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The Fifty-sixth Annual Meeting of the The Education Committee appointed by American Baptist Home Mission Society President Colgate, under instructions of the will be held in the Calvary Church, Wash- Society, at the Minneapolis Meeting, met at the ington, D. C., Wednesday, May 16, 1888, rooms of the Society in New York city, Febbeginning at 7:30 P. M. of that day, and con- ruary 24, 1888. Six members of the seven cluding with the Thursday night session. composing the Committee, as originally conThis will give but four instead of six sessions stituted, were present, viz. : as hitherto. Condensation in reports and Dr. J. B. Thomas, Mass.; Dr. J. A. Smith, addresses will be necessary.
Ill. ; Dr. Franklin Johnson, Mass.; Prof. W. In accordance with the request of the R. Harper, Conn.; Joshua Levering, Esq., Education Committee appointed last May, Md.; J. B. Thresher, Esq., Ohio. the Executive Board relinquish Wednesday The seventh member, Dr. T. T. Eaton, forenoon and afternoon to the Educational Ky., was detained by religious interest in his Convention, which has been called for that church, but wrote, saying, “ This movement date.
impresses me as of the utmost importance. The wonder is, and the pity is, that it was
not inaugurated before." In the article last month, entitled “What After full consideration of the subject enAre the facts in the Case?" an erroneous trusted to the Committee, and in accordimpression possibly might have been obtained ance with the power conferred by the resoluin regard to the work in the Church Edifice tions of the Society, it was unanimously deDepartment. It was stated that there was cided to call: a convention to consider and expended in gifts for Church Edifice Work, take action concerning the organization of a mainly in the West, $10,818.05. While this general Education Society, to be known as is true, there was an additional expenditure “The American Baptist Education Society," in response to special efforts, of $18,229.77, the meeting to be held in Washington, D. C., for property in the City of Mexico. The Wednesday, May 16, 1888. A committee of showing for the present year will doubtless arrangements for the meeting, and a commitbe much larger than for the previous year. tee on the constitution of the proposed Society were appointed. The constituencies of the list) “current work of the Board of Aid the general benevolent organizations, north for colleges and academies," also “endowand south, so far as they may be present at ments for buildings for Presbyterian colleges Washington, are to compose the meeting. and academies, and for other institutions of For the consideration of a subject of such learning in this and other lands." profound and vital interest as this, there should be a large representation from all
A Connecticut subscriber says: “ I did not portions of the country.
think I could take the Monthly this year;
but it grows so interesting and helpful, I send The big
“ blizzard” of March 12th will be the fifty cents for payment.” a memorable event in the annals of New York city, Brooklyn, and vicinity. Locomotion and business of all kinds were nearly or BENEVOLENT ORGANIZATIONS OF quite suspended. The “ blizzard" put its SOME OTHER DENOMINATIONS. icy veto in tempest tones on the regular Board meeting of that day. The blockade It is well occasionally to inquire how other continued so long, and communications were denominations than our own manage their beso interrupted, that the earliest practicable nevolent affairs. Something may be learned date for the special meeting, in lieu of the thereby. Erroneous views may be corrected. regular meeting, was Saturday, March 17th. Undue self-complacency may receive needed
disturbance. In consequence of the derangement to busi
For the purpose of comparison we may say at ness, and of the postponement, this issue of
the outset, that Baptists have three general bethe Monthly is somewhat later than usual. nevolent organizations which make their annual
appeals to the churches. These are the MisIn a recently contested will case in Ohio, lication Society, with two Secretaries; the Home
sionary Union, with two Secretaries; the Pubin which the Society is interested, our repre Mission Society, with one Secretary. sentative writes that the jury disagreed, and
The Presbyterian church has nine incorporadds the following significant statement : ated organizations whose claims are annually “ The rulings of the Judge were all in our presented to the churches. In these nine favor, but three of the jury were infidels and organizations there are cleven Secretaries. The would pay no attention to the Judge nor the names of these organizations and the receipts law.” Another man writing about the same reported by each the past year are as follows: trial says: “The jurors were almost to a man 1. Board of Trustees of the General Assembly, Ingersollites, etc., and not at all in sympathy
$62,330. with the objects of the will."
