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past, so that unless strong drink (which, alas ! is indulged in too freely) militates against it, there is every reason to suppose that their numbers will increase. At the 1871 census there were about 700 Todas in all. At the present time there must be more than that. They occupy about eighty different “munds,” or villages, but migrate from one to another for purposes of pasturage, so much so that you can never be sure of finding the same people in a given village, who were there a few months before.
(To be continued.)
Needs. How can we choose the most pressing out of all needs in our Missions ? At the present time, there is a general plea for medical missionaries, Thousands of women are dying without comfort for body and soul.
Medical and Zenana missionaries are urgently needed for Quetta. (See p. 344.)
A medical lady is needed for Dera Ismail Khan, and a Zenana missionary for Dera Ghazi Khan, in the Punjab Mission.
Two Zenana missionaries are needed for Kashmir.
By God's goodness, we hope that two of the needs which we have brought before our readers will be supplied this autumn. An honorary missionary has offered to take Miss Tucker's place at Batala ; a missionary has been found for Jandiala, and a fully qualified medical lady for Bangalore.
We trust our needs in the Mission-field will be always regarded as subjects for prayer.
Wants. Wanted.-Foreign stamps, both rare and common. Hong Kong and Australian ones specially in demand ; Russian, Swedish, and Spanish will be also gratefully received by Miss Sandys, Manorside, Leigh Road, Highbury, N., to be sold for the benefit of the CE.Z.M.S.
Foreign Postage Slamps (except the common Continental and United States) and collections, for which 20 per cent. more than dealers offer will be given. All proceeds to be given to the C.E.Ž.M.S. Address, I. W., 19, Kensington Crescent, London, W. Please do not send any English, French, or German stamps.
Left-off Clothing:--Mrs. Fox, the Grove, Lymm, Cheshire, will be much obliged for cast-off articles of clothing, to alter and renovate for a sale amongst the working classes, Proceeds to be given to the C.E.Z.M.S. Mrs. Fox realized 50l. from a sale of this kind last November. (See April Number, p. 186.) All kind donors are asked to prepay carriage of parcels by L. & N.W. Railway, and to put the sender's name inside the parcel.
MAotices of Books.
Our Latest Publications.
MISSIONARY REMINISCENCES OF A.L.O.E. By the Rev. H. U. WEITBRECHT, PH.D.,
C.J.S. Batala. N inspiring subject has sallen into the hands of a writer well able to handle it. Ir.
Weitbrecht's acquaintance with Miss Tucker began early in 1877, and his in. timate friendship with her has enabled him to write of details of her remarkable 1 te unknown to those outside the privileged circle of his friends and adopted relations. Price 2d. Published at C.E.Z.M.S. Office, 9, Salisbury Square, E.C.
A Visit to ANDUL. By Miss E. G. SANDYS.
Six YEARS AMONG THE WOMEN OF CHINA. By Miss HESSIE NEWCOMBE. These booklets are additions to our Penny Library. They certainly deserve as much favour as any previous little books by the ihree writers, who are already known and approved by friends of the C.E.Z.M.S.
THE MISSIONS OF THE WORLD. Edited by the Rev. GAVIN CARLYLE, M.A. Published
by T. Hibberd, 128, Edgware Road, IV. The first number of this magazine appeared in March, and met with congratulations from authorities belonging to the Churches of England, Scotland, and America, and also from well-known Nonconformists. An attractive cover encloses forty.eight pages, well and ably filled, and certainly worth the price of 4a. The news comes from every quarter of the globe, and is thoroughly up to date. We quote one encouraging paragraph on Missions to women in India :
“It is said that the leaders of Hinduism in India are greatly disturbed by the work of the Zenana missionaries and Christian teachers for girls, since they realise that the stronghold of religion is in the household, and if they lose the women, the citadel of their religion is captured for Christianity.” THE ENGLISHWOMAN'S YEAR-BOOK AND DIRECTORY TO ALL INSTITUTIONS EXIST
ING FOR THE BENEFIT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN. By L. M. H. F. Kirby,
17, Bouverie Street, E.C. Price is. We much regret that it was impossible to write a notice of this book on its first appearance. There has never been any question of its usefulness, but the present volume is more valuable than ever. Its systematic arrangement, index, blank pages for memoranda, leave nothing to be desired. A THREEFOLD CORD. Notes of the National Union of Women Workers.
Edited by EMILY JANES. Frice id. Fublished at the Office of the Union, 7C, Low.r Belgrave
Strect, S.W., and by F. K’irby, 17, Bouterie Street, E.C. This new magazine, to a certain extent, takes up the useful work which Work and Leisure laid down at the close of last year. The July Number announces that the Annual Conference of Women Workers will be held at the Queen's Rooms, Glasgow, on the 23th, 24th, 25th, 26th of October. The programme of the Conference will be given in the August Number.
INDIAN WIDOWS' UNION.
The Depôt for the work done by the Indian widows is now at Manorside, Leigh Road, Highbury. Miss Sandys is constantly receiving parcels of the work from Amritsar and Peshawar, and will be glad to send samples of it to friends.
