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hundreds, their thousands for a Christian able, yet modest men, too numerous to permit house of worship in the midst of the Chinese us to confine ourselves to a favored few on joss houses of San Francisco. Will you have anniversary occasions. If any brother thinks some part in this specially important enter- himself unappreciated we have simply this to prise ? You can have until next December say: Wait a little, your turn is coming. in which to pay your pledge, if it is not con- A very large majority of speakers and venient to send the money now.
committeemen at the Annual Meeting of the
Society were from the West. It is true, howRev. Wm. J. Simmons, D.D., of Louisville, ever, that many of these were Eastern men Ky., has been appointed District Secretary of transplanted. They seem to have improved the Society for the colored people of the by the change. Southern States. Dr. Simmons accepted and enters upon his work July 1.
Remember this year's rallying cry: HALF ment is very acceptable to leading colored A MILLION FOR HOME MISSIONS? Baptists in the South and we doubt not will be generally approved. That it will prove beneficial to all concerned we have no doubt. FIFTY-FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT It is the first appointment of the kind made by the Society. A good man will be required
EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE to take his place as President of the State University, Louisville, Ky.
AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETY.
Some of the good things uttered at Minne
PRESENTED AT MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., apolis will appear in subsequent issues of the MONTHLY and will be interesting reading.
MAY 30TH, 1887. The weekly papers cannot report in full what was said, though their reports in general have The Fifty-fifth Annual Report of the Exbeen excellent. The admirable address of ecutive Board is presented to the American welcome to the Society by Hon. Geo. A. Baptist Home Mission Society at its meeting Pillsbury ought to be read in full by thous- in a great city, where, at the time of the ands. We expect to present liberal extracts Society's organization fifty-five years ago, from it, even if the whole of it cannot be re- there was no Baptist church nor any comproduced in the MonthlY.
munity out of which a church could have
been gathered. Indeed, even as late as 1850 It is sometimes said that the Societies there were only 6,077 persons in Minnesota appoint as speakers and committeemen Territory. The marvellous growth and deabout the same set of men, with little varia-velopment of this region in a single generations, year after year. How groundless this tion illustrates the urgency of the demand for statement is appears from the fact that over Home Mission work in our broad land, which two hundred men have been appointed on doubles its population in about twenty-seven the Society's committees the past five years, years, while the doubling of England's and that during the past eight years very few population requires seventy years and that appointed speakers have addressed the So- of France one hundred and sixty years. For ciety twice. Eastern men at Minneapolis the first time the Society convenes in this were surprised at the ability shown by some populous portion of the Central West-no of the men from the West who for the first more the Far West”-to greet and to time were brought out by the Society. It is receive the greetings of numerous vigorous our purpose to keep out of the ruts and to churches which were organized through her pass the honors around; for the Baptist de- instrumentality, and aided in their weakness, nomination has in its quiet retreats worthy, I many of which now are self-reliant bodies
ranking in intelligence, enterprise, piety, and denominational interests here, the vitality, efficiency with the older churches of the East. the enterprise, the liberal spirit characterThe very atmosphere is fragrant with mem- istic of the Baptist brotherhood in this region, ories of godly men who toiled as pioneer and are the sufficient answer to those who inquire local missionaries of the Society in all this whether such outlay has been wisely made. region. The first work of the Society in the trees of the Society's planting and waterMinnesota was begun in May, 1849, by Rev. ing have yielded golden fruit in consecrated John P. Parsons, at St. Paul. Stillwater and men and means, even for the conversion of St. Anthony were occupied later the same the heathen world to Christ. All these things year by Rev. J. S. Webber, and Minneapolis afford cause for rejoicing on this occasion, in October, 1853, by Rev. T. B. Rogers. and inspiration to press our work more Conspicuous among the company of noble vigorously in the newer portion of our men who efficiently wrought for God here, country where the conditions are similar to was Rev. Amory Gale, who, after one year's those that existed here barely a generation service in Minneapolis, from July, 1857, to ago. 1858, was the exploring agent and general missionary in Minnesota for the ensuing He performed an enormous
Some of the devoted friends of the Soamount of pioneer work and as a wise coun
ciety, whose prayers and offerings have consellor was influential in giving direction to tributed to these results, are to be with us our denominational interests in this State.
