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lars per week, with which I shall try to get along for was my missionary team, and a buggy-horse of Mrs. the present.

Gregory's. We feel the loss, as we are not in funds “We have a prospect of something of an addition. to replace them." There are some quite substantial members of the

Dakota.- Rev. F. M. Horning sends the followMethodist Episcopal Church coming to us.

ing good news: now engaged in a revival meeting, which has been in

“The Lord has been with us in Blunt. Brother progress for nearly two weeks. There have been a

Clevenger, of Brookings, assisted the pastor in number of conversions, and a good many more are a ten days' meeting, during which over twenty found deeply anxious. So far the work has been almost en- Christ. Ten have already been baptized. The church tirely among adults. Six, all adults, have been re

has received eleven by letter and experience since ceived for baptism, and will be baptized to-night.” January ist. We number fifty-nine now. Brother

Wisconsin.-Refreshing from the presence of the Clevenger has been given a wonderful winning Lord and a harvesting of precious souls has been the power.' experience on many mission fields the past winter. - The following shows something of a pioneer misRev. S. A. Abbot reports from New Richmond : sionary's hardships and devotion : “ With much thankfulness I present it, for our

“ Hard times still hold sway with us.

Very little Father has blessed us in this field with much favor. i money to be had. Low price for a small crop. During the quarter we have held special services for Utterly dependent as we are on our salary, our debts three weeks, resulting in the double blessing of the could only increase, and as they fell due I felt conquickening of our membership and the salvation of strained by Christian honor to borrow one hundred nearly a score of souls, with many more inquirers, dollars, at two per cent. per month, though not knowwhom we expect will soon come into the light of sins ing how I was to pay it, but securing it on organ, forgiven. Eight have already been received for bap- books, and stove. Hence, you see how opportune tism, and more to follow. We have also been talk- the check came. With it I paid one note of fifty doling and praying about more commodious accommo- lars, bought some coal, etc. dations, as our house of worship is now crowded, and “ The other note is not due till June, but I hope to we must have some kind of enlargement, or be much be able to meet it by earning the money, for I think crippled in our work. Our Sunday school has grown carpenter work will be plenty, not that I intend to steadily, until nearly one hundred have been enrolled, give up preaching, though often tempted to. But it and our room is now overflowing; but we expect en

is such a blessed service, I could not bear to do so." largement, for God is faithful.”

Colorado.---Leadville, having paid its loan to the Home Mission Society, repaired and improved its

Church Edifice Notes, house of worship, now takes another step in advance. Mr. John B. Henslee, one of the church's strong --Trinidad, Col., needs a house of worship, but we pillars, writes us as follows:

have no money to give. “Knowing you are interested in all fields where

“We have no house of worship and cannot build the Society has been lending help, I drop you a line

unless we can get outside assistance. Whisky is the in regard to ours :

controlling power, and we have to work and hope, and “We have called Rev. L. L. Kneeland, of Kanka- i tremble between fear and hope. Sunday is not very kee, III., at a salary of $1,200, which we hope to pay much respected here. We feel sometimes as if we without assistance. Brother Kneeland has

had no Sabbath. People do not like to go to a hall cepted, and expects to be here by second Sunday in to hear preaching, and what are we to do?" April.”

-1. There are over forty houseless Baptistchurches Arizona.- Rev. U. Gregory writes :

on the North Pacific Coast. “During the past month I have visited Florence, II. Most of these can not have Sunday schools bePhoenix and Tempe, where we organized a church cause they have no house of worship. of twelve members, one by baptism, and then came III. There are thirty-five county seots without a home to hold Gospel meetings every night. Our Baptist meeting house. meetings have been well attended. Yesterday we IV. We have only two church edifices and one received into membership by letter and experience mission chapel in all British Columbia. three--two men and one woman; and some interest V. There are not more than ten churches of the is manifested by others. We continue the meetings forty able to build, and they won't. this week. Truly the Lord is rewarding our efforts i VI. There are fifteen others which will build as to save souls. We send Post Office check for collec- soon as they can possibly do so, but years must elapse tion of $2.50. Had it not been for raising $20 before they can pay even one-half for a house. for three years of insurance money for the church, we VII. There are fifteen others which could and could have made it much larger. Some thief stole my would build during 1887, if they could be aided to the horses last Friday night out of my pasture-field. It amount of $300 on an average. To what better use



Our Continent.

could a like sum be put? It would furnish a home

respect of the world. Churches should transact their for a church and Sunday school till Jesus comes.

business according to business principles, as well as

individuals. VIII. If the money could be furnished we could build one of these churches every month of 1887. -Our Loan Fund is doing a good work in helping

IX. The money is to be paid to the American Bap. the colored people to obtain houses of worship. As a tist Home Mission Society in New York, and paid general rule these people never have large sums of the church under the rules governing their Church money at one time, but where they have steady work Edifice Work.

