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About Christian herald. (Portland ;) 1882-18?? | View Entire Issue (Jan. 19, 1883)
Our Foreign Missions.
preacheiL .Twice he took us to his the effect upon the natives for the i “that looks like home;” and sure
elegant home lor dinnet, where we converts to confess the Savior pub enough, when we got on one, there
were received as if we hud been life- licly and then immediately be im was the manufacturer’s name, " J.
since long friends. Mrs. Mody is an ac mersed. He said, “ It would be M. Jones, Troy, N. Y.” I after
we arrived in India, and I have com pl i shed English lady, laving a right, and .the effect must, therefore wards learned that the street rail
been anxiously waiting for an hour practical knowledge of fifteen lan be good. I believe immersion is. way was owned and conducted ex
of repose when 1 might write at guages, which, with her superior right, though 1 have never been clusively by Americans, and I
least one short letter to our many knowledge. of all mission work, immersed myself.” I also spoke never saw anywhere ss well con
friends, whb will hear from tts and makes her society invaluable to Friday evening l>efore the Young ducted street-cars or such cheap
Men’s Christian Association, by in fares.■< Yet Bombay is said to be
our work here only through such persons like ourselves,
The other missionaries and Chris vitation of Mr. Condor, the presi to the interior, where we new are
medium as your paper affords. I
had intended writing from Bombay, tian people of Bombay received us dents Bishop Foster, Bro. and Mrs. living, as New York or London is to
but the business I had to transact somewhat after the same fashion. Hard, formerly fron Buffalo, Mr. Bombay, and from »11 I have yet
there entirely consuriled my time The Congregationalist missionaries Northrup and Mr. Foo;, the presid seen, the comparison is true. The
and strength, so that I did not write —Bro. and Sister i Hume and Mr. ing elder, all were kind to us. We change is greater than words can
a single letter during our stay there Abbot—are models in Christian were all specially pleased with the express.
The most annoying, as well as
character, spirit and work, who af venerable George Bowen, who has
of two weeks.
I will first say that our reception ter our arrival desired us to make been in Bombay fort wen ty-five yeai », most impressive habit of the peo
in Bombay waB as great a surprise their house our home. I was much and is at present editor of the Bom ple that has come to my notice by
to us as any of the unexpectedly pleased with their day and sunday- bay Guardian, a weekly religious experience, is their utter lack of
strange things that greeted our un school, the latter of which numbers paper. He preaches constantly al appreciation of tlje value of time
sophisticated eyes and ears. The over 200, to which Bro .Norton and so, and is one of the saints on and truthfulness. Day after day I
first man with whom I shook hands I spoke through an interpreter. It earth,, so pure and spiritual is hs was kept in Bombay attending to
after landing on that heathen shore was a strange yet beautiful sight life. When the time came for us what seemed only the business of a
—which we were so glad to place to see them in various highly color to leave for Elliclipur, quite a num few hours. But there was no hur
our feet upon that we almost fell ed dresses, representing at least fif ber of friends met us at the station rying, and I was simply told to be
good - by e and-God speed. patient-7-one.of themost difficult
down and kissed it-—was Mr. Moniji teen different caste^artdtnanylan- to bid
Mody, a converted Parsee, and one guagis., all sitting together study All rejoiced that we had come,-and things to do at the only time it is of
of the grandest good men it has ing God’s word. It was a thrilling many wanted us to remain in Bom any value. Max Mil Iler delivered a
ever been my pleasure to even see. sight to see scores of those who had bay and work permanently. From lecture in Cambridge this year tn ,
He is a large, fine appearing man, turned from their idols to serve the this broken outline I have given, prove the truthful character cf the
as are most of the Parsee», and iving God, worshipping together are you not surprised that we should Hindoo people, but I am sure be
never would have selected such a
when he stood before us that Tues so devoutly. I met their native have been received so kindly ?