no more in these earthly convocations. The Pioneer missionary work, as illustrated by number of Life Directors and Life Memhis labors, has ever been a prominent feature bers who have passed away during the year, of the Society's operations.
so far as ascertained, is 88. Their names are
The Committee on About two hundred and seventy-five fields in the appended list. in Minnesota have enjoyed the benefit of Obituaries will make special mention of missionaries supported wholly or in part by some whose names, therefore, we need not the Society, with which, during the last eight repeat. years, the State Convention has been in har- It is not practicable, in the limits of this monious co-operation, contributing by its report, to present even the briefest biographiliberal offerings and its judicious advisers cal sketch of these departed ones. Five greatly to the efficiency of the work.
The of the directors were business men, and aggregate of missionary service in this State thirteen were ministers. Of the seventy life has been 1,143 years. The amount expended members, eighteen were women, thirty were for missionary support has been $ 193,623.18. business or professional men, and twenty-two If this seems large, let it be considered that it were ministers. Among those widely known is no more than many a church in our cities and closely identified with the Society's work has expended for its own support within one
were the following: half of this period. Of about 100 Baptist Rev. Silas Ilsley, of Syracuse, N. Y., was church edifices in this State 53 were erected a member of the Executive Board of the by the Society's assistance, 31 from the Society from 1838 to 1842. Rev. E. L. loan fund, 19 from the gift fund, and 3 from Magoon, D.D., who died at Philadelphia, both funds. Thus, nearly every church has Pa., was also a member, with an interval of had missionary aid, and half of those with one year, from 1850 to 1858. Rev. Eleazer houses church edifice aid from the Society. Savage, of Rochester, N. Y., showed his in
It seems fitting to refer to these facts as terest in the Society by a single gift of $2,000 furnishing an example to the constituency to its work. Rev. Henry F. Smith, D.D., of the Society of the way in which offerings of Mount Holly, N. J., was a warm friend have been used and with what excellent of the Society, and was chairman of the results.
The substantial character of our Committee on Obituaries a year ago. Hon. William Gurley, of Troy, N. Y., was one of The Board, numbering eighteen members, the Society's generous contributors.
contains nine ministers and nine business Four missionaries have died during the men, two of whom are residents of New year. Rev. A. J. Shoemaker, of Pennsyl- Jersey, three of Connecticut, five of Brookvania, was called away soon after he began lyn, and eight of New York City and vicinity. his labors as an instructor in the Indian The Board has held seventeen meetings University at Muskogee, Ind. Ter. He was during the year. The average attendance greatly beloved, and lamented by his associ- at Board meetings has been two-thirds of the ates and by the students. Rev. Alfred S. whole number. Orcutt, of Pipestone, Minn., was killed almost instantly by the falling walls of a burning build
1.- FINANCIAL, ETC. ing. He was a good man, a faithful preacher
RECEIPTS. and successful pastor, whose death was a great shock to his church. Rev. I. W. Wilkinson, The total receipts of the year, including who had wrought with success in mission conditional and permanent trust funds (not fields in Dakota, died at Minneapolis, Minn. including Church Edifice loans repaid), Miss Emeline A. Briggs, of Massachusetts, have been $552,314.67. This is fully died at Florida Institute, Live Oak, Fla., in $150,000 in excess of the receipts of any the midst of her labors.
previous year. These and other departures of well-known
These have come from forty-seven States servants of our Lord again remind us of His and Territories, also from Manitoba, British own words, which we may appropriately Columbia, Mexico, India, Italy, and Denadopt as our own : “I must work the works
mark of Him that sent me while it is day, for the
The receipts may be classified as follows: night cometh when no man can work.”