2. Board of Home Missions : New York City.
Two Corresponding Secretaries; receipts, $784,MORAL.
157 (of which $248,649 was from Woman's 1. Give what
3. Board of Foreign Missions : New York 2. Make your will before you become so old that it may be contested on the ground City Three corresponding Secretaries; re
ceipts, $653,456. of incoinpetency.
4. Board of Church Erection : New York 3. Put not your trust in juries.
City. One Corresponding Secretary; receipts, $90.314.
5. Board of (ministerial) Education : PhilaThis year, 1888, is the centennial year of delphia. One Corresponding Secretary ; rethe General Assembly of the Presbyterian ceipts, $117,900. Church in America. They ask for a Cen- 6. Board of Publication and Sabbath School tenary Fund of $5,000,000, and among Work: Philadelphia. One Secretary; receipts, “special objects" are named (the second in $49,751.
you can while
7. Board of Ministerial Relief: Philadelphia. while the Congregationalists are but about One Corresponding Secretary ; receipts, $136,- three-fifths as numerous as the Baptists. After 323
this, let us have done with the idle talk of too 8. Board of Missions for Freedmen: Pitts- | many Baptist societies and with too many obburgh, Pa. One Corresponding Secretary; jects for contributions, and especially with inreceipts, $126,228.
flated notions about our great liberality. It is 9. Board of Aid for Colleges and Academies: a good thing sometimes to be sobered by hard Chicago. One Corresponding Secretary; re- facts and then seriously to set about doing as ceipts, $38,206.
much more and as much better as we can. In addition to the foregoing, the sum of $860,720 is reported for miscellaneous objects, such as local missions, hospitals, homes, etc.,
REV. H. WOODSMALL. etc.
If, now, we add to the three general Baptist One of the most devoted friends of the colored organizations, the District Societies for Minis- people in the United States has finished his terial Education and for Ministers' Homes, both earthly work. On Monday evening, February of which receive little or no attention from a
27th, at Memphis, Tenn., Rev. H. Woodsmall large proportion of our churches, even then we passed peacefully away. For years he had evifind that Presbyterian churches have on their dently made a heroic struggle against marked annual list four more general benevolent organ. consumptive tendencies. He would not surizations than Baptists have, while as a usual render, so long as will power could prevent. thing they have five more.
At last, after a brief cessation of activity, his With the Congregationalists the case is simi
worn and wasted nature yielded to the inevitlar.
able. 1. First in order comes the American Board
Mr. Woodsmall was born in Owen Co., Indiof Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Boston, ana, June 9, 1841. Abandoning his studies, Mass., with three Corresponding Secretaries. he entered the army, during the Civil War, Receipts, $657,828.
becoming a captain and then a major. While 2. The American Home Missionary Society: | in the service he was converted and united with New York City, with two Corresponding Sec. a church in Indiana, while home on a furlough. retaries. Receipts, $524,544.
After the War he resumed his studies, and then 3. The American Missionary Association : for six years practiced law in his native State, New York City, with three Corresponding and for a time in St. Paul, Minn. He had been Secretaries. Receipts, $335,704.
very active in church and Sunday school mat4. The American Congregational Union, for ters, and finally decided to give himself to the Church Edifice Work: New York City, with work of preaching the gospel. He studied one one Corresponding Secretary. Keceipts about year at the Southern Baptist Theological Semi$60,000.
nary, at Greenville, S. C., after which he en5. Congregational Sunday School and Pub.tered upon his work for the colored people, lishing Society : Boston. One Secretary. Re- continuing therein with self-consuming zeal until ceipts not stated, but $100,000 called for. his death. From November 1876 to January
6. The New West Education Commission : 1877 he held Minister's Institutes, under apChicago. One Secretary. Receipts, $60,0!2. pointment of the Home Mission Society, in
7. The American College and Education So- Alabama and adjacent States. In 1877 the ciety : Boston. One Secretary. Receipts, Colored State Convention of Alabama decided $57,994.
