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The long bridge over the Yellow some of the Christians for the better ob
servance of the Lord's Day, we have had River, the principal difficulty of con
some handsome tablets made, with gilded struction, is not yet finished, tho
characters on black lacquer; those for it is open to trains. It is 10,827 “cash" shops or banks with a double infeet long, with 102 spans, and is 19.68 scription, namely, on one side, “To-mor
The river in feet above the water.
is Sunday, business will
done”; and on the other, “To-day is food time, however, may rise 13
Sunday, no business will be done." Those feet above its ordinary level, tho it is for ordinary houses of business with the 2 miles wide at the place where the latter inscription only. These tablets are bridge is. Moreover, the 40-feet
to be presented to all Christians and
catechumens who will undertake to stop screw piles on which the bridge rests all business on Sunday, and do not by any means penetrate to the the fact to the public. rock through the river silt. There
-C. M. S. Gleaner. fore, the solidity and permanence of the structure are matters of some
Attempts at Federation in China doubt.
A movement is well under way in Trains are to run from Peking to the Celestial Empire, which also Hankow in 36 hours, and the novelty gives promise of success, to of night travel will be introduced, operate, especially in school work. together with (once twice In Peking a Congregational proweek) dining-cars and sleeping-cars. fessor is found teaching in a PresbyTelegraph and telephone are used terian seminary. In the same city in operating the road.
a Presbyterian is teacher in the struction has proceeded with care London Society's medical school. and thoroughness. French is the In Tung-chow a Presbyterian teaches language of the time-tables, the in a Congregational college. In one metric is the system of weights, and case, Presbyterians and Baptists the Mexican dollar the basis of fares. share in teaching, . Two cents for 3-5ths of a mile is the first-class fare, i and 1-200th of a cent
A Great Opportunity in Japan is the second and third-class rate for Rev. J. H. Pettee has recently the same distance, so that to travel written to the Congregationalist that even over this unique road one does the Doshisha, under its new princinot need a very fat pocketbook. Apal, Mr. Niwa, is forging ahead in most comendable feature is the total numbers and influence. With over absence of advertising signs along the 600 students this fall, the largest way.
number for more than ten years, and This new railroad is of the highest with a hard-working, united band importance. It is the long entering of teachers, it deserves the help of wedge of Western civilization. An those who revere the name of Neesiarmy of conquering new ideas will ma and who believe in the power of ride into China on the back of the Christian education. iron horse.
What a splendid thing it would be
if generous, large-hearted Americans A Help to Sabbath-keeping Among, Chinese
would give at this juncture, as an Business in China is carried on
expression of their satisfaction over without the Sabbath rest, and Chinese Japan's heroic conduct in the peace converts are often tempted to think negotiations, $100,000 to each of too little of the privilege and too
these representative and thoroughmuch of the loss involved in abstain- ly
ly worthy Christian institutions in ing from business or work on Sun- Japan: days. The Rev. Dr. Squibbs wrote from Mien-chuh on August 15, 1905:
The Doshisha, at Kyoto.
Kobe College, at Kobe (for girls). In order to stimulate a desire shown by The Orphanage, at Okayama.
The Y. M. C. A. (for buildings in low Christ. They belong to those various cities).
who are often said to be unconvertThe list might be extended without ible—Moslems. They had been imdifficulty, but this will do for a be- pressed first in the mission school, ginning
but had left and subsequently sank
deep into sin. Now they have reAFRICA
turned after many days, ready to
confess Christ, and did so publicly British Influence in Egypt
amid the taunts of their fellows. The Prof. H. M. Scott, of the Chicago spirit of inquiry is spreading, but the Theological Seminary, after a so- opposition is fierce. One night the journ in the land of the Nile, reports
path to the mission house that "in 1882 the English found
strewn with thorns, and, as many of Egypt as Turkey is : they have made the inquirers go barefoot, the result it in twenty years what we see. Sir was a number of wounded feet. Garnet Wolseley, General Gordon, Lord Kitchener and Lord Cramer
The First Woman Graduate in Liberia were among the personalities pro
The College of West Africa, at ducing this great change. With
Monrovia, Liberia, held its first comthem came the great works for irrigation, postal savings banks, reduc
mencement a few months since, on
which occasion Miss Clavender L. tion of taxes, extinction of slavery, reformatories, asylums, hospitals,
Sherman was graduated, with the measures that freed the peasantry
degree of Bachelor of Arts. Her from the grip of money lenders,
oration on “Industrial Education the schools and all the agencies of Chris
Hope of Liberia" is printed in the tian civilization. In 1887, there was
April number of Liberia and West spent for education $315,000; in Africa, and in form and subject-mat1904, this amount reached $1,020,000.
