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EDWARD

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Alaska

face of many difficulties he endeavored to build up a congregation whose ideals of worship and work should be reverent and unselfish.

In 1902 he joined the clergy staff of Calvary Church, New York, expecting to spend two years studying the work of a great city parish. Instead of two years he spent five, and endeared himself not only to the people of the upper east side, but to many of the more privileged members of the parish.

Last summer, when word reached the East of the great need of the District of Alaska, Mr. Newton announced his willingness to volunteer, if Bishop Rowe could use him. Owing to delay in reaching the bishop, it seemed impossible that Mr. Newton could go to the field this winter. When, however, early in October, an urgent message came from Bishop Rowe that Mr. Newton should come to

his help quickly, the rector of Calvary, NEWTON

recognizing the great need of the Alaska mission, released Mr. Newton. He

sailed from Seattle November 24th, A RECRUIT FOR 1907.

ALASKA
HE Rev. Edward P. Newton, who

A MESSENGER TO has gone to Alaska to take

THE WOMEN OF charge of Valdez, Seward and neighboring missions, is

JAPAN native of Vermont. Although none of his ministerial life has been spent in the N Miss Bertha R. Radford, who sailed Green Mountain State, it has a right to for Japan last month, Virginia claim him as another of its gifts to the gives another worker to the mission mission field. It has already given men field abroad. She was educated at like the Rev. John W. Chapman, of An- home until she entered the Lynchburg vik, Alaska, the Rev. Walter C. Clapp, Iligh School. Then she took two years of the Philippines, and the Rev. R. C. at Randolph Macon College, specializing Wilson, of China, as well as Miss Ger- in pedagogy and psychology. After trude Stewart, also of China.

leaving college Miss Radford taught in Mr. Newton was educated at St. John's the schools of her home city of LynchSchool, Manlius, Trinity College, Hart- burg, and at the same time rendered ford, and the Berkeley Divinity-school. valuable service a Sunday-school He is another of Bishop John Williams's teacher and leader of the Junior Auxil"boys,” and was ordained to the diac- iary in St. Paul's parish. Her successonate by him. After his ordination Mr. ful experience in the parish resulted in a Newton immediately went to the West, growing desire to serve the Church's and for a number of years was rector of work abroad. Japan made a strong apIIoly Trinity Church, Pueblo. In the peal to her because of the needs of the

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people and the evident readiness of many of them to hear the Christian message. She accordingly entered St. Faith's Training-school in New York and completed the course with credit. Those who know her well predict a successful career in the mission field, for as one layman says, “she has the pluck and energy of half a dozen women.”

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A LIBRARY IN SIGHT
FOR WUCHANG

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MISS BERTHA R. RADFORD

Tokyo

ISS M. E. WOOD, of the Dis

trict of Hankow, is returning
to China on January 20th.

During her furlough in this country she has been endeavoring to secure gifts for the erection of a library in connection with Boone College, Wuchang. Of the $15,000 asked for, about $4,800 have been given. The Hon Seth Low, formerly president of Columbia University, New York, in making a gift to the li- thinkers of the Western world as well as brary fund, said that he did so because to the works of their own sages. "I was he believed “Wuchang to be a centre surprised,” he says, "and much interested where a library of high order will be of to see how much had been done with vast benefit to China and the Chinese.

small means.