You are all desirous of knowing subject if he had lived here for even
day afternoon of Nov. 7, just after lastor, who was once a low caste
we bad come up from the ship, his idylator, but is now an educated how we are impressed with what we a few days—the books to the con
kind, Christian, manly face spoke a minister and preaching Christ to ’ have already seen of India. Often trary notwithstanding.
The most seriously depressing
welcome to us that was more touch thousands. The work is a grand in America, when asked to speak of
-----„ idolatry*. .
ing to our hearts than were liis one, and well calculated to engage * India, I said I preferred to wait eature of this land is , its
cordial and beautiful addresses that the entire power of every one who five years before I attempted much On every hand, and on every thing,
came from his genuine love for all desires the extension of the king- on a subject so great. All I can the marks of this curse plainly ap
say now is, “ I see men as trees pear. Two days after our arrival
who love the Master, lie had pre dom of God.
The Methodist brethren, also re walking ’’—nothing is very clearly in Bombay the great Drevalee
viously secured us a good boarding
place in a chri«tian family, and his ceived us most heartily. They have apprehended by me. From all that holidays, the beginning of the Hin
kindness continued as long as we ;wo churches, composed of Europ I had read in books, and fiom all doo year, commenced. They con
remained in the city. He went eans and Eurasains. Bro. Norton that I had learned by personal con tinued five days, and were formerly
with us to buy our furniture to take spoke to one of these the Sunday tact and conversation with good celebrated with human sacrifices.
to Ellichpur, and in many ways evening he was in the city, while 1 men who had lived in India for Before we left the city the greatest .
gave us much of his valuable time. was speaking to the other. On the years, I had very little idea of w hat feast of the Mohammedan calendar >
I know of but one way to convey following Sunday evening I con I now see. It is a frequent remark, was observed. It is called the Mo-
appropriate idea of his lavish ducted the entire services, the pas often repeated by the members of hurrum, and it yearly ciuses great
self-expenditure, and that is to say tor being absent, I spoke the first our party, “ we never had any idea excitement throughout all India.
he is the brunette twin brother of evening on “ Christ preeminent in of what is here'’' Those who have It is kept in memory of the death
Bro. Hertzog, of Suspension Bridge all things,” aud the next time my live«! here long say, in the most of two of the grandsons of Moham
For most of the brother-hood, that subject was the “ Great Commis confident tone, “ Well, you find it med. We saw some parts «-f this
is plain. Bro. Mody was converted sion,” as given by St. Matthew. very different from anything you seldom witnessed now even by Mo
about ten years ago, and is one of Among the native converts, I met have expected.” About all we can hammedans. I will not attempt
the few Christian Paraees in the a Bro. Trimbuck ami his wife, who say is, haw utrange ' Strange peo any description of thee at present.
world. He has been preaching dai are • from the high caste Hindoos. ple, strangely dressed and undres H' »then temples, Ceremonies and
ly on the streets of Bombay for five They are well educated. He preach sed, strange language, strange hab customs met t the eye wherever we
years. I attended his simple street es and his wife teaches. He spoke its of eating and living in general, look, and the thought that came
meeting one day. He has often approvingly of thy last discourse, strange government, strange reli and returned most frequently was,
come near losing his life, such is and especially of that part where 1 gion, strange fruits and flowers, how shall we give all these millions
the hatred of the Parsees towards said that from the commission of strange money, w-ights and meas the gospel—the only cure for all
any one leaving their religion. Only Jesus we were taught to make dis ures^ strange trees, shrubs and this curse of Satan ?
We have all been here now three
six weeks ago, as he was returning ciples or Christians, and not secta vines, all, literally all, is strartge.
from his preaching place, Tie was rians of any name and that denomi- A h we walked along the street in days, and it has rained nearly all
knocked down with a stone and his nationalisin wasunscriptural andsin- Bombay, straining our eyes at all the time since we came, a very un
head cut, notwithstanding police ful. I asked him, as he knew the na the strange life around us, the reasonable thing every body sajB.
officers guard him when he , tivemind, what he thought would be street cars came along, and I said, We all like our bungalow very