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that in and around Hagarty in the northern part lise. On the other side we must say that many a one of Ontario. From a small number of Baptists has been, on his arrival, brought in contact with evil which organized into a church during a visit of influence that led him deeper and deeper into perdi. Rev. G. A. Schulte (who was laboring as tion. or both instances we are able to adduce many evangelist of German Baptist churches), the growth proofs. A great responsibility rests upon Christians has been steady and substantial. There is now a of our country towards these foreigners. membership of 125, though many have moved to Our emigrants, should above all things be made other fields, where they are identified with regular conscious, entering our shores, that this is a Christian churches. During the past year the church at land; they should at once meet the seeking love that Hagarty, with grateful acknowledgement for help in / says: “Come and we will do you good.” We as the past, has decided henceforth rather to aid the Baptists should never be guilty of the depravation cause of Home Missions than be the recipient of into which many of our foreigners fall that look for a further aid.
home in our blessed country, neither should we stay In like manner has the German church at Williams- behind other denominations that exert themselves so port, Pa., grown strong enough now to raise the zealously for the welfare of the emigrants. We should standard of her own self-support. In a resolution, above all endeavor at least to look and provide for unanimously and enthusiastically adopted, expression the brethren of our faith. Would to God that these of the most hearty appreciation was given at the few lines might create a sincere interest in these dear noble work done through the agency of the Home people, and lead us to intercede most earnestly for this Mission Society.
The Roman Catholic as well as the Protestant
churches have, in order to protect their members that Our Castle Garden Mission.
come over to this country, and to lead back in their fold, appointed missionaries in Castle Garden that
greatly exert themselves, especially the Roman BY REV. J. SCHIEK, MISSIONARY.
Catholic, to cultivate this rich and copious field.
We as Baptists, persuaded and convinced of the Although the work of the American Baptist Home urgent necessity of representation in this important Mission in Castle Garden is but little known among place, have employed a missionary for the last five our churches, it is nevertheless one of the most impor. years; his principal work is to aid members and friends tant and necessary branches of our mission.
of our denomination in a brotherly way on their arriIf we consider that an average of over 1,000 people val in the country, to lead them to the fellowship of daily pass through the gates of Castle Garden to enter God's children, being to them a guide to their our blessed land, and that in the latter years emigra temporal and spiritual welfare. His efforts have been tion in this country has reached half a million annually, successful in leading many of our brethren in a then we have sufficient proof that these streaming spiritual home, after they had been cordially greeted multitudes offer a great field for our mission. Verily, and heartily welcomed to their utmost joy. the time has come to draw the attention of our To those who were in need of temporal aid he has churches to this vast emigration, so as to induce them carried our blessed Saviour's injunction, “I was to take a lively interest in this mission.
hungry and ye gave me meat, I was thirsty and ye A great responsibility rests on the churches of this gave me drink, I was a stranger and ye took me in." land to provide for these foreigners from distant But the efforts of our missionary are not only exshores, and it is their duty to look after their spiritual tended to the members of our denomination. To all and temporal welfare. Our churches can no more promiscuously, he sows the seed of divine truth richly ignore this task, as they are admonished by the special among the hundred of thousands, so that many, by his command, “ Love ye therefore the strangers that endeavors, have been gained to the Lord and to his enter thy gates ” saith the Lord.
church. Two-thirds of all our emigrants are Germans, while When such a flock of several thousands are seen the rest come from Great Britain, Scandinavia, in the rotunda of Castle Garden, one is strongly reFrance, Italy and other European States. They are minded of the Lord's word: as different in their religion as they are in their nation- “He was moved with compassion on them because alities. Protestants and Roman Catholics, Jews and they fainted, and were scattered abroad as sheep Gentiles and Mormons and such as have no religion having no shepherd." enter side by side into Castle Garden.
Indeed there is not another spot like this, where Now it is a matter of utmost importance to the emi. Christian charity finds such a scope in extending her grants what kind of people he meets on his arrival, aids and carrying out her activities, sor in no condias the good influence as well as the bad one may de. tion of life is man more helpless and needy than when cide his future destination for life. Many a one has he finds himself a stranger in a strange land, after been led by our missionary into the house of God, being separated from all who are near and dear to him, where he found a spiritual home, and began a new exiled from home and kindred, he feels his misery and
abandonment in the keenest manner; alter a weari. from Hudson to the new town site, a distance of three some and often dangerous voyage across the trackless or four miles, and on January 23d was opened with ocean, he stands alone as a stranger in a strange land, appropriate services as the first house of worship in an object of pity and misery. Whoever has an op: that new but growing town. That church is now portunity to be an eye-witness to the suffering and enjoying its first revival, and souls are coming to helplessness, as well as the dread and fear that befalls Christ. Rev. R. J. Tyrrill, late of Michigan, is these poor immigrants on their arrival, can not possibly called to the pastoral care of both Oakes and Ludden remain unmoved, but do all he can to befriend them. churches.
