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THE ORISSA MISSIONARY CONFERENCE.
brother J. G. Pike was elected chairman. Brother Bailey was appointed to assist the Secretary. The following minutes were adopted :
I. RETURN OF REV. W. MILLER AND FAMILY TO ENGLAND.
Copy of Medical Certificate from Dr. J. M. Coates presented.
Agreed, that we part for a season, with much regret, from our esteemed brother and sister Miller; but are fully convinced that the serious failure of his health requires his return to the fatherland. We shall greatly miss his invaluable services; still we hopo, in due season, to welcome back our dear friends to their home and their work. We also express our kind Christian wishes for our young friends Miss Miller and Miss F. Miller, whose services in the Sabbath school, as well as in other respects, will be much missed. II. ARRIVAL
MR. AND MRS. VAUGHAN FROM ENGLAND AND RECEPTION OF MR. HEBERLET ON PROBATION.
Agreed, that we warmly welcome our new friends, the Rev. John and Mrs. Vaughan, as fellow-labourers in the kingdom of Christ in Orissa—that we heartily thank the Committee for sending them an earnest, we hope, of others to follow —and sincerely pray that their Missionary course may be long, happy, and useful.
We also thank the Committee for accepting Mr. Heberlet as a Missionary on probation; we receive him in the Lord with sincere affection, and earnestly pray that his course as a Missionary may be very happy and successful.
There was a long and earnest discussion on the subject of occupying Sumbulpore as a Mission Station. The importance of the question was fully recognized, and the conviction expressed that if action be taken the Mission staff must be kept at its present number, eight, and increased if possible. (For Minute see Observer p. 74).
IV. BIBLE WORK.
The Secretary reported that the Bible Translation Society had made a grant of £150, which amounted, less expenses, to 1,714 rupees 5 annas.
Agreed, that we heartily thank the Committee of this Society, and request a continuance of their generous help.
It was further reported that 4,000 copies of the gospel of John had been printed, and 1,000 copies of the same
gospel in Sanscrit and Oriya. Also 3,000 copies of the Acts of the Apostles.
The printing of Scripture Selections, or Holy Lamp, was not finished, but had proceeded to p. 88, which is nearly half. Report received and approved.
Āgreed, that we print 2,000 copies of Scripture Lessons from the Four Gospels and Acts; and if funds be available, Selections from the Psalms. The latter to be left with the Cuttack Committee.
The desirableness of binding a certain number of the three parts of this series left with the same Committee.
V. ORISSA TRACT SOCIETY.
1. Reported that the Religious Tract Society had given 100 reams of paper, and £20 for printing “ Stories and Pictures of Church History," and £20 for printing Brooks's “ Precious Remedies" in Oriya. Value of the paper £30. The two grants for printing realized 457 rupees 2 annas 4 pice.
That the American Tract Society had granted 100 dollars, which realized 230 rupees 3 annas.
That our own Society had granted £45, or 540 rupees, for printing tracts.
Hearty acknowledgments to be made to all who have thus liberally helped us.
2. The following tracts to be printedEpitome of True Religion 2,000 copies. The Cuttack Committee to confer with brother Bailey before printing. Aspirations to Jesus
5,000 copies. Objections Refuted 3,000 Hymns, Part I.
4,000 On Caste
3,000 Parables of Christ
2,000 True Refuge
4,000 Second Commandment 1,500 What think yo of Christ ? 1,000
N.B.—This is a chapter from "Fulfilled Prophecy.”
Agreed to print 1,500 copies of abridgment of “Negro Servant,” by Shem Sahu (V. 9 of last year). A few suggestions were made by which it may be rendered more attractive.
“ Sunday School Hymns (V. 10). Report given, but as all these hymns have been composed by Makunda Das, we think that before printing an opportunity should be given to any brother who may have composed suitable hymns to present them, and for this purpose appoint a Committee consisting of brother Buckloy, Ghunoo, Thoma, and Shem.
3. Revision of Tracts. (a) Approved of the revision of “Destroyer of Delusion,” with the ex6. Gratuitous Distribution or selling of Tracts (VI. 9 of 1876).
ception of one or two suggestions that were noted.
(6) “Epitome of True Religion.' Revision not approved, especially the change of metre. The tract, in its old form, would be preferred; but as we think that what is obscure should be made plain and clear, we refer it back to the Committee of revision.
(c) “Life of Christ.” Committee reported, but revision not made. Appointment continued.
(d) “ Essence of the Bible.” Report given and appointment continued.
4. New Tracts, fc.
(a) Brother Shem presented a translation of “Children of the Bible,” published by the Religious Tract Society.
