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of our Sunday-schools, in which the Lord is 11. That this Assembly urges upon the perfecting his praise; that in the work of their churches the duty of raising for the work of past we find the promise of the future in this this Board this centenary year a sum not less young life, and we are encouraged to hope that than a million dollars. they will carry, by Christmas and Lord's day 12. That the attention of the sessions of 2588 offerings, their $50,000 to $75,000 in this the non-contributing churches be called to their first year of the Board's second half century. privilege and duty to share in this work of the
5. That special offerings to work in papal world's evangelization. lands be made and sent through the treasury 13. That the following members of the Board, of this Board, as a wise, safe and Presbyterian whose term of office expires with this Assembly, agency, doing the work by Presbyterians in be re-elected, to wit: the Rev. Drs. Charles K. those lands.
Imbrie, James P. Wilson and George Alexan6. That the first Lord's day in November be der, and elders David Oliphant and Henry observed as a day of prayer and special effort Ide. to enlist the sympathy of all our churches, 14. That these resolutions be printed in The Sunday-schools and people in the work of for- CHURCH AT HOME AND ABROAD, and then in eign missions.
leaflet form, to be scattered among the churches, 7. That, so far as it is practical, this day be lest they forget and fail to heed the injunctions followed by “Simultaneous Meetings,” so popu- of the Assembly as to these weighty matters. lar in England, in centres of influence throughout each and every synod for a day and an evening; for which synodical and presbyterial UNION PRESBYTERIES. committees shall be instructed to make preparation and give supervision as to place, speakers,
We desire to place on permanent record and inviting the co-operation of the women's
the following action of the late General Asboards, bands and Sunday-schools, scattering sembly touching Union Presbyteries. In suitable literature to be furnished at the dis- 1884 “ The Alliance of the Reformed cretion of the boards, and to make these occa- Churches," which met at Belfast, appointed sions as far as possible memorable for spiritual a committee to consider and further the power and practical utility, in this centenary
cause of co-operation in foreign missions on year of the General Assembly. For such meet
the part of churches holding the Presbyings the Synod of New Jersey has made ample
terian system. The American section of preparation. To such a course the Presbytery of Philadelphia North overtures the Assembly.
this committee issued a circular letter on the 8. That we commend the literature of this subject, embodying some important inquirBoard, of the Woman's Boards, to their con- ies, and sent a copy to this Board. After stituency, and instruct pastors and sessions, in careful consideration by the Board, the monthly concert and otherwise, to keep this whole question was referred to the General literature before the people, that they may
Assembly of 1886.
That Assembly apknow the signs of the times, and how far and
pointed a special committee, of which the how fast the Lord is seeing of the travail of his soul.
Rev. D. W. Fisher, D.D., was chairman, to 9. That, in connection with all saints, finding
examine the entire subject and report to the their way obstructed and the work of the king. Assembly of 1887. The paper here subdom bindered by the liquor traffic, issuing from joined was the report of that committee, the same ports whence go the ambassadors for which, after earnest discussion, was unani. Christ, and under the same flag, this Assembly mously adopted by the Assembly. It is voices its most emphatic protest against the worthy of note that our church is the first greed that is carrying this wasting scourge to take such pronounced and advanced amongst barbarous people, and instructs the Foreign Board to co-operate in every practi
action on this important subject. The resocable way with similar boards in this and other
lutions are as follows: lands, that this evil may be stayed.
I. That in order to build up independent, 10. That the Board of Foreign Missions be national churches holding to the Reformed instructed to be wisely conservative, to avoid doctrine and the Presbyterian polity, on foreign debt so far as they can without crippling their fields, the more general and complete identifiwork, and to be vigorously aggressive anyhow. cation of our missionaries with the native ministers and churches and other foreign mis- that such delegate is entitled to sit as an adsionaries on these fields is of the most vital im- visory member in the Assembly, and to speak, portance, and needs to be pushed forward as under the rules, on all questions, and that his rapidly as is consistent with a due regard to expenses from his domicile in this country to the interests of all parties to these Unions. and during the Assembly and return shall be
II. That in countries where it is possible met as those of commissioners out of the funds satisfactorily to form Union Presbyteries, the of the Assembly; and further that synods be further organization of Presbyteries in connec- requested to make a suitable provision for a tion with this General Assembly is discouraged, similar representation at their meetings. and in countries where there are now presby- VII. That presbyteries are advised that the teries in connection with this General Assem- rules as to foreign ministers who seek to enter bly, but where it is possible satisfactorily to our presbyteries is interpreted as not applying form Union Presbyteries it is strongly urged to missionaries who have been placed on the that the steps be taken, as rapidly as this can supplementary rolls of presbyteries, and who wisely be done, to merge the membership in bring letters of dismissal from Union PresbyUnion Presbyteries, and to dissolve the pres- teries. byteries of this General Assembly.
