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prospect of this much-needed improvement, said that one should serve and the other be as well as in the acquisition of an adjacent lot, served, of Japheth it is said: “God shall enon which is a residence that will be occupied by large Japheth,” and “ he shall dwell in the his family, thus enabling him also to convert the tents of Shem." suite of rooms heretofore occupied by him in
And history shows us this prophecy in the institution to other uses for the school.
process of fulfillment. The Hametic family President Culver, of Bishop College, Texas, moving to the South, “as thou goest toward has been kept at Marshall all summer by the Sodom," have naturally become ease-loving, severe illness of his son, who, at last accounts, indolent, and weak, while the family of Shem, was convalescent.
settling near the old homestead, “by a mount President Tupper, and Dr. Skinner, of Shaw of the East,” have just as naturally become University, have been quietly working for an slow and plodding. . endowment of $50,000 for that institution. It But it has been quite different with the is most important that this should be secured at family of Japheth. Moving westward, we an early date.
first find it in Eastern Europe, “dividing the President Corey, of Richmond, rejoices in islands of the Gentiles," then sweeping across the acquisition to the Faculty of Richmond the continent, they plant the insignia of emTheological Seminary of Mr. George Hovey, pire first upon the Grecian peninsula, then son of President Hovey, of Newton Theological upon the banks of the Tiber, and finally, when Institution. Dr. Corey, himself, will take the all Europe had acknowledged their supremchair of Theology.
acy, they set up their standard upon a cluster Dr. Phillips has been busy as usual in secur
of“ islands ” jutting far out into the Atlantic. ing assistance for students and other purposes
But Japheth is still to be “enlarged." This at Roger Williams University. He has been at restless and adventurous spirit once aroused, his old home in Wakefield, Mass.
will not rest satisfied until the farthest bound.
ary has been reached, and the remotest West President Becker, of Benedict Institute, is to possessed. Launching their ships upon the have Rev. G. F. Genung and wife, of New Atlantic, they force their keels through unLondon, Conn., as co-laborers the ensuing
tried waters, land upon these shores, and year.
found an empire differing from all others the President Ayer, of Jackson, with his family, world had ever seen. Its standard was the have been at Cottage City, Mass. He has se cross; its motto, “ Peace on earth, good will cured money for a workshop for the industrial
toward men.” department of the institution. He is one of the delegates of the Society to the American National
The world's circuit had been made; the
last empire established : Baptist Convention at Mobile, which he expected to attend the last of August.
“ Westward the course of empire takes it way;
The first four acts already past,
A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
Time's noblest offspring is the last.”
But this is not all; Noah's eldest son is yet By Rev. Dwight SPENCER, UTAH. to“ dwell in the tents of Shem.” Not by the
sword is the conquest to be made, but by the
mightier weapon, the gospel of peace. The History is fulfilled prophecy. Prophecy is march of infant Christianity from East to the dim outlining of the Divine plan; history West was feeble and uncertain ; matured and shows us the plan executed. Thus in the robust Christianity will sweep from West to ninth of Genesis it is predicted that of Noah's East, surmounting every obstacle, and bearing three sons Japheth should have the suprem- down all opposition.
While of the other sons it is simply The conquest of the world for Christ—this is
America's mission. And God has abundantly crowning work in a race intellectually and supplied her with resources for the work. physically superior to any the world has yet
In square miles it lacks only two hundred seen. All former molds are being thrown and fifty of the whole continent of Europe, aside, and, while in climate it embraces that of every • From the sweet clay of the exhaustless West," zone, and in production whatever is choicest God is forming a new man endowed with all among fruits, and most necessary for the sus
that has been grandest and best in the differtenance of life.
ent branches of the parent-stock. Already In its accumulation of wealth, history af- we behold a quickness of intellectual life, and fords no parallel. While America has barely a fertility of invention, that promise the passed her first century, her wealth already speedy fulfillment of the glowing utterances exceeds that of the richest nation in Europe, of inspired seers and prophets. While Asia and that, too, with her agricultural resources is indulging in a sleep of thirty centuries, and only partly developed, and her mining in Europe is bound hand and foot by state condustries yet in their infancy. The assessed ventionalities, America moves swiftly forward, value of her property is more than sixty bil- astonishing the world by the brilliancy of her lions of dollars, and this only represents about genius and the vastness of her power. two-thirds of her actual wealth. The increase
But while God “ sitteth in the heavens" of wealth in our own denomination affords working all things in the interests of " His an illustration. In 1836, when our Home Christ,” He seems to leave all to human saMission Society was organized, the total gacity and foresight, and is constantly saying wealth of Baptists in the contributing States to us, “ Except these abide in the ship ye was only twenty-one millions of dollars; now cannot be saved.” “The forces of the gentiles it is a billion and a half. It is safe to say that coming to us ” from civil and priestly despot.there are a half dozen Baptists to day, each ism, unless we receive them with the loving one of whom is worth more than the whole embrace of the gospel, and thoroughly imbue denomination was worth fifty years ago. them with the spirit of our King, will become
When Peter said, “ silver and gold have I the dupes of cunning demagogues, and “ run none,” he did not mean to undervalue these greedily” after every error that promises as evangelizing agencies. The church in her either pleasure or reward. poverty could only heal here and there one; But, viewed in the light of a grand opporbut God has stored up for the American tunity, we see in it the “ new thing” that God Church wealth sufficient for the “ healing of is doing in our day. Europe, shaken by revthe nations."
