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isn't "hog-Latin” or hawking German. HELP FOR ORISSA FROM I wish you could hear a pack of Oriya
SCOTLAND. boys rattling away in animated conver
Appeal to Christian Liberality. sation. They make music, I assure you.
[We are happy to find that friends now And their little words and quick speeches
living in Scotland, who formerly resided have taken me farther back than the
in Orissa, are interesting themselves for beautiful blue hills did a moment ago- the Mission. We gladly publish the to times before school-days in America, following appeal, not only for its own when I too was an Oriya boy at the sake, but for the information it contains dear old home at Patua. The lads are about Orissa, and the pleasing testimony talking my native language, and, how it furnishes to the valuable labours of strange the power of association! while our Missionaries in that province.] listening to their merry prattle words CHRISTIAN FRIENDS, — During the come back to me which have been for- years 1866-67 the newspapers everygotten for fifteen years. And this re- where furnished the most heart-rending minds me of my first attempt at Oriya accounts from the famine-stricken dispreaching. It was only last May, in the tricts in India. old palpit at Jellasore. (I use Jellasore Orissa is a beautiful hilly country as and Patua convertibly—the first desig- large as England. It is peopled with an nates the post office, and the second the active and intelligent race.
The great bazaar, close by which our mission pre- and far-famed Idol Temple of Joggermises are located.) Up to that time I nath stands about the centre of its sea had been doing all my work in Bengali, coast; and the building now standing which the Oriyas understand very well; has witnessed the heathen orgies constill they appreciate what is said to them ducted there for more than six hundred much more when the speaker uses their years. To this idol shrine have flocked own dialect. This is particularly true pilgrims in vast multitudes from all parts of the children ; and as they made up of India at all seasons of the year, but by far the larger part of the Patua con- more during the time of the
car festigregation, I was determined to try Oriya. val," in the month of July, when the The reading of it I had kept up all the idols-Juggernath, his brother Bulbuder, time I had been away, but the trial was and their sister-are taken out of the to come in the talking. I had hardly temple and placed in the huge carriages, read my opening hymn when all idea of to be drawn to the bathing temple, about trying entirely left me, and the words a mile in distance. The carriage or car came along just when and where I of Juggernath is forty-five feet high, wanted them to the very end of the ser- resting on sixteen wheels, each seven vice. Ah! but that was not all owing feet in diameter. The three cars are to the power of association, for somehow drawn by the multitudes of votaries who there is a special inspiration which come to worship; and a most sickening always comes over me when I try to sight it is to witness the doings of an preach in that dear old home-pulpit. ocean of human beings assembled before The Lord comes very near to me, and these ugly grim idols. There are thoubrings to my remembrance the manifold sands of priests, cooks, and servants, mercies which made my childhood so attached to the temple; and the place is blessed, and the holy hand which opened a sink of iniquity. Of the multitudes life's path before me. I've heard brethren who flock to Juggernath to worship, speak of having a good times" in preach- ninety per cent. are women. ing. God gives me such precious seasons dark spell in which idolatry has for ages at my early home. There each room in bound India has received a mighty blow the old house, each tree in the yard, and by this dreadful visitation of famine-a each flower in the garden, awakens a famine which, notwithstanding our incalthousand happy memories of boyhood calable power and boundless appliances days, and everything bids me give thanks and wealth, has swept from the land oneto God.
