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The American Missionary — Volume 41, No. 4, April, 1887

The American Missionary — Volume 41, No. 4, April, 1887
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Title: The American Missionary — Volume 41, No. 4, April, 1887
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APRIL, 1887.


NO. 4.


Financial, 97
Consecration of Wealth, 98
New Pastor Park St. Church, 99
Decision of Supreme Court Regarding the Chinese, 100
Chinese Indemnity Bill, 101
Treatment of the Indians, 102
The Color Question Again, 103
Paragraphs, 104
Henry Ward Beecher, 105
The Negro on the Negro, 106
Religious Doggerel, 109
Notes in the Saddle. Supt. C. J. Ryder, 111
Revival at Atlanta University, 113
Visit to Mt. Hermon, 114
Dedication of Lincoln Memorial Church, 115
Evidences of Progress, 116
Our Deacon, 117
From Rev. A. F. Newton, 118
How to Organize and Conduct a Ladies’ Missionary Society—Secret Societies among the Colored People, 120
The Way to Do It, 122



Rooms, 56 Reade Street.

Price, 50 Cents a Year, In Advance.

Entered at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., as second-class matter.

American Missionary Association.

President, Hon. Wm. B. Washburn, LL.D., Mass.

Vice Presidents.
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, Mo.
Corresponding Secretary.
Rev. M. E. Strieby, D.D., 56 Reade Street, N. Y.
Associate Corresponding Secretaries.
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.
Peter McCartee.Chas. P. Peirce.
Executive Committee.
John H. Washburn, Chairman.A. P. Foster, Secretary.
For Three Years.For Two Years.For One Year.
S. B. Halliday.J. E. Rankin.Lyman Abbott.
Samuel Holmes.Wm. H. Ward.A. S. Barnes.
Samuel S. Marples.J. W. Cooper.J. R. Danforth.
Charles L. Mead.John H. Washburn.Clinton B. Fisk.
Elbert B. Monroe.Edmund L. Champlin.A. P. Foster.
District Secretaries.
Rev. C. L. Woodworth, D.D., 21 Cong’l House, Boston.
Rev. J. E. Roy, D.D., 151 Washington Street, Chicago.
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.
Secretary, Miss D. E. Emerson, 56 Reade Street, N. Y.


Relating to the work of the Association may be addressed to the CorrespondingSecretaries; those relating to the collecting fields, to Rev. James Powell, D.D., or tothe District Secretaries; letters for “The American Missionary,” to the Editor, at theNew York Office.


In drafts, checks, registered letters or post office orders may be sent to H. W. Hubbard,Treasurer, 56 Reade Street, New York, or, when more convenient, to either of the BranchOffices, 21 Congregational House, Boston, Mass., or 151 Washington Street, Chicago, Ill.A payment of thirty dollars at one time constitutes a Life Member.


I bequeath to my executor (or executors) the sum of —— dollars, in trust, to paythe same in —— days after my decease to the person who, when the same is payable, shallact as Treasurer of the ‘American Missionary Association,’ of New York City, to be applied,under the direction of the Executive Committee of the Association, to its charitable uses andpurposes.” The Will should be attested by three witnesses.

American Missionary.

Vol. XLI.
APRIL, 1887.
No. 4.

American Missionary Association.


It is with great regret that we call the attention of our readers to ourdiminishing receipts. We have been cherishing the hope that we wouldbe spared this necessity. But the receipts in February are so muchbelow the receipts of the corresponding month of the previous year, thatunless the loss is quickly retrieved we shall be embarrassed all the rest ofthe year. In February, a year ago, we received $21,897.74. Last Februarywe received only $12,389.79. This is a loss of $9,507.95. UntilFebruary we were well ahead of last year. But the drop is so great thatour total receipts up to the first of March are $3,438.16 less than theywere at the same time the preceding year. In church collections and individualdonations, we are behind $5,389.31! We earnestly ask theattention of all the friends of the American Missionary Association to thesefacts. What is the reason for so heavy a falling off? Are we failing tokeep the necessities of our work before the churches? In our thoughtthat the Association was getting nicely out of the woods, have we relaxedour efforts and allowed other things to slip in and crowd the Associationout? Something has happened. That during the month of February—whichought to be one of the best months in the year—only a little over$12,000 should find its way into our treasury, is occasion for anxiety. Wehave had our bills to pay and we have borrowed the money and paidthem. In so doing we have incurred a debt. We could not avoid it withoutleaving our missionaries unpaid. We must speedily be reimbursed, orelse back again into the hated bondage and hindrance of financial embarrassmentwe inevitably fall. We appeal to our friends to spare us thishumiliation and vexation. We ask this favor, namely: Will pastors andindividual friends please take this question of our outlook upon theirminds and hearts and make an earnest effort to increase contributions toour work from this time forward? Will they try, during this month and[Pg 98]the months intervening before summer vacation, to secure so much to ourtreasury that during the summer months we shall be spared the agony ofspecial appeals and special efforts? “A prudent man foreseeth theevil and hideth himself.” We are urged to be prudent now by the veryunpleasant memories of what we have been obliged to do every summer,for several years past. Will you join us in foreseeing the evil and help usto avoid it?

We are from time to time reminded that the old abolition friends of theA. M. A. are rapidly passing away. They will soon all be gone. Therewas something in their friendship that challenges our admiration. Theygave the Association such a hearty support that there could be no questionbut that prayer and gifts went together. So also they have in manyinstances shown the wisdom of giving generously during life. The recentdeath of Mr. Lewis S. Swezey, of Rockford, Ill., gives emphasis to thesethoughts. He helped organize the Liberty Party, and was one of a fewwho first voted in the town of Rockford for Birney for President. Thoughhis whole estate did not amount to more than $10,000, he gave to theAssociation a one thousand dollar bond in 1885, and another amounting toseven hundred and fourteen dollars in 1886. At his death he left theAssociation a life policy of $2,000, and $500 in his will. He made theA. M. A. his residuary legatee, from which our treasury will probablyrealize about $5,000. His sympathy for the colored people may be seenin the fact that one of the last acts of his life was to give a poor old coloredwoman in Rockford a hundred dollars to repair her house. When dyinghe said to his wife, “This seems like crossing the river,” and in responseto the question, “How does it look on the other side?” replied, “Verybright, very bright.” And no wonder. He had laid up his treasureswhere neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not breakthrough nor steal. Money given to the Lord during life is followed withno regrets at the dying hour. Were Christians thoroughly possessed ofthe conviction that such work as the A. M. A. is doing must be prosecutedand sustained as a religious duty, we believe their offerings would befar more generous than they are. A sense of duty as expressed in theirgifts would be accompanied by a sense of delight. Our prayer is that thesurviving old abolition friends may be long spared us, and that theplaces of those who have fallen may be speedily filled with worthy successors.

“It is with pleasure I assist you. I have made several of our youngladies life members during the past few years, to get them interested inthe A. M. A. Anything I can do to help on the good work, be sure andcall on me for, and I will do all I can for you.”

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“I think the placing of the work of the Association before individualchurch members is productive of good results, as I find that only thosewell informed of the Society’s needs contribute regularly and liberally toits support.”

“We are to make a careful canvass of our congregation, with a view toincreasing our missionary offerings, and securing a larger number of regularreaders for our missionary magazine. Can you send us ten or a dozencopies of The American Missionary to be used by our district visitors?”

“My gifts to the A. M. A. have been necessarily reduced to meet mychange in circumstances. I gave five dollars at our last collection, whichwas the price of a cushion in my pew. I believe that under the circumstancesthe hard side of a board will be softer than the soft side of a cushion.There is no special merit

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