If a proper building with It is, in a sense, a nerve centre in the well-lined shelves and a fit reading-room body politic, from which impulses of could be added to Boone College, I am every sort are disseminated through the sure it would open a new world to the vast multitudes comprising the Chinese multitude of young men assembled in Empire. The recent awakening of China the city. The enthusiastic craving for to the importance of Western learning learning was pathetic. To be able to has added new emphasis to the old im- bring within their reach sane literature portance of Wuchang, and I can think would indeed be a privilege." of nothing more sagacious on the part of Although the full amount is not yet those who wish China. well than to do in sight, Bishop Roots proposes to beeverything possible to strengthen at Wu- gin the library in such a way that it chang the influences that make for good. can be readily enlarged as additional Believing as I do in the profound in- help comes. While this plan is not alfluence of a good library, it gives me together economical or satisfactory, it pleasure to help forward this work.” is the best that can be done under the

Dr. Lloyd, after personal observation circumstances. Doubtless there of the situation at Wuchang, has ex- many friends who have heard of this enpressed his conviction that no more terprise and who intend to help it forvaluable service could be rendered to ward. This is the time to give the help. Boone College and the students of the Gifts may be sent to George C. Thomas, city than to have within their reach such Treasurer, 281 Fourth Avenue, New a library as would introduce them to the York.

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TWO OF DR. DRIGGS'S POINT HOPE FRIENDS, WHO MAY BE

SORELY HUNGRY THIS WINTER

POINT HOPE NOTES

BY THE REVEREND JOHN B. DRIGGS

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summer No supplies for the mission have than usual, the thermome- arrived this year. If the vessel delays ter registering a number of much longer, it is doubtful if anything

times between 50° and 58o. can be landed, the fall gales having alAll that has now passed, and the mes- ready begun. At present I do not know senger of another approaching long win- what the consequence will be; fuel and ter is making its appearance in the oil are about exhausted and my larder shape of a new white mantle of snow is growing slim. The natives were unon the Rocky Mountains in the distance. successful in their whaling last spring,

Bishop Rowe expected to visit Point so they have no meat laid by in the iceHope in August, but he is a very busy houses for future use, neither had they man and did not manage to arrive. Why, bone to trade with the ships for supplies. I have not yet learned. There was a It looks as if we may experience hard class of twenty-seven for him to confirm. times next winter. To-morrow, worship Last year the first new building was will be held in a cold church, there being erected, the past summer a fine bell- no fuel to warm it. tower constructed.

It had been my intention to make a The young men of the mission are trip to Candle last summer, as it would proving themselves quite capable carpen- be a good place to establish a mission ters, needing but little instruction. The station, there being nothing in that line second building will not be started until there. The tardiness of the supply after Bishop Rowe comes and a schooner has upset those plans. Candle sultation is held.

City is a flourishing mining camp about

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250 miles southeast of here, I also wanted to look around there to see if a whale-boat thirty feet long could be procured; one having an engine of four or five horsepower to drive a twelve-inch propeller wheel, using kerosene oil or wood alcohol to generate its motive force.

With such a boat the mission would be in a much safer condition than at present. Should the supply schooner be wrecked any year, Candle City could be visited for fresh supplies, some work done along the coast, driftwood collected for home use, and letters mailed during the fall.

For a number of whaling seasons I hare tried to introduce prosperity among the natives by lending aid to the young men, telling them if they were successful

in capturing a large whale, to bring me one-half the bone. When enough had been accumulated to be sent down, their supplies would be ordered up for a store, they to run the store themselves for their own benefit. There is no trading-post on Point Hope, and Candle is too distant to be a convenience.

Being the local correspondent of the leading home paper, I receive the news occasionally through the winter when some native happens to be coming along the coast. The nearest post-office station is 150 miles from here, at Kotzeben. It is quite a contrast to the early days, when news would only be received once a year.

Point Hope, Alaska, September.

THE REFLEX INFLUENCE OF MISSIONS

BY THE REVEREND WILLIAM T. MANNING, D.D.

ASSISTANT RECTOR OF TRINITY PARISH, NEW YORK

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The editor has asked several clergymen to share with their brethren in the ministry the outlines of sermons on the Church's Mission, in the hope that what has proved effective in one congregation may be suggestive to the leaders of many others, as they endeavor to train their people in the duties of Christian discipleship. It is more blessed to give than to re- Let us think, then, of what we may call ceire. Acts 20: 35.

