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A Missionary Dialogue About the Cannibals of Fiji. fear he may die soon. He is suffering from disease of BY SOPHIE S. SMITH
the hip-joint; it is a dreadful disease. SUSIE. What have you been reading about, Nettie ?
He had never heard a word about Jesus. When he NETTIE. Something terrible about people eating one came into the hospital he was taught to read some of our another.
hymns, and in a short time he was'able to read them all SUSIE. They must have been cannibals, and certainly did
He then began to read the New Testament. One day I not live in our or any other Christian country.
asked if he prayed to God NETTIE. They were cannibals of the very worst sort, and lived on the little island of Bau, the capital of the Fiji Islands.
“Yes,” he said ; "I pray to God a great many times SUSIE. I should not like to go to such a place.
every day, and I ask him to help you to cure my disease NETTIE. That was fifty years ago, and no one else cared to soon, soon." go there except to fight the cannibals, and if anyone was caught
Two or three weeks ago he asked me if God was angry he was soon roasted and eaten. They were delighted to have with people for telling lies, and when I told him that He strangers come to their shores,
was, he said, “ Then God is for they were then provided with
angry with you, because after a good meal.
saying you would not cut my SUSIE. That was dreadful.
leg you did cut it." I reBut do these people still eat
plied, “But if cutting your human beings ? NETTIE. No; through the
leg will do you good, then influence of Christian mission
God will not be so angry aries, who dared to go among
with me." “It will not do them, they have been won over
me good,” he said ; “I shall to Christianity and become kind
not be better. I am sure I and gentle.
shall die very soon.” Susie. That is a wonderful
The following Sabbath I change for such savages. But
spoke to him for a little. He I wonder they did not kill and eat the missionaries.
said, “Some of the sick NETTIE. It does seem that
people here do not pray half they were miraculously pre
so much as I do, and are served. They were given a
getting better, and some who home on the top of the hill
have not prayed at all are above the town, and, while they
quite well. How is that?" often saw the ovens heated to
One day last week, when cook the captives taken in war,
I went into his room, he said, they were not molested, and
I know why I am not getleft to pursue their work. SUSIE. They must have been
ting better, and why God brave men and had great faith
does not answer my prayers. to take them among such fero
I am sure God is more angry cious creatures.
with my father for his work, NETTIE. They did have both
than he was with you for courage and faith, and God has
cutting my leg after saying greatly blessed both; and to
you would not. When I beday there is no safer place to go to than Bau, though it has
gan to pray to God," he conbeen said that more human be
tinued, “ I told my father to ings have been killed and eaten
be sure and make no offerthere than anywhere in Fiji.
ings to false gods for me, Such is the power of religion.
and he promised that he SUSIE. Well, if the gospel can save such people, we ought would not burn incense to any of them ; but my not to be discouraged, but work and pray, believing that God ca. uncle, when he came to see me, told me that every save all heathen people.
day my father burns incense to the false gods, and
And that he never prays to the right God at home. The Little Suffering Chinese Boy. The city of Chinchew, in China, has at least 300,000
that is why I am not better, and why God does not inhabitants. The Presbyterian Church of England has a
answer my prayers.
When my father comes to see me mission here. Dr. Grant, the missionary who is in charge again, I must keep him here and not let him go home. of the hospital, writes :
When he is here he prays every day, and does not burn I have a number of little boys in the hospital. One any incense ; when he stays with me I can take rice little fellow, nine years old, has been here for six months, better, and my leg is not so sore, but whenever he goes and is yet far from well. He is so ill that I sometimes home I get worse."
XATIVES OF FIJI
Notes and Comments.
nor do I go to take charge of the work was given special power of attorney to in Yesso.' Mrs. C. and myself are about buy and sell certain property in Puebla.
to start on a mission to the utterly neg. Authority was given to pay Rev. M. C. Rev. Dr. J. M. Thoburn is now in this lected Ainos of Yesso. We go self-moved, Wilcox, of the Central China Mission, his country asking for 25 missionaries for at our own charges and promise we will return expenses, and his salary as a reSouth India. Who will volunteer? Cor
not interfere in the slightest with the turned missionary until bis return to respondents can address him at 805 Broad work of your Society for the Japanese in China, or the meeting of his conference.
Hakodati. We propose to acquire the A grant of $60 was made to repair way, New York,
Ainos language and give ourselves ex- damages to mission property in the CenRev. J. H. Garden writes from Bellary, clusively to labor for that people. I re- tral China Mission occasioned by a terriIndia, May 19: “God bless the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal gret that in two papers of my own ble cyclone. Church in its attempt of lifting up Jesus has been made which I have here cordenomination a misleading statement A grant was made to pay the traveling
expenses from England to China of a lady to a world of darkness. The longer I rected."
who is to marry Rev. J. Walley, of the live in India, the deeper does the deprav
Central China Mission. ity of the people show itself, and the
The Board approved the expenditure of more manifest becomes their need of
Re-interment of Ann Wilkins, all the remittances made for property to Christ in every aspect of life.”
The homestead farm of the Wilkins the West China Mission, but decided Rev. M. C. Wilcox of the Foochow family near Newburg, N. Y., having been other balances on hand on Jan. 1st last Mission, has returned to the United sold, and as in the family burying ground should be considered as lapsed. The States. He writes us June 14: "I have
were lying the remains of Ann Wilkins mission was also allowed to expend for been obliged to return, temporarily as I the honored Missionary to Africa, the property and improvements the balance trust, from Foochow, China, on account Woman's Foreign Missionary Society on hand March 31, 1886, of $5, 123.85, and of the health of my motherless little girl. appointed a committee, of which Mrs. also the $6,000 granted by the last GenI am now constantly engaged in address- Kennard Chandler is head, to effect the eral Committee for hospital building. ing District and other Missionary Meet- removal of the remains to some appro- The Treasurer was directed to pay Dr. ings. My post office address until priate cemetery and rear over them a W. R. Lambuth for the whole period of further notice will be 57 Washington st., suitable monument.
his service in the North China Mission. Chicago, Ill.”
On Saturday, June 18th, 1886, a con- Dr. Lambuth thinks he can make the We have given elsewhere some account siderable congregation assembled in the hospital at Peking self-supporting at a of the wonderful work which has lately Bedford street church of this city, to hold very early day. Already 193,000 cash been witnessed among the Tarus under appropriate services. Miss Wilkins was have been received from patients for the evangelistic labors of the Rev. S.
a member of this church when she went drugs and treatment, and the contribuKnowles. Rev. T. S. Johnson writes out to Africa. The church was appro- tions received toward a permanent hosMay 11, that the baptisms to that date priately decorated for the occasion, and pital fund aggregate $271.95. were 581. “In village after village, every the casket containing the remains was A grant of $400 was made to the North man, woman and child have been baptized present.
China Mission for necessary repairs to and we have a new Christian communi- Bishop Harris presided and made an ad- buildings, exchange of property, etc. ty of nearly six hundred persons almost dress. He was followed by Mrs. Chand. The request for $671.91 to pay for purwithin the sound of a good bell. The ler, Dr. Reid, Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Skid- chase of property, etc., was referred to locality, however, is very unhealthy, more, and Mrs. Rev. J. W. Horn, former- the General Committee. Grants were being in the Tarai.”
ly of Africa. The occasion was one of made of $28.18 to pay moving expenses Rev. D. O. Fox of India, is endeavour- deep interest.
of Rev. J. H. Pyke to Tsun-hua ; $22.ing to raise $100,000 for college buildings A large number of friends attended the 25 for stove for Rev. G. R. Davis ; $150 at Poona, India. The present school remains to Maple Grove cemetery, where for furniture purchased of Rev. H. H. was opened in 1878, and is under the con- the Trustees have donated a beautiful lot Lowry. trol of the South India Conference. It to the Woman's Foreign Missionary Dr. Geo. A. Stuart having been desighas no property and has to pay heavy nents Society for the interment of their deceas- nated as assistant for Dr. Beebe at Nanand work in unsuitable buildings. Itsed missionaries. Mr. Stephen Merritt, king, the Board appointed him as a laypresent grade does not meet the wants undertaker, of this city, went to the man until such time as he shall be ad. of the work. The plan is to add to the entire expense of the removal, and was mitted to an annual conference. He present Preparatory school, a Collegiate helpful in may ways. We honor our will leave with his wife for China in department, teaching a full course of lit- selves when we show honor to the mem. July. erature, a Theological or Missionary ory of those who have lived noble lives. The Board approved of the plan for a training school, and a Normal School.
union of the Mission of the Methodist The enterprise is commended Dr. Wm.
Episcopal Church with the Mission of the Butler, Secretary Reid, Bishops Foster, Monthly Meeting of Board of Man. Methodist Church of Canada in the eduAndrews and Hurst. The address of
cation of candidates for the ministry in Brother Fox is Sprout Brook, Montgom- The Board of Managers of the Mission- Japan. The school is to be at Aoyama, ery Co., N. Y.
ary Society of the Methodist Episcopal and known as the Philander Smith We announced last month that Rev. Church met at the Mission Rooms, June Biblical Institute. The real estate is C. H. Carpenter, had been appointed by 15th.
to be the property of the Methodist the American Baptist Missionary Union Rev. Duston Kemble, of the Mexico Episcopal Church. Three of the Faculty as missionary to Japan, as we saw the Mission, being in poor health, has asked are to be from the Methodist Episcopal announcement in a Baptist paper and permission to return to the United States. Church and two from the Methodist supposed it must be correct. Brother If his return be authorized by the Bishop Church of Canada. Expenses for fuel, Carpenter writes us June 5th : “The item the Treasurer was authorized to pay his light, etc., are to be shared equally by you publish concerning me is two-thirds return expenses.
the two Missionary societies. The other a mistake. I have not been • appointed,'i Brother Drees, of the Mexican Mission, regulations are to be subject to approval
of the Boards supporting the school. The was raised by religious parents in the has been one of the most successful Union is dissoluble on one year's potice. Old Country, and in my youth gave my since the commencement of our mission
The Board last month referred to the heart to God, but later in life I embraced on this continent. Most of our circuits Committee on Western Europe the report Mormonism, and everything has been (stations we have none) have been blessed of the committee appointed to go to Italy dark and uncertain.” To-day all is bright. with revivals, the result being the conand audit the accounts and administra- Rev. Irvin H. Correll writes from Yo- version of many people and the increase tion of the Treasurer of the Italy Mis- kobama, Japan, May 4th, that on May 1st of our membership. Conference statission. It was found that there was due he returned from a trip which occupied tics, no doubt, will show an advance the Treasurer $427.84, and this was or- 32 days, during which he preached 39 along the whole line of our work. dered to be paid.
times to an aggregate of at least 8,000 The Book Concern in Bremen, with its The salary of the Rev. Wm. Burt, of persons. He traveled about 780 miles, of efficient agent, Bro. Nuelsen, has also the Italy Mission, was made to begin with which he walked about 125 miles. He had a very successful year in spreading April 1st.
baptized 63 persons, of whom 11 were Bibles, books and tracts over these lands. A grant of $500 was made Rev. J. E. children, and received 41 persons into A part of its gain will be appropriated to Scott, of India, in lieu of salary while ab- full membership.
the support of our missions and to balsent this year from the mission. The Rev. M. C. Harris writes from Tokio, ance the accounts of the business. salary of Rev. J. C. Butcher, M. D., of Japan, May 13th that he expected to sail Martin Mission Institute in this city India, was ordered paid from the Con- for San Francisco May 25th. He says: is still prospering. Our young men are tingent Fund.
“ The year thus far has been very pros- living, studying and working with a holy Grants were made of 4100 for Rev. perous. Up to date there have been over zeal. By their preaching and singing in G. W. Coleman, South Chattanooga, 250 baptisims alone, and I think the public halls, visiting from house to house Holston Conference ; $150 for Rev. R. C. number will swell to 350 before Confer- in some neighboring villages, they have Campbell, of Wilmington, N. C.; $50 for ence in September. The native brethren been able to organize Sabbath-schools, Barnesville, Minn.; $75 for Rev. 0. H. have worked with apostolic zeal, and prayer and class-meetings. Smith, of Little Rock; $75 for Rev. G. this large increase is owing to their faith- A few weeks ago we were all very W. Barber, of Lewisville, Ark.; $50 for fulness.
much rejoiced and encouraged by a visit work among the Scandinavians at Little Rev. Dennis Osborne writes from Mus. of Dr. and Mrs. Goucher from Baltimore, Rock, Permission was given to pay soorie, India, May 11th: "Our work is faithful friends of our Institute and work Rev. F. R. Spaulding the balance unused progressing. The season opens well, and in Germany. Years ago Dr. Goucher that had been appropriated to Simcoe, all along the district there are signs of paid over to the Missionary Society in Columbia River Conference.
hopeful encouragment. The Philander New York $600, the interest of which Miss Ella C. Shaw, of Moore's Hill, In- Smith Institute here, under the wise and goes to the support of the Institute and diana, was accepted as a candidate of efficient administration of Brother Clif- the gradual increase of the library the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society ton, is developing increased success, and thereof. for Nanking, China.
promises to be a valued auxiliary to mis- Now again, he put us under new obliMiss Mary A. Vance. of Burlington, sion work.”
gations by presenting us with a fine Iowa, was accepted as a candidate of the Rev. F. D. Gamewell has purchased Estey organ, which makes the house reWoman's Foreign Missionary Society for near Chungking, China, a very desirable sound with its fine and melodious tones. Japan.
property for mission purposes, at a cost Our students are delighted with the meThe report of the Treasurer showed of $2,173.61 for the land. It is situated lodian and unite their thanks to Dr. and that on May 31, 1886, there was a balance about three and one-half miles from the Mrs. Goucher. in the Treasury of $34,136.43. Outstand. mission compound in the city, and affords We consider the GOSPEL IN ALL LANDS ing Bills of Exchange by Corresponding accommodations for the hospital, phy- just the magazine for the church and Secretaries, $107,637.85. Net debt of sician's residence, parsonage, chapel, especially for missionaries abroad, who Treasury, $73,501.43.
mission cemetery, and a site for another are gladdened and encouraged by the
building when it may be needed. The good news from all parts of the world. OUR MISSIONS.
Woman's Foreign Missionary Society has its impartiality forms a striking contrast Rev. R. S. Maclay writes from Japan: school and orphanage. purchased property adjoining for their with most missionary papers and reports
of the state church, who seldom mention “ The prospect for Christian work in
Rev.J. R. Hykes writes from Kiukiang, our work here and among the heathen Korea grows brighter. We ought to have China, April 24, that on April 9, a without uttering their animosity against more workers there."
typhoon passed over the city, doing much Methodism and her missions. The Rev. J. Walley, who was formerly damage to life and property. Some of May the God of missions ever bless you an agent of the British and Foreign Bible the largest buildings (including several and the GOSPEL IN ALL LANDS. Society, is now employed in the Central fine temples) in and around the city China mission, and will probably become
were completely wrecked. In several the assistant of Brother Kupfer, at Kiu- places the city wall was blown down.
Mission Notes from Sweden. kiang More than twenty people were killed,
Rev. N. M. Liljegren, Presiding Elder Rev. T. S. Johnston writes from Luck- and a large number injured by falling of the Karlskrona District, Sweden, now, India, May 11, that Miss Dr. Hyde buildings. The mission premises were
writes : has been very ill, but was much better. injured to some extent.
Bro. J. P. Larsson in Malmo, is having Mrs. Kastendick was better, but still very
a good year. There is a pressing need of low. He also says that Brother Knowles
getting a church as the hall is not at all has lately baptized 581 natives, and the Mission Notes from Germany. suitable. There is also not much hope good work still continues.
Rev. L. Nippert writes from Frankfort- of being very successful at Lund, before Rev. Francis Brock writes from Murray on-Main, Germany, May, 16:
we have a better meeting house. circuit in Utah that the public services Methodism is still gaining ground in At Landskrona, Bro. C. Rabe is doing are well attended by the Mormons. One Germany and Switzerland. This con- well. He has had good help this year who has been lately converted said: “I ference year which is drawing to a close, from a young son who already gives promise of being one of our best men. were presented it was easy to see that the Faenza, G. Carboneri. Forli, Dovadola, A school house has been donated to us brethren present had the spirit of de- and Pavenna, C. Bambini. Genevra, T. D. here.
bate; indeed, one would almost have Malan. Milano, E. Bovelli, C. G. Gay, This year has proved to be the very thought that they were members of the Modena, F. Cruciani. Torino, B. Bracchetbest since we opened a mission in Skane New York East Conference. The cause to, E. Bovelli. Venezia, S. Stazi, F. Dardi. and now we ought to begin work in the of Sunday-schools was thoughtfully concities of Helsingborg and Krishanstad. sidered, and it is earnestly hoped that a I have just laid the corner stone to a new impulse will be given to this much-Mission to the Japaneso In San Fran
cisco. fine chapel in Eksjo and we will soon needed work in Italy. The Conference have a comfortable house there.
unamiously resolved to adopt the Inter- The Rev. M. C. Harris, who has been Westorvik has had a wonderful reviv- national Lesson Series, and to make a new for several years a missionary in Japan, al during the winter, but the financial start in Sunday-school work by the ob- commences work among the Japanese te crisis has been very injurious and every servance of children's day.
San Francisco this month. kind of business has failed.
Sunday was a very interesting day. The Rev. Frederic Masters, missionary At Loftahammar and Monsteras there While the great multitudes in the city in San Francisco, gives the following achave been true Methodist revivals. Norr: were buying and selling or seeking pleas-count of the Japanese in that city: koping has for its pastor C. Wallenius, ure, the little band of disciples were with Our work amongst the 600 Japanese in and he speaks every Sunday to crowded Jesus in the upper room.
this city is somewhat different to the congregations.
At 11 A. M. there was an ordination Chinese. They come here to learn; for At Linkoping, W. Andersson is always service; two native preachers were or the most part, with a view to improving working and is much on his knees. dained deacons and elders under the mis- their condition in their own country, Every one in the whole city knows him sionary rule. At 12 o'clock Bishop Foss where a knowledge of English is a sine as a holy man and a Methodist of the old preached, Rev. Teofilo Gay acting as in- qua non for any official post. They bekind. Boxholm had a marvelous revival terpreter. The occasion was one of inter- long to a nation that is fast breaking during the prayer-weeks and the congre- est and of great spiritual profit. The in- away from the superstitions and barbargations have greatly increased. We terpreter gave not only the words, but isms of the past, and is rushing with have good congregations in Karlshamn also the spirit of the discourse. Jesus was breakneck speed to overtake the more and Karlskrona.
present, and verily "our hearts burned powerful and energetic nations of the This
year has been the very best spirit- within us while he talked with us by the civilized world. ually all over the whole isle of Gotland. way." In the evening Brother Gay spoke They have seen in their own land the Our congregation at Wisby is strong in Italian on the subject of the Protest- overthrow of an ancient feudalism, the and powerful, and the other appoint- ant missions, a discourse prepared in re- recognition of the principle of representaments are flourishing.
ply to late criticisms as to their effective- tive government, and the genesis of a ness. No doubt much good will result magnificent social reform. They have
to the kingdom of Italy and to the world seen the rapid spread of western ideas, Methodist Conference in Italy. from these services.
of western religion and science, and Rev. W. Burt writes from Italy, May 5: On Monday evening the appointments the adoption of some of the most won
It seemed a strange thing, while in the were read, the Conference adjourned sine derful appliances of modern civilizaUnited States, to think of a Methodist die, and the brethren went forth to their tion. They have come from a land Episcopal Conference holding its annual work for another year. Several important where prostrate images and mouldering session in Venice, the city of the Doges. changes were made. Many of the minis. shrines meet the eye at every turn; where But it seemed stranger still, to one just ters wero moved; the Conference was time-honored sages distrusted from the United States, actually to wit- divided into two districts, with two pre- and their writings cast out; where the ness such a Conference in session in this siding elders; a definite course of study translations of the Holy Scriptures are famous city by the sea.
was arranged for candidates in the sever- found on the same shelf with the writThe Italy Confererce opened in true al classes, and committees appointed to ings of Mill, Huxley and Herbert SpenMe dis form on Thursday morning, examine; steps were taken toward rais- cer. April 29, Bishop Foss, Dr. L. M. Vernon, ing a fund for worn-out preachers, wi- These young men come to us; some althe writer, and about twenty native dows, and orphans, and a committee ap- ready Christianized, some favorable to preachers being present. The sacrament pointed to audit the yearly accounts of Christianity, others in a chaos of specuof the Lord's Supper was administered the mission.
lation, imbued with agonistic teachings by the Bishop, those present receiving We have a place in Italy, and the be- and disposed to treat Christianity as a the elements kneeling at a number of ginnings of a good work. We want system of exploded myths, soon to take chairs placed together to form an altar. now a gracious baptism of spiritual its place among the dead and dying suAt this precious service it was not difficult power to make us mighty through God perstitions of the past. In the majority to realize that the blessed Holy Spirit in overcoming the works of darkness. of instances they come to us with recepwas present to comfort and to save in
tive minds and hearts, believing this Italy as at home. The roll was called, the secretary elect
ROME DISTRICT, L. M. Vernon, P. E.- country to be the depository of every. ed, and the business of the Conference Arezzo, E. Ageno. Firenzo, C. Tollis, A. thing great and wise, and are prepared to
make any sacrifice and fill the most meproceeded in due order, so far as was Gay. Foggia, P. Taglialatela. Napoli
nial occupations in order to obtain that possible under the peculiar circumstances. and Soccaos, A. Lanna, F. Garzia. Pisa,
wisdom which they believe to be of such Commitees were appointed to consider
G. Palmieri. Pontedera, D. Gay. Perugia, advantage to themselves and their coun
E. Stasio. various subjects, such as “Church Re
Rome, T. Gay. Terni, G.
try. lations,” Evangelization, Publishing In- Gattuso. Venosa, G. Conte.
With no hostile bias or deep prejudices terests, Education, Sunday-schools, etc. E. Caporali, editor of Nuova Scienza.
to be eradicated, as in the case of the These committees prepared their several MILAN DISTRICT, W. Burt, P. E. - Chinese, the Japanese are disposed to reports and presented them to the Confer- | Alessandria, R. Wigley. Asti and San accept whatever give them. ence for consideration. As these reports | Marzano, N. Nardi. Bologna, D. Polsinelli Taught to believe in our institutions, and
to think the American as near social and trines of God our Saviour in all things," the bladder, than falls to the lot of many political perfection as possible, it will not —this mission would not have been in surgeons in active practice at home. be surprising if some of these our admir- vain.
There institutions are open from morn. ers should be found accepting our here
ing to night and patients come and go at sies as well as our orthodoxies, and imi
every hour of the day. We cannot tate our vices as well as our virtues.
Medical Work in North India,
appoint regular hours for attendance for There are three Japanese associations Rev. S. S. Dease, M. D., writes from many come from great distances and in San Francisco. Our M. E. Gospel Pithoragarh, India, April 30 :
must return before night. Very few Society numbers over 100, the Presbyte- It may be interesting to your many
own vials and as we cannot afford to rian 6), and the Science, or Herbert Spen- readers to learn something of what is supply them gratuitously, drugs are cer Society, where all Christian teaching being done within the bounds of the North chiefly given in the form of powders or is excluded, numbers only 20. Our 80- India Conference, in the line of medical pills. Patients are as a rule very unreaciety is, therefore, the most flourishing, mission work, aside from what the repre- sonable ; they come expecting to be cured and since its establishment eight years sentatives of the W. F. M. Society are of a complaint of long standing by a ago, 62 Japanese have been baptized, doing. This section of India is pretty single day's dosing, and go off very much and nineteen admitted by church letter. well supplied with medical practitioners disappointed. Even in cases of serious Some of these young men are members and there is but little need of medical operations, the friends will ask to take of Methodist Universities and Seminaries; missionaries. Wherever there is an Eng. them home after they have been in hossome are studying in the public schools, lish community there is nearly always an pital but a few days. Once they go while others take advantage of our night Englisb doctor, who has under him na- home there is no telling what will happen; schools to learn the rudiments of the tive graduates in medicine who attend instructions will not be carried out, and English tongue.