But, what they need most, is the counsel and care Rev. Chas. A. Rice is doing effective work at La of Christians, because they are beset on all sides by Moure and Grand Rapids, where houses of worship the greatest dangers and temptations, treacherous are needed and must be built. and deceitful countrymen, impostors and bad charac- Rev. A. F. Brauns, our missionary among the ters of all sorts lay on the watch for them ; practiced Roumanians in Foster and Wells counties, is rejoicing and wily as they are, they do not leave one stone un. over more than a score of converts ready for baptism. turned, even employing sacred religion as a cloak This body of Baptists greatly need a meeting house; and pretence to rob the poor foreigners. Too many, lots in Carrington have already been secured on alas! fall a prey to these false guides, and are in con. which to build, but considerable outside aid will be sequence thereof bodily and spiritually lost.
necessary Brethren remember these strangers in your prayer. Rev. E. E. Tyson is leading in building a good Help us to carry on this important work at the gate house and parsonage at New Rockford, and intends of this country.
to move in a similar work at Tiffany soon. Pray for Our Castle Garden Mission.
Rev. C. F. Dame, who has been supplying at
Grand Forks during the winter, returns to Steele and NORTH DAKOTA.
Tappan, and is to commence building at once in the first mentioned place.
Rev. Geo. Kline, late of Belleville, Ill., settled with the church in Bismarck in January, where he is
winning the hearts of the people and leading souls to Rev. G. W. HUNTLEY, Fargo), DAKOTA, GEN. Christ. MISSIONARY.
Rev. J. R. Deckard, at Mandan, is meeting with
gratifying success, in increasing congregations and The last day of May this year will complete six Sunday school, with an occasional convert coming years' work of our Society in the north half of this out on the Lord's side. Territory. Their record is a history of trials and At Page, where Rev. C. S. Herrington has laboi ed triumphs. Where we had one church organization the past year, a few souls have been saved, but di. then, we now number forty. From one missionary | visions among the members of the church prevented then, we have increased to twenty-two. Progress larger growth. That church must build a meeting has been remarkable. There are now two associa. house. tions, each embracing a Sunday School Convention And so must Cooperstown, where Rev. O. D. on the field; also a State Convention with Pastors' Purrinton is the successful pastor of a self-supporting Union, and an educational institution. Tower Uni. church. versity is in successful operation. Notwithstanding Rev. A. M. Allyn, at Tower City, has lately welthe severity of the past winter, the work went steadily comed eighteen converts into the church through the forward. Forty degrees below zero did not stop ordinance of baptism. missionary endeavor or the work of the Holy Spirit. Rev. J. A. H. Johnson, Scandinavian pastor at The preaching of the gospel, Sunday school efforis , Fargo, has lately baptized eight of his converted and prayer-meetings, together with faithful visiting countrymen ; while Rev. C. J. Johnson, Scandinavian, from house to house, and from individual to individual' is preparing to build in Grand Forks. Our American have been attended with the Divine blessing. The church in Grand Forks is worshiping in a chapel on real spirit of missions is on the increase, and mission. the rear of their church lots, and expect to put up the ary work shows gratisying results, making an increase main edifice this season, one brother subscribing of more than 10 per. cent to the churches within the $2,000 towards the enterprise. The church at Devil's last five months. One hundred and twenty conver- Lake, Rev. J. A. Marnie, pastor, are moving to sions are reported, and a large share of these newly, build. Eleven houses of worship should be erected regenerate persons have already been baptized. in North Dakota this spring and coming summer. Special revival meetings have been held in various Rev. G. H. Davies, at Hamilton, has been blest places, and some of these have been of remarkable with conversions, baptisms, and a large increase of power.
