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Colorado.- Rev. C. M. Jones, of Grand Junction, Men who have the missionary spirit, who can endure regards the prospects of our cause there very good. hardness as a good soldier, who know no failure ;
"The tide seems setting now again in our favor. We some who can take a small field and work up a have worked on steadily and patiently, doing our own support. proper work, and it tells at last. The difficulties No. VIII. From $200 to $500 each would enable under which Christian work is presented in the the Home Mission Society to put men at work on farther West are appreciable only to one on the these fields. Thirty Churches or individuals might ground, and grappling with them. Spiritual bank. supply this need. rupts, pleasure lovers, despisers of authority, human
No. LX. We have students at work on this field and divine-liberals-uncertainty of purpose and froin Morgan Park, Shurtleff College, Lewisburg, general fickleness of i.npulse, all these bring the Rochester, Hamilton, Newton, William Jewell Colby, fiercest strain upon the pastors of our western mission. Spurgeon's College, and other schools. They are ary interests.
men of talent and culture. We have besides, men “Often and often are we thankful for the wise and called and taught of God, who were educated in the practical sympathy manifested by our great Society's cominon schools, who are the peers of their brethren management at New York--patiently cherishing in. having talent, versatility and success. We should like terests which appeal more to a sanctified faith than to to add to both. impatient sight.”
No. X. We have an abundance of men, (called to Idaho.- Rev. Geo. T. Annes, of Moscow, reports be-saints, we trust,) who succeed in making a failure greatly improved spiritual condition of the church all the time. We don't wish to add to this number. large number of young people and excellent meetings.
No. XI. The Baptist Home Mission Society is He has also made a discovery.
supporting twenty men on this field; the Presbyterian Occasionally there is found here a kind of Baptist Board over seventy; the Congregationalists sixty; whose faith is not to pay a preacher,' and it will
the Methodists as many more. The Home Mission take some time and grace to overcome this strange Society would like to double their mission force. notion."
They will do so if money is put into their treasury so that it is possible.
Facts about Home Missions on the North
Rev. J. M. Helsley, of Wadsworth, Nevada, finds
encouragements in his field, among both whites and
Indians. Fact No. 1. Oregon, Washington Territory, North
My work among the white people looks hopeful, ern Idaho, and British Columbia compose the field.
although I cannot report any conversions. We have a No. 11. The country contains a population of belter organized Sunday school, and attendance at the about 500,000.
preaching service quite encouraging. I shall agitate No. III. In all British Columbia there are but two
the question of building a chapel tbis spring, and if my Baptist churches. One church to each 30,000 of suggestions are approved so that we get a chapel, we population, and both supported by the American may organize a church. We hold weekly Bible readBaptist Home Mission Society.
ings. No. IV. In the remaining territory represented,
I was in Humboldt County the first Sunday in there are nearly fifty county seats without a Baptist January, and held three services. church. There are over fifty towns with from 200 to
The Methodist minister on the field gave up his 6,000 population which have no Baptist preaching.
appointments to me, and the people without exception No. V. There are at least ten churches which could
treated me kindly. I am sorry we could not have raise from $300 to $500 each to support a pastor. placed a good man on that field before the Methodists This is about one-half the amount needed. The took hold. They have not been judicious in the sechurches are too far apart to group their interests.lection of the men sent there. I still hold my influTwenty other churches need pastors. Some of these
ence over the larger part of the seltlers outside the could be grouped. But few could have a pastor village, regardless of fact that most of them are without help.
Lutherans. I shall go there again in March. If the No. Vi. There are rich valleys settling up, some
Methodists abandon the work there, we should occupy
the entire field at once. with fifty to one hundred families, having no preaching
There are two points where of any denomination. They present the finest kind preaching is necessary, six miles apart, and one man of an opportunity for a minister to settle, build a home,
can supply both every Sunday if living on the field. and preach to a hungry people. In some of these
THE INDIANS. valleys government land can be had.
On the 14th of December I started to Walker No. VII. Thirty Baptist ministers are needed on River Agency, and reached there late on the 15th. this great field this year in addition to all we have. It is about eighty-five miles south of Wadsworth, and most of the road through an uninhabited desert. pastor writes: “We hold our services in a very The loneliness is so oppressive on these trips, which dirty old court room with very poor seating. We often reach into the night before water or shelter is must build now, or suffer such a defeat as will not be reached, that the disnıal howling of the coyotes seems retrieved in years." cheersul.
