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Society as District Secretary, first for Ohio and Dr. Page was converted and became a folWest Virginia, and then for the larger district, lower of Christ at the age of eighteen and including Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. When united with the Baptist church in Hartford, Dr. Page resigned his position, because he felt Conn., being the first person baptized by Dr. that he could not do full justice to the work on Barnas Sears, then just ordained and afterward account of his age and diminishing strength, he so widely known as president of Brown Unicontinued to take delight in what he called “ do-versity. After a full course of study in preparing chores” for the Society, by looking after its ation for the Gospel ministry, Dr. Page was interests in will cases, and by securing special ordained, and in September, 1839, became pasofferings for its work. His correspondence tor at Massillon, O., and in 1844, at Wooster, glowed with enthusiasm and devotion to the O., where he labored six years. In 1850 he great cause whose success he justly regarded so took charge of the Baptist church at Norwalk, vital to the welfare of the land we live in. O., and in 1854 of the ird Baptist church in Cheering messages of encouragement were sent Cleveland, where he continued with much sucby him from time to time when the burdens on cess until 1861, when he assumed the pastoral those at the Rooms were heavy and clouds at care of the then Second and now Euclid Avenue times obscured the sky. He kept the buoyant, Baptist church of this city. In 1866 he resigned hopeful spirit to the last, his path shining this pastorate to engage in an effort to combrighter and brighter to the perfect day whose plete an endowment for Denison University, in blessedness, without doubt, his ransomed spirit which he rendered very valuable aid. Soon now enjoys.
after this he was engaged for nearly ten years under appointment by the American Baptist
Home Mission Society as district secretary for REV. S. B. PAGE, D.D.
Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, in which office
his fidelity, wisdom, zeal, and success By Hon. J. M. Hoyt.
creditable to a marked degree. Added years and health impaired by labor and travel, ad
monishing him that his active life-work in this This venerable and beloved Christian minister i sphere must cease, he resigned his office, and, died at Cleveland, Ohio, March 14th. Born in residing in Cleveland at his well-known home, Fayette, Me., October 16, 1808, he had nearly No, 499 Prospect Street, he continued, down to reached the full term of eighty years. It is his final illness, to exert whatever of bodily often said “The young may die, but the old strength that remained in Christian effort, aidmust.” No life, however short, is exempt from ing as a church member in the work he loved, uncertainty as to its earthly stay; so that the and as associated with other Christian churches great lesson of the importance of instant readi- of varied denominations in active personal influness by all for the summons hence is constantly ence. He also gave much time to correspondenforced. But when, as with Dr. Page, a vet- ence in aid of the interests he formerly repreeran passes away, matured and enriched by the sented. As a man and citizen, as well as a experiences of a life of the full term, in which Christian, he was ever interested in the profrom youth to four-score each year has been motion of the public welfare, with a zeal for the strenuous with endeavor to live well, there is right undimmed, except as limited by increasing meaning in his death most salutary both to physical debility. Thus living, he was valued young and old. Such a life is a shining illus- and beloved in a steadily widening circle. He tration to all, of the ennobling value of single never lost his enthusiasm for increasing knowlminded and persistent rectitude in heart and edge. act, maintained through long periods, amid Now, in the void remaining, multitudes will whatever of task and trial, of vicissitude and en- miss his winning courtesy, and his genial weldeavor were encountered in its unfolding years.
The closing scene was a fitting end to Such a veteran, when removed, leaves a legacy a life so noble in aim and service. When, in of rich instruction to all who know of the fruits the final hours, his beloved wife and children of his labors, the loyalty of his aim to realize were around him, and his power of utterance cherished Christian ideals, and the pure, prac- became, at times, nearly suspended as the tical, loving, and reverent wisdom which such“ silver cord” was being loosed, and the personal living garners in heart and character. “ golden bowl” was breaking, he tried eagerly, at intervals, to tell them of his rapt visions of a ter Academy, has just subscribed, without conheavenly environment. Still they feel assured ditions, $20,000 toward a fund of $75,000, to be that they clearly caught some gleams of the used in the erection of a new building to concelestial light that he saw.
tain chapel, gymnasium, laboratory, etc.
