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Navaho Indians, thus carrying forward the work begun under the editorial care of the Rev. Mr. Brink in Genesis and the Gospel of St. Mark.
There has been a year of decided progress in the work of the Joint Committee of the American Bible Society and the British and Foreign Bible Society engaged in the revi. sion of the Spanish Scriptures. The committee has continued its meetings in Puerto de Santa Maria, near Cadiz, Spain. They have completed their tentative version of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark.
The revision of the Zulu Version is now completed and is passing through the press. Finishing touches are being made as the proof is read in South Africa. It has now been decided to print the New Testament first.
In China the Union Wenli translation of the Old Testament is being pushed forward with vigor by the committee under a careful plan, which seems likely to bring good results. The committee is aided by competent Chinese colleagues. The Mandarin Union version, after an interval of more than one year, owing to the absence of some of the committee on furlough, has been begun. Under the special arrangement made by the Bible Societies the committee give themselves wholly to the work there. This committee also speaks of the valuable assistance given by their Chinese brethren who sit with them.
In Brazil the translation of the Old Testament in Portuguese went steadily ahead during the early part of the year, but was interrupted by the absence of members of the Translation Committee from the country. It will be taken up again next year.
In the Levant, Dr. Hoskins' work on the preparation of the texts of the Octavo Arabic Reference Bible has continued to make progress.
The work is now rapidly approaching its completion.
In Korea, the translation of the Old Testament from the Native Script (Eunmun) into the Mixed Script (Chinese characters and native Korean) has been completed as far as Ezekiel 10:11. The list of Scripture proper names has been revised and corrected. Work has steadily continued on the preparation of references for the entire Bible and copy
for the Bible in Mixed Script. Three Bible societies are co-operating in paying the editorial expenses.
In Japan the Joint Committee on Revision, representing the American Bible Society, the British and Foreign Bible Society, and the National Bible Society of Scotland, has made substantial progress. In the Philippines, translation work has been in
progress on the Pampangan Old Testament and the Cebuan Old Testament. The Gospel of Luke is about completed in the Palawan dialect. Tentative beginnings have been made in the dialects of the northern hill tribes and the Moros at Mindanao.
The revised edition of the Gospel of St. Luke in Peruvian Quechua has been brought out in a small edition.
THE SOCIETY'S FINANCES This unusual record of issues and distribution, translation and revision, has been based upon the following exhibit of the Society's receipts and expenditures :
CASH RECEIPTS We mention here only the principal receipts. From individuals, $28,409.69, as compared with $35,682.07 in 1913; from churches, $78,701.43, as compared with $66,640.35 in 1913; from Auxiliaries, $22,695.19, as compared with $17,342.99; making a total of $129,806.31 from the living, as compared with $119,665.41, showing an increase of $10,140.90.
The receipts from legacies were $42,258.74, as compared with $100,674.82 for the preceding year.
The income from trust funds was $114,996.66; from available investments, $5,972.45, making a total of $120,969.11, as compared with $115,380.72.
The Society received from the sale of its books $272,798.54, as compared with $255,045.82 the preceding year.
The Treasurer's statement will give an exhibit of the total cash receipts and expenditures.
CASH EXPENDITURES The principal expenditures of the Society during the
year have been on the foreign field to the Foreign Agencies and Foreign Missionary Societies, $305,678.56; to the work of the Home Agencies, $140,446.81 ; in the manufacture and purchase and handling of Scriptures, $270,127.81 ; in translation and revision of the Scriptures, separate from that involved in appropriations to the Foreign Agencies, $11,969; for general expenses, salaries of Executive Offi cers, clerks, traveling expenses, etc., $41,001.74.
TRUST FUNDS The Trust Funds of the Society were increased during the year $76,361.87.
Including the Endowment, the Jonathan Burr, and Alden Funds for the Blind, and trusts held for Aux. iliaries, they now amount to $2,461,652.77, from which the income was $114,996.66, which is over 4 per cent.
