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BY CONSTANCE R. WHEELER

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SUPPOSE we all know that the ing papers, which may be had by sending Pan-Anglican Congress is a great to the S. P. C. K., Northumberland ten days' meeting which is to take Avenue, London, or to the Rev. A. B.

place this summer in England be- Mynors, Church House, Westminster, tween June 15 and June 24 (St. with money enclosed. But I should like John Baptist's Day), and is to consist of to call your attention to a pamphlet, Prerepresentatives, lay as well as clerical, liminary, No. 7, by Mrs. Creighton, women as well as men, from every dio- widow of the late Bishop of London and cese in the Anglican Communion. President of the Women's Committee.

Many people know nothing more than It is called “Women's Work for the this of the Congress, and are somewhat Church and for the State." in the dark as to its purpose. It has been On St. John Baptist's Day, at the close thought by those who planned it that of the great Thanksgiving Service, a this meeting would be useful as an op- Thank-offering is to be made "for all the portunity for the free expression of blessings granted to our Church in its everybody's opinion on matters that are growth and spiritual development of vital importance to the Church as a throughout the world.” The money is to whole, and that these expressions of be given "for the strengthening and exopinion may be of service to the bishops tension of Christ's Kingdom throughout at the very important Lambeth Confer- the world.” It is expected that at this ence which takes place in July.

service men and women will offer themWhile the Lambeth Conference is the selves for whatever work in the Mission fifth that has been held, this is the first field they may be needed. One of the Pan-Anglican Congress. It is therefore suffragan bishops of England has alan experiment. It may be, and we ready signified his intention of making earnestly hope it will be, extremely help- one of this number. This offering of ful. It certainly will be watched with money and service is likely to come keen interest by the Church as a whole. largely from the English Church and On the other hand, its immense size may her colonial and missionary dioceses, render it unwieldy and therefore disap- since, owing to the short time since our pointing. Bishop Montgomery has more Thank-offering at Richmond, the Church than once, during the last two months, in the United States will hardly join to expressed grave doubts as to the possibil- any important extent in this great thankity of providing for the numbers who offering of money. Yet our loving gratiare sending for tickets. The standing tude to Almighty God for all we owe to capacity of St. Paul's Cathedral is our Mother, the Church of England, relimited to five thousand people, and it quires some expression. Surely, then, we looks as if more than twice that number should all unite, those who represent us were coming as members of the Congress. in England, and those of us who remain

The programme is an interesting one. at home, in praying earnestly during While not technically missionary, almost those ten days in June that God's blessall the subjects have a certain relation to ing may rest upon all that is done at the missionary work, and a good share of the Pan-Anglican Congress as well as at the time is to be given to direct conference Lambeth Conference, and upon each repon the Missions of the Church. I can- resentative from every branch of the not do more than allude to the interest

great Anglican Communion.

A YOUNG WOMAN'S BRANCH IN LOS

ANGELES DIOCESE

BY JULIA A. MEEKER

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UR diocesan president has

asked me to tell you about the work that dear Elizabeth

Dickinson started among the Foung women of All Saints' Parish.

The idea of a Young Woman's Branch had been in the mind of our rector some time before Miss Dickinson came to Pasadena, but he had not been able to find a leader. Our Junior branch was composed of quite little children, and there was a wide gap between that and the Woman's Auxiliary.

Elizabeth Dickinson came to us from Rochester, Western New York, full of interest in all lines of Church activity, well equipped by long training in parish work, and with a most devoted spirit. She had tact, sweetness, dignity, to a rare degree. She and the rector talked the situation orer together, and then she won over, one by one, a small company of young ladies who are still the nucleus and stand-by of the organization. At first it was entirely a local parish missionary guild, not connected with the Auxiliary of the diocese, and not sure whether it wished to be. There was a good deal of youthful independence in some of the members.

Our rector has always the fine good sense to see the good in a movement rather than its faults, and to trust that the faults will gradually be eradicated if the growth is healthy. Some of the young women who are

our best workers were, at first, quite sceptical on the subject of "sending their money to China and Japan when it was so much needed at home.”

The rector and the bishop said to the leaders: "Begin your work with something tangible, close at home, and then lead them to a gradual widening of the

horizon.” Deaconess Grebe gave us the same advice, and Deaconess Metzler, who was in Pasadena for awhile on sick leave from Kyoto, had charge of the first few study meetings.

The first definite work was furnishing the children's ward in the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Los Angeles. The next was a contribution of $100 toward the building of a club house for the Church of the Neighborhood, Los Angeles. We have kept in touch with both of these objects, sending supplies and Christmas boxes to our sick babies, and contributing regularly to the salary of the visiting nurse and deaconess at the institutional church, and sending boxes of clothing to their industrial store.

The first widening of our horizon took us into the work of Deaconess Miller, the lace teacher for Bishop Johnson among the Indians of Mesa Grande, San Diego County. From that, it was only a step to Bishop Kendrick's Indians and the Good Shepherd Hospital at Fort Defiance.

