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REV. A. W. CLAYTON.
but even that is far from what they expected three been more united, earnest effort on the part of so or four weeks ago.
many in such work anywhere as at that place. We I believe the outlook is promising and encour- expect to complete the church by the first of Sepaging at Sterling, but we are going to have a great tember. Among the interesting experiences of deal to contend with here at Steele, for a few your missionary this quarter is the one of his months at any rate. If we can get the local option camping out again. Important matters of church law passed this fall, there will be some hope for work required him to travel eight miles after dark the place; if not, the prospect will not be by any to the home of a Christian brother. Of course the means bright.
missionary arrived very late. He put up his horse
by “picketing” him out, without attempting to MELLETTE, D. T.
waken the family, and then gently knocked at the
door and listened, but there was no sound within. The past three months have been the most pros- A louder knock and another listening resulted in perous of all the year for the church at Mellette. a similar way. Louder knocks and longer, but At our last communion service four new members still no one roused within. We listened for even were added on profession of faith. Our congrega- one lone snore to break the stillness, but none was tions have been remarkably good every Sabbath. heard. All was still save the gentle rustling of the The Sabbath-school organized last February has leaves, and the contented, happy grunts from a been increasing in interest and numbers. We have “burxh” of some fifty pigs in the neighboring an average attendance of between thirty and forty
pen. scholars, and regard this as one of the most prom- Prolonged knocking with one hand, and a vigorising features for the future prosperity of the ous shaking of the door with the other, echoed on church.
the nightly air, and died away in silence, an unThe congregations at Sims School-house continue
propitious silence as it were, that betokened no about the same as usual, and the Sabbath-school comfortable rest for a weary traveller. “We tried, has a very healthy influence on the community. tried again,” but all in vain. A large freight I have been unanimously invited to labor on this wagon stood in the yard, with a handful of strax charge another year, and have concluded to do so, on the bottom for our bed. A feed of oats in a bag with the endorsement of the Presbytery of Aber- from our carriage was the pillow. Two handkerdeen.
chiefs were our sleeping caps. Our overcoats and We shall have to call upon the Board for nearly the side curtains of our carriage were the blankets, the same amount as last year. Owing to the failure the star-bejewelled sky our roof, and the King of of last year's crops, the people are poor, yet they kings our guardian angel, whose holy name we seem willing to do all they possibly can. The out- thanked and praised in that we had where to lay look in this region of country promises an average our head, and then dropped away into refreshing yield, but no more. Upon the whole, I feel much sleep till suddenly aroused by “Mister, can I get encouraged to labor on with renewed zeal and these gum boots under your head ?” and then the greater activity in this good cause.
good brother's hand seized our pillow, remarking with a laugh, “Oh, these are oats, arn't they?
Well, what in the world are you doing here, any. STEVENSVILLE, MONTANA.
way, Brother Ellis ?” “Getting ready for another
day's work for the Lord; what are you doing.” We are still pressing on. Another church was was our reply. At which he laughed and explained organized this quarter, this time at Grantsdale, that he and his family were sleeping in the granary which is soon to be the terminus of a new railroad. nowadays. The road will probably be completed by fall. Can you not send another man to this field! Eleven have been received into the church thus far Here are now four organized churches and only this quarter, and two infants were baptized.
one man to minister to their wants. The labor is We are busily engaged this summer in erecting too much for one man to do. Please get somea house of worship for the Grantsdale church. body to come over into Bitter Root Valley and All hands are busy at work. Seldom has there help us.
REV. EDWIN M. ELLIS.
(We would gladly correspond with any who
may be seeking work in a new and growing field of labor.)
only seven members, while we have six familjes and perhaps a dozen members in and about the place. Two men stand ready to give $75 to $100 a year toward the support of a resident minister they liked. One could live there and preach at Harrisburg and around, and with possibly $400 and not more than $500 to start on from the Board, get a support on a salary of $800. If you know a young home missionary with pluck and common sense who would like such a work as this in the fairest part of our fair western Oregon, send him
I don't know of a more inviting field where we could have almost our own way than at Junction and Harrisburg.
Our own work in Eugene has gone on after the usual sort. Congregations have kept up well, and the members are united and hopeful.
NAPAVINE, WASH. TER.
REV. T. BROUILLETTE.
EUGENE CITY, OREGON.
REV, GEORGE A. M'KINLAY. This is the only Presbyterian church in Lane county, a county nearly as large as Vermont and not unlike it in shape. I have often thought there must be many people living in its uplands and valleys without the gospel, and my attention has been called to the possibilities of our being able to supply destitute regions. With this in view I spent part of a week in Junction and Harrisburg stations, fifteen to twenty miles away on the railroad to Portland. I spoke at each place on temperance to small audiences, and ascertained as well as I could the religious needs and their supply.