and-a-half million of Her Majesty's InWell, this has certainly been a ram- dian subjects! And friends on the spot, bling letter; but you may depend upon who have laboured through all these dark it one don't feel much in a writing mood days of famine, in attending to the wants, after a night in the saddle, with an inter- spiritual and temporal, of the people, val of three hours for general bleeding affirm that the distress was fearful ; in a musquito camp. I must sleep. families have been broken up; villages
The long, left with scarcely an inhabitant; parents The circumstances in which the mishave been selling their children for food; sioparies bave been placed are now most stepmothers have driven their little ones extraordinary; “more than twice as from their own bomes; infants bave been many orphans have been received in found at the breast of dead mothers; 1867 as during the previous thirty years," multitudes of living skin-and-bone beings and the labours of the missionary become eating the vilest filth ; dogs and jackals 80 overwhelming that now they crytearing open bodies still alive; and ten The awful judgments of God which thousand miseries too barrowing to be befel the land of our adoption, impose dwelt upon, but which are quite without on us new and solemn obligations, and a parallel in any record, ancient or we cry daily to God for strength and modern, unless it be in the dreadful grace faithfully and earnestly to dishorrors of the siege of Jerusalem. charge them.” And we would affection
This direful visitation has been the ately, and with deep solicitude, entreat means of opening the eyes of multitudes all the friends of the missionary to conto the vanity of caste and idol worship; sider their duties and responsibilities in so much is this the case, that,
were the the light of this solemn visitation. Our missionaries so disposed, they could add native force is not increasing, disease an almost unlimited number of persons and death counterbalancing the increase, to the nominal christian communities.” and the number of European missionAnd it has also thrown a great number aries is painfully reduced. Can it be of orphan children upon the hands of that those who should “hold the rope" the authorities, who have given them are doing all that God requires, and that over to the missionaries to be cared for man may reasonably expect, to encourage and educated. And now 1,200 of these “ those who are working in the mine?” famine orphans, besides the number The late G. F. Cockburn, Esq., a very hitherto found in the Mission Institu- godly, earnest christian of the Church of tion, are on hand to be cared for and England, Her Majesty's Commissioner in educated. As may well be supposed, charge of that province, said, at a public many and touching have been the inci- meeting held in England, “I have only dents regarding these tender children ; to add, after a long experience in India, but our space will not allow.
my conviction that he is the truest friend Orissa, besides containing the Rome of to India who helps on the missionary Hindostan in the priestcraft of Jagger
cause there." nath, has been one of the first parts occu- Surely, then, it is the duty of all to pied by the christian missionary; and, come forward and help in this good work, during the last forty-five years, a small and more especially when we consider but most devoted number of English that Orissa is a part of British India, missionaries have, single-handed, held under the rule of our beloved Queen; that stronghold of Satan, and contended that the only christian mission in that with the lion in his den. Seven mission- part of India is a truly pure and devoted aries and their wives, two unmarried band of labourers, who have all along ladies, and seventeen native preachers, had hard work to “make ends meet" form the small but noble band who hold even though their numbers be so small to that important post. The battle bas support; and that Scotland has hitherto lasted long. The army is but small, done nothing, or next to nothing, for that simply from want of funds, though the part of our Indian possessions; and that pay required for the European missionary we know not what reckoning God may is but small, and that of the ordained yet have with us as a nation for the lives native preacher only about thirty-three of these one and a half millions of people shillings a month, a sum which a black- who have perished under our rule, at smith in our own country receives as arm's-reach from Calcutta, the seat of one week's wages.
And these native power, where we had daily at command preachers are men of character, men the most unbounded resources-resources who have been trained and educated in which would have been used in time to the Mission College. Some are highly save the greater part of these multitudes gifted—men of originality of thought- (as every one may know) had not the Spurgeons in their sphere-and, were most unfortunate measures been adopted. they to leave their preaching, could se- And now we put the question to all cure lucrative employment in Govern- who love the Lord Jesus Christ-Have ment offices.
you a heart to help in this good work ?
