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The address by Dr. Haigh, at the Chicago “ I am much pleased with the improved Baptist Social Union, is so excellent that we MONTHLY, which seemed before as near perpublish it entire, and commend it to the care- fection as any Missionary periodical we see.
It ful perusal of our readers.
fitly represents the great and growing work of the Society whose interests it so ably maintains. It should have a wide circulation. The intrin
sic value of several articles in the last number The total immigration for eleven months more than compensates for the cost of a year's ending November 31, 1887, was 486,660 subscription."-S. B. P. Ohio. persons, against 365,453 in the same period of 1886, and 314,645 in the period of 1885. When and what will be the end ?
By the resignation of Rev. Jesse B. Thomas,
D.D., as pastor of the First Baptist Church, in The Swiss government is at last roused to Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, and his election to take measures against the Mormon mission, the Chair of Church History in the Newton which for thirty years has been actively Theological Institution at Newton Centre, carried on in Switzerland. The headquar- Mass., the Executive Board of the Society loses ters of Mormon activity for Europe have one of its most valuable members. Dr. been in Berne, in which city alone there were Thomas's connection with the Board began in 336 converts last year, while in Switzerland 1866 and continued for two years. This was the year before there were 610. The govern
during his first pastorate in Brooklyn. Soon
after his return he was re-elected, and has ment regards it as a religious order dangerous to the State as well as an unauthorized served continuously since 1876, nearly twelve
years. He will be greatly missed in the counemigration agency. The little Swiss Repub-cils of the board, and will carry with him the lic is entitled to the sympathy and the thanks affection, the admiration and the best wishes of of the American Republic. That may be a his associates, to the position to which he has prolific hatching place for the foul broods been unanimously elected and for the work of which flock to our fair shores for their abode. which he undoubtedly possesses rare qualifiIf a proper restrictive immigration bill can be cations. passed by Congress which shall keep out the Rev. A. B. Banks, General Missionary for the most of this undesirable element, all will Puget Sound region, has been prostrated for rejoice.
several weeks by a severe attack of typhoid fever, from which, at last accounts, he was
slowly convalescing. The Gospel AGE, which hitherto has
Joel Marble, Esq., who died at Bedford, N.Y., been published monthly, will henceforth Dec. 14, 1887, in his eighty-fifth year, was one make its appearance weekly, the price re
who took part in the organization of the Home maining unchanged, namely one dollar per Mission Society in 1832. He was born in Woryear. Rev. R. T. Middleditch, D. D., N. Y. cester, Mass., July, 1803, and, living there for City, who has had long experience in editorial years, was personally acquainted with Dr. Jonawork continues as editor. The mechanical than Going, who was so prominent in the or. execution of the paper has always been very
ganization of the Society of which he became the fine, while the quality and variety of its con
first Corresponding Secretary. Shortly after tents have made it a welcome visitor to many founded the Worcester Academy. Subsequently
Mr. Marble's conversion his father and himself a household. Doubtless there is room for he removed to Albany and thence to Bedford, a good dollar religious paper and we shall where the later years of his life have been userejoice if it finds extensive introduction into fully and peacefully spent. At the Jubilee homes where now no religious paper is Meeting, in 1882, he was present and spoke of taken.
the men and of incidents connected with the or
ganization of the Society. Soon the last par- clothes to 1,500 newsboys, and a ton of coal ticipant in that event will have passed away. and a barrel of flour to each of 1,000 poor Indeed, we are not certain but that Mr. Marble families in Detroit. is the last of the company.
Mrs. Mary Beatty, a wealthy lady residing at Rev. B. S. MacLafferty, of Tacoma, W. T., Dover, Ill., has just given $10,000 to Western who recently met with a severe accident which College, Toledo, Ia. has laid him aside from active work, is slowly
Mr. Joseph E. Temple, of Philadelphia, Pa., recovering: though in a letter of December who died in August, 1886, has left the sum of 25th he says:
$ 165,000 to the charitable institutions of his "I am unable to sit in an upright position for city, besides the income of $10,000 to the Will's more than a few minutes at a time, while I am Ophthalmic Hospital, and one of $5,000 to the wholly unable to bear my weight upon my Acadenıy of Fine Arts. In addition to these feet.”
bequests, $25,000 was left to Mr. Theodore He will have the sympathy of many in his Allen to be distributed among charities and art affliction. His resignation of the pastorate of associations. the church has been presented, to take effect
The late Mr. John Reed, a retired merchant February ist.
