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BELLARY. Though our Missionary brethren in this portion of the field of labour have not recently been privileged to witness any remarkable manifestation of the Divine power and grace in calling sinners out of darkness into the marvellous light of the Gospel, and the Native Christian community is still, as compared with the mass of heathenism by which they are surrounded, but a little band,—we are happy to learn that several young persons who had long enjoyed the advantage of Christian instruction, have been led to abandon the idolatrous system of their forefathers, and to cast in their lot with the people of God. With reference to these interesting cases, and also to the death of an aged believer, the Rev. J. S. Wardlaw writes as follows, under date 7th December ult. :

“I had the satisfaction, some months ago, in her ; and to that deir departed one she is of baptizing Philip and Matthew Connell, two deeply indebted. I trust she has felt the youths brought up in our orphan school. power of a Saviour's love, and in making a They have both, I trust, received the truth in profession of his name, is acting in sincerity the love of it, and are sincerely desirous of of heart. Since her baptism, she has become serving the Lord. They are engaged as com- the wife of Catechist John Reid. positors in the printing-office, and give me “I should mention, that old Moses, of whose every satisfaction. The Lord keep them baptism I formerly sent you an account, has stedfast in the faith, and enable them to adorn

gone to his rest.

He died two or three months the doctrine of God their Saviour in all things! ago, after a very short illness. There was, I Each of them, after their baptism, gave me a regret to say, no Christian friend with him in short statement regarding himself: these state- the hour of his departure ; but those persons ments I have translated, and now forward to who were near him-one of them an inquirer you. Though they contain nothing of a re- after the truth-say that he spoke frequently markable nature, they are still in many respects of Jesus, recommending those around to put interesting;—they breathe a very pleasing their trust in Him; of his willingness to leave spirit.

the world, and of his desire to go to heaven, “Shortly after the time referred to, we had and be with his God and Saviour. I cannot the pleasure of admitting into the fellowship entertain a doubt that with the departed spirit of the church the son of our late esteemed of this aged believer all is well-that, 'absent and much-loved brother, Samuel Flavel, and from the body,' he is present with the Lord,' another youth, the son also of Christian -free from sin and free from sorrow. Mary, parents. They, too, go on steadily and well; the female convert in the same village, conmay they 'grow in grace!'

tinues firm in the faith, and exemplary in her “ Not long since, Brother Coles had the deportment. She happened to be at Bellary further pleasure of baptizing Elizabeth Boyle. when Moses died, and so did not witness his She has been for a number of years in the last moments. I am now on my way to Rayaorphan school, has received much instruction, lacheruru, and hope to hear a little more and has been with others the subject of many respecting the old man's death. May it prove prayers. Mrs. Thompson took great interest to have been the means of blessing to others!"

Autobiography of “Matthew Connell," one of the youths referred to in Mr. Wardlaw's Letter; the account of the other, Philip Connell, being omitted for want of room :

"By the mercy of God our Father, and our the following brief account of myself :- My Lord Jesus Christ, I am permitted to write parents were heathens, and I was born in

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heathenism. My name was Soobanapooree. Canarese, Telugu, and English languages. In my childhood I was ignorant of the true He took much interest in me, could not bear God, and of the Lord Jesus our Saviour, to see me going astray, and corrected me, by without any knowledge of my own sinfulness, punishing me for my faults. He also gave I was taught to worship idols, and to attend me good advice, and sought to teach me to to idolatrous rites, till I was ten years of age. walk in the fear of God ; and his labours, I At this time Major Mc Carthy arrived at the trust, have not been al ther in vain. He place where I lived, and erected a school, ap- cared for me, also, giving me food and clothpointing a Catechist to teach the Canarese ing, and latterly put me in the printing-office, and Mahratta languages, and to superintend by which I have been enabled to support myit. Mahratta being my native tongue, I was self. Nrs. Thompson having fallen very ill, soon enabled to learn it. I was also taught it was necessary that Mr. Thompson should Tamil, and in about six months could read leave for his native land. He at that time the Gospel of Luke. The Catechist conducted gave me, with tears, very affectionate counsel. Divine service on every Sunday with those For all his kindness towards me, temporally Christians who belonged to the battalion. I and spiritually, I praise God, and pray that he also attended ; but regret to say I could not may be rewarded in a tenfold increase. understand what the teacher said, and of whom “ Mr. Wardlaw remained in the Mission, and he was talking. Though light is shown to a was my protector and friend. He has given blind man, yet he cannot perceive it : thus I me great assistance in every way, and has was spiritually blind, and could not see the cared for me up to this present time. He also light of the word of God. Shortly after, my married me to the daughter of one of the mother was attacked with disease, and died. catechists, for which I am very thankful. But The Catechist knowing that I was poor and above all, I am happy to say, I was by his destitute, pitied me, and took me to his house, instrumentality led to seek baptism, and adand protected me as his own son. Shortly mitted into church-fellowship. To God I after this, he also died; in consequence of « rerder humble thanksgivirg for bringing my which his wife, accompanied with her son and soul from darkness, and from the shadow of myself, proceeded to Bellary. After her arri- death, to the light of eternal life. And may val at this place, the Rev. Mr. Thompson he assist me by his Holy Spirit to walk stedkindly admitted me into the Orphan Asylum. fastly in the good way, and in the exercise of I praise God for the dealings of His providence, firm faith in Jesus Christ! To that God, who for if I had not been put into this institution is able to bring many souls to his fold, be I should have been poor and destitute, without glory, praise, and power. May the darkness any true knowledge of Christ. He in his of heathenism be dispelled from the nations, mercy has brought me to see the evil state of and the kingdom of Satan, and all that is my heart; has released me from the bonds contrary to the religion of God, be abolished ! and snares of Satan, and rescued me from and may the kingdom of Christ Jesus prevail! darkuess and from eternal death. When I Let all people praise and magnify his holy entered the Orphan School I was twelve name. Amen. years of age, from which time I was brought, (Signed) througlı Mr. Thompson's kindness, to read the

