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BEAVER CITY, NO MAN'S LAND.
ROUGH BUT READY HEARERS.
REV. R. M. OVERSTREET.
other denomination through the country, one of whom left its people in worse condition than he found them, as he proved faithless to his calling. The people here are desperately wicked and full of infidelity. Now I think if a preacher would come here he could build up quite a church in a few years. This is a healthy climate, though both country and people are rough. If a man could be found to undertake such a field as this, I would be pleased to have him come.
INMAN, NEBRASKA. NEW CONVERTS AND NEW CHURCHES.
REV. JOHN C. SYLVANUS.
I have thought that it would be well to report to you, and through you to the Board of Home Missions, if you so desire to extend the information, that I arrived here last Saturday evening with my family, after a terribly hard week's work, travel and exposure to bad weather ; but we all kept well, and stood the racket remarkably well; got fairly set up in our own sod house comfortably before Sabbath.
On Sabbath, the day after our arrival, I preached to a very respectable congregation, improvised on the moment. Many were greatly delighted to have religious service, and still more at the prospect of regular stated meetings. The town and county are rapidly filling up around this place, and so all along the line of the strip. But much is as yet in chaos and disorder. Two outlaws were shot dead a few hours ago, and now lie in one room awaiting interment to-morrow. The lovers of law and order shot them because they persisted in their evil doing. I am to preach at the funeral of these desperadoes to-morrow at ten o'clock. What in the world shall I say to the motley audience? May God help me and direct me what to say and how
to say it.
Were I not here as an exponent of the gospel I would regret having my wife and children in such a place. But to be God's witness-bearer and his instrument to mould society in the right way is a great compensation.
I have been quite busy throughout the past quarter holding protracted meetings at different places, and the Lord has blessed abundantly the efforts put forth in his name.
The results of one series of meetings was the organization of a church of twenty members, called Bethany, which is about nine miles from South Fork church. In another neighborhood, about nine miles from Bethany and the same from South Fork church, I held a three weeks' meeting where there had been no previous preaching of any denomination. The result will be the organization of both a Methodist Episcopal and a Presbyterian church in the near future. Twelve persons have already expressed their desire to have a Presbyterian church organized, and I think several others will come in. Both of these places are important points. I also held three or four days' meetings at a large frame school-house, where the people are very anxious to have regular preaching. There are large congregations always there, and much good might be accomplished.
Several persons have united with our South Fork church since I wrote you last. The work is very encouraging indeed there. They have an excellent Sabbath-school, and are talking of building a church edifice next summer.
I neglected to say I assisted in organizing large Sunday-schools in both places where we organized and will soon organize a church.
Brother Sexton, who was out with me in the South Fork country a short time ago, thinks that field demands my whole time, and probably Presbytery will recommend that I should confine my labors to that part of the country. If so, I will move out there.
REV. JOSEPH LANMAN.
With this quarter we end another prosperous and happy year: having received a larger number of additions to the church, witnessed a greater increase in church and Sabbath-school attendance, and paid over to our church boards a larger sum total than in any previous year of our brief history as a church. After four years of labor with this church I am now formally called to the pastorate, and, with the new relation as pastor and people, we declare our independence of the Board of Home Missions. I feel profoundly thankful for this double blessing. From the beginning we have been high in the list of churches in our per capita gifts to the boards; but our indebtedness to the Board of Home Missions is greater than to any other, and I
REV. S. G. FISHER.
REV. D. M. HAZLETT.
trust that we shall do greater things for it in the places are. He had some trouble in his family. I future. I wish in the next four years we could asked the wife to tell me all about it, and maybe I pay back into its treasury all that we have received could help them. The old man spoke up immediin the past four. This may not be possible; but ately, and said he knew he talked too much, and we will aiın high and do all we can, even in these he was going to try very hard to hold his tongue. first years of self-support. I am sure that all who One Saturday I saw the old man coming to tell have aided us through the Board would rejoice me that he had to go off to be absent from church could they see what we have accomplished: the two Sabbaths. He was very sorry, but it was more than 150 received into the church; the 200 necessary. He said he was getting old, and he in our Sabbath-school; the home and foreign mis- didn't want to miss any of God's words. sionary societies; the congregation gathered; the We have a good missionary Indian in our friend tasteful sanctuary built, and all paid for; and our Chilkoot Jack. He lives on Douglass Island, and generous and self-denying offerings to the boards comes over on Sunday, generally bringing several of the church. In behalf of Bethlehem Church, I others besides his family. He does a great deal of thank the officers of the Board for their sympathy talking among the people at the quartz mill. and kind co-operation in our work. I trust that our example of early self-support and hearty in
CISCO, TEXAS. terest in the work of the church, both home and foreign, may be useful.
