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TINNEVELLY. · E closed our last Number with part of Miss Blyth's story of the
villages round Palamcottah still waiting for space, and though it is finished in the present one, the great need of Tinnevelly still remains untold, and the ripe harvest waits to be gathered in. Our last Number announced the death of Miss Munro,
the superintendent of the Tinnevelly Village Mission, which occurred since the Annual Letters were despatched from Palam. cottah, and pp. 542, 554 mention the circumstances and the lates:
Pupils and Converts in the District of Palamcottah.
By Miss BLYTH,
them when she comes, and who, but T the end of last year, we had for their parents, would confess Christ
502 pupils. I suppose there openly. There is the woman of forty
is not one who does not give a beginning to read, who has lost her bright welcome, but it is, as a rule, the four children, and who thinks the pupil who comes close to you, and lifts Christians' God will comfort her. a look of confidence straight into your One pupil who could read perfectly face, whom you instinctively know in 1888, but seemed like a stone, and believes in your God..
sent one away with a heart-ache, in There are two girls living together consequence of illness has wakened who try to get some quiet corner so
up. One day she openly declared her that the teacher may have prayer with
faith in the truth of our religion
Taking two strings of flowers which “ Well, learn your Bible lessons, but her father had used for puja, she said, don't come and tell us about them." “One of these strings of red and white
The Couverts, flowers, without any scent, is like Hinduism, attractive to look at”; then In February, when the Bishop of lifting up some white scented ones, Travancore and Cochin came to hold she said, “These flowers are like confirmations in the district, we felt we Christianity, not much to look at, but might present a middle-aged widow, when you come close to it, it is whose daughter had previously been fragrant."
confirmed, as a candidate; the day Some pupils learn entirely for the before the confirmation she was ill, sake of getting education, and yet but she said she felt sure God would one never knows when or where the give her strength to get to church seed sown may spring up. Many next day, and if she could only crawl friends in England are specially in- she would go. The Bishop very kindly terested in a young widow called K. ; came to speak to our teachers before she seems to have advanced a little the service, so that there was no time more into the Light. The beginning to see how she was that morning. of this year, when a special Hindu When we got to church we could not festival was held, she told her mother see her, but among the last row of that she did not wish to partake of women she came up for the laying on any food connected with it. At the of hands, and we rejoiced over and time, her mother refused to eat unless with her. From all we can see, she the daughter did too, and poor K. said, has made progress in spirituality. ** How could I refuse my own mother, Her daughter (also a widow) has and sit by and see her not eat? But I come with us several times to Hindu did not want to touch it." Her sad houses, and talked to the women. face still haunts me, and the growing One day I took her to see K., and conviction that Christianity is true never did the contrast between a only adds sorrow while she cannot Hindu and a Christian strike me bring herself to think of leaving her more than when I saw them sitting parents.
side by side, telling each other of This year the pupils are all taught their joys and sorrows. Shai's face Scripture according to a little sketch was all lighted with joy, K.'s sweet of a lesson given to the teachers month face was full of constant grief. Shai, by month, and they learn texts bearing though twenty-five or twenty-six, is on the subject. One girl's father gave still learning with young girls in the her a note-book to write down all the 4th Standard, so that she may fit texts. There are two pupils who, herself for future work; but we always after learning their Scripture lessons, have cheering accounts of her kindness go and tell their parents what they and helpfulness with the younger ones, have learnt, and even venture to argue
who call her “elder sister.” She is with them, until they have been told, in the school unit,
who has taken the deepest interest in did
the child died. Now the her. We are hoping soon to have a child she has is about eighteen months house with our converts on the com- old, and she has learnt to say, “Though pound, through the kindness of the He slay me, yet will I trust in Him," Committee, so that we shall no longer and to know that God will deal with be obliged to send all needing pro- her as He sees best in His great love. tection to school.
She has learnt from both school. Another young woman Miss Swain- mistress and Bible-woman (or Zenana son has kindly made mistress of an teacher) : if we ask the schoolmistress industrial class and paid her a small if she has taught her, she says, “I salary ; by this means she is at present have helped a little, but the Bible. provided for.
woman has taught her.” If we ask On July 3rd a Heathen woman and the Bible-woman, she says, “Oh, the her little child from Ervadi were bap- other Christian woman has helped tized at Dohnavur (this is in our her,” and so each humbly tries to pass southern district). The husband had the blessing over to another. The given his consent while still remaining baptism, with that of others, took place a Heathen. But we know that for the at one of the harvest thanksgiving wise the trials of the home, and per. services held at Dohnavur (they take secutions from the neighbours, will place at different times in different not be slight, and that she will need parts, according to the produce of the our constant, earnest prayers that she district), the schoolmaster and mis. may be kept faithful to her Captain. tress and Bible-woman standing as
Our teacher walks daily from Doh- sponsors for the little child; Miss ravur, and the only Christians living Kember and I were witnesses for the in Ervadi are the schoolmaster and mother. The church was full of people mistress, and a woman who was de- assembled to these services, and we ceptively married by her relations to know our Dohnavur Christian women a Heathen man many years ago, and were praying and are praying that who, through mar.y years of trial, has Pêtchi may hold firmly to her solemn tried to hold firmly to Christ, and to promises. bring up her children as Christians. We must not close without thanking
The woman just baptized was named the kind friends who have helped us Pêtchi, but she changed it as it was with presents for our pupils. We are connected with her foriner devil- so .thankful for spectacles for weak worship. She had heard the hymns sight (the stock 1 brought from Eng. sung in this other Christian woman's land has been quickly exhausted), house, then her child was ill and she wools and canvas, little workboxes, ihought our God might cure it, and and scissors for the pupils who have for a time performed no Heathen learnt for many years and who have ceremonies for it. At last, through already received dolls and bags. the persuasions of her neighbours, she July 6th, 1894.
