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A DAY AT SAN ANDRÉS, MEXICO CITY
BY THE REVEREND LEFFERD M. A. HAUGHWOUT
LER - INKITY - LING - LING- markably well. The little chapel, simply
ling! kler-inkity-ling! kler- a room set apart for the purpose, is furinkity-ling! The little old nished with a churchly altar, constructed
bell of San Andrés, picked up by a local carpenter. The young ladies in a junk-store, with 1737 cast upon its of the Junior Guild of Christ Church side, is telling the world with all the en- are making a very handsome white silk thusiasm of its silvery-mellow voice that frontal for Easter. As is proper, a great it is time to wake up. It is a quarter, deal of stress is laid upon the religious past six, and the morning is still gray; side of the life in St. Andrew's, both but St. Andrew's boys are stirring. In in the teaching and worship. It is our a few minutes they come tumbling out aim to set a standard which the boys can of the dormitory, and make a rush for take with them when they go out again the lavanderia, where they take their among their own people, whether as morning wash-out of doors. They are clergy or laymen. On Sundays they all not afraid of cold water, these Mexican attend the local parish church of San boys, although the morning is frosty, for Pedro, where they form the choir. But it is mid-winter in the City of Mexico, the saints' days celebrations are in the 7.350 feet above sea-level. There is noth
seminary chapel. ing that they delight in more than a cold Service over, the regular school work shower-bath.
of the day begins. And now the versatile There is half an hour of busy prepara- character of the institution comes to tion, and then Kler-inkity-ling! kler- light. There are boys of ten who have inkity-ling! and Captain Arce calls out come in from distant country places to in stentorian tones, A formar! There is learn their a-b-c's; and from that grade mo parade ground, but the boys form
on up to the two young men, Daniel Arce their line on the broad path of the little and Lorenzo Saucedo, who are studying flower-garden which fronts the building. theology. Most of the younger boys are A great banana tree waves its broad
looking forward to Holy Orders, and leaves overhead, while underneath is a
very promising profusion of sweet-scented violets, roses Others will make better carpenters or and geraniums not yet caught by the printers; and so we are starting, in a frost. After a brisk drill of fifteen min- small way, to introduce industrial trainutes, just to warm up, the line reforms
ing. A printing press and outfit we alon the coredor for inspection. Every ready have, though it is necessary to keep pair of hands must be exhibited as the it at old San Pedro's on account of the captain goes down the line. If all are lack of room. Two of the boys have beclean, hair brushed, and shoes polished, come quite skilful at typesetting. We the line turns "by the left flank” and have also put up a carpenter's bench, and, marches into the comedor for breakfast. with the few tools that we have been able
After breakfast all hands turn in to to buy, are teaching them to make simple make beds, sweep, and tidy up. And articles of furniture for the school. But then the little bell speaks again, but as the funds provided are not supposed more solemnly this time, for it is the to cover this development, the progress is hour of matins. It would be a surprise naturally slow. to our friends of the North if they could The teaching staff consists of the hear St. Andrew's boys sing the morning writer, who teaches English in different service, psalter and all, without even the grades, mathematics and history; the help of an organ. They love the simple Rev. Fausto Orihuela, theology, Bibli. plainsong tones, and keep the pitch re- cal interpretation and Spanish rhetoric;
the Rev. J. V. Hernandez, Bible and ing, or carpentering, as the case may be. Spanish grammar for the younger boys, After supper there is an hour for study; and Miss Gordon, who teaches most of and then the little old bell calls out for the elementary studies and keeps an eye evening prayers. Lights are out at nine upon the kitchen. Especial stress is laid for the younger boys, but the divinity upon English, as the language which will students do not retire until ten. open up to our candidates the broad field And so the day at San Andrés is at an of religious and theological literature. end. But what of the morrow? Well, It therefore takes precedence of the clas- to-morrow, mañana, we hope there will sics, which have not yet been introduced. be word from the Board of Missions that
At present there is not a single vol- the funds for the new building have ume of our Church theology in the come in, and that we can begin to break Spanish language.
ground at once. That is what we dream But to resume the story of the day's of every night. Would that it might doings; the morning classes last until come true! Then it would not be nec12:15, with a brief recess; and then essary to send poor little Augustin back comes dinner, preceded by the same in- to the mountain home, where he cannot spection as breakfast. The afternoon ses- even learn his a-b-c's, simply because sion lasts until three o'clock, after which there is no room for him to sleep in our there is an hour of military and athletic present restricted quarters. We have drill. It may seem strange to some to barely accommodations for fifteen, but have military exercises in a school the there are seventeen boys in residence. principal object of which is theological And we can have as many more as the instruction. But it is better than any- Church is generous enough to provide thing else for supplying the deficiencies for, for there are many others like the of the "tropical character.” It teaches the Roman Catholic mother, who brought boys and young men to be prompt, obedi- her two little boys last week, asking that ent and orderly. The rest of the after- they be brought up in our religion, and noon is spent in games, printing, garden- willing to pay the cost.
LETTERS TO THE
copal Church or some Church in com
munion with it are indispensable qualiEDITOR
fications. The man is needed in Tokyo
by September 10th. [THIS Department is open to all readers of THE SPIRIT OF MISSIONS for the discussion of Bishop McKim and President Tucker Dissionary matters of general interest. All com- ask the Board of Missions to nominate a munications must be accompanied by the writer's name and address, though names will not be published without permission. Opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily
I will be pleased to give any further inthose of THE SPIRIT OF MISSIONS.
The ap- formation desired. If any of the clergy pearance of a communication merely means that the Editor considers it of sufficient interest to know of young men before whom such an justify its publication.]
opportunity for usefulness might be THE CHURCH AND THE placed personally, I will be grateful if
names and addresses may be sent to me IMMIGRANTS
John W. WOOD, To the Editor of THE SPIRIT OF MISSIONS:
Corresponding Secretary. COMMISSION has been appointed 281 Fourth Avenue, New York.
by the Bishop of Connecticut to inquire in what ways the Church may bet- AN INVITATION FROM ter serve the immigrant foreigners in the
ANOTHER BATTLEFIELD diocese. As part of this inquiry I wish to compile the recorded experience of To the Editor of THE SPIRIT OF MISSIONS: other dioceses with foreign races, and 'HE warrior of the Prince of Peace such unrecorded experience as may be writing in the February number of kindly furnished by individuals. Refer- THE SPIRIT OF Missions has said a good ences as to diocesan journals, etc., and many true things. But he seems a bit summaries of facts and of methods, will doleful. Bid him cheer up; "there are be received gratefully and used toward others.” The humble soldier who writes giving at least a clearer view of certain this is sole shepherd of the “Historic problems before us all. If the indica- Church” in a parish of 7,500 square miles, tions seem sufficiently definite and sig- inside measure. One of his counties (he nificant in any direction, they will be has seven) is as large as the ninth part of published.
Iowa—and there are several larger counCHARLES SEARS BALDWIN. ties in this district. And isn't it a glorious Yale Station, New Haven, Conn., privilege to be hunting out and polishing March 9th, 1908.
up-amid the warped shingles and scal
ing paint—the gems for that glorious WANTED: A LAYMAN
making up of the jewels ! FOR JAPAN
Thank the Lord the people here think To the Editor of THE SPIRIT OF Missions:
more about the parson inside than the T. PAUL'S COLLEGE, Tokyo, needs
poverty of his garments! Get cheerful,
and then come to North Dakota to work a layman for its faculty. He should
ANOTHER OF THIEM. be unmarried, about twenty-five years old, and have a degree from some Ameri
AN ALASKA can college of good standing. If he has had some experience as a teacher, so
READING-ROOM much the better. And if he has some To the Editor of THE SPIRIT OF MISSIONS: acquaintance with business methods he
ANY of your readers have been would be of much use in the commercial contributors of magazines, etc., to department. A knowledge of music and
St. Matthew's Reading-room, and will a liking for athletic sports are likewise therefore be interested in this report of desirable. Good health and communi- the work accomplished during the year cant membership in the Protestant Epis- 1907.
The Reading-room was kept open, equipment,' dynamo, engine, repairs to lighted and heated, every week day in the the laundry, baths in dormitories and the year, and has been largely patronized. equipping of the artesian well; $2,500 is Besides the thousands of visits to the to be expended for agricultural equipReading-room, the men of this district ment, and $500 for students' missionary have received the following to take to work and special summer
courses for their claims on outlying creeks, which teachers. we, as representatives of those who sent
given out: Weekly maga- 'HE Institute has also authorized the zines, 10,983; monthly magazines, 6,533; re-engaging of the director of agrinewspapers, 704; books, 260; miscella- culture for both St. Paul's and St. Auneous, 965; making a grand total of gustine's, and an experienced auditor 19,445. Most of the books have been kept who is to have supervision of the finanon the shelves; duplicates have been
cial management at both schools. given away. CHARLES EUGENE BETTICHER, JR.
Y the kindness of a friend the GenSt. Matthew's Mission, Fairbanks, Alaska, January 201h, 1908.
the laying out by an architect and en
gineer of the grounds at St. Paul's, LawTHE AMERICAN renceville, and for a block plan for the
future development of the plant. ArchCHURCH INSTITUTE deacon Russell
, the principal of St.
Paul's, has been exceedingly fortunate in FOR NEGROES finding for the directorship of the indus
trial departments at that school a man HE Board of Trustees of the under whose administration the work is
American Church Institute for beginning to show decided improvement.
ary 11th, voted the following and in every respect the industrial work appropriations: To the Bishop Payne at St. Paul's is advancing. Divinity-school, current expenses, $900; payment of students for missionary work TITII the cordial consent and apduring the summer, $300. To St. Augus
proval of the faculty at St. Autine's School, Raleigh, $5,000, of which gustine's, a reorganization of school $900 is for deficit on the laundry build- methods will be made at the beginning ing erected by the Institute last year and of next year, by which the old system of for equipment of the same; $2,400 for grade teaching will be abolished and salaries to teachers; $600 for agricul- teachers will specialize along the lines of tural equipment; $600 current expenses,
interests and attainments. and $500 for students' missionary work This change has been for some time deand special summer courses to promising sired by the Rev. A. B. Hunter, the teachers. This makes $6,500 appro- principal. The teachers feel the inspirapriated to St. Augustine's this school tion involved in the possibility of doing year, the previous $1,500 being, $1,000 that which they most like to do and feel for current expenses and $500 for agri- best fitted to do. This plan will be supcultural equipment.
plemented by the continuation of approTo St. Paul's School, Lawrenceville, priations made last year by the Instithere was voted, at discretion of the gen- tute to specially promising teachers, eneral agent, $10,500, of which amount it abling them to attend teachers' institutes is expected to spend $4,000 for four or colleges during the summer and to teachers' cottages. Of the balance about take those subjects which they want to $2,000 will be expended for permanent make specialties.