to open a school at Selma, and invited Brother Summary: Seven general Congregational Woodsmall to take the charge of it. This he benevolent organizations with twelve Secretaries. did in 1878, remaining in connection with the
The Presbyterians with nine organizations, Institution about five and a half years, during and the Congregationalists with seven, raise, which he organized the benevolence of the State each, more than double the amount raised by in the interests of the Institution to an unusual Baptists for benevolence, though in the field of degree of efficiency. Since 1880 the school has the three general Baptist organizations the Pres- been aided by the Society. In 1883 he deemed byterians are not so numerous as the Baptists, it best to retire from the Institution to give himself again to field work as general mission- Bro. Woodsmall came to us just two weeks ary of the Society, mainly in Mississippi, Ten- before his death, in a very worn and weak connessee, and Arkansas. He was deeply interested dition, begging us to take him into our family, in establishing a school at Little Rock, Ark., as in his state of health he could not get food or and also at Memphis, Tenn. Toward the latter care such as he needed. We were very glad to enterprise a friend in Illinois recently offered have him come to us, and secured him a room $10,003. A site had been secured and plans in a house directly across the street from us, our were in progress for the erection of a building, own room being fully occupied. He took his at the time of his death. During the past win- meals with us, and spent most of his leisure time ter he had devoted most of his time to the in- with our family, thinking that he was gaining struction of ministers gathered at Memphis. in strength in his more congenial surroundings.
Toward the various enterprises in which he He would not hear to dropping his work until was from time to time engaged, he gave so the close of his term with his present class, hop. liberally of his own means, that he nearly ex- ing in the meantime to see the school under his hausted them. Of time, thought, heart and care fully organized, so far as its Board of Trusphysical energy he gave unstintedly. His whole tees and plans of building were concerned. being was consecrated to the work of helping
This determination kept him up until Tuesthose who so much needed help. He was will. day, the 27th, when he complained of unusual ing to be almost as one of them, if thus he could
weakness and lassitude, though he attended the better serve them. His self-denial, priva- service at our mission chapel near by. tions, sacrifices, arduous labors in weakness and sickness, if written in full, would be equalled
He told me Sunday evening of feeling disby those of very few missionaries of the cross in couraged as to going on with his work. modern times, in the home or the foreign field.
Monday morning he came across to breakfast, He had great tenacity of purpose, was fertile in
but was extremely weak. He spent the forenoon expedients in the prosecution of his work, was
on the lounge and in a reclining-chair in our sitalmost unbrokenly earnest and serious, as if op. ting-room. Spoke of wishing to see his family pressed with the feeling that his time of service
and of his determination to start by boat for was not to be long and he must work the works Cincinnati the next day. I sent for Prof. Van, of Him who sent him, while it was yet day. He one of his associates, with whom he closed up was faithful unto death.
his school work at about 3 P. M. He talked freely He will be widely lamented by multitudes of all this time, though with some effort and the colored Baptists in the South, who have troubled at times with faint spells, though not been made so much the better by his years of realizing his condition. Soon after 4 P. MI toil in their behalf. For them, in the Spirit of called a physician, at his request, as he wished Christ, he emptied himself of honor, prospects to know what the fainting spells meant, and if and even reputation, that he might do them
he might hope to start home the next day. He good.
had Prof. Van go to his room, pack his trunk, His wife, whom he married in Macon, Ga., etc., and bring his valise across the street, as I with three children, survive him; their res.
thought he should not leave our home. idence for some time having been at Franklin,
The Doctor told him frankly that he might Ind., where he was buried.
revive and live some days, or that only a few hours might be left him. I removed him soon after 5 o'clock to my own room, dressed as
he was and in the reclining-chair, as he could Brother Woodsmall's Last Days.