THE TRAVANCORE AND COCHIN MISSION. N many ways Trevandrum is an aristocratic station. Since 1862 Miss
Blandford has worked there amongst the royal family of a very enlightened native state, visiting and holding a school in palaces. One of her fellow-workers was her niece, Miss Collins, now Mrs. Bourdillon, whose Indian home she describes. The present ones are Miss Bell, who helps specially in educational work, and Miss Lina Beaumont, who is in local connexion and in charge of the dispersary. Miss Blandford speaks of herself and these two workers as three B's, and very busy bees.”
Light and Shade in Trevandrum.
By Miss BLANDFORD.
HARDLY know whether Light the door when I presented myself for or Shade has preponderated in admission. Happily, on the very day the year now under review. I
of this disappointment, an old scholar, will not decide the question for my- whose husband had lately finished self, but try to write a truthful sketch building for her a fine, large, upperof what has befallen us, leaving storeyed house near one of the Fort it to those who read the account to ga:es, offered it to me for the school judge for themselves; and first as at a rent of Rs. 30 a month. I decided regards
at once to take it, and removed the
goods (no light task), and opened it on The Fort School.
November 13th. In the beginning of last November The first day 133 children appeared, our old palace was required by the and for a few weeks there was Government to be used as a residence perceptible falling off in the attendby some Namburi Brahmans who had ance ; but by the time the Christmas come to Trevandrum to attend the holidays began, the average number Murajabom, a sexennial seast lasting was twenty-five lower than in the about six weeks. After much house. month preceding our move. Five hunting and trying to make terms weeks of vacation brought us to with landlords who asked exorbitant January 19th, when we reassembled rents, I found one who agreed to all in the new schoolhouse in very remy proposals, and, with bland civility, duced numbers; but in ten days from fixed a day for the reception of the that time the keys of the old Fort school surniture, yet, before the date palace were given over to me again, appointed, “took his journey to the and I had the pleasure of re-opening east," leaving an irresponsible old the school there on the last day of man in charge, who refused to open January. The Government with great
liberality paid Rs. So, the rent of to our healthier suburb of Tycand, it the hired schoolhouse for three might have been interpreted as a lack months.
of sympathy on our part, whereas by The Murajabom ("Mura," by turns, staying all day amongst them, we "jabom," prayer) is a Hindu ceremony were at hand to speak loving words peculiar to Travancore, and was insti- to the survivors. Many were struck tuted many years ago by a Maharajah down in a few hours after seizure, anxious to atone for his guilt in killing be’ore help of any sort could be enemies in battle. He thought that if procured. he could attract all the Vamburis of Our school peon, now an aged man, Travancore to Trevandrum, and en- lost his only son, a youth of about sure their performing daily proces. twenty, just married. He was taken sional prayers round the principal ill on a Sunday night, and died early temple, he should obtain not only the next morning. The poor old forgiveness of his own sins, but should father has now no one to work for him bring abundant prosperity for the in his old age, nor to perform his country. Every sixth year since his funeral ceremonies, a terrible grief to reign, the invitation has been repeated, a Hindu, while an engaging, clever and some thousands of Malayalim child of eight is condemned to a lifeBrahmans or Namburis are enter- long widowhood. tained here for six weeks at the One of our little Brahman girls public expense. So liberally are they asked leave to go home in the astersupplied with food, that I have seen noon because her mother was ill, and them at the close of the day selling early the next morning she was seen what remained over of their rations to standing at her door crying because eager buyers in the road. On their she was dead. One could but commit departure, the chief men amongst the poor lamb to the tender care of them are presented with silk and Him Who, when on earth, suffered the other cloths as well as with gists in little ones to come to Him. money.
This time their visit was It is frequently a consolation to me attended with disastrous consequences, to remember, when grieving over the for before its termination, cholera impossibility of training these children broke out and carried off thirty or for Him, that His heart of love yearns forty of them. The terrible disease over them too, and that He is far did not end here ; it continued to rage more ready to hear our prayers than for about two months longer, and we are to pray for them. During the hundreds were swept into eternity. I cholera, the attendance of scholars in did not close either of our three the Fort School was much lower than schcols, though I felt keenly the risks usual, but in May and June it began to which our teachers, and especially to increase, and has now (August) the Bible-women, were exposed. nearly reached the same average as Had we all left the Font and retired
that of last year.