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Society. The school of that Society at Be- impressions, he had much conference with hala stands upon ground belonging to one of them; and the result was that, after some Keshab's uncles; and for about a year after time, they determined to act out their conthe establishment of the school (before it had victions, and declare themselves the followers been determined to erect a building for the of Jesus Christ, whom in their hearts they purpose), the pupils were regularly taught in regarded as their only Saviour. After rethe dálán, or large hall in the house of the peated interviews with the Missionaries consame gentleman, usually appropriated to pujas nected with the Institution, they came to the and religious ceremonies. Several of Keshab's house of Mr. Storrow, on Saturday, April relatives—his brothers and cousins--have re- 12th. Of the five who thus came, three were ceived instruction in that school, and con- persuaded to return for a short time, as before tinued to do so till the events of the last few stated. Among these was Keshab, who was weeks led their friends to take them away. led to do this, not from any change of mind It will thus be seen that his family have most as to his duty in this matter; but because he gladly availed themselves of the instruction was told that his mother was very ill, almost given gratuitously on their own premises to dying, in consequence of his intention to bethe youths of that village; the benefits of come a Christian, and that if he would go and which they, in common with a large number see her for a little while, and comfort her, he of the inhabitants of the place, gratefully ac
should be at full liberty to return and carry knowleged on the occasion of the annual ex- out his purpose, if he so desired. Who can amination a year or two ago, by a letter of
wonder that this appeal to the tenderest afthanks addressed
to the Superintendent fections of our nature—the love of her who Missionary, and published at the time in bore him-should have induced him to go and the Christian Advocate. They were glad
see her, in the full belief that he would be that their families should benefit by the
permitted to return the next day? instructions of the school, so long as that " He went, but (as had been expected by benefit was confined to mere sccular matters;
his Missionary friends) he did not return so but now that some of the fruits of that in- soon. During the time that has intervened, struction have been produced, and a member he was kept under strict surveillance, and of their own family has come forward to de- could not move about anywhere without the clare himself a Christian, they are filled with
knowledge of his friends. It is true that on anger against all connected with the school, application being made on bis behalf to Mr. and would gladly, if they dared, destroy it al- Elliott, magistrate of the Twenty-four Pertogether.
gunnahs, that gentleman sent two officers to “ It was chiefly by the reading of the Word inquire into the case, with instructions to set of God, and the explanations given of it by his
him at liberty if in confinement, and to enteachers in the Institution at Bhowanipore,
able him to act as he thought proper in the and also by reading it in private, with prayer matter. But he felt, even then, that, sorto God for his teaching and his help, that
rounded as he was by all his family and Keshab was led to the conviction of the truth neighbours, he was scarcely able to do as he of Christianity and of his duty to profess it.
desired, and replied to the inquiries of the He prayed much in private that God would
officers that he was prepared for the present help him to understand that Word, and show
to remain where he was. That it was well him which was the right path; and he testi
known by his friends that his purpose was fies that the more he thus prayed, the better not changed, is evident from the fact, that he he found that he could understand that Word, was still closely guarded by them, and that and the more was his heart drawn towards it; they thought it necessary to use all sorts of -a sign, it may be hoped, that the Spirit of persuasions and promises in order to bring God, the Author of that Book, was by its him round. All was, however, in vain. He means drawing him unto himself.
remained firm; and declares that he never felt " For some months his mind was thus ex- the slightest inclination to give way, and to ercised upon these subjects. On finding that go back into that system of soul-destroying some of his class-fellows were under similar crror which he feels it to be bis duty, and his
EFFECTS OF THE MOVEMENT ON THE
only means of safety, to renounce for ever. The trial he has thus been enabled to stand may, it is hoped, be regarded as another indication that the work is of God, and will by him be carried on unto the end in the heart of this young disciple.
