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COMMITTEE NOTES.

At the General Committee on Wednesday, November 7th, the following details with regard to the sailing of missionaries were reported :

Miss Clay and Miss Barthorp sailed from London on October 5th, by P. & 0. Caledonia, and arrived at Bombay on October 26th.

Miss Catchpool and Miss Bartlett left London on the evening of October 5th, to join the Branksome Hall at Marseilles, and arrived at Karachi on October 25th.

Miss Oxley for South India, and Misses E. Chambers, M. and G. DaviesColley, Kent, F. and M. Leslie, and Scott, for North India, sailed from London on October 12th, by P. & O. Chusan.

Miss H. Newcombe also sailed on October 12th, by the Lusatian from Londonderry, viâ Montreal, on her return to China.

Misses White, Hobbs, Houghton, and Richardson sailed from Liverpool on October 17th, by the Locksley Hall, and Misses Brook, M. Dickson, Dixie, Mason, and E. Brenton-Carey, left London on October 23rd to join the same ship at Marseilles.

On October 26th, Misses Brown, Ashwin, C. Dickson, and M. Hall sailed from London for Calcutta per P. & O. Peshawar.

The Secretaries reported the arrival in England of Miss Strong, of the China Mission, by medical advice.

The estimates for the coming year were submitted and approved.

The Committee cordially accepted the offer of Miss Stanistreet as Hon. Association Secretary with Miss Rose in the Liverpool Diocese. It should be mentioned that, since Miss Hammond's removal to Sheffield, Miss Agnes Royston has rendered most efficient help at Liverpool, though her name has not been formally entered among our Association Secretaries.

The Committee having been informed of the death of Miss Munro, their missionary in South India, and of the Very Rev. the Dean of Melbourne, adopted the Minutes which will be found on pp. 543, 544.

It was also announced that Miss Amy G. Lillingston, having successfully passed her final medical examination at Glasgow, is now qualified as L.R.C.P. & S.

On the recommendation of the Candidates Committee, Miss Ridsdale was accepted as a missionary of the Society for Palamcottah.

On the strong recommendation of the Ven. Archdeacon Caley, it was decided to sanction the opening of a girls' school in the district near Mavelicara, which he described as one of the most iinportant centres for work in South India.

At one o'clock the Committee welcomed Miss Rainsford (at home on furlough from Narowal), Dr. Charlotte Wheeler (who has come home by medical advice from Peshawar), and Miss Kember (just arrived from Palamcottah, where she has done valuable work as a missionary in local connexion). Her father, the Rev. T. Kember, C.M.S., in Tinnevelly for nearly thirty years, was present, and gave interesting and encouraging in. formation as to the growth of the Society's work, and bore strong testimony to the character and work of the late Miss Munro.

Mrs. Chowdhry had been invited to meet the Committee on the eve of her return to India. She expressed her thankfulness for her visit to England, and for being allowed in any way to help forward the cause at home. In returning, she asked prayer on behalf of the work in general, and for special cases.

The late Dean of smelbourne.

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UR last Number announced the news which had reached us from

Australia of the death of the Very Rev. Hussey Burgh

Macartney, D.D. Others must tell of wide-spread mourning for a venerable man, who was always ready for every good word and work, and to offer a hospitable welcome to visitors from the home country. We can only very inadequately express what the C.E.Z.M.S. owes to him.

Dr. Macartney was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. He was the son of the late Sir John Macartney, a member of the Irish House of Commons, and of Catherine, daughter of the Right Hon. Walter Burgh, Lord Chief Baron, who was long a representative of the University of Dublin in Parliament.

The Australian Branch of our Society was founded on July 24th, 1890, and since that time the Committee have always met at the Deanery. Though the Dean took the chair at these meetings whenever his health permitted, it was only at the one held on the 14th of last August that he was elected Chairman of the Australian Branch of the C.E.Z.M.S. The advanced age of ninety-five found him ready to undertake new responsibilities in the service which he loved; but his work on earth was nearly

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done; he entered upon the higher service of Heaven on October 8th.

What Australia has done for the C.E.Z.M.S. must be summed up in a few words. By August, 1892, it had sent out ten niissionaries to India and China, and undertaken their support, as well as that of two assistant missionaries in local connexion. It had also founded a Native Bible. woman Fund, which paid for forty-two Bible-women under C.E.Z. missionaries in India, and had opened a Missionary Training Home at Kew, Victoria.

