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cliffs oprosie us. Our deliverance has been a iniracle for another fire which was started this summer at Red Mountain wo:ked its way up, until Saturday it met the Alatna fire. At times the roar of the burning, crashing timber was fearful. Sometimes between the force of the wind and the draft created by the fire itself, burning trees are hurled through the air for fully half a mile. They look like flying demons, and when the flames would burst through the ravines the sight, though awful beyond words, was fascinating and weirdly beautiful. At times, however, the smoke was so dense that we could not see across the river. But the wind died down, a heavy fog settled and finally rain came, and now all danger is passed. How near our Heavenly Father seems in this Arctic wilderness! We knew the Hand that could control the fire, and we turned to Him and felt no fear. If it had reached us our little fire-brigade would have worked bravely!

clared their intention of coming here this fall, and I believe many of the Arctic City Indians will come up.

1 I have been appointed deputy marshall with authority to deputize a white man to arrest one of the Indians at Arctic City, of whom both Indians and white men are afraid. And now I am sitting on the fence thinking about it and mean to continue to sit there until Archdeacon Stuck arrives and I can hand the case over to him.

1 We still are ready to shout at the top of our lungs, "Hurrah for St. John's-inthe-Wilderness !"

OKLAHOMA AND NORTH

CAROLINA

Bishop Brooke, of Oklahoma, finds it hard to

secure men for the important work of which he is the leader. Here is a paragraph from his last letter:

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The phonograph has come! It is the sweetest-toned one I have ever heard, and gives untold pleasure. This winter it will be a greater help to us than people "outside" can know. We laughed until our sides ached over “The Preacher and the Bun," and the imitation of the steamboat leaving the wharf is wonderful. Indeed all the records are fine.

The water has been so low and so clear that the natives have caught almost no fish. If possible, I will have to get word to Archdeacon Stuck to bring salmon from the Yukon for his dogs, for he will not be able to get any here the way things are going now.

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BEG if you can find or hear of any

suitable and willing men you will turn their minds toward Oklahoma. I need at least two men or three in Orders and two or three lay students and workers.”

1 Mayodan is a mill town in North Carolina.

Under the leadership of the Rev. A. R. Berkeley the Church is rendering valuable service to the community. A recent visitor writes : 'HE work in Mayodan is growing

wonderfully, and the Church is taking fast hold upon the community. I was there four days last week and in that time there were sixteen baptisms and thirty-one confirmations among the mill people. On Sunday there were 202 at Sunday-school, one class composed of twenty-five men and another of twenty-five women-some of them with babies in their arms. When you remember that it is a small mill town with about 1,000 inhabitants you will see what a very large proportion to the population is getting Church teaching.

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our Indians are scattered along the two rivers at their various fishing camps—we have not more than sixteen or twenty remaining here—though the others are coming and going. The outlook for the work generally is most encouraging; many new people have de

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MAMURA SAN is superintendent

of a department in one of the large copper mines of Akita province.

One day the mail brought Mr. Madeley a long pink envelope containing a most formally polite invitation for someone to come to teach Christianity. Mr. Imamura offered to send a handcar to the railway station to convey us up the mountain to the mines, and to provide lodging and meals for whoever would come to teach them. Right joyfully we wrote of our willingness to go. After a three hours' journey, we were guests in the Imamura household. When the little lacquer tables had been cleared away and we were all seated quietly round the glowing brazier, Imamura San told us this story of how he became interested in the new faith:

“Some years ago I received a present of a New Testament from a friend, with the remark that it was a most interesting book and please read it! But it was a tangle of foreign names. I knew nothing about Judæa and the Jews, or Scribes and Pharisees and Jerusalem; so after a while I laid the book aside, where it lay for many a long day, in fact until my friend returned and asked me whether I had read it. Rather shamefacedly I had to confess, Not all; in fact, not very much yet.' He assured me that it was more interesting than a novel, and so urged, I brushed the dust off the long-neglected volume and began again.

“This time I persevered long enough to become deeply interested, and the more I read the more fascinated I became. Deep truths seemed hidden away in these pages which I longed to understand; but here in the heart of the mountains there was no one to teach me, and 60 years passed on.

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“At length a business man came up from Tokyo, and in his conversation he let fall the word 'Bible.' So, after our business was over, I asked what he knew about the Bible, telling him that I had one, but often could not get at the meaning. He replied that he was a Christian from St. John's Church, Tokyo. I invited him to my house, and we talked long into the night about this new faith.

“Of course,' he said, 'you cannot understand these deep truths without a teacher. Why not write to the missionary in Akita, and ask for instruction?' I replied that I could hardly ask a man to come such a distance; but he urged me, and I have taken the liberty of asking you to come and instruct us.”

This was our introduction to this most attractive family. When the Japanese catechist made his first visit, he immediately recognized the young lady daughter as a Sunday-school pupil of some years ago in Hirosaki. She proved

very attentive and quick to learn, for while, as a child, she said she did not understand, now that she heard it again it seemed clear to her. The mother was a quiet, refined woman, who told me afterward that before she heard of Christianity, her heart was like the rainy season, all clouds and dampness, while now it was all bright sunshine. Amid her daily round of household duties the thought of Christ came often to her like a beam of light. Even her health, she said, was better now, and life was very different.