of Nashua, N. H., bequeathed $3,000 to the Rev. S. Gorman, so well known as mission. Nashua Cemetery Association, $1,000 to the ary to New Mexico and old Mexico, is afflicted First Congregational Church of Nashua, and in the loss of his wife, Mrs. Clarissa C. Gorman, the remainder of his estate, upon the death of who died at Sparta, Wis., December 12th. In his wife, one-half each to the New Hampshire 1849, as the wife of Rev. H. N. Campbell, she Orphans' Home and the Nashua Home for Aged went as missionary with him to Burma. After Protestant Women. his death she returned to America, and, in 1862,
Alexander Duncan, of England, a graduate of at Hamilton, N. Y., was married to Brother Yale College in 1825, has given that institution Gorman. She was a devoted Christian and a
$25,000. valuable helper in her husband's missionary work.
It is stated that the bequest made to Phillips Exeter Academy by the late Francis E. Parker
will amount to $110,000. BENEVOLENCE.
Frederick F. Thompson, a graduate of Wil
liams in the class of 1856, has agreed to subMrs. M. B. Humphrey, who died in New scribe $25,000 to the proposed Mark Hopkins York City, November last, by her will left $25,
memorial building. 000 to Yale College, and nearly $90,000, in all,
The will of Hon. William H. Hill, of Sutton, to charitable institutions. Some of the princi- Mass., makes the following bequests: American pal items are: The Long Island Historical So- Board, $2,000; American Home Missionary ciety, $10,000; Home for Helpless Women and Society, $2,000 ; American College and EducaChildren, $2,000 ; Brooklyn City Mission and tion Society, $2,000; the American ngregaTract Society, $2,000 ; Long Island College tional Union, $2,000 ; and Evangelical ConHospital, $10,000 ; Church of the Pilgrims, gregational Society of Grafton, $2,000. $2,500; City Hospital Training School for Nurses, $6,000.
It now seems to be confirmed that Baron
Hirsch has actually given ten million dollars, Hiram Deats, Esq., of Flemington, N. J., deposited in the Bank of London, under the who died in November, leaves by his will $5,000 trusteeship of Baron Rothschild and Baron de to the American Baptist Home Mission Society; Worms, for the education of the poor Jews of $2,000 for the Bible work of the American Bap- Russia. It is the most munificent gift of charity tist Publication Society; $2,000 to the Cherry- | in the history of the world. ville Baptist Church; and $40,000 for orphans and friendless children.
Mr. David Whitcomb, of Worcester, left
over $100,000 to benevolence, including $25,000 Ex-Governor Alger, of Michigan, during to the American Board and the same to the Christmas week made holiday gifts of suits of Massachusetts Home Mission Society.
William Reed, of Pittsburg, Pa., the eccen- It is not mine to walk through valleys dim, tric locator of oil and minerals by means of Or climb far mountain heights, alone with Him. divining rods, who was drowned recently on the
He hath no need of me in grand affairs, New Jersey coast, left the greater part of his
Where fields are lost, or crowns won unawares. estate of $250,000 for the benefit of students for the ministry, struggling churches, and Yet, Master, if I may make one pale flower missions.
Bloom brighter, for Thy sake, through one
short hour; Philip Embury, who died a few days ago at Orange, N. J., recently gave away $300,000 to If I, in harvest-fields, where strong ones reap, charitable institutions.
May bind one golden sheaf for Love to keep;
The will of the late Mrs. Charlotte Augusta May speak one quiet word when all is still, Astor, of New York, after bequests to relatives Helping some fainting heart to bear Thy will; and personal friends, makes the following Or sing one high, clear song, on which may soar public provisions: Woman's Hospital of New York, $25,000; St. Luke's Hospital, $25,000 ;
Some glad soul heavenward, I ask no more ! Young Women's Christian Association of
MRS. JULIA C. R. DORR. New York, $25,000 ; Children's Aid Society, $25,000; for an Industrial School on Avenue B, $10,000; Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute at Hampton, Va., $25,000 ;
OUR PRESENT PERIL, and the sum of $25,000 to the domestic and foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant
Address Before the Chicago Baptist Social
Union Episcopal Church of the United States, one-half to be applied to the education of Indian boys
BY W. M. HAIGH, D.D., SUPT. MISSIONS. and girls of South Dakota, and the other half to the repair and enlargement of schools in the same district.
