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evergraduated. He came from a day-schooling and taking work in Mexico), was
as a small heathen boy. The last named is formally approved by the Board. His
the third generation of his family in the wife, now in Oberlin, O., will join him
ministry. His grandfather was, and his later at his new post, Torreon.
father is, a clergyman of the Church

Missionary Society.
At the request of Bishop Graves, at

At the meeting on April 21st, Miss the meeting of the Board on April 21st,

Elizabeth Scott Attee, of Cincinnati, Miss Ann Rebecca Torrence, of Marion,

0., by Bishop Knight's request, was apInd., was appointed a missionary worker

pointed under the Woman's Auxiliary in the Shanghai District under the

United Offering as a woman worker in Woman's Auxiliary United Offering.

his district. Hankow By request of Bishop Roots Mr. T. J.

MISSIONARY Hollander was appointed April 21st a lay missionary in the Hankow District. He

SPEAKERS will serve in connection with Boone College, Wuchang. He has been a mission

OR the convenience of those arary of another society. Mr. Everard P.

ranging missionary meetings, Miller, Jr., was appointed at the bish

the following list of clergy and op's request for Anking; the appoint

other missionary workers availment to take effect upon his graduation

able as speakers is published: from Princeton University this spring.

When no address is given, requests for

the services of these speakers should be Tokyo

addressed to the Corresponding SecreIn Trinity Cathedral, Tokyo, on the tary, 281 Fourth Avenue, New York. Second Sunday in Lent, March 15th, the Bishop of Tokyo advanced to the priest

Department Secretaries hood the Rev. Tsutagoro Katoda, assisted Department 1. The Rev. J. DeW. by the Rev. Messrs. Cooke and Madeley; Perry, Jr., 213 Wooster Street, New the former being the preacher. The new Haven, Conn. priest has been placed in charge of

Departments 4 and 7. The Rev. R. Grace Church, Tokyo.

W. Patton, care of the Rev. C. B. WilThe Rev. GEORGE WALLACE, returning mer, D.D., 412 Courtland Street, Atlanta, to Japan by way of Europe, sailed from Ga. New York by the steamer Finland on

Department 6. The Rev. R. W. Clark, April 11th.

D.D., 720 Jefferson Street, Detroit, Mich. Miss IRENE P. MANN, returning to Department 8. The Rev. L. C. Santhis country on regular furlough, after ford, 1215 Sacramento

Street, San a visit in England, sailed from South- Francisco, Cal. ampton by the steamer Kaiser Wilhelm II. on April 15th and arrived at New

Alaska York on the 21st.

Miss Florence G. Langdon, of Fair

banks. Kyoto

China DR. LIONEL A. B. STREET resigned his appointment as missionary physician in

Mr. M. P. Walker, of St. John's Unithe District of Kyoto on October 27th.

versity, Shanghai. Mexico

Work Among Negroes in the South The appointment by Bishop Aves of The Rev. S. H. Bishop, Secretary of *the Rev. Harry G. Limric, formerly our the American Church Institute for Nemissionary in Japan (temporarily resid- groes: 500 West 122d Street, New York.


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This same Jesus

shall so come in like manner
as ye have seen him go into heaven
E is gone—and we remain

the cities and mining communities of In this world of sin and pain: the state. Page 341. In tnis void that He has left,

To guide with Thy Spirit and On this earth of Him bereft.

guard with Thy love the American We have still His work to do,

and Chinese missionaries carrying We can still His path pursue;

the Gospel into North Kiangsu. Seek Him both in friend and foe, Page 342. In ourselves His image show.

To rule the hearts of all young -Stanley. men in St. Paul's College, Tokyo, so

that they may acknowledge Thee as THANKSGIVINGS

their King and show forth Thy *We thank Thee"

glory 'among their fellow-students. For Thy gracious Presence and Page 366. Power forwarding all our mission- To bring to a successful concluary endeavors. 1

sion the effort now being made to For the progress of the Church in secure the money for the erection of Cuba, and especially for the opening the new building at St. Luke's Hosof the new Holy Trinity Church, pital, Shanghai. Page 349. Havana. Page 338.

To follow with Thy Spirit the For the courage and faith of Bish- young men and women who have reop Graves and the staff in Shanghai cently entered upon their work in in carrying the Church into North the distant missions. Page 367. Kiangsu. Page 342.

To preside in all the deliberations For the privilege of laying the of the Pan-Anglican Congress, that foundations upon which stable Chris- whatever is said or done may contian governments may be erected in

tribute to the extension of Thy the Far East. Page 345.

