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harmony prevails in all the missions, and we are therefore more hopeful of overcoming whatever difficulties may exist, and of reaping better results than in the past. The problem of evangelizing this great mass of Italians is a serious and pressing one. Shall we lead them in building the temple of God, or leave them to build, as of old, another temple of Dagon in this new land?
Total Pop. Per cent. Utah.
.. 276,565 32 Montana...........
243,289 7572 New Mexico Territory.... 193,777 24 Delaware ...
184,735 912 Idaho ....
161,771 6572 Arizona Territory......... 122,212 46 Wyoming ......
92,531 - 52 Alaska (estimated).......... 44,000 3772
42,334 *1072 * Decrease in per centage.
The Hawaiian census, taken in the yea 1896, gives a total population of 109,020, of which 31,019 were native Hawaiians. The number of Americans reported was 8,485. The results of the Federal census, taken this year, show the islands to have a total population of 154,001, showing an increase over that reported in 1896 of 44,981, or 41.2 per cent.
There has been marked progress in the educational, agricultural, and railroad development of the islands.
The sum total shows a gain of 20.96 per cent. over the enumeration of 1890.
The Population by States. It is officially announced that the population of the United States last June was 76,295,220. Arranged in numerical order the States rank as follows, with the per centage of gain since 1890.
Population. cent. New York......... ...... ...7.268,009 21 Pennsylvania.
........4,157.545 Missouri ......
.. ...-3,048,818 36 Massachusetts .
.2,805,346 25 Indiana ......
..2,516,463 15 Michigan
.2,419,782 15 Iowa.......
... 2,251,829 Georgia
...... 2,216,329 2012 Kentucky .......
....2,147,174 16 Wisconsin .......
.2,068,963 222 Tennessee
....... 2,022,723 North Carolina...
.1,891,982 17 New Jersey
.1,883,669 30 Virginia ......
.....1,854,184 Alabama .....
.......1,828,697 Minnesota ....
.......1,751,395 - 34 Mississippi
.......1,551,372 20 California .....
........1,485,053 22/2 Kansas .......... ........1,469,496 3 Louisiana......
1,381,627 2372 South Carolina.
....1,340,312 16'2 Arkansas.......
....1,311,564 16 Maryland.
.....1,189,946 Nebraska ........
...1.068,901 West Virginia.
..... 958,900 25 Connecticut.......
908,355 2112 Maine..........
..... 694,366 5 Colorado.........
539, 700 3152
517,672 Rhode Island ......
428.556 24 Oregon
413.532 32 New Hampshire.......
411,588 9 South Dakota
401,559 Oklahoma Territory
.. 398,245 487% Indian Territory...
391,960 66 Vermont ............
372 North Dakota .......
319,040 76 District of Columbia ............ 278,718 21
Rev. John W. Crooks. On Thursday last, upon returning from the Kansas Board meeting, I received two telegrams, announcing the sudden death of Rev.
John W. Crooks, General Missionary for Colo- She says, “I cannot write in detail, but I will rado. He died at Monte Vista, where he say this much, I could not sleep one wink last went to assist the pastor in special meetings night for excitement, and going over and over for a few days. He took a severe cold, which again in my mind the delightful contents of suddenly developed into pneumonia, and in the boxes. Our little boy, Edgar, kept saythree days had run its course. His wife ing as his papa took out the things, ‘The Lord reached his bedside in time to be with him is blessing us; the Lord is blessing us,' and we in his last hours. He died Monday, January all felt the same." 7th. His body reached Denver Wednesday She wrote a long letter telling us how comafternoon, January 9th. His wife, who is a pletely every want was met, and expressing very frail woman, was taken ill with the same their deepest gratitude for everything. The disease, and was unable to attend his funeral second-hand clothing will be such a help to on Friday the 11th. The family, which con- them, as there is so much destitution on their sists of a wife and five children, were left field, and it is all ready for distribution; no with little provision for their future. It is repairs needed. a very sad case indeed. The Baptists of When we get such a letter as she wrote, it Colorado will pay the funeral expenses, and pays us-yes, doubly pays- for all the days. attempt to do something more.
and hours of work we put into a “missionary Brother Crooks was an Englishman, but box.” converted in this country. His first minis- God bless our dear home missionaries and terial work was at Broken Bow, Nebraska, every one connected with our loved Society. where much good was done. He was for a
MARY E. SMITH. short time District Missionary for Northwestern Nebraska. After graduating from
Work Among the Jews. the Seminary at Morgan Park, he became
Brooklyn, N. Y.
We had a remarkable meeting last Saturday ward he settled at St. Cloud. After this he evening at the Williamsburg Mission. The became pastor at Iowa Falls, Iowa, where
Rev. John Donaldson, pastor of Union Coursea splendid work was done. A new, elegant Baptist Church, was so kind as to come to the house of worship was erected. From Iowa meeting, and, at my request, address my HeFalls he, was called to Colorado as General brew audience. He is a godly man, and Missionary.
knows the scriptures. The large audience He was one of the most energetic and tire- listened to him for fully an hour. It would less workers I have ever known. He never have done your soul good to see so many Jews thought of sparing himself when work was to paying such rapt attention to a sermon about be done.
Christ, whom they once hated to hear about. Our work in Colorado took on a more ac. A number of them did not understand the gressive form as soon as he became General English at all, but out of respect to a follower Missionary. His death will be a serious blow of the Lord Jesus Christ, they listened with to the Baptists of Colorado. The sympathy open mouths, ears and eyes, just as if they of our people will go out to the stricken wife understood the speaker perfectly well. It was and children.
X. B. RAIRDEN.
ten o'clock when I dismissed the meeting, and
a man with his wife came to shake hands with A Joyful Experience.
Brother Donaldson. They expressed thanks BRATTLEBORO, VT., December 18, 1900. and said that until now they were only halfDear Sir: The ladies of our Missionary and and-half, but now they had been fully conAid Society have filled and sent to the mis- vinced, and accept the Lord Jesus as their sionary assigned us two boxes, and one barrel Saviour. There were other Jews who thanked valued as follows: New, $104.57; second him for the message. As we went out, there hand, $84.83 ; whole amount, $189.40. on the sidewalk stood a man waiting for us, Freight prepaid, but I do not know the and accosted me. Brother Donaldson and I amount, as when the boxes are ready, the stopped for a minute, and the man began to Esteys take them in charge. Yesterday we tell me that he believed now in the Lord Jesus received a letter from Mrs. King letting us Christ with all his heart. Now, he asked me to know that they had received the goods. She appoint a time when and where he could meet writes, “We were simply overwhelmed when me privately to talk over the matter. And do we unpacked the boxes and saw the kindness you know who this man is? This was the and generosity of the Brattleboro church.” rabbi of a synagogue in that neighborhood. Christ.
Last spring he attended several of my Wedness opportunity for preaching the gospel to the day evening meetings, when all are allowed foreign population. During the six week's to ask questions. He came in for the sake of idleness of the men, I preached on an average doing mischief by disrespectful argument, and five times a week to appreciative audiences then appealing to those present to leave the numbering from 25 to 200 people. The total mission hall. I had at last to ask him to leave number of meetings held during the quarter the room. When he did so, he felt humiliated, was 49, and 9,840 pages of literature disand threatened revenge. I certainly never tributed, also 18 copies of the New Testathought to see him again listening to the gos- ment, h Russian, 9 Bohemian, and 3 Polish. pel. But last fall he came again, and soon I I am greatly encouraged in my work. The noticed a change in the man. Nearly for a result of our efforts is manifesting itself in the year there was a great falling off in the audi- daily lives of some of the people. Some are ences, as you no doubt have noticed in my evidencing a change of heart. To God be all reports. It was owing to a sad act of two the praise. There were three Polanders who Jewish missionaries, who got into a row with contemplated confessing Christ in baptism, many Jews. They had arrested eleven Jews, but owing to the strike went to West Virginia and caused a policeman to cruelly club a Jew having secured work there, expecting to return and his wife without cause. I thank God that soon as the strike was over. Two of them now the audiences are increasing. We cannot never lived to return; they were killed in an win them but by the love of the Lord Jesus explosion. I hope soon to report the baptism
L. COHN. of the one who did come back, and other inter
esting incidents. Italian Mission in Buffalo, N. Y.
JOHN WALLACE. The missionary work among the Italians of
Missionary. Buffalo is progressing in an encouraging way. The Edison Street Church is now prosperous A Pastor's Many-Sided Work. and well consolidated. New families are aug
The filling out of a report gives but a very menting the nucleus of the community. This
meagre idea of the work actually done on this year two weddings have been celebrated in our
field. There is no mention of a B. Y. P. U. church; others are coming.
Society of forty odd members which is in a The Young People's Society is also in con
very flourishing condition. Then we have stant progress.
a Junior Union, which meets at 3 P.M. every The Sunday services are assiduously fre
Sunday afternoon, and to which I devote quented by not less than seventy people,
considerable time. They study the different some of whom have over a two-mile walk
courses in Bible instruction as laid out in the every time. The progress, both religious and
Junior paper. I find this meeting one of the moral, is really flattering, and I have reason to
very best means of reaching the young people, thank God for it. The Sunday school is, by
as it gives me quiet times for Christian instrucour American friends, reputed one of the best
tion and conversation. in the city. Down town, while the few who
But my work does not end here. Last have been frequenting our mission there are
month, through my efforts, a beautiful furconstantly growing in faith, the work is taking
nace was secured by the kindness of the strong hold, so that it gives hope of having
“Memorial Baptist Church.” Then we have in the near future a flourishing mission.
a basement which was originally intended for The last Sunday of the year and century
a prayer-meeting room and Sunday school was closed with two baptisms, one of the
rooms, which is unfinished. When we built. brethren a young man from the Edison Street
considerable earth and débris was left in it. Church, the other a lady from the down-town
Organized bands of our membership have mission. The service was very edifying, and
met here two nights a week, with pick and I thank the Lord for it. About twenty others
shovel, and are fast reducing this chaos to the are preparing for baptism.
appearance of order. ANGELO PERUZZI, Missionary.
As soon as this is accomplished, my next
idea is to start out with a subscription list Work Among the Strikers.
headed in this peculiar manner: “One of a Pittston, Pa.
Hundred." By this I mean a hundred The past quarter has been an exceptionally young men, who will give five dollars toward busy one. The recent strike in the an- the completion of the basement of our church, thracite coal region afforded additional in which we will have a free reading room, thus giving me another opportunity for coming
Worthington. in contact with the young men and women, The value of an attractive house of worship also furnishing more healthful instruction for is seen by my reports from this field. The their minds than they can find in the saloon
average attendance for the quarter previous and in the dance hall. (We are pestered with
to occupation of present house of worship was both these evils). Thus, in a sense, I give you
sixty, with largest number in the morning. a faint outline of the work, all of which I en
The quarter just closing shows half more presgage in, from praying and guiding souls to
ent at morning service, and double at the Christ to throwing of earth from the base
evening service. More than one half our conment of our unfinished structure.
gregations are men, and we are hopeful for the We have many “isms” to contend against, future. Two out-stations have recently been more particularly Mormonism and Dowjeism; opened, and the attendance is very good. The It would be very helpful to me if you could
first Sunday in the month I drive twenty-five send me literature which could be distributed
miles between the town services, and on the through this community. The Mormons other. Sundays twelve miles, but I am in great visit, two by two, from house to house, pre- hopes that there will be returns that will repay sumptuously calling at my house about once the effort. a week, even when they know that I am a The church appreciate more than ever the Baptist minister.
kindly aid of your Society, and will do their I have no Bibles, nor tracts, except what best, I am sure, toward coming to self-support. I buy out of my small salary. If I had both
I am not sure whether I have ever menin fair quantities, they could be used for the tioned the fact to you that about half the memhonor and glory of God.
bership is of school age, consequently their Our work has been blessed abundantly, and incomes are small. Chas. F. BRONSON. as we look into the future, we, as a church, are hopeful. Two years ago there was nothing, in a manner; to-day, we have a house and
Lakefield. conveniences, for which we are grateful to the God has been very good to us, and supplied Society under God.
all your needs. The “Mission barrel” from Pardon me for taking so much of your time, Lynn, Mass., contained just the things we but this church is a great burden on my heart, needed. The supply was generous, too. The and after reading over the report, I felt that Christmas box supplied other needs, and furI must just say to you these things which I nished us a good treat, for all of which we are have penned. Asking you to remeniber my very grateful. The Loon Lake Church preself and this little field in prayer, I will close.
sented me with a good robe for my buggy-a CHARLES RICHARD BETTS. much-needed article for my long drives. Chicago, III.
Other expressions of good will and esteem too
numerous to mention united to make a very Minnesota.
merry Christmas for us all. F. C. PECK. MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 31, 1900
Indian Territory. I enclose draft to the treasurer for $1,545,
Dewey. being the full amount of the loan mortgage, . with interest, granted to the Elim Swedish Dewey is a beautiful little town, one year Baptist Church of Minneapolis. The pastor old, with a population of about one hundred. and one of the officers, who paid me the money It is in the northwest corner of the Territory. have just left the office, and they wish me to on a new branch line of the Santa Fé Railroad. express, in behalf of their church, their sincere It is four miles north of Bartlesville. thanks to the Society for all the help given the While I was pastor at Bartlesville, Dewey church. Mrs. Geo. A. Pillsbury contributed was one of my out-stations, and on June 3d. $500 of this sum, which encouraged the 1899, we organized a church here with seven church to raise the balance of $1,045. This members. Not satisfied with the services balance was contributed entirely by working which the Bartlesville pastor could render, people, and it meant a great sacrifice on their the church decided to call a pastor of their own part. I am glad to say that, in addition to and as I had resigned my work at Bartlesville, this, all of the expenses of the year have been I was called. Although the church had but fully met, so that there is no floating indebt- eight members when they called me. they edness to trouble this noble band of workers. agreed to raise $350 beside what we asked
0. A. WILLIAMS. from the co-operative societies, and, through
the untiring efforts of Mrs. Bartles, they have The members, about three-fourths of them or met their obligations fully.
more, do not speak English, and the rest are We have at present twelve members, and able to speak it to some extent, and are posthe outlook for the future is bright. We are sessed with common-school education. They expecting several new members soon.
have a comfortable and substantial house of We have decided to build a house imme
worship, with valuation of about $300. They diately, and have in cash for that purpose over also have a good Sunday school, with lively $200, and some pledges, and the promise of a
officers and teachers, who take a great interest bell when we are ready for it. This seems to
in their work and understand their duties well. me very encouraging to start with. Before another Christmas has been numbered with
This Sunday school has a good choir, consistthose of the past, we expect the doors of a
ing of boys and girls. On Sunday night, after neat and modern little chapel here in Dewey the preaching service, they sang some of their to swing open and welcome the weary sinner prettiest songs, which were well applauded by to rest in God's house, and our hope and a full audience. Brother O'Field has been prayer is that many hearts will there be un- taking charge of this church as pastor since burdened of their loads of sin.
it has been organized. He is a godly man Through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Bar- and active worker in our Master's cause. The tles, we are worshiping in Bartles Hall for the church did right in calling him; he is the present.
right man in the right place, and is doing what I would like to tell you of the religious des- he can for the church and for the advancement titution of the country to the north, east and in the kingdom of Christ. He is ever willing west of us, but as I have already taken too to go wherever he is called upon to work for much of your space, I must not write further.
• Jesus. He lived at Kansas, I. T., when he J. B. Rounds.
was a pastor at Long Prairie Church, but since Yarnaby.
he has been called upon to look after the Pine. Our special meetings at Rock Sholes re- ville Church he has vacated his neat and comsulted in three confessions of faith, and four fortable home at Kansas, and is now located will soon be baptized. The church was near the church-house at Pineville, about fifgreatly revived, and much precious seed teen miles from Kansas. sown from which I trust a copious harvest Rev. Joseph Coming, pastor of Long Prairie will be gathered for the glory of God. I am Church, also lives near Pineville Church. He just able to be up after a twelve days' spell is a faithful worker and good preacher. When of pneumonia. Pray for us.
Long Prairie Church called him to be their C. A. DELOACH.
pastor, he was without a pony for conveyance. Cherokee Indian Churches.
So he had to trade off one of his places, quite Dear Brother: I just came home last night improved, for a pony, so that it may be said from Pineville Church, about forty-five miles the place was sold so the gospel might be from here, where I went to assist Brother Ben- preached continually to the people of Long jamin O'Field holding a two days' meeting.
vs meeting. Prairie Church and the country round about.
DANIEL BIRD. continued until Sunday night. The attend
“Free Men” Wanted. ence was quite large, there being about 400
This is a mission field. The leading depeople on the ground from various parts of the
nominations are doing excellent work here. country. Some even had come a distance of
But oh I blush with shame when I say that about thirty-five miles to attend to this meet
many of our preachers of the pure and blessed ing. The devotional and preaching services
gospel are helpless slaves to tobacco. What were well attended all the way through, there
can we expect the boys to do but try to being fourteen sermons preached during the walk in the tracks of the preachers? Send meeting. Quite a number of Cherokee preach us preachers who are really “free men in ers were there with an ever-willing heart to Christ Jesus.” Thank God, we have some, assist in preaching the Word of truth. Pine and glorious men are they! Dear white ribville is an Indian church, and was at one time bon sisters, we pray you, hear the Macean out-station of Long Prairie Church, until donian cry, “Come over and help us.” last August, when it was organized into a
K. L. E. MURROW, President. church, and now it has about 126 members. Atoka, Ind. Ter.