J. C. Baker. their money comes to them in small amounts, and they

are free to give in small amounts at each meeting for - Rev. T. K. Tyson, Valparaiso, Neb., writes worship. By making loans to them for the completion as follows:

of a house, and allowing them to pay the loan off in “I hardly know what we will do for a meeting small installments for several years, they carry the place, as the hall in which we hold services is engaged burden easily, and have the satisfaction of feeling that for weekly club dances for the winter, thus breaking they have a house paid for by their own earnings. into our plans. Oh, that the hearts of God's treas. The money thus returned is used to help other urers might be open to replenish your Church Edifice churches in the same way. Our records show that Fund, that you might be able to grant us aid in build. the colored churches have been far more prompt in ing a house of God, where cances, shows, nor politi. repaying their loans than the white churches. They cal meetings will ever enter to pollute the atmosphere cannot pay large amounts at once, but, little by little, and besmirch the floor. I never before felt so keenly they grind it off, and thus meet their obligations. the disadvantage of having to meet in a public hall. We must build in order to live; but I confess I cannot see how we can complete a house at all adequate to our needs without help.” -- Rev. J. Sunderland, our very efficient General

- The salt product of Michigan this year will probMissionary for Minnesota, is putting forth all his ably reach 3,700,000 barrels. energies in planting gospel churches in that rapidly -Over 3,000,000 acres of land in Texas are said to growing State. He is striving to bring the older have been burned over by prairie fires the past year. churches in the more settled portions of the State up to their full duty in the work of church extension.

-Mexico has about 10,000,000 inhabitants; of He says, “ Just look at these facts. Nine meeting these, 5,000,000 are full-blood Indians, 3,000,000 houses have been dedicated in Minnesota during 1886.

half-caste Indians or Mexicans, 1,500,000 whites of Fourteen more are under way, and five more churches Spanish descent, and perhaps half a million Spaniards, have bought lots and are moving towards building

other Europeans, Americans, negroes and others. twenty-eight in all, and several other churches are

— The production of gold and silver in the world sure to build this year. Most of these are on our during the calendar year 1885 was: gold, $101,580,mission fields. We cannot hold them back. Many 000; silver, calculated at its coining value, nearly of these must have help. Our Board hopes to raise

$125,000,000. Notwithstanding the large depreciation in the State for Church Edifice work not less than in the value of silver, the production of silver in the $2,000 the present conventional year, aside from any world has steadily increased. The United States still aid given to churches in our two cities. Our needs preserves first rank among the nations of the world as press us to do it. We must either do it or fail to meet

the largest producer of the precious metals, its producthe crisis which is upon many of our churches. We

tion of gold and silver during the year having reached shall cling to the hope that you will be able to help us

the sum of $83,400,000, or about two-fifths of the more than the $1,000 during the year 1887.” We production of the whole world. wish every one of our Western Conventions would give special attention to raising funds for church

-In an article in the Cosmopolitan magazine for edifice work.

April, under the title of “Uncle Sam's Book Case,”

Mr. Frank G. Carpenter gives many interesting facts -A colored brother whose church has been strug. concerning the National (Congressional) Library. gling with a debt for some time writes : “A church We have only room for three or four items : debt is the devil's saddle and he never fails to ride in it." And first, of its number of literary treasures. DurA church debt may be necessary under some circum- ing Mr. Spofford's administration of twenty-three stances, but when the church neglects all common years the library has largely outstripped all the other business principles in carrying the debt, and seems great libraries of the country, having now 560,000 to feel under no obligations to pay or reduce the debt, I bound volumes, 200,000 pamphlets, 350,000 pieces of it often proves a great stumbling block in the way of music, and tens of thousands of works of art, maps, and church prosperity. Churches should be careful of photographs. Its annual increase from copyright their credit financially if they wish to retain the alone amounts to from 20,000 to 30,000 volumes. Its vast collections have long since overflowed its March 1, 1887, and the amount consumed or distribcapacity, and now every available inch of space is uted. They will be found of interest. utilized and every room in the vicinity is stocked with books. The very floors of the library are piled up with

Product. On Hand Consumed or overflow, and the shelves seem almost bursting with

Grain. 1886. March 1, 1887. Distributed. their tightly packed contents.