membership to his church. At Oakes, where we constituted a church just before Rev. Peter Mitchell, lately appointed at Galt and winter set in, a building was purchased, and moved vicinity, rejoices over ten converts already won for
the Master; while Rev. Peter Grant, at Park River, of Pastor Brown the membership has been nearly after fourteen weeks of constant revival effort, preach- doubled, a good Sunday school equal to any in town ing three times on Sabbath and every night in the has been organized, and good congregations are week, broke down just as an abundant harvest was gathered every Sunday. ready to be gathered in ; thirty-one ready for baptism. Sedan.-From almost nothing this church, under The work goes on, though the noble leader is tempo. care of Pastor Elwell, is coming up to front rank, and rarily laid aside.
a new meeting-house enterprise is under way. Rev. Wm. H. Travis has lately been appointed at Toronto.—After aid of one year this field becomes Fairmount, where he is doing good work. We now self-supporting. The membership have increased from have four more workers on the field than we had eighteen to over seventy, and other things in proporone year ago, and we also have four churches more tion. A new church at Neal has been organized. to be cared for. Six more men are imperatively de- Conway Springs. - This church was in a very dismanded to supply the congregations already gathered. couraged condition one year ago, with scarcely a score Four of our churches have nearly approached the of members. Timely aid, in helping support a paspoint of ability of self-support. The excessive drought tor, has resulted in increasing the number of memwest af the Red River Valley last season nearly bers to over sixty, and paying off a large amount of ruined the harvest in that part of the field, making it the debt on the new house of worship. necessary for a larger outlay of missionary support Hill City.-During the past seven months Pastor from our treasury.
Farley has been instrumental in adding to the memWe are yet laying foundations, and wish to lay them hership of this church, and has organized two new wisely and well. There are yet eighty towns, and churches in the regions round about, baptizing quite fourteen of these are county-seats, without a Baptist a number. church or minister, and there are Baptists in all of Wa Keeney.—This church, organized less than one them. Then the present season will be unprece- year ago, with fourteen members, under care of Pas. dented in railroad building in this part of the Territory, tor Walker, since July has increased to over thirty, and many more towns will spring into existence, call- and are canvassing for funds to build a new house of ing for church organization, houses of worship and worship. A new church has also been organized in the living ministry. The General Missionary ought the country. to be relieved from much of his present work, and Lincoln and Beverly.--Aiding the Pastor, Rev. J. left free to follow up these new lines of road and go H. Henry, in this field has resulted in the resuscitation into the destitute places and plant the standard in all and enlargement of the Lincoln Church, paying off a these new and growing towns. Then there should depressing debt, and the erection of a new house of be a Scandinavian General Missionary appointed to worship at Beverley. He has organized iwo new labor among the more than 40,000 Scandinavians in churches. North Dakota. Rev. J. A. H. Johnson, of Fargo, is
Concordia.—This church was greatly discouraged the man for that work, and he would have a very a few months ago. Since the coming of Pastor Simpromising field; hundreds of his countrymen would mons there have been twenty additions, and the Sunbe brought to receive the truth as it is in Jesus. day school and congregations are largely increased.
In other places debts have been paid, bells have been put in, meeting-houses started, churches en
couraged, congregations and Sanday schools built up, Kansas Gleanings.
and the cause greatly advanced by timely missionary
aid on our Home Mission fields in Kansas. General Missionary D. D. Proper sends us the fol. The Arkansas City Church, which last year was on lowing from his field :
our list of mission churches, is self-supporting this Marion.—This church was organized last August. year, and on a recent Sunday gave $176 to aid our It now numbers seventy-two members, and is en
State Mission work. Great results follow the expengaged in building a new meeting-house, with $2,300 diture of missionary money on these fields. subscribed. Missionary money makes this possible by settling Pastor C. H. Wareham.
St. Paul and Minneapolis. Sterling.–Since settlement of Rev. Wm. Wilbur, this church is putting on new life and power. The work of building a new meeting-house is in progress. The following, from the New York Sun's corres
Russell.—Until a few months ago this church was pondent, contains a large quantity of truth mixed practically doing nothing. Now there is a good Sun- with the humor : day school, good congregations, and a subscription is St. Paul and Minneapolis are marvels among all the being secured for a new house, with good prospects cities of the globe. Frontier villages on the borders of success.