Kingdom and the welfare of men. For the success of the first representative Conference of the Dis

FOR THE NEW VENTURE IN trict of Hankow. Page 362.

For the great extension of the

Church throughout the world, as evi-
denced by the preparations for the
Pan-Anglican Congress.?

deemer, who wouldest not that INTERCESSIONS

any should perish, but that all

men should be saved and come to “That it may please Thee"

the knowledge of the truth; Fulfil So to rule the hearts of all en- Thy gracious promise to be present gaged upon the construction of the

with those who go forth in Thy Panama Canal that their work may Name to preach the Gospel, esnot only contribute to the commer- pecially with those entering upon cial progress and prosperity of the new work ii the District of Shangnations, but even more may help in hai.

Be with them in all perils by the extension of the Kingdom of land or by water, in sickness and disGod. Page 350.

tress, in weariness and disappointTo be with the Bishop of Nevada

ment, in

and happiness. as he enters upon his work among

Give them peace and sure confidence dwell too exclusively

in Thee. Pour out upon them abunworld's great need, and the apparently dantly Thy Holy Spirit, and prosper utter inadequacy of the means to meet the mightily the work of their hands. need. But the means are not inadequate,

Send unto them, according to their because we really have at our disposal the whole power of God."

need, faithful and true fellow-labor2 The Congress Committee is in corre- ers, and give them a rich increase spondence with two hundred and forty- here, and a blessed reward hereafter; seven dioceses with regard to sending delegates. of these dioceses only thirty-seven

for the sake of Jesus Christ our are in England and Wales.

Lord and Saviour. Amen.



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[Miss Farthing went out to Alaska, from Chicago, in 1901. At first she was stationed at Anvik, but later transferred to Fairbanks. On her return for vacation she was obliged to spend some weeks in hospital, and to have an operation performed, but last summer went back to Alaska and was stationed at Neenana.

St. Mark's Mission is seventy-seven miles from Fairbanks, sixteen miles from the telegraph station. The following extracts from Miss Farthing's letters, written upon the journey and since her return, will make the readers of THE SPIRIT OF Missions better acquainted with her than perhaps they have heretofore been. The Chicago branch of the Woman's Auxiliary enjoys the pleasure and the privilege of supporting her in her work.]


August 17th, 1907.
Espent Thursday in Skag-

way, and on Friday took
the train over the White

Pass. How grand and beautiful it is! Unfortunately, we hear


our boat is on a sandbar and cannot get in until Monday, and maybe later. We are very sorry to have to wait so long, but there seems to be no help for it.

This is a pretty town among the mountains. If the boat does not come tomorrow we will go out and see the copper

The Woman's Auxiliary


mines, which are most interesting. Mr. Cody, of the Church of England, called upon us and is very kind. There is a pretty little church and it is never locked, and we have had a beautiful service there. We hear so much about Bishop Bompas and his wonderful work. Mr. Cody is writing an account of his life, and the book will be called “The Apostle of the North.” We who have lived in this northern country will be most interested in reading it when it is published.

The boat, I hear, has just come in, so we shall leave on Monday. I was getting anxious, for the river is lower every day, which denotes that navigation will close early this year. I am feeling very well, and am so glad I did not wait over. I meet Alaskan friends all along the way, and hear all the news.

with sore eyes, and some of them so dirty one hated to look at them, and halfstarved dogs. I make them keep their eyes clean, and some of them are better. Most of the Indians live in tents all winter. I started to try to make them build cabins, and had the logs drawn for one for blind Moses, the native lay-reader. Then he had no window, no door, no lumber for floor, no nails. I was so glad when it was at last finished that I have not mentioned the word "cabin” since! The people just live from day to day, and it is hard for them to get ahead. A white man has a little store and trades with them. We have no post-office and are dependent on the kindness of some traveller to take or bring our mail. The telegraph office is sixteen miles away, but we hope to get the connection with it sometime during the winter.

The school building was not finished when I first arrived, and there were only about sixteen children or young people here, so during October I taught them in my cabin. On November 1st the schoolhouse was complete, so I telegraphed the Indians at different points to bring their children to school, and hope to have them all here next week. The children are dear, and some of them so bright. In the mornings they run in, so anxious to show me how clean their hands are.