– This is the way Rev. E. N. Elton, of Fort Col. The agent, Mr. Genty, had announced my coming, lins, went about the erection of a house for the church so that a large attendance greeted me on the 16th and there: "The people felt and said, “We can't do it.' 17th. Perhaps 200 were present each day.
But I had prepared at my own expense a subscription The Indians were respectful and attentive while I
book in the form of blank notes, made payable when talked to them of Jesus and His love. It was neces
the house should be enclosed. I circulated it myself, sary to use an interpreter, which is a disadvantage, as
somewhat, but feeling that I was not well adapted to the interpreter does not fully understand what is
that work, I got one of my sisters to take it. Usually, ineant.
in such work, we go to the members of the church I endeavored to show the leading men the advan.
first, but as they felt too poor to begin the subscription, tage of Christianity, and a Christian education for
we got subscriptions wherever we could. Enough has their children.
been raised to justify our beginning the work; just After my last service I went into the house of the
about enough to enclose a house 26 x 44. We may be agent. A number of Indians came and stood about the door, among them the chief. They all compelled to contract a debt of from $200 to $400
but we will avoid it if possible.” finally left except the chief. He waited an hour or
A word to every missionary pastor without a house two and finally called me out. Said he wanted to say of worship— Don't believe it impossible to build begood-bye, wanted to know when I would come back
cause the people say, “We can't.” Don't consider again, and seemed quite touched at parting. He is a
it impossible because you are “not a good beggar;" good, honorable Indian, who, with his people, has had perhaps there is a sister in the church who will make little opportunity for enlightenment or civilization.
a good solicitor. It is often difficult for a man to say If I were nearer him I believe he could be brought “No” to an earnest Christian woman. It requires into the light.
some resolution on our part to say “No," even to The men are making rapid advancement in agri
Catholic “ sisters," who visit the Home Mission culture, and the children doing nicely in school,
rooms for contributions for their charities. under Mr. Genty's management. At Pyramid Lake Agency the Indians are doing
– The church at Blackfoot, Idaho, recently dedicated well. The house is crowded nearly every preaching
their house. Rev. T. M. Stewart, of Eagle Rock, service. I seldom use an interpreter here, as many
writes : of the boys and girls read some English, and most of “ Thus we have, in the town of all in Eastern the adults can talk and understand the English lan- Idaho having most of home atmosphere and promise guage. Here, too, the signs are hopeful, many of i of permanence, a property costing $2,800, a subthe leading men, among them the chief and his son, stantial brick house, 28 x 48, neatly finished and are beginning to attend my services.
furnished, one of the brightest and most beautiful If it were possible I should like to have the posi-church-houses we can find anywhere. The few who tion of teacher at this Agency for two years. I am
have listed heavily and are willing to continue in the sure a moral impression could be made on these work, appreciate the aid of the Society that has made children that would be lasting and helpful.
these things possible. If these Indians can be brought to see their need
- At Spring Valley, in Southern Minnesota, where of Christ, and the leading ones induced to accept him,
a meeting house was lately dedicated, everything is there will be a glorious ingathering.
| hopeful. It was dedicated free of debt and is the
best church building in the place, and the best of our
denomination in that part of the State. We rejoice Church Edifice Notes.
that another of our mission churches is so well housed.
-At Westminster, B. C., where Rev. Robert LenIf the constituency of the Society could be at the nie has labored successfully, a new house was rooms in New York and read the pleading letters for dedicated Dec. 12th, the cost of which, with furnishtwo and three hundred dollars' aid to erect chapels in ing, was nearly $6,000. It has richly paid to support the West and among the colored people at the South, a missionary here. Bro. L. says: "Four years ago as well as for some of our growing interests in the there was only four church members here, with little Indian Territory and in Mexico, we are certain that or no influence of an ecclesiastical character. Now, the offerings for this purpose would be more abun
within two years, there is a practical membership dant.
of forty, with church property worth fully $6,000. -Here is an application from S., in Nebraska, Besides, there are now twenty Baptists in Vanfor $200 to help build a chapel costing $1,200. The couver ready to be formed into a church, and
building is in course of erection as a house of wor- boxes, and expressing gratitude to the Society and ship. I have also secured ten lots in Vancouver for the donors for the kind assistance. educational purposes, as soon as the city warrants a A Danish missionary in Iowa writes : “ The supply Baptist seminary of learning. I mention these things sent from Providence, was a blessed help to my to the praise of the American Baptist Home Mission, family, and we could not help to think and say that because, apart from the Society, I could not have God had directed your hand, and also theirs, to help been here, and, humanly speaking, the work could the needy." not have been done.
