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work on Foreign Missions, as many converts: Monte Vista.
returned to their native lands. Dear Brother: Our German church services,
Fifth, how home missions preserved our morning and evening, are well attended. The
homes, the Lord's day, and our country, and Sunday school can increase but very little, as
then asked them to do what they thought there are no more German children.
would please God. Our church of thirty-two members have pur
I feel that I did not do this as strongly nor
as eloquently as Brother Proper, or John W. chased a new organ and song books. Our Crooks would have done it, but I did my best. people are doing all that can be expected. The collection was $120, with some more to. During this quarter we have raised $20 for come in. local, home and foreign missions.
B. E. HARL. With cheerful hearts we look to God for the future.
Our audiences (English speaking) at Twin this field. Our congregations have improved Mountain and Pinos Creek average about till on a recent Sunday night the house was seventy each. They seem very anxious to hear packed to the doors. At our Sunday school the gospel, and if I am able to make this dis Christmas entertainment even all the standing tance of thirty-eight miles twice a month. I room was taken. In addition to the usual shall be more than delighted. We hope to
“ treat” of candy, nuts, etc., the "tree" confind some competent person to open a Baptist
tained an appropriate little present for each
scholar, and they all went away feeling that Sunday school in Del Norte.
Santa Claus was the best old fellow in the C. ARMBRUSTER.
world. The Sunday school attendance now
equals the membership of the church, and is How We Took Our Collection. a most promising branch of our work. We CANON City, Col., December 11, 1900.
have held three weeks of evangelistic meetings Dear Brother: I have just read in the Home
since coming to this field, and as a result
eleven have been added to the church since Mission MONTHLY your article on “The art
September, and one man stands approved for in taking a collection,” and like it very much. I must tell you about our collection last
baptism. Our little church recently took an
offering of $10 for home missions, making Lord's day for home missions.
over $80 that has been raised on this field First, at the mid-week prayer-meeting we
since September, above pastor's salary. We took “Home Missions" for our subject. I
are determined to be in line financially on all read fourteen verses of the eighth chapter of
the benevolences of our denomination. Some II. Corinthians. Commenting on liberality
of our oldest members say the church here as a grace, as well as on other things in the
was never in better condition, nor the outlook chapter, and upon home missions. Then
more promising than at present. And yet we throwing the meeting open to all--and such a
are weak, and have many obstacles to overmeeting-, I wish you could have been with us. In closing, I called especial attention to
come, and need vour prayers. But with
faith, courage and hope we shall press on. the eleventh verse, and asked that we might
GEORGE W. TAYLOR, Pastor. have it in mind Sunday morning when we took the offering for home missions.. Second, I advertised the fact that the col
Wyoming. lection would be taken Sunday morning. I
Evanston. did this through the church paper of the town.
BRIGHTER DAYS. Third, I preached a sermon Sunday morning The writer settled as pastor of the Baptist on home missions, showing how at the first church at this place on the first day of last the work was done by individual churches and November. Although the Baptists have the preachers in the face of oppositions and perse largest and best church edifice in this city, cutions.
and are free of debt, yet they were much disFourth, the beginning and work and growth couraged. They are very few in numbers, of the Society. The present scope of the field and few people attend any church here. For
-the schools, Sunday schools and churches it some time the church had made little progress. was instituting and helping. The effect of the Many things seem most encouraging now,
however. The church has rid herself of many Altogether the attendance for the first quardelinquent members, and the remaining ter, though small, is gratifying. Our prayer twenty or so seem united and enthusiastic. meetings average eighteen; lowest attendance A young people's society has been organized. 11, highest 32. The evening congregations are increasing, until they are probably the largest in the city,
Mexico. among Protestants at least. It seems quite
Monterey wonderful how the men turn out. Out of an attendance of one hundred, about two-thirds "You will find in this letter my quarterly will be men. The singing of the new chorus, report. During this time we have had great and the solos by the pastor's wife, seem to things to thank the Lord for; His kindnesses attract many. The pastor tries to preach have been manifested unto us. There have the best kind of gospel sermons, and to mingle been eleven members received into the church, much among men as a man among men.
eight by letter and three by baptism; besides, Evanston is one of the important cities of we have five candidates for baptism. the State. Many men employed on the rail- We began to have services in the suburbs road, and in the shops here, offer a magnificent of the city. We held a meeting not long ago opportunity for Christian work. We are in the home of a brother who lives on the looking for a revival. A young man stood other side of the river, one of the most peoup before the audience last Sunday night to pled and disorderly suburbs. I believe we say that he had accepted Christ. He expects must preach the gospel to this wicked people. to unite with us. Pray for us.
