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with a little Christian congregation), where she saw Miss Hoernle and Miss Key in their encampment, and had a service in Punjabi, conducted by Dr. Weitbrecht.

Thus she laboured on, despite increasing weakness and growing infirmities. When she was well-nigh seventy, she caught a dreadful illness. from the vile atmosphere of some of the Zenanas she visited, and for days her life hung in the balance. But though she recovered, she never regained her strength, and when Miss Dixie was obliged to take her longdelayed trip to England, where her mother needed her presence, the aged missionary gradually sank, and soon she became so ill that she was urged to go to Amritsar, where she could be more easily tended.

She held out against this proposal as long as she possibly could-her great desire being to die in the place where she had laboured so long. But at length, with her usual consideration for others, she gave up her own wishes.

She felt that she was dying, and wished so much to be at her post to the very last-but even that long-wished-for thing she yielded. Perhaps the nearness of the eternal joys helped her to bear this last earthly disappointment, which she felt most keenly. Certainly the first moment's taste of its gladness has far outweighed the trials of the journey thither.

"What care the saints of God if they

Through pain and grief are called away
To their reward?

What matters this short life of tears

That ushers in the countless years
With their dear Lord ?"

ANNIE TUCKER.

[This paper has been kindly contributed to fill the place reserved for Reminiscences of A.L.O.E. in India, promised by Dr. Weitbrecht, which have not yet come to hand. The last mail brought the assurance from Dr. Weitbrecht that though his article had been delayed he had every intention of sending it.-EDITOR.]

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If thou seek rest in this life, how wilt thou then attain to the everlasting' rest? Dispose not thyself for much rest, but for great patience. Seek true peace-not in earth, but in heaven; not in men, nor any other creature, but in God alone."-Thomas à Kempis.

OUR ANNIVERSARY.

It has been decided to hold two Annual Meetings on Friday, May 4th; one in St. James' Hall, Piccadilly, at 2.30 p.m., when Sir Charles U. Aitchison will preside; and another in the Polytechnic, Regent Street, at 7.30 p.m., with Bishop Royston, late of Mauritius, in the Chair. The following speakers have kindly consented to take part in the meetings: Miss Mitcheson, our missionary at the Duchess of Connaught Hospital, Peshawur, and the Rev. R. Bateman, C.M.S., Narowal, will represent the Punjab; the Rev. P. Ireland Jones, our Corresponding Secretary for Bengal, will represent that great Presidency; Miss Hessie Newcombe, our missionary at Ku-cheng, and the Rev. Ll. Lloyd, C.M.S., who has been acting as our Corresponding Secretary in the Fuh-Kien Province, will represent China. The Rev. Edgar N. Thwaites, who is now on a special Mission tour in India, has also promised to give an address.

Our Annual Sermon will be preached (by the kind permission of the Rev. Walter Abbott), in St. James', Paddington, on Ascension Day, May 3rd, at II a.m., by the Rev. Norman F. McNeile, M.A., Vicar of Brafferton.

DAYBREAK WORKERS' UNION.

The Annual Meeting of the D.W.U. was held in the Church House, Dean's Yard, Westminster, on Thursday, March 8th. The Chair was taken at three o'clock, by the Rev. Prebendary Eardley-Wilmot.

The Rev. J. C. Elliott opened the meeting with prayer; after the Report had been read by our Clerical Secretary, Miss Bartlett, from St. Catherine's Hospital, Amritsar, addressed the meeting, followed by the Rev. G. Ensor.

The weather, to say the least, was unpromising, but Daybreak Workers are not to be daunted by rain. The body of the new room at the Church House was well filled, and the hymns rose with great ardour and sweetness, led by the D.W.U. Choir, Hampstead Band.

Space does not admit of our giving what is due to Miss Bartlett's story of progress, illustrated by incidents of brave confession of faith and endurance for Christ's sake; nor can we do more than mention the inspiriting definitions of the term "Daybreak Workers" suggested by Mr. Ensor-the "going out like the sunbeams," and the "going forth from the Mercy seat."

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HE annual meeting of the Manchester and Salford Branch was held in the Town Hall on February 8th, the Lady Mayoress occupying the chair instead of her husband, who was unable to be present. The Rev. C. N. Keeling read the treasurer's statement for the year ending March 31st, 1893, which showed that the subscriptions received amounted to 6177., the largest sum yet raised by the Association. The Hon. W. Sugden gave a graphic account of work in the Indian Zenanas, earnestly pleading for more workers and increased support, after which the Rev. G. Ensor narrated some of his experiences in the East. There were about 220 present, 12/. was collected, and 14s. 9d. spent on books.

