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Mission Rooms, Congregational House, Boston, Mass.
Rev. N. G. CLARK, D.D.
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Rev. Charles H. Daniels, No. 121 Bible House, New York City.
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itional House, Beacou Street, Boston,
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VOL. LXXXVIII. - JANUARY, 1892.- No. I.
The receipts for November from donations were about $2,200 in advance of those for the corresponding month last year, and from legacies about $7,300 in advance, a total advance of $9,527.56. For the first three months of the financial year as compared with those of last year the gain from donations has been about $5,500 and from legacies about $23,600, a total gain of $34,1 28.66. This is so far favorable looking toward the fifty per cent. advance from donations needed to bring us in sight of the long-looked for million. See a brief article on this subject in the present issue of the Herald.
WITHOUT saying anything ourselves of the new issue of the American Board Almanac for 1892, we quote from the letter of a friend who had just received a copy: “The last is the best. It is bright and attractively illustrated, but I prize it most for its multitudinous missionary facts and especially for the carefully prepared tables showing compactly the world-wide missionary work of to-day. Every page is full of interest, and the Almanac ought to have a place beside the family Bible for daily use wherever the prayer ascends, “Thy kingdom come.'” We are happy to say that several thousand copies of the Almanac have already been ordered, and it is expected that many more thousands will be called for. Send ten cents to Charles E. Swett, No. 1 Somerset Street, Boston, for a single copy, and see advertising pages for terms by the quantity.
The Committee of Fifteen appointed by the Board in reference to “extra contributions” is vigorously at work and expects to report before long the raising of the proposed sum of $100,000 from men of means and others for the work of the Board. Let it be distinctly understood that this movement on the part of these men is specially designed to stimulate the churches to an increase in their gifts, not to relieve them from obligations. It would be a poor response to the generous efforts of these large-hearted and generous men if the churches and individuals of smaller means should fail to meet the demands made upon them for enlargement in their contributions.
If we could get the ear of pastors of our churches, we would suggest that if they desire a theme for a discourse, or even a series of discourses, that will be most inspiriting to themselves and helpful to their people, they should read and ponder Professor Hardy’s “ Life of Joseph Neesima.” The “call of Abraham” has been the subject of many impressive sermons. To us, the call of Neesima seems not less striking and suggestive.
THE friends of missions will bear in mind that the work of the Board is a constantly growing work, and while they are glad to know that a generous advance has just been made in the appropriations for 1892, they will not forget that new calls are constantly coming to improve new opportunities. The appropriations just made are for estimates prepared, for the most part, six months or more ago. They cover only in part the estimates of what was then deemed simply necessary to keep up and carry forward the work already in hand, and did not contemplate enlargement. The outlook for funds, and the instructions on the subject from the Prudential Committee, did not allow of enlargement. Now with the more favorable financial situation and the hope of still larger income, calls for new enterprises are already coming in, and we commend this fact to the kindly notice of our friends, in the hope of special thank-offerings to enable the Board wisely to meet these new and pressing calls.
What are you and your church doing for the missionary training of the children? There is a great deal to be done in this line. Are the young about you receiving instruction and inspiration in referen e to this great work of giving the gospel to those who have it not? In most churches children's mission circles may be inost helpful, and in Sabbath-schools the matter of giving for the spread of the gospel should be often presented. Children need to hear and to read about those who have not the Bible and the means of grace. We especially commend to the attention of all who would care for the children, The Mission Dayspring, the paper designed for them and issued by the Woman's Boards in connection with the American Board. It will interest and instruct the little ones, both in mission circles and Sabbath-schools, giving them right impressions in regard to inis great work in which all of Christ's followers should be engaged.
ONE hardly wishes to write much concerning Chinese affairs, for before his ink is dry it may be that some telegram will reveal an entire change in the situation. The despatches that appeared in the public press early in December seemed incredible. No reasonable cause could be assigned for a rebellion such as was reported in the north. Why the Manchus should rise to depose a Manchu emperor was incomprehensible. The later despatches, which indicate that the commotion at the north is not so much a political rebellion as a marauding expedition, seem more credible. No doubt the native Christians will suffer in whatever disturbances occur, but we are not as yet disposed to credit much that has appeared in reference to the slaughter of Christians. We have heard nothing, either by letter or telegram, of any serious disturbance at our mission stations. Yet it must be confessed that the reports are calculated to awaken anxiety, and we earnestly commend our brethren and the Christian work in China to the sympathy and prayers of all who love our Lord.
A TELEGRAM, dated Madura, India, December 13, has been received, bringing the sad intelligence of the death by cholera of Miss Caroline S. Bell, who joined the Madura Mission four years since, and who has been doing excellent work in charge of the station school at Battalagundu.
INTERESTING news has been received of a somewhat sudden advance on the part of our East Central African Mission into Gazaland. It had been proposed that a deputation from the mission should visit King Gungunyana at his present capital, near the mouth of the Limpopo River, and ask his consent for the establishment of a mission station near Umzila's old kraal, where Messrs. Bates and Wilder found Gungunyana in 1888. But from information received from persons who well understood the situation, it was decided that Mr. Wilcox and Dr. Thompson should proceed at once, by way of Beira and the Pungwé River, to select a suitable location, anticipating Gungunyana's consent. On the steamer which they took north they met Sir Cecil Rhodes, the South African Premier, who gave them every assurance of protection and the promise of a tract of 3,000 acres on the plateau above Umzila's old kraal. This district is now said to be under British protection. A letter from Dr. W. L. Thompson, dated Beira, September 27, says that they propose to go up the Pungwé to Umtali, and thence southward to the region of Umzila's old kraal. We shall hope soon to hear a report of their experiences. Mr. and Mrs. Ousley remained at Kambini.
With reference to this region in Gazaland to which Messrs. Wilcox and Thompson have gone, we find an interesting report in the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society for October last, which gives a brief paper by Mr. Dennis Doyle, the Englishman who came with Gungunyana's envoys to London during the last summer. Mr. Doyle, with two other white men and twenty-seven native carriers, started from Manica in January last, traveling between 700 and 800 miles to the mouth of the Limpopo, and passing by Umzila's old kraal. The region from which they started was about 5,000 feet above the level of the sea. The country from Manica to Umzila's kraal, through which they were fourteen days in passing, is described as very beautiful, and of the district around the kraal Mr. Doyle says: “Its beauty is difficult to describe, and its eminent fitness for agriculture for hundreds of miles around this kraal could hardly be overestimated." The kraal itself, however, is not on the high plateau, although it is 860 feet above sea level. Between this point and Gungunyana's present kraal, which is situated about fifty miles from the mouth of the Limpopo, the country is of varied character and apparently thickly populated. But of North Gazaland, which is the name properly appertaining to the section to which Messrs. Wilcox and Thompson have gone, Mr. Doyle says: “There are few places in the breadth of Africa which are so well fitted to carry a large European population.”
AFTER long and faithful service as Agent of the American Board on the Pacific coast, Mr. E. P. Flint retires, and from the first of January, Rev. Walter Frear, well known as an able and faithful minister in California and the Sandwich Islands, and who has also had a business training, will act as General Agent of the Board. Mr. Frear will have an office in San Francisco, and will be able to visit churches on the Sabbath in behalf of missions, as well as care for the interests of missionaries in transit to their fields of labor in the Pacific Islands and in China and Japan. The best wishes of the officers of the Board and of all whom he has aided during his prolonged agency will follow Mr. Flint as he retires from service, and we can most heartily commend Mr. Frear to the confidence of the churches on the Pacific slope.