The will of Rev. Dr. W. H. Ryder, Chicago,
disposes of $750,000. The only heirs are his BENEVOLENCE.
widow and daughter, who are duly remembered.
The following public bequests are made : First Isaac P. Langworthy left a bequest of $10,000 Universalist Society of Provincetown, Mass., for the benefit of the library of the American $5,000 ; St. Paul's Church, Chicago, $10,000 ; Congregational Association.
Lombard University, Galesburg, $20,000; Old
People's Home, Chicago, $10,000; Hospital for Mr. Peter Howe, of Winona, Ill., has given Women and Children, $10,000 ; Chicago Pub$10,000 toward the establishment of a Freed-lic Library, $10,000 ; Universalists' Convention, men's school at Memphis, Tenn., under Bap New York, $25,000; and $10,000 to provide tist auspices. A location has been secured. for free moral lectures in Chicago. The library building which Hon. Dexter
The will of the late A. S. Barnes (publisher) Richards, of Newport, N. H., proposes to give disposes of $644,000, in part as follows: $50,to that town, will cost $20,000, and he will add 000 to each of his ten children ; $50,000 to his $5,000 for the purchase of books.
widow; to his five brothers and sisters, $1,000
each; to nine nieces, $1,000 each; and $1,000 The Old Ladies' Home Association of Bidde to each of his thirty grandchildren ; $25,000 to ford and Saco, has just received from the execu
be equally divided between : The American tors of the estate of the late Lydia A. Clapp, Seaman's Friend Society, the Brooklyn City of Dorchester, Mass., $12,000, bequeathed by Mission and Tract Society, Home for Aged her for the establishment of an Old Ladies' Home Men, Home for Aged Women, Home for Conin Saco.
sumptives, Home for the Friendless, the Faith
Home for Incurables, the Foreign School The will of Almira J. Fox, of Haverhill, leaves Union, the Newsboys' Home, the Colored Or$1,000 to the Young Men's Christian Associa- phan Asylum, the Chinese Mission connected tion of Haverhill; $1,000 to the Haverhill City with Dr. Behrend's church, the Young Men's Hospital; $500 to the Old Ladies' Home in Christian Association, the Church of the CoveHaverhill.
nant, Atlantic Avenue Mission, Willoughby Rev. Russell Jennings, of Deep River, Conn.,
Avenue Mission, Fiske University, Howard who died on Thursday, March 8th, was a liberal University, the Yale University Divinity School, benefactor to every good cause, and gave during
Oberlin College, Drury College, Hampton Inhis life not less than $200,000 to Baptist
stitute, Colored Normal Institute, Austin, Texas; churches.
Colored Collegiate Institute, Tuskegee, Ala. ;
American Education Society, Chicago, Ill., and Cornelius Vanderbilt has promised to give Teachers' Rest. The sum of $25,000 is also to $50,000 to the New York Museum of Natural be equally divided between the American Board History.
of Foreign Missions, the American Home Mis
sionary Society, the American Missionary AssoFor some weeks, friends of the Cleveland Young Men's Christian Association have been and the American Tract Society.
ciation, the American Congregational Union, soliciting funds for a new building and the purchase of a valuable site. Thirty thousand dol- "GeneralBooth of the Salvation Army truly lars were pledged when John D. Rockefeller says: “A man who makes a fortune ought to wrote from New York on the 21st inst. that he spend it for the good of the Christian communwould subscribe $25,000 if the pledges to date ity. A man's money belongs to the kingdom were doubled. His offer has been accepted. of God. There is not one law for the minister
and another for the layman. All the layman's J. H. Walker, Esq., of Worcester, Mass., who time belongs to God quite as much as all the has always been a liberal benefactor of Worces- | minister's time.”