At Harrisburg they have five hundred people, with a Methodist Episcopal South Church building abandoned, though in good condition. A Campbellite building also, where a Sabbath-school is held, and preaching about once in two weeks by that people and the Methodist Episcopal North alternating. A Universalist preacher has preached there too till people quit coming to hear him. Two doctors live here, belonging to the Cumberland church, lately disbanded, who are anxious for exrnest religious work to be done. One is a large landholder, and could aid materially if the work suited him. They would probably go in with us in an effort. Unbelief, spiritualism and liquor have thoroughly impregnated the community, till the better portion have given up disheartened or moved away. Anything done here would require a long, tireless effort, but would repay the toil, as it is a well-to-do locality, being in the centre of a rich farming region.
Junction is this way five miles across the Willamette river, located even in a better region; has five hundred people too, and will probably be the end of the railroad division, with round-house, machine shops and a branch from Corvallis built As soon as the new management can effect it. They have one house of worship, belonging to the Cumberland Presbyterians, though used by all denominations. Preaching there now every Sabbath, which seems to be about the only obstacle to our going in. The Cumberland Presbyterian is the only resident minister. The Cumberlands bave
This quarter has seemed like a very short one. A few trips to this part of the country and a few to that, a few services held here and a few there, and three months have gone before we have realized it, leaving much undone that we should like to have done. Still, by the grace of God, we have been permitted to do something, and we feel that our labors have not been without fruit. Five Sabbathschools have been watched over and strengthened from time to time, according to our opportunities, and five preaching stations have been supplied regularly. This is simply said, but yet it implies very much and very exhausting work. It means walking and horseback riding more than one-half of the time. It means sleeping in a different bed every night one is out, or about one-half of the time. It means sleeping in barns and sheds with little covering and much vermin to keep one in an active frame of mind and body, while the rest of mankind slumbers peacefully. And it means that he who is commissioned to perform this species of labor does not by any means live or “fare sumptuously every day."
But, blessed be the Lord, it means souls won to Christ; it means the establishment of his kingdom in these uttermost parts of the earth ; it means a consciousness of being in the service of our glorious King, and it means a sense of his approbation and blessing. And that is greater reward than the world can give, and happiness of a kind that the world knows not of
Our mission stations are growing little by little, well, and I will bring them here as soon as I can and it is my opinion that the growth will continue They are now on the other side of the Cascade year by year until even this agricultural district Range, where we first intended to remain, near shall become self-supporting. When that state of Tacoma, and where Brothers Mackay and Strange the church here shall be depends upon circum- wished me to stay; but this field having been so stances over which the missionary can have but neglected, and their request being so urgent and little control. The problem will be solved largely the place so important, I was persuaded to come by the tide of immigration and the general pros- here, although getting my family here and settled perity of the country. Both these elements are at again is very expensive. the present time quite encouraging. And when- I preach at Yakima and two stations. At Yaever we become sufficiently populous to invite (and kima in our church every Sunday; at the Eureka to some extent guarantee) the prosperity of cream- school-house once in two weeks; in the Natches eries, cheese factories, woollen factories, as well as valley, fourteen miles from town, and am to preach factories for making boots and shoes, wagons and at a school-house in the Moxie valley once in two farming implements, we shall have mo in cir- weeks, fifteen miles from town by the only road. culation and people can contribute freely toward North Yakima is now growing, and the surthe support of the gospel, and then stop begging. rounding country is rich and improving fast. But so long as we depend upon eastern factories There are some of the richest valleys in the terrifor everything that we consume and use on the tory that are tributary to this place, as they all farm; so long as we must pay enormous freights concentrate in the Yakima valley at this place, for everything we use, except food; so long as we and this is the county seat of Yakima county. They are compelled to satisfy a host of hungry middle- claim a population of 1600. Both the Matches men,-we cannot expect our farming population to and Moxie stations are Scotch Presbyterian settlerely upon themselves alone in the support of the ments. ministry. They can, and do, give us meat, pota- I am sure the Lord has blessed and will yet toes, oats and hay. At least some can do that more abundantly bless my labors here. I only much, whilst very many can do nothing; for they find ten members to this church, and only three of raise as yet, on their new farms in the woods, those living in the city; but there are others to hardly enough for their own use.
join, and a goodly number of adherents, and I But we think we see the good time coming. We think the outlook is good and promises well. hear them talk of creameries and cheese factories, and of clothes factories, and therefore, if these
VINITA, IND. TER. signs of the times do not deceive us, we may before
A. W. FOREMAN, M.D., ELDER. very long be self-sustaining. The Lord hasten the
The outlook for our church in the Cherokee time. Meanwhile, God bless and prosper our
nation is bright indeed. It seems to me that the Home Board.