not well lie down. On being settled in my Prof. A. J. Steele, of Le Moyne Institute, at room, he said, “0, how comfortable this is!” Memphis, whose Christian kindness to Bro. And then: “Only the Good Father can do me Woodsmall during his last sickness is highly good now. I rest in Him." I conversed for a appreciated, furnishes us the following account few moments with him on the comfort and of his last days:
blessedness of such a trust, he assenting to all I am in receipt of yours of February 29, ask- that was said as I stood by his chair. At a little ing for some particulars of the last days of Rev. before 6 o'clock he inquired if the room were H. Woodsmall, who died at the Teachers' Homenot growing dark, and consciousness immediof įhis school on the 28th of February.
ately left him, and in a few minutes, resting on
my arm, he sank sweetly to rest as if falling into sical talent to the preparation of a hymn and sleep.
tune book for the use of the Baptist churches in He was not expecting this, and so soon. He Mexico. literally died in his work, arranging, less than
Rev. E. C. Mitchell, D.D., has the sympathy an hour before he went to send some books and of many friends in his bereavement occasioned aids to a destitute pastor in Mississippi, from by the loss of his wife who died in New Orleans, whom he had received a letter but that morning. in February, after more than a year of sickness
His associates held a service in the Tabernacle and suffering. Returning from the burial in Church the next day, and his remains I sent to New England he visited the Rooms, reporting Franklin, Ind., at the request of his wife.
the prospects for Leland University very bright. All his effects were also sent to her there. I have known Brother W., but not intimately, ably good things within the present year in ref
Indeed, it may not be surprising to hear remarkfor some years. His two weeks with us made us
erence to its future. all love him for his patient and gentle spirit, and even his cheerfulness, in the midst of extreme Dr. Edw. Lathrop, of the Board, by taking weakness and suffering.
his annual spring flight to Savannah, Ga., esHe was singularly like his beloved Master in caped the blizzard. spirit and purpose. He has been the means of
Treasurer J. G. Snelling was held a prisoner great good to the colored people, to whom he between Stamford and New York City for three gave his life and his all more completely than days, by the blizzard blockade. So if missionany other man I have ever known.
aries do not receive prompt remittances, they may understand one of the causes of delay.
OUR COUNTRY; WHAT IS OUR
DUTY IN REGARD TO IT? Rev. W. H. Sloan, of the City of Mexico, feels compelled, from a sense of duty to provide
MISS ELLA M. COLE, SOUTHBRIDGE, MASS. for the proper education of his children, to resign his work there and return to the United States.
We assume that this question has to do with When he went to his field it was in the hope
the moral and spiritual interests of those who that a select school for American children
call this land their home. And we answer: might be opened in the City of Mexico. Find
I. We must study the moral condition and ing this impracticable, he sought in vain to ob- learn the spiritual needs of our people. tain the services of an American teacher, and so
We must study the statistics of immigration, at last with great reluctance and regret decided and see how, from China in the West, but in to leave the work to which he had hoped to de. greater masses from the countries of Europe on vote his life. He writes, that to no one is the the East, the thousands of immigrants are pourabandonment of his mission to Mexico so great ing in to find homes and work here. And what a disappointment as to himself. He expects to
beside? What is to be the result of their comreturn in April.
ing, morally to them and to us? He has wrought an excellent work and has
We must study the Indian question, in the given to our Baptist churches in the Republic a
light of justice, of humanity, of Christianitymonthly paper and special literature of great know what is being done, what should be done, value. For a year to come he will continue his for those whose home this broad land once was. connection with LA Luz. We hope soon to
We must study the condition and needs of hear that some one of our strong churches has the colored people. Some show the effects of secured his services as pastor, though at present generations of oppression and neglect, until we understand he has nothing definite in view. they seem to have no sense of morality. Yet in
such cases the good results of patient effort and Rev. A. J. Steelman will remain in charge of faithful teaching are soon apparent. Others are the work in the City of Mexico after Mr. Sloan's like a woman whom we met in Atlanta. She departure. Mrs. Steelman is devoting her mu. said, “ I was like a person shut up in a darkened