III. That in the case of our ordained foreign The following resolution, subsequently inmissionaries who are not in full membership troduced by William Rankin, Esq., Treasof Union Presbyteries covering the territory
urer of the Board of Foreign Missions and where they reside, it is urged that so soon as
a member of the Assembly, was unanimously practicable, they become full members; and also that when our foreign missionaries are full adopted : members of these, or as rapidly as they become Resolved, That in the adoption of the paper such, they are urged to ask letters of dismissal
and resolutions on the ecclesiastical relations from their presbyteries to these Union Presby- of foreign missionaries, it is understood by the teries; and it is hereby ordered that, so soon Assembly that the missionaries of our Foreign as these letters are accepted, they cease to be Board, in severing their relation to Home Presregular members of the presbyteries of this byteries in order to join Union Presbyteries in General Assembly.
the field, do not thereby lose any claim they IV. That in case any missionary thinks it might otherwise have for themselves and their undesirable to make this transfer of ecclesias
familes upon the Board of Ministerial Relief. tical membership, the decision as to the question shall be left to the home presbytery to which he belongs; before which body, if so de- SECULAR BURDENS OF MISSIONsired by it, he shall lay his reasons for the de
ARIES. lay; and the presbyteries are requested to use
It is difficult for one whose attention has not patience in dealing with such cases,
been drawn to the subject by experience, obV. That each presbytery shall from year to year, in its statistical report, place on a supple
servation or study, to understand the amount mentary roll, to be published with the remain- of secular work which confronts the missionder of the report in the minutes of the General aries. The experience of Teheran station the Assembly, the names of all ordained mission
past year furnishes a striking example of the aries who having been sent out by them are
extent to which, under exceptional circumstill engaged in our foreign missionary work, but who, by joining Union Presbyteries in
stances, this burden of secular work may harmony with the Reformed doctrine and Pres
grow. byterian polity, have severed their former mem
The mission property purchased nine years bership with the home presbytery.
ago is situated between that of two Persian VI. That in all regions where, through the officials of high rank, one of whom was greatly organization of Union Presbyteries, there are
incensed at the erection of a Christian chapel no presbyteries in connection with this Assem
adjoining his ground, and consequently gave bly, each mission organized as such under our
the mission great annoyance.
The Persian Board of Foreign Missions may send to the General Assembly an ordained missionary or
minister for foreign affairs urged as a peace ruling elder as a delegate; and the standing measure that the mission property be sold to rules of the Assembly are hereby so amended the Persian neighbor. The missionaries were the more inclined to entertain the proposition, outside of the city as a Protestant cemetery, efas the amount of land in the premises was fected after sundry visits of inspection in the quite too small for the needs of the work. fierce heat of summer, as well as two petitions After eight months of constant negotiation the to the shah; the construction of four buildterms were agreed to by both parties, and on ings on the new land, viz., the chapel, some February 11, 1886, the two male members of 80 feet long and having a roof of sheet iron; Teheran station, accompanied by a deputy of the girls' school building, about 125 feet from the Persian Foreign Office, the dragoman of end to end, and two stories high ; the boys' the United States legation, and the chief Per- school building and a residence, together with sian secretary of the British legation, proceeded some 500 yards of enclosing and dividing walls, to the house of an eminent doctor of Mussul. and the construction of an underground waterman law, before wbom legal documents are way almost half a mile in length, to bring the acknowledged, and a deed conveying the mis- water to the new land. Besides this may be sion premises to one of the most powerful men noted the obtaining of a permit, from the Per. in the kingdom was properly executed. The sian minister of foreign affairs, for the opening mission received a certain amount in cash, with of the school among the Jews, which had been a note for the balance guaranteed by the Per- broken up by the persecution during the sumsian government, together with a permit from mer; and last, but not least, after many months the government for the erection of buildings of assiduous and persevering endeavor, the including a chapel, and also a lease from the
permission of his majesty the shah for the purchaser for the occupation of the premises erection of the hospital. one year free of rent. The official recognition The careful consideration of proposals and and approval by the government of the sale, counter-proposals connected with these several and the official permit for building elsewhere, transactions, the planning of houses, the purseemed almost unparalleled, and the transac- chase of material and the oversight of the tion opened before the missionaries an enter- work, the collection of the monthly payments prise which for magnitude can hardly be on the property sold, and the overwhelming matched in the experience of other stations. flood of accounts connected with the building
The place sold contained a chapel, girls' operations, can only be faintly imagined by school building and two residences, and the those who have not had some similar experisale synchronized with the allowance of the ence; and all this in addition to the ordinary boys' school building appropriation, for which work of the station ! we had been asking and waiting several years.
