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work, but He has gone before us and opened the hearts of the people to receive us well. We feel especially that we need help from our friends at home-help by your prayers and help by sending us means to carry out well the work we have begun. At present we have only one school in Mavelikkara. It is in the Fort and for the high-caste girls. They come well, and only want of room hinders us from

having more; but we hope soɔn to get land to build on. In two or three of the stations about six or eight miles from here, the people are anxious for us to work. They want schools, and that is an opening for us to the homes. We should very much like to have another Bible-woman, as even with our constant visiting there are hundreds of houses we might go to, but we cannot do so regularly.



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we have a river at the dis- dren, through the deep dust and tance of some twenty miles, and to und.r a burning sun. Among the that river we determined to take our foremost was an old crippled, rheupeople (those who are Christians) for matic woman, trembling all over with their Easter treat. It meant, of excitement, but determined not to be course, going by train from Amritsar, out of the excursion! We had made and staying there for a night or two, arrangements for our accommodation and this was an undertaking ; but at the Biās Government Bungalow, “nothing venture nothing have," and, attached to which are spacious serwith the help of a dear friend at

vants' quarters. home, we carried out our plan, and Having seen the party off, we beall enjoyed it immensely.

took ourselves to packing up proviIt soon got wind in the compound sions, and then came a twelve-mile that the treat this year was to be ride in an ekka (rough country cart). something more than ordinary, and If one is a dwarf with very short legs when one evening the bullock-carts and back, and has no need to wear a arrived, the excitement knew sun topi,nothing could be more bounds, and the children rushed to comfortable ; but, not being small, take their places in time. But they but some 5 ft. 7 in., it is a grave did not need to start quite so early matter to know what to do with a for the 4.45 p.m. train from Amritsar long body. However, we all were next day, although very soon after gathered together safely at the station nine o'clock in the morning, the by about four o'clock (nothing like




being in time for a train !), and found not lost of sowing the seed among our party settled down amongst all some dear village women in the next the luggage which was lying about, carriage. We were thankful to arrive and beginning their evening meal, safely, and after all partaking of curry which we had arranged they should and rice, sitting round on the ground, take with them ! A grand idea struck we retired to bed. us-give some of the poor, thirsty Early next morning the whole party bibis (women) tea in the second class went down to the river's edge. It is waiting-room! So accordingly a a wonderful and beautiful sight to see tribe was conducted with care along an expanse of water in dry and the platform, and sat down on the thirsty India. Nothing would do but floor of the waiting room. Having we must cross the river, so a boat was bargained with the man to give it us fetched. Well,—but was it a boat? a little cheaper, we proceeded to feed To what shall I liken it ? A large, them.

flat frying-pan, made of wood, upon The old «

sweeperdid not know which some fifty people with oxen and what to make of a cup and saucer, carts could cross over ! Into this and looked at it in silent awe. Dear with a rush went the children, and in a Begum Jān, our Bible-woman, seeing sun of some 150° we slowly wended to her sister's alarmed condition, said, the other side, “ to England,” as the “Well, this is a beautiful place we children said. Then, of course, came have come to; but never mind, the going into the water, and in less time ark where Noah was was beautiful, than it takes to write it, numbers of and all sorts of animals went in little brown-looking frogs were hopthere!"

ping about with evident delight. The Finally, having got them all on to whole day was spent very happily, and the platform, we waited where we in the evening we met to thank God hoped the train would come. It did for such a treat, and to try and imcome, and rushed pist us, and an press it upon all that it came from order was given,“ Right the other side, His loving Hands. The next morning Miss,” so beds and babies, pots, pans, we returned to Amritsar, and from cripples, blind and old, were bustled there again to Tarn Taran, some of along, all heads turning to look and the children with fever from bathing wonder “where these Miss Sahibs and and general excitement, but they soon their mixed multitude have come all recovered, and it will take a long from, and where they are going.” time to efface the remembrance of The children shouted their bhajans" Easter time at the Biās. all the way, and the opportunity was


Flotsam and Jetsam.