Some will say, “So many things dow-d- has been formed in Ayr, to receive days :" but ob! think a minute. France, money, materials, or work, until the in the year 1802, had not one Protestant 10th of May, for the above purpose. religious, nor even philanthropic institu- All articles should be marked, by the tion, though she had 430 Protestant parties sending, with the home value, for churches. No money was called for on a guide to the custom-bouse charge in account of any of these matters. People Calcutta. spent all their money as they pleased. Committee :-Mrs. Macneille, of BlackBut at the present day France bas, at
burn Villa ; Mrs. Fairlie, of Holmes, least, twenty-six different kinds (how
near Kilmarnock; *Mrs. Crawford, of many of each we can't say) of religious
Roseburn; Mrs. R. A. Wallace, of Kiland philanthropic institutions to support! lichonate, in Inverness-shire ; *Mrs. Are Protestants in France the poorer for Douglas, 6, Havelock Terrace; Mrs. all this? Does God's blessing make
Dykes, Ayr_Manse; Mrs. Copland, people poorer ? Is it not much rather
7, Havelock Terrace; Mrs. Macdonald, the reverse ? that it and it alone maketh
20, Cathcart Street; Mrs. Dixon, 3, rich, Pro. x. 22; and that those who give
Bath Place; *Mrs. Denholm Young, lend to the Lord, and he repays them Green Lodge; Miss M'Taggart, Seawell ? Pro. xix. 17. Is it not a real field; Miss Aytoun, Sunnyside; Colonel luxury to do good when in our power, Crawford, Ayr; Lieut.-Col. Young, Ayr. or even to have the heart for it when be
Mrs. Denholm Young to be convener yond our power, should that ever be the and treasurer. Names marked with an case ? And in return to be “met by
asterisk will receive contributions in Ayr. God," Is. lxiv. 5; is not this enough? But it is not all; for is it not a laying op
Articles suitable for bazaar to be held of treasure in heaven? Luke xii. 33,
in Cuttack, India; proceeds for general Rev. xiv. 13. Now, in this life, acts of
purposes of Orissa Mission : kindness may be done in secret, but ere
Children's dresses of light woollen long Christ will say to you, in the hear- fabrics, prints, muslins, and holland, for ing of assembled nations~"Inasmuch as
boys and girls under eight years of age. ye have done it unto one of the least of Children's boots and shoes of a light these my brethren, ye have done it unto make. Babies' caps, cashmere hoods, ME;" Matt. xxv. 40.
linen hats and bonnets, bibs, &c. Ladies' When the heart is set upon a good
Garibaldis, Zouaves, collars, cuffs, headwork, it is wonderful how the means will dresses, &c. Ladies' and children's hats, be found. The sailor's daughters in bonnets, ribbons, lappets, and flowers; the Orphan Refuge, Hampstead, denied dress-pieces and remnants of light fabrics, themselves treacle to their pudding, and
braids, buttons, trimmings, lace edgings, thus saved sixteen shillings for the famine
pins, needles, thread, silk, strong bobbinfund.
net for musquito curtains, cotton stockA public meeting might have been held, ings, and socks. Gent's neckties. Stopand this information given, and much pered bottles of confectionery, lozenges, more of an interesting nature; but as jujubes, carraways, perfumery, cutlery, very few of those whom this appeal is and carpenters' tools, stationery, books, intended to reach in all Scotland would tracts, and picture books. Fancy workhave been present, it is thought the best smoking caps and slippers (not made way to pnblish this statement and circu- up), sofa cushions with cord and tassels late it as generally as possible, in the hope (not stuffed), antimacassars, tea cozies that those who have the means, or who
and trays, toilet sets, toys, and dolls have the leisure, may
come to the help (not wax) dressed and undressed. Drawof the Lord."
ing room ornaments. Flower seeds. The plan now suggested, is—That Large supplies of sewing and crotchet those who can send us money; that those
threads and needles, also of merino and who prefer to work, or to send materials, Berlin wools and wires, are most desirable do so, with a view to a box, or boxes,
for the use of the native orphans in the being got up to forward to the mis
schools. sionaries in Orissa.
The following articles should not be We know of one family, at least, who sent to this station-Parses, pockets, fire have set apart one evening in the week screens, night caps, watch pockets, and for this work.
work done with steel beads. A committee, composed as follows, Ayr, Feb. 10, 1868.
MONUMENT TO GUNGA DHOR. therefore, I beg to suggest that a subTO THE EDITOR
scription list be opened forthwith. From
each individual the amount need not be My dear Sir,-For nearly forty years the name of Gunga Dhor has been
large, as I am persuaded that the object
has only to be mentioned in our churches “ familiar as a household word" to the friends of the Orissa Mission, Being hearty response.
and schools to meet with a general and
Who would not be the first Oriya convert and native preacher, his name, not only through all
glad of the opportunity to aid in erecting
a monument to Gunga Dhor? coming time, but also throughout eter
As it is desirable to keep the amount nity, must be intimately associated with the church of Christ in Orissa.