• MATTHEW Connell."


TO THE LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. This Auxiliary, which is sustained by Christian friends in the city of Calcutta, and has been in operation many years, continues to prosecute its Evangelical labours with great energy. Under the Divine blessing, by means of an efficient organization, it has rendered very valuable service, more particularly in Calcutta and its immediate vicinity,

by diffusing authentic information in regard to the objects and claims of Christian Missions, by enlisting the sympathies and active co-operation of many excellent persons among the Anglo-Indian community, and by the liberality of its contributions in aid of the objects of the parent society. To the members of the Ladies' Society in connexion with the church and congregation at Union Chapel, under the pastoral charge of the Rev. Dr. Boaz, the Directors are in an especial manner indebted, for the persevering zeal and activity with which they have devoted themselves to this work of faith and labour of love.

We have the pleasure to announce, that the anniversary services of this Auxiliary were held at Union Chapel, Calcutta, in December last. They commenced on Sunday, the 15th, by the delivery of two impressive sermons: that in the morning by the Rev. Dr. Boaz, from Zechariah iv. 6, 7 ; and that in the evening by the Rev. J. Mullens, from Isaiah lxii. 6, 7.

The Public Meeting was held the following Wednesday, at Union Chapel, under the presidency of A. Grant, Esq. The edifice was well filled ; several effective addresses were delivered, and the attention and interest of the audience sustained throughout. "We have seldom," adds the reporter, “ attended a more instructive or interesting meeting of the kind in India.”

The financial statement read at the meeting gave the following gratifying results :-The income realized by the Auxiliary during the year amounted to 9312r. Ba. 9p. (9311. 4s. *10d.) Expenditure, 8712r. 2a. 2p. (8711. 4s. 3d.) Balance in hand, 600r. 4a. 7p. (601. Os. 7d.)

Of the total income the Ladies' Society has collected 3362r. 1a. 3p. (3361. 48. 2d.) The balance in hand was further augmented by the collections after the sermons and the meeting, which produced the liberal sum of 1100r.(1101.)


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though not in connexion with any of the misMR. PARKER'S JOURNAL.

sionary bodies. In our early walk we met " NATIVE SCHOOL.

with some members of the Zemindar's family Taki, Tuesday, the 8th. Early in the with whom I talked about the school, and morning, Chandra, Kailas, and myself went on proposed to come and visit it, to which they shore to reconnoitre. This is an important readily agreed. We returned to the marketand populous village, one of the largest in this place, and there made known the word of God; part of the country. Formerly there was a and afterwards went back to our boat for very flourishing English school here, sup breakfast. About half-past ten we proceeded ported chiefly by Babu Kalinath Ray, the to the school, and spent a couple of hours exitprincipal Zemindar of the place, and under the mining the different classes. The number of general superintendence of the Scotch Mis pupils at present is not more than about sixty; sionaries. After the death of the Balu it and as the teachers are all native, and the was shut up, and so remained for a long time. superintendence and management of the school I was glad, however, to find on making inquiry is entirely in native hands, I was not surprised that it had been re-opened a few months ago, to find that it was not in a very flourishing

state. I hope our visit and the books we left people still willing to hear what we had to behind us, may serve as a wholesome stimulus.

say. Some men, in order to hear the better, The present Zemindar (brother to the deceased climbed up a tree beneath which we were Babu) was away from home: but a younger standing, and sat very quietly for a long time brother-an intelligent young man with on the branches. I thought of the account several other members of the family, were Luke gives us of Zaccheus, and prayed that present, and appeared to be much pleased with to some of these people, as to Zaccheus, salour visit, and begged that if we came that way vation might indeed come. again, we would not fail to repeat it. With Ballia, Sunday, the 13th.—We came with their approval, after examining all the classes, the night-tide to this place, a large village I proceeded to give books to a few in each on the western bank of the river, and having class who appeared the most deserving; three a market on Sunday and Thursday. Went boys in the first class received each a Bengali on shore early in the morning, and in an New Testament; to the other classes I gave open space, in the centre of the village, soon in the same way the Four Gospels, or a single collected a number of people together. About Gospel, or Genesis, or some tracts, according sixty or seventy, nearly all intelligent and to their several capacities. It was perfectly respectable persons, came around us, and well understood that these books were portions with them discussion was kept up for a long of our Scriptures: but the proprietors of the time, till we began to feel tired, and in want school appeared not to have the slightest ob of refreshment and rest. So we gave them jection, on that account, to their being given. some books, and told them we should reMay the blessing of God rest upon them, that main all the day, and would again come they may result in good!