Agreed, that we thank our brother for the labour he has bestowed on the translation, and appoint a Committee of examination, consisting of the Cuttack Missionaries with Ghunoo and Thoma.
(6) Brother Makunda Das presented a translation from Bengali of a work on the personality and work of the Holy Spirit. The same minute adopted, except that Shem was added to the Committee, and five rupees granted to our brother for his labour.
While this was being discussed brother Vaughan came into the College and was introduced by the Secretary to each of the brethren. He was affectionately received by them all. He expressed, in English (one of the brethren acting as translator), his regret that he could not speak to them in their own language, but hoped that the little knowledge he had acquired of the language would be daily increasing till he was able freely and fully to express all he thought and felt in it. It was responded to by Shem, who expressed the thankfulness and pleasure they all felt in his and Mrs. V.'s arrival, and the hope cherished that they would be preserved in health, and be able to labour in this important field for many years.
(c) “History of a Deputy Collector" -a tract translated from the Bengali by Thoma was presented, and a minute similar to that adopted in the case of b was agreed on.
5. New Books.
(a) Fulfilled Prophecy.” In reference to this book, translated by brother Miller, it was reported that the printing had proceeded to p. 270, and it was hoped it would be completed by the end of the year. Report received with much satisfaction. It is believed that the book will be very interesting and instructive, not
only to our native Christians, but to intelligent Hindoos.
(6) “Companion to Bible.” Brother Buckley reported that about three-fourths of the copy was ready for printing, and acknowledged the assistance he had received from Ghanushyam and Soda Sebo. The brethren received the report with satisfaction, and hoped that, on the completion of “Fulfilled Prophecy,” tho printing of this would be begun.
(c) “Early History of the Christian Church in Orissa.” Referred by last Conference to brethren Buckley and Ghunoo who reported that, owing to the pressure of other work, especially their attention to “Companion,” they had not been able to attend to this appointment. In those circumstances it was agreed to continue the appointment; also to ask our aged brother, Sebo Patra, carefully to examine the manuscript, and give any suggestion he might be able to brother Buckley.
(d) “Holy War." Reported on by brother Brooks, and appointment continued.
(e) “Volume of Sermons for Village use" (V. 5 of last year). Reported on by brother Bailey and Shem. The brethren thought that the end designed might be accomplished by publishing, from time to time, something like the Monthly Messenger of the Religious Tract Society. Care should be taken strictly to adhere to the regulations of the Society. Several brethren promised sermons.
It is understood that each brother uses his discretion in the distribution tracts, as it cannot be expected that small tracts will be purchased.
7. That we respectfully apply to our Committee for a grant of £45 for our general Tract work.
9. That we also ask them for a grant for “Fulfilled Prophecy,” but leave the amount to be decided by the Cuttack Committee on the completion of the work. It will be a larger work than former ones, for which £20 have been granted; but the principle approved was, that an increased sum might be asked for proportioned to the increased number of pages.
9. That brother Miller be requested by this Conference to seek an interview with the Secretary of the Calcutta Christian Tract and Book Society with a view, if possible, of obtaining a grant from that Society for printing this book. (The Religious Tract Society has supplied paper.)
THE ORISSA MISSIONARY CONFERENCE.
VI. MISSION ACCOUNTS PRESENTED BY THE TREASURER.
These Accounts were, by direction of the Conference, audited by brothers Wood and Heberlet, and found correct. To be forwarded to the Committee.
VII. MISSION COLLEGE.
1. Threo Students Banchanidhi, Gideon Mahanty, and Bala Krishnoo Rath had studied most of the year, but about three months since Banchanidhi left, in accordance with his own wish, so that only two remained for examination.
2. The examination of Gideon and Bala Krishnoo was attended to, on behalf of the Conference, by brothers Bailey, Wood, Shom, and Thoma.
3. At a later period of the Conference a favourable report of the examination was given by brother Bailey, and directed to bo forwarded to the Committee.
4. Banchanidhi made application for re-admission. Not entertained.
5. Muddhoo Das (Pipleo Church), and Chintamani Padhan (Cuttack Church), and Bhurasa Putnaik (Berhampore Churcb), made application for admission into the College, but were not accepted.
6. Bahunka Padhan (Pipleo Church), was accepted on the usual probation.
VII. NATIVE PREACHERS, COLPOR
2. Anunta Das and the Pastorate of the Church at Berhampore.--Letter read from the church at Berhampore expressive of their desire to retain, for another three years, Anunta Das as their pastor, but regretting that they were not able to raise more than fourteen rupees eight annas monthly, and asking that the Conference would sanction the payment of the balance of six rupees.
