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THE INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL such a cosmopolitan body, and
they would without doubt be corThis association of medical men dially received. of all nationalities meets next May tunity, not every day afforded, of for the first time in the United bringing before, at least a section States of America. It takes place of the Scientific World, the Medical every alternate
and has Missionary Work in China, which already held five meetings in should not be lost. The appointEurope. Medical men of America ment of the delegates, cannot come naturally look forward with from the Missionary Boards, or interest to the coming meeting, from the Missions, for they are not and are making large preparations Medical bodies ; – it is the Medical to receive it and improve it to the Missionaries themselves who must utmost. As its name indicates, it elect, or the election will not be is composed of men of various recognized by the Congress. nationalities, and these need not Might not the Medical Missionbe exclusively from Europe and arics of China correspond with one America, but may come from all another on the subject, and by conntries where medicine is scientif- ; letter elect one or more of their ically cultivated, though members number. There is scarce a doubt but of it must be delegates of local such an election, properly authenmedical bodies to ensure recog- , ticated, will be accepted by the nition.
Congress. Dr. W. H. Boone, of In the coming Congress there the American Episcopal Mission, will be delegates from Japan; and Shanghai, and doubtless other the question very naturally arises Medical Missionaries from China, Why not also from China ? In will be in America next spring and China however there is no Medical will be able to serve their medical Society. But, on the other hand, brethren in various ways, without there are a considerable number of any expense to the missionaries ; Medical Men and Women connected but it should be borne in mind that with the various Protestant Mis- without an election by the Medical sions in China, and it is being Missionaries of China they will discussed to whether these fail of admission to the Congress. might not combine sufficiently A delegation of at least one, and during the next few months to elect at the most probably of three,
moro delegates to the would be able to do much for approaching Congress. It would China, both in and out of the be very fitting that the pioneers Medical Congress. We trust the of Medical Science in this great matter will be successfully arEmpire should be represented in ranged.
NOTES OF THE MONTH. .
says in conclusion :-"Such was his We notice the announcement of modesty that I doubt if even his a book by Rev. Jas. Gilmour enti- most intimate friends in this countled, “ Adventures in Mongolia,” try had any conception of what he published by the Religious Tract had done.' Society, London. Evangelical Rev. J. W. Lambuth, D.D. Christendom speaks of it as selec- writes from Kobe on the 30th of tions from the author's larger July:-I have secured a teacher work, and
“It gives clear and who is a Christian man and preachinteresting accounts of the life and habits of the Mongols, and the place next week, and if possible to
We hope to rent a preaching object of the writer is to evoke in have our first service in Japanese his readers a more intelligent and on the 8th of August, at 11 A. M. personal interest in the work of
Pray for us. reclaiming those wanderers to Christ."
Mr. C. A. Colman of the American
Bible Society writes : -The charThe first of Dr. Nevius' “ Letters
acter , “ nám,” is defined in on Missions” is reprinted in China's Williams Tonic Dictionary of the Millions for June, with a beautiful Canton Dialect, as, “ A large serpent picture of a Chinese Garden.
said to be eatable.” One Lord's We learn from Singapore that Day, when in southern Hunan, I a Christian Union has been formed saw two men preparing a large there, at 46 Raffles Place, (next snake for supper; on enquiring its door to the Brit. & For. Bible name they answered t, nam Society's Depot,) which holds a shé. It weighed eight catties when Daily Prayer meeting in its Rooms, skinned and ready for the pot. and arranges for other meetings from time to time. Friends pass. Rev. C. H. Carpenter to the papers,
It would seem from a note by ing through are cordially invited that he comes out at his own charges to call. Rev. J. A. B. Cook is Hon.
the Ainos of Yesso, Secretary; and Mr. J. Haffenden whom he mistakenly supposes to Hon. Treasurer.
be “utterly neglected ”—not seemOur exchanges bring us notices ing to be aware that the Church of the death of Mr. William Gamble, Missionary Society has work among at York, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., them. on the 18th of May. From Rev. Mr. Wherry's address at his funeral,
The suggestion that there be a we learn that he came to China
day of special prayer for the outabout 1858, to take charge of the pouring of the Holy Spirit on all Presbyterian Mission Press, then at extensive approval. The American
Foreign Missions, is meeting with Ningpo. From there he soon re- Board (Congregational) has more moved the Press to Shanghai, where it has remained to this day. He specifically suggested the first Sundevoted himself with success
day in November next, the 7th to
of that month, and this also is simplifying and cheapening the
different process of producing Chinese characters in metal, in several sizes,
missionary bodies. which has revolutionized the art of We regret not having received printing in China. He also intro- an account of the Chunking riots. duced stereotyping and electrotyp- On the 21st of July, the most ing. He printed Drs. Williams', and of the Protestant missionaries and Hepbarn's dictionaries, and several their families reached Ichang in editions of the Scriptures, with very safety, and on the 3rd of August, many other works. Mr. Wherry Mr. Copp, who had been absent on
a Bible-selling tour, happily over THE NEW UNION CHURCH, took his wife and family at Ichang. These seem to have been the most serious occurrences of their kind for The dedication of this Church, many years in this country.