Rev. Dr. Graves, President of Atlanta Baptist "Our church edifice here is of brick, is after the Seminary, acknowledges the receipt of a box from the plan of the Victoria Baptist church, has an excellent Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, Mich., and says: “The basement, is lighted by gas and heated by hot air last service which the lamented Prof. Olney did was to from below, has a nice reflector, and will be cushioned, pack and nail up this box for God's poor.
He reIt is the nicest church home in the city. The turned soon after, and was not, for God took him.'" first to be lighted by gas. It is admired by all, and An Iowa missionary says: " As this is a very hard envied by some.
winter with us and we are in a financial strait, we “In closing this year's labors I can only exclaim: hope there will be no delay in remitting.
I must • What hath God wrought ?'
add that we received a good box (or barrel) of cloth. “ As the Lord has given us the material structure, ing, etc., that has been a great help to us." we now trust He will use us in building up a spiritual We could give many instances where these boxes house for an habitation of God through the spirit. have proven a God send to the missionary, and we I desire, on my own behalf, and on behalf of the would like to make special mention of many cases, church, to tender my sincerest thanks to the Society but space will not permit. To all who have thus aided for their liberal aid, and trust that aid will be con in this work, we return our grateful thanks. May tinued, not only so, but that the Society will see its their example be an incentive 19 others 10 go and do way to continue and, if possible, increase its operations likewise. in B. C."
Our Continent. .
Missionary Boxes. The Society has sent out to churches and Mission Bands a large number of applications from missionaries' families for assistance in the way of clothing – The U. S. Bureau of Statistics has just issued its and supplies. To our knowledge over eighty boxes annual Statement of the Consumption of Distilled and and barrels have already reached their destinations. Malt Liquors and Wines in this Country for 1886, The letters insorming us of the shipment of these sup and for each year since 1870. Statistics are generally plies indicate that it was a labor of love, and that it considered dry reading, but this table, if righily is “more blessed to give than to receive."
studied, has many interesting and many terrible things The president of a Mission Band in Vermont says : recorded in it. The total amount of distilled Spirits “ Although the whole church was not interested in consumed in 1886 was 72,261,614 gallons ; i.e. this filling the box, ii has been a blessing to those who was the quantity on which customs and revenue were, and I trust that it will prove a blessing to the duties were paid and which may be presumed to have whole church through them.”
been tolerably pure. The vile and adulterated stuff A lady writing from New Jersey says : “ The only retailed by the liquor dealers was certainly more than fault we had to find with this family was that it only twice this amount, but there is one consolation; viz.: nambered four people, and this church might just as that the quantity of distilled spirits consumed is not well provide for a large family each year. The more increasing. In 1860 the amount reported was they have to do, the more interested they become." 89,968,651 gallons, and in 1870 79,895,708 gallons,
“Our sisters are aroused, and their enthusiasm and it has exceeded 80 Millions but twice since. Most must not be checked for want of proper information as of this large amount is domestic whiskey, rum and to worthy poor missionary families.” So writes a gin; only one-fistieth being imported liquors. lady from Ohio whose circle already prepared boxes - Before this liquor gets into the hands of the confor six families, and who asks for the names of two sumers, what with the watering and adulteration,
and the enormous profits of the retailer, there is over A lady from Md. writes : “My heart aches for five hundied million dollars paid for it. these faithful ones, and I long to do something for The consumption of domestic wines has in. them besides the small amount of money I can give.creased more than five-fold in these sixteen yearsCan you put me in the way of doing so ?” A mission from 3,059,518 gallons in 1870, to 23,298,940 in 1880, ary in North Dakota now rejoices over the receipt of and to 17,366,393 gallons in 1886, while imported valuable clothing. Many letters have been received wines have fallen off from 10,853,280 gallons in from missionaries, acknowledging the receipt of 1871, to 4,706,827 gallons in 1886; a reduction of
more than one-half. It seems probable that the - Philadelphia is a large city, with upwards of consumption of both domestic and imported wines is a million inhabitants. 1060 miles of streets, 239 miles decreasing, there having been a falling off of more of sewers, and 748 miles of gas mains. The carrier than 6,000,000 gallons since 1880. There is a very delivery of the Post Office covers the greatest territory large amount of adulteration in wines, and the of any city in the world except London. Philadelphia 22,067,220 gallons reported, undoubtedly represent is rightly called the “City of Homes." The census of an actual consumption of more than 30,000,000 gallons 1880 showed that there were 146,512 dwellings, which of so-called wines. It is difficult to fix a valuation was 73,828 more than in New York, and there are on the retail prices of these wines, but $2.00 a gallon over 6,000 buildings erected here each year. In is certainly too low,and yet this would give 60,000,000 New York the average number of persons to each dollars for the wine bill of the year.