I. From contributions of churches, Sunday CHANGES IN THE BOARD.
schools, and individuals, including $14,300 In the place of J. A. Bostwick, Esq., conditional trust funds, $349,797-36. elected at the last annual meeting, but who II. From legacies, $158,257.19. declined to serve, the Board elected C. H. Dutcher, Esq., of the Emmanuel Baptist and invested funds, $17,598.94.
III. Income from Church Edifice loans Church, Brooklyn. Rev. R. S. MacArthur, D.D., overburdened with varied work, felt
IV. From the Schools of the Society, $19,compelled to resign his position as a member 987.61. of the Board of which he had been an V. Miscellaneous, including receipts for the efficient member. In his place Rev. R. B. BAPTIST HOME MISSION MONTHLY, $12,Kelsay, D.D., Pastor of the Sixth Avenue 238.66. Baptist Church, Brooklyn, was elected. W.
A further analysis, showing to what purH. Jameson, Esq., one of the auditors and a faithful member of the Board, was compelled following results:
pose these receipts are applicable, gives the by reason of ill health to offer his resignation. Wm. A. Cauldwell, Esq., of the
I. For General purposes (i. e., for salaries Calvary Baptist Church, New York, was
of missionaries, teachers, officers, and exelected to fill the vacancy.
penses of administration).- From general The absence, on account of long-continued contributions, $179,907.86; from legacies, illness, of J. B. Hoyt, Esq., of Connecticut, $90,878.02 ; from all other sources, $34,645.whose long devotion to the Society's interests, 08; total, $305,430.96. and whose generous offerings have greatly II. Designated Funds.-- 1. For Church endeared him to his associates, has been Edifice work: (a) Benevolent Fund. Condeeply regretted.
tributions from churches, individuals, and
Sunday-schools, $35,361.53 ; from legacies, of this amount $60,000 were for general $41,379.17; from income of invested funds, purposes, $10,000 for educational work $1,604.94 ; gift returned, $300; total, $78,- among the colored people, and $35,000 for 645.64. (6) Loan fund. From legacies, the Church Edifice Fund. $1,000; income from loans, $6,051.04 ;
From the estate of ex-Gov. Abner Coburn, total, $7,051.04. Total for Church Edifice of Maine, $25,000 have been received, work, $85,696.68.
designated specifically for Wayland Seminary, 2. For school buildings and other objects, Washington, D. C. $9,492.47.
The special effort for the debt has somewhat 3. For payment of last year's debt, $120,- affected contributions for the current work of 227.97
the year, as was expected. In general, howIII. Permanent Funds. - (Other than
ever, offerings of the churches compare Church Edifice funds): From investments to favorably with those of preceding years. If be added to principal, $1,855.11. IV. Conditional or Annuity Funds (donors value of the generous gift of property in
to the grand total of $552,503.47 we add the receiving annuities during their lives) :-From Washington, D. C., by Mrs. M. M. Gray, of individuals, $14,300. Two items in the large receipts of the year would be $572,503.47.
Oakland, Cal., the past year, the amount are worthy of special mention : The first is the payment of last year's in
EXPENDITURES. debtedness of $123,428.93. The accomplish
Your Board have adhered very closely to ment of this undertaking affords cause for special thanksgiving. The plans to this end the rule adopted a year ago in limiting approwere carefully made and methodically prose- priations to the average of annual receipts cuted.