Bushels. Bushels. Bushels. The library proper, which is also the reading room, consists of a long, hall-like room with wings at each end, jutting off like the head of a T. The read- Corn... 1,665,000,000 603,000,000 1,062,000,000

Wheat.. ing room is 91 feet long, 34 feet wide, and 34 feet high.

457,218,000 122,266,270 334,951, 730 Its walls are made up of rectangular alcoves, each about the size of a small hall bedroom, and shut off from the room by a door of lattice-work. The walls

The Department of Agriculture has published its of these alcoves are filled with books, and there are

annual report of the number of horses, mules, cattle, three galleries of them rising one above another. In

milch cows, sheep, and hogs on the ist of February, the front of the upper galleries are balustrades, and

1887, with comparisons of the numbers in 1886. these have also been lined on the inside with book

These tables are not entirely accurate, as the census, shelves. The wings at the ends (dimensions not

tables of 1880 demonstrated, but they approximate the given) are also filled up with similar alcoves, and the

truth. The following table shows the total number at whole looks like an immense bee-hive with hundreds

this time and at a corresponding period last year, with

indicated increase or decrease: of cells of as many colors as you will find in bookbindings.


1886. 1887. The library is almost always full of readers.


12,077,657 12,496, 744 Of the character of the contents of this great library


2,052,593 2,117,141 not much is said. It cannot be well displayed till the Milch cows..

14,235,388 14,552,083 great library building which Congress has been so Oxen and other cattle. -31,275,242 33,511,750 tardy in ordering shall be completed and there is Sheep.....

..48,322,331 44,759,314 room enough to arrange it so as to make all its treas- Swine..

..46,092,043 44,612,830 ures easy of access.

As to values, the decline has not been very large, While it has many of the most valuable books

being greatest in the case of cattle, which show the known to scholars, there must be, on the copyright

largest increase in number. Horses, sheep, and hogs side, much that is trashy and of small value. It is

have increased in value, while mules have slightly departicularly rich in newspaper files, both of our own

creased. The total values of the various classes of and foreign countries. The great and unique collec- animals are shown in the following: tion of the late Peter Force is only one of its many


1886. treasures of this kind. Complete files of the London

1887. Gazette, the oldest of English newspapers, and still


- $860,823,206 $901,685,755 the Court paper, as well as the other great English Mules ....

165,381,096 167,057,538 papers, and files equally complete of the French Mon. Milch cows..

389,985,523 378,789,589 iteur and the Journal des Debats are in its collection. Oxen and other cattle... 661,956,274 663, 137,926 Here are found, too, a complete file of the Allgemeine Sheep.....

92,443,867 89,872,839 Zeitung, the noted German paper, and many thous


197,569,894 200,043,291 ands of others, American, Spanish, Mexican, French,

Totals..... $2,365,159,862 $2,400,586,938 Japanese, and other papers in all languages. The collection of Bibles is very large and many of the

The total value of all the farm animals of the country copies are rare and curious. Here is the first Ameri- is placed at $2,400,586,938, an increase of $35,427,076 can Bible printed in a European tongue, a German Bible over this time last year. The greater share of the printed at Germantown in 1743. What is still more increase is due to the increased number and value of rare, is John Eliot's Bible, printed in the Indian tongue horses. The decline in the value of cows has been at Cambridge in 1663. But two copies of this Bible at charged chiefly to the low price of butter. all perfect are known to exist, and but one man can read Our denominational statistics as shown by the it. Some of these Bibles are in manuscript, with the Baptist Year Book for 1887, just issued, are: illuminated initials and titles which the monks of the

Number of Baptist Churches in the States and Terrimiddle ages bestowed on them.

tories, 30,522, an increase of 498 since last report; The collection of theological works is very ; total membership, 2,732,570 ; baptisms during the large.

past year, 155,378; added by experience, 10,049; The report of the Agricultural Department for decrease by exclusion and erasure, 46,529; ordained March, 1887, gives the following statistics of the corn ministers, mostly pastors, 19,377; 7 Theological and wheat products of 1886, the amount on hand i Seminaries (one colored), with 48 instructors and 543 students, holding endowments of $2,020,283, and Society; there have also been supported in these having received gifts and bequests in 1886 amounting schools by specific contributions from our auxiliaries to $128,536; 27 universities and colleges for males eighteen pupils. The cash receipts for the year exclusively, with 251 instructors and 3,660 students, have been in excess of any previous year, aggregating endowed to the amount of $5, 107,544, of which $265,- , with the balance $39,896.64, besides “much goods." 075 was given in 1886; female seminaries and We shall not take space for farther specifications, as colleges 30, with 73 male and 208 female instructors, an abstract of the report will be published in Tidings and endowments of $671,000, of which $113,000 was for June, and the full report in pamphlet form may be received in 1886. There were 43 co-educating insti- obtained after July 1, by addressing the Correspondtutions with 126 male and 132 female instructors, and ing Secretary. 4,757 students; endowments, $602,250; gifts in 1886,