house is 16.37 compared with 5.79 in Philadelphia, But the item which should cause most alarm, in which is the lowest average of any in the country. this table, is the enormous increase in the consump. The Municipal building, now nearing completion, has tion of malt liquors, especially those of domestic 520 rooms, and the highest point of the tower is 53772 production.
feet from the court-yard below; when finished, will be The importation of foreign ales, porters, and the highest artificial structure in the world, as well other malt liquors has ranged, during the 16 years, as the largest single building. The estimated cost is between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 gallons annually: thirteen million dollars. but the malt liquors produced here, have gone steadily
- The Legislature of British Columbia have passed upward from 203,000,000 gallons in 1870, to 640, 746,
a bill to protect all the interests of the Chinese at 288 gallons in 1886,or about ii gallons for each man,
Vancouver Island, and to punish summarily all those woman, and child in the country. The cost of this taking part in any outrages on the Chinese. The vile liquor to the retail dealer is about $130,000,000 ringleaders have been arrested. -and to the consumer from 3 to 4 times as much. We are warranted therefore in believing that the
-The Chinese Government has issued a decree beer drinkers of the country pay for these malt paying $25,000 to American Missionaries for their liquors not less than $400,000,000; and that the losses by the riots at Chung. King last year, and the liquor bills of the nation are at least $960,000,000 Chinese Viceroys of the Provinces are now calling We leave our readers to draw their own conclusions upon the American Minster at Pekin, asking that the as to this terrible waste.
Chinese murders and outrages in Wyoming and To put this liquor guzzling in another way, it Washington Territories and al San Francisco may allows to every inhabitant of the United States be investigated, and compensation made for them. 6 bottles of whiskey, two bottles of wine, and in
Is our Government to be taught humanity and gallons of beer, as a year's supply. As less than one. justice by these heathen rulers ? Are we to be comhalf of the people use intoxicating drinks in any way, pelled to confess that we are below them in honor these amounts must be doubled, and probably should and upright dealing ? be quadrupled for the actual drinkers.
- The National debt, less Cash in the Treasury on - The fact that three printing-offices in San Fran March 1, 1887, was $1,331,002,027; a reduction from cisco are owned by Chinamen, shows that these enter. February of about $1,466,782. prising immigrants are about taking up another
_There are in the United States 2,647,157 women industry. In China native printers, though ignorant who earn their own living, so the reports from of English, have learned to set type almost as rapidly Washington say. But we venture the remark that as white printers who understand the language.
there are some women who earn their own living - The shortest bill ever introduced in the Maine
who never told “ Uncle Sam" of it, nor will he ever Legislature, or in any other, perhaps, was recently know of them. Indeed what housewife does not presented as follows: “Sec. 1-The dog is hereby earn her own living” though no wages are paid declared to be a domestic animal. Sec. 2-This act
her ? shall take effect when approved.” It is the affirmation
-Our attention has been called to some criticisms of a fact which has been called in question by Maine law courts. It is understood that this bill is intro. The first of these is in the 8th paragraph relating to
on these paragraphs of our Continent for March. duced to avenge the loss of a cherished dog, because the Post Office Department. The critic has made a under existing Maine law the thief could not be con
mistake. The number of stamps of all denominations victed of larceny.
issued does slightly exceed 2,000,000,000 stamps a - The important bill allotting land in severalty to year, and they are furnished at $6.99 a thousand stamps, Indians has passed both houses of Congress and has including everything. His calculation is based on became a law. The Indians in Montana have made a the erroneous supposition that they are furnished at treaty giving up a large part of their Reservation, for $6.99 per thousand cents worth, which is absurd, which they are to receive $1,500,000 in ten annual and he figures up the amount received as $13,998,000. installments.