ter it is an admirable production. The Cairo tramways carry 18,957,
Miss Sherman entered the institu000 people a year; and Egypt ex
tion ten years ago, when it was
known as Monrovia Seminary. She ports 80,000,000 eggs annually. The English language is spread
has passed through every grade, and ing fast with the English occupa
has the honor of receiving the first tion. There are now 12,000 boys in
college diploma ever granted to a the English schools of Cairo. Five
woman in her country. years ago 4,000 were taking French
A New Mission Steamer on the Kongo as their foreign language and one thousand English in the lower The steamer Lapsley, which was schools; now that relation is more wrecked over a year ago, has now than reversed. The same change is been replaced by another of the same going on in Syria and Palestine. A
name, built in Scotland and dedibookseller in Beirut five years ago cated on December 16th. This is sold some 300 primers for English; for the use of the American Presbytethis fall he sold about 5,000. Nearly rian Mission (South), which was every one under twenty can under- started fifteen years ago in the upstand English. The whole East is
per Kongo district and now has feeling this new life in Egypt.
for the Lapsley was raised by the Mohammedan Converts in Algeria
Sunday-school children of the SouthA missionary, Miss Cox, of the ern Presbyterian Church. May the North Africa Mission, writes that vessel live long to carry the missionfive young men recently came in to aries and their message to the darksay that they had determined to fol- skinned and unenlightened Africans.
Missionaries in the Kongo State
A Call from Central Sudan For the whole of the Kongo Free Gradually the mission stations are State, with its 900,000 square miles, penetrating the great unoccupied and an estimated population of 30,- fields of Africa. Rev. F. H. Lacy, of 000,000, there are—working under the C. M. S., has recently returned eight different societies-only 190 from a tour among the Kadara and Protestant missionaries, and this Gwari tribes, the latter one of the number includes ordained men, doc- largest in northern Nigeria, and retors, missionaries' wives, and unmar- ports that it may be occupied at ried women. Supposing that the
To delay is to invite Moham190 were distributed over the whole medan aggression and consequent State, and each had his or her own barriers to Christ. The Gwari are district, each would have a parish of industrious and skilful. They seem 4,736 square miles, with about 150,- to have no knowledge of God, but 000 souls to care for! At the same believe in spirits, good and bad, and rate, there would be 217 Christian worship their ancestors. Nothing workers for the whole of England, has been done to give them the and 30 for Scotland.
Gospel, except during Mr. Lacy's brief tour.
Everywhere the people The Uganda Prime Minister
received the missionaries gladly, and
seemed especially impressed by the Apolo Kagwa is Prime Minister
news of a general resurrection day. of Uganda. He is a tall, powerful None of them can read and their man, thirty-five years old, and is one
language has not yet been reduced to of three regents who have charge of writing, but they wish to learn. the little king who some day will There is no obstacle to the opening rule over this portion of Africa. of a station in their midst, except When he was young he heard the the lack of men and money. Delay Gospel from that dauntless mission
is dangerous. ary, "Mackay of Uganda," and since then he has been a faithful Chris
A Burning Question tian. Every day he studies the Bible, has family prayer, and goes to the
The British government has remissionaries for help in teaching the cently assumed the whole care of people. Only twenty-five years ago
the Mission's Reserves in the Zulu he and his tribe-the Baganda - Mission, and is taxing, at an exorbiwere veritable heathen. His life is tant rate, the natives living in them. in every way remarkable when This greatly disturbs their friendviewed from that standpoint. “He ly feeling for the government and built the first two-story house, he hinders all movement toward selfintroduced sun-dried bricks, and af- support in the mission work.
The terward the telephone and electric government distrusts the Ethiopian bells. He himself owns and can run movement, or anything which seems a sewing-machine, as well as a type- a step toward independence, and too writer, and rides a bicycle. He is in- often look jealously even upon native troducing among his people every- growth in intelligence and material thing that will help in their advance- prosperity, as these may lead to an ment. He has written a fairly com- increasing desire to throw off British plete history of Uganda. What a control. The missionaries have the marvel it is that such a man can be entire confidence of the government, brought so to the front within the for they try to inculcate a spirit of score and a half years since Stanley loyalty in their converts, but the found the Baganda sunk in degrad- old question of how soon a growing ed heathenism !”
youth should think and act for himself is ever present in colonial as in Christianity has caused the disapfamily goverrments.
pearance of slavery, bondage, head
hunting, cannibalism, human sacriKamerun Mission of the Berlin Baptists
fices, barbaric punishments, feasts, The Missionary Society of the
immorality, sorcery, drunkenness, German Baptists, whose headquar- and gambling, even in places where ters are in the immediate neighbor- the Dutch government has been unhood of Berlin, has decided upon a able to exterminate one or the other. forward movement into the interior
... In Nias, Sumatra, and Borof its field, Kamerun, West Africa.
