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' * * EDITORIAL. * * By the death of Ex-President Benjamin. The Baptist Social Union of New York Harrison the United States loses one of City, at its meeting April 4th, listened its ablest and worthiest citizens. He was with great interest to Mr. Booker T. a great statesman, an accomplished ora- Washington of Tuskegee and Dr. Wallace tor, and a devoted Christian man whose Buttrick of Albany, who had been ininfluence was always given to the noblest vited to speak of the conditions and needs causes. “The Review of Reviews” for of the colored people of the South. Mr. April contains a character sketch of him Washington dwelt particularly, as was prepared by Gen. Thomas J. Morgan, who expected, upon the value of industrial was associated with President Harrison education. Dr. Buttrick, who had rein the Army and, during his Presidential cently returned from an extended visit term, served as Commissioner of Indian among schools for the colored people, affairs.

forcibly presented the great need for capa

ble Christian ministers and teachers, at Mrs. William Scott who has been labor- the same time advocating, so far as pracing in the Philadelphia District during ticable, industrial training of a distinctly the past year, is soon to be transferred educational character. to New England to labor under the direction of District Secretary Dr. F. T. Hazlewood. Mrs. Scott is probably the ablest We are very glad to be able to say Negro woman who has appeared upon that the financial year of the American the public platform. She is a speaker of Baptist Home Mission Society, which rare power, and never fails to instruct closed March 31, 1901, has been excepand interest her audience. Her services tionally prosperous. The Society has are in great demand, and it is impossible been able to pay the debt of $32,000 with for her to respond to all the invitations which it began the year; has fully met the she receives. Those desiring her to ad- current expenses for an enlarged work; dress churches associations or other re- has in the treasury a small balance with ligious gatherings should apply to Dr. which to begin the new year. In addition, Hazlewood.

$5,000 have been added to the Perman

ent Trust Funds; $39,000 to the Annuity A negro pastor in Virginia writes: “I Funds, $33,000 have been received for enclose $1.00 with which to purchase as the erection of chapels and about $135,000 many copies as it will buy of the April -mostly designated-have been used in number of the MONTHLY to distribute the erection and improvement of school among my people. The number is so buildings. timely, so well arranged, the writers so It ought to be specially emphasized in happily chosen, and their view's so clearly this connection, that this most happy set forth, that it ought to go far toward termination of the year has been made interesting our people in the work and possible by the payment into our treaspolicies of the Society.”

ury of $68,666, being a portion of the

magnificent sum bequeathed to the Soci- Washington, one of our best Home Misety by the late Daniel S. Ford.

sion schools. Mr. Washington recently visited Wayland College in its new loca

tion at Richmond, Va., and made a very Capt. G. W. Schroeder, of Brooklyn,

acceptable address, in the course of which author of a recent “History of the Swed

he said: “I vividly recall the time when ish Baptists,” reached the advanced age

I was at Wayland and the valuable instrucof eighty years on April 9th. His many

tion I received there under Dr. King. I friends will be glad to learn that he is

learned much about the Bible and to love . still strong and active and unremitting in his faithful labors for the evangeliza

it. If I have any power to express my

thoughts in speech or writing, it is due to tion of his people.

the training I received from Dr. King,

especially in Bible study." One enterprising New England pastor not only presents Home Missions in his

The immediate aim of all religious pulpit when an offering is to be made, but

and educational effort is improved manuses the weekly Church Calendar to adver

hood and womanhood. The preacher tize the work and furnish illustrations of

has accomplished a mighty work when, some of its more interesting features.

with God's blessing, he has brought men This example is worthy of imitation, and

and women into vital relationship with we are always glad to be of service to

Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Durpastors wishing to give such information

ing the past year, four thousand nine to their people.

hundred and six have been added to our

missionary churches by baptism, and The Assistant Corresponding Secretary during the last ten years the aggregate was recently invited to speak at a meeting number of converts exceeds fifty thoufor the organization of a Baptist Young sand. Peoples' Union, in a Colored Church at East Orange, N. J., and was greatly We present elsewhere pictures and pleased to find that the pastor was a brief sketches of soine of the men and graduate of Richmond Theological Semin- women who have been trained in our ary (one of Dr. Corey's boys), his wife Southern schools. “By their fruits ye had been trained under Joanna P. Moore, shall know them.” Our educational and the secretary of the Society was a work is amply vindicated by the charformer student of Hartshorn Memorial acter of those who have enjoyed its College, of Richmond, Va. What more advantages. valuable testimony could be given of the importance of our work among the The American Baptist Home Mission colored people than is furnished by such Society publishes in the columns of the a case, especially when it may be added ' HOME MISSION MONTHLY a full statement that this Church is doing a most excellent of all moneys received, stating their source work in this important town for the and the purpose for which given. It goes cause of Christ.

without saying that all contributions

made to the treasury of the Society by Booker T. Washington, who has al- Negroes are acknowledged the same as ready accomplished so much for himself money received from other people. It is and his race, and who has still a limitless a simple matter for anyone who wishes field of usefulness before him, was for one to know the facts, to ascertain from these year a student in Wayland Seminary, at published statements how much the

Negroes have given to the work of the Soci- have presented to them the claims of ety year by year. We are sorry to say that Home missions; they should be instructed the total amount thus given will be found by their pastors and others as to the imto be exceedingly small. To say that the mense and important work that the Home Negroes have given “hundreds of thou- Mission Society is doing, not only in the sands of dollars” to the Society is a gross South for their people, but in the West; and misleading exaggeration which ought among the foreign populations of the counnot to be made by any one who has regard try; in Cuba, Porto Rico, Mexico and for the truth.

Alaska. If there is any class of citizens What the Negroes give to meet the ex- more than another which should be propenses of board of their children while at foundly interested in the evangelization school does not come into the treasury of of North America and the dissemination the Home Mission Society, but is expended of Christian principles everywhere within for the purchase and preparation of food the bounds of the Republic, that class is which the students eat; should there be the Negroes. It is not to be expected a surplus of money received for board over that they will in their present condition and above its cost, that surplus is turned either give largely to this work or intelliinto the treasury; but if there should be gently comprehend its significance, but a deficiency, as is often the case, that de- there is no reason why a beginning should ficiency is made up from the treasury of not be made, nor why they should not be the Society.

made to feel a sense of obligation resting The money that is raised by the Negroes upon them as Christians to share in the and paid into the schools which are owned burden, and participate in the privilege and controlled by themselves, having of evangelizing North America. Negro trustees and Negro faculties, money which is used for payment of salaries, does not come to the treasury of the Home Mr. W. H. Thomas, in his book entitled Mission Society at all, and consequently “The American Negro,” has made a fearis not, in any proper sense, to be regarded ful indictment of his race. We cannot as a contribution to the Society. help thinking that he has done his people

Latterly an effort has been made to a gross injustice: he could not possibly gather up as near as possible all the money have facts which would warrant him in contributed by Negroes for the payment the broad generalizations of denunciaof the board of their children or for the tion in which he indulges; he could not payment of teachers' salaries or other ex- possibly prove his propositions if he were penses connected with their own schools, to try. The injustice of it appears in the and to print this in our educational sta- fact that he has made his statements of tistics, not because it is a part of the re- arraignment in such form that it is imceipts and expenditures of the Society, possible to successfully refute them. but simply as showing what the Negroes That there is much immorality among are doing for the education of their chil- the Negroes is undeniable; so there is dren. It is designed for their encourage- among white people: that the Negroes ment. It is manifestly improper to seize still occupy a low plane in civilization is upon these figures and insist that they true; so do multitudes of the Irish both represent contributions of the Negroes to in Ireland and in this country; so do vast the Home Mission Society.

numbers of the Italians, Poles, Hun

garians and others who are thronging to The time has come when the vast body our shores; so do multitudes of American of Negro Baptists in the South should white people, as is evidenced by the crowds

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who delight in the murderous barbarisms very positive attitude against the Catholic of lynchings, Negro burnings, etc. societies, and, notwithstanding the cry

We believe that the ten million Negroes has been raised and urged that the movein the United States have “the promise ment is against Catholicism, it is the and the potency” of progress along all evident intention of the government to the lines of civilization. That their prog- carry its purpose into successful operaress will be slow is to be feared, but tion; in Austria the cry, “Los von Rome,” whether it will be slower than that which has lost none of its effectiveness, and has characterized the Anglo-Saxon race multitudes of Roman Catholics are said we are not prepared to admit. Our to be breaking their allegiance to the belief is that, under proper conditions, church; everywhere through Spain there the Negroes of this country can in the has been great unrest and bitter animosity next hundred years rise to a high plane manifested toward priests, convents, and of respectability and usefulness. They an apparent disposition on the part of must expect criticism, and if it is given multitudes to strike at the church. The in the right spirit, they will be helped by same thing is true in Portugal. The newsit; but we cannot help thinking that papers report a very decided movement such unsparing denunciation as is heaped towards Protestantism in the Philippine upon them by Mr. Thomas is unjust, un- Islands, especially at Manila, where large wise and harmful. If the Negroes are meetings have been addressed by Rev. weak, they need the help of the strong; Mr. Rogers, the Presbyterian missionary. if they are superstitious, they should have The church has suffered great loss in both the Gospel in its purity; if they are igno- Cuba and Porto Rico, where the people rant, schools should be provided for them are evidently quite favorable to Proteswhere they may learn; if they are vicious, tantism, and hundreds have already united they should be punished for their crimes; with Protestant churches. if they are industrious, thrifty, self- The Pope doubtless spends many a respecting, upright, they should have weary hour as he reflects upon these omisympathy and encouragement. Their nous signs; he may console himself with progress in this country will be much the apparent progress of the Roman more rapid and certain if their essential Catholic Church in America, where, notmanhood is recognized and if they are withstanding the defections of many and treated with justice.

the loss of thousands of the youth, the

numbers increase yearly, chiefly by reason Just now the Roman Catholic Church of the vast multitudes of immigrants from seems to be having a pretty hard time Roman Catholic countries that are pourof it the world over. Very severe and ing into America. apparently just charges have been made against Roman Catholic missionaries in The way in which the HOME MISSION China, and at their doors is laid the charge BULLETIN is being received is very gratiof being largely responsible for the out- fying. One church alone sends a gift of break against foreigners, and especially 500 subscribers; another 252; another 253; against foreign missionaries; in Italy the several others 100 and upwards; many schism between the Pope and the King from 50 to 100; while a large number send grows wider and wider, and the selection in lists from 20 to 50. of a new prime minister who is a well- Hearty commendations of the BULLETIN known opponent of the papacy does not accompany many of these orders. We look toward the healing of the breach; want a club for it in every church. Rein France the government has taken a member the remarkably low terms: Five

cents per year in clubs of five and multi- to the Board for membership fee if I ples of five, when sent to one address. If may become a life member of that greatyou have not seen a copy, send for sample est of all missionary organizations in copies and secure a club in your church. this country.

Very truly yours, LITTLE Rock, Ark., Feb. 5, 1901.

Jos. A. BOOKER. Rev. T. J. MORGAN, LL.D.,

Dear BrotherI have been a beneficiary of the American Baptist Home Mission Society since 1881. I was first a student in Roger Williams University, where I was kept in school, money or no money, till I completed the Classical Course then maintained there. After that I came back to my native State, where I was employed by the Society as General Missionary to the Colored people of Arkansas. A year later I was employed as President of this school and worked a year or two at great odds till he Society took hold and became responsible for half of my salary. For all this I have given the Society nothing

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Anthony Binga, Jr., D.D., was born June 1st, 1843, at Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. His father is Anthony Binga, Sr., a Baptist Minister, and his mother Rhoda Binga. A. Binga, Jr., spent all his early life in attending the public schools. He also attended King's Institute, at Buxton. As a means of assisting himself through school, in 1866, he accepted the offer of a school in Atchison, Kansas. His health failing him, after a short time, he returned to his home, as he supposed, to die. But the Lord willed it otherwise. In 1867, he became a Christian. This change marked a new era in his life, for he now felt called to the ministry. In eight months after he was baptized he was ordained as a gospel minister. Soon after this he accepted the principalship of the Albany Enterprise Academy, in Albany, Athens County, Ohio. After laboring here three years he went to Richmond and taught a private school for a few months, after which, on May 1st, 1872, he accepted a call from the First Baptist Church “of Manchester, Va., where he has served over twenty-eight years. In connection with his ministerial work he was employed as principal of the public schools for sixteen years, after

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