I have been here three months at work. You SHENANDOAH, SCHUYLKILL Co., PA.
want to know something of the outlook. I have
just this to say: I am extensively acquainted with I return to you the commission forwarded me.
the people here—almost the entire community. I The trustees of the church authorize me to do the
found a Methodist meeting in progress when I arsame, and to say they had rather make an effort,
rived. I went immediately and heartily into the and be free from obligation to contribute to all the meeting with them. It gave me an introduction boards. They think it will be as much to their such as I would not have gained for months, perown honor and the glory of Christ's kingdom to haps, under ordinary circumstances. help themselves and not help others, as to ask help Our church stands well in the estimation of the from others and then contribute help to others. people. It is not so large in membership as the
other, but has much which makes up for its limJUNEAU, ALASKA.
ited membership. It is weak financially this year.
As you know, this country has suffered greatly REV. EUGENE & WILLARD.
from drought. Brother Brown has given you full The work goes on, but to me the progress seems particulars of what we are passing and must pass slow, though for the most part our congregations
through. Some of the members have moved away; have been large for Juneau.
were not here when I came. But this we find true About the middle of the quarter the Awk peo
of any place. ple commenced to attend. We had been using the The church is a unit in everything; harmony government school-room for our Sunday services,
prevails. Our congregations are good; indeed but the school was to occupy another building;
gratifying. The prayer-meeting not largely atwhereupon we took our organ and our charts away, tended, but the interest is good, and the Sundayand prepared our dining-room, 13 by 20, for our school is in good condition, taking all things into meeting-house, and we pack the people in as ve consideration. We have had one communion used to in Chilkat. I do not think our prayer- service; two united with us; I think others will meetings are as well attended as they were before
soon follow. we moved, but the day services on Sabbath are.
We are very much interested in some of the Awk A church was organized at Roxbury, Mass., people, for there are now more of them attending a few weeks ago. At the roll call of the than of the Aakoo.
names of those who had expressed a desire One old man thanks me nearly every Sunday
to become members, one hundred arose. because, as he puts it, I show him where the rough Four elders were elected at the same time,
A FINE EXAMPLE. MINNESOTA SYNOD MEANS TO BE SELF
SUSTAINING NEXT YEAR. REV. R. N. ADAMS, SUPERINTENDENT. Nine churches at the spring meeting of presbyteries requested to be dropped from the roll of home mission churches. They are as follows: 1. Litchfield,
St. Paul Presbytery. 2. St. Cloud, . 3. Farmington's Station, 4. Bethlehem,
Minneapolis 5. Bloomington Ave., 6. Fifth, 7. Merriam Park, . 8. Redwood Falls, . Mankato 9. Tracy, ..
I want to say that since you weaned St. Cloud it has been thriving wonderfully. The people not only make up what the Board ceases to supply, but have increased the pastor's salary by two hundred dollars.
miles you see the new cabins of the adventurous settler. Many of these settlers are an intelligent class of foreigners, who have purposed to make Florida their home.
b. But not only are there these individual settlements along all these railroads; new towns are being built, which are not designed to be “ deserted villages" during the summer months, but places of intense activity and enterprise.
6. The census tells its story of increase. I give you from the census of 1885: Total permanent population in 1880, . 269,493
1885, 346,799 Increase for the entire state in five years, 77,306
Take the counties of Orange, Marion, Putnam, Polk and Alachua, to which our mission work is chiefly confined, and we find in these, in 1880, & population of 45,568, and in 1885 a population of 77,945, giving an increase of 32,377, or not far from 75 per cent., in five years. Since the census of 1885 was taken the rate of increase has been very largely in advance.