quite distinct from the ordinary mission
His record is on high, and written in a more
contributions, I shall be happy, with enduring form than on marble or brass,
your approval, to receive contributions but I am persuaded that the friends of
towards the above object, which, to save
trouble, might be acknowledged in the the mission would not willingly let his
Observer. Let the matter be attended name perish from the earth. By your
to at once. The tablet, or tablets, can be permission, therefore, I beg to suggest that a plain but substantial tablet be
prepared in England and sent to India
the first opportunity. “The memory of erected to his memory in the Mission
the just is blessed, the righteous shall be Chapel at Cuttack; on one side of which I would have the inscription in English,
had in everlasting remembrance." and on the other in Oriya, so that the
I am, dear Sir, name of our revered and departed friend
Yours faithfully, might be handed down to coming genera
W. HILL. tions. If the funds were sufficient I P.S.-Amounts under five shillings would couple with it, or place on a sepa
might be forwarded in stamps to my rate tablet, the name of our late, and
address, as below. Post office orders not less honoured friend, Rama Chundra, should be made payable at Market who nearly as long, and not less faith- Bosworth, Leicestershire. fully and well, served the cause of Christ Barton Fabis, Atherstone, in Orissa. To accomplish this object,
March 18, 1868.
Foreign Letters Received.
BERHAMPORE-T. Bailey, January 22.
CUTTACK–J. Buckley, February 4.
FROM FEBRUARY 20th, to MARCH 20th, 1868.
HOVERINGHAM, £ s. d. LOUTH, Northgate.
J. Nall, Esq. ...
£ s. d. Esq., Alford 50 0 0
Sac. Col. for W. & 0. ... 1 100
12 3 0 Public Collection... 1 0 0
2 70 BARTON. LEICESTER, Friar Lane.
Missionary Boxes... 1 2 1
10 o Collects. & Subscripts. 41 9 4 Sac. Col. for W. & 0. ... 0 2 6 HINCKLEY. LINCOLN.
SHORE. Collecs. & Little Books 8 16 7 Sunday School
1 3 0 Sac. Col. for W. &0. ...
1 0 0 HOLBEACH. LONGFORD.
WALSALL. Sac. Col. for W. & O. ... 0 4 0 Cash on account ... 240 0 Collects. & Subscripts. 29 9 0
Subscriptions and Donations in aid of the General Baptist Missionary Society will be thankfully received by T. HILL, Esq., Baker Street, Nottingham, Treasurer; and by the Rev. J. C. PIKE and the Rev. H. WILKINSON, Secretaries, Leicester, from whom also Missionary Boxes, Collecting Books, and Cards may be obtained.
GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE .
THE PROGRESS OF OPINION ON ECCLESIASTICAL
BY THE EDITOR.
The readers of this periodical may pertains to the weal or the woe of not exceed a few thousands in num- its inhabitants should awaken our ber, and only a small proportion of warmest sympathies. We ought at these may be in positions of publi- least to emulate the wisdom of city and power among their country- ancient Issacher, whose men “ had men, Yet few, and obscure, and understanding of the times;" and feeble as we are, we have both rights when the times are specially remarkto maintain, and responsibilities to able, and unusually hopeful, it is in fulfil, in common with the most all respects proper to cherish a liveeminent and influential of our con- lier interest in them. The leading temporaries. While we are citizens journal of the day has lately asserted of heaven, we are just as truly deni- that “the swift advances of public zens of the earth : and while we opinion in more than one direction have something better to mind than are daily baffling political foresight, “ earthly things,” we are still bound and undermining the very foundato pay anxious attention to events tions of party discipline. We are which are passing around us, and to all undergoing, consciously or unstudy those great questions which consciously, a process of education so stir the mind of the nation to its rapid that months now suffice to prolowest depths, and to its farthest duce convictions which formerly could extremities. Indifference to these not have been matured in years." questions and events would be stolid The design of this paper is to and shameful, and would indicate a give a condensed account of those want of gratitude to the God of ecclesiastical questions on which Providence for His propitious inter- public opinion has recently made vention in our national affairs. The such swift progress, and which are world through which we are travel- at this moment discussed with a ling, as well as that to which we are freedom and an earnestness hitherto going, is God's world, and whatever unparalleled.
VOL. LXX.-NEW SERIES, No. 17.