I had thought that we would have had rocks Rolla Earl BROWN. thrown at us, and some trouble there, but we
started the work trusting in God. We had East Side Church, Salt Lake City. scarcely begun when a great crowd of the We are pleased to learn through a recent lowest people came, invaded the doors and ocletter from Deacon J. J. Corum that while cupied a large part of the street. The room the work on this field is hard, the church is · was soon filled, but a great number were still moving along successfully, and the outlook on the outside. I thought that the best is hopeful for continued progress and the thing to do to stop the noise was to stand as building up of a strong church. We trust near the door as possible, and talk as to those that in this stronghold of Mormonism, before who were inside as to the others. Thus, with many years elapse, our Baptist work may the Bible in my hand, I explained to them not only be in a prosperous condition, but what we, Christian people, believe, and the that our principles may also have made a result was that, instead of making noise, they deep and lasting impression on the whole paid attention, and showed great interest at community.
the exposition of the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ. At the end of the meeting we disCalifornia.
tributed a good many tracts, and thus got Eureka.
through with a meeting held among people You will rejoice with us when I tell you to whom the gospel was entirely new. that the Eureka Baptist Church has decided The young men are taking an active part to be “self-sustaining” in the future. We in the work. There are four or five of them record our gratitude for the blessings of who preach. show interest in the meetings, God, and the generous help received from in giving, and in the general work undertaken the American Baptist Home Mission Society by the church. in past years. T. H. STEPHENS, Pastor. We will hold a series of meetings on ac
count of the expiring century. We hope A Polyglot Church
the Lord will bless especially during these The pastor, writing from New Richmond, services. We stand at the doors of the new Wis., says:
century with greater vigor and trust in the There are in its membership seven or eight Lord for His work. May He permit that different nationalities, including Scotch, Eng- this be a glorious century in the cause of the lish, French, German, Irish, American, Scan- evangelization of Mexico. dinavian (part Indian) and Pennsylvania
ALEJANDRO TREVINO. Dutch. The resident membership is only forty-nine or fifty, and many of these live two and three miles, two families six miles, four Subscribe for the Monthly now. See our families eight miles, in the country.
Holman Bible, and Marsh Stand offers.
the colored Baptists of any other State in the Union; and yet it is a sad fact that no State in the Union has had so little help as Florida. With a population in round numbers of 230,000 whites and 200,000 Negroes, she has twenty-eight or thirty high schools and colleges for whites, and only six secondary schools—with not a single school of theology or college grade of any denomination or description—for Negroes.
In point of attendance, this promises to be the banner year. Each year shows a healthy growth. For the past four years the attendance has increased nearly one hundred per cent. The teaching force, while inadequate, is hopeful and untiring. Indeed, the charming religious atmosphere which pervades the school is a sufficient balm for the ills we must endure in other directions. Last year there were twenty-four conversions in the school. In fact, every student in the boarding department, with but one exception, became a professing Christian before the close of the school
year. PROF. N. W. COLLIER.
The outlook, taken all in all, is very encourThe Florida Baptist Academy.
aging. Our greatest need is sufficient funds
to complete our main building, and to erect BY PRINCIPAL N. W. COLLIER.
a boys' dormitory. Last year we were comIt was founded in 1892, by the Rev. M. W. pelled to crowd four and five girls into rooms Gilbert, A.M. The occasion for the founding originally intended for only two, simply beof the academy was the cold blooded and un- cause we have been unable to complete the warranted shooting into the buildings at Live third story of our main building. If this Oak, Fla., where the Baptists at that time third story could be finished, we should have were doing all their educational work. This ample accommodations for all. assault led many to believe that it was useless For our boys, the only thing we have at to spend the Lord's money and the time and present is a small building erected on our brains of His servants in a place so openly campus by the United States army officials, hostile to education. The planting of the to be used as a mess hall during the mobilizaschool at Jacksonville aroused the greatest tion of the Seventh Army Corps in this city enthusiasm, poor washerwomen pledging at the time of the Spanish-American war. and paying as much as $25 each.
