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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, I., 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

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

memorial building. York City, November last, by her will left $25,ooo 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 CongregaTract 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 New Jersey coast, left the greater part of his He hath no need of me in grand affairs,

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 quests 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

Some glad soul heavenward, I ask no more ! York, $25,000; St. Luke's Hospital, $25,000 ; 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

Mr. same district.

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,

national life. Our criminal courts and jails and The alabaster box of ointment sweet.

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 conquer. its 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 The trouble is that the tyrannical superstition, the

ing numbers are loyal to government and law. and privileges for place and power and pelf.

formalism, the infidelity and godlessness which Even the most sanguine among us must confess

have so long held these masses in bondage prethat there is ample reason for the grave solicitude which is felt on every hand in regard to the pare a soil in which anarchism can thrive and

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

hell. know at last what the law is, and that law must and shall be obeyed.

“Which way I fly is Hell; myself am lell.”


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 Haydelusion. 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." O, 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 flames 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

with horror, and then poured forth its symstones, whom no man could bind, no, not with chains,” 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



The very

we shall turn enemies into friends, anarchists greatly need more just such men.

They do into lowly, quiet, law-abiding citizens, the sons not respond to our call in sufficient numbers, of Belial into the sons of God. And so once and in consequence many important fields are more the eyes not of earth merely, but of now unoccupied. heaven, are upon us; of God our Father, of

3. The question of systematic benificence is Christ our risen Saviour, who “from henceforth everywhere receiving most serious consideraexpecting till his foes be made his footstool,” tion. The claims of the cause of Christ upon a waits and watches to see what his people will fair and fixed proportion of each believer's indo. Now in this quiet pause is the time for the

come are being more fully recognized. There gospel forces to advance. “Speak to the child is evidently a deepening sense of personal redren of Israel that they go forward,” is the cry. sponsibility. Some churches would gladly be God grant that we may have grace to hear the carried by the Home Mission Society indefivoice, and to know the hour.— The Standard.

nitely, but such is not the case generally. There are noble givers in these Western churches.

4. Everywhere in the West the Educational question is coming to the front. The newest States and Territories have their schools in

prospect or already in operation. WESTERN NOTES.

best of our brethren believe in the movement. Many ill-advised efforts will doubtless be put

forth. But this interest in higher Christian BY H. C. WOODS, D.D., NEB. SUPT. MISSIONS.

education should not be repressed if it could be.

But it does need direction. The Home MisAttendance at Western Conventions is like a sion Society has not moved a moment too soon revelation, even to one who has lived for years in this matter. The brethren in the West will in the West. It has been my fortune recently gladly, as I believe, confer with representatives to meet with the brethren of our Baptist Zion of the denomination who may constitute the in Southern Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Educational Committee or Commission, and Nebraska. And from my note book I bring will defer to their judgment. The fact is recogthese jottings.

nized that Eastern brethren take but little 1. In our Home Mission work we are falling "stock" in these Western “universities.” But far behind the material development of the their sympathy and financial help are greatly

The tide of immigration was desired and are justly asked. never greater than during the past year. The Western portions even of Kansas, which we have come to consider one of the older West

THE WORK OF A HOME MISSION ern States, has all the features of a frontier.

CHURCH. In Colorado and Nebraska towns of a population of 1000 or more are springing up by scores.

BY REV. J. C. BAKER, THE DALLES, OREG. We are not able to occupy one in ten of these needy fields. These are not “paper" towns, and these people have come to stay.


II. money for Home Mission work is everywhere The second installment of the work of a the urgent need.

Home Mission Church is to provide suitable 2. The brethren in the ministry in these buildings and equipments for growth. Western States are royal men. In appearance, Corn must have a hill to grow in; children a when gathered in Conventions, they rank with home for proper development; and the family any of the Eastern States. In sermons and must own property or be dependent. The farmer addresses they evince culture, real power, a must have horses and machinery, houses and grasp of the situation, a thorough consecration. barns; the mechanic, tools; the railroad, its What sacrifices they are making, what meagre machine shops. So the church must have a salaries they receive, what hardships they cheer- house to live in, buildings to work in, and tools fully endure, is fully known in many cases to work with. The work of the Home Mission only to themselves and their Lord.

But we

Church is to provide these.

great West.

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