“The Reflex Influence of Missions”—the AINT PAUL tells us that these blessing which comes to the Church at

are our Lord's own words. We home through her work done for others. know how true they are in the 1. Our work in the mission fields

life of the individual. They shows us where we stand. are just as true in the life of the It is the measure of the reality of our Church.

religion. There is nothing that more We think often of the blessings which surely reveals a lack of personal religion, the Church gives through her missionary a lack of living faith in Christ, than a work, but the Church receives through lack of interest in missions. that work even greater blessing than she The man who feels that his religion is gives.

not worth sending to the heathen, is The work done in the mission fields probably right; but if his own religion gives power and inspiration and new life more real, he would feel that to the Church at home.

Christ's message is worth sending to any Wherever there is a parish or a mis- man, anywhere, who has not received it. sion or a diocese that is touched with the Missions hold up the mirror in which missionary spirit, we see a living illus- we may see our own religious lives cleartration of the truth that “It is more ly. They show us what we really think blessed to give than to receive."

and feel about our Lord and His Gospel.

were

2. Missions not only give us the. messengers of the Gospel of the Son of measure of Christ's power in our own God. hearts, they offer us the most unmistak

4. Missions offer to us at home the. able witness of His power in the lives of opportunity for the purest offering that others.

we can make, the offering that is freest They afford the most striking "evi

from all forms of selfishness. dences of Christianity” that we have to- The money which we give to missions day. They are the proof of our Lord's

brings us no return; it adds nothing to real and active presence in this world.

the numbers or the efficiency or the Men may account for the home minis

equipment of our own parishes; it does try. They cannot account for the mis

nothing for our own city; it goes to sionary or explain his work except

help men and women whom we shall through the power of the Risen and Liv

never even see until we meet them in the ing Christ.

streets of the New Jerusalem. The missionary works miracles of help

5. But our gifts for missions are not and healing, of moral renewal and spirit

only our most unselfish offerings, they ual regeneration; he creates a new type

are our most direct acknowledgment of of character among those to whom he

Him Whom we worship and serve. goes.

We are interested in this work not beThere is no other Name given under Heaven in which such works have been

cause it appeals to our sympathy or our

imagination or our judgment, though performed, and are being performed, ex

this it assuredly does, but because it is cept that of Ilim in Whose Name the

the carrying out of the wish of our Lord missionary goes.

and Saviour Jesus Christ. We need to think more of the evi

He is the One Who asks this of us. dential value of missions.

The last words that He uttered on this 3. Jissions bring home to us the earth were, “Go ye into all the world and supreme importance of certain preach the Gospel to every creature." Faith," a whole-hearted belief, a deep We who believe in Him must feel it a and living conviction.

great privilege and joy to have so actual They show us the weakness of the a share in bringing about His purpose merely negative and academic and criti- for the world, to be so directly instrucal attitude which we sometimes see in mental in furthering His plans. the home Church.

Those who try to bear their part in The missionary is not one who is wait- this work know how, year by year, in the ing for the truth of the Christian re- parish and in the individual it deepens ligion to be discovered or decided upon; devotion and quickens faith and he is one who has found the Truth as it strengthens the sense of personal alleis in Christ; who is able to say, “I giance to Him in Whose Name only it know Whom I have believed and am per- is done. suaded that He is able to keep that which The day of the Missionary Offering is I have committed unto Him against that the day when the tides of spiritual life day."

rise to their highest in the parish that If the Christian religion were the-mere has come, even a little, to feel what misresult of human speculation, if it were sions mean. only the best philosophy of life and of When the Church everywhere comes, God that men have so far evolved, there more and more she is coming, to would be little reason for missions. think of missions with the mind of

Few missionaries would be found Christ, to feel about them as her Lord ready to leave all and go to a strange and Master does, she will learn the full land to teach men a superior philosophy; meaning of His saying that “It is more men will always be ready to go as the blessed to give than to receive.”

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