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no other precedence, but it has this, self, to what it was so frequently called, the Home home, neighborhood, country, and then Missionary Assembly. beyond, to the world's end, is the divinelyindicated order of work. Like the Macedo nians, we “first give ourselves to the Lord,"
Some elders are worth their weight in and then to the church and the world. gold. One such wrote the first of March Home claims our earliest endeavor, by con
asking how many churches in his presbytiguity and natural affection. Neighbor- tery of 44 had failed to contribute to the hood appeals to us, as to the Good Samari
to date. Finding there were 22, tan. Fatherland brings to bear the mighty he began to urge on them the importance motive of patriotism and self-preservation of a collection, and 20 out of 22 responded And then the more distant claims take their promptly to the appeal, and at the last he turn, and so on to the outer verge of human- sent $10 from his own pocket to be divided ity and the utmost scope of the divine
between two feeble churches, thus leaving command. A zealous Christian obedience no delinquents in the list. must and will resort to the telescope to discern the furthest range and region of its duty; but not until it has used and
OUR WANTS. taxed the naked eye in its survey of the The Standing Committee on Home Misnearer fields.
sions represented the wants of the Board as And this precedence of the home work greater than ever before. They say truly: in this modified sense, far from rivalling or
In the older states help is needed for old retarding, directly fosters and furthers, the ehurches, new railroad centres, new suburbs work abroad. Every fresh access of home of large cities, new fields growing in populamissionary zeal rouses a new interest in the tion, and new workers are needed to meet the regions beyond. Every newly-organized
immense and increasing tide of immigration. congregation on our frontier is to be a new
West of the Mississippi river, Texas needs 12 and sure source of missionaries and means
men for new work; the Indian Territory,16; Iowa for the ends of the earth. Let home mis
20; Idaho, Utah and Arizona 27; the Pacific
coast 45; Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas 45 sions droop, and foreign missions will die.
men; and other states and territories in proStop building churches and sending out portion. Not less than two hundred men are ministers here, and we shall lose our power needed now. to evangelize heathen abroad as well as im- Our school work never was so widespread. migrants at home. God speed these two It is enlarging and strengthening among the great departments of the one grand work; Mormons, the Mexicans and the Indians. It but, for the sake of both, let home missions
is capable of indefinite extension. The field lead the way. Go into all the world, but
which is opening in the South seems to us to
have no bounds whatever. begin at Jerusalem.
Missionary conventions, that we have The Women's Home Missionary meetings found so useful in other years, were strongly were unusually enthusiastic. The reports recommended by the General Assembly; but of the year's work were most encouraging; the laboring oar was placed in the hands the schools had been prosperous, and a of synodical home missionary committees goodly number of pupils had been converted rather than in the hands of the Board. We and had united with the church; the Gen- hope such committees will organize such coneral Assembly had never more heartily or ventions early and wisely and well. There broadly endorsed their work; so from the can be no better months than October and place where the Assembly met,-in the November; then the evenings are long and midst of the mission field,-and every
trans- the weather is not cold. Synodical missionpiring at the Assembly, it was well entitled aries can help each other; the Board will
offer aid as far as possible; and good, capable speakers can be found among the pastors in every synod who would undoubtedly lend their assistance gladly. Let us have a large number of missionary conventions before Christmas.
I hope by Monday I shall be well enough to go to Omaha, if it is best. I would like to be at the Assembly Tuesday, would like to go before the Committee of Polity of Church and advocate the Indian Synod.
The new Synod of the Indian Territory is to hold its first meeting at Vinita, the 7th day of September next.
DEATH OF REV. TIMOTHY HILL,
D.D. The following letter was received the 20th of May. The next morning another brief letter came, and two hours later the following telegram: Dr. Timothy Hill fell dead this morning at 10 o'clock.
His preparation for the unexpected event is beautifully expressed in the letter itself.
See also his desire to see the organization of the Synod of Indian Territory. He did not live to see it. But that synod was organized Tuesday afternoon at about the same hour that Dr. Hill was lowered into
DEAR BROTHER KENDALL :- I reached home Saturday night sick, suffering extremely. Home and the promptest and tenderest care relieved me somewhat, but not until the doctor came, and with his little serpent-tooth instrument injected morphia, was there any real relief. I am now in a fair way to be out soon, but have not left the yard as yet, and am quite weak. The occasion was a break in the railroad, necessitating a transfer of cars, which required a long walk. I became extremely heated, and on reaching the car sat down by an open window, and was seized with extreme pain in what I supposed to be the lungs, but the doctor said it was the diaphragm. The ride home-eighty miles—and up to the house was a hard one, but it was home. How much of providential care has been around me! For twenty years I have been coming and going at all seasons, day and night, and I have never before called for a doctor at home. Twice only in these twenty years I have had some difficulty that required medical attention when away from home. In all these years of travel I bave never seen a railroad accident that injured life or limb of any passenger. With a grateful heart I look back and thank the heavenly Father for his infinite goodness. May he guide me to the end, and call me home when and how he will. Humbly but confidently I can say, Father in heaven, thy will be done.