By this time we were having regular study, once a month, using as our textbook "The Kingdom Growing.” Bishop Kendrick's Indians took us to Bishop Hare's Indians, and then we went back to the work of Bishop Whipple and others who laid strong foundations. One or two more meetings made us familiar with the work of some of our Western bishops in mining camps and frontier towns. All this while, no word of “foreign" missions, that bugbear of the prejudiced! But the interest was deepening, and Elizabeth Dickinson's steady, serene faith could wait. I think it came in the natural course of the lessons in “The Kingdom Growing,” that our steps

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were led to Alaska. Once over that threshold, we were safe, for no could resist the heroism of the workers there. We outgrew our little text-book, took up the “Six Lessons on Alaska,” and found even those inadequate. We dug deep into THE SPIRIT OF MISSIONS, made maps, sorap-books, wrote personal letters, met the bishop himself on his trip here after that first bad accident on the road to Valdez. Later we met Mr. Prevost on his way East from Tanana.

After spending nearly a year in studying Alaska, we took a trip to Honolulu. Like Alaska, that was scarcely “foreign," for it was still under our flag, and Bishop Restarick 'had been our near neighbor in San Diego (100 miles means a neighbor in California). Besides, one of our school-teacher members had just made a trip there.

The next step was to the Philippines. Mr. Clapp's letters in THE SPIRIT OF MisSIONS just then were irresistible. The doubting Thomases by this time were all thoroughly converted. So, after the Philippines, we led them boldly to Japan, and after eight months' study of that, we are now beginning upon China.

I think it was while we were studying Alaska that we allied ourselves with the Woman's Auxiliary. That would have been an impossibility at the first, but we naturally wanted to work for Alaska after studying about it, and as the Auxiliary were doing the same thing, we found that we "had all things in common."

So much for the evolution. Now for the present status. Our membership is about forty-three, one or two more or less. We have eight standing committees, which are elastic enough to take in every member, sooner or later. While we make our pledges and pay our dues as a society, there are no stated dues as a requisite for membership. We want to be able to invite every young woman of the parish to join us, and some of us are wage-earners, with money for little beyond bare necessities. Then how do we

raise our funds? In all sorts of ways. A birthday box is in a conspicuous place at every meeting. Members need not own up to birthdays unless they choose, but most of them do! That box is not opened until the annual meeting, when its contents

are always voted for special object. During Lent, each member has a self-denial box, and this also is voted to a special. We shall rise beyond the concrete and visible before long, I hope, and in fact I know that many are increasing their offerings at the time of the collections for the apportionment and for diocesan missions. As for the United Offering, we not only have our own boxes, but we distribute and collect the others in the parish, as Mrs. Willett has failed to find any one person willing to undertake the work for this large parish. Many of our gifts have not gone through Auxiliary channels, and so have not been credited, but we shall gradually mend our ways in that respect. All Saints' is supporting two missions here in Pasadena, and we have helped them both, giving a lectern and prayer desk to the North Mission, and an altar cross to the East Mission. We are also helping Miss Patterson's new mission to the Japanese in Los Angeles, by regular contributions to the teacher's salary, and special gifts. At present we are making outfits for little Alaskan girls, to be sent with the other things from Los Angeles diocese. We keep a missionary bulletin board in the church vestibule, drawing heavily in this upon the Educational Department at the Church Missions House. I recently worked off" nearly fifty copies of “What the Postmaster Did Not Know"! We keep quite a large number of missionary books in circulation among the members. But the best thing we have given is one of ourselves. member of our branch, now at the Deaconess Training-school, New York, has offered herself for Japan, and I hope that others may follow her, though at present they all seem bound by home duties.

THE SETTING APART OF A DEACONESS

OF THE CHURCH IN CHINA

BY MISS L. L. PHELPS

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coness of the Church in China took place on the 28th of

March, in the Church of the Nativity. Wuchang. All the foreign staff in Hankow who were able to leave their work crossed the river, as well as the matron and fifteen women in the Training-school for Bible-women, and the twenty-five students in the Catechetical School. The Boone divinity students formed the choir, and the congregation composed mainly of women and girls. The chancel filled with potted marguerites, and on the altar were pear blossoms and white hyacinths. The bishop was the celebrant and preached the sermon, the Rev. Mr. Ridgely presented the candidates, the Rev. Mr. Jackson read the Gospel, and the Rev. Mr. Littell the Epistle. The eighty girls of St. Hilda's, sitting in the body of the church, helped to make the choral part of the service very beautiful and impressive, as Mr. Ridgely, their chaplain, had devoted much time and thought to their training in the special music for the occasion. The bishop in his sermon, preached especially to these girls, speaking of the position of the deaconess in the early Church, and the growth of woman's work in modern times, dwelling on the hope that some of these girls at St. Hilda's might feel called upon to give their lives as Miss Stewart was giving hers on behalf of the women in China.

