for missionary work. The stations where the great riots have occurred are of course an exception, but these are few in number in comparison with the wide missionary work carried on. Secretary Mitchell, of the Presbyterian Board, in The Church at Home and Abroad, reports that the presbytery of the province of Shantung, which now embraces twenty-eight churches, seven of which have been recently organized, has had “the most prosperous year" in their history; 760 communicants have been added to the churches, making a total membership of 3,392. It is said that there is but one presbytery in the United States in which last year
“the number of converts was as large in proportion to the number of ministers as in Shantung.” The missionaries of the American Board have reported that the publishing of the Imperial Proclamation, which no merely calls for the protection of Christians but commends Christianity, has brought the missions to the attention of the people and given them a standing such as they have not had before. It is God's province ever to bring good out of evil, and he seems to have done this speedily in connection with the disturbances in China. The Chinese government has honorably paid an indemnity for the material losses sustained by the several missions. For the buildings destroyed at Wusueh and their contents they pay $25,000, and to the families of Messrs. Green and Argent, who were murdered, they pay $20,000 apiece. Severe penalties have been inflicted upon some officials who have neglected their duty in checking the riots, and the authors of the incendiary pamphlets against Christians have been condemned to death.
Have any of our readers magic-lantern slides which they would be willing to give to our missionaries in foreign lands, who are making good use of such pictures in addressing their audiences ? Slides of almost any sort can be of much use in India, Japan, China, and Turkey, and if those who have them, and are not to use them again, will kindly send them to Mr. C. E. Swett, at the Mission Rooms, they will be most gladly accepted and forwarded.
LETTERS from Smyrna inform us that the death of Mrs. Lyman Bartlett, the telegraphic announcement of which we chronicled last month, occurred on January 2. During the last weeks of her life she suffered severely, but was wonderfully sustained, joyfully accepting the will of God in her case and anticipating the rest beyond. Her message to all her friends was: “ Tell them to trust in Christ, and to live in faith.” Mrs. Bartlett was a woman of great energy. The child of Christian parents, she was born January 3, 1835, her maiden name being Cornelia C. Barrows. She was married to Rev. Lyman Bartlett, October 30, 1857, and they embarked together for Turkey in 1867. Her early desire was to become a foreign missionary, and when the time to decide upon her lifework came there was no hesitation in choosing service in a foreign land. The Rev. J. O. Barrows, who was for many years associated with Mr. and Mrs. Bart-' lett at Cesarea before they removed to Smyrna, writes of her: “Mrs. Bartlett was a remarkable woman — remarkable in this, that disinterested benevolence characterized all that she did. She had great strength of will, was self-reliant, earnest, and wholly devoted to her work; but she will be remembered longest for this, that she came so near to perfect obedience to our Lord's injunction, “that ye love one another, as I have loved you.'”
Just as our last number went to press, Henry Hill, Esq., died at Cambridge, Mass., January 16, at the advanced age of ninety-seven years. His life outmeasured that of the American Board, for he was fifteen years of age when the Board was organized. Beginning life as a business man, traveling on business to Europe and South America, serving for a time as United States consul at Valparaiso, he gave up the most flattering worldly prospects to accept, in 1822, the treasurership of the American Board, succeeding Jeremiah Evarts in that office. He resigned this position in 1854, after thirty-two years of self-denying and devoted service. Subsequently and for eleven years he served upon the Prudential Committee. With faculties wonderfully preserved during his old age, he maintained to the last his deep interest in the foreign missionary work to which he gave so much strength and time in the prime of his life. He died full of years, greatly respected and beloved.
It is the fashion in certain quarters to inveigh against the commercial companies of Great Britain that have undertaken to establish English colonies in various parts of the world. The old East India Company was open to all the reproaches which have been uttered against it, but the crimes of that corporation should not be imputed to other companies acting in a different spirit. The British East Africa Company, for instance, in its scheme for raising revenue within its territories forbids the growth, sale, and use of opium, bhang, or ganji. It entirely prohibits the passage of ardent spirits into the interior, and near the coast it places heavy restrictions upon licensing liquor-shops. It recognizes the helpfulness of missionary laborers and exempts all ministers from taxation. In a similar spirit the African Lakes Company is conducting its operations north of the Zambesi. We are not able to speak directly in regard to the whole field of the British South Africa Company, but in some parts of its domains certainly its influence is strongly on the side of righteousness and good order.