NEW YEAR IN CHINATOWN, $156,224. Our own pages give the statistics of our colored institutions. Students preparing for the The New Year was in January, but it may be reministry, 1,681: total endowments, $8,552,077; total freshing to read about it in June. The story was told gifts in 1886, $713,735 There are 10 Baptist chari- | by Miss Electa J. Booth in a letter written January table institutions holding property valued at $553,000. i 19, from which we glean the following presentation of Number of Baptist periodicals, 105, of which 4 are in the subject. This was Miss Booth's second New German, one in Swedish, and one (two ?) conducted Year's in Chinatown. The first had occurred simul. by colored Baptists.

taneously with the beginning of her work in San -Rev E. Nisbet, D.D., gives the following statis- Francisco, and she attributes, partially, her greater tics of Denver, Colorado, in the Examiner :

enjoyment this year to the fact that she has learned This beautiful and picturesquely situated city has to know the people better and to feel a greater pergrown up from the desert in twenty-seven years to a sonal interest in many of them. She speaks gratefully population of 65,000. It is the St capital— has of the kindness and politeness with which Mrs. Sanford now in process of erection a million dollar capital and herself were received in the homes which they building and a United States building of one-half visited during this Chinese holiday season. She says: million; and many elegant residences. She boasts of

“We were generally met either at the door or in the her school buildings, her magnificent opera house hall-way when we went in, accompanied thither when and fine business blocks. She has an extensive car we came out and invited to come again. Usually the system-horse and electric-hospitals, water-works, women put away their work or whatever they were gas, streets lighted by electricity. The aggregate doing and sat down to entertain us. For one reason, projected buildings of 1886 value at $2,000,000,


if no other, I am glad that the Chinese celebrate their estate transfers, $11,000,000, business in 1886 very New Year, as at that time they take a general clean. active, with great expectations in all departments ing up of houses, floors, windows, children, in fact for 1887. It is said that few of our great cities | everything about the place; so that everywhere we have such an excellent school system and thorough found bright, clean faces, pretty, new clothes, and organization. The Baptists have the finest church nice, tidy rooms. There is one mother whom we edifice in the city - cost, exclusive of furnish- visit who keeps her house in order all the time, and ing, $85,000; the Episcopal cathedral is fine, the

this in spite of difficult circumstances. She has but Methodist built an edifice this summer costing (in- | one room about six feet by ten, in which she and her cluding site, organ, furnishing) $125,000. Denver

husband and two children live; this means cooking, has over sixty churches.

eating, sleeping, washing, and ironing. The room serves, besides, as woodshed, coal-house, and store

Yet it is kept in such order and is so sweet WOMEN'S BAPTIST HOME MISSION and pure that I always like to go there when I am in SOCIETY.


“ In all the homes, during this season, the worship

of burning incense wood or sticks is kept up all the President-MRS. J. N. CROUSE, 2201 Prairie Ave., Chicago, time, so that the houses are always full of smoke, so Corresponding Secretary-Miss M. G. Burdette, 2338 Mich. stilling that you can scarcely breathe; and by the igan Ave., Chicago, Ill.

time you have done a day's visiting you find your eyes Treasurer-MRS. R. Ř. DONNELLEY, 2338 Michigan Ave., Chicago, II.

red and swollen from the effects of the smoke. How dreadful it seems to live in it all the time! and yet we

visited a woman to-day who has lived eight years in The history of the tenth year is written,and its close is the house where she now is and has never been on marked by another Ebenezer. "During the whole or some the street all that time. This case is an exceptional portion of the year there have been employed seventy one. The women are at liberty to come and go as missionaries and helpers, paid entirely from the funds of they please. However the real virtuous women are the Society. Of this number nine have been teachers seldom seen on the street. The children seemed in the schools of the American Baptist Home Mission especially glad to see us, and came running to meet





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It oo New York.

II 50


175 63 12 00

28 00

II 25


84 07 It 91


2 50

4 60

8 oo General Mission Soci

North Carolina.

73 55


us, saying: 'We're glad you've come, and we like you

TREASURER'S REPORT FOR APRIL, 1887. very much. At one home a little boy ran out on Connecticut.

$600 New Jersey.

348 97 the street to spread the news of our whereabouts; and Florida.

4 00 Oregon. Chinese children come pouring in to meet us and wish

18 55 Ohio.

