The American Missionary — Volume 41, No. 9, September, 1887
The American Missionary
|Increased Size of the Present Number,||243|
|Things to be Remembered—No. 4,||245|
|The Glenn Bill in the Georgia Legislature,||247|
|Georgia’s Need of Teachers,||265|
|Le Moyne Institute,||266|
|California as a Missionary Field,||267|
|Graduating Address of Yan Phou Lee at Yale College,||269|
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President, Hon. Wm. B. Washburn, LL.D., Mass.
|Rev. A. J. F. Behrends, D.D., N.Y.||Rev. Alex. McKenzie, D.D., Mass.|
|Rev. F. A. Noble, D.D., Ill.||Rev. D. O. Mears, D.D., Mass.|
|Rev. Henry Hopkins, D.D., Mo.|
Rev. M. E. Strieby, D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
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Rev. James Powell, D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
Rev. A. F. Beard, D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
H. W. Hubbard, Esq., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
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|John H. Washburn, Chairman.||A. P. Foster, Secretary.|
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|Financial Secretary for Indian Missions.||Field Superintendent.|
|Rev. Charles W. Shelton.||Rev. C. J. Ryder, 56 Reade Street, N.Y.|
Bureau of Woman’s Work.
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For notice of Annual Meeting see last page of cover.
The present number of the Missionary is eight pages largerthan usual. We devote it chiefly to a broadside on Georgia’sTeachers’ Chain-Gang Bill. The importance of the subject warrantsit. Valuable matter is crowded out in consequence.
We have again reached the last month of our fiscal year. What ourfriends do this month will determine whether the year closes witha debt. The receipts for July, which we publish in this number,are not pleasant to look at. As compared with the July receiptslast year, they are nearly seventeen thousand dollars less, andthe total receipts for the year from churches and individuals, ascompared with the total receipts at the same time the precedingyear, are nearly twenty thousand dollars less. Dr. Dana’s Fourth ofJuly appeal, and Miss Auld’s appeal to the ladies last year, willin part account for the falling off. The excessively warm weatherduring July, greatly reducing the congregations, has doubtlesshad an influence. But whatever the cause, our receipts are behindto an extent that threatens injury to our work, and this month isthe last we have in which to ward off the double evil—debt andcurtailment of work. What we do must be done quickly.
We invite our friends to serious thoughtfulness preceding action.They know better what to do than we can advise. We earnestly pleadfor the co-operating help of every one of them.
(1) We solicit a personal contribution from all who are able togive, and the influence of word and pen from all who can induceothers to make a contribution. Please bring our needs to theattention of the prayer-meeting, the missionary concert and theSabbath congregation.
(2) We request all churches that have made us no contributionduring the year, (and there are some who have made us nocontribution for several years), to be sure and give us acontribution this month. You see the work of the AmericanMissionary Association is to be benefited or injured all throughnext year by what the churches do this month.
Friends, what answer will you make to this statement of facts welay before you? You know that enemies of our work in the South areproposing the chain-gang for our teachers. They are not satisfiedwith ostracizing them from society, they propose to punish them ascriminals because they preach the gospel to the poor and befriendthe oppressed. Will you allow the work to suffer in the day when itis assailed? Must we retrench, cut down, withdraw, at such a timeas this? We cannot believe that our friends will sanction it. Letthere be this month such a rally to the defense and maintenance ofour God-appointed mission as was never known in all our history.Let everybody have a chance to give, and let everybody give, be itmuch or little.
A poor colored woman, living near one of our charteredinstitutions, and taking a deep interest in the education of itsstudents, has recently given her little home, paid for by savingsfrom small wages, to this institution for the benefit of itsstudents. This is larger than some of the first ministerial giftsto Harvard University, and is a good omen and prophecy.
The name of California is so much associated with the idea of goldthat it is easy to imagine that it is a wealthy State. And it iswealthy. How easy to think the next thought; being wealthy it oughtto do more for mission work within its borders. That, however, doesnot prove that it will or that it can be reasonably expected to domore. If only the wealth was in the hands of Christian people—ah,yes, if only. Please find Rev. Mr. Pond’s article on another pageand read it. His facts are unquestioned and his meditations willbear meditation.
Mr. Yan Phou Lee, the young Chinese gentleman who was graduatedby Yale College in its last class, delivered an address on theoccasion of his graduation that elicited the hearty applause ofthose who heard it, and the widespread favorable comment of thepress, secular and religious. Our readers will find this address onanother page. Mr. Lee shows himself thoroughly competent to discussthe Chinese question. His words should have a wide reading. Mr. Leeexpects to attend our Annual Meeting, at Portland, and we shallhope to hear from him again.
The Christian Mirror, Portland, Me., Rev. I. P. Warren, D.D.,editor, had in one of its issues not long since a rousing editorialon the approaching meeting of the A. M. A. in Portland. It predictsa meeting “of much interest both because of the work itself andthe eminence of many of the persons whom it will bring hither,” andcloses with the earnest advice, “Let all the friends of humanitylay their plans to attend.”
The Savannah News, speaking of the Glenn Bill, has the followingto say:
“Perhaps it may teach a lesson to the over-zealous individuals inthe North who use their money in efforts to bring about socialequality in the South through the schools.”
We regret to have such sentiments promulgated. They are utterlymisrepresentative. The bugbear of “social equality” so distorts thevision of our Southern friends that they seem incapable of seeingthings as they are. “Over-zealous individuals in the North” havehelped Georgia through their missionary schools in a way that hasgiven inspiration and progress to education, religion, morality andindustry all over the State, especially among colored people. Theydeserve thanks, not misrepresentative sneers.
THINGS TO BE REMEMBERED—NO 4.
The Duty: To preach the Gospel to every creature, in the shortestpossible time, is the duty laid upon the church by the lastcommand of her King. The part of the work assigned to us is to bedetermined by our surroundings, and especially by our opportunitiesto reach the unsaved races of men. We are bound to put in our laborwhere it will go farthest and move greatest masses of men towardsGod. If we find that the “dark lands” can best be reached throughtheir children on these shores, then must we seek and save thechildren for the sake of their kindred.
Take now the map of the world and turn to Asia; the merestglance shows that our nearest point to that greatest of theWorld’s divisions is the California coast. On that coast the oldcivilization and the new stand face to face. There, too, meet theold Paganism and the newer Christianity, and there, emphatically,will be the battle-ground between the past and the present, thefalse and the true. As Christian men we mean to regenerate theAsiatic continent, and in particular the Mongolian race. If ourBibles left us in doubt our geographies would show that the Pacificcoast was the spot on which to initiate a Christian movementfor the capture of China. And anyone can see that Paganism andChristianity are now in contact on that coast, and one or theother will soon be master. If only for the honor of our faith,we must accept the contest and abide the