The family shrine, a shelf for which is found in every private house, was dismantled. This is one of the first witnesses to a change of faith, since it is an outward sign which, of course, the neighbors see and comment upon.

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the shelf was dismantled, except for one little shrine which, it seemed, belonged to the little old grandmother. As she was always an interested listener, we questioned her about what she believed. She replied that she 'liked Jesus Christ very much,' there was much of comfort in this teaching; she thanked God at

meals. But she was very old. It would Imamura San. He told the Japanese be dreadful to make a mistake at her worker afterward, he never knew such age. She was afraid to throw 0 Shaka joy in life was possible as that day when Sama away, after worshipping him all first he tasted of the Heavenly Bread. her life. So every night before she went

1 to sleep she said a prayer to God and then one to Buddha too.

HE belief is general throughout a All that fall and winter we kept up large part of China that the inour visits to the mines. Sometimes are under the influence of evil only the family would hear us, some- spirits. In their endeavors to cure af. times a neighbor would drop in. But ficted patients, the Chinese doctors, sothey listened so earnestly and asked called, administer a medicine which proquestions, and often the words came into duces violent and distressing vomiting, my mind, “These are they that receive with the idea of having the patient throw the Word into honest and true hearts." off the insanity. The proper care of the

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When any of the women missionaries insane is almost unknown. It is a comcould go, a dozen or more women of the mon custom, if a member of the housebest families would come to see and hear, hold becomes unmanageable or troubleand a flourishing women's meeting some, to chain him to a post or heavy sprang up. And children? And children? Thirty-five

Thirty-five stone in the house. Dr. Selden, a miswere counted peering over the back sionary physician in Southern China, garden fence at one time. And when writing on the subject in the China Medthe American lady went out of doors, it ical Missionary Journal, says that he was the signal for all the children in the recently saw a woman in Canton who village to come clattering along on their had thus been chained about the neck clogs to see this strange sight!

for fifteen years. There is no intention We invited the Imamuras down for of cruelty in this, but knowing nothing Christmas, and it was then they first about the nature of the malady there is saw the church and its services. By nothing else for friends to do. FreEaster time the family, all except the quently, in order to determine whether poor old grandmother were ready for or not a person is really insane or only baptism. The missionary had baptized obstinate, a piece of wick soaked in oil many in the years he had been in Japan, is placed under the thumb nails and but never one who seemed more fully to lighted, with the result that the thumbs realize the step he was taking than are often badly burned.

THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF MISSIONS

OCTOBER 13th, 1908 ,

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morial of this devoted woman but in order that the Church may be tempted to emulate her example.

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HE Board of Missions met at the

Church Missions House October 13th. The following members

present: The Bishops of Albany (Vice-President) in the Chair, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Central Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Long Island, wark and New York; the Rev. Drs. Huntington, Vibbert, Anstice, Alsop, Perry, Stires, MCKim, Parks, Mann and the Rev. Mr. Sedgwick and the Rev. Drs. Storrs and Morgan; Messrs. Low, Mills, Thomas, Mansfield and Admiral Mahan and Messrs. Butler, King, Morris, Pepper and Pruyn, The Bishops of Idaho, Salina and Cuba, honorary members, were also present.

The Board expressed its gratitude for the decision of the General Secretary to continue his work at the Church Missions House.

The arrearage at the close of the fiscal year was finally reported to be $48,517.50. This arrearage

is temporarily chargeable against the Reserve Funds of the Society, and reduces them by that amount.

The Treasurer stated that the contributions during September on account of the appropriations were $10,035.79, or $2,434.93 less than in the corresponding month of last year.

The death of Miss Sybil Carter on August 28th, 1908, having been brought to the Board's attention, it was

In connection with the report of one of the Standing Committees, the fact having been stated that a gift had been received from Mr. George C. Thomas for the Reserve Funds, it was

Resolved: That this Board expresses its grateful thanks to Mr. Thomas for his generous gift; recognizing in it another of the countless evidences of his interest in and devotion to the missionary work of the Church, to which cause he is constantly giving, not only of his substance, but best of all himself.

The Rev. Henry L. Phillips, the Rev. Hutchins C. Bishop and the Rev. Benjamin W. Paxton were received by the Board as a committee appointed at a recent Conference of Church Workers among the Negroes, to lay before the Board the reasons for the appointment of a Field Secretary for colored work. Mr. Phillips addressed the Board on behalf of the committee. It was thereupon

Resolved: That the report of the Committee from the Conference be received: that the subject will be given consideration by the Board and that the Secretary be and hereby is instructed to inform the Secretary of the Conference of the adoption of this resolution.

Resolved: That, mindful of her singular devotion and of the long and blessed service that was rendered to our Father's helpless children by Miss Sybil Carter, the Board of Missions feels that it is due to the Church that this minute be spread upon its records, not only as a me

Bishop Rowe, en route to his field, was heard from at Seattle on October 10th. A message was received from the Rev. Dr. John B. Driggs that he expected to be in New York this autumn. Dr. Driggs wrote that, on the Sunday

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