J. L. POTTER. In view of this appropriation, and with an eye TEHERAN, PERSIA. to future growth as well as the anticipated sale of the mission premises, a large piece of land
MEN OF SAN ANDRES. at a very reasonable price had already been secured, and the deed, in consideration of the South of Mexico City some four or five sale of the previous premises, was subsequently leagues, on the side of the sierra back of Tlalsealed by the Persian Office for Foreign pan, in the shadow of the volcano Ahusco, nesAffairs.
tles the little village of San Andres, more than Since that eventful date last February much half hidden by the trees; its white temple is, has been accomplished at the station, of which however, plainly visible from the seminary the following items may be mentioned: The windows that look south. Alas that this purchase of a perpetual water right of twelve church set on a hill should be a beacon-light hours a week in a running stream, the pur- of superstition! But we need not despair, for chase of a street on the south of the new land, near at hand is a modest building, witness to and of a small piece of land, desirable for the the industry and self-denial of the little band mission, cut into by the street, the purchase of of Christians who worship within its walls. a street on the north, and of a piece of land They are a sturdy, independent lot, these men of San Andres; would we had thousands like that it might help to bring some boy or girl them all over Mexico !
born in heathen darkness into the light and Not so very many months back these breth- liberty of God's dear Son. No human eye ren bought an organ—a good one, too—for will be able to trace the course of these which they agreed to pay $106. They are savings, as they go on their errand of love; none of them rich; indeed all are dependent but the eye of him who sat over against the for support on their wages, for some are day- treasury and commended the poor widow for laborers in the fields about Tlalpan, and others her spirit of self-sacrifice and consecration, are factory hands in the neighboring San Fer
will direct them to his own glory. nando mills. For three months they had saved their medios and reales until last Sunday, when,
RATBOREE OR RECHA BOREE. unable to get away on a week-day, they came to see me, here in the despacho, after the even
This is the name of the city in which the ing service in Divino Salvador. There they prime minister of Siam is anxious to have
our mission open a station, for which pursat about me in a dark semi-circle, a half dozen
pose he has offered the free use of three brick dusky sons of the Aztec, their huge straw hats
houses. Rev. Mr. Dunlap says of it: beside their chairs, their rough serapes drooping from the shoulder, their coarse white cotton
Ratboree is located on the Meekling river.
As to size this river is second in Siam; from the shirts and trousers belted at the waist by a col
gulf to the city the river is broad, with high, ored sash, rude leather guaraches on their feet.
well-defined banks, on which are numerous It was a picturesque sight. Then two of their
villages. The river is so deep that the nobility number, pulling colored handkerchiefs from are able in their pleasure steamers to reach their belts heavily filled with Mexican silver
Ratboree. Above the city the river is very eagles and a family of lesser coins, counted out
winding, but broad and clear, and navigable to me $96. How they watched while I made
for travelling boats to Bangsum, the last village
in Siam before reaching the Burmah line. out a receipt! and how proud, and justly so,
Nine hours from the village by elephant the they all looked and must have felt! Then,
boundary line is reached. Before taking the buying some of our new hymn-books, with fork of the river in which Bangsum is located many a hand-shake and a request that I would we reach Kanboree, one of the most important soon visit them they went back into the night. towns in northwest Siam. All the way from HUBERT W. BROWN.