to the wants of their countrymen. the proper feeding of the patient is pretty With those immediately under our Native private practitioners, who have sure not to be attended to, influence there is not much difficulty in studied in the government colleges are Practice in India, among natives, outfinding men willing to profess Chris- not lacking. There is also a vast army side of hospitals is very unsatisfactory tianity: the difficulty is in getting them of irregular practitioners, in whom, un- work indeed. Medicines, instead of being to remain on probation long enough to fortunately for scientific medicine, the taken are very often carefully put away test the strength of their faith and the general run of natives have greater con- or taken in improper doses or when it is reality of their conversion. With strong fidence than they have in the represen- convenient to the patient. To keep a emotions they easily enthuse, and their tatives of modern medical science. There wound clean is something that seems convictions are carried by storm. In too is, however, one portion of our field almost impossible for them to do. When many instances this is followed by a that is very poorly provided and where a a man is sick he will not eat till he feels reaction; the ordinary exercises cease medical missionary is indeed a necessity. inclined, and there will be but a feeble atto interest; they seem to pine for some- I refer to the hill districts of Kumaon tempt made to make him do so. Again thing new, and their faith vacillates and Gurhwal. We have in these districts and again I have seen patients dying amidst the ebb and flow of conflicting three mission dispensaries, they being at from lack of proper nourishment, simply influences, good and bad. With great Pithoragarh, Dwarahat and Pauri. In because the patient refused to take anyimpressibility of temperament, there is these places we have small Christian thing and his friends were too apathetic often an incapacity for sustained effort, communities.
to insist on his doing so. and a fickle yearning after innovation It is not so much for our own people It is strange how much they will that gives frequent anxiety to their pas- that we have these institutious as for the patiently suffer at the hands of the irregtors and teachers.
many thousands of heathens around, ular practitioners who are to be found The reading of agnostic literature in who, but for the aid we give them would everywhere. An old man has just left the shape of cheap books and news- have none at all, for the government has my presence, who though he has been papers has encouraged a certain latitu- no dispensaries of its own in these out of associated with Europeans all his life, dinarianism of sentiment and a love of the way places. Were it not for their went to one of these men to be operated speculation, which sometimes finds ex- presence we might be having similar on for cataract. The result was his sight pression and calls for rebuke. A demo- painful occurrences in the families of the was not improved and the eye spoiled for cratic spirit also asserts itself in an im. missionaries and their converts, as have any better operation. The operation for patience of the restraints of rules, and been known to occur in the families of cataract as performed by these charlatans a claim to have a voice in the direction of the tea planters, such as a mother losing is simply introducing the point of an unchurch affairs, “the same as American two of her children without being able cleanly looking knife through the cornea men."
to obtain any medical aid for them. and pushing the lens back into the posteWhile this liberalizing tendency on the The government, to encourage us in rior chamber of the eye. If the case is part of a few volatile spirits causes us the good work, grants a yearly supply of not successful the patient curses the opsome solicitude, we are able to gather medicines together with surgical instru- erator and every member of his family comfort from the steady faith, integrity ments and appliances, and also helps in to the third and fourth generations, of life, and unshaken loyalty of a large building the dispensaries. The grant of while the operator shrugs his shoulders number of our Japanese members. The medicines is however inadequate, and has and remarks, “it was fated.” older and more experienced members are to be added to from the allowance grant- The cutting for stone is indeed a search the life and stay of the church, and have ed by the Missionary Society, The in the dark for they use no staff, their walked with even footsteps from the day native doctors in charge of these institu. only guide being a finger introduced into of their conversion until now. Had this tions are native Christian men who have the bowel. However, every year finds a mission done no other work than to mold been trained by medical missionaries and steady advance in favor of a more enthe characters of men like these-of Og- are competent to treat all ordinary ail- lightened practice, and the better educaata, for instance, who is now an ordain- ments and to meet all surgical emergen- ted are growing to appreciate the skill ed missionary of our Church in Japan, cies. One of them is quite a skillful of English surgeons. and of half a dozen whose names I might operator and has performed moro major Our largest dispensary is the one at mention whose lives “adorn the doc-operations, especially that for stone in Pithoragarh. It has attached to it rooms