ANNUITIES In addition to the above, the Society holds in the interest of certain donors $200,661.35, which have been committed to it to hold until the death of the annuitants, when the principal becomes available for its work, the Society meanwhile paying to the annuitants a fixed annual income. The income from these funds was $10,170.10, and the payments to the beneficiaries were $12,306.68.
The Society has in addition securities, the proceeds of which, when disposed of, are available for its general purposes, whose par value March 31, 1913, was $53,400, against which stands an indebtedness at the date named of $235,000.
THE BIBLE SOCIETY RECORD The Bible Society Record has continued its monthly visits to its readers. These include a considerable body of established friends of the Society. The Record is the best means of keeping them informed as to its progress. Its circulation through the year amounted to an average of eleven thousand copies a month ; a considerable percentage of these were sent to the Life Members of the Society, who are entitled to receive it on application, but many others who receive it are among the Society's best sup
porters. The great need of the magazine is a larger list of regular subscribers. The price at which it is published could not well be made lower than it is. The multiplicity of similar publications undoubtedly hinders to some degree the usefulness of them all. However, this unpretending magazine has a clientele of its own, and increases in the religious community knowledge, taste, and love both for the Bible and for the Society which is appointed to disseminate it.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS Of the Ninety-seventh Annual Report of the Society three thousand copies were printed for the supply of Life Members and others interested in the work of the Society. A considerable number of public libraries also request and receive this report. Of the “Story of the American Bible Society 1913,” 7,500 copies, and of the “Report of the Board. of Managers,” forming the first section of the Annual Report, 8,500 copies were printed. These two booklets are convenient for the use of speakers dealing with the work of the Society. In connection with the general campaign of information conducted by the various missionary societies of the United States, thirteen booklets and leaflets of information were printed. The aggregate number of copies was 307,500. Besides these, sixteen of our standard booklets of information were reprinted. The aggregate number of copies printed of booklets of the latter class was 191,500. All of these publications were widely circulated before and during the “Every Member Canvass.”
AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETIES During the year three auxiliary Bible societies have voluntarily dissolved, the reason given in each case being decrease of interest in the local churches and consequently a lack of financial support.
One auxiliary society, the New York Auxiliary Bible Society, while continuing its activities, has ceased to be an auxiliary of the American Bible Society.
The whole number of active auxiliaries remaining on the list is now 212, and the total of their donations to the
general work of the National Society during the year was $22,695.19.
IN MEMORIAM Again we have to note changes in the officers of the Society. The Hon. Joshua L. Chamberlain, of Maine, who had been a Vice-President of the Society during fortythree years, passed away in the month of February, 1914. The Hon. James A. Beaver, of Pennsylvania, was elected Vice-President of the American Bible Society eighteen years ago, and completed his earthly service January 31, 1914. The Hon. Samuel B. Capen, the President of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, became a Vice-President of the American Bible Society in 1903. While on a missionary tour which had filled him with enthusiasm through growing assurance of the tri. umph of the Kingdom, he died at Shanghai, China, in the month of January, 1914. Ezra B. Tuttle, for many years a devoted and conscientious member of the Board of Managers, was elected Vice-President in 1913, and January 3, 1914, his life on earth, of unceasing activity, came to its end. Besides deploring the loss of these great men, all stanch helpers of the Society, the Board of Managers is pained to record the death in September, 1913, of James Wiggins, member of the Board of Managers, whose faithful service and genial qualities had endeared him to all. have further to record the death on the 19th of March, 1914, of the Rev. Dr. Edward B. Coe, a beloved and distinguished minister of the Reformed Dutch Church of New York City, for many years a member of the Committee on Anniversaries.
LIFE DIRECTORS AND LIFE MEMBERS Three Life Directors were constituted during the year by the payment of one hundred and fifty dollars each, and one hundred and twenty-eight Life Members were constituted by the payment of thirty dollars each.
VACANCIES TO BE FILLED The members of the Board of Managers whose terms of office expire at the present time are: Alexander E. Orr,