This building has been fitted up at considerThe wisdom of establishing the school at able cost, but is entirely inadequate, and, at Jacksonville has been clearly demonstrated best, can only be regarded as a makeshift. by its growth during the eight years of its But, in spite of these disabilities, the work: existence. Located at the centre of the is pregnant with promise and the workers Negro population of the State, and having a are buoyant with-hope. The Lord has often territory nearly twice the size of New Eng- allowed us to be disappointed, but He has not land, together with the adjacent islands of the yet permitted us to be discouraged. And sea to draw upon, the academy's position is though at present the situation is very trying, strategic and its work imperative.
faith in His promises assures us that the Dr. MacVicar, the beloved superintendent Macedonian cry now going up from Florida of education of the American Baptist Home will not long go unheard. Mission Society, now president of the Vir- The subjoined clipping, one from the leadginia Union University, has declared, on more ing papers of the State, and testimonial from than one occasion, notably at the State Bap- leading citizens, may serve to show our fartist Convention at Pensacola, February, 1899, away friends how we are viewed at short that the colored Baptists of Florida had con- range: tributed more for their own education than “With a view of ascertaining exactly what
GEO. P. GLENN,
J. W. WHITE,
Editor Journal Commerce.
J. N. JONES, D.D.S.,
H. W. CLARK,
R. B. ARCHIBALD,
is being done at the Florida Baptist Academy, a Times-Union and Citizen man spent one day recently in examining its various departments. The school is located in Campbell's Addition, near East Riverside. It owns four acres of land, and one main building and three smaller buildings—the buildings and grounds being valued at $8,000. During the first four years of its history, the work was confined to the preparatory, high and normal branches. Two years ago, an industrial department was added. A visit to the school during work hours will convince any one of the good order, neatness and thoroughness that prevails in every department. The enrollment for the present vear has reached 184—the largest in the history of the school. About one-third of these are boarders, and come to the institution from all parts of this and adjoining States.
“The present president of the institution is Prof. N. W. Collier, A.B., a graduate of the
a graduate of the Atlanta University, class of 1894. He has been connected with the Florida Baptist Academy ever since he graduated-at first as teacher, then as vice-president, and, about three years ago, he was elected president. He is a native of Augusta, Ga. He is an earnest. painstaking, scholarly and Christian young man. His popularity in Jacksonville and throughout Florida, among all classes and among all denominations, is something immense. He has succeeded in making many very valuable friends for the school.”—TimesUnion and Citizen, April 10, 1899.
Cost of Southern Schools. Far Less Spent on Negroes, but Many More
Attend than Do Whites. COLUMBIA, S. C., December 23.-The annual report of the Superintendent of Education makes some curious exhibits as to the relative cost of educating the two races in the public schools, and the different degrees of interest taken in education by Negroes and whites.
The cost of the Negro schools, attended by 155,602 children, was $202,171, or a fi less than $1.30 a pupil for the school year. The expense of the white public schools was $700,540, and these were attended by 126,395 children, costing $5.54 a pupil. Thirty thousand more Negroes than whites are receiving a common school education at three and a half times less cost to the State.
There is little or no difference in the expense in the rural districts, where the salaries of the white teachers are but little more than the colored, but there is a larger attendance at the colored schools. The difference in cost is the more expensive equipment and machinery in the white schools. For example, in Charleston the white schools are attended by 4,802; the colored by 7,709, and the cost of Charleston's white schools is $87,420, the colored, $12,979.
The fact that Negroes are more generally taking advantage of opportunities to obtain common school education than the whites is proved by the reports of the overwhelmingly "white" counties of the Piedmont district, North Carolina. In York County, with a large white majority,5,979 Negroes and 4,066 whites attend school, the cost of instruction for Negroes being but $6,934, that of the whites four times greater. In Fairfield 1,642 whites and 4,827 Negroes is the record. In Spartanburg, with four times as many whites as Negroes, 8,305 whites and 5,062 Negroes were in the schools.--New York Sun.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA., September 9, 1899. To WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
“We, the undersigned, do heartily endorse the good work being done in our State by the Florida Baptist Academy, under the management of President N. W. Collier, and its able Board of Trustees.
“ The influence of the school is being felt all over this and adjoining States, and its good is only limited by its lack of means. Having no income from the State or general government, it is wholly dependent upon public beneficence. A permanent endowment and increased facilities are its most pressing needs. No wiser, safer or surer investment for Negro education can be made than in this work.
“To a benevolent public and friends of education everywhere we most heartily commend the Florida Baptist Academy as in every way worthy of confidence and help. (Signed] Rev. J. J. PARSONS,
Pastor First Baptist Church, Jacksonville.
President Loughridge, of Bishop College, Marshall, Tex., writes:
“We are at our wit's end to know what to
do with the students. We have enrolled 333, received a cent of help from the North fur a number never reached before January 12th building, and our institution carries the in any year's history hitherto. There are largest enrolment and stands for more Baprooms for 80 girls in Bishop Hall, an increase tists than any other school in the State. We of eight, made possible by having three lady can enroll between 300 and 400 students if we teachers move up to the mansion and occupy can get the accommodation. the guest room. One more shift may be made and two more girls placed. With eightytwo as the utmost limit, we have ninety girls An Indian School Girl's Letter. to-night and more coming to-morrow. In For a long time I have been thinking of Marston Hall I have every room occupied, writing to you, but never had time to write; and more boys than I can put in all the beds, but this very cold, windy day I have a little except with three in a bed. Several boys are opportunity, so of course I will spend it for sleeping three in a bed to-night, or on the my kind brother who has learned to walk in floor. Two more beds will go up to-morrow, our dear Saviour, and has doing all he can for then I must resort to cots or doubling up. some poor sinner like me. Brother, I will The rooms are too small to allow two beds of
now tell you how my Christian life seem to ordinary kind to be put in. My plan is to me. It seem to me, sometime I get into make here mantel beds that turn up and shut an awful bushes which has nothing but great under curtains, using a common woven wire
large thorns on them, and when sometime I mattress for that part. In this way a double get into it the thorns just fasten on me, and a single bed can go in each room so as to and when I turn around to get out, it fasten add nearly a half to the capacity of each flat. to me again, and that is what my Christian I am having carpenters make beds for two life seem to me; for the devil is so strong, rooms to try the plan. I must have more and I am so weak, to get out of the bushes. beds and this will test the value of my idea. I am always trying to walk in the loving
“Our teaching force is overworked. The road, which is always ready for any one who two grammar grade teachers are handling now has throw away his burden into the mud, seventy-five and eighty-five each. Of course
where he can never turn back and see it again, good work, best work, cannot be done. We but I am so
but I am sorry to tell you that some of my should have another first-class teacher at own people has done been on this road, and said once,"
that they will never turn back to their burden, but when they has traveled a little way, they
think of their burden, and turn right back Coleman Academy-Gibsland, La.
carry it again; but my burden has been taken A Trying Experience.
off by the words of the Lord Jesus Christ when After working night and day for more than I was thirteen year old; and hope you will two months to raise $1.000 for a new build.' pray for me, so that I might keep my burden
off till the Lord calls me to be with the rest of ing, Principal Coleman writes : “We had
the brothers and sisters who has done gone to erected a fine building, which was to be pre
be with Him, upin the beautiful home which is sented to the Lord next January as a new
great deal better than the world below here. century gift, but just when it was weather
I am back in school, and has been trying to boarded and the rafters on, a storm blew the do all I can to not make much trouble around building completely down; the damage from anybody, but the devil is so strong that somebreakage and the subsequent rain is very time I almost get caught by him, but not great, and we hardly know what to do. The very often it catch me. I like very much to money was collected wholly from Negro hear Mr. Clouse speak the words of Jesus, churches, Sunday schools and societies, and who has done so much for me and other represents much hard work and self-sacrifice. peoples. I will now close my letter, and hope We must raise the building again as we are to hear from you some time soon. Write wholly unable to accommodate the students and tell me what shall I do for Jesus that pressing tor admission. We now have from will make Him pleased? six to nine students in a room and three to
I am your sister in Christ's name,
ALMA BIG TREE,* each bed. We are doing all in our power to
Rainy Mount School, Oakdale, Okla. Ter. remove the drawbacks arising from this condition of affairs, and would be very thankful *The thirteen-year-old daughter of Chief Big for help from any source. We have never Tree-X. B.R.