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THE NEW HOME OF THE GAYLORD HART MITCHELL MEMORIAL KINDERGARTEN

BABIES AND JUNIORS IN AKITA

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BY EDNA B. ANDREWS
NOTHER year here in Akita Later, "His saints will meet Him in the

among the children enables us air.” And for a child five years old I
to look around among the little thought it most encouraging.

band and see the traces in The Juniors are doing nicely, and will young lives of lessons taught and lessons hold their annual meeting during the learned. A brighter light gleams in Epiphany season. They have been much many eyes, softer words fall from the

interested in a hospital in the Southern lips, and hands and hearts are often English diocese, and are working for eager to do little acts of love, knowing that, making a scrap-book of very thin and willing to do in Christ's name. woollen material—red cover and white

I am writing on the First Sunday in leaves—which they have buttonholed in Advent, and during the catechising of colored worsteds. the children, the very little ones an- Mr. Andrews is in Hirosaki on his regswered so well. One little fellow, who ular trip, and I was obliged to entertain comes from a home where influence must the second doctor of the army hospital, be like a stone about his neck, had his who called yesterday. This doctor told hand up continually. This hand is very me that many of the pictures (which small, but to attract the attention of the were the work of the Juniors at home) teacher and the envy of the other chil- that I gave the hospital two years ago dren, and to satisfy his own admiration, are still in use, and looked at and enhe waved the hand in a very much too joyed daily by sick soldiers. During the large green glove, which he wore through summer there were some charming Sunday-school. To a question as to our Perry pictures sent me. I should 80 Blessed Lord's second coming, he an- much like to know from whom! The re swered in the words of the Advent hymn ligious subjects among them I am keepthey had learned, "He will come in ing for the sick. The mystery of sufferclouds descending.” Then again, "He ing bears so many lessons, and some will come robed in dreadful majesty." must penetrate the hearts of the sick

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world, and all the Little Helpers, for Jesus' sake.” She will learn the text “Little children love one another," and so from her babyhood will be doing her part to help in the advancement of our Lord's Kingdom.

When she is five or six years old she will enter school and become one of our younger Juniors, learning by degrees to take up the good work that falls to the women of our land. As she goes in and out in the camp, singing the hymns she has learned at school, bowing her little head at noon to say her noon-day prayer, growing up among the older people of the tribe a loving Christian child, how happy may they be who have aided by their gifts and prayers in the making such mothers and such children possible among the Indian peoples of our land.

NE of the prettiest sights I saw,

when once driving over the plains of South Dakota, was

a little Indian girl standing between her father and mother alone on the great wide prairie. Her form was so erect and so graceful that my eyes gazed on it with delight; her dark blue dress, adorned with gleaming elks' teeth, fashioned in princess shape, might well have been worn by a little princess, and the brightness of the upturned face had the dignity and sweetness of Nature's own true child.

Such a child our own “Wasté Win," which is Indian for "Good Morning," must have been. This picture shows her with her baby girl in the shawl on her back, and her very name implies that she grew up a true and modest girl, honored by her parents and friends, before they became Christians, according to the customs of her people.

As a child she, too, wore a short flaring garment with elbow sleeves, and elks' teeth for decoration, beaded moccasins and leggins, and a skin blanket painted and adorned with porcupine quills brightly colored. Her ears were pierced top and bottom, and large shells, two inches wide, hung from them, such shells as were found in the creek beds of the streams some forty years ago.

The present dress of this young mother shows that she must have been in one of our mission schools in the early days of the Church among her people, and now she has probably become one of the leading workers of the missionary society, taking her baby with her to the meetings, as all our Indian women do.

This little one has her Babies' Branch mite-box and is taught the prayer "God bless all the missionaries all over the

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HOW TO KEEP LENT What a Twelve - Year-Old Indian

Girl Thinks about It
SH WEDNESDAY is the beginning

of Lent. You must give up something, sin

sweet thing that you like very

much. But don't give it

up
unless

you

like it. Everybody ought to give up some sin that they always do. Don't spend all the money

you have for sweet things. But you ought to put it all in your mite-boxes. Whatever you fast on you must try not to do it or eat it, if it is something to eat that you gave up. If you have tried to do good most of the time in Lent, you will be happy when Easter comes.

VERY Saturday afternoon I have

four or five of the little girls come from St. Hilda's to see me, and they certainly enjoy coming. They stay two hours. We play hide the thimble, blind man's buff, puss in the corner, and such games. They laugh as heartily and enter into the sport as gleefully

any little girls at home. Now they talk freely to me, saying far more than I can understand. Sometimes I show them English books with pictures, and tell them what the pictures illustrate. One day we made paper dolls, with real darning cotton bangs and braids, and tissue-paper Chinese dresses, that could come off. It was their first play at paper dolls, and they were delighted. We always end up our play with some little treat-at present oranges are the choice and then I take them to the school gate, where they all say good-by in English, and smilingly go back to school.