" After this statement of facts, several questions were put to the candidate, as to the motives which had led him to renounce Hindooism, and to declare himself & Christian, and as to his views of Christian truth and Christian duty; to these, brief but satisfactory replies were given. Mr. Parker then admistered to him the ordinance of baptism in the name of the One God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-receiving from him his poita or Brahminical thread, and giving him in exchange & copy of the Word of God, as the guide of his future course in life, and the warrant of his hopes for eternity. Prayer was offered up for him that he may be kept in the way he has now entered, and made faithful unto the end, and that God's blessing may rest upon that Institution to which he belongs, and bring forth from it many others who are now halting between two opinions.
“ This is now the fourth youth who has been admitted to the profession of Christianity from among the pupils of the Institution at Bhowanipore, since the services in connection with the commencement of the new building only a month ago. For a long season there appeared to be no spiritual fruit of the labours there put forth. But now the Lord has been pleased to reveal his arm,' and to show he is with his servants, and that his blessing is upon their efforts. These manifestations of his favour and approval, coming especially at a time when they are seeking to enlarge their sphere of labour, are most refreshing to their hearts — often 'faint yet pursuing' amidst many difficulties; and beholding these tokens of their Lord's approval, they would 'thank God and take courage.' May his blessing be given yet more largely, even showers of blessing,' according to bis promise!"
PUBLIC MIND. “ The neighbourhood of Bhowanipore and Kálighát continues in a very excited state. Rumours have been afloat that the Institution is to be burnt down, and the Behala schoolroom broken to pieces. The parties who advocate the latter injury, are, however, perfectly well known. Messages have reached the Missionaries, that if they go into the Kálighát bazar, or to Behala, they will get their heads broken, &c.: messages illustrative of the amount of toleration existing among the Hindoos, and of their respect for liberty of conscience. A school is to be established at Kálighát on the 1st of May; one existing in Bhowanipore has put forth a few symptoms of activity and abundant promises of good teaching; while Mr. Scott, of Russapugla, has hoped, by the tempting bribe of four scholarships, to draw away some students of the first class in the Missionary Institution, to his own expiring school. A meeting of all the great Babus in Bhowanipore was held a few days ago at the house of Babu Kámkomal Mukárji, to take the state of affairs into consideration. It was agreed to, nem. con., that the Missionary school was a dangerous place, and the Padris a bad set. Also, that any gentlemen sending their sons, nephews, &c., to that school should be put out of caste [a most harmless resolution, which they dare not enforce]. Thirdly, that it was very desirable to establish a school of their own, in which no danger should be feared from Christianity. Fourthly, one gentleman suggested, that a good school would cost a large sum of money, and asked who was willing to subscribe towards it. A great deal of advice was offered, and the meeting speedily broke up.
“ The Institution has, of course, suffered from all these agitations, but out of six hundred, not more than one hundred and fifty have for the present been withdrawn; the majority of whom, strange to say, are young boye. This number is so distributed among all the classes, that it has made no interruption in the regular work of the school."
THE CHRISTIAN PIONEERS PREPARING THE HIGHWAY.
INDISPENSABLE and increasingly important as the employment of Native Agency for giving wider diffusion to the Gospel in India has avowedly become, it cannot but be regarded as a most gratifying fact, that the devoted men who embark on this great enterprise are so commonly treated with courtesy and respect, even by those who have not hearts to discern the priceless value of the boon they have to offer. In connexion with the European Missionary, the Native Evangelist has at times to en counter opposition and cavilling; but, instead of being hated and derided as an apostate from the creed of his ancestors, as might have been expected, his motives and objects appear to be growingly estimated by his heathen countrymen : the truthfulness of his statements, and the candour and modesty of his demeanour, disarm their prejudices; and while listen. ing to his earnest exhortations, many a heart is found to respond, and not unfrequently by the utterance of the lips—"Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."