At a drawing-room meeting which she addressed at Stalybridge on February 5th, Miss White met with a warm reception; the audience was most responsive, and the chairman, the Rev. C. Sutcliffe, remarked that he hoped the day was not far off when they would have a missionary of their own. The collection was 67., besides 6s. 2d. paid for books.

Three new openings are reported in the same direction. At Hyde, and at St. Peter's, Bowdon, Miss White was heartily supported by the clergy; at the latter place, a lady offered to act as collector, and a working party will probably be arranged: this district has only recently been formed into a parish. Fresh ground was also broken up by Miss Sugden at Levens

hulme, near Manchester; the meeting took place at the Rectory, the Rector himself presiding. So much interest was shown, it was a pleasure to talk to the people, and there was such a demand for Stories from Mother's Note-book and A.L.O.E.'s works, that the supply ran short.

The Sunday-school at Bolton does not flag in its missionary zeal. Like other Deputations, Miss Sugden was stirred by the sight of the hundreds gathered there to hear her on February 11th, when twenty-eight cards were taken, and 47. 5s. 7d. contributed, more than double the sum given last year.

During the previous month, the Rev. G. Ensor preached two sermons at St. Mary's, Rawtenstall, and also at St. Mark's, Oldham, where he had a cordial welcome from the Rev. J. G. Watts; a definite auxiliary was formed, and the salaries of two Bible-women promised.

At Leighton Buzzard, a very successful and interesting gathering took place at the Town Hall on February 2nd. The proceedings began with a social tea for members of the D.W.U. and their friends. At one end of the room three tables were laden with the year's work done by the Band. It was highly creditable to all concerned, and was examined and admired by those present. The chairman, the Rev. R. Orr, opened the meeting with prayer, and insisted on the truth that want of zeal on behalf of Missions is occasioned by want of knowledge of their work, after which Mrs. Shirt gave some of the most recent news from the foreign field, and pointed out the many open doors set before us.

The Worthing anniversary gave much cause for encouragement. A large number of friends met at Broadwater Rectory on February 8th, to hear an address from Mrs. Greaves; between 67. and 77. was collected, and it is hoped, through the earnest efforts of some local helpers, the working party may soon be started afresh. The same evening there was' a crowded audience at the Worthing Town Hall, under the presidency of Dr. Hole, at a lecture on China, illustrated with dissolving views. On the next night, Mrs. Greaves gave the lecture at the little village of Falmer, where the inhabitants proved themselves awake to the claims of Missions.

At Silverhill, near St. Leonards-on-Sea, the Rev. G. Ensor was very warmly received when he represented the Society there on February 11th. He had good collections and the promise of support for a Bible-woman, her first year's salary being paid at once, and he was invited by the Rev. Foster Pegg to go there again next year.

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Amongst meetings in the London district, we note a lantern lecture given by Miss Sandys at Twickenham Town Hall on January 29th, the Rev. G. Tonge acting as chairman. Addresses were given at St. Barnabas, Holloway, and St. Paul's, Canonbury, by the Hon. W. Sugden; also at St. John's, Upper Holloway, by Miss Woolmer, to the members of a C.E.Z. working party who were connected with houses of business. At Christ Church, Hampstead, on January 14th, sermons were preached on behalf of the Society by the Rev. A. Elwin, C.M.S., of Hangchow, in the morning, and in the evening by the Rev. G. Tonge, in place of the Rev. H. M. M. Hackett, who failed through indisposition. The congregation was much thinned by the weather, but the collections realised 367. 14s., an advance of 37. on last year.

Two more meetings addressed by Miss White must not be altogether passed over. One, on January 29th, was held at the Palace, Waterford, where, through the kindness of the Bishop of Cashel and Mrs. Day, she was invited to meet a number of friends, some of whom came from a distance in spite of bad weather. Mrs. Day herself presided. The other took place at the Church House, Denbigh, on February 2nd, and was presided over by the Rector. Severe weather still prevailed, but it did not spoil the attendance, or the heartiness of the gathering. Eighty were present, and on both these occasions a real, deep spirit of interest was stirred up, many remaining afterwards to thank the speaker for her words, and to say how much their sympathy with the work would be increased by what they had heard.

The Liverpool Anniversary is fixed (D.V.) for Monday, April 23rd. Will our readers kindly send contributions of moss and flowers (packed where possible in tins) to sell at the Afternoon Meeting? Send off so as to reach Miss Royston, 32, Falkner Square, Liverpool, by the morning of the 23rd.

The Chester Annual Meeting is fixed for April 26th.

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