Luke, a little boy of eight, asked me, "Have you ever killed

moose, caribou, chicken, rabbit?” When I answered "No," he said, “Then you only savez English.” I felt anxious not to go down in his estimation, so told him that in Chicago we had no moose. When the little ones saw a picture of a two-story house they all said “Steamboat."

DAWSON, August 23d. Here we are in Dawson, waiting for a boat, having missed connections; and the machinery, too, needed repairing. I hope we may not have to wait more than four or five days. We are all so anxious to reach our destinations. The boats are overcrowded; people hurrying to get to their various homes before navigation closes. The newcomers are enjoying the novelty of the trip and their surroundings. We are staying in such a beautiful two-story log cabin, covered with beautiful flowers and vines. The English church gave a flower festival, and one could hardly see a more beautiful collection of flowers outside than they had here. Everyone took their choicest plants and cut flowers.


NEENANA, November 4th. I have a nice little cabin, warm and cosy and comfortable. Some days when I come in I feel I love my little home. I was obliged to have a storeroom built, for I had no place for my supplies. The Indians are very nice, kind and helpful.

My first impression of the Indian village was a group of tents, a number of children and grown people, nearly all

January 21st, 1908. When I first came here Miss Alexander spent a week with me, helping me get settled, as I was not then very strong. Now I am very well, I am thankful to say. Miss Emberley has been here for a few days, and after New Year's Mr. Betticher made a ten days' visit.



Blind Moses is the native helper in our work, a very nice-looking Indian, and wonderfully active for a blind per

He saws his own wood and does many other things. He is very fond of dress and bright colors, and when one gives him anything wants at once to know its color. He keeps his cabin beautifully clean and is always wanting a white collar, but as I would have to iron them for him, I have given him only one! He preaches twice on Sunday, and it is very touching to see him when he kneels in prayer, his hands clasped and raised above his head, and his sightless eyes lifted to heaven. He does not understand English, so I have started to help him on Friday nights with his sermons, woman from Tanana interpreting for me.

I feel so thankful to have my own little cabin when I return to it from the village, about half-past seven at night. I have it lined with red burlap, with shelves all round; six chairs, and bed or couch and a table. It does not sound very much, but it really is nice with the little things I have. The kitchen is small, but quite nice, with a white glazed paper on the wall.

At Christmas-time the Fairbanks people helped me out, and 'I gave away nearly everything I owned-dish-towels, pillow-cases, soap-50 we did very well. The Indians all returned about Thanksgiving, over 200 of them. Often I would have sixty-five in the school, from four years old up, and seats for only fortytwo. There were fifteen and twenty living in the cabin, so I went the rounds and said all those who had no cabins must live in tents. The filth was dreadful; sick and well, dogs and pups, all together. The tents they could keep clean, and on Saturdays all clean up for Sunday. I did feel proud when I got all the children to come to school with clean faces and tidy hair. Such a time as I have had with sore eyes! I brought a number over every night after school and attended to them, and by the time I started for the village it would be after

five. Then at eight o'clock some of the boys who are not able to come to school in the day come in to read with me. Three little children at different times were cruelly scalded; their mothers are so careless! I did dread taking care of them; they cried so, poor little things! Twice they came over for me in the night, as the children were “hollering so," so off I started with hot-water bags. The children are like wild rabbits; they cannot see why they cannot do just as they like. They lie, steal, swear and use such vulgar language, and chew tobacco as though it were candy. When I make them throw it away they feel heartbroken. Yet they are dear little children, and, when you get to know them, each is lovable.

The people are starting off now for their hunting. Laura, a little girl of eight, came and said she wanted to stay with me.

Then Albert came to say goodby, and returned in about half an hour. “Julia she too much cry, she wants to stay." So I took her. Then Luke's mother is not a nice woman, and I told her if she went away I would take Luke from her, which I have done. So I have two children, with nothing but the rags they stand in. I first cleaned their dirty little heads, boiled their clothes, so they are clean, made a skirt of mine into a dress for Julia, and so am making out for the girls; but Luke is a sight. They are all about the same age-eight years so bright, and, considering the homes, are wonderful. I told Luke he must not eat like a little pup. When he returned from a potlach, he said, "All the Indians eat like dogs." They are learning English so quickly, and if they try hard all day I give each a little candy to go to bed with. The two little girls sleep on the floor in my room and Luke in the kitchen. Of course it is an extra expense to feed them, but I felt it was right to take them, and somehow it always comes out right in the end. But sometimes when I think of all there is to be done my heart fails me, and I can only pray for strength to do my best.

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