neo, the chiefs even accept ChrisA number of missionaries, led by
tianity, so that it spreads more and the experienced Kamerun mission- more through all ranks of society. ary, Suvern, has left Berlin, and What change has been brought expected to start in December from
about in the state of society need not Duala for Mushi, on the Mbam be explained in its particulars.” River, where the first station among Among the Battas, of Sumatra, the the Bakwaks is to be opened. The government has been able to withdistance between Duala and Mushi draw its soldiers almost altogether can be covered in about twelve days. from those districts where ChristianThe Rhenish Mission in Southwest Africa
ity has gained the upper hand. The reorganization of the mis
Mormons in the South Seas sionary work of the Rhenish So- The Tuamotu archipelago, in the ciety, in Southwest Africa, which South Seas, has become a possession suffered so severely on account of of the Roman Catholics and the Morthe outbreak among the Hereros, mons. Nominally these islands have proceeds slowly. Missionary Dan- been under the care of the Paris nert, of Omaruru, writes that natives Society, but for three years they continually return and submit to the have been without any Protestant German government, almost 3,000 pastor, and the Protestants have having come back thus far. The practically disappeared. At Tubuai native Christians who remained in the Austral group, about 500 miles faithful are especially trusted by the south of Tahiti, Rev. Mr. Burnell, of government, and their services in the Paris Society, reports his astonbringing in the rebels are most val- ishment at finding a preacher, a uable. Many of the Christian Her- young man not yet ordained, eneros who had joined the rebels have gaged in a strenuous effort to build also returned in deep repentance. up a new parish in the midst of a The German government gives the considerable population of Mormissionaries much valuable help in
He has already drawn about bringing the Gospel to the returned himself more than 20 Mormons, who rebels.
declare their wish to obey the teach
ings of the Gospel of Christ. ISLANDS OF THE SEA The Dutch Government and Missions *
MISCELLANEOUS A remarkable testimony to the ef
Can Christians Learn from Moslems ? ficiency of Christian missions in Mohammed's law of alms was a Dutch East India has been given by stringent and rigid one. He ordered the Dutch government in an official one-fortieth of the substance annualmemorial. It is said: “ Among the ly to be given in charity (that is, half inhabitants of Nias, the Dyaks of the annual income). Every one is Borneo, and other native races, entitled to one day's warm hospitalSee brief reference to this in MISSIONARY RE
ity and to three days' food and lodgVIEW, 1905, p. 907.
ing. This is actually practised in
Cairo, with its 200,000 inhabitants. sionary societies as a great object-lesThe Arab charities are like the rain son in all-round organization of efupon the just and the unjust, and do fort for the uplifting of uncivilized not always suspect imposition. The races. It was with a view to the folArab considers that it really is more lowing up of Dr. Livingstone's exblessed to give than to receive, and plorations, and the claiming for Christ so the receiver confers the benefit of the regions thus opened, that Dr. "Hear the words of Sadi, for words Stewart made his first offer to the are all that are left as memorials of Foreign Mission Committee of the the wise man. To give peace to a Free Church of Scotland. The serisingle heart, by a single act, is more ous delays occurred, and the committhan a thousand head-bowings in tee was unable to accept the additional prayer."
responsibilities, he went forward, with
the result that the Livingstonia MisNOT “Like a Mighty Army"
sion was ultimately founded on the The English Church Missionary interdenominational basis on which it Society, it is reported, has sent into remains. the field since last summer no less than 200 missionaries, of whom 67 Rev. G. M. Bulloch, of Almora were new recruits, the rest being On Friday, December Ist, there missionaries returning to their sev- passed away at Almora, North India, eral fields of labor after furloughs. one of the best-known and most beThis would not seem a great num- loved of the British (L. M. S.) misber were the reinforcements to be sionaries, George McCullum Bulloch. sent to an army engaged in a war Born at Edinburgh on May 1, 1850, between nations. To prosecute their Mr. Bulloch was trained at Western work the nations charter steamships College, and sailed for India in Sepand send out not merely regiments, tember, 1874. For fourteen years his but brigades and army corps. station was Benares, but on the reThough we sing about it, it is not
tirement of the Rev. J. H. Budden, in true that “Like a mighty army 1888, he was appointed to fill the moves the Church of God.” Never
vacancy at Almora, the place with theless, as things go, this increase
which his name will always be assoin the force of the British Society is ciated. a notable fact, and it should be re- As a missionary, there was no demembered that this addition is made
partment of the mission in which Mr. in face of a deficit in the treasury of Bulloch did not make his influence that society of over $200,000.- Mis
felt; but probably the work that lay sionary Herald.
nearest to his own heart was the care OBITUARY
of the lepers in the asylum which had
been built up by the efforts of his Dr. James Stewart, of Lovedale, S. Africa
predecessor.. A noble leader in missionary work has been called from his sphere of
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