words “Go in and possess the land” are very ap
plicable to the Presbyterian Church to-day. I am NORTH YAKIMA, WASH. TER.
a Presbyterian by birth (a son of the Rev. Stephen
Foreman) and choice, and a Cherokee by blood. I love to report to you, for it renews the impres- Is the church ready to obey the command ? I sion of the truth that I am not alone in this work, believe she is, at least to the extent of her ability. and that the whole church is watching my feeble There are a number of fields, if not ready for the efforts with interest, and anxiously awaiting the harvest, certainly ready for cultivation and seed. manifestations of God's power in my work. sowing. The seed furnished by the Presbyterian
I commenced this work soon after the meeting Church is well adapted to this soil, as has been of Presbytery, but have not been able to do as fully shown by the ingathered harvest of bygone much as I ought to have done, because of sickness days, as well as by its reproductiveness. In my in my family, and the taking of a severe cold my- medical practice I meet quite a number of persons self by walking over the Cascade Mountains be- who have sat under the preaching of the missiontween the ends of the uncompleted Switchback. aries of our church, who request me to send our But now the road is completed, I and my family are minister to their community and hold meetings
REV. F. F. YOUNG.
with a view of opening the way for continued work and baptized thirty-eight children, besides restoramong them. We comply as often as we can ing many backsliders. without neglecting our home work. A distinctive We have organized one Sunday-school in conwork on this line is lasting in its results. Too nection with Mountain Fork church, with an much care cannot be exercised in selecting men to average attendance of about forty ; whole number do pioneer work and organize churches. It is well connected with Sunday-school, eighty-six. to multiply churches if they are cared for, but not I was very much disappointed in not getting my otherwise.
salary as formerly, and my family would have The men or churches who do a permanent work suffered had it not been for the kindness of my on this line are the ones who will gain and hold merchant, for the want of food is distressingly the confidence of the Indian people. Can the great among my people this year on account of the Board give us at least two men, or more if we can failure of crops last year. My health was very have them, to help us hold our present fields and good during the time above reported, but at presenter upon the cultivation of others ?
ent I am just recovering from a very severe sickA word as to our own (Vinita) work. Contrasted ness, brought on by exposure in trying to serve my with a year ago, we have made quite steady prog- far-away churches, as I have to swim the deep ress. Then we were discouraged, divided; now streams and lie out on the damp ground at night. united and in a limited sense a working church. When I am out from home on preaching tours I Our minister, ever ready to aid and advise, de- never have any better bed than the blanket that I clines to do our work for us. Especially is this carry with me, for my people have no comfortable true in reference to our trustee and elders' work. lodging to offer me. I do not mind that, for the We are becoming more self-reliant, straining every blessed gospel of Christ has done so much for me nerve to meet our current expenses as they become and my people that I am not content unless endue. We are learners in giving and in helping gaged in preaching it. I know that my people ourselves. Our people are mostly in moderate cannot come to the full measure of civilization or circumstances. As a church we are reaching the attain to eternal life without Christianity. poorer classes. Our Sunday-school observed Children's Day.
HOME MISSION APPOINTMENTS FOR JULY, 1887.
N. Y. EAGLE TOWN, CHOCTAW NATION, I. T.
Rev. D. Macdougall, Taunton,
N. Y. At the Wheelock Presbytery I was placed in
Rev. W. I. Sweet, Fair Haven,
Rev. J. H. Sargent, Peru, charge of the work of Mountain Fork, Big Lick
Rev. G. S. Swezey, Stone Church, and Mt. Zion churches. Mountain Fork church
Rev. F. E. Allen, Selden,
Rev. A. W. Hallock, Holbrook and vicinity, has three preaching stations-Buck Creek, three
Rev. J. S. Brockington, Speonk and Brookfield, miles from my house; Good Water, eleven miles ; Rev. F. W. Cutler, Wood Haven,
Rev. J. Miner, Malden, and Hocha Town, twenty miles. Big Lick church
Rev. W. Fry, Shavertown, is forty-six miles from my house, and Mt. Zion Rev. J. S. Root, Rochester, Emmanuel,
Rev. N. B. Andrews, Leray and Plessis, church is fifty-eight miles from my house, and to
Rev. S. P. Heron, Dekalb and Dekalb Junction, attend my appointments at these two last-named Rev. R. P. Gibson, Somers,
Rev, E. S. Schenck, North Salem, places I have to pass through a wilderness country
Rev. J. C. Barr, Monaghan,
Pa. and over high and steep mountains without any Rev. J. B. Caruthers, Brockwayville and Elkton, road.
