The American Missionary — Volume 36, No. 3, March, 1882
|So Far—Pamphlet No. 7||65|
|Arthington Mission—A Parallel||67|
|Latest News from Rev. H. M. Ladd||68|
|Map of Mission in Eastern Africa||69|
|The Slave Music of the South, by Rev. Geo. H. Griffin||70|
|Round the World||72|
|General Notes—Africa, Indians, Chinese||74|
|A Blind Sampson, by Rev. A. J. Biddle||77|
|Twenty Years After Freedom (with cuts)||78|
|Emerson Institute, Mobile, Ala., Burned||80|
|Christmas at Spokan Falls, W. T., Etc.||82|
|Clippings from forthcoming Annual Reportof our California Auxiliary||82|
|Boy Life in China||83|
American Missionary Association,
56 READE STREET, NEW YORK.
President, Hon. WM. B. WASHBURN, Mass.
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. Letters relating to boxes and barrels of clothing maybe addressed to the persons above named.
FORM OF A BEQUEST.
“I bequeath to my executor (or executors) the sum of ——dollars, in trust, to pay the same in —— days after my decease tothe person who, when the same is payable, shall act as Treasurerof the ‘American Missionary Association’ of New York City, to beapplied, under the direction of the Executive Committee of theAssociation, to its charitable uses and purposes.” The Will shouldbe attested by three witnesses.
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.
One-third of the fiscal year of this Association ended January31. Our friends will be glad to learn of our progress so far. Ourannual meeting, after careful deliberation, decided that $300,000(or 23 per cent. more than last year) would be needed for thegrowing work of this year; and we have been obliged to expend morethan one-third of this amount, showing that our estimate was nonetoo large.
Our receipts for the four months ending January 31 have been$83,893.39. Of this amount $9,191.72 was received in legacies,and $74,701.67 from other sources. There has been a decrease inlegacies of $3,132.28, and an increase from other sources of$16,601.18, making a total increase of $13,468.90, or a little morethan 19 per cent. over that of last year instead of the 23 percent. asked for.
It will be seen that during the remaining eight months not only the$200,000 allotted for that time must be raised, but also $16,107 ofdeficiency. This will require an increase of 25 per cent. over theincome for the corresponding months of last year.
The increase of receipts from living donors is gratifying, and weappeal with great confidence to those who have given to add totheir gifts, and to those who have not yet contributed to increasethe amount of their usual donations, so that the treasury of theLord may be full, and that the work be not hindered.
We have just published Pamphlet No. 7 of our series,containing the address of President E. H. Fairchild, D.D., atWorcester, on “God’s Designs for and through the Negro Race,” and“Missions the Work of this Era,” by Rev. M. E. Strieby, D.D. Copieswill be sent free on application.
We have received recent letters of a hopeful character from ourMendi Mission. Rev. J. M. Williams, after a preaching tour amongthe native villages, returned suffering from a serious illness fromwhich he appears to be recovering. A neat tombstone has been placedover the remains of Rev. Kelly M. Kemp at the Good Hope Station.
Messrs. D. Lothrop & Co. have done good service in publishing“Around the World Tour of Missions,” by Mr. W. F. Bainbridge. Thebook purports to give a universal survey of Christian Missions, andcontains in its appendix a list of missionary societies, home andforeign. The amount of information in its 582 pages is a valuablecontribution to the missionary literature of the day.
A friend sending a donation to constitute a life member says: “Ibelieve that this makes twenty-six life members which I have madeduring the last eight or ten years. Were you to ask me to-day togive you the full sum, $780, I could not do it, but as it came by$30 at a time, I have not felt it, but have been made happy inmaking others to rejoice by a small amount yearly given to yoursociety. Why not urge others to adopt some such system of giving?”
We publish elsewhere an account of the burning of theCongregational church and school building of the Emerson Institute,Mobile, Ala. The origin of the fire is indicated by the followingoffer of reward: “$300 reward. The undersigned will pay the abovereward of $300 for the arrest, conviction and punishment of anyperson or persons who set fire to any of the following buildings,to wit: Residence of John F. Cotham, house of Annie C. Sullivan,house belonging to estate of Boulo, Congregational Church building.A. P. BUSH, President Mobile Board of Underwriters.”