The following brief sketches of the labours of three of the Native Teachers employed at Cuddapah, furnished by the Rev. E. Porter, our Missionary at that Station, under date March 18th, ult., will form a pleasing commentary upon the foregoing remarks :“ REPORT OF NATIVE TEACHER, ' JOSEPH pork. I replied, that Christians are obeying SORTAIN.'
the order of baptism, instead of circumcision, “ This teacher has been diligently occupied because Jesus Christ has appointed it. Also, during six months of the year in preaching the apostle Paul tells us that the outward the gospel to the deluded Mussulmans of the circumcision is not the true one, but the intown of Cuddapah and its neighbourhood. ward circumcision is the principal thing. During the last six months he has been About washing, I said, the chief thing is to stationed at Muddunpilly, preaching to the have the heart cleansed from sin, and Mohamedans of that town and neighbour- unless that is cleansed, our thoughts and hood. In some places he has met with a good actions will be bad. About prayer at the reception; at other times he has been much killing of animals, I said, wo must not only abused. Of all classes of people in this utter prayers with our lips at that time, but strange land, there is none so difficult to con- thank God with all our hearts for his great vince of the truth of Christianity as the fol- benefits to us. About eating pork, I said, God lowers of the false prophet.
commanded the Jews not only to abstain from " From his report I extract the following, pork, but from eating the flesh of camels and as exhibiting the peculiar state of the Mo- hares. But you Mussulmans eat camels' and hamedan mind: March 23rd. I went to a hares' flesh, and blame those who eat pork. mosque in the town, and preached the word Besides, I showed that after Jesus came into of God to some Mussulmans. A man, called the world, he fulfilled the old testament, Mushabuek, came to me and said, “ All that and in the new testament he has peryou preach is true and good; but there are mitted his followers to eat what they like; some faults in your religion, such as, you have but his followers must not abuse one another no circumcision, no bathing at particular about eating and drinking. I then showed times, no utterings of prayer when you kill him the true way of life through Jesus Christ. a sheep or fowl, and various other things. By Similar visits were paid to, and conversathese irregularities we are displeased with tions held in, the bazaars, markets, mosques, your religion, especially with the eating of &c., generally with the like results.
“ September 26th. The Reddy, from Ra and preached the word; one man came and teepoor, came to Muddenpilly to inquire about embraced me with great affection, and said, the Christian religion. I read and explained " Are you a disciple of our Lord Jesus?" to him parts of the Holy Scriptures, espe To this I replied, “ Yes." He then took me cially the Gospel by John, and the Psalms. to his house, and lodged me for two days, He said to me,
Sir, what a new and good and heard the Word of God with great attenreligion is this! I never heard of such a tion. He told me that he had heard about Saviour as Jesus. I have read my own books this true religion some time ago at Cuddapah, for a long time, but I cannot find any way and that ever since that time he had left off for sinners to be saved in them.” Also, he the worship of idols, and was in the habit of told me that he would read the Gospel, and praying to God. He also begged me to stay pray to Jesus to make his way clear, and take and instruct his children; or, if I went away, him as his child. He stopped with us two to send some one in my stead to instruct days, and when he was going, promised he them in this good way.' would come again for instruction.'
REPORT OF NATIVE TEACHER,
SAMUEL REPORT OF NATIVE TEACHER,
“ This teacher has been diligently engaged ANTRIM WEBB,'
in preaching the gospel in Cuddapah and its “ J. A. Webb has been assiduously engaged
neighbourhood for eight months of the year, during the past year in preaching the gospel During four months he has been employed at in the town of Cuddapah and its adjacent Muddenpilly and its neighbourhood, in disa villages. His time has also been partly occn tributing tracts and conversing with the pied in instructing candidates for baptism, people, great numbers of whom came to our and in conducting Divine service in the Mis bungalow for instruction. I am happy to be sion chapel during my absence. He has also able to report favourably of the correctness of been occupied in itinerating to the villages his conduct, and of the advance he has made north-west and east of Cuddapah. During in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. these tours he has visited several large towns. " From his report I make the following From his reports I subjoin a few of the most interesting extracts:- January 11th. I jourinteresting extracts:
