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Religious and Missionary Intelligence.
BY THE REV. E. BARRASS, D.D.
WESLEYAN METHODIST. the most apostolic man that the A committee has come into exis- Anglo-Saxon race has produced.” tence which bids fair to do useful
Methodism began little more than work. It is called the Joint Con
150 years ago with nothing; now her sultation Committee. It represents different languages—the principal
missionaries are preaching in forty (each by four men,bers) the London Nonconformist Council, the Congre
languages of the earth-supported gational and Baptist Unions, the by the Church at home with her
millions of gold. Presbyterian Church of England, the Wesleyan, New Connexion, interests of the London West End
At a recent meeting held in the Primitive, Free Methodists, Bible Christian Conferences, and probably stated :' Two slate clubs had saved
Mission, the following facts were also the Society of Friends. The purpose is to consult respecting bills $3,500, in one fortnight 3,000 various introduced to Parliament in which articles had been distributed, 2,015
hot dinners had been given free, these bodies are interested.
One of the most remarkable Mr. Adkins had given 500 children missionary meetings ever held in
a square meal. The membership of Dublin, Ireland, was held in the the mission, 25,000, includes French, Centenary Church, in November, Germans, Poles, Italians, Swedes, 1892, when Surgeon-General Joynt is a German “ sister," and a French
Norwegians, and Spaniards. There occupied the chair and two ex-Roman
one is much needed. It is still true Catholic priests were the chief members of the deputation. The
that never a Sunday passes without
On New Year's Day house was crowded ; a considerable
conversions. number of Roman Catholics were
there were forty. A sales-room has
been added to the mission, where present. The two ex-priests delivered powerful addresses. The
secondhand clothing is sold at a
nominal price to poor people. Centenary Church is next door to the Roman Catholic University.
Mr. Montague Williams, writing The decree of the Austrian govern- in Household Words, says : "One of ment for the suppression of the the vilest houses in Ratcliffe highway Methodist service has been enforced.
was the White Swan,' better known Under the title of “Gipsy Gospel as 'Paddy's Goose.' Oddly enough, Waggon Mission,” a new effort is to its site is now occupied by the Wes
This be made to carry the Gospel to the leyan Methodist Mission Xall. Romany race. The waggons will be excellent institution has done much under the charge of Gipsy Smith or
for to purify the neighbourhood." other suitable evangelists, who will Another Central Town Mission go to the great centres of gipsy en- has been established in Sunderland. campments, and there open schools, Sans Street Chapel a few years ago and preach Christ in a manner suited was nearly deserted, with more than to the circumstances and character of $20,000 debt. It is now crowded at gipsy life and prejudices.
all the services. The Sunday night Dr. Schaff says in the seventh “socials” from nine to ten o'clock volume of his History of the have proved a grand success. Christian Church,” just issued from There are 875 inmates in the the press, that “John Wesley was Children's Home in London, 2,350
have been trained and sent out to the United States was recently dedisituations, 3,225 have already been cated at New Orleans. received into the home. Last year A new Spanish church was organmore than 1,000 were being cared ized in Brooklyn, Jan. 10. After for. The Home has seven shelters, being organized, the members were three hospitals, six schools, three invited to a meeting of the Epworth chapels, two mission halls, one con- League, where they sang “Rock of valescent home, three training farms, Ages” in Spanish and joined in an an emigration home, and twenty- English hymn. seven houses filled with orphans or . According to Dr. Crawford, Baltioutcast children.
more has 64 Methodists to 1,000 of The treasurer of the Worn Out the population ; Pittsburgh, 37; Ministers' Fund, has received from Detroit, 20; Buffalo, 18 ; Brooklyn, Rev. H. Price Hughes $1,678 of 18; Cincinnati, 22 ; Chicago, 14; profits from the Methodist Times, Washington, 43; Philadelphia, 33 ; and $9,443 from the publishers of Rochester, 24 ; Cleveland, 22, and the same journal, as their share of New York, 10. Toronto has about the profits. These are truly noble 300 to the 1,000. gifts.