FROM MONTANA TO VICTORIA. spiring presence of heaven and the recklessness
of evil seem so near each other. REV. THOS. ROGERS, D.D., ELBRIDGE, N. Y.
Any description of a tour of Yellowstone Park would be incomplete without the statement that
we visited the place where the fisherman catches Before going on to Puget Sound, a brief descrip- his trout out of the snow cold mountain stream, tion of our experience in Yellowstone National and without leaving his position, swings it over Park may not fail of interest. We left Living- into a boiling spring, where it is quickly cooked, stone in the afternoon on account of the delay of and then takes it from the hook all ready to serve the daily express train from the West. It was
for his lunch. Not being expert with the rod, near midnight when we reached Cinnabar, the and having no rod with us we did not accomterminus of the branch railroad running south- plish the feat, but saw more than one place ward from Livingstone; and where tourists take where it could doubtless be done. The method stages for Mammoth Hot Springs, nine miles of proceedure is according to the formula of an farther on. Two coaches were waiting the arri- old cook-book, “First catch your fish.” Canval of the train, and by one of those happy di- dor, however, compels the statement that we rections of Providence we passed the larger saw no place where the “fish can be caught coach, and took the forward and smaller one: and cooked in the same water." and thereby we missed by just one chance the After doing the Park, we rested at Mammoth experience of being robbed. The "sroad
Hot Springs Hotel over Sunday, and Monday agents" allowed us to pass unmolested, but found us with “the course of empire,” taking they “called up" the coach following us, and our way westward. I will not detain the reader under cover of their revolvers ordered the pas- with an account of our journey up the first great sengers out, and took all the money they could mountain barrier of 116 feet grade per mile to find. Moral: When you travel West leave all Helena—the run along the bank of the Missouri costly jewelry at home, and take only currency in the direction of the current of that great enough to meet immediate wants.
river before it rushes through the gate of the But it is worth while to run risks and endure mountains on its journey of four thousand five fatigue to see the wonders of this surprising hundred miles to the Gulf-of the passage land. Here God speaks out of the earth and through Idaho, skirting the shores of the beaufrom mountain peaks. His works praise him. tiful isle-studded lake Pend d'Oreille-or of the He utters his voice and the mountains tremble, far-reaching pasture lands and lava beds of the earth shakes and palpitates beneath your Eastern Washington. On the morning of the feet. Extinct volcanoes, boiling “paint pots," second day we stopped off at “ The Dalles.” mammoth hot springs, terrific geysers, and and continued our journey by steamer through safety vents, where steam rushes forth from the the magnificent scenery of the middle Columbia. pent-up depths with deafening roar; declare the At the cascades we visited a salmon fish wheel, glory and might of our God. Every new won wonderful in its methods and magnitudes. This der of giddy waterfall and deep cañon inspires wheel has a capacity of an average catch of ten the sober mind with reverence and awe; truly tons of fish per day. It is turned by the curwe are in the manifest presence of the Almighty, rent, and literally scoops the salmon out of the “and only man is vile.”