on the 4th of July, was an event of
no little importance in the religious We learn that at one of the late history of the Commercial Centre meetings of the Hangchow Mis- of China For twenty-three years sionary Association a resolution the congregation had worshiped in was passed to the effect, that it is the so-called Union Chapel in Shan. unwise to distribute pictures of our tong Road, in the heart of the Saviour indiscriminately among English Concession, where of late the Chinese.
years it has been most unpleasantly A correspondent from Chefoo surrounded by Chinese. The writes of the gloom thrown over Chapel which originally cost over the missionary circle there by the $10,000, having been built sudden death of Mrs. Williamson, i ground owned by the London the wife of Rev. Dr. A. Williamson, Mission Society, without
any and we but espress the common arrangement having been effected sympathy of missionaries through with the Society, the building could out China with Dr Williamson in not be removed or sold, but belonghis great bereavement.
ed in law to the Missionary Society. The death of the Rev. Dr. Nelson, This threw on the Church the will surprise and grieve a large cir- great expense of providing a new cle of friends in China and else- site, as well as of erecting a new where.
building, with no assistance from
the old site and building. This Mr. F. McKiege attended the heavy load has been most nobly Seventh Day Baptist Eastern Asso- met, as the new and beautiful ciation in June, and urged that the building on the south side of the mission to China be reinforced soon, Soochow Creek, immediately adjoinand if that cannot be done that the ing the British Consulate, abunproperty be sold ; but the Editor of dantly testifies. The cost of the the Sabbath Recorder expresses the land, the Church and Manse, and hope that “at distant day counted property, has been over Shanghai will be the head quarters $40,000.00, all which is paid save of a mission that shall embrace about $10,000.00, which is covered several in-stations."
by a mortgage. The interest of the We have received through Rev. mortgage is considerably more than F. H. James, a well recommended met by the lease of four private resadvertisement of a collection of idences which stand upon a part of twelve Tables of Biblical Archæol- the property, and which could toogy and Natural History, prepared day be sold for more than the face of with great care by M. B. Tournier, the mortgage. Practically the and issued by the “Société gene- Church itself and the Manse, are voise des Publications religieuses.” clear of debt. The Church conve. The twelve Tables with a small book niently seats three hundred persons, of explanations are sold for twenty- and proves itself easy for speaking five francs ($5.00) by M. A. Haas, and hearing. Its Gothic architecture 4 Rue Pecolat, Geneva, and at a and beautiful spire, give it a very redared price, to pastors, teachers, pleasant, ecclesiastical appearance ; &c., by applying to M. Etienne and there is every reason to hope that Brocher, Geneva. Mr. James says the Union Church of Shanghai has the Tables are “first-rate for teach- entered on a new period of prosperity ing the Chinese."
MEDICAL HOSPITAL CANTON.
The Bible is the basis of inThe Chinese report of the Medic struction. It is used in the class cal Missionary Society's Hospital room daily. Saturday mornings are at Canton, by Dr. J. E. Thomson entirely deroted to religious instruchas come to hand. The first few tion in the English department. pages of the Report are occupied The College is opened and closed by Dr. Kerr's preface and general daily with appropriate religions exhistory of the Hospital, telling ercises ; all the pupils and teachers what the idea of the foreign doctors are required to be present. Religious is, and how the number of patients services are conducted every Suncoming for medical treatment has day morning.
Attendance upon been increasing. Next come the these services is voluntary. A goodly general accounts of money received number of the pupils have attended from different sources. The total regularly, others have attended number of patients attended by the irregularly. doctors, was more than ten thon Some of the pupils have embraced sand patients, men and women, in Christianity, and united with the one year.