The actual cost is a little more than $3,000,000. It
costs no more to manufacture a 15 cent stamp than a gathered for prayer-meeting, she began to look 2 cent one.
anxious. Soon she asked us to pray that is she were In the roth paragraph in the sentence about not in the right path, she might be put in it. Now $25,000,000 of these are used, the dollar mark $ was her heart is filled with a new joy, and she says she is
What it was intended to say was that a soldier for Jesus." twenty five millions of the letter sheets would be de. Miss Ion E. Wood, a teacher in Louisville, Ky., manded the present year, which is the truth. No writes: “My work is indeed pleasant. I find my statement in regard to the cost of Postal Cards was pupils attentive, earnest, and willing. The average made.
age is twenty. Our meetings have closed, but the —The paragraph in regard to the honey crop of
Lord gave us eight new souls to rejoice over, and California is given as reported to the Agricultural assist in His great work. The importance of working Department. It is probably a misprint there (for
for the Master is fully known here, and each one is which we are not responsible ); the true reading, we
trying to do his or her part toward helping on the
cause. conjecture, should be, 4,000 tons larger, which is, we
An interesting letter from Hartshorn Memorial presume, the fact.
College tells us about this school. Mr. Tefft writes : “We have enrolled this year 94: Boarders 50—all
we had furnished room for; day pupils, 44. ProsesWOMAN'S AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME sors of religion on entering, 74. Converted this year, MISSION SOCIETY,
3. Those in the home not professing Christians, 4.
From Virginia, 84; West Virginia, 4; Pennsylvania, 14 Tremont Temple, Boston, Mass.
2; Indian Territory, 1; North Carolina, 1; South
Carolina, I; Florida, 1. One of our students, Mrs. President, Mrs. Thomas Nickerson, Newton Cen: 1. J. J. Coles, has just reached the African shore as a tre, Mass.;
Vice-President, Mrs. Anna Sargent missionary. She was a special student with us after Hunt, Augusta, Maine; Corresponding Secretary,
she decided to go as a missionary.” Mrs. Mary C. Reynolds, 14 Tremont Temple, Boston,
Mr. Westrup sends us good tidings of the work Mass. ; Treasurer, Miss Margaret McWhinnie, 14 done by our Mexican teachers. He calls earnestly Tremont Temple, Boston, Mass.
for another teacher from our Society at Lampazos,
where are signs of good. We cannot this year underThe reports which come to us from our schools this take any new work. Mr. Westrup says, “The month are very encouraging. Many of the teachers characteristic of our field here is slow, sure growth; speak of an increasing interest in Bible study. A we might make more noise, and baptize more candi. number of the pupils are looking toward Africa as a dates, but I doubt if we could do much more with our mission field. It is encouraging to notice how quickly present means than we are doing, to demolish super. those who have found the Saviour precious to their stition by sound, wholesome truth." own souls, turn towards the unsaved. The aim of Mrs. Hunting, from Fresno, Cal., sends a deeply nearly all our teachers is to win their pupils for Christ. interesting letter from this foreign mission field of The letters of our colored teachers fill us with thanks. | America. She writes : “Since I last wrote to you giving, that through the gifts and prayers of our New the Chinese have celebrated their New Year anniverEngland women, such noble teachers have been led sary. Would you like to know how our Christian to consecrate themselves to Christ's service.
Chinese spent it? We may almost be said to have no Miss Annie C. Howard, of Wayland Seminary, Christian Chinese in the city. There are few names writes: “We have a large number of students who on the church record, four received by baptism and are quite advanced in age, and who know—well, simply one by letter from Portland, Oregon. The latter is nothing so far as the knowledge of books is concerned, absent from the city much of the time. There are but it is encouraging to notice their progress, though several learning the Christian religion, and one of slow; to see how they grasp and drink in the instruc- these began this New Year with his first prayer in tion when in their classes; they seem so grateful for the presence of others to the living God. Another all they get.
said: “They wanted me to go to the Joss house, but We are having a very refreshing time in our prayer. I told them I would not eat a big dinner (of meat meetings. The first Sunday in this month four were offered in sacrifice) and pray to the devil.' baptized, and since then five have come to Christ. “ Before the New Year was quite spent Dr. Hartwell The Holy Spirit is indeed working with us. It is a came to hold meetings among them for a week. I wish real joy to see how they begin at once to work for I could picture the scene, and the sensation I felt, Jesus. Just as soon as one is brought, he immediately when for the first time in my life I was present, and sets to work, trying to lead others. One of the con assisted (in the singing), at a street meeting. Close verts was a Catholic, and declared at the beginning of by the largest Chinese gambling and opium den, Dr. the term that she was all right, and would not give Hartwell and Pastor Jordan alternately standing on a up her religion. As night after night the students | able, myself sitting in the only chair (which at