Miss MacGregor, Hon. Sec. of I.W.U., 30, Clanricade Gardens, will give information or forward kind gifts of kurtas, spectacles, &c., to India for widows connected with our industrial classes.
The Editor's work Basket.
Our Society's Home, the Manor House, Leigh Road, Highbury, is a busy place during the present month. Valuable gifts of work for sale in India, and presents for the Mission schools are arriving. Will all readers please remember that gifts for India must be sent at once if they are to reach our Mission stations this autumn. In offering many thanks, may we also drop a hint? Even a doll cannot reach India without her passage being paid for. Last year we sent out 1000l. worth of work for sale, 11,500 dolls, and many other prizes. The freight charged for these cases was about 120l. If one penny were sent with each present for India, the boxes which are so eagerly longed for would cease to be a burden on the Society. The demand for dolls and prizes increases every year.
The following places of business are recommended for buying nankeen dolls by the dozen to be sent to India as prizes in Mission schools and Zenanas : William Farqu. harson, 17, Brushfield Street, Bishopsgate Street Without, E.; James Farquharson, 63, Houndsditch; William Reddan, Old Compton Street, Scho ; James Wisbey and Co., 77, 78, 79, Houndsditch. Light-haired dolls are to be avoided, as the Indian women and children think they represent old women, and biscuit china is apt to turn black with the climate. To suit the Oriental taste, dolls should be dressed in the brightest colours; plain white is not acceptable, as it is the dress of the widows.
Materials for Fancy Work.- Mrs. James Peck, Linden House, Eye, Suffolk, has, year by year, kindly supplied needlework, prepared and begun for the pupils of our missionaries in India. Any help in carrying out this valuable undertaking will be gladly received. Canvas and wools are specially in requisition.
Correspondence. (The Editor disclaims responsibility for the opinions of Correspondents.)
CHILDREN'S MISSION SERVICES.
DEAR EDITOR,—Your readers will probably now be holiday making, and may I suggest that those who help with the Children's Mission services on the sands, might take an opportunity of telling them something of our work in India and China ? Generally in connexion with these services, afternoons are arranged for the girls, and a C.E.Z.M.S. talk could be made very attractive by any one who has INDIA'S WOMEN and other of the Society's publications, at hand, and can tell them stories. We all know how easy it is to interest children, and how ready they are to help if told what to do. A wet afternoon might be devoted to dressing dolls, or binding coloured pictures with Turkey red, as presents for Indian pupils. Those able to help could provide themselves with some of the id. and id, books, for which, no doubt, they would find a ready sale, particularly the “doll stories,” and any young people willing to help after the holidays might be invited to join the Daybreak Workers' Union. The ““Z” id. and £d. collecting-cards might he offered to some, if the giver will be responsible for calling them in.
A MEMBER OF THE D.W.U. N.B.—No doubt the D.W.U. Central Secretaries, Miss L. Janvrin, 41, York Terrace, Regent's Park, N.W., and Miss Hooper, 49, Ladbroke Grove
pad, W., will gladly supply papers for distribution, and collecting-cards, and we shall be only too pleased to supply books on sale or return, or leaflets for distribution, from the Office, 9, Salisbury Square, E C. We trust that our correspondent's kind and valuable suggestions will be carried out.
PRAISE AND PRAYER. Please take notice that the meetings for praise and prayer which are generally held at our Society's office, 9, Salisbury Square, E.C., on the second Tuesday in each month, and in the Manor House, Leigh Road, Highbury, N., on the fourth Tuesday in cach month, will be discontinued during August and September.
REQUEST FOR PRAYER. From Calcutta, Mohammedan Branch.-1. For a widow lady, that the visits of our assistant missionary, Mrs. Scott, may be blessed. 2. For two of Miss Hensley's pupils, that their apparent interest in the Bible may deepen into conviction that it is the Word of God. 3. For a Munshi, that the Word of God may be blessed to him. 4. For a woman employed in bringing some children to school, who eagerly listens to the lessons from Scriptuie, and has confessed that she believes them.
More Stories from Mother's note-books.
By Lucy I. TONGE (U. S. O.).
JOU know how pleasant it is when you think of your friends to
be able to picture them in their homes, so you will understand that I was glad when Miss Clay offered to take me
to Jandiala to see the house she is having built. We started early, and as the road was good and the willing little horse did his best, before twelve o'clock we had driven the eleven miles, and were walking across a field to the new bungalow.
A troop of men, women, and eight or nine children followed us about, kicked doors open, and many of them teazed Miss Clay to engage them as servants. One old man determined to show how active and useful he was, so!kept up a violent clapping, and poked out the sparrows from the rafters with a long bamboo—too bad, was it not?
There was nothing in the house for a seat, but the matting had been made and was rolled up in each room. When we could get a little free from the mob, we went into what will be Miss Clay's bedroom, and had the first prayer there, for those who will in future days live in Jandiala, and we asked God to bless all the work they may do for the poor women in the villages.
Then the builder came, and there was a great deal to talk over, not only about the eight rooms in the mission house, but about the huts for the servants, and the stables ; then there was to order a chuttah, or grass fence, to be made round the Bible-woman's house, and many other details