Church. Others are serious and There are pictures of persons bav. thoughtful, studying the Bible and ing tumors that were cured, and religious books with pleasure and also illustrations of stones of differ- profit. There are obstacles in the ent shapes and sizes. To each of way of some openly professing these is attached a brief account of faith in Christ which may be rethe person suffering. In the list of moved in time, and then there tumors removed there
will be more professing Christians weighing 18 catties and 12 ounces. among the students. Towards the end of the book The fall session opens on the several proclamations issued by the first of September. Total number authorities during the Franco-Chi- of matriculations 939, which will nese war for the protection of the doubtless be increased to 950 dur. churches, hospitals and free schools ing the next session. The number of the missionaries are given. Tsang, of matriculations in 1884 was late Governor-general at Canton 212; in 1985, 137; in 1886, 86. writes to the director of the Medical The matriculation fee is now $25.00 Missionary Society Hospital ex- for Chinese and English; for Eng. pressing his indebtedness to them lish only, for half a day, $30.00 ; for for their attendance on the wound- English only all day $50.00. ed soldiers in Kwangsi. Indeed,
G. R. LOEHR. when Tsang was once sick, as the report says, he called in Dr. Kerr, There are in Shanghai eleven and when he got well, "he was schools supported, by the Woman's very much pleased with the Board of Mission of the Methodist foreign doctor's skill.”
Episcopal Church, Sonth, one boardHo Chiu KWAN. ing school for girls and ten day
schools. In the boarding school, SCHOOLS OF THE METHODIST MISSION during the term just closed there
were twenty girls. In the day The Spring term of the Anglo- schools two hundred and twentyChinese College closed on the 25th five pupils were enrolled. At the July. Before the close the pupils annual examination, held July 26 were examined both orally and in and 27, there were in actual attendwriting. Examination papers were ance from the eleven schools two creditable to both pupils and teach- hundred and twenty pupils--from ers. Attendance and deportment the boarding school nineteen girls, very good.
from the day schools one hundred
THE NESTORIAN TABLET.
and twenty-eight girls and seventy. Tsing Dynasty. Lying on its side, three boys. Of the day schools six some forty paces to the left front are girls' schools, two are boys' of the arches, is a copper bell of the schools, and two are mixed. A Ming Dynasty. It is over six feet large proportion of the children in diameter at its mouth, and about attend regularly Sunday School that in height. The temple and and preaching on Sunday. About buildings are not very ancient. A half the time spent in school is farmer priest presides, and dispengiven to the study of religious text' ses customary favors. There is books.
no particular attraction to the Of the Chinese teachers five are scene as a whole, but in detail men and six are women. There is it is well worth the visit of no inducement offered to the chil. a photographer. All must deplore dren to attend school, except that the exposed state of the Tablet. they are furnished with good teach- It is to be hoped that the ers and comfortable school rooms. British or American Government The schools are all under close will purchase and preserve the foreign supervision. In several of Tablet, either here, or in some more the schools the foreign teachers secure place. If, as Shakespeare have daily classes.
says, there is a sermon in stones, there is surely many a one in this.
It is not dead. The sound goeth Mr. J. Thorne wrote from Sing- forth from its form, upright still, an Fn, on the 16th of June :
after many a century's testimonial The Nestorian Tablet is five li to the power of the Holy Spirit. outside the walls of Singan Fu. Is it not an indication also that by The material looks to me like a searching, even now, other and betdark pinkish slate-stone, fine-grain- ter witnesses of the Nestorian epoch ed, sonorous, and in no wise flaky. might be bronght to light. It is one of five tablets in a line, in
SOOCHOW AND COREAN HOSPITAL a ruined court of one hundred yards square, which again is enclosed within lines of ruined loess walls, The Third Report of the Soo800 yards by 300 yards. The high- chow Hospital under the Methodist est stone, that on the left of the Episcopal, Soutlı, is at hand. A line, is of the Ming Dynasty, the more than usually readable introother three of the Tsing, and this duction by Dr. Lambuth, followed of the Tang Dynasty. The top by a statistical Report by Dr. Park, piece is all snake or dragon, or makes the pamphlet interesting'as both of them. The Cross is very well as valuable. A plan of the faint. The marginal inscription on hospital buildings is given. The the left side is a self-glorifying member of new patients in the superscription, done by a Chinaman Dispensary was 7,491, of old 2,253; who reset the stone in 1866.
total 9,744. In the Hospital, To the front of this line of tablets Medical patients numbered
12, si an ornamented gateway of the Surgical 23, Opium Habit 168; Ming Dynasty, of marble and gran- total 203. ite, with stone figures at either end. The First Annual Report of the A few steps to the side of this is a Corean Government Hospital, beautiful white marble, flowery- Seoul, under the care of H. N. Allen fignred font, on a linestone pedestal, B. S., M. D, and J. W. Heron of the Tsing Dynasty. Three flights M. D., is a worthy record of a new of stone steps are behind and three enterprise. This institution takes in front of arches. About ten steps the place of one which had been to the front are three tablets of the in existence for several hundred