water. Having some regard for future generaAt Mammoth Hot Springs we first inhaled tions, and not believing in the maxim, “After the sulphur laden air, which, with the dazzling us the deluge,” we protested against such a ruthbrightness of the sun's rays pouring down on less destruction of this now plentiful fish. But acres of snow-white “gyserite,” is almost over- our protest was unheeded, and by way of poetic powering. At first we were at a loss to decide retribution we prophesy that in the not distant whether these sulphurous fumes issued from the future the industry of salmon fishery on the Cobowels of the earth, or were caused by the Ti. lumbia will, for the same cause, meet the same tanic profanity of a hotel clerk. Possibly both fate that put an end to the further military conspired to produce the effect. I remember to career of the Macedonian Alexander: “No have heard it said in my boyhood that in partic- more to conquer." ularly godless regions “the sulphur lies only a Puget Sound, beautiful for situation, restful to foot beneath the surface." Both conditions the car-wearied passenger who sails over its seem to be met in this land, where the awe-in- | tranquil waters, invigorating with its salt air,
and capacious for commerce; we reached it by Rochester's fair daughters, who has proved railroad one hundred and forty-five miles from herself a help meet for a missionary pastor. Portland, and we saw it first from the high The Baptist cause had been at a low ebb. The bluff on which the city of Tacoma is located. On old meeting house had been sold to be used as the shores of this deep and capacious sound lie a temperance hall. But now the church has a three rival towns within the limits of Washington pleasant meeting house ; builded literally on a Territory. Tacoma has the advantage of being rock--fit emblem of the church itself, which is the terminus of the Northern Pacific railroad. founded on that Spiritual Rock against which the Seattle, the second town, is noted for its excel- gates of hell cannot prevail. lent harbor, its steady and substantial growth, One of the incidents most interesting was the and the excellent character of its inhabitants.
coming in of ten or fifteen sailors from Her This latter feature is indicated, and in part ac- Britannic Majesty's war ship, stationed in the counted for, by the fact that it contains within harbor, all of whom had been baptized into the its limits a vigorous Baptist church. Here is fellowship of this church by the present pastor. located the Pacific Chautauqua Association, of Brave sailors these ; brave soldiers of Jesus which the pastor of the aforesaid church is presi. Christ; each one of them carried a Bible under dent. The third city is Port Townsend, which his arm-“the sword of the spirit,” and the lies opposite the Straits San Juan de Fuca, a true symbol of his faith. The pastor preached broad and safe entrance from the Pacific. This in the morning to an interesting and interested town is the port of entry for the Alaska and congregation, and in the afternoon at an outPacific commerce, but otherwise not so favorably station twelve miles away. In the evening situated as either of the other places. Still Brother Daniels preached, who had just come further north on the dividing line between
over from Vancouver on the mainland, where a Puget Sound and the Gulf of Georgia is the Baptist church has been recently organized. At terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway. . On the close of the sermon an after meeting was these inland waters are great numbers of harbors i held, which indicated a waiting and working affording facilities for commerce unsurpassed in Christian life. This was noticeable in the any part of the world. The Pacific Ocean, easy prayers and testimony of the sailors. Each one accessible for the largest ships, lies in front of of these seemed to have a shipmate on his heart them. Behind them stretch large forests of for whom he was praying and laboring. Revaluable timber, great mineral possibilities, and turning to our hotel we thanked God for the yet-to-be-developed agricultural resources. On heavenly manna of this Lord's day, and for the the shores of these waters will be located the
good work wrought through the timely aid of Boston or New York of the Pacific coast. Not
the Home Mission Society in the far-off land of many years hence that growing city will rival, Vancouver's Island. possibly outbid, San Francisco for the commerce of Asia.
