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the very lowest order of the people, charge. Nor is the female mission of the outcast, destitute, disinherited school only a school for the education classes who claim the peculiar bym- of the female papil, heathen or Chris-1 pathy of this Christian assembly. tian: it is also a training-school for What has been hitherto the elemen- the female teacher, who is destined, tary education of the Indians ? It has. we hope, hereafter to carry the bene.' been supplied not by Government, but fits of knowledge to women as widely by the Pyall or Leaf school, the pri-. as they are extended to med. Not. mitive teaching of the Indian village. withstanding all the efforts of Govern. These schools have indeed a deep inter-' ment, and all the efforts of voluntary est to the philological and social in. agency, how little has been get accom. quirer, and have rendered great services plished in comparison with what is to a simple people; but I need not tell left undone ! It may be doubted you how incommensurate they are in whether there be three per cent. of number, how laborious and conven- the Hindus and Mussulmans receiv. tional in their methods, how restricted ing any education at all which is in the subjects taught. Insufficient worthy of the name. Great indeed is for the better rural classes, they the lack of means and the lack of scarcely can be said to exist in some instruments; but in the midst of this provinces for the lowest castes and inability and deprivation how mani. pariahis. It is true that here and there fest is the obligation of the Govern. the Government has taken up the ment and the people of India towards primitive native school, reformed it, those who come spoz. taneously, it and assisted it with grants in aid, matters not with what primary motive, under the system of payment by to their relief! I consider it a sacred results--witness Malabar; but to such duty on the part of every Indian Go. schools I doubt whether the pariah vernor to recognize and avow the value has practically any access. If you ask of the missionary as an auxiliary to see an elementary school in the teacher of the people. I thank this South of India taught by European great assembly for the part which the methods, and really available for the Methodist Church has taken in the humblest orders of the Indian people, work ; I earnestly solicit their unabated you will find it in connection with the co-operation and good offices. missionary's house. The amount of And now while we remember all service bitherto rendered in this way that India owes to the missions, wo may indeed be small compared with must not forget what the missions owe the necessity; but it is a substantial, to India. The missions are largely a beautiful, and a touching service, benefited by the grants in aid from the and one peculiarly appropriate to Indian Government, and the Wesleyan the blessed office of the missionary, missions have their full share of those who can never be so well employed grants. The money thus obtained is as in carrying the benefits of light well earned by the secular instruction and conscience to the most despised given ; but it is granted to a form of and the most afflicted. In addition instruction which includes Christian to such important aid rendered to teaching. The Government grants Government by the missions in the are grants from the revenue of a higher education and in the elemen. Hindu and Mussulman nation to tary teaching of the people, the mis- Christian and denominational educasions bave peculiar facilities for the tion. The system is one of the most education of women. The mission- liberal character, and in this reflection ary commands the confidence of the the missionary may find an additional people, by his sacred office; and by incentive in the performance of his the presence and co-operation of his duties to the heathen from whom he wife and daughters, the Hindus draws the elements of support. If the readily entrust their girls to his educational work of the Indian Governments has been insufficient, too, engaged in this way, and acceptable though zealous and expansive, what alike to the community and to the shall I say of their philanthropic work, authorities. I have seen them also in the form of medical relief and occupied in developing the agricultural sanitary regulation ? The recognition and industrial pursuits of their of the duty is complete. The desire respective congregations, and thus to fulfil it is great. The performance contributing indirectly to the welfare is insignificant. In the presidency of of all. Having thus emphatically Madras, with a population of thirty stated my firm and deep belief in the millions, there may perhaps be one · usefulness of all the missions of the civil dispensary for five hundred Christian Church to the Governments thousand inhabitants. But here again and the people of India, I have the voluntary agency, that is, Christian greatest pleasure in affirming that the philanthropy, comes to our aid. There missionaries of the Wesleyan Church are four or five medical missions, which occupya most honourable and respected are conducted with admirable human- place in that fraternity who are at the ity and skill, and which are in some present moment working in perfect degree schools of popular medicine as harmony for the glory of God and the well as places of medical relief. The good of mankind. The Rev. Gentlevalue of these institutions is not to be man who opened these proceedings measured by the actual material good with prayer, remarked that he hoped which they do, but by the fame which the heart of the Chairman would be they enjoy, by the evidence which they gratified and kindled by the glorious afford of the benovolence of the Chris. spectacle of Christian zeal manifested tian religiou and of the English people, in this assembly. Indeed, I now for who freely and spontaneously send the first time feel, when I look around to their Indian fellow-subjects what me, how intense and enthusiastic is they deem most precious and most the missionary spirit in the souls of the profitable for body and for soul. English people. It matters indeed little Finally, the missions have in my eyes, that my spirit should be animated in a and for Southern India at least, a cause in which I have so small, so particular value at the present con- transitory a part; but what must be juncture with reference to the recent the triumph and consolation of those policy of Government in instituting labourers in the missionary field who a new order of local institutions, such stand behind and around me in the as municipalities and rural boards, presence of such a demonstration of charged with local powers for public affectionate sympathy! My memory, works, for elementary education, for as I gaze on this great multitude, sanitary improvements. This is all carries me back to a solitary and in its infancy, but it will go on sooner
distant place—to Manargudi, in the or later. Now as friends and coun- plains of Tanjore, to the humble but sellors of the people in their ignorance hospitable roof of the good missionary and inexperience, I think that the Fryar, where first I received a welcome missionaries may often do a good in a Wesleyan home. How will he, work. It is of no small importance and such as he, kindle with new that there should be this grave, dis- strength and new zeal when they read passionate, and disinterested order of the record of your unceasing efforts and Englishmen walking between faithful love! In this they will find Government and the people, and
the reward of their remote and often desirous to do their duty by both. ill-requited toil. The missionary should not be afraid The noble Chairman, who had been of doing some secular work in local repeatedly cheered during the delivery affairs and in the remoter parts of the of his speech, resumed his seat amid country. I have seen missionaries, loud applause, and those of the Wesleyan persuasion
(To be concluded.)
