The American Missionary — Volume 36, No. 10, October, 1882
|Annual Meeting—Last Word, Financial||289|
|National Aid for National Education||292|
|National Education Assembly||293|
|Address of Mr. Butler R. Wilson||294|
|General Notes—Africa, Indians||297|
|Items From the Field||298|
|Studies in the South||299|
|Negro Prayer-Meeting (Cut)||301|
|Dr. Ladd’s Journal||303|
|God Answers Persevering Prayer||310|
|Missionary Class in China (Cut)||312|
|Letter from an African Boy||313|
|A Question of Color||314|
|The Proposed Constitution||318|
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, 50 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.
The Annual Meeting of the American Missionary Association willbe held in Plymouth Church, Cleveland, O., commencing Tuesday,Oct. 24, at 3 P.M. Tuesday afternoon the report of theExecutive Committee, including the Treasurer’s report, will bepresented, and on Tuesday evening the sermon will be preached byRev. C. L. Goodell, D.D., of St. Louis, Mo.
On Wednesday morning the report of the Committee on the Amendmentsto the Constitution will be presented. The succeeding sessionsof Wednesday and Thursday will be occupied with papers andreports of committees, with addresses. On Wednesday and Thursdayevenings, addresses will be given by Rev. A. J. F. Behrends, D.D.,Rev. Atticus G. Haygood, D.D., ex-President Hayes, and otherdistinguished speakers. The names of other speakers and furtherdetails will be published in the religious papers. The Thursdayevening meeting will be a mass meeting at the Cleveland Tabernacle,with addresses upon “The National Problem of Southern Education.”For report of the Committee on the Revision of the Constitution seepage 318.
Rev. C. T. Collins, of Cleveland, is Chairman of the Committee ofArrangements; Rev. H. M. Tenny, Chairman of Committee on ReducedRailroad Rates. Applicants for entertainment will address Mr. S. H.Cowell, Plymouth Church, Cleveland, before Oct. 12. Applicants forreduced hotel rates will apply before Oct. 19.
As we go to press, Sept. 12th, we find that the treasury is lacking$24,028.11 of the $300,000 which was asked for at the last AnnualMeeting, and which the work absolutely demands. We yet have time towipe out this deficit if our friends will respond promptly. Octoberand the next year will have their own burdens to bear, and so, asusual, our books will close with the remittances of September.
“AN ARITHMETICAL PROBLEM.”
Our District Secretary Powell has the art of putting things, andthis is the way he puts the question, how to “reduce 1172 to0000,” i.e., to reduce the number of churches from which nocontribution has been received since last September for the A. M. A.within the States of the Interior, to zero. The answer is,transfer each church to the list of those contributing.—Q. E. D.
A superintendent of our educational work has been appointed by theExecutive Committee, the plan having been approved by a conferenceof our leading workers, held last winter. Professor AlbertSalisbury, of the Wisconsin State Normal, at Whitewater, is theman. In the growth of this department, and in the purpose of the A. M. A.to do the very best work in its institutions, it was foundneedful to secure one who, as an expert in school processes, shouldhelp to the most approved methods of organization, of discipline,of instruction and of unification. Professor Salisbury had beenassigned by his State to the specialty of conducting teachers’institutes. In the same way he will serve our teachers and thenative teachers whom they have raised up. Prominent educators andthe Wisconsin and Boston journals of education have commendedhim as the right man for the place. Dr. Roy will continue in hisservice as Field Superintendent, giving yet more attention to thechurch work.
A mission at Hong Kong had been proposed to this Association asa means of gathering into fellowship the Chinese who may havereturned from this country to their native land as Christians. Itseemed to some that such a work would be cognate to ours on thePacific Coast. But as it is the purpose of the A. M. A. not toextend its missionary operations abroad, our Executive Committeeproposed to the American Board that it take up the mission at HongKong, and so work in harmony with our operations on the coast. Weare glad to report that this overture has been cordially accededto, and that the American Board accepts this “sacred trust.” Andhence the rejoicing of Mr. Pond in his letter, to be found at theproper place. Now, will not our good friends bear in mind ourmission on the Pacific, which is to be a feeder for that one on theopposite coast, and send us such additional funds as will enable usto enlarge our work, and so to help feed the millions of China withthe bread of life?
A series of missionary meetings similar to those held inConnecticut several years ago, and in Ohio three years ago, hasbeen held in sixteen of the leading Congregational Churches ofcentral New York during September. The places were Penn Yan,Norwich, Walton, Utica, Antwerp, Norwood, Sandy Creek, Oswego,Elmira, Ithaca, Canandaigua, Fairport, Lockport, Homer, Binghamtonand Poughkeepsie. The A. B. C. F. M. was represented by Dr. H. C.Haydn, the A. H. M. S. by Rev. C. C. Creegan, the Cong. Union byDr. L. H. Cobb, and the A. M. A. by Drs. O. H. White and J. E. Roy.Pastors and leading laymen bore a good share. A fuller account willbe given next month.
A series of articles, worthy of attention, has recently appearedin the Atlantic Monthly under the title of “Studies in theSouth.” The name of the author is not given, but internalevidence shows that he is a Northern man who went South to studyits problems with an honest purpose to get at the facts ratherthan sustain any pet theories. He was free in his intercourse withpeople of all classes and colors, and is very frank in his reportof what he says. His statements as to the political situation aresomewhat startling, yet correct, as we think. It is, however, hisview of the deeper questions of the condition and prospects of themasses of the people, white and colored, that we are most concernedabout, and we give a few extracts on these points.
It is with profound sorrow that we note the death by drowningof two adult sons of Rev. J. A. R. Rogers, now the pastor of aPresbyterian Church at Shawano, Wis. All our readers are familiarwith the heroic labors and endurance of Mr. Rogers before and afterthe war, in building up the college and church at Berea, Ky. Thenames and birthplaces of the sons are historic. William Norris wasborn at Berea in 1859, and Lewis Fairchild was born in Ohio, whilethe family were in exile on account of the war. The eldest was agraduate of Berea and was a teacher there the last year, active,useful and greatly beloved. Lewis Fairchild at the time of hisdecease was a member of the senior class in Olivet College. “Lovelyand pleasant in their lives; in their death they were not divided.”Multitudes of our friends will be afflicted in this bereavement ofour brother and his companion.
One of our old friends writes: “Do the colleges and literaryinstitutions supported by the A. M. A. prohibit the use of tobacco,as well as of intoxicating liquors, among their students, asOberlin does?” We are happy to inform him and all other friendsthat this is the rule in all of our schools, and that they would bedelighted to observe the freedom of all our school buildings fromthe pollution of tobacco. It is a fine element in the formation ofcharacter, as well as a matter of health and of economy.
NATIONAL AID FOR NATIONAL EDUCATION.
The title is its own argument. It is the instinct ofself-preservation. If one member suffer, the whole body suffers.Congress has adjourned without passing the proposed law. It was toappropriate $10,000,000 annually for five years, and to distributethe same among the States and Territories in the proportion ofilliteracy. There is no doubt that some such bill will yet bepassed. At this ratio, the former slave States would receive sevenand a half millions out of the ten. That the North heartily agreesto this has been a grateful surprise to the South. The scheme wouldnot have been thought of, except for the need of it in that section.
The question may, then, be raised: What would be