The following Minute adopted by the C.E.Z.M.S. Committee on November 7th :

“ That this Committee having

heard of the recent death, at a very THE VERY Rev. H. B. MACARTNEY, D.D.,

advanced age, of the Very Rev. Late Dean of Melbourne,

the Dean of Melbourne, desire

to put on record their sense of the loss which the Church of Christ in Australia has sustained in the removal of one who, during a long ministry in the Colonies, has been a consistent and faithful preacher and maintainer of Evangelical truth, and has exercised a wide and healthful, spiritual influence in the city and diocese of Melbourne. They acknowledge with thankfulness to God the active sympathy which their revered friend has ever shown in the progress of the Australian Auxiliary of the C.E.Z.M.S. Since the appointment of a Committee in Melbourne, the Deanery has been at their service for their monthly meeting, at which, till almost the last, the Dean has presided. The Committee would express their heartfelt sympathy with the Rev. H. B. Macartney and other members of the family in their bereavement."

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The late Miss Munro,

C.E.Z. MISSIONARY IN TINNEVELLY.

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intended the Tinnevelly Village Mission. Simultaneously with her letter, and letters from her fellow-missionaries, telling

of the vast fields white unto harvest, and the comparatively few workers ready to faint under the sense of work left undone, we had also to announce that one, full of devotion and energy, had fallen under the scourge of cholera which was devastating the villages.

The following resolution was passed at the Committee, Wednesday, November 7th, 1894.

“ The Committee desire to express their heartfelt sorrow for the tidings which have reached them of the death at Courtallum, on September 27th, from cholera, after nine days’ illness, of their missionary, Miss Eliza L. H. Munro. She joined our Society in 1890, having previously worked in South India in connexion with a Scotch Society. On her arrival in India she undertook the superintendence of the Bible-women in the district around Tinnevelly, and in the sulfilment of her charge she made frequent itinerations through the towns and villages where our workers are employed. Her report published in November INDIA'S WOMEN, contains an interesting account of a recent tour, in which she speaks of many encouragements and not a

doors. It was during one of her tours that she was seized with illness while nursing her colleague, Miss Woodward. The Committee would put on record their appreciation of the faithful and efficient service which Miss Munro has rendered to the cause of Christ in South India. They specially note as a testimony to her influence and her devotion to her work, the deep affection which was shown toward her by the Bible-women during her last illness, and her evident concern lest their desire to minister to her should in the least draw them away from their daily duties.”

Miss Blyth has written home telling particulars of Miss Munro's illness; we give some extracts from her letter.

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LETTER FROM Miss BLYTH.

Palamcottah, October 2nd, 1894. Miss Munro and Miss Woodward were staying at Courtallam, thirty-six

miles from here ; Mrs. Thomas and her daughter always spend August and September there, as it is cool and

healthy, and they were there when with a smile on her face, as if pleasant Miss Woodward was taken ill.

thoughts had come to her. Miss Munro nursed her, and was On Tuesday night she asked me to anxious about her. One evening she pray ; I just suid a few sentences, for herself did not feel well, and only the restlessness was so great, that contook some soup, and prayed with Miss stant watch had to be kept to prevent Woodward that they both might have her rolling out of bed. On Wednessome sleep. That night Miss Munro day evening, we think it must have had her cot moved into a larger room, been, that she asked one of the Bibleand the dresser, who was three and women to repeat texts and hymns to a half miles away, was sent for. About her when nurse was out of the room. 7 a.m. Miss Woodward sent a mes- Mrs. Douglas had seen her previously, sage to Mrs. Thomas, who went im- and Mr. Hawkins, itinerating near, mediately to Courtallam, and felt sure had also seen her. He read the Burial that Miss Munro was suffering from Service, and dear Mrs. Thomas came cholera. Though she got over the down to the little English churchyard symptoms, collapse set in, and in two where she is laid. Two of the Bibledays the nurse from the Sarah Tucker women were most good. Mr. Douglas Institution, Palamcottah, went to her, remarked that they were so brave, accompanied by a young girl from the when others would have fled; but we school, just beginning to learn nursing. who know them, know that they They were both very good.

would often endanger their lives for Last Monday, the doctor from here was sent for, and help was wanted for The doctor told me that Miss the nurse, so I went too. On Thurs- Munro did not take the cholera in her day, September 27th, at 2.35 p.m., work, as she had been kept from Miss Munro passed away after nine visiting infected districts by Miss days' illness. She was often uncon. Woodward's illness, and it only takes scious, and wandering, and the last two or three days to develop. Miss night was delirious ; but after, I think, Thomas the best and about 5 a.m. she never spoke, but lay capable of missionaries and nurses.

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CHRISTMAS LETTER MISSION. Those who know of this attempt to reach the sick, the sorrowsul, and the lonely, with words of greeting and goodwill at Christmas, will welcome the reminder that cards and letters suited for all classes of people, and attractive, as C.L.M. publications usually are, are now ready. If this notice should be read by any one who does not know what the Christmas Letter Mission is, we recommend them to apply to the Central Secretary, Miss Bewes, 67, Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, W., to whom should be addressed all general inquiries or requests for printed information on this subject. The Organising Secretary and Treasurer is Miss E. Steele Elliott, 66, Mildmay Park, London, N.

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