of a savage-infested, unexplored wilderness twentyMarysville.—Until last December this church was five years ago; small towns on the remote edge of doing nothing, and about dead. With the settling civilization fisteen years ago; crude and straggling places of 45,000 inhabitants in 1880, to-day they form a the Republic, representing in its columns the consoligrand, rushing, dual city-which in view of their fierce dated interests of what heretofore has been known as and ceaseless rivalryshould be duel city-of over 300,- El Heraldo Mexicano, of Saltillo, El Mexicano 000 people. They have the largest flouring mills in Bautista of Monterey, and La Luz of the City the world, one mill alone turning out 6,500 barrels of Mexico. The editorial co-operation, in the Spanish of four a day, or enough to load two entire freight department, of Bros. W. D. Powell, D. D., of Saltillo, trains of over twenty cars each. They have some and T. M. Westrup, of Monterey, will give strength of the greatest lumber mills, and many of the hand- and influence to the one Baptist paper of Mexico that soviest public and private buildings in the world. neither one of the three former could hope to possess, They have ten-story-and-a tower newspaper offices, and will give power to the appeals that we now make and papers as big as those of New York or London. unitedly to this people. The fact that Northern and They have superb churches and schools, picturesque Southern Baptists have joined hands in this underand romantic surroundings, and the most enterpris- taking is, we believe, another augury for success in ing, cheeky,and hospitable people in this or any other our work. But this paper, the child of prayer and world.
of noble generosity, will know no North nor South. St. Paul alone has put up 145 miles of buildings in Mexico is to be won for Christ; it is the one absorbing the last five years, and Minneapolis has certainly wish and dream of our hearts, and in the presence of done as much more. Two hundred and fifty passen- that great purpose all sectional differences fade into ger trains daily come into and go out of the depots insignificance. We have joined hands in publishing of St. Paul, and Minneapolis doubtless has as many. work because we believe the Master will thereby be The assessed value of their property is $200,000,- honored and glorified. To His blessed name be all 000, or 100th of the total valuation of the United praise. States in 18to. The actual value is about $500,
-We have again been placed under deep obligations 000,000, or one fortieth of the whole value of our to Mrs. C. C. Bishop, of Morristown, N. J. Her Republic when the war began.
generosity has enabled us to make additions to our They are both growing like gigantic Jonah's little printing office that were demanded by our growgourds. Six years ago they were ten miles apart;
ing work and that have made “consolidation ” posnow their street lamps meet at night. It is only a sible. Every Baptist in the country (and there is question of time, and but little time at that, when probably not one, that does not receive the paper) they will come--must come-together. Then will should give this noble Christian woman a vote of creation put on its eye-glasses, stop its ears, and
thanks. climb up on the fence to witness the biggest fight that has taken place in all the universe since Beel.
Field Notes. zebub instigated the first strike in
eaven, and got pitched headlong, with all his anarchistic brethren, over the jasper wall into the home and breeding
Minnesota.—The Scandinavians in Minnesota conplace of much of our Ainerican politics. Each will stitute an important element in the population. A want to be the Aaron's rod of the occasion, and correspondent of the St. Paul Pioneer Press furnishes swallow the other. Even now all such compromises the following statistics: of name as “Minnepaul” and “Paulopolis” are “According to the census of 1885 there were in the anticipatorily scouted with indignant scorn.
State, people born in Norway, 92,428 ; Sweden, 80,735; Denmark, 11,785; total, 184,948. And when
we add to this number those born in the State of Mexico.
Scandinavian parents, based on the relative proportion
of the whole number born in the State, we get about Rev. W. H. Sloan reports four baptisms the past 160,000 more, or an entire number of those commonly month. The truth is winning victories in Mexico. known as Scandinavians of about 345,000, or nearly
-A generous Episcopalian lady has given $300 for a one-third of the entire population. If we assume that bell for our new Baptist chapel in the city of Mexico. one in four is a voter, the number of voters would be It will help to
86,000 instead of 35,000; but in order to be on the Ring out the false
safe side I prefer to adopt the views of Faedrelandet, Ring in the true
one of our leading Scandinavian papers, giving only Ring out the old
one voter in five, and this gives a total Scandinavian Ring in the new.”