III. Ten large towns are “growing with a people” who are making them their homes, and who have no other home but Florida. It is true we have a large winter population who are merely birds of passage. And we have a large population who, if they have the means, will not remain in Florida during the prolonged summer months, just as you have a large population in the North that will not remain in the cities during the summer months if they can possibly get away. But there is here a large population that will remain.
IV. In this time fully twenty churches have been built, and the money largely raised among the people themselves. This is no time to put on breaks on our general work, if it can be avoided.
JACKSONVILLE, March 31, 1887. I will now reply to the second topic of your letter of the 23d, drawing upon my own personal knowledge or from such data as I have at band. Instead of going back six years I will run back only four years, or about the time when I entered upon my present work. Within this time the progress in railroad building has been marvellous.
1. The whole of the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West system has been built-232 miles.
2. Nearly the whole of the Florida Southern system, extending in its main branch to Charlotte harbor from Palatka–195 miles.
3. The South Florida system206 miles.
4. Florida railway and navigation system--291 miles.
St. Augustine and Palatka-24; making 948 miles; with several small branches, fully 1000 miles, or 250 miles a year.
I may add that there are to-day hundreds of miles of railroads being pushed forward to completion with a tremendous enterprise, and with a determination to complete them for the next season.
II. You ask for evidence that the permanent setthers in the state are on the increase.
a. This is apparent to even the casual observer. Wherever you go you see fresh clearings and signs of development and enterprise. Within every few
MORMONISM AND ADVENTISM RAM
PANT IN MICHIGAN. FROM LACK OF PREACHING. WHO WILL LAY
IT TO HEART? MORE MEN NEEDED.
REV. J. O. GEORGE.
Everywhere in the country the people are very anxious to have stated services, but it is utterly impossible with only two Presbyterian ministers within a distance of thirty miles. The Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, are making terrible inroads in this section of the country, all because the people are ignorant. They will sooner have that than
no religion at all. Every form of ism takes ad- at Gettysburg, for which I prepared. All this vantage of the ignorance of these people. We work has required very much travel and exhave just six churches in Sand Beach, and shortly posure and preaching.
Of Presbytery and its work: Eleven churches another one will be built called Second Advento
received at last meeting. Arrangement for orThey mostly have those who have gone the round
ganization of about ten or eleven more in of all the other churches, and they end up with
Logan, Wallace and Sherman, and yet we caneither Mormonism or Adventism. I am situated
not keep up with the demands of the westward here; Brother Craig at Port Austin, thirty miles
tide of population. Will the Board sustain us north ; Brother McMaitin at Bad Axe, eighteen in the necessary enlargement of our work? If miles west and south. I suppose you would have 80, we will hold solid three fourths of our eighteen to go to Port Huron before you would come across counties by rights of pre-emption and due cultiva
tion. another Presbyterian minister.
With gratitude for health, strength and suc
cess, and now mindful since the death of Dr. BEAUMONT, PA.
Gerrish, falling with his armor on, my co-presDraft came all right; much obliged. I also byter twenty-two years ago in Saginaw Presbywish to thank you for sending my name to the
tery, that I stand next to Brother Batchelder
in order of ordination.
REV. E. VANDER HART.
The work is going on quietly but successfully.
My time has been largely taken up in looking PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
after the financial matters of the church.
Our present lot costs $4000, and our chapel about Pasadena is spreading out all over the valley.
$2000. All this money, with the exception of I should not be at all surprised if I should find
$1000, has been raised. This work has fallen upon myself in harness before the year is out. My old church here, which before my coming drew so
About the 22d of this month we hope to dedicate heavily on the Board, is growing strong in re
our building. This will give a new impetus to the sources. They have plans for a $20,000 church,
work. Our location is the very best in the city, and about two-thirds of the amount required to
and our chapel is the finest in all the state. You build has been secured. There will be no difficulty
will see an account of it before long. experienced in raising the other third.