Dr. Harper, Chancellor of the Miss Wesley, granddaughter of Chicago University, says that he has Charles Wesley, has presented to found his best-trained men for the Rev, Allan Rees the hymn-book university among the graduates of used by the poet of Methodism, and Methodist colleges. another used by his wife. The first Rev. C. H. Yatman has begun a mentioned has six manuscript hymns series of mid-day religious meetings not as yet published.
in the Union Square Theatre, New The Queen has made a gift of £15 York city. towards a fund for the extinction of During the past two years, the a debt on the Wesleyan Methodist deaconesses in St. Louis have made Chapel at East Cowes.
23,180 calls in the performance of
their duties. METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.
Some 300 Japanese have been
converted recently under Methodist Bishop Mallalieu has been holding missionaries on the Pacific coast. conferences in Japan, Corea and China. While in Corea he baptized
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH twenty women and girls at one
South. service. In China he received a grand greeting. A large number of During the past decade, according people travelled several miles and to the census, the growth of this conducted him to Foo-Chow with a Church was forty-seven per cent., band, gongs, flags, banners and the the largest of any Church in the firing of fire-crackers, while thou- United States of equal numbers. sands crowded around him to hear That of the Methodist Episcopal him speak and preach ; forty-six Church was thirty per cent. adults and fourteen children were The Church South and the Methobaptized.
dist Church of Canada have each Bishop Newman was called to accepted an invitation to join in an Portland, Oregon, where the Metho- International Epworth Convention dist Hospital was in danger of being at Cleveland next July. sold. Twelve congregations assem
Bishop C. P. Fitzgerald made the bled in one church. An appeal was following pertinent remarks, at a made. A Jew, a Congregationalist, conference, respecting tobacco. He and a Presbyterian addressed the discountenanced the use of tobacco assembly, and each gave his cheque by preachers for several reasons: On for $100. The Bishop appealed the score of economy, as an example and the people gave $32,000. The to the big boys of the flock, to get property is worth $75,000.
out of the way of the ladies who The first Italian M.E. Church in despise spittoons and abhor the
fumes of a cigar, and last, but not Revival intelligence, which is least, to keep from offending the always acceptable, comes from Port brethren who object to its use. Simpson. The Indian village has
been graciously visited, and meetings PRIMITIVE METHODIST.
of great power are held. The The president, Rev. J. Travis, will hospital has been opened and the supply the pulpit of Wesley's Chapel, prospect of good is very cheering. City Road, London, Feb 19th.
By the time these notes are pubMr. Hartley, vice-president of lished, two young lady missionaries, conference, is an extensive manu
Dr. Gifford and Miss Brackbill, will facturer of preserves, and last year band in China. The farewell meet
be on their way to join our heroic distributed $5,000 of the profits of the establishment among his work ing, held in Carlton St. Church, people.
Toronto, was one of deep interest.
Miss Whitfield, Mr. D. Marton, in writing to an
of Bishop English journal, says that he has Taylor's missionaries in Africa, observed that Primitives have more
thrilled the audience by her graphic young men local preachers than the
tale of missionary toil in that dark
Mrs. Gooderhamn, Dr. Wesleyans, the reason being that country. they set them to work early.
Sutherland, and Dr. There has been much church andressed the meeting. Rev. Jas. enterprise recently manifested at
Henderson presided. The audience, Paisley, Scotland." A bazaar was
led by the choir, sung the piece, held for a new church, when $2,503
“God be with you till we meet was raised.