vote of 69,000.” – The event of special interest is the consolidation of -Rev. Aufrid Sjölander, missionary at Duluth, our three papers in the Republic. Rev. W. H. Sloan gives the following facts concerning his field of labor : will have immediate charge of its publication. We “ Beside 5,000 Swedish people there are about 1,000 have received the English Supplement to La Luz Norwegians and Danish, and not less than 300 people for April, 1887, from which we quote on this subject : from Finland who speak Swedish. I am the only
Our paper is now the organ of all the Baptists in 'Baptist minister to work among this number. There
has been no mission work among the Finlanders until - This comes from a Minnesota Sunday school late, when a few of them came to our meetings, were superintendent, Mr. G. L. Morgan, of Pipestone. It hopefully converted, and followed Christ in baptism. is very gladly received, and is very suggestive : These young converts have now prepared a hall in the “ Please find money order for $4.70, our offering midst of their countrymen, where I preach twice a for Chapel Day. We are a young school, and know week to an average attendance of seventy-five, many something about what it is to start a school in the of whom never have been within a church since they West. We are a year old, and for six months we held came to this country. Here have we also received our school over a saloon in the court room. We have fourteen children to our Sunday school, who before I been self-sustaining since we organized, but it is about have been playing on the streets.
all we can do. We are increasing in strength every “What I need is Bibles. Many Swedes are without month. The children enjoyed it very much. Hoping Bibles, and among the Finlanders I think seventy-five the mite will be received as it was given.” per cent. are without both Bibles and Testaments.
Oregon.-George T. Ellis, La Grand: I should need three dozen Bibles and six dozen Tes
“ The past three months have been months of taments in the Swedish language of an edition called
steady growth in all the departments of our church Bibel Kommissionen.'
work. During the month of January I held special “Since Pastor Baldwin took up the work with the
meetings. The meetings were a source of blessing Second American Baptist Church we have not been
and strength to the church. Some have united, and able to secure a place large enough for our Sunday even
others expect to unite at the next covenant meeting. ing meetings. We are therefore compelled to build a
We have just ordered a bell for the church weighing church this spring.”
850 pounds. In addition to my work here, I have -Rev. F. M. Archer, stationed at Albert Lea, sends | been able to render some assistance to the new church the following items:
at Elgin in their efforts to build. They have the “In the First Church the Sabbath school, which
foundation laid and the lumber all on hand, and as was organized November ist, has reached an average
soon as spring opens they will push the building to attendance of about fifty. Two were recently baptized completion.” from the school. The Sabbath congregations are in- -J. F. Baker, Spokane Falls : creasing and a good degree of interest is manifest. “ The quarter just ended has been the best one
"At the Danish Church, Rev. Christopherson, pas- of my ministry here. The first of December Mrs. tor, the work is prospering finely. Several baptisms May C. Jones came to labor with us in response to have occurred during the winter, and the house is an invitation from the pastor and church. Prepathoroughly filled at almost every service. They need rations for her coming had been made, and we were a larger building
all expecting a blessing. God did not disappoint us, "At the Swedish Church, Rev. Holmgren, pastor, and as a result of our three weeks' meeting there were the work has been greatly blessed. The church has some fifteen conversions and some half a dozen wangrown from fourteen to forty-eight. A small but neat dering ones bronght back to Christ and the church. building has been erected as a place of worship. There have been ten baptized, and others, no doubt, They have a good Sabbath school. They expect more will come. The church has been greatly quickened, baptisms soon.”
and our outlook is very hopeful.” --From Brainerd, Rev. E. J. Brownson sends this Kansas.—The missionary churches in Kansas are note of progress and encouragement:
coming rapidly into the line of self-support. Let the "I send you my second quarterly report. I am good work go on. Rev. D. C. Ellis, of Holton, glad of the prosperity which has come to us. We
says : held extra meetings in January, and several found “I have made no application for a re-appointment, Christ. Most of those I baptized came from the because we hope to be self-supporting in future. We Sunday school. We are paying our church debt; have more than doubled our membership in the nine this makes the third payment we have made. In months since I came here. I am very thankful to the another year I hope to see the debt entirely removed. Board for the assistance given.
“I have done something in the way of sending May God ever bless the labors of the Home Misgood literature among the lumbermen of Minnesota. sion Society. Pray for me." We have a large number of camps in this vicinity, -The church at Coffeyville, which has built a and almost no Christian work has been done among neat church edifice within the last two years, and them. Here is a large field of work among a much / now owns it, free of debt, sends word by the pastor, neglected class. Our Sunday school is very prosper- Rev. L. J. Dyke : ous; it is the largest in the history of the school; we | “We are going to try to get along without further are almost crowded out of our quarters to supply aid from the Home Mission Society. I am very room, but we will accommodate all who come. We grateful for the aid we have received. Our present now average over one hundred, with a gradual number is forty-one, but we are out of debt, and I growth."
hope we may be able to raise a salary of fifteen dol