OUR ARMY AND NAVY WORK.
1. Dover.-In anticipation of the April 30th, 1873.-The endeavour to removal of the 17th Brigade Royal benefit the seamen in the Royal Navy, Artillery from the garrison of Dover, which was commenced here at the where it bas been stationed for five beginning of the present year, I am years, the soldiers of the Brigade, at a happy to say, has so far been attended public meeting, presided over by Mr. with satisfactory results. H.M.S. George Flashman, presented the trus. "The Ganges," lying in Falmouth tees of Snargate Wesleyan chapel with Harbour, is one of five training-ships a beautifully-bound pulpit Bible and stationed on the south-western coasts. Hymn-Book, in testimony of the un- Nearly six hundred youths, from fif. varying kindness they had received teen to nineteen years of age, are on from both ministers and congregation. board, some of the number being alThe faithful services and friendly con. most every month drafted off to other duct of the Rev. Dr. Kessen, which had vessels of war, and fresh arrivals taking secured the esteem and gratitude of all their places. This method of supply. classes, were suitably acknowledged by ing the navy with able-bodied seamen the military present. Gratifying reports was introduced a few years ago. It is, were given of the spiritual results of certainly, a great advance upon the old our ministry to the soldiers, and ample system, and is likely to be productive testimony was afforded—as in many of the best consequences. The youths other cases, happily increasing-of on board these sbips are trained in the value of our work in the army.
the duties of seamen, and educated by
competent masters, as in ordinary pri2. SHORNCLIFFE CAMP.-At a recent mary schools. They are well supplied meeting in connection with the Sol- with books and suitable periodicals; diers' Home, after prayer by the Hon. their behaviour is watched over, and and Rev. A. Ward, (Episcopalian,)valu- all improper language, as well as the able testimony to the influence of use of tobacco and intoxicating drinks, religion in the army was borne by is discouraged. Dr. Gunn, of the 99th Regiment. The The recognition of Methodism, and working of the “ Home," as well as its the establishment of a religious ser. necessity and importance, was clearly vice for the benefit of Wesleyans on set forth. Christian intercourse in the board the “Ganges," originated from camp was recommended, and the posi- the circumstance that some of the tion of Methodism in relation to the senior boys belonging to our Sundayarmy was well defined. The rights of school in this town had joined the soldiers to religious liberty, by “ Her ship's company. The vessel is anchored Majesty's Regulations,” were fully about three miles up the “Roads,” and explained to the large number of the is not easy of access; but in the first military who were present. A portion week of this year I was able to go on of the band of the 99th Regiment per- board, when I had an interview with formed some excellent and suitable the captain and first-lieutenant, both music; and Episcopalian, Presbyterian, of whom were ready to accede to my and Wesleyan ministers joined in pro- proposal to establish a Sunday service moting the object of the meeting. Our on shore for as many of the youths as Army Committee was well represented might be willing to attend. Inquiry by its secretary, the Rev. C. Prest. soon elicited the fact that many
of them had been brought up in 3. FALUOTTH. (Training-ship"Gan- Methodist Sunday schools in Man. grs.") From the Rev. J. E. Coulson. chester, Doncaster, Cardiff, Pembroke,
VOL. XIX. - FIFTH SERIES.
and several other parts of the king besides those who come to the Method. dom. An effort to keep these in con- ist chapel. nection with the godly associations of A similar morning service has been early life, by continuing a kind pastoral held up to the present time every Sun. influence over them, was felt to be day, when the weather bas admitted exceedingly desirable, and likely to be of coming ashore. At the last of these promotive of their best interests all an officer and forty-four of the youths through life.
