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Platten, and to friends in Broxbourne and other places who help us continually.
We look forward to the arrival of the boxes from the Manor House before Christmas, and disappointed.
Miss Ewart tells us that many friends are asking what they can make for our hospital. We shall need much in the way of furniture—beds, blankets, sheets, counterpanes, pillows, cupboards, hot-water bottles; and Miss Chase has told me to.day that a weighing-chair is a piece of furniture which will be very useful. We think many of these could be got
at less cost here than in England, and if any friends are inclined to give special things for the hospital, if they would kindly send the money to Miss Ewart, to me,
Miss Amy Lillingston, who we hope will come to take charge of the hospital,-it would be better than buying in England what may perhaps not be exactly suitable for this country.
P.S.- Details of our work are given in quarterly letters to our friends, copies of which can be had on application to Miss A. M. WARRY, 3, Upper Grosvenor Road,
In the Pettah.
By Miss LILLINGSTON.
A year ago I began to go regularly to our school in the Pettah. After a fortnight I was expected to go alone. In secular lessons I was soon able to follow, and could teach new rules in arithmetic ; but my heart used to sink at 10 30 each morning when it was time to begin the Bible lessons. I was not fluent, and when surrounded by twenty children waiting for the Scriptural story, my sentences aster the first few would be very grammatical. But I was fortunate in having a nice old teacher who would put the lesson in the children's own words when she found out what I wished to tell them. A large picture was sure to gain attention, but often the whole class and the old teacher would shake with laughter and hide
their faces in their saris at striking mistake. They are generally very polite, and take no notice of the funny way new.comers string words together.
I visit one of the elder girls who has left this school for her own home, and only this week she said eagerly, when reading i John i. 7, “One of our verses, Mem Sahiba.” Last week, when our very small children were sent out to play for ten minutes, I heard one shrill voice saying part of John iii. 14, and the others repeat
Looking out I saw them formed into a class, one acting as teacher.
The old teacher has been sent by Miss Smith to help Miss Ling in her Mohammerlan girls' school at
Ootacamund, and a pupil who had come back to school after two years, has been promoted as teacher. She is doing her work well, and it has made her own life much brighter ; for her home is far from happy, and she does not yet know for herself Source of true joy.
On Tuesday, Miss Chase, our medical lady, goes to the Pettah to visit patients. On going into school that morning I always see bottles hanging on the wall, or some which
are too precious to be given up, tied
One day Miss Chase went with
June 15th, 1894.
By Miss JENNINGS.
T always seems easier to do work treble the ordinary prices because than to write about it! Still the
Feringhees.” When they longing to make known the needs, understood the purpose for which the not only of Bezwada, but also those of house was needed, great was their the villages round about, encourages surprise ; a girls' school was quite a me in writing my first Annual Letter. novelty. We could hear the whispers
and remarks passed on us: They Mohammedan Work.
wear no jewels" ; “ Are they men or I came to Bezwada for Mohammedan. women ?” “Look at
their topies," work on August 9th, 1893, to join &c., &c. Miss Turnbull, who had taken up the We at length succeeded in getting a Hindu work there.
house which was suitable in every After settling down, my first duty way, and our next step was to induce was to help Miss J. P. Brandon to the children to attend. This was not start a school for Mohammedan girls. a very easy task, as, though our BibleWe spent two afternoons in searching woman, Meenachee, and I received for a house, and very varied were the very warm welcomes at the houses, receptions we met with from the and found many of the Zenana people who had houses to let ! It women eager to learn and become our seemed quite an understood thing pupils, the children were very timid : that we should be asked double and like little Arabs, they fled when they
so smoothly for us. Only one or two of the children knew anything about reading, so the subjects taught were not very varied.
We found they learnt to repeat verses quickly, and always enjoyed a Bible story with pictures. An occasional present of fruit, particularly bananas, was a great treat.
Alas! we were obliged to close on October 15th, as Government opened a school for girls (in which they introduced the Korán) almost opposite our building ; the majority of parents withdrew their children from us, and quarrelled continually with those who did not do so; so it seemed far better to close the school for the present and devote our attention to the Zenanas.
In February this year, we made an effort to have a little school-work in one of the Pettahs in Bezwada. We did not succeed in getting a house, but often gathered the children together in some nook or corner, and now we have the verandah of one of our Zenana houses, and between ten and fifteen children attend. We have school three times a week.
However, after seeing us about for a few days they got accustomed to us, and on August 19th we were able to open the school with five wee girlies. How frightened they were ! At first they would hardly speak a word.
A week later we had thirty names on the roll, and the children had grown most friendly. Miss Brandon sent us a Bible-woman from Bender, called Soondrami, to help, and the children grew very fond of her. It was very entertaining to watch newcomers received by old pupils (of a week's standing !).