Rev. H. Webster, Fairview,
Rev. J. A. Muir, Bangor, I filled all my appointments during the year, Rev. D. Kennedy, St. Mary's, Shiloh, and had many good meetings at all the places. I
Rev. P. B. Van Syckel, Leidytown and Chalfont,
Rev. T. Thompson, Lancaster, Memorial, took up collections at all my meetings, but the Rev. R. H. Williams, Annapolis,
Md. collections were very small on account of drought
Rev. J. M. Nourse, Alexandria, 1st,
Rev. J. H. Potter, Eustis, that prevailed over our country last year.
Rev. C. C. Gould, Ebenezer, Murphyville and Valley, Ky. During the year I received in connection with Rev. A. W. McConnell, Falmouth and New Enncord,
Rev. W. P. Nicholas, Williamstown and Burlington, my work twenty-four adult members by profession, Rev. W. 0. Goodloe, Greenup,
Rev. R. T. McMahan, Salem, Preston, Lehigh,
Trinity and Home,
Kan, Rev. M. Williams, Mt. Vernon, Pleasant Unity,
Hunnewell and Oxford,
ley and Liberty,
Walnut Valley and Star Valley,
Texas. Rev. S. T. Davis, Golden,
Cul Rev. W. S. Rudolph, Glenwood Springs, Rev. William Keiry, Monte Vista, Rev. W. M. Porter, Alamosa, Rev. G. W. Riggle, Socorro,
New Mex. Rev. J. M. Whitlock, Las Vegas, Spanish, Rev. J. P. Ortega, El Rito, Rev. V. F. Romero, Prado-de-Toas, Rev. B. Montoya, Jemes, Rev. J. D. Mondragon, El Rancho-de-Taos, Rev. M. Matthieson, La Cruces, Spanish, Rev. J. Y. Perea, Pajarito, Rev. F. W. Blohm,
l'bah. Rev. Theodore Lee, Springville, Rev. E. Pratt, Bellevue,
Idaho. Rev. C. J. A. Porter, Elko,
Ner, Rev. W. Bruce, Stillwater and stations,
Cal. Rev. W. H. McFarland, Salinas, Central Avenue, Rev. C. Cox, Union,
Oregon. Rev. F. F. Young, North Yakima,
Wash, Rev. H. V. Rice, Port Townsend Bay and Dun
Rev. J. N. Ervin, Dayton,
and Clover Hill,
stations, Rev. F. M. Gilchrist, Presbyterial Missionary, Rev. J. P. Fox, West Salem and Bruceville, Rev. T. D. Fyffe, Presbyterial Missionary, Rev. C. M. Brown, Upper Alton, Rev. W. W. Tait, Greenfield, Rev. J. D. Long, Chicago, Central Park, Rev. M. L. Tressler, Elwood, Rev. T. H. Allen, South Chicago, Rev. W. B. McKee, Calvary, Rev. J. Moore, Kewanee, Rev. D. T. McAuley, Appanoose, Rev. J. B. Taylor, Imogene and Randolph, Rev. E. A. Walker, Dallas Centre and Grimes, Rev. S. Ollerenshaw, South Des Moines, Rev. J. P. Brengle, Mariposa, Laurel and Marshall, Rev. A. Scott, Hopkins, Rev. H. C. Herring, East and West Sioux City, Rev. L. Dodd, Paton, Rev. W. A. McMinn, Churdan, Rev. A. Herron, Sanborn, Rev. S. W. Stophlet, Lake City, 1st, Rev. Robert Edgar, Davenport, 2d, Rev. S. Benson, Eldridge, Rev. C. A. Evans, Jr., Holly, Rev. W. H. Hoffman, Grand Rapids, Mission Wood, Rev. J. B. Hall, Oneida, Rev. L. Littell, Morrice, Rev. H. B. Dunning, Flushing, Rev. A. Robinson, Coleman and Calkinsville, Rev. C. C. Todd, Hurley, Rev. S. J. McKinney, West Superior, Rev. W. S. Morrow, Independence and White Hall, Rev. G. L. Todd, Pickford and Stalwart, Rev. H. A. Talbot, Merrill, Rev. A. Durrie, Kilbourne City, Rev. A. Sillars, Oxford, Packwaukee and Montello, Rev. D. S. Banks, Rev. A. B. Nicholls, Minneapolis, Stewart, Rev. W. W. Mix, Rice's Point, Rev. W. C. Smith, Eden Prairie, Rev. D. A. Tawney, Canton, Henrytown, Lanes
boro' and six other churches,
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