neyed from Chenoor to Mitho Kooroo, a 66 On the 27th of May I went to Thurgu village about eight miles from Cuddapah. I tupullee, and preached the gospel to a number read here “Strictures on Hindooism," and of persons, who heard the word with great preached the Word of God. As I was going attention. The same night there was a large to Chintu Koontah, a man, called Nursiah, feast in honour of Vishnoo. When they followed me. I preached to him of the vanity brought out the idol on a large car, I went of the world, of the state of sinners, and the near and preached to the people, and said, need of salvation through Jesus Christ. The " Why are you all looking at that idol? If you man heard me with great attention, and despeak to it, will it speak to you? and if you sired me to tell him the name of the Saviour, set fire to it, will it not be burned?" I then that he might pray to him for salvation. I declared the glory, power, and goodness of taught him how to pray in that name. He he great God, and of the salvation which he also told me that for a long time he had been had wrought out by Jesus Christ for poor worshipping idols and false gods; but that sinners, The people replied, “What you
from this time he will not do so, but pray to say, sir, is very good: our idols are vain, Jesus to cleanse his heart and make it holy. and can do us no good. You must come, sir, So I went on my way, praying that Jesus from time to time, and declare to us these
would save his soul, good words." When asked by the catechist
"'12th. I went to Door, a large village why they came to the feast, if they did not forty miles north of Cuddapah, and preached believe in the idol, they said, “ We only
the gospel of Jesus. One man there (Unkancome to look at the sight, and laugh; but we nah) heard me well, and received me kindly have no faith in the idol. We believe in one into his house. He said, “Sir, so long a time God; we have read your books, and like the have I been keeping my mind on idols, but I wisdom they contain.” At Zeypuralu I went have got no profit by them, but only trouble and
fear. I also believed that the sun, moon, and word of life. I read and explained the 15th stars were gods, but now I know that they and 16th chapters of Luke, and the 3rd of are not gods, but bodies that give light to John. We then knelt down and prayed to the earth.' He and some others desired me God. They all knelt down with us and to remain and teach them the Christian reli. prayed, and appeared much interested in gion. So I remained two days with them, what was said to them. One man of the instructing them in the way of life.
assembly, called Parvah, said, “Sir, I am « « 14th. I went to Produtoor, preaching at very desirous to embrace the Christian relitwo villages in the way. I saw at Produtoor gion, because I have searched many Hindoo and Ramasicrand two or three natives, who books, but have not found such precious came to Cuddapah some time since, and heard words as these." He said also,“ Sir, since the gospel of Jesus Christ. I asked them you visited us nine months ago, I have not how they felt in their souls, in reference to
had any comfort in my heart, on account of this religion. They told me that ever since my heathen ways; and though I have often they heard of it, they had been praying
intended to come and see you, yet I have been in the name of Jesus, and had forsaken hindered on account of my family; but now the worship of idols and their false Gooroos. you are come, I am very glad.” He and some I was very glad to hear of this, and taught others wished to embrace the Christian relithem more of the religion of Jesus.
gion, and to have their children instructed in " " October 31st. Arrived at Door. About this good way. This inquirer followed me to thirty persons assembled to hear the word. Cuddapah, and stayed there for ten days, and After I had spoken to them, Unkannah, whom
received instruction in the Christian religion. I had seen before, received me kindly into
Besides this man,
there is another in the same his house, and wished me to stay with him, village, who appears sincerely desirous to to instruct him and his friends. Accordingly, embrace the truth. They are very anxious I stayed with him all that day, explained the
to have a Christian school established amongst Christian religion, and at night ten other
them.'" persons joined us, to whom I preached the
ORDINATION OF MR. ALEXANDER JANSEX.
The subject of this notice, a Mulatto, was in early youth brought to know and love the Saviour, and on arriving at the age of sixteen was admitted a member of the church at New Amsterdam, then under the pastoral charge of the Rev. John Wray, the father of the Society's Mission in this colony.
Pondering over some striking passages in the life of the apostolic Brainard, Mr. Jansen conceived an earnest desire to devote himself entirely to the work of Christian instruction. A way was at length opened to him, in the providence of God, for the gratification of this desire, and in 1836 he was appointed to the office of Catechist at Hanover Station, then under the superintendence of the Rev. Jas. Howe. Thence he removed to Rodborough Station, where he laboured for ten years, and afterwards to Brunswick, where he has continued till now in sole charge of the station. Since the retirement of the Rev. Samuel Haywood, late of Orange Chapel Station, from the colony, Mr. Jansen has received an unanimous invitation from the church and congregation to become their pastor; and the measure having met the cordial