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen :
Among the stupendous tasks which the denomi“It is as bad to be barren as to be wicked. nation has devolved upon the Home Mission He who blighteth the fig-tree looks down and Society, there is none at the present moment frowns on the fruitless religious life in the church that commands so much interest and solicitude and out of it.
as that which concerns the evangelization of our The greatest curse is increasing wealth, with foreign populations. By recent events and by a decreasing disposition to give. If God took circumstances over which we have had no conas summary vengeance now as in the days of trol, this question is now at the front, and every Ananias, the undertaker would do a thriving thoughtful citizen, and especially thoughtful business. If piety increased in our denomina- Christian, is pondering it with unwonted anxiety. tion as wealth increases, every call would find a It is well that we should; for these populagenerous response.”—Rev. John Peddie, D.D. tions are growing to be enormous, such num.
bers being already here, and such numbers continuing to pour in upon us, that if Dr. Strong's
figures are reliable we shall probably in the year NOT MINE. .
1900 see here forty millions of people, foreign
born or of foreign parentage. It is not mine to run with eager feet,
Besides, after making all wise allowances Along life's crowded ways, my Lord to meet.
these people are largely out of sympathy with
the religion and the religious ideas which are It is not mine to pour the oil and wine,
regarded as fundamental in American life and Or bring the purple robe and linen fine.
civilization. They have the tendency on a large
scale to lower the whole tone of personal and It is not mine to break at His dear feet, The alabaster box of ointment sweet.
national life. Our criminal courts and jails and
penitentiaries tell a sad tale on this line. It is not mine to bear His heavy cross,
Moreover, the presence of these populations Or suffer for His sake, all pain and loss. complicates and intensifies every serious prob. lem given us to solve. Grave problems are be- Some would even go further and close our fore us which we must solve, even if there were ports entirely to foreign immigration. That no foreign peoples; but their presence adds im- probably is neither possible nor politic, and will measurably to the difficulties of the task. not be done; but even if it were, what of the
Romanism, what is it, priest and people alike, millions now here, what of the questions about but largely a question concerning the foreign them, fiery and burning, that will not down? population ? Intemperance, how it looms up
I will not detain this intelligent Christian audiwith ever threatening aspect !
But it is over
ence to show how futile are even the press, the whelmingly a question of the foreign popula. school, our free air, the genius of our institution. The Sabbath, shall we keep it or shall
tions, or whatever else in these directions may we lose it? is also a question of the foreign pop- be the boast of our day and nation ; they are ulation. Mormonism ! nine-tenths of the Mor
all, however excellent, only powerful as they remons are foreigners. Socialism ! especially in inforce and fall into line behind the all conquerits aggravated forms of communism and anarch
ing power of the gospel of Christ. This it is ism, exclusively a foreign question.
that has changed the face of nations in the past, Take, too, that question which begins to
has brought us what we have, and made us tower in dangerous height above all others,
what we are, and to it we must turn for our baffling statesmanship and putting in jeopardy only real and permanent security. Its power the very existence of free government, the mass- in the nineteenth century is as unexhausted as ing of population in large cities. How does in the first, and it is capable of softening, this question take on its most serious aspects as moulding, purifying all natures, even the worst we see the foreign populations pouring into the
-the anarchist. centres, and bringing all these vexed problems
Let us be just. The real anarchists are very to a white heat. Then comes demagogism, the
few. The first Scandinavian anarchist has yet bane of republics, truckling to the Irish vote,
to be discovered. The Germans in overwhelmtruckling to the German vote, truckling to the Bohemian vote, ready to sell out our rights
ing numbers are loyal to government and law. and privileges for place and power and pelf
. formalism, the infidelity and godlessness which
The trouble is that the tyrannical superstition, the Even the most sanguine among us must confess have so long held these masses in bondage prethat there is ample reason for the grave solici
pare a soil in which anarchism can thrive and tude which is felt on every hand in regard to the
bring forth its bitter fruit. Let us cleanse the foreign population.
soil and roots, that the fruit may be good. What shall be done? Where is our safe guard
The funeral which followed that fatal Friday Something can be done by legislation. We was a sad scene. I confess that one sentence can keep out criminals and paupers. A nation
uttered on that occasion has followed me, that can make a steamboat to dive and reap- sounding in my ears day and night. Not for any pear like a duck in New York harbor, can con- fear that it inspired, for anarchism is not going struct a screen at Castle Garden which shall to rule here. Not for the opposition it waked shut out the refuse of Europe.
We can say
up within me, repulsive as it is; but for the that we will not have our virgin soil made the
glimpse it gives into the heart of these people, dumping-ground for the contents of workhouses showing us how they live and feel. “We have and jails in foreign lands.