Ratboree to Kanboree are villages on the banks.
field it affords for itinerating. During the cool IN MEMORIAM.
season the missionary on his tours would find Recently a post-office order for $18 was the people assembled at their threshing-floors, received at the Mission House, the amount of
and, travelling along the river comfortably in a gift which has a touching story connected
his boat, resting between villages, he could with it. It was the savings of a boy of
preach in several villages each day. The in
land towns are easily reached by horseback eleven years
from Ratboree. In Ratboree, like Petchaburee, day of April last. He had enjoyed the nur- we would not have the trouble of boating, as ture of a Christian home, and was a member by a few minutes' walk we could reach audof one of our Sabbath-schools in Nebraska. iences in the city. I have endeavored from When it pleased the Lord to call the dear officials to ascertain the population of the enlid to himself, the father and mother felt tire province; but no accurate census has that a sacred trust had been committed to
been taken. There are about 10,000 Laos, dethem in the savings which their covenant
scendants of war captives. All speak Siamese; child had left behind him. In executing
the greater part by far are Siamese. The city
is located about thirty miles from the Gulf of that trust, they resolved to give the money Siam, and is about thirty hours by boat through to the work of foreign missions, in the hope canals to Bangkok.
LETTERS FROM THE FIELD.
BRAHMANS CONFESSING CHRIST.
saddling a faithful and to him a much-valued pony,
made his journey quickly over. His adopted son, MAINPURI.
who now possesses the small estate, and his wife, Rev. GEORGE A. SEELY: -Scarcely had I en
knowing of the old man’s intention at some future tered upon station work when a young Mathura
time to become a Christian, had again and again Brahman appeared asking for baptism. He had
besought him to put such wild thoughts far away known the truth as it is in Jesus for years, but re
and never to think of leaving them. They told cently having been more perfectly instructed in
him, “Believe what you now believe, or whatever this
way by our Scripture-readers at an out-station you like, but remain here. This is your home; of Etawah, he determined to make a public con
here stay, eat, drink and sleep; come and go as fession of Christ as the true incarnation. With
you please. You will have no care, no thought this firm purpose he came to Mainpuri in prefer
for anything, and so spend the remainder of your ence to Etawah, owing to his wife's friends living
time in peace and plenty. If you go, you know near the latter place. A few days previous to his
not what will befall you. You'll be a disgraced baptism his wife also came to cast in her lot with
man—a wanderer on the face of the earth.” But him, and so both were admitted to full membership
conscience and God's word said no! and the words in the church of Christ. A few weeks later the
“Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will young wife was struck down with a malignant type
I confess," etc., long ringing in his ears, sounded of typhoid fever, and after a long, trying illness,
clearer and louder than ever. He could remain during which she showed marked resignation and
no longer, and it was truly a glad day for him and submission, “entered into rest.” The kindness,
for us all when he cast in his lot with God's people. patience and perseverance of the several members
To the last, however, Satan left no means untried of the Christian community who nursed her
to prevent the decisive step. Even here old friends throughout the terrible illness is worthy of special gathered about him and bade him reconsider and mention, and drew forth from her heathen father,
not be so foolish. What “maza" (flavor) had he who came to see his daughter at the crisis of the
found in Christianity in his old age? But by God's disease, this expression: “There is great love
grace he remained firm, and in course of time beamong you people.”
fore a large, attentive audience of both Christians
and heathen, embracing many of his co-religionists, AFTER MANY DAYS."
he joyfully confessed his Saviour. It was a glad Within a month from the above-mentioned bap- hour-one I cannot forget. “Cast thy bread upon tism I received a card from my old friend Hassu the waters, for thou shalt find it" even after many Khan, living in the Furrukhabad district, and of days.” Much has been said and written against whom I have spoken before as an old student of spending time and means on education, but a single the Furrukhabad mission school. He is one of instance like the above is quite enough to show many throughout these provinces who have been how far-reaching and lasting are the impressions kept from confession of Christ by fear of friends made by Bible instruction in our schools. How and kindred. Again and again had he promised many have thus received life-long lessons, the fruit me to come soon; but his time was always in the of which can only fully appear in that day when future, and I feared procrastination would steal our Lord shall count up his jewels! Hundreds go away his life. Conceive then of my joy to learn out from our schools better men; not only so, but from his card that he had at last firmly resolved hundreds are to be met in all our districts who to leave all-horses, lands, friends—and cleave to would to-day come to Christ could caste prejudices Christ. There was still a fear, however, that the be done away. Many a man like Hassu Khan bas way would be closed against him, so that not till grown gray in seeking a way out of the entanglehe actually stood before me was I at rest regarding ments of home ties--an open way to Christ, whom him. He had gathered together a bundle of he learned years ago. You meet such men at clothes, a few favorite books, among them a much
met many at Furrukhabad. I have worn copy of the New Testament in English, and,
met many here.