Within the short space of eighty during the three years preceding. In the readays, pledges and cash were secured to cover
sonable expectation of increased resources the entire amount—the “cap stone” being from certain legacies, slight enlargement in put on in fifteen minutes at the opening urgent cases was deemed justifiable. The session of the last annual meeting, when about expenditures in general are as follows: $7,000 were pledged for this purpose. Of 1. For missionaries' salaries, $130,666.79. the large number of pledges, ranging from
2. For teachers' salaries, $59,260.98. fifty cents to $30,000, only a very few remain unpaid. Indeed so great was the benevolent
3. For special educational purposes, $41,momentum of this effort that the offerings and 442.94. pledges ran somewhat beyond the amount 4. In gifts for church edifice work, $29,called for. The amount actually paid in, viz. : 296.58. $124,302.61, is $873.68 in excess of the
5. For expenses of administration at the principal of the debt. This fully covers the
rooms, $16,055.82. incidental expenses of the effort. The result shows what American Baptists are capable
6. For collecting and supervising agencies, of doing when a great emergency arises.
$15,799.42. The second thing is the amount from the
For detailed statement concerning these legacies. The largest sum ever received by and minor expenditures see Treasurer's report. the Society at once from a legacy was paid in There has been no material change in the ex. March, 1887, by Hon. Eustace C. Fitz, penses of administration and collection, which executor of the estate of Gardner Chilson, are less than six per cent of the year's receipts. Esq., of Mass., who died in 1877. By the The following tabulated statement gives death in Dec., 1886, of his son, who had a life the amount appropriated to the several interest in a large portion of the estate, the mission fields last year and four years precedSociety came into possession of $105,000. I ing:
sion may not prevail that the Society has abundant resources for its immense work.
ADJUSTMENT OF THE DEANE LOSSES.
16,133 68 11,228 88
$121,286 40 $133,056 48 $154,446 73 $133,155 27 $130,666 79
3,279 83 475 00 25 00
5,731 82 4,277 88 2,493 75
972 50 212 50
The inevitable prominence which the Society's losses, through Mr. Deane, assumed at the last meeting of the Society, and the general expectation that some adjustment of these losses would be made during the year, calls for a report on this subject. The Society, by vote, directed that the whole matter of adjusting the settlement of the losses incurred by the misconduct of J. H. Deane be referred to the Board for final settlement." A proposition made by Mr. Deane just prior to that meeting, while under consideration by the Board, was withdrawn.
Directly after the annual meeting, steps were taken to effect an adjustment, but, on account of Mr. Deane's failure to make or accept any proposition, the matter lingered until the early part of this year, when, upon express demand by the Board, a settlement was accomplished. The terms of the settlement are essentially as follows: Mr. Deane's
indebtedness to the Society is fixed at Notwithstanding the purpose of your Board $132,000. Mr. Deane agrees to pay the to keep down appropriations to about the Society $66,000, as follows: $1,000 in cash; average annual receipts of the past three $1,500 on May 3, and $2,500 on June 13, years, yet, in consequence of the falling off 1887, for which satisfactory notes were given; in receipts and in ordinary legacies already and $1,500 every three months thereafter, bereferred to, there would have resulted a deginning with Nov. 1, 1887, until $61,000 is ficiency of about $47,000 had it not been thus paid, for which notes are given by Mr. for the timely and extraordinary legacy men- Deane, and endorsed by his brother, bearing tioned. The rule adopted, therefore, is not a six per cent. interest. When payment in full guarantee against a debt. While we rejoice of the foregoing amounts is made, the Socithat escape from a debt was thus provided ety shall release Mr. Deane from further by Him who times all things according to obligation. In default of payment of any of His infinite wisdom and foreknowledge, at said notes at maturity, and the same remainthe same time there is a tinge of regret that ing unpaid for thirty days, the entire amount of the $70,000 of the Chilson legacy for the of the original indebtedness, at the option general purposes of the Society only $23,000 of the Society, becomes due and payable, remains for new work, when the whole of it and the Society may proceed to collect the was so greatly needed. Indeed, in the light same, and to enforce any other remedies of the year's experience it is a grave ques- against Mr. Deane which it would have had tion whether any enlargement can be made. if this agreement had not been made.
Your Board would impress upon the con- Inasmuch as the Society directed the stituency of the Society the necessity of un- Board to effect an “adjustment,” rather than diminished contributions, and earnestly ex- resort to severer measures, and inasmuch as presses the hope that the erroneous impres. I the general sentiment of the friends of the