Agreed—That we rejoice that the experiment of a native pastor at Berhampore has been so far successful, and that a united desire is felt for its continuance. We are also glad to learn that their pastor is actively engaged in bazaar work and itineracy, and while we regret that they are not able to raise the whole amount required, we cheerfully sanction the payment, from the Native Preachers' Fund, of the balance of six rupees for the present year, on the understanding that his evangelistic labours be continued; and we cannot but hope that when times are more favourable (as we trust they soon may be) they will be able to raise all that is necessary.
In reference to their request that the arrangement proposed may be sanctioned for three years, we aro not aware of any serious objection to the proposal, but it is our usual course to make arrangements from Conference to Conference.
We rejoice to know that Anunta Das's labours are so acceptable that the brethren wish him to be publicly set apart to the work. We appoint brother Buckley to represent the Mission on this occasionin case of failure, brother Bailey; and we also request that brother Shem tako part in the service.
3. Question of increase of salaries of native preachers considered.
Khumboo to receive a present of ton rupees.
Balaji's salary to be raisod one rupeo a month on his joining his appointment at Russell Condah.
Cases of Thoma and Shem referred to Cuttack Committee.
Makunda Sahu, on going to Berhampore, to have the usual allowance for children in addition to salary.
N.B.-The extra allowance on account of scarcity to continue in every case to the end of March. The daily batta of two annas to continue, in addition to coolie allowance.
(a) Application from John Jenna not entertained.
1. The following arrangements as to stations for the Conference year approved. Berhampore-Anunta Das (Pastor), Ben
jamin Mahanty, Makunda Sahu, Soda Sebo (to be retained by brother Buckley
while required for “Companion”). New Village or Padri Pella—Narayan. Russel Condah-Tama and Balaji. Cuttack-Sebo Patra, Damodar, Ghanu
shyam and Thoma. It is thought desirablo that Shem should be at Cuttack, if approved by the Auxiliary Mission and
himself. Khundittur-Khumbhoo. Choga–Pooroosootum. Minchinpatna-Paul. Piplee_Makunda Das, Niladri Naik. Bilepadda-Haran Das, or George Das,
if Haran be sent to Khoordah. Bonamalipore-Dooli Patra, if George
Das should go to Bilopadda. Khoordah-In the event of Shem re
moving to Cuttack, Haran to be at Khoordah.
Case of Daniel Das left with the Cuttack Committee.
(6) Application from Bhobanee Sahu left with brother Bailey, who may occasionally employ him if necessary.
(c) Application from Boishnob Das left with the brethren at Berhampore.
5. Question of supporting colporteurs in part by commission on sales considered, but no minute adopted.
(a) Cuttack Committee to consider the case of Munee Swie.
but it ap
VIII. CORRESPONDENCE, &c.
1. That the two brethren who so efficiently reported the Conference last year in the Morning Star, U. S., and the Baptist papers in England, bo requested to render a similar service this year.
2. The Secretary to edit the Indian Report.
3. The Secretary to write to our venerable brother, Dr. Phillips, and assure him of the hearty interest we cherish in their work, and of the satisfaction and joy we feel in the prospect they have of soon welcoming back well-tried and faithful labourers, and of receiving others whose hearts have been inclined to the work of the Lord in Orissa.
4. Brothers Buckley and Vaughan to audit the Printing Office accounts.
their press, and for a grant of books for sale.
Question of Management of Book Room considered. Brother Miller to have charge while he remain; and then the Cuttack Committee are empowered to select a brother in his place.
The accounts could not be presented, as all the bills had not been received. Left with the said Committee.
2. Khoordah New Chapel.
Brother Shem reported; peared that, through some oversight, another plan adjusted to the reduced expenditure sanctioned by last Conferhad not been prepared. Left with the Cuttack Committee, and Committee of Auxiliary Mission, who will act when fuller information be given.
3. Case from Dr. Phillips considered.
Agroed, That we present special prayer for the prosperity of the work of God in Orissa on Jan. 5th and 6th, 1879.
4. Letter from Russell Condah returned as irregular.
5. Act No. IV. of 1869 (Divorce Act) was discussed on account of two or three cases in the native community. No minute adopted.
6. Considered Government of Bengal Circular No. 42, dated 21st October, 1878, in relation to the Christian Marriage Act No. XV. of 1872. Referred to Cuttack Committee.
7. Revision of Society's Rules. Suggestions to be sent by brother Brooks to the Secretary.
8. Next Conferenre to be held (D.v.) at Cuttack early in November, 1879. Oriya preachers, brothers Bailey and Anunta Das. Brother Buckley to preach in English. Brother Shem to prepare a paper on “Family Worship.”
