The American Missionary — Volume 36, No. 2, February, 1882
Entered at the Post-Office at New York, N.Y., as second classmatter.
|Paragraph—That Three Hundred Thousand Dollars||33|
|The Nashville Conference||34|
|General Notes—Africa, Indians, Chinese||37|
|Chinese Funeral Procession (cut)||39|
|Buildings at Tougaloo, Miss.—By Rev. A. Hatch||46|
|Cut of Strieby Hall||47|
|Industrial Work at Tougaloo—By Pres. G. S. Pope||48|
|Missionary Work at New Orleans—By Miss Lena Saunders||50|
|Storrs Church, Atlanta, Ga.—By Rev. Evarts Kent||51|
|Extract from Letters of Rev. H. M. Ladd||51|
|Notes from the Field—By Rev. W. C. Pond||52|
|AIM, STATISTICS, WANTS, ETC.||62|
American Missionary Association,
56 READE STREET, NEW YORK
President, Hon. WM. B. WASHBURN, Mass.
Rev. M. E. STRIEBY. D.D., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
H. W. HUBBARD, Esq., 56 Reade Street, N.Y.
Rev. C. L. WOODWORTH, Boston. Rev. G. D. PIKE, D.D., New York.
Rev. JAMES POWELL, Chicago.
relating to the work of the Association may be addressed to theCorresponding Secretary; those relating to the collecting fields,to the District Secretaries; letters for the Editor of the“American Missionary,” to Rev. G. D. Pike, D.D., at the New YorkOffice.
DONATIONS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
may be sent to H. W. Hubbard, Treasurer, 56 Reade Street, New York,or, when more convenient, to either of the Branch Offices, Rev. C.L. Woodworth, Dist. Sec., 21 Congregational House, Boston, Mass.,or Rev. James Powell, Dist. Sec., 112 West Washington Street,Chicago, Ill. A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes aLife Member.
The Annual Report of the A. M. A. contains the Constitution of theAssociation and the By-Laws of the Executive Committee. A copy willbe sent free on application.
American Missionary Association.
A portion of this number of the American Missionary isfilled with a complete list of the names of the persons appointedfor the current year to the missionary fields at home and abroadwhere this Association carries on its work. The work and theworkers are earnestly commended to the sympathies and prayers ofthe disciples of the Lord everywhere.
THAT THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
It is needed, and that is just why we fixed upon the amount. We arenot seeking to put forth a single effort or to carry out a solitarymeasure not strenuously demanded by the circumstances. We thinkProvidence has plainly indicated to us that we should enlarge ouroperations at some points and inaugurate new work at other points.Of this we have been doubly assured by proffered gifts for specificwork that needed greatly to be done.
We have accepted the gifts in faith, fully aware that by so doingwe have placed ourselves under greater obligations than ever. IfGod, however, has moved upon the hearts of good people to providebuildings and funds for aggressive missionary endeavors, is itnot evident that He designs to sustain the work in its properdevelopment? His promises and providences surely warrant us in thisbelief. The funds needful for carrying out the Lord’s plans can besecured. Our concern is to understand and perform what we ought todo to obtain them.
We make our appeal, first, to the churches. Is this Association onyour list of charities, and does it receive attention at least oncea year? Do you take the collection for it in the best way? Do yougive it a place in the monthly concert? Is it remembered in theSabbath School?
We appeal, secondly, to individuals. When you provide for thecharities of the year, do you make a liberal provision for theredemption of the colored races in our land? Do you keep inmind their relations to the highest welfare of the country? Doyou remember what part the negroes and Chinamen may take in theconversion of Africa and China? May we not rely upon your giftseven by hundreds and thousands as the months go on? We want thatthree hundred thousand dollars; and nothing is more sure thanthat it will come, provided churches in their several capacities,and individuals in their large-hearted benevolence, will respondpromptly and prayerfully, according to their ability. If men andwomen are ready to enter the dens of darkness and sin, to baffleand destroy not the troublesome wolf—like young Putnam in ournation’s early history—but Satan and his wicked devices, surely weought to be willing to furnish and hold the ropes.
THE NASHVILLE CONFERENCE.