We can prevent,
loved long enough, now let us hate." I have too, the coming and the naturalization of men closed my eyes and tried to realize what change whose past lives and whose avowed purposes must come to me and how I must feel to speak
How must every light go show them to be the enemies of government and act like that. and law.
out in my heart, every light in my home, every · Something, too, can be done by the infliction light in society, and the world, every light in of penalties on the wrong-doer. Men who plot the heavens. No sun, no moon, no stars, no against life, against officials, against the State, faith, no prayer, no hope, no God, “without no matter whence they come, or what their ! God in the world,” God, if there be a God, my tongue, or professions, are criminals, and as enemy; society my enemy; everybody my criminals they must be met. Thank God we enemy; myself my own enemy-why this is know at last what the law is, and that law must
hell. and shall be obeyed.
“Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell."
0, the unutterable wretchedness of such hearts They become a power among their countryof men and women, such homes, if homes they men. Every such church becomes a center of may be called, and Oh what a future for the Sabbath-keeping, of Bible study, of temperance, young, breathing such air, and learning such of industry, of thrift, of all the virtues which ways !
makes home happy and society safe. Their And these people are not in China, nor India, willingness to sacrifice for the salvation of their nor on the Congo, they are in Chicago, they people is wonderful to behold, throwing utterly are on Milwaukee avenue, on Halsted street, into the shade what our churches are accustomed they are over the way, while we sit in this bright to deem sacrifice. These churches are our hope room!
in reaching their own people; they are to us Yet they are in delusion, a fearful deadly what the gallant policemen were at the Hay. delusion. Society is not their enemy. Heaven market, our noble defenders, baring their is not all blackness, for over their heads bends breasts, and reaching forth for the salvation of to-night the tender love of God; over them their kindred. Our safety then is in multiplying wept and bled the Son of God on earth, and these churches, in building these forts on every even now at their door waits the gentle, yearn
hand to keep back the incursions of infidelity ing Spirit, wooing them to come forth from
and atheism and anarchism, that “ salvation their dark prison-house, into the light of God. may be to us for walls and bulwarks.” 0, that they could but hear the loving voice that Mr. President, there is no city on this conticalls them; that they could in some way catch nent that has more to hope from the prosecution a glimpse of that “glory of God which shines of this work, none that has more to fear from in the face of Jesus Christ,” that they could
its neglect, than Chicago. “But feel at heart that One above,
Twice in the short fifty years of its life, has it In perfect wisdom, perfect love,
become the focus of the world's gaze. Once Is working for the best."
when the Aames broke stealthily forth, now How would “old things pass away, behold all
advancing, now checked, until at last breaking things would become new,” the tempest of away from all bonds, they leaped from street to passion and hate which have swept through street, licking up huge blocks, crumbling giant their souls would grow quiet, and the man palaces, and driving 40,000 people in abject whose dwelling had been “in the mountains
terror out on to the shelterless prairie. The
heart of the nation stood still for a moment and the tombs, crying and cutting himself with stones, whom no man could bind, no, not with
with horror, and then poured forth its symchains," would be seen
clothed and in his pathies and its aid with a magnificent grace right mind, sitting at the feet of Jesus," and
that cannot be forgotten. anarchism would die, conquered by the love
Once more all eyes have been turned to which is law, and the law which is love. Leaps Chicago. On that fateful day, while our whole there not up in every Christian heart a longing city waited with bated breath for the sad signal, desire to give to them what God has given to us? New York was waiting, too, and the ear of
Let us bear in mind that the foreign popula- London was attent, and of Paris, and Berlin, and tions as a whole are specially susceptible to kind St. Petersburg, and when Chicago spoke, she approach. Nowhere does a kind word or act spoke not for herself alone, nor for this commean so much, and go so far, and last so long, monwealth, nor for this great nation, but for the as with the foreign population.
world, for free government, for justice and They are susceptible to spiritual religion, and liberty in all coming time. in proportion to the men employed, and the But is this all we have to say to our own money expended, the fruits among them are nation and the nations of the earth ? Has much larger than among the native population. Christian America, and Christian Chicago
When converted they become the brightest reached the limit of its resources at the gallows? examples of personal devotion and consecrated | Then what do we more than Russian, than Gerspirit. If we would catch a glimpse of primitive many, than France who look forward only to piety, if we would look in upon the church of fresh executions as each returning wave of Jerusalem, and breathe its spirit we have but to communism and anarchism shall burst upon go over to a German, or Scandinavian Baptist their shores? O, followers of Christ, greater church, and our wish is met.
things than these are expected of us, even that