ashore, to preach to them, in the afternoon—

they might come, if they wished, to converse " PREACHING IN THE MARKET.

with us in the boat. "Hitchindia,the 12th.— A large market is held at this place on the Saturday afternoon. Wc,

CONTROVERSIES WITI MOHAMMEDANS. therefore, left Bagundi, where we liad been “ The Musulmans are very numerous at for the last two days, after leaving Taki, and this place. We were told that more than came here, where we had a very excellent half the population belong to that creed, and congregation. Immediately on our arrival, here, as usual, they were bitter against the about mid-day, my two native friends went truth. Chandra went out for some time ashore to examine the place and converse alone, and began to converse with the people. with the people; and in the afternoon, when A Musulman Zemindar came up (a tall the market people were assembled, we all man, rather advanced in years, who paid us a went together, and took up a good position, visit on board next day), and addressed him a short distance from the bustle of the crowd, in a very angry tone, ordering him to go on the ruins of an old native house. Being away, and not preach there, or he would beat thus raised above the level of the crowd, we him. After a while, by the advice of some could address them with advantage. About other persons, they went together to the 200 persons assembled, and listened with much principal Maulavi, who had some conversaattention, while Kailas, Chandra, and myself tion with Chandra, and very sagely proposed explained to them the message of the gospel. that each of them should throw his sacred And here, I may remark, that it was the gospel book (himself the Koran, and Chandra the that we preached, both there and elsewhere. Bible) into the fire, and that whichever surI was glad to see that my native brethren vived the ordeal, that they should both regard took care to make this the prominent subject.

as true!

Chandra more wisely suggested Whatever the topic with which they started, that they should first of all examine well they did not fail to show before they closed which of the two books was the true one, that all their hearers were sinful, and in danger and then, having done this, commit the false of perdition, and that Jesus Christ is able and one to the flames. The Maulavi professed willing, and he alone, to save them all. We himself quite ready to enter into such incontinued our work till it was quite dark, the vestigatiou-not with Chandra, but with the

Missionary, who was to go to him for that kind as breakers of this law and the Divinepurpose, as it would be beneath the dignity ly appointed remedy, the blood and rightof such a great man as he to come to the eousness of Jesus. But after addressing them boat. I did not hear of this proposal till the for some time, I found that an unkindly following day, when we left the place. fecling had been excited. They were not

“ When Kailas and I went out to join in a condition to hear more just then. It Chandra, we found him surrounded by a was moreover beginning to get dark; and as crowd of people, near to the market-place, many of them showed a disposition to beengaged in discussion with another Musul come noisy and riotous, I determined to man, about the punishment due to various return at once to the boat, and not then kinds of sin. The discussion was main

give away any more books, lest we should tained with much animation on both sides, have a repetition of the scene we had witand the opponent was strengthened by the nessed at Taki. We got back again as co-operation of one or two of his co-religion quietly as we could, but not without being ists, as zealous and bigoted as himself. They saluted by a few handfuls of dirt, as we soon got deeply engaged on various points descended the bank of the river. After of the Mohammedan controversy, which, while dark, we had several visitors come to us for of course interesting to that portion of the books, and in particular four or five Musul. audience who held that faith, was rather mans, who were much better behaved than impatiently endured by the Hindoo portion. many of their brethren, received our books I afterwards endeavoured to gain their at with thankfulness, and remained on board tention to subjects of general importance, for a long time, conversing about them. From affecting all of every creed and every land, - these men we got information that was of the moral law of God as contained in the much use to us respecting our journey. ten commandments—the guilt of all man


KAFFIR WAR. It must have been with inexpressible pain and anxiety that the friends of Missions in South Africa have perused the intelligence recently received from that part of the world, on the subject of another Kaflir War.

The Directors have not yet received letters from any of the Missionaries in the locality where war has broken out, and which they account for by the numerous and pressing engagements of their brethren in those parts, amidst the alarming circumstances into which they have so unexpectedly been thrown. They anxiously await the arrival of the next vessels from the Cape, which they trust will bring letters and details, although possibly not intelligence of a later date than that already received. All the information at present possessed by the Directors has been derived from the colonial newspapers, and from which they gather that, under intimations of approaching disturbances, Sir Harry Smith, the Governor, proceeded, at the close of last year, to British Kaffraria, and having, as he supposed, adjusted affairs, he returned into the Colony; but was soon again summoned into the

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