were in attendance. My endeavour is On the second Sunday in the year the to be with them myself as frequently first service was held in Wesley Chapel, as possible; and I am glad to learn at half-past nine o'clock, the ordinary that the lads like the service, and that service not commencing until eleven their behaviour on board is good and o'clock, and a separate service for the creditable. Total abstinence has been sailors being indispensable. I preached introduced amongst the sbip's comon St. Paul's shipwreck, Acts xxvii. pany; several are practising it, and 44. We used the “Hymn-Book for others are about to do so. Cottage-Services," and many of the The orders of the Admiralty secure youths knew the old Methodist tunes the presentation of a copy of the Holy which were raised. They sang out in Scriptures to each young man upon bearty tones, and now and then the leaving the training-ship; and I should quivering lip and glistening eye, in spite like very much to have the means of of attempts at concealment, betrayed presenting each of the Wesleyan kindling emotion, and told of home. youths with a copy of our Hymn-Book.” recollections: : a gracious influence was These young men in a few years will at work upon their hearts. At the close go to the ends of the earth, and instead of an hour's service, many of them, as of being a reproach and disgrace to the they took their caps to go, turned Christian name, as men-of-war's-men towards the desk, and said,
in days gone by have too frequently you, Sir.” I gave them some of Mr. been, may scatter the seed of Gospel Smithies’ “temperance” publications, truth, and in their own way become kindly supplied by that gentleman for heralds of the Cross. the purpose, and have since had the Altogether I am much gratified with satisfaction of knowing that they are what has been done, and anticipate read with interest by others on board still better results in the future.
1. SANDHURST.–From the Rev. J. B. services in three months. The num. Alger.-—April 29th, 1873.-The home- ber of members in June, 1870, was mission work of the past three years sixty-four, and the income from classes calls for our gratitude, and inspires and quarterly collections, £7 4s. 100. hope. In March, 1870, Sandhurst cha- At present there are six places regu. pel, a farm-house kitchen at Hawley, larly supplied with preaching ; one and a small room at Yateley, were the hundred and fifty-six Sabbath services only places for preaching on this are held, with forty-two on weekhome-mission station. Crowthorne nights, in addition to the prayerchapel was not completed, but was open. meetings and school-visitation. We ed for Divine service on the 17th of April, also hold a fortnightly service at the 1872. There were held at that time Broadmoor Asylum during the quarter. eighty Sunday and twelve week-night The present number of Church-mem
bers is seventy-eight. Though all our improvement which has been observed people are poor, belonging to the labour- in their general conduct since the ing classes, they are raising at the commencement of this work. rate of £56 per annum for the sup- Our day-school is improving, and port of their minister. In addition, will do us good service. Notwithstandthe trust-property has been increased ing the money which bas been raised from £600 in value to £1,249; three to provide some accommodation for sites having been secured for chapels, our congregations, a considerable sum the new chapel built at Crowthorne, will yet be required to clear the debt and a day-schoolroom at Sandhurst. off our new day-schoolroom, and erect The following is a more complete chapels on the three sites secured, financial statement.
also one at York Town. Until this is
done, we cannot hope to make rapid For the Support of Ministry 134 16 0 strides in adding to our members, for Connexional Collections 3) 0 0 our congregations must necessarily be Sandhurst Chapel Trust. 29 8 0 small in the present rooms, Sandhurst Day School, Cur
2. EASTBOURNE.-From the Rev. J. rent Account .
164 3 6
S." Hill.--March 31st, 1873,-The Sandhurst Day School Building, Subscriptions paid 158 5 2
progress of the work of God on this Crowthorne Chapel Trust. 55 7 8
mission is steady. At the beginning Crowthorne Chapel, Paid-off
of this year, as in 1872, we held serDebt
vices which were seasons of refreshing,
0 0 York Town-Rent, etc. 12 0 0
and which were blessed to the conHartley Row-Rent, etc. 20 0 0
version of some who had been under Hartley Row, Paid on Chapel
religious impressions. Several of these Site
22 0 0
are interesting instances of a thoughtYateley-Rent, etc.
10 0 0
ful grasp of the truth of the Gospel, Bracknell, Paid on Chapel
and not unthinking professions of Site
16 7 0
religion, destined to be “as the Books, etc., Sold
morning cloud, and as the early dew 0
that passeth away." These new con. £900 7 4 verts have one and all given evidence
of their sincerity by their love for These figures are a plain indication Christian fellowship, and the various that “ the Lord of the harvest ” is means of grace which are the life of raising up a people in this destitute the Christian Church. neighbourhood, who shall show forth meetings are well attended, and often His praise, and convert the wilder marked by much true spiritual ness into a fruitful field.
The Society has grown in One of the most interesting services spirituality and in intelligent love for is held by the minister in the Criminal Methodism. The support of this Lunatic Asylum at Broadmoor, on mission by the Home-Mission Fund Thursday morning, once a fortnight. not only secures to the numerous Before the service, half an hour is de- Methodist visitors the opportunity voted to teaching about twenty of the of worshipping God, according to their inmates tunes suitable for our hymns. preference, but is the means of benefitThis has created an interest in the ing many good, if poor, people, who succeeding devotions, and secured at. would otherwise be “ as sheep having tention. The patients are well-behaved no shepherd.” during the service, which lasts for an Our financial position, as a result of hour after the singing; and best of all, varied efforts made during the year, is the authorities testify to the marked a subject for gratulation and thankful.