The American Missionary — Volume 36, No. 7, July, 1882
|Death of Wm. E. Whiting||194|
|The New Law and Our Work||195|
|General Notes—Chinese, Indians, Africa||196|
|Seeking a Wife in Tartary (Cut)||197|
|Fisk University, Nashville||202|
|Tougaloo University, Miss.||204|
|Howard University, Washington||205|
|Avery Institute, Charleston||205|
|Beach Institute, Savannah||206|
|Peeping Through (Cut)||207|
|Emerson Institute, Mobile||207|
|North Carolina Conference||208|
|Women’s Missionary Association at Marion, Ala.||210|
|Mr. Ladd’s Journal||211|
|New Church at Dunginess||215|
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American Missionary Association.
Our readers will find in this number of the Missionaryreports of the anniversaries of seven of our institutions. Otherreports will appear in our next issue.
It will be seen that the number of pupils in the higher grades ofstudy has been unusually large and that the boarding departmentshave been crowded as never before.
We opened during the year new dormitory buildings at NewOrleans, Tougaloo and Talladega. These have given much neededaccommodations. By autumn, Livingstone Missionary Hall at Nashvillewill be ready for occupancy, affording rooms for 140 boardersbesides chapel, library and recitation rooms. Stone Hall at Atlantawill also be completed, which, though not a dormitory building,will nevertheless relieve the other buildings so that greateraccommodations for students can be secured; but still the pressingneed at Atlanta will be more room for the girls’ department.
The growth of interest among the colored people in our schools isoutstripping the growth of conveniences for them, and new dormitorybuildings at several points are becoming an imperative necessity.There are many reasons for this condition of affairs. One is therighteous purpose exhibited in the work of the A. M. A. South. Bothwhites and blacks realize that our institutions are based uponthe great fundamental principles of the Gospel. They witness theself-sacrifice of the teachers, their prayerful devotion to thewelfare of their pupils, the frequent revivals resulting from theirefforts, the large number of students sent forth to teach, andthe churches planted and supplied with a responsible and educatedministry. The work done inspires confidence.
Some time since, the principal of a colored institution receivedan honorary degree from a Southern college, whose trustees hadobserved his work for a series of years. When conferring thedegree, they said: “We recognize your fidelity to the principlesof those who sent you forth.” It is fidelity to the principlesthat have actuated the A. M. A. for nearly forty years that iswinning the hearts of the people, and every year confirms theconviction that we have only to press forward with renewed energyand perseverance in order to achieve the best results for the wholesouthern portion of our country.
The fathers are passing away. The death of Wm. E. Whiting, whichoccurred June 3, removes one of the most familiar names in theannals of the American Missionary Association. He was chosenmember of the Executive Committee at the first election, and nocomplete list of the officers of the Association has been publishedsince, that does not contain his name. Of that first list but oneman survives him (a Vice-President), and of the administrativeofficers, he was the last. His position has been various; on theExecutive Committee from 1846 to 1871; Assistant Treasurer from1865 to 1875; Vice-President from 1876 till his death. In all Mr.Whiting’s relations to his associates in the office and to theworkers in the field he was ever gentlemanly and courteous; in thedischarge of his duties he was faithful and conscientious. He wasamong the first to enlist in the great anti-slavery struggle, andin the martyr age of that contest he bore his share of contumely,reproach and danger. In his private life and as a member of theChurch of Christ, he had rendered himself so useful and so belovedthat the heartfelt eulogy pronounced upon him at his funeral by hispastor might have seemed overdrawn but for the attesting evidenceof the manly and womanly tears that throughout accompanied theeloquent words.
We were pleased to have a call on the 20th of May from Rev. D. K.Flickinger, the Missionary Secretary of the United Brethren inChrist, who had just returned from a tour of inspection at theShengay Mission in the Sherbro country of West Africa, bringingwith him the Rev. Mr. Gomer, a colored man who is the localSuperintendent of the mission. We gained from them much valuableinformation concerning our own mission among that people. It iswonderful how much exposure that Secretary and his Superintendenthave been able to endure in that climate. We bless God for thegreat work which their church through them is doing for West Africa.
The faculty and students of the Wesleyan Female College atMacon, Ga., on the 12th of May celebrated the birthday of theirbenefactor, Mr. George I. Seney. They sent him a telegraphicgreeting, which he acknowledged. They had music and poetry and alsoan oration by Colonel Hardeman, one of the first orators of theState.
The Christian Recorder, the official organ of the African M. E.Church, thus pronounces its benediction upon Mr. John F. Slater,changing the Spanish Bishop’s cursings upon liberal journalistsinto blessings:
“May Almighty God bless John F. Slater with the perpetualblessings pronounced upon His saints and His angels! May helive with the martyrs and the confessors! May the Lord judgehim as he judged Moses and David and Hezekiah! May the earthpreserve him alive! Let him be blessed day and night, sleepingand waking, in eating, in drinking, and in playing, when hespeaks and when he keeps silence! May not his eyes be blinded,his ears be deaf, and his tongue be dumb! Blessed be everymember of his body! Let him be blessed from to-day and forever!May his sepulchre be that of the saints! May no famished wolvesprey upon his corpse and may his eternal company be that ofMichael and his angels!”
THE NEW LAW AND OUR WORK.
We are mortified that our Government has reversed the traditionsand the precedents which have made our country a home for peoplefrom all parts of the world. The political parties bidding for theprize of the Pacific Coast have humiliated our nation in the eyesof all the others. It were a ludicrous spectacle, if it were not sosad, the great nation of the West receiving at this Atlantic portin a single month 90,000 immigrants of half a dozen nationalitiesand yet shuddering in its Congressional Halls over the 105,000almond-eyed people who in the last score of years have landed atour Pacific harbor. It is a grotesque object lesson which we arenow exhibiting at the Golden Gate—our ministers of Governmentstanding there and watching for any stray vessel ready to sendback the few Chinamen, who, following the star in the east ofChristian civilization, have ventured over the waters to comparewith it their pagan religion. Fifty millions of Christian peopleseem afraid to bring their system into competition with the effetesuperstitions of a hundred thousand heathen sojourners. We havebeen praying that the walls of opposition might be broken down andthe doors opened to the Gospel among the nations; and now whenChina is the answer to that prayer, saying “Come to us” with yourglad tidings, and let some of us go over to eat of the tree of lifein your land, we close the port, we slam the door in their faces.
And how does this new law bear upon our work on the Pacific coast?Will this cutting off of the supply preclude all enlargement of theschool and mission process? May it even call for a curtailment ofour present operations? By no means. We have as a stock on hand,these hundred thousand people, and we should push our evangelizingappliances to their utmost capacity, so as to do the most possiblefor the soul-welfare of those who are left under our influence, notonly for their own good but preeminently that they may be preparedto receive and to help