A Conference of officers and workers of the American MissionaryAssociation was held at Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 26and 27. There were present ex-Gov. Washburn, of Massachusetts, therecently elected President of the Association; Rev. W. H. Ward,D.D., and C. L. Mead, Esq., of New York, members of the ExecutiveCommittee; Sec. Strieby, and Dr. Roy, Field Secretary. The teachingforce was represented by Pres. Cravath and Prof. Spence, ofNashville, Tenn.; Pres. Ware and Prof. Farnham, of Atlanta, Ga.;Pres. DeForest and Prof. Andrews, of Talladega, Ala.; Pres. Popeand Prof. Hatch, of Tougaloo, Miss.; Pres. Alexander and Prof.Jewett, of New Orleans, La.; Prof. Wright, of Savannah, Ga.; Prof.Gordon, of Charleston, S.C.; Prof. Steele, of Memphis, Tenn.; Prof.Hodge, of Macon, Ga.; and Rev. O. D. Crawford, of Mobile, Ala. Gen.Armstrong, of Hampton, Va., and Pres. Fairchild, of Berea, Ky.,though not directly connected with the Association, were present byinvitation and added largely to the interest of the gathering.
The meeting was convened to consider the whole educational workof the Association in the South—with a view to its unity andefficiency. Many of the teachers present had been long in theservice and brought to the discussion the benefits of largeexperience and wide observation in regard to the educationalaptitudes and progress of the colored people.
Among the results were
1. That while the mass of this race must be educated for thecommon walks of life, yet a competent number must be trained asleaders in their progress; and as essential thereto, they needmany a Moses and many an Aaron, and these must be of their ownrace. For these the best facilities ought to be furnished, andsuch facilities should be near at hand. Statistics were presentedshowing that at the West as well as at the South the students inthe colleges were from the immediate vicinity. Many a young mangets a thorough education when the college is near who never wouldget it if the college were distant. This is especially true of thecolored student, who can find work or teaching and cheap board nearhome, which he could not find at a distance, to say nothing of theexpense of travel. In view of the facts, the Conference recommendedto the Association to strengthen the college departments inAtlanta and Fisk, and introduce college studies in Talladega andStraight as fast as the means and the fit student material wouldjustify.
2. It was shown that more and better theological instruction isneeded for the Freedmen. No race can rise without an intelligentministry. The young colored people of the present generation havehad some education themselves and demand better educated ministers,and the half million of children now in school will contemnreligion or become infidels if left to the teachings of ignorantpulpits. The Association was asked by the Conference to establish,in addition to the Theological Department in Howard University, aTheological Seminary further South, as soon as practicable, and tosustain in efficiency the Theological Departments at Talladega andStraight.
3. The review of the Industrial Departments was interestingand satisfactory. The farm at Tougaloo produces largely thesupply for boarding-house table, and furnishes something forexport—especially strawberries. At Talladega the land is neitherextensive nor very fertile, yet yields fairly. Both farms furnishlabor for the boys, and the boarding departments there, as also inAtlanta, Fisk and elsewhere, give employment to the girls. TheseIndustrial Departments do not pay pecuniarily, but they do payin healthy mental and moral stamina, and in a preparation forpractical life. In view, however, of the difficulty in managementand marketing, no additional farm industries were recommended.
4. Much time was given and much interest manifested in discussingthe grading and unifying of the normal and preparatory schools,and their relations to the higher institutions. Our most effectivework is felt to be here, for in these schools we meet the wantsof the masses directly, and lay the foundations for what we do inthe schools more advanced. The results of the Conference in thisregard, will, we are persuaded, secure greater unity and efficiencyin object-lesson teaching, normal training and practical businesseducation, as well as in giving more thorough preparation to thosewho may enter the colleges.
Among the important results of the meeting are the betteracquaintance acquired by the teachers of each other and of thework; and by the officers of the Association of the great anddiversified interests intrusted to its care.
A significant and encouraging fact in the progress of the meetingwas the voluntary and very welcome presence of Dr. J. BerrienLindsley, Secretary of the State Board of Education, and Mr. Doak,State Superintendent of Education. These gentlemen expressed, inthe strongest terms, their high appreciation of the work the A. M. A.is doing in the South, and from their position and opportunitiesfew men have better knowledge on the subject than they.
The day is not far distant when the South and North will see eyeto eye, and will work hand to hand in the great endeavor toelevate the colored race, and the A. M. A. may well rejoice in thepart she is taking in bringing about this harmony, and in the greatachievement to be attained.
We would again remind our readers that our Annual Reportis ready for distribution, and we shall be glad to send it to anywho wish a copy, and will so signify to us by postal card or letter.
The Work At Home, a monthly record of the Woman’s HomeMissionary Association, is gotten up in an attractive manner;price, 25 cents per annum, subscriptions to be sent to Miss LauraW. Bliss, 20 Congregational House, Boston, Mass. We bid thepublication God-speed.
We are happy to announce that through the liberality ofMr. Edward Smith, of Enfield, Mass., we have