The sum of $9,000 has been subTHE METHODIST CHURCH.
scribed by the churches of Canada
towards rebuilding the college, home, Rev. Dr. Sutherland, missionary etc., at St. John's, Newfoundland. secretary, after his missionary tour While these notes are being prein the maritime provinces, went to pared for the press, the friends of New York and took part in the Mount Allison College are celebratproceedings of the Missionary Inter- ing the semi-centennial of that national Convention which was in institution. We trust that the session three days, during one of result will be equal to the most which he presided. Prof. MacLaren, sanguine expectations of the friends. J. Charlton, M.P., and Rev. R. P. The Methodists of Picton, Ont., Mackay, represented the Presby- have celebrated the centenary of terian Church in Canada.
Methodism in that town. Such The Missionary Outlook for Janu- services deserve to be held at all ary contains several items of mission places when jubilee and centenary
Miss Hart writes from Port scenes are in order. Simpson respecting the evils arising from the conduct of white men who
RECENT DEATHS. supply the natives with liquor. The French Institute at Montreal
Rev. Geo. Beale, an aged minister was remembered at Christmas by died Jan. 2nd, aged seventy-seven.
in the Primitive Methodist Church, several friends, who sent valuable presents of various kinds, including
For seventeen years he sustained a books, articles of furniture and superannuated relation, but during
those years he laboured much among money. At Queen's Avenue, London, the
the sick and assisted the circuit
ministers. Jadies during the year raised $600. Mrs. Dr. Eccles donated S60 for the Rev. Thomas White Ridley, of the support of a Japanese Bible woman, Methodist New Connexion, recently and Mrs. Boyd gave $20 for the died in the eightieth year of his age. same purpose. Another sent For many years he was a prominent cheque for $25, but forbade the member of Conference. He was in name to be published.
the active work forty-iour years.
Rev. E. A. Telfer, of the Wesleyan was always crowded. During the Conference, England, so well known winter months he generally preached and loved by many in Canada, after three times every Sabbath, and two days' illness died at his residence during the week he was abundant in near London, on the 11th of January, labours. Dean Stanley and Canon He attended the watch-night and Farrar, of London, were his special covenant services, and contracted a friends. cold which was not thought dangerous, but ended in congestion of the
Rev. D. E. F. Gee, Newcastle, lungs and terminated fatally. Mr. Bay of Quinte Conference, preached Telfer was seventy years of age and Jan. 26, was taken ill and died
Feb. 6. had been in the ministry since 1848.
He had travelled twentyHe was stationed on many important eight years, during which time he circuits both in the metropolis and occupied some important circuits.
Bro. Gee provinces. He was famed as a re
an able preacher. vivalist and often preached in the Our departed brother was a man of open air. His labours were greatly blameless reputation and leaves to owned of God in the conversion of his family a character without resinners, many of whom are earnest proach. He was to have been one of workers in Canada, and will share the speakers at West Durham Sun
but the sorrow that came so suddenly to day-school Association, his beloved wife and son.
called to a higher sphere. Rev. Andrew A. Bonar, D.D., Newcastle, was a venerable man who
Rev. A. Drummond, Presbyterian, Presbyterian, Scotland, has finished his course and entered the joy of his had served the Master faithfully for Lord. He was in the ministry more
many years. The writer spent many than half a century, and celebrated pleasant seasons with him in minis
terial and other associations. We his jubilee in 1887, in his eighty; always found him to be fullof kindness third year. He was moderator of and ever ready to help his brethren. the Free Church Assembly one term, He loved the old paths,” and was and was one of a deputation to visit the Holy Land with the sainted Mr. of years he was clerk of the Presby
a sound theologian. For a succession Cheyne. During the tour in Palestine he accidentally dropped his tery, a clear proof of the esteem in
which he was held. Bible into Jacob's Well, but some years ago it was drawn out by a As these notes are in course of Samaritan and sent home to its preparation, the news has reached
The book was henceforth us of the death of Mr. W. P. Wright, regarded as a precious relic, and it is Pickering. For three years he was to be kept in John Knox's house in a missionary in Japan in connection Edinburgh.
with the Friends, but ill-health compelled his return.