138 31

45 86 Pennsylvania. us a · Happy New Year.' I have been greatly en

301 13 South Carolina. couraged to see several of the young men in our night

98 41 Wisconsin. Louisiana.

13 85 Tidings and Publicaschool, who are not members of the church, take a Minnesota

Misissippi. decided stand, in remaining with the Christians to

43 75 Baby Band.

6 oo Missionary Gardeners. receive New Year's callers in the chapel, and in at.

1 66 Mite boxes.

8 76 Michigan

4 00 Miscellaneous. tending the church services during the holidays." Here, as elsewhere, the missionaries must confront

31 45 ety of Ger. Churches.. the terrible evil of intemperance; and Miss Booth

$1,683 61 refers with sadness to the fact that in a number of instances they were unable to see members of their

WOMAN'S, AMERICAN BAPTIST night school at whose homes they had called. On

HOME MISSION SOCIETY. asking for one they would be told that he had taken too much wine and was in bed. Fathers and mothers

14 Tremont Temple, Boston, Mass. were found giving the vile stuff to their children to

President, Mrs. Thomas Nickerson, Newton Cen. drink; perhaps but a little, and yet enough to impart a taste for it.

tre, Mass. ; Vice-Pres., Mrs. Anna Sargent Hunt, In other homes, they found the father stretched on

Augusta, Me.; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Mary an opium mat, his opium outfit at his side, and he C. Reynolds, 14 Tremont Temple, Boston, Mass.; snoozing from the effects of his smoke. What can be

Treasurer, Miss Margaret McWhinnie, 14 Tremont expected from children born and reared in such homes, | Temple, Boston, Mass. whose daily atmosphere is pregnant with opium smoke and Jiquor, and where gambling is a part of

NINTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WOMAN'S the daily life? And yet Miss Booth tells us that one

AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION of the sweetest and best boys in her school comes

Society, PROVIDENCE, R. I. from one of these homes. She says: “I am thankful to see how firmly Christian teaching is taking hold of The Ninth Annual Meeting of the Woman's Amerithese children. One boy told me about his going to

can Baptist Home Mission Society was held in the worship the idols. I asked, “Do you think it is right,

First Baptist Church, Providence, R. I., beginning at Ah Huen ?' No,' he replied, but my mother 9:30 A. M., with a prayer and praise service, led by makes me do it.' There are homes where both Mrs. M. H. Bixby. At 10 o'clock the business ses. mothers and children have so far accepted our teach

sion was opened by the singing of the hymn "Sover. ing as 10 prosess their belief that their religion is false eign of Worlds, Display Thy Power,” followed by and ours is true, and yet, even in these homes, during Scriptural readings by Mrs. Thomas Nickerson, of the New Year's holidays, we find altars erected, the Newton Centre, Mass., the President of the Society, gods set up, and the incense burning." But the work and prayer offered by Rev. T. Edwin Brown. The is begun, and we believe it will go on until the hymn, “Sing to the Lord, Ye Distant Lands," was Christian chapel will replace the Joss-house.

sung, and then an address of welcome was made by Miss Booth thus refers to another trait of Chinese

Mrs. Samuel Richards, who said that twenty-six years character, which is more than usually apparent during

ago there was formed the Woman's Missionary Socithe holiday season.

ety of America for heathen women in foreign lands,

the first organization for the work of women for “ Of all people, these are the greatest ones I have known for theatre going. Every night every Chinese

woman. From that organization there had been theatre is crowded with men, women, and children ;

growths in every denomination, not only for work in rich and poor, high and low, good and bad mingling the foreign lands, but in the home fields. There were without respect to class or condition. There are in no associations for the work of women which reached Chinatown two large Chinese theatres, and as if these were not enough during the New Year season, some

so high and broad a plane of Christian endeavor as the Americans must set up another. Here throngs of missionary societies. They touched and thrilled the Chinese spend their time and their money, and get human soul and led those walking in darkened paths such ideas of American people as do not go far toward

to enter into the light. Mrs. Richards then spoke of im pressing the truths taught by the missionaries. There is so little to help and so many things to hinder

the rich fields of labor in the South, and of the abundthat it is no wonder that the Gospel makes but slow

ant harvest which awaited the workers there. progress here. Do you think I am discouraged? No! The President returned thanks on behalf of the So. a thousand times, no! I am only the more convinced ciety. The organization was already under deep obmore determined to do all I can to dispel the darkness ligations to the women of Providence, and now the and lead them to Him who is the Light, the Life, the members felt doubly thankful. Referring to the work Way.

of the coming year, she said that the Society could not

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