There is some probability of my leaving here about the middle of April. This church can get
along without me now. They are in such a con WESTERN KANSAS.
dition that almost any one can take up the work. WHAT A YEAR'S WORK |
The prospects of the church are brightening. We have had occasion, within the last few With God's blessing it will be a strong organizamonths, to speak of the growth of population tion some day, and repay the Board tenfold for and church work in western Kansas. Rev. what it is doing for it now. J. A. Griffes, of Hoxie, Kansas, writes of his labors the past year:
Letters relating to missionary appointments and Total of year's work: Churches of Hoxie and other operations of the Board should be addressed to Sheridan organized, with present membership
the Corresponding Secretaries, Rev. Henry Kendall, of 44 and 20 respectively; house of worship at
D.D., and Rev. William Irvin, D.D., 280 Broadway, Hoxie, built and furnished three Sabbath
New York, P. O. Box 1938.
Letters relating to the pecuniary affairs of the schools. Outside work, three churches organ- Board, or containing remittances of money, should ized in Graham county, and three in Sherman be sent to O. D. Eaton, Esq., Treasurer-same ad. county, besides another completed organization dress.
L. P. CRAWFORD.
COLLEGES AND ACADEMIES.
REPORT OF THE STANDING COM portunity-faithless to her trust-or shall she MITTEE.
not rather grasp all this goodly land for God
and for Christ? ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN
As already intimated, your Committee reOMAHA, MAY 24, 1887.
frains from details, simply stating that the numThe report was presented by Hon. J. K.
ber of institutions aided last year was thirtyEwing, chairman of the Committee.
five, whose joint property exceeds $1,000,000 in
value, of which about one-half was acquired The Standing Committee on the Board of
through the agency of the Board, and the agAid for Colleges and Academies respectfully gregate is growing at the rate of $80,000 per submits the following report:
The students number nearly 3000, Your Committee bas duly considered the and are increasing at the rate of thirty per annual report of the Board, has examined its cent. yearly. Three-fourths of them are purminutes and otherwise informed itself concern- suing systematic Bible study, and more than ing the work. Its scope, extent and importance one-third the classics. We are pleased to state are interesting and surprising, and broke upon also that the Committee had before it relius almost as a revelation. That this, the able evidence wholly outside of the Board to youngest of your boards, should in so short a
the following effect. We quote the exact lantime, with limited means, have made such
guage used, viz. : “ It is the testimony of those strides, is wonderful and gratifying. Nothing who are brought in contact with theological but the blessing of God upon wise, constant students coming to the seminaries from the and faithful effort could have effected such re
young and smaller colleges, and in particular sults. The work has been far-seeing and far- from colleges aided by this Board, that these reaching, and its influences for good will con- students show a scholarly fitness for theological tinuously widen and deepen.
study in no way inferior to that exhibited by The wisdom of the Assembly in the erection the graduates of older and larger institutions, of 'this Board is amply demonstrated. These while they are almost uniformly characterized institutions are the very foundation stones of by a marked faithfulness and a persistent enof an educated Presbyterian Church and min- ergy in the discharge of their seminary duties istry. Next to the home and fireside, and in which indicate the high estimate they place yet wider spheres, comes the formative power upon their educational opportunities, make of academies and colleges. If these be god- them valuable members of the institutions to less, we are without hope. Allow the young to which they belong, and afford promise of their seek such and they are possibly lost. But let great usefulness in the church.” Christian institutions be established and main- The contributions of the churches fall very taided, and the church will move forward with far short of their duty in this great cause. Yet bright anticipations.
it is gratifying to know that they are steadily We do not propose to repeat what is so fully increasing. In the first year 480 churches gave and ably set forth in the report of the Board; less than $14,000; in the second, 1330 gave sincerely hoping and earnestly asking that all less than $20,000; in the third, the number read and circulate it. Looking at the map ac- of contributing churches rose to 1529, giving companying it, they will see, printed in red, $22,711 ; and in the past year, 1761 churches the vantage ground thus early occupied and gave $27,880. And we trust they will rise the strategic points already fortified. The ex- herein still more rapidly to the measure of tent of the field will also be seen, and the land their duty and ability. Liberal individual doyet to be possessed. “Westward the course of nations have been received in the last as in empire takes its way," and the church must fol. previous years. low and keep pace with it. Divers considera- The Board is duly incorporated under the tions must preclude the sending of the youth laws of Illinois, its charter being perpetual, to distant institutions, and somehow and by and its title “The Presbyterian Board of Aid somebody academies and colleges will be reared. for Colleges and Academies." It kes steps to Shall the church be indifferent to this, her op- secure all moneys donated, through its agency,