We call the attention of our readers to the following extracts from letters of Rev. Messrs. Pomeroy and Peterson as to the Black Hills of Dakota. A dozen years ago there was great excitement about this country as a mining country. But it was difficult of access. Passengers and freight had to be hauled 400 miles by private convey. ance through a country inhabited only by Indians. But now mining is settling down to a sober industry; the mountains are covered with pine forests ; broad areas of valley and prairie land are already beginning to respond bountifully to the demands of agriculture; while, on the same latitude of northern New York, Michigan and Wisconsin, the climate must be healthful and invigorating. That country, and what lies to the north and west, is now laid open by railroads, and it will soon be occupied by hardy and enterprising men. Two faithful missionaries are already in the field. Where are the two other men who are ready to join them? THE BLACK HILLS—Not BOOMING BUT
I believe that no better work could be done than to send two live men into the hills. We have already two church organizations and two church buildings at a total cost to the church of a few hundred dollars only. There is money in the hills. A machine man tells me that they ship farm machinery by the car-load, and that the dealers pay cash for it and sell it for casb to the farmers. I had but poor success at Omaha in getting men.
REV. W. 8. PETERSON. Please let me present a plea for this “ Black Hills” country. I have not been able to explore much, but from reliable sources have gained some information. We meet men from
As the open
all parts of the hills, and men engaged in forward, and with about as great certainty of nearly all business pursuits, and begin to re- reward, a larger population will turn attention alize that the business of the region is to be of all kinds. The mountains are full of minerals, Another fact which claims attention is the precious and useful. They are covered with railroads being built. The Chicago and Northforests of pine. They are interspersed with western Railroad is grading on beyond Rapid, small parks. These parks and valleys are toward Sturgis and the northern hills. being occupied with farmers, to what extent is Contracts are now being let on a narrowindicated by the large quantity of seeds of all gauge road from Rapid to the northwest through kinds for garden and farm products taken from the hills. This latter is under contract to open the trade centres. There is really a total of seventy miles of road within eighteen months, large and I believe exceptionally fine farming and bas ample backing to be able to fulfill the country in the hills. Could you see the imple- contract. It means for one thing an outlet for ments stored in the yards of salesmen in Rapid the miner and minerals via Rapid, and for City you would think a state the size of New another permanent and substantial increase in York was to be supplied from this city. One the towns along its line. firm brought in nine car-loads at one order of Half way between Rapid and Sturgis is a machinery—mowers, ploughs, cultivators, etc., point where two fine valleys open out through all for the farm. Statistics are not within my the foot-hills, and where all agree must be reach, or I should like to give definite informa- another good railroad town. A good man now tion as to the number of farms occupied this on the ground would be for our Board a payyear past.
ing investment. The mining of gold and silver is becoming a I think two more men at least might profitsettled, substantial industry, somewhat as in ably be employed here now. the coal mining of Pennsylvania, or even of weather and long days shall come, and I can New York state. Regular shipments of gold get a little respite from the work here, I in bars and dust range from three to five hun- propose explorations with an eye to new dred thousand dollars per month, or about four churches in different parts of the hills. and one half millions of dollars per year. The Rapid church at its communion, May 1, larger part of this, of course, is mined by the added seven members, among them a banker strong corporations, but a proportion equal to and his wife, an old stanch Presbyterian. perhaps one fourth or one third comes from We are in full occupancy of our neat little individuals owning and working mines. The edifice, with congregations running from sixty taking up of claims and working them at an to one hundred and ten attendants. Send us advantage by individuals is an increasing in- some good, active, live Christian young mindustry. Especially is this true of silver. Most isters, and we will report you grand results in of the silver is shipped in the ore to Omaha due time. and other smelters. The ores are brought by the wagon-load to the cars, some of them by HIS DYING REQUEST. companies, others by individuals. One of
As noticed elsewhere, Dr. Timothy Hill these firms engaged in shipping sent over by died at ten o'clock A.M. the 21st of May. the cars during the months of January and
After his death we received, at Omaha, the February about two hundred thousand pounds of silver ore, or one hundred thousand pounds following letter, written the morning before per month. This firm told me this morning
he died—perhaps the last he ever wrote: that these figures are no just representation of
MAY 21, 1887. the large amounts of silver ore mined and DEAR BRO. KENDALL:—The letter which I awaiting a favorable condition of the roads send with this is in full confirmation of all that such that they can be hauled to the cars. The Moffat has said about that wild West. I am great bulk of the ores that have been mined much moved by it. As soon as I feel equal to are thus stored in the mountains waiting for the task I must go out there; but I must be a summer and solid roads.