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THE JUNIORS IN MON

TEREY, MEXICO Mrs. Aves has ten girls in her Sundayschool class, and each has taken a Junior box. They are to have the Missionary Service leaflet and copies of the Children's Number of THE SPIRIT OF MisSIONS to sell.

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IS THE JUNIOR DEPARTMENT REALLY HELPING THE WOMAN'S AUXILIARY

AND THE BOARD OF MISSIONS?

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HIS is a question it is not

hard to answer, but there are several ways of answering it.

Let us begin with the Little Helpers of the Babies' Branch. We find them in fifty-six dioceses, and there are sixty-four leaders who are trying in those dioceses to reach the little children of the Church. This means so many women with one definite work to do: to enroll an army of babies and very little ones, and in doing this to reach-one never can tell how many—mothers and loving friends.

Second, these helpers are beginning at the very beginning to help train these little ones in systematic giving and in the habit of prayer with gifts.

Third, when the leaders ask the Babies for their help, they ask them to con

tribute $5,125 toward that $100,000 asked of the whole Woman's Auxiliary to the Board of Missions. Last year the Babies' Branch gave $2,420.74 toward this. Think how much in earnest they must be and how faithful their leaders, if they would more than double this gift during the present year.

But the Little Helpers have tender hearts, and last year, in addition to what they gave for General Missions, they gave $3,985.87 for other special works, chiefly to rebuild the kindergarten at Akita, which is their own peculiar care, and to support the native kindergartner; while every year they make their gifts for the hospital work in Raleigh, N. C., and at White Rocks, Utah, and plan to send a font to some mission station. Neither were the Lit

SOME SMALL MAINE JUNIORS ON THEIR

WAY TO AN AUXILIARY MEETING

tle Helpers left out from the United Of-
fering. The envelopes placed on the
alms basin in Richmond told us of gifts
from them in thirty-one different dio-
ceses, amounting to $327.13; but we do
not doubt that they gave largely more
than this. If our smallest children have
begun to contribute toward the next
United Offering—not only through their
gifts but through their own prayers or
those which their mothers make for
them—perhaps in future years Irene
Petrie's story will be more than once re-
peated from among them. Do you re-
member how her mother held her baby
girl by the fire in the winter twilight,
and sang to her:
"May'st thou grow to know and fear

Him,
Love and serve Him all thy days,
Then go dwell forever near Him,

See His face and sing His praise” ?

So may many others receive the reward of that mother, whose child gave up home and ease and comfort, and the companionship of those nearest and dearest to her on earth, for the love of the Master, whom she had thus been dedicated to serve.

And what are our older Juniors doing? We have a record of 144 leaders among these, in sixty-seven dioceses, while in branches where no diocesan leaders have been appointed, the officers of the Woman's Auxiliary are supposed to be in charge. Many of these leaders are our younger women, coming to their task with the enthusiasm that such work calls for, an enthusiasm sure to bring abiding results. To them we were indebted last year for three Junior pamphlets, full of most helpful suggestions, and the Woman's Auxiliary received from them $8,647.92 toward its $100,000, while in money specials they gave $14,540.47 and in missionary boxes $20,439.41. St. Paul's College, Tokyo, is the richer for the class-rooms which their gifts supplied, and what would our mission stations do without their Christmas remembrances?

Meeting in Richmond and learning there the world-wide need, with

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thoughtful and generous spirit they de cided that this year they would lay aside any personal preference for individual special gifts, and, in addition to anything already undertaken as annual pledges, try to gather $15,000 toward the Board's appropriations for the work in China. They chose this object on account of the study which so many branches of the Auxiliary—both of the women and the Juniors—are pursuing this year. Indeed, it is among our Junior leaders that we are finding some of those who are bringing to the Educational Department of the Board the most eager and intelligent helpfulness. These, too, are thinking with more seriousness than ever of the Juniors' share in the United Offering, and while they diligently pray that God may put it into the hearts of many faithful women to give themselves to His work in the mission field, many a one among them doubtless will ask and answer for herself the question: Is God speaking to my own heart this call ?

TO DIOCESAN OFFICERS

The March Conference will be held on Thursday the nineteenth, at 10:30 A.M., in the Board Room at the Church Missions House.

Special subject: "The Study of Missions."

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