The school was enjoying a winter of unusual prosperity at the timeof the fire, and as will be seen by the communication referred toit has made temporary arrangements for the continuation of its work.
Our newly-appointed business agent for the Mendi Mission, Mr. I.J. St. John, in describing his journey from Freetown, West Africa,to our Good Hope Station, writes: “Mr. Hall and myself had been onthe water in a boat with nothing but the soft side of a hard boardto sit on and sleep on for three days and two nights, with nothingto eat but bread and strawberry jam. The worst of it was the boardeach of us had was only fourteen inches wide and four feet long.”These brethren will watch with special interest the report of thereceipts for the John Brown Steamer, which we shall commence tobuild as soon as the money is assured. We trust the friends of thisAssociation will keep right on furnishing funds for this object.About one-third of the $10,000 needful has been subscribed.
ARTHINGTON MISSION.—A PARALLEL.
The enterprises of different nationalities operating innortheastern Africa are continually converging about Khartoum,which, during the past three years, has been transformed inappearance from an African to a semi-European city. Good houses andextensive stores have been constructed, and at present all suppliesrequired by modern civilization are furnished.
The activity in this locality is indicated by some of the followingcircumstances: Recently Mr. Goodwin, engineer at Cairo, reported tothe Egyptian government the necessity of prolonging the railroadsof lower Egypt to the Egyptian Soudan. A Spanish association isplanning an expedition from Korosko to the Albert Lake. Agents ofthe Italian Society of Commerce are on their way to Khartoum formercantile purposes. The English government contemplate locatingconsuls south of the desert, both at Souakim and Khartoum. Aspecial interest seems just now to be taken in the Galla country.Baron Müller, with a German expedition, is heading towards thislocality. Piaggia is at Khartoum, from whence he purposes topenetrate the same region. There is also reason to believe thatCount Pennazzi is already making his explorations in that country.
We are chiefly interested, however, in an enterprise which isparallel to our proposed Arthington Mission.
It appears that a Swedish missionary society, founded in 1856,was organized with a purpose to labor among the Gallas, reachingtheir country via Khartoum and the Blue Nile. The society seems tohave been delayed and embarrassed in its operations, so much sothat it decided in 1866 to locate its stations at Massaoua and itsimmediate neighborhood on the Red Sea. Here it gave instruction tosome 200 children, boys and girls, at its three stations. Some ofthese children were pure heathen from the Galla tribes, and othersbelonged to the Abyssinian church.
In 1877 Galla merchants came from Jemma, south of Abyssinia, andanxiously requested that teachers be sent them. No Europeans atthat time could enter the country. Consequently three nativeyouths, who had been brought up at the mission schools and whoburned with zeal to carry the gospel of Christ to their fellowcountrymen, returned with the traders and established a mission forAbyssinian and Galla children at Godjam, and began to preach to thepeople, who seemed very willing to hear the glad tidings. Neitherlanguage nor climate could hinder these, as they do Europeans.
The Swedish Society, however, has recently resolved to return toits original purpose, and already one of its missionaries, Mr.Arrhenius, accompanied by Onesimus, an Abyssinian by birth, andanother fellow laborer, are supposed to be on their way to Enarea,via Berber, Khartoum and the Blue Nile, to found a mission inSouthern Abyssinia. Mr. Arrhenius purposed to leave for the GallaCountry November, 1881, and it is not improbable that he may havefallen in with Messrs. Ladd and Snow, at Khartoum. By reference tothe accompanying map it will be seen that Enarea lies in about thesame latitude as the mouth of the Sobat, on the White Nile, beingsituated some 400 miles from it in an easterly direction. Both ofthese points lie in the territory designated by Mr. Arthington. Atthe latter, it will be remembered, we somewhat expect to locateour first mission station.