great deal stronger than I am now before I can And now all this means a steadily-increasing undertake such a journey. Is there no man who and profitably-employed population. When can go out into that region and take up the work so once the real conditions are illustrated, and it urgently needed ? is generally known, as it must be soon, that I am in a hurry just now, and will write no mining like farming can be carried steadily
THE NEW SOUTH.
are few places in western Kansas which have What is said about the development of had a worse reputation, in years past, than new industries and the increase of northern Dodge City. The whole history of the town people and northern capitalists in the read- covers a period of only fifteen years. justment of the South since slavery has given up for some years to the control of the ceased and the war passed away has given roughest elements of frontier society. Gamto it the name of the “New South.” These bling, drunkenness and bloodshed were the new features, which involve new towns, the
characteristics of the place. In 1876 Rev. necessity for new churches, suggest the in
0. W. Wright began his labors in a chapel quiry, What is the duty of our church in
built by the combined efforts of the Christian the case ? Are we doing our part to evan-' people of the town. After four years, failing gelize the South ? Are we showing as much health obliged him to leave. · The work did zeal in the work there as we are in that of not stop, although it was not always conthe great West? Our hands seem to be full ducted under Presbyterian direction. without enlarging our work; but has not the
To-day the whole character of Dodge City enlargement of the work always brought has changed. There are several churches. the enlargement of our resources ? The The Presbyterian congregation has outgrown ability of the church has not been ex- its building and will immediately enlarge its hausted. He that opens the work can en
edifice. A Presbyterian college is to be large our resources. “The Lord reigns ;" started in the fall, with substantial support let us follow when he leads.
from business men of the city. There are now 5000 people in Dodge City, and it has
become a beautiful place. This is but one Work among the foreign population and
of the many places which owe their prosthe evangelization of cities, that seem to go perity to the work of home missions. hand in hand, have gained in interest during the year. The whole church has become interested in the work, and it scarcely needs
The Rev. M. G. Mann and his native asurging on our part. The rapid growth of
sistant, Peter Stanaup, labor among the all our cities presses itself so powerfully on
Puyallups, Chehalis, Nisqually and Squaxon the church that presbyteries which embrace
tribes of Washington Territory. Over 300 them are alive to the importance of planting members have been brought into the church, more churches in all our cities where foreign and give good evidence of being faithful and ers most do congregate.
Our work is augmented for the year to
The late ex-Vice-President, Hon. William come by what has accumulated on our hands
A. Wheeler, of Malone, N. Y., was a warm on account of our inability to meet the de
friend of the Board of Home Missions, and mands made upon us the previous year.
for many years gave to its treasury $1000 And if it should be asked how we can ex
annually. pect to do a larger work the present than the last year, it may be said that the church The report of the Standing Committee of will be larger, perhaps more consecrated and
the General Assembly on Home Missions, generous than before, and it certainly will found on another page, is the condensed exbe well for us to see what opportunities lie pression of the Assembly. We hope it will before us and what responsibilities God has be read carefully. laid on us.
The Treasurer's Report and General SumWe are always glad to record the changes mary following will be interesting to the which have been wrought by the faithful thousands of readers who do not see the work of our pioneers in the West. There Annual Report.
TREASURER'S REPORT. 0. D. Eaton, Treasurer, in account with the BOARD OF HOME MISSIONS of the Presbyterian Church in the
United States of America.
To Cash received to date for Home Missions, viz.:
28,760 44 Women's Missionary Societies,
153,362 79 Legacies,
90,264 43 Individuals, etc.,
50,117 09 Interest on Permanent and Trust Funds,
$615,693 35 Special for Debt,
$626,889 75 SUSTENTATION. To Balance,
69 09 13,198 00 21,378 45
16,423 60 621,360 62
3,655 50 161,469 43
20 24 3,587 89
Cash paid to date, viz.:
7,916 67 3,000 00 2,500 00 3,569 50
$653,456 03 O. D. EATON, Treasurer.
* Expense of publishing nine months, leas receipts.