66 You need not be afraid, they will not beat you,” make salaam," ' fold your arms,
the comforting bestowed the hesitating litte creatures.
We had a little, very little, opposition from the parents when they found we taught the Bible and not the Korán; but on the whole we had nothing to complain of, and were very thankful to God for opening the way
My great disappointment at parting with the children was much lightened by the eager welcome the women in the Zenanas gave me, and the interest taken by some of them in their work.
Bezwada consists of three distinct Pettahs (districts). Wynch Pettah, a little distance in the country, contains only Mohammedans, of the working classes chiefly. We have eleven regular pupils there, one of whom is
very intelligent, and is reading regularly through the Gospels ; our Lord's life and death are full of interest to her. Do pray that she may be led to yield Him her heart fully! Another interesting little pupil, when question her on her lessons, says, “Tell me first, then I will tell you." If we urge her to try to remember, she tosses her untidy little head (all their heads are untidy), and says, won't come.” We have six pupils in Buckingham Pettah, three of whom are Jewesses. They have been hearing the truth for a long time now, over two years, and we believe they are believers at heart.
In Bezwada itself we have twenty pupils, the majority of whom belong to the higher classes ; one or two of them pay a small fee monthly for sewing lessons, and they are very fond of showing their friendliness and gratitude by bestowing large plates of “ Pillau rice” and sweets The poorer women often offer us little infants. They are candid and honest; they say, “ Bring this child up for us till he or she is about eight or ten years old, then return it to us so that it may earn Paisah” for us.
One of our pupils begged very hard
for a bottle of hair-dye, she is sɔ ashamed of a few grey hairs !
We often have stray listeners from Houdipalle (a town about half an hour's rail journey from here) and from others villages close by. They seem charmed to see us, and always ask when we are coming to them? I trust the day is not far distant when there will be work amongst them. Pray that the way may be opened for these “ other sheep” to be reached.
January and part of February this year were sad months on account of the cholera epidemic. It was sad to see so many dying and suffering without Christ. God was very good to us and kept us safe. Two of our pupils were taken, Ameer Bi, a young wife of seventeen years old, and Rábia Bi, a middle-aged women, who used to listen to the Bible-women regularly.
Since last August we have lost seven pupils through fear of being compelled to embrace Christianity : three have left the station, and two died of cholera.
All through God has helped and cheered us, and we look to Him for blessings on our future work.
“My word shall not return unto Me void," is our constant help and comfort.
dan women and children here them. They love listening to our
has been, and is, a great hymns, and especially like the slow, pleasure to me. They are always solemn tunes. Three quite young
girls listen eagerly to the Gospel and well, and begged to do some work for pray in “Jesus Christ's Name," and me to show his gratitude. I let him have great faith in the power of make some umbrella-covers, and he prayer. On one occas on I was going refused to take payment for them. away for a week, and when I told One day they brought me a poor them they said, " Oh, Mem Sahib, we woman whom they said was possessed will pray in Jesus' Name that God with a devil. She really was dreadful will keep you here with us." It so to look at as she stood before me. turned out that I was unable to go, The people described her case, and and when I went as usual to the girls, said she often got fits, and would they joyfully exclaimed, We knew throw herself into the fire, &c. She you would not go, Mem Sahib, as we had enough sense to understand what prayed that you might not."
was being said, and threw herself Often these people ask why all this down before me, evidently thinking work is undertaken for them, and she would show how bad she could what makes us leave our friends and be. The other women fled from her all home comforts just to come here in terror, crying, “ Look, Alem Sahib, and read to them ; and then it is a she is going to have a fit now.” good opportunity to explain how For a moment I felt alarmed, but Christ loves us, and has commanded prayed silently, and I felt the answer us to go and teach, and tell about His come that God meant to heal her. I great love and mercy to others.
spoke to her in a stern voice, and told
her to get up and sit down by me, for Need of Healing
I had something to say to her. At Our great need here is a medical once she obeyed, and when the people missionary. It is terrible to see the gathered around us again, I read to suffering around. Although there is a them about Jesus healing the lunatic, hospital and Parsee doctor, the women in St. Matt. vii. It to 20, and as I cannot go to him because of their read she grew quite calm, and the “: Gosha” system.
“Mem Sahib, twenty sick people came to me for when you go away, she will frighten medicine every morning in the rainy us again, and get a fit." I told the
I know very little about woman I would call and see her in medicine, and am afraid to undertake the morning, and if I heard she had any but simple cases.
given way at all I should be very tonjon placed under a shady tree in angry with her, for she should control the fort, and what little I could do herself. Then I spoke to all the other was greatly appreciated. I find them women, and told them that they had very grateful. A tailor brought his made the woman mad by always child for some medicine, and when he drumming into her ears that she was met me a few days afterwards, he ran possessed. I visited her again for up and told me his child was qui:e three days, and she was perfectly well
I had my