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more or less under their master's influence this community, and of the shipping, to come to chapel, and hear the preached under my care at present, and in all proba word. Besides these, there are the casual bility will remain so for some months to droppers in, and two other men who at pre- come. Before Úr. Douglas left I had ensent seem deliberately to keep the Sabbath, tered into correspondence with Christian and who are also pretty regular in their friends in Scotland with a view to secure a attendance at daily evening worsbip. For Christian physician for this port, and I am the last two or three Sabbaths one or two in hopes that our object may be attained. women, to whom our helpers have had The community have, to a certain extent, access in their own houses, have been per- put the matter of procuring a medical man suaded to venture within the chapel doors, for them into my bands, and until I hear but further than this I can say nothing of from the parties with whom I am in corthem.

respondence, I shall feel it to be my duty to The medical department of the work is remain here, and keep the field in their not at present overburdened with labour. behalf. This medical work, in the present On an average for some weeks back there state of this port, does not devolve very may have been four or five patients daily; beavy labour upon me, and my missionary generally, however, with rather serious com- duties are sufficiently recognised by the plaints. This is not because Takao is so community to prevent them from calling entirely free from disease. We have had me away at unseasonable hours. The cholera here, and I suppose about forty moneys which patients are pleased to give in persons have died in the village of this return for services rendered, will help, dread disease ; but in only two cases was II believe, materially to diminish the burden called to see the patients. The fact is that of expense in connection with the first six the people are suspicious of our good faith months of labour here.

I have not yet in this matter of gratuitous medical assist- succeeded in procuring any site on which ance, and we must wait patiently until we to erect a house or chapel in connection have been tried sufficiently, and then, doubt. with the mission. The prejudices against less, we shall have more to do. Already I foreigners securing ground has raised the see some signs of increasing confidence value of ground immensely, and it is as appearing.

difficult for merchants to secure a suitable My brethren at, Amoy have been unable locale for building as it is for ourselves. bitherto to send me a man to take the place But it will be impossible to continue where of my previous assistant, and without an we are at such a rental as that of 50 dollars assistant it is scarcely possible to move a month, and so I continue on the look-out away from this place, or to extend our work for some feasible site on which to build. I to neighbouring villages. I am in the hope, believe that this plan will meet with the however, that some one mayappear speedily, approval of the Committee at home. I and I trust he may come with a heart set bope when I do hear from the Comupon the Lord's service. *

mittee that there may be some tidings of Since Mr. Douglas's departure, the Sab- a colleague for this mission. Not only for bath service in English has devolved upon the work's sake, the extension of which

Almost the whole of the foreign com- must 80 much depend on the presence munity, and a goodly sprinkling from the of more labourers, but to lighten my ships in harbour, meet with me in a large own sense of responsibility in connection upper room in this house, and I trust our with the management of the mission, and meeting is not in vain. I know that to also for the sake of occasional Christian myself the preparation for these services, fellowship with a brother in the work—"a although rather distracting from Chinese kinsman according to the flesh," I do most studies, is oftentimes a source of much earnestly desire to hear of your having found spiritual refreshing. The health aleo of some brother who is willing to spend his


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life in witnessing for Christ in this island. Amoy, Oct. 26.-A young man sails to-morrow, to learn to act as Dr. Maxwell's assistant. He has been two or three years chapel-keeper of one of the Amoy chare's.-C, D,


Ever yours,



(From the London Missionary Magazine.) POLYNESIA.

myself and servant, and a child belonging

to one of the teache: 8. Connected with one MISSIONARY VOYAGE TO THE LAGOON

of our party, Elekana, there is a tