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filling my appointment at Spencer I shall have Cruz. Our old house and lot were prized at to walk the whole of the way, as it is impossible $600—our new one is worth $6,000. Our conto get a horse there, because of the enormous gregation more than trebled, and increasing. drifts of snow.
Our Sunday school has a corresponding growth. -Bro. J. B. Hutton, of Rushville, Neb., in Library from none to 375 volumes, gathered writing about the severe struggle they have from friends East and the Publication Society, made to secure a house of worship, adds this: gathered almost wholly at the solicitation of “When I was a student I expected to go to Mrs. Rev. G. M. Merriman. Burmah as a missionary, and of course thought
“In the midst of our work, in August, a genof the sacrifices I would have to make. But I tleman, Mr. Calvin Gault, of Branciforte, a want to say that I am making sacrifices now for large and fourishing town of 2,000 population, the cause of Christ as great as any I would have just across the River San Lorenzo, from Santa made had I gone. I have actually gone this Cruz, offered us a fine lot if we would build on winter without an overcoat that I might be able it a chapel and start a Sabbath school. The to do more toward building our house. The chapel is built, a flourishing Sunday school and very thought of having a church house of our a donation of a $10 library from the American own, where we can meet regularly, makes this Baptist Publication Society, and additional frontier country seem more like our Eastern volumes, in all 100. home to us. No Christian fully appreciates the
“ This is an important interest, and if properly value and blessing of a church house until he cherished, will, by God's help, grow into a settles on the frontier, where at first there are self-supporting church.
“ Besides the increased value of our meeting. house property to thousands of dollars, we have
had additions by baptism and letter of some A Great Advance.
twenty members, and more than as many more
who will soon come in." CALIFORNIA.-One of the most gratifying results in recent missionary work in this State has been at Santa Cruz under the pastorate of Rev. T. M. Merriman, who began his labors A Great and Needy Field in Oregon. there June roth, 1886. It seemed almost a “forlorn hope.” The meeting house “
Rev. G. W. Black, of Medford, in Southern mile out of the way, by carriage and on foot, Oregon, gives a graphic account of the extent upon a bluff, seventy steps high." It was de- and the religious destitution of the region in cided that they must
move, buy or build a which he labors. house of worship in some suitable place in the Embraced in the territory which I occupy are city.” A fund was started for the purpose. the Counties of Josephine, Jackson, Klamath Chaplain Winfield Scott became deeply inter- and Lake, twice the size of Indiana, and on this ested in the matter and when his regiment went vast field I am the only minister of our denomifrom Angel Island, in San Francisco Bay, to nation actively engaged in the work, with the spend the summer at Santa Cruz, he arranged exception, probably, of Rev. W. E. Adams, at to hold preaching services in co-operation with Lakeview, in the extreme southeast portion of the pastor, in the Pavilion, where the regimental the State. band and a union of city choirs were brought Within this territory are the following imporinto service. Immense congregations assem- tant towns: Grant's Pass, the county site of bled, and contributions amounting to $500 were Josephine County; Medford, Jacksonville, the secured.
county site of Jackson County; Ashland a A lot having been purchased in the city, the manufacturing center; Linkville the county house, after a journey of four weeks from the site of Klamath County; and Lakeview the high bluff, was removed to the new location and county site of Lake County. Ashland contains the work of remodeling was pushed as rapidly a population of 1,700; Jacksonville contains a as possible. It was dedicated November 20, population of 800 or goo, and Medford has a 1887. Bro. M. says:
population of 1,000, and Grant's Pass has a “From the most meagre house and situ- population of about the same, while Klamath ation, we have advanced to the best in Santa County, with a population of fully 7,000, and
a territory as large as Rhode Island, has no i. e., in the northern part of Omaha, and at minister of our church actively engaged in the South Omaha, who had no church connection work, and is almost entirely without religious in this city. Some have joined at South Omaha, influences of any kind.
but most live in North Omaha, one and a half The Southern R. R. Company contemplate to two and a half miles from any Baptist running soon a line of road from Willows,
church. These in the north part of city are Cal., to Lakeview, in Lake County.
This engaged with me in the North Omaha Baptist road will run directly through Klamath County, missions. and thus open for settlement a very rich grazing
Brother Secretary, were you ever in a new and agricultural district, which will be rapidly town, just springing up? where three years be. settled. Linkville, the county site, containing fore your visit there was nothing but farms, a population of seven or eight hundred, has but but at the time of your visit a city of six thouone church, a Presbyterian, and the only Sun- sand people, with dwellings, stores, manufactorday school which I discovered in the whole ies, etc. * Water-works, railways, new school county. Josephine County, is almost as destitute buildings, etc., springing up, as though being of the Gospel as is Klamath County.
dug out of the earth ? Such a place is South The towns of Waldo and Kerbyville, each
Omaha, at what is known as the Stock-yards. containing a population of 250, and surrounded
Such a place, where everything is in a formative by mining and grazing districts, know nothing state, there is little desirable society, but often save dancing, horse-racing, gambling, and drink
come of the best of people. A single illustraing. They have no preaching of any kind.
tion of the influence of such society, and the Many young people here in these communities good influence and help a church and pastor
will exert. have heard no more than one or two sermons,
I could give many: probably, in their whole lives, and of Sunday
Last August I called at a fairly good little schools they know nothing.
cottage, with some seven rooms in it. The lady
was sitting at the door, looking at some cheap In Josephine County there is but one church
pictures a peddler was trying to sell her. It was house, and that is owned by the M. E. church,
afternoon, but the lady was in a most untidy and is located at Grant's Pass. In Klamath
condition, and the house was as untidy as its County there is but one church house, and that
keeper. I was surprised to see there some is located in Linkville, and is owned by Pres
pieces of nice furniture and a modern upright byterians.
piano; but I
was more surprised to find the Now, the question that comes to me is, “How
lady was educated, and had been accustomed can you, in view of so much destitution, aban
to refined society in Chicago. But she had don this field ?” And yet, how can I hold the
reached a place that was like the wilderness, field, give my time to the work, and go in debt,
and though she had a servant to do her house or let my family suffer? What must I do? work, there was an air of abandon which was
truly pitiable. Do not blame the woman too harshly; her neighbors were all coarse. She
saw no one but her husband that she could have Omaha-Marvellous Growth-Missionary any respect for, and rough society had made him Work Therein,
rough. She expected to see no one who would
care how she or her home appeared. She had Rev. F. W. Foster, city missionary for
reached a state of " don't care." Omaha, furnishes some interesting reading con
I told her of some pleasant people I had met cerning his important field.
in the town; invited her out to the schoolDuring the past quarter I have sent for ten letters of dismission from other Baptist churches, and had the persons join churches in this city. [ *Yes, the Secretary has been through just such
I have also found twenty-five Baptists in this events and knows perfectly about the high-tide of city, whose names I have given to pastors who
worldliness and speculation in circumstances like were nearest to them. Some of them have
these. The city of 6,000, however, in which he joined churches.
began his work, was cut out of a forest, and huge
stumps were the statuary that adorned the streets in In addition to the above number I have found
the outer portions of the city. In such a rush of forty Baptists living on my own special fields, affairs “ the King's business requires haste.”]
house to attend our preaching services; and
Bohemian Mission, Chicago. the next time I called on her, there were marked
Rev. Dr. Haigh of Chicago writes : evidences of refinement and care in her home. A few weeks after, she came before our church,
Those who have watched with interest the and related her Christian experience, and í beginnings of this important work will be glad baptized her. Now her home is clean and tidy, to learn that on Friday evening, February 3, and a handsome family Bible lies on the table, six Bohemians were baptized by our missionary, and is frequently used. She is a lady and a
Rev. L. Lanyi, at the First German Church on Christian, and one who will exert her influence Huron street. in the Christian society of South Omaha.
This church is now enjoying a precious work The church brought together the people of grace, in which already a large number have there who had self-respect, and has united been converted. On Friday evening their house them as friends and brothers and sisters. In of worship was filled with a solemn and attentive that town, where the roughest elements from audience, to which the pastor, Rev. J. L. Meier, the “wild and reckless West” often met, there preached. The six Bohemian candidates, who were twenty-six saloons, doing a business of $50 had been brought from their distant homes in to $100 each, daily, last summer, no church, the omnibus kept by this church for the use of and only occasional preaching. Do you wonder its mission schools, related their experience to that a lady, without special strength of charac- a committee of the church, Pastor Lanyi transter, should become disheartened, careless? If lating into German. A part of these experiyou had seen the place and the society there,
ences was afterwards repeated and further transyou would have wondered that a lady could live | lated out of German into English for the benefit for a year in such a place.
of a number representing the Committee on But improvements in society are rapid there, of interest, and could not fail to impress those
Foreign Population. These narratives were full and though it may never be a desirable place to live, yet by the grace of God there will here who heard them with the intelligence and sinafter be a Christian society, which people of cerity of the four men and two women who gave
them. pure minds and hearts can meet with.
At the close of the regular service Bro. Lanyi In this city, there was a great deal of suffering during the recent storm, and it often hap- the six who had related their experience to the
and his wife were received on their letters, and pens that I have calls for help from those who are utterly destitute. Some families were found Committee were received for baptism. Bro.
Lanyi then read in Bohemian the account of the by some of the brethren last week living, or
conversion and baptism of the eunuch, and rather freezing, in tents, without coal or wood or food. The Baptist pastors here, and your mis prayed, after which he baptized the six in a
most solemn and impressive, even sionary, have relieved a large number of suffer
to those who did not know a single word of the ing people.
language. The Beth Eden Baptist Church edifice is
The whole service was one of marked interest, completed-a model of neatness—and will be dedicated soon, free of debt, and without any when, as Dr. Parker anticipated at the Social
and gave promise that the time is not far distant appeal for money at the dedication. The earn
Union, letters missive shall be issued, inviting est, loving pastor, Rev. H. L. House, and a
a council to recognize the First Bohemian Baployal people, are happy.
tist Church of Chicago and of the United Some thirty or forty of the Baptists in the States. The friends of this mission may well northern part of the city, all of them a mile or
" thank God and take courage.” more away from any Baptist church, will ask advice of the City Missionary Union concerning the organization of a new church. At the next meeting of the Union the church will probably
Polish Mission in Detroit and Vicinity. be organized.
It is estimated that there are about 20,000 By the time my next quarterly report is Poles in Detroit and vicinity, and that the numrequired, I hope we will be able to report con- ber of Slavs in this country is about 700,000. siderable progress in a church building at For several months past Rev. Joseph AntoSouth Omaha.
schevski, from Poland, has been laboring among
his countrymen in Detroit, under the auspices The Lord has been very gracious. We thank of the Lafayette Avenue Baptist Church. Dr. him and take courage. Pray for us.” Henderson writes that he came to this country on - Rev. Daniel Rogers sends a contribution the advice of brethren in Poland, and is highly from one of his members “for the support of recommended by Brother Alfand Schiewe. native ministers in the Cherokee Nation,” and
Mr. Alf, the patriarch of the German-Polish says: “It is the result of his laying by weekly work of Baptists, who has baptized about 2,000 during the past year for benevolent objects. converts, of whom Mr. Antoschevski is one, re.
The first of this year I preached on enlarging cently visited Detroit in the interests of this work. work for Christ, and made prominent the
Already a hymn-book has been published, giving of one-tenth to the Lord. I know of and other matters relating to the beginnings of one who has adopted the plan and others are a new work have been accomplished. Though
thinking of it.” the Poles are Romanists and fan
cal, yet the victories already achieved among them by the
Baptisms. Gospel encourage us to expect success in this direction. Dr. Henderson says, truly :
Reports from missionaries received the last " Here is a prolific race, swarming from an
month show a good religious interest in many oppressed country, ignorant, riotous, dangerous of the churches. Those reporting five or more to social peace. They are right at our doors. baptisms are as follows: We must teach them. We must begin some
John T. Farley, Scottsville, Kan., 8; A. W. time, and every day we neglect them the harder Clark, Calvary Church, Omaha, Neb., 5; T. it will be to start."
K. Tyson, Valparaiso, Neb., 7; N. F. Pierson, The Woman's Baptist Home Mission Society
Swedes in Creston and Lucas, Iowa, 12; W. of Michigan, through the liberality of one of its D. Elwell, Sedan, Kan., 13; C. B. Allen, Jr., members, will co-operate in this work.
Helena, Mont., 5; Harvey Linsley, Las Ani. mas, Colo., 17; W. C. Shepherd, Clearfield and Tingley, Iowa, 58; J. R. Deckard, Man
dan, Dak., 10. Indian Territory. Rev. G. W. Hicks, native missionary at Anadarko, acknowledges the receipt of a barrel of goods and a communion set recently sent
Church Edifice Dept.
him, and says:
“I have also just received a barrel of secondhand clothing for distribution among members
Church Edifice Notes. of my church. It was sent by the Woman's Baptist Home Mission Society, of Amesbury,
-Concerning the new town of Wausau, WisMass. Such things are very helpful here. The consin, Dr. Halteman, our general missionary, people are gradually adopting civilized dress,
writes : with the preparation of which many are unfa- “ There is no encumbrance left on the chapel, miliar; while not a few are unable to buy clothing. and the church is left without the indebtedness I could easily distribute several barrels more of of a single dollar. The church is a good deal serviceable wearing apparel of that kind. more than joyful. The gift of the Home Mis
“The holidays brought joy to our hearts in sion Society, and the State Convention, inspired other ways, more permanent. While they af- the beginning of the building, kept up the courforded you a short relaxation of hard work, pos- age of the brethren, and enabled them to dedisibly, we were earnestly endeavoring to lead cate without the burden of a debt. Without this sinners to the acceptance of Him whose birthday aid the building of the chapel would not have inaugurates the holidays. Revival services were been undertaken. The Baptist Church of Wausau held from Thursday, December 22, 1887, to is now on as good a footing as any other church January 2, 1888. The Lord did work among in the city, and with its neat and convenient us, to the edification of believers, and the church home its power for effective work for awakening of unbelievers. Five have found Christ is doubled. The help of the Home MisChrist precious. I look for others to follow. sion Society in accomplishing this important work is fully appreciated by the church and more, and, if you wish, we will send another friends throughout the State. I hope the Lord collection in about three months. You were a will abundantly prosper this department of the friend to us in time of need, and we want to great work of the Society."
help your fund whenever we can." This work could be duplicated continually in the West if we only had the funds to meet the
– Miss Kittie Chauncey, of Gloverville, N. Y., demands.
sends a contribution designated for Church
Edifice work, and writes as follows: -A good brother froin a church in Nebraska, “A class of eight boys, from four to seven, to which we made a donation to assist them to which I have the pleasure of teaching in the a house of worship, writes :
primary department of our Sunday school, de“ The first of this quarter we were meeting in cided the first of September that, as a class, the court house, but the sawdust and tobacco on
they would send an offering on January ist of the floor prevented us from singing much. As each year to the Church Edifice Fund. They soon as possible we moved into our new church began saving pennies, and now have $4.15, building, where we now have service and Sun which they wish me to forward to you." day school."
This gift from these little ones is highly apThese new churches in the West ought all to preciated, and will help to start a church in far. have chapels, where the people could sing with off Nevada, where now there is only one Bapout having their lungs filled with the dust arising tist house of worship in the whole State. Soon from sawdust and tobacco.
we shall call on all the Sunday-school children
to help build chapels in the West for churches --The Baptist house of worship at Mickasukee, and Sunday schools who now have no place in among the Seminole Indians, has been burned which to meet. down. Rev. Daniel Rogers, our general missionary in the Indian Territory, writes:
– There is a spot down in Gloucester County, “ This is a great loss to the church. The Virginia, where the colored people are somecrops among the Seminoles have been almost what behind those of many other sections, in
Rev. Reuben Berkely went among entirely cut off for the past three years, and the progress. people are very poor. I do not suppose they
them as a self-appointed missionary, teaching are able to do anything towards rebuilding, ex
school during the week for a scant support and cept perhaps they might haul the lumber, which preaching to the people on Sundays. In this would be no small job, it being eighty-five miles way he has succeeded in building up a small to the nearest lumber-yard."
Baptist church, and commenced to build a It would take about $350, with what the In-chapel suited to their simple style. Of course dians could do themselves, to rebuild the house.
the people had very little money, and the work Here is an opportunity for some of our strong
soon came to a stop for want of material. A churches, which wish to do something for the good sister in New Jersey, hearing of their Indians, to help a poor and worthy people.
needs, sent us $50, asking our Board to make a
gift of $100 to the church. The case was inves--Rev. G.W.Huntley, of North Dakota, says:
tigated, found worthy, and the donation granted “We need a dozen chapels built immediately. at our last Board meeting. A check was sent The cause in North Dakota is suffering because on, and the hearts of the pastor and people we lack houses of worship and have not the made to rejoice in seeing their house advancing means to build them."
to completion. How often we could repeat this Many of the fields in the West are as needy as
if we had funds enough in this department. North Dakota, and yet many of our pastors think it is hardly worth while to take collections
- Bro. R. R. Sadler, a missionary at Wayne for the Church Edifice Department of the Home C. H., W. Va., after giving a thrilling acMission Society.
count of the trials of the church in meeting
from place to place without any fixed home, -The colored church at Chanute, Kansas, and then relating how they were able to build which was aided a few years ago from our by aid of a loan from our fund, says: Church Edifice Fund, sends a contribution to aid “I want to acknowledge our gratitude to the other churches, and says:
Loan Fund of the Home Mission Society, which “We are sorry that we are not able to donate enabled us to build. Some say it is a hum.