We passed over these waters by the day steamer from Tacoma to Victoria, Vancouver's Island. We are now in the Queen's dominions and note the change. The city is Canadian, almost English, in appearance; buildings substantial, sidewalks good, streets well paved, and
THE NEW POLISH MISSION IN THE macadamized roads extending far into the country, over which it is a pleasure to ride. On
UNITED STATES. the outskirts of the city are cosy cottage homes, whose yards are adorned with blooming roses,
REV. C. R. HENDERSON, D.D., DETROIT, and porches embowered with luxurious honey
Sunday morning we easily found our way to the Baptist church, and were glad to go to the The Home Mission Society, having begun a house of God in company with worshippers of most needed work among the Poles of this the Scriptural apostolic faith. Rev. W. Barss, country, it is thought desirable to give from rea graduate of Rochester Theological Seminary, | liable sources some essential facts respecting has done a good work here, aided by one of 'them. It will naturally be asked by the patron
of the Society whether this branch is of suffi- The fact is that the Romish boasts are not cient magnitude and importance to justify the true. It is supposed that Poland received the special effort and interest of American Baptists, truths of Christianity from missionaries of the and whether there is a reasonable hope of gain- eastern church, one of whom at least was aftering access to them and of doing them good. ward persecuted as a heretic by the papal
1. Certain facts as to the extent of this field. - agents. While Poland has been well subdued The number of people speaking the Polish under the heavy hand of Rome it has not been language is set down at about 10,000,000, without protest and struggle for liberty. There mostly in Prussia, Austria and Russia. But have been protests by the nobles, who have althere are many persons of the race who have ways been the ruling body. At various times begun to use other languages—the tongues of able men have urged Protestant doctrines, but their conquerors. The census of 1880 gives the nation feared sword and flame from the only 48,557 persons of Polish birth resident in Tiber. And it must be confessed that the the United States, but the descendants of Poles slavery has been accepted by the people themare not counted, and many were probably set selves. They have, as a nation, never known down as Russians, Austrians or Germans. It is the sweets of freedoni. During the ages before claimed by Polish newspapers that there are the partition, Poland meant a minority of nobles, now 700,000 of this race in our country. This a merchant class of Jews, and a majority of may be an overestimate. The immigration has serfs. There was no great middle class. Lords been very large since the census, is constantly and priests have enslaved a nation, and it was growing, and the families are as prolific as the reserved for the despotic Russian to relieve the Germans. Other considerations emphasize the weight of the bonds and begin a system of eduimportance of this work. Poland is at the gate. 'cation. The Greek church has never ceased way between our German Baptist brethren and its efforts in Poland, and has never been withthe vast empire of Russia; and the German out numerous adherents. The Hussites before Baptists are pushing forward with great ag. Luther made many converts. Poland once had gressiveness. The Russian and Polish work a Protestant king, but he could not stem the abroad is just now taken under the fostering current of superstition. It is estimated that care of the Missionary Union, owing largely to there are now 3,900,000 Catholics of the Romish Mr. Alf's recent visit to this country and to Mr. church, 236,000 who belong to the Greek Schiewe's intercession. The friendly relations church, 300,000 Protestants, and 660,000 Jews, of Russia to the United States promise toler- besides some Mohammedans and Gypsies. The ation of this movement. Baptists are not mixed Mennonites have made considerable advance, up with politics and do not come under the ban but are crippled by their doctrine of infant against the aggressions of Lutherans and church membership and by absence of inissionCatholics.
ary zeal. Lutheranism from the German side is 2. As to the hopefulness of this work. --Some chiefly the result of immigration into the provof the Catholics have said that these people have inces once laid waste in wars and recently been Romanists for a thousand years and that conquered by Prussia. A new day has dawned they will not leave the faith of their ancestors upon this afflicted people. A middle class is to join an upstart sect like the Baptists. And growing up, feudalism is abolished, serfs are some of our own members look upon the work free, education is promised to all, the Bible is as one of the utmost difficulty. But if the being circulated by societies having depots in church apostolic had waited to fulfill the Great London and Warsaw, and the various Protestant Commission of Jesus until all the obstacles were bodies are urging their work. Something may removed and until the pagans came of their in time be expected from the influence of the own accord asking for the Gospel, there never immigrants to America. In America the persewould have been a church. He who has the cution can be covert only, and will not be pure Gospel is bound to make a patient offer of backed by the political power of a dominant it to those who are ignorant. God opens doors priesthood. We have already proved that by as we advance in the direction of his commands, i patience and care we can introduce the Word of and He opens the door, as a rule, only when we God into the families of this nationality, and knock. But aside from the encouragement of can induce them to read it. the command there is reason in certain facts to The history of Baptist work for Poles is a part hope for success in persistent toil.
of the German Baptist history, at least in our