Miss Stewart, who is from Rutland, Vt.. and the first

of that state to go to the foreign field as a missionary, was trained at the Church Training and Deaconess House in Philadelphia, graduating in the spring of 1906. She came to Hankow the following October, where, for the first few

months, she devoted herself entirely to the study of the language. Then moving to Wuchang she added to her own studies in Chinese the teaching of English at St. Hilda's. So, as she has been in China a year and a half, most of the people were real friends who gathered together after the service was over and lingered on the sunny lawn of the compound-always beautiful, but especially so on that day, when the air was heavy with the fragrance of blossoming treesand, to the deafening accompaniment of the fire-crackers, congratulated the new deaconess on the life she was about to begin.

Miss Stewart is no doubt the only deaconess whose setting apart was heralded to the world by a fusillade of fire-crackers. Strings of crackers, six feet or more in length, had been hung from the branches of a tree in front of the church, and after the final benediction pronounced went off with a prolonged sputter and fizz and bang, keeping up a continuous cannonading as the congregation came out of church. These were the gift of the Chinese women of the various congregations in Wuchang, and hardly had the din subsided when a second great string was fired, the contribution of the girls of St. Hilda's. These noisy ovations not unusual at Chinese ordinations, fire-crackers being the Chinaman's most fitting expression of joy, so it was the natural way the Chinese women and girls took of showing their appreciation of what this service of setting apart meant to them; and it was that these women and girls might more readily understand the meaning of this consecration of one's life that the bishop and Miss Stewart both desired to have the service in Chinese.

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THE APRIL CONFERENCE

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HE last conference of the season parish officers with the president of the

was held on April 30, presided branch to deal with questions of practiover by Miss Lindley, chair- cal interest in the Auxiliary.

man of the New York Junior At eleven o'clock the conference · Department.

opened. The subject, “The Personal OfThe roll-call showed: Central New fering," the chairman had divided under York, one; Chicago, one; Connecticut, different headings, namely: five (1 Junior); Long Island, seven (1 Junior); Maryland, one; Massachu

1. The Need for the Personal Offering.

2. How to get the Offering. setts, one; Newark, six (1 Junior); New

What to do with it, when made. Jersey, one (Junior); New York, nine (2 Juniors); Pennsylvania, three; Vir- These subjects were introduced by a ginia, one; and two visitors from Michi- paper on the Pan-Anglican Congress, gan, with Miss Mann from Tokyo. and the personal offering to be made at

The secretary reported a letter sent its closing service, which was prepared out by her to the presidents of the dioc- by Miss Wheeler, of Vermont, and read esan branches for reading at annual by Miss Tomes, of New York. meetings and for the general information The other subjects were treated by of branches where such meetings are not Mrs. Warren, of New York, whose paper held this spring. She mentioned a con- was read by Mrs. Christian, of Newark, ference of the Young Women's Christian followed by Miss Mann, from Tokyo, and Association, held in Capitola, Cal., Miss Loomis, Connecticut Junior visited, at Bishop Nichols's request, by officer; a paper on Organizations, by Mrs. Lawver, secretary of the California Miss Cranston, of Rhode Island, read by branch, who reported meeting eleven Miss Carryl, of Pennsylvania; a paper Church students, whose names and ad- on Study Classes, by Miss Edwards, of dresses were sent to the Missions House. New Jersey, and on Summer ConferShe commended the work done by the

ences, by Miss Arnold, of Western new Babies' Branch officer of the Pitts- New York. The last subject was taken burgh branch, who, in visiting parishes, by Mrs. Giraud, of Connecticut, folencourages and strengthens the work of lowed by Mrs. Hopkins, of Long Island. the Woman's Auxiliary and of the At the close of the conference the secJuniors as well as of the Little Helpers; retary spoke of her approaching visits to and reported the formation of an inter- the Pan-Anglican Congress, in England, mediate branch for young women who and to our foreign mission fields, leaving felt themselves beyond the Junior and the interests of the Auxiliary at home in not quite prepared to enter into the the care of its many devoted officers, who methods and efforts of the Woman's Aux- could look for help in their work during iliary, in the Los Angeles branch. her absence to Miss M. T. Emery and

The diocesan reports being called for, Miss Lindley, who will be at headMrs. Scrymser, of New York, reported quarters to conduct the work there. $2,724.25 on hand, and the last $500 The officers present sent warmest promised toward the Cornelia Jay Me- greetings to the branches of the Ausmorial—a chapel to be built in connec- iliary in the mission field, to the missiontion with the Good Shepherd Hospital aries and to the people amongst whom at Fort Defiance. Mrs. Lowell, of Mas- they labor, and gave their affectionate sachusetts, told of the annual meeting of wishes to the secretary for her journey.

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