LORD ROBERTS ON THE NEEDS OF INDIAN WOMEN.—Lord Roberts, just as he was leaving India, said in the presence of the Viceroy and other officials : “ The large majority of the women of India live outside the great towns; and for these-probably not less than one hundred and forty million-skilled medical aid is at present an impossibility. . . . It is extremely improbable that Native ladies, or even those of the inferior classes, will ever allow themselves to be attended by male doctors. It is therefore essential that women should be trained to carry on the work of doctors and medical subordinates."— From Life and Light for Woman.

INFANT MARRIAGE.—The Mysore Government in India has made new regulations to prevent infant marriages, making it criminal for any person to aid in bringing about a marriage between a boy under fourteen and a girl under eight. It also makes it criminal for any man above fifty to marry any girl under fourteen. It seems strange to us in the Occident that laws are necessary with provisions like these, but as a matter of fact these regulations indicate a distinct advance in public sentiment in that part of India. Punishment for offences under this Act may be six months' imprisonment, with fine.From the Missionary Herald."

WOMAN'S INFLUENCE. “An old stɔry tells of three men who were disputing what was the mightiest thing on earth. One maintained that princes were strong, for they could do, said he, whatsoever they pleased. Another said philosophers were stronger, for even kings paid homage to them. Daniel was greater than Darius, Diogenes than Alexander, and Piato than Dionysius. But a third party interposed and said, 'Women are stronger than kings and philosophers, for kings have forgotten their triumphs, and philosophers their controversies, under the spell of a woman's smile.' There was, beyond doubt, a great deal of truth in the contention of the third party. Few will deny the great influence of woman. It is the more needful that those who wield this influence should use it wisely, and see that it is an influence for good and not for evil. The influence of good women, it has been said, is a powerful means of civilisation, and it may be doubted whether there is anything more powerful in adding to the Kingdom of God upon earth, than the influence of truly Christian women. Perhaps not even the Christian ministry is more powerful in this respect than the Christian mother. Woman derives a great part of her influence from the fact that she is the presiding genius in the home. This is her peculiar kingdom where she rules, so as to mould posterity."- The Evangelist.


. 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.

PRIZE COMPETITION. It is proposed to hold a Competition and Sale of Dolls and Pincushions in the month of October, for the benefit of the Missions to Seamen and the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society. Two Prizes of 55. each are offered in each of the following Classes :DOLLS.

PIN-CUSHIONS. (a) Dolls in historical costumes. (e) Box pincushions. (6) Dolls in costumes of foreign () Painted pincushions. countries.

(8) Drawing-room pincushions. (c) Rag dolls.

(1) Pincushions (any sort) made by (d) Dolls in English 19th century children under twelve. costumes.

RULES. 1.-Each contribution must have name and address of the maker firmly attached (and in Class (h) the age must also be given).

II.-No Prize will be given in any Class unless there are three entries in that Class.

III.-No contributions will be returned.

IV.-Contributors are requested to send particulars of the contributions they propose to send in on or before September 15th to Miss WALROND, Stretton Lodge, Cypress Road, South Norwood Hill.

(Local Hon. Secretary, Missions to Seamen.) Or to

Mrs. GARDINER, Glenwood, Auckland Road, Upper Norwood.
(Local Hon. Secretary, Church of England Zenana Missionary Society.)

A Committee of Ladies will be requested to award the Prizes, and further particulars will be issued at the end of September.

The Editor's work Basket. 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 Farquharson, 17, Brushfield Street, Bishopsgate Street Without, E. ; James Farquharson, 63, Houndsditch; William Reddan, Old Compton Street, Soho ; 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.

Needs and Wants.

Needs. 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 Aug. Number, 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.

We trust our needs in the Mission-field wil 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 Stamps (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.U.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 Noveniber. (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. Men's and boys' suits and coats are most in demand.

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