He always Mrs. Dr. W. F. Warren, wife of the president of Boston C'niversity, missionaries in Japan, and hoped
spoke in kindly terms of departed this life a few days ago. For twenty-three years she edited but the Master has called him home.
soon to return to his beloved work, the Heathen Woman's Friend. She We are reminded of the saying, was a lady of high culture and was
"God buries His workmen but indefatigable in her efforts on behalf carries on His work.” of missions.
An inadrertence. --Some time ago Bishop Brooks, of Boston, died it was stated that Rev. Dr Baume, of Jan. 23rd. Few clergymen, either Calcutta, was dead. Dr. Baume still in America or England, were more lives near Chicago, but his long revered. The church in Boston residence in India has greatly imwhere for many years he was rector paired his health.
Bernard of Clairvaux, the Times, the art gave place to the stern, inexorable
Man, and His Work: an Histori- judge, “the Rex tremendae majestacal Struly in Eight Lectures. By tis, blasting the wicked with a RICHARD S. STORRS. New York: glance and treading down the nations Chas. Scribner's Sons. Toronto : in his fury. William Briggs. 8vo, pp., xiv.- The depths of mediæval darkness 598.
are strongly portrayed in these pages. The world has come to a juster
"As when in the smitten river of appreciation of what it owes to the Egypt the fish died in the bloody great Catholic saints of Christendom waves, and frogs came from it into to the gentle St. Francis, in the Rome, whose mission had been to
houses and bed-chambers, so from seraphic Saint Teresa, to the mis
Christianize the continent, all spirisionary zeal of Xavier, to the noble hymns of Bernard of Clugni, to the tual plagues came swarming forth.
Yet there must have been those who lofty faith and fervent piety of Bernard of Clairvaux. These lec- faced the expected end without fear
and who saw the rainbow liken unto tures, prepared by the eloquent pastor of the Church of the Pilgrims, which was soon to appear.”
an emerald round about the throne, for delivery before the Presbyterian
“When that frightful time had Theological Seminary of Princeton, on the life and work of the medieval past,” to use the words of Dr. Storrs, monk of Clairvaux, are a striking fallen with it, Christianity began
* when the fetters of an awful fear had illustration of this wider spiritual
again to show itself a power to renew comprehension.
Dr. Storrs is at his best in a work and re-enforce. So from this time of this character. His scholarly re
on we trace a new impulse moving search, his spiritual insight, his his- amid the sluggish centuries.” toric imagination, his broad sympathy; that impulse was the abbot of Clair
One of the mightiest elements in his eloquence of expression, all find here ample scope.
He treats the
vaux, one of the saintliest and
most heroic figures on the canvas of subject in eight lectures. The first describes the tenth century, its su
“We ought, preme depression and fear, and the certainly,” says Dr. Storrs, “to be second, the eleventh century, its
better and nobler persons for the reviving life and promise.
hours we spend with Saint Bernard. Towards the close of the tenth
He will say to us as he said of old,
in cloister and chapel to those who century, the long night of the dark ages reached its densest gloom. The eagerly tlocked around him, leaving year 1000 was regarded in popular
all things otherwise precious for
nearness to him : 'If thou writest, apprehension as the date of the end of time and of the final conflagration nothing therein has savour to me of the world. This is illustrated in
unless I read Jesus in it. If thou
discourseth and converseth, nothing the sublime hymn :
is therein agreeable to me unless “ Dies irae, dies illa,
Jesus resounds. Jesus is honey in Solvet saeclum in favilla.” the mouth, melody in the ear, a song The excited imagination of man
of jubilee in the heart."
To most kind, brooding upon the approaching Bernard of Clairvaux is best re
Protestant readers, terrors of the last day, found expression in the sombre 'character of membered by his noble hymn : the art of the period. The tender “O sacred head, now wounded, grace of the good shepherd of early With grief and shame bowed down."