olution, and in terror from Nihilistic plots, But a greater surprise awaits us if we con- its inhabitants taxed to the point of starvation sider the people of America. The great to support tottering dynasties, is sending her Aryan or Japhetic family, strangely broken up millions to America to receive at our hands and separated in its march across Europe, is the precious boon of gospel light and liberty. being wonderfully reunited in America. Teu. A member of the German Reichstag said ton and Celt, Scandinavian and Slav, settling recently, “ The people of Germany want only in the fertile valleys of the West, or engaging one thing : money to go to America.” This is in commercial enterprises in the cities and but the fulfillment of prophecy. The Messitowns, build their homes side by side, and anic kingdom takes the place of the Judaic, forgetting race prejudices and former antago- and these restless masses coming to our shores nisms, soon come to look upon the country are “the Gentiles coming to our light;' that opened loving arms to receive them, as these “the sons of strangers to build our their own, and unite their energies in devel- walls,” and “ to make of the little one a thouoping its resources and increasing its power. sand", and of “the small one a mighty And from these different branches of the fam- | nation." ily of Japheth God is bringing forth His And God has given to His church abun
dant means for its great work. Taking the should give to make his contribution proGovernment estimate of $175 as the aver- portionate with that of 1836. But this age yearly income of every person in the would give our Home Mission Society country, and estimating the membership of the grand sum $1,224,292, instead of the the different denominations engaged in mis- mere pittance it now receives. Is it not a sion work at 8,000,000, we have as the an- fact that ought to shame us that with our nual income of the American church $1,400,- increased membership and wealth our liber000,000. Of this amount the Lord's tithe ality is only about one-quarter of what it would be $140,000,000 ! Now allowing was nearly fifty years ago ? And with this $50,000,000 for home expenses, and $30,- million and a quarter of dollars how largely 000,000 for work in foreign fields, we still we could increase our force of laborers ! have $60,000,000 left for evangelizing How would " the hands ” of the few labor America. This would enable the church to ers now upon the field be “strengthened," plant a mission in every settlement large how many feeble and drooping missions take enough to support a saloon, to plant a col- on new life and activity! ony of Christian families in every Mormon Viewed as
an economic measure, town, and to buttress all its missions with a should look to the evangelization of Amersuitable corps of trained workers from the ica. In doing Christian work we should home church. And this is not too much to have an eye to the influence our work will undertake or expect. The fact is, our mis- have upon the future. While all souls are sion work is at present so feebly conducted valuable, there is a vast difference in the that Christianity in many places is brought value of souls. An Ethiopian eunuch was into contempt, and the great busy world converted, and a single soul was saved. moves forward in its quest for wealth and A Saul of Tarsus was converted, and the pleasure without giving it either attention or throb of that new life has quickened the thought.
pulses of Christianity for eighteen centuries. And it is because the church is withold - And what Saul was to the early church the ing the Lord's tithe, and doing so feebly American convert, aflame with Gospel love, and parsimoniously the Lord's work, that and untramelled either by priestly dominaHe is allowing us to be disturbed by social- tion or musty superstition, will be to the istic plots and labor agitations. If the church of the future. A Judson, intellectchurch would but “bring all its tithes into ually quickened by contact with American the Lord's storehouse," and consecrate its life and thought, and mastered by the grand talent to His service, it would have suffi- idea of universal conquest for Christ, going cient strength to cope with these evils, and forth to the dark and enslaved races of the then “its light would break forth as the morn- old world, and translating the Bible for uning, its health would spring forth speedily, told millions, sets in motion forces that will and the glory of the Lord would be its re-operate for Christianity until it shall be proward.