1. Zayat at Cuttack, which we agree to call the Christian Book Room.
That the cordial thanks of this conference be presented to the British and Foreign Bible Society, and to the Religious Tract Society—to the former for granting, on very favourable terms, a supply of Bibles; and to the latter for granting, in the same way, a supply of books. Also to the Rev. G. H. Rouse, of the Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta, for a copy of each of the books published at
Spoiling a Good Religion.
ANOTHER point came up in the conversation. The preacher, seeing that he and the brahmin could never come to an agreement about the cause of the famine, turned the conversation, and asked what the brahmin thought of Christianity. “It is a good religion," was the reply, “but the Europeans have spoiled
The Christian anxiously inquired how. “By offering it to non-caste people; by employing such low wretches as servants, and associating too much with them." “But who made the low people ?” said the Chri cian. “God, of course," answered the brahmin; “but they must be kept at a distance.”
“Unto the poor the gospel is preached.” This glory of Christianity is to the proud brahmin a greater stumbling-block than it was of old even to the Scribe and Pharisee.
Music for “ the Little Ones" in Rome.
The following letter from my friend Mr. Colebrook will speak for itself, and command, I trust, a hearty response. He says :
One word for Rome. Not for its nothing so innocent and beautiful could church, but its children. Our friend, be offered them as a substitute, as singing: Mr. Shaw, cannot get the children to the And there is need that nothing should be SUNDAY SCHOOL. He gets some adults— left undone to strengthen the hands of there were seventeen the morning I the brave little band, who, with a faith called, but no children. I suggested he stronger than David's, are seeking, with should be a modern Orpheus, and charm moro unequal weapons than his, to slay them to school with music. He said he the Goliath of Christendom. I do not would if he knew how. Whereupon I think they will do it. But already the told him what Mr. Alsop had done in buzz of the little insects now “infesting" Manchester, how I had seen five hundred Rome has disturbed the equanimity of of the dirtiest and raggedest children the stately animal of the Vatican; and assemble at nine o'clock at night, many one has so stung him as to provoke an of them walking miles, for a cup of coffee undigpified kick. For weeks past Rome and a sing, and how they came three and has been placarded with huge bills calling four nights a week all through the winter, on the people to render additional homage and had, by means of the Tonic-sol-fa to “Mary, the mother of God.”
The system, though ignorant of the letters of preacher in the little Waldensian chapel the alphabet, so mastered music as to told his hearers that Mary was not the give a “ragged concert” in one of the mother of God; that God never had a large halls of Manchester, to the great mother; that the Virgin was a woman like delight of all who heard them.
ourselves; and that, if she were God's Both Mr. and Mrs. Shaw caught the mother, she would be greater than God idea instantly, and said they would gladly Himself, as God must have been depenattempt a similiar work in Rome, but dent upon her. This simple statement they had no musical instrument to assist was enough to stir up all Rome; and the them. I promised to try and get a Cardinal Vicar, at the Pope's request, HARMONIUM for them, and have already ordered a “manifestation of loyalty; collected eight pounds five shillings among consisting of a procession of the people my friends towards its purchase. Now I to Santa Maria Maggiore. want to appeal to the readers of the A Roman priest told me," he believed G. B. Magazine to supply the deficiency; that within twelvomonths the King would and I am sure you will be glad to receive be dethroned, the Pope banished, and the their contributions. Apart from the priests' robes torn off their backs.” The children, there is a great want of a only thing in the prophecy I question is musical instrument to assist in public the time. I think he has correctly worship. The Italians are great lovers guaged the spirit and tendency of the of music, but have little or no idea of age; but I do not look for so speedy an time and tune in singing. What we call accomplishment of his prediction. Nevercongregational singing is entirely un- theless political seeds ripen fast. I menknown to them. There is nothing in any tion this to strengthen the good resoluway corresponding to it in the Papal tion of those who have provided, in the system. Hence, above all things, I think “Sala Cristiana,” a little ark of refuge singing should be cultivated as a means for distressed souls; and to awaken symof carrying the gospel to the hearts of pathy for the children of Rome, that "the the people. And among a people so seed of the kingdom” may be planted by steeped as the Italians are in emotional song before the “ovil days” come. and
religious ceremonial, Martin Luther fought more than one victorious battle against Romanism in Germany and Europe by the aid of music and song. Wesley's hymns were an important auxiliary in the great Wesleyan revival. Italy will not be won for Christ without its aid. Mr. Colebrook's suggestion is most sagacious, and no time should be lost in giving it practical shape. Will our friends, young and old, forward their contributions for this harmonium ? It will be a most useful misşionary. Gifts may be sent to the Secretary or Treasurer of our Mission, or to