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Within a Royal Palace. admission, although for thirty years On Sunday evening, October 15th, her friend and teacher. She was too all Trevandrum was moved by the ill to be permitted to bathe in her news of the death of Her Highness the tank out of doors, and thus wash Junior Rani. Forty-three guns, cor- away the defilement consequent on responding with her age, were fired; the touch of a European, so none were muffled drums were beaten all night suffered to approach her. I did see at the top of the principal gatc of the her once more, three days before her Fort; the sepoys of the Nayar brigade death, through the kindness of one of and policemen of the force were her sons : he allowed me, late at night, called out, and her remains were cre- to look in through a partly.opened mated in a few hours. Six months door, and the sight I then saw of the before she had confided to me, to my suffering lady seated on the floor and great distress, that she had a cancer supported by faithful attendants was a on her tongue, and soon afterwards a very sad one. physician and two nurses from Madras I had promised not to speak, so were summoned to operate on her. could only inwardly pray that God Every argument to induce her to sub. would bless and comfort her. The mit to it was used in vain, and she sequel would have been very different placed herself instead in the hands of could she have been persuaded to a Hindu doctor, who, after inflicting resign herself to skilled medical treatdreadful tortures on her, failed, as we ment and nursing, but Brahman in. knew he would, to effect a cure.
fluence is yet too powerful in TravanFrom this time I was denied all core to admit of Western innovations access to her ; cruel caste forbade my and alleviations in royal sick-rooms.
(To be continued.)
COCHIN. OSSIBLY the history and associations which cling to the little stale
of Cochin, which has proved a fruitful field for women's work; may not be widely known ; we print an extract from a short account of it given by the Lady Commissioner of the Daily Graphic, and published on June 27th, 1894:
Historically Cochin offers interest breathed his last in 1530, and which enough to have a book of its own, for saw the printing by the Jesuits of the
to day one looks with some first book published in India, in 1577. wonder
upon the place which first But apart from its associations, there possessed European fortifications in is plenty for the modern traveller to India, at which Vasco da Gama see in the miles of canal and back
water upon which the town stands. The fleets of strangely-rigged fishThe backwater runs many miles in- ing crafts, the men wearing a huge land, with shores fringed with the piece of head-gear, combining in itself richest vegetation, and dotted by the attributes of hat and umbrella, prosperous village communities.
are to be seen all down the coast, Very bright, bustling, and pictu- but most particularly round Calicut resque is the scene along the canal, and Cochin; while at the latter place, which runs through the town, with its primitive supports carrying great nets banks filled with an animated, moving are erected at close intervals along crowd, and upon its waters a busy the shore. These are generally in fleet of the curious flat-bottomed charge of two or three men, who conbarges with their thatched awnings, tinually lower the nets into the water, by which a great amount of the trade where they are borne down by heavy of the place is carried on : this.com- stones, and when hauled up, contain, prises a variety of merchandise, in- it may be, the delicious pomfret (this, cluding coir, yarn, rope, and fibre, however, is eaten at its best in .cocoanut and other oils, as well as, of Bombay), the tasty mullet, the seer, late years, an enormous amount of the barmin, or more probably, the dried fish. Both the sea and the sardine of the East, a small and exbackwaters abound in fish, and, when tremely plentiful fish which approxidried, much of it finds its way to mates closely to its brother of the Ceylon, where it is consumed chiefly Mediterranean. by coolies upon the tea and coffee Cochin also possesses a small but estates.
artistic industry in silver work.
caste woman who joined the Mission, important point gained is that, in in 1884. After her baptism, she was addition to the grants, permission has confirmed by Bishop Speechly, and also just been given, allowing us to then began work, more especially teach the Bible in school-hours, which among high-caste women,
was afterwards notified in the Governwhom she was the means of bring. ment Gazette. Thus that cloud is now ing into the sold of Christ. Her removed, and the Scriptures may be example influenced others for good. taught without any such obstacles Thus her vacant place leares a blank being again put in the way. which will be difficult to fill; but for
Our Industrial School. our comfort, wc are assured she has now rest and joy in the presence of In our Industrial School there are her Saviour. Her end was peaceful, now twenty-one widows, and a deaf and without much suffering ; almost and dumb girl, who have constant her last words were : “If I am to die, employment. This work is kept only I am not afraid, for Jesus, keeps so for the converts, and after baptism close to me; He never leaves me." the daily Bible-lesson is continued as
Surely such words as these, spoken before, so that they may grow in grace while in the valley of the shadow of and knowledge, and at the same time death by one who had lived in Heathen be trained to habits of industry, todarkness, is a bright testimony to the gether with the useful art of selfpower of the Gospel, and brings with support. On behalf of these we would it the message to be up and doing, send special thanks to Miss Macfor the night cometh when no man can Gregor, Hon. Sec. of the I.W.U., for work.
her kind practical help and loving We are thankful to have had an sympathy. Also for the many warm increase in the number of supporters articles of clothing sent by her in the for some of our dear children during Christmas. box. the past year, but very many of these little ones are as yet without any, and
Twentyfour Baptisms. for them we should be glad to get We would also give praise for help. In our A.V. School, thirty-five twenty-four baptisms during the year, out of the fifty-six children now on the and especially for two high-caste young rolls are our Mission children, who are women, who with their three chil. being educated there up to the First dren were baptized together, and for Form. For this school we are now in two new inquirers (widows) who have receipt of Rs. 87 per month grant-in- but recently come into the Mission. aid from the Sirkar, who have also Our Bible-women are going on with sanctioned grants of from Rs. 3 to Rs.4 their self-denying work, and we only monthly to each of our five high-caste want to see their number greatly Hindu schools, and Rs. 71 monthly for multiplied, and the needed funds for our Widows' Industrial School; but an their support.
The dispensary has continued open throughout the year, excepting the three months we were absent from the station. This accounts for the numbers being less than last year. Patients treated in the dispensary, 3286; out. side patients, 460,
To all friends who have sent contributions or gists for school prizes, we send warmest thanks, and would ask for their fervent prayers that God may give us greater success in winning souls.
August 6th, 1894.
Whilst the great empires of the far East have been shaken by war, and we have looked eagerly for mails from China, our missionaries in the Fuh-Kien Province have been kept in peace without and
within. Never have they written more brightly. Correo
The name Fuh-Kien means "happily established ”; the population numbers 14,777,410, and we have
thirty missionaries appointed to eight stations in this province. This number includes Miss Hessie Newcombe, now on her way out after surlcugh, Miss Strong, at present at home for the benefit of her eyes, and Miss Wedderspoon, a new missionary whose departure has been delayed until the assurance has been received that she may travel in safety.
By Miss JOHNSON.
our work in the women's hos. not surprising, since there has been no
pital at Nangwa-Ke has per- English doctor during the greater part haps not been quite so prosperous as
of it. Owing to serious illness, Dr. last year, yet we would ask you to join Rigg was obliged to leave for Foous in giving thanks to God for much chow, and afterwards was invalided blessing which has rested on it. This home. He left the hospital in charge year the number of in-patients has of students, who also attend the
women's hospital, but the Natives do be cured of the effects of opium. She not think nearly so much of them as listened stolidly with a look that of a “foreigner." I have not got the plainly said, “You can talk away. number of out-patients at hand, but I'm too sharp to be taken in by you. one hundred would be under rather I'm not going to be influenced by than over the mark. These are not anything you may say,” but He Who, all at Nangwa ; those of us who go to when “lifted up, will draw all men,” stay in the villages, generally take awakened in her heart a longing medicines for such simple cases as we against which she could not hold out. understand ourselves. We are, of She confessed before long that she course, expected-in virtue of being believed what we told her was the foreigners-to understand the healing truth and very much to be desired; art! and we see so many cases where she went so far as to kneel in prayer a very simple remedy would give with us every day, she even herself relief and avert: serious consequences, prayed, confessing her sins and asked that
huinanity compels for pardon. to do something. Help in sick. But there was a stumbling-block to ness sometimes makes the people becoming a Christian which she hermore friendly, and shows them that self soon perceived : she and her we care for and sympathise with husband were “eating the idol's rice" them.
--they were caretakers of a club and
temple combined--and they were reOpium-smokers.
quired to burn incense daily to the This year two of our patients were idols. The husband ving sent his opium cases. Among the women in this wife to be cured of opium--as an part we do not meet with many who experiment -- followed her example,
, are victims of this vice. I am told and he too,
while in hospital, that among the rich it is not un- became interested and convinced of
where the men of the the Truth ; but, alas! there they have family take it, it frequently spreads to stopped. So far they have not come their women-kind. Among women of to a decision to let go almost their immoral character it is also common. only means of support and to trust
Our first opium patient, however, God to take care of them. Both are belonged to neither of these classes. old, and they have no children; the Her husband is a tailor, and had man's eyes are getting too dim to do smoked opium many years, so she, too, much. One can see his wife is just had fallen into the habit. She was a longing to possess Jesus Christ and to fortnight in hospital. At first it was have His pardon and peace. It is a evident she was determined not to very sad case. In China it needs to believe anything of the doctrine which be desperately in earnest to obtain she knew we taught. She simply the pearl of great price. Many in our wished to make use of our hospital to own land, who have known and proved