claimed that “the kingdoms of this world Let us turn our attention for a moment to have become the kingdom of our Lord and our own denomination. In 1836, when our of His Christ." Home Mission Society was organized, we And the same is true in the planting of had in the contributing States 175,000 Bap- churches. What a wail the Revelator makes tists, worth on an average $121.42 each, over the churches planted in Asia Minor ! and they gave for Home Mission work $17,- They were planted among old and decrepit 000, or an average of ten cents each. In races, whose blood had been tainted by fifty 1885 we had 612,146 Baptists, worth each generations of sensual indulgence and ener$2,356.60, or twenty times as much as in vating vices, and to-day, but for the sad la1836. Twenty times ten cents would give ment of the seer of Patmos, we should us two dollars as the amount each Baptist I hardly know of their existence. How dif
ferent with churches planted in a youthful lished in Worcester, I noticed the following expres. nation, whose every heart-beat sends forthsion of the Roman Catholic hierarchy's hopes and life and vigor, and whose example and influ- purposes. It is of quite recent date. ence will become a mighty factor in shaping signs in view in thus directing the emigration of our
“Without doubt Providence has had special de. the world's civilization. These lights, once
countrymen towards the United States. Who knows kindled, will increase in brilliancy and but that they are destined to unite with the Irish to power until “ the gross darkness” that now secure the domination of the Catholic faith and supercovers the nations shall be dispersed and the sede the old Puritans who are rapidly dying out whole world rejoice in the brightness of the
under the sway of heretical fanaticism even when it
has not yet reached open infidelity.” coming dawn.
It is to the honor of the American Baptist Home My brethren, I plead for America—for Mission Society that the better and real purpose of America, endeared to us by the memories of God towards this priest-ridden and despoiled people, venerable sires and devout matrons, whose even their evangelization, has been so well underblood and treasure were poured forth that stood long before other denominations awoke to the we might enjoy our “goodly heritage.”
obligations and importance of work among this For the sake of our children I plead for position in our midst. The labors of our own Society
people who are coming to occupy so important a it. For the world's sake I plead for it. I in their fruits and success have, within a short period, behold the nations in their death struggle, enlisted other denominations, more especially the and in their helplessness they turn their Congregationalists. These latter have taken hold of longing eyes to us for help. For Christ's this French work with an immense advantage over
us, in one particular especially. For several years sake I plead, and by the love we bear to
past, in the city of Montreal, the Pædobaptist French Him who gave His life for us urge that we Missions have had an excellent theological school or give nobly and do grandly for the saving of department connected with the well-known Univerfatherland. Evangelize America, and the sity of McGill, in which gifted young French Canadworld is evangelized; let the light in Amer- ians have received a thorough classical and theologiica“ become darkness,” and the world sinks teacher, the Rev. Mr. Coussiart. Thanks to these
cal training under the direction of an able French into the gloom of an eternal night.
educational advantages, our Congregational brethren “ Sail on, O Ship of State!
have a good supply of well-trained missionaries to Sail on, O UNION, strong and great !
occupy any opening fields in our midst. Humanity, with all its fears,
While rejoicing in this increasing interest and mul. With all the hopes of future years,
tiplication of agencies, we should not be unmindful
of the danger that our own denomination, who richly Is hanging breathless on thy fate."
deserves the best part of the harvest fruits, may possibly be left far in the rear unless we can have for
this great work men of respectable training and NEED OF A FRENCH THEOLOGICAL DE- scholarship as well as piety and Baptist sterling prin. PARTMENT AT NEWTON.
ciple. The Grande Ligne Mission, the only French Baptist educational institution to which we can look,
has no school of theology or of higher learning, and is By Rev. J. N. WILLIAMS, R. I.
not equal to the preparation of, and demand for, men for
her own immediate wants and fields in Canada. To There are over 300,000 French Canadians in the complete both the literary and theological education New England States. Their presence among us is of her own missionaries, she is under the necessity of thus interpreted by the Roman Catholic priesthood : sending them to Pædobaptist institutions; either to “ French Canadians,” said a distinguished priest McGill College or to schools in Switzerland, alternafrom Montreal at the laying of the corner stone of a tives which, to say the least, are not especially conlarge French Catholic Church at Woonsocket, R. I., ducive to the development of denominational stamina “ Providence has sent you here to do in the land of and enthusiasm. Baptist laborers trained for their the Puritans what you have so grandly done in work in Pædobaptist schools amidst surroundings of Canada-to bring everything into subjection feebleness and scantiness of Baptist agencies; of Holy Father the Pope."
great weakness in numbers; of feeble growth and In the correspondence of a well known French comparative inferiority with other denominations of Canadian priest, who relates his visits to various cen- Protestantism, as is the case in France and somewhat tres of Roman Catholic population in New England also in Canada, will not and cannot have the same in the columns of an influential French paper pub. faith or courage or enthusiasm denominationally of
young men drilled amidst surroundings of numbers | French laborers will come out of the very best of the and influence and success which characterizes the schools of the prophets with very little ability to influstatus of the denomination in the United States. ence those of their own nationality—their goodly Nothing would tend more to give to Frenchmen des learning, a sort of Saul's armor, and they themselves tined to the Baptist ministry, back-bone and confi- instruments well tempered, but, for the French work, dence in Baptist principles and Baptist methods, in not only not sharpened but duller than ever, and untheir adaptation to the spiritual wants of men, than to able to do much else in the Master's French vineyard be brought into contact with, and drilled in the ranks, than club, hack, and bruise. Witth a little daily and as it were, of the onward moving and mighty army of constant drilling during their studies by a French regular Baptists in the American Union.
professor competent to train them thoroughly in From quite extensive acquaintance with French French grammar, homiletics, preparation of French Baptist laborers I have become deeply impressed sermons, etc., their ability to use efficiently their with the great need and importance for our French knowledge among their countrymen would grow Baptist work, not only in New England, but in apace with their other grand educational advantages. Canada and even in France, of a French Department The young Frenchmen in the Presbyterian college of in one of our vigorous theological institutions. Montreal, though following a regular course in Eng
lish in the University of McGill, graduate thorough NEEDED FOR New ENGLAND.
French scholars with ability to write and to speak
the French language with ease and correctness. One We need a French Educational Department in one professor, Professor Coussirat, I believe, is able to of our theological seminaries, such as Newton, for effect this result. And I think that in a French Deexample, for the vigorous and successful prosecution partment connected with a theological institution like of our work in our own country, especially in New Newton Seminary, one well qualified teacher would England. Among the converts in over twenty or
suffice, in addition to their English studies, to train thirty French mission stations such as Worcester, young French men for effective service as ministers, Woonsocket, Fall River, Putnam, Danielsonville, evangelists, and colporteurs among our FrenchWaterville, Lowell, etc., we find young men with ex- speaking population. We know of several among our cellent natural abilities and marked piety desirous of French converts, persons of ardent piety and Chrisdevoting themselves to missionary work as colpor- tian zeal and good ability, who would become efficient teurs, evangelists, or pastors among their Roman workers in our French mission field could they enjoy Catholic countrymen. They usually are somewhat the advantages which Newton with such a department familiar with the English language, but, with now and could afford them. In addition to their French stu. then an exception, are uneducated, or at least only dies, they could follow all the exercises of the English trained in the simplest rudiments of learning. Their classes of the Seminary, except those which abso. French is frequently as bad, if not worse, than their lutely require familiarity with Greek and Hebrew. I English, having, in addition to the defects of that know of some six or eight brethren to whom such ad. language as spoken by the uneducated in Canada, vantages would bring a grand opportunity for usefulanglicisms without number, making it almost incom- ness in our French mission work. prehensible and simply outrageous to a cultivated
NEEDED FOR CANADA. French ear. These defects, whenever they undertake to speak on religious subjects, are held up to ridicule, Such a department is needed for our Baptist work to the great disadvantage of evangelical truth, by the in Canada. The Grande Ligne Mission laborers would Roman Catholic press and the French Catholic pul- be greatly benefited by a few years' connection with pits. The very best advantages of purely English one of our Baptist theological schools. That mission studies would leave them with this very serious dis- has been of late years growing in the direction of full qualification for work among their countrymen, and sympathy with the regular Baptist denomination, and the temptation to such would be to go into the Eng- yet strong influences, both pædobaptist and open-comlish ministry. And this is what several Frenchmen munion, press upon the intellectual and spiritual life have done. With their exclusively English training of those under its influence and in its schools. The they are at home in our language and sadly deficient training of its laborers in one of our institutions of and inefficient in the use of their native tongue. But theology, I think, is the only means which will bring if, while storing their minds with general knowledge that mission into anything like real and cordial conand theological lore, they could at the same time be nection with the regular Baptist denomination. I in constant training in the use of the French language speak advisedly on this point, having myself been for the more effective use of this knowledge among connected with that institution as pupil and missiontheir countrymen, our French work would reap the ary, and knowing by my own experience the real char. full great benefit of our American institutions of learn- acter of its influence in that direction. In that mis. ing. Otherwise, that is without some arrangement sion to-day, the man whose convictions and practice to train them thoroughly both in the use and knowl-are most fully in accord with us is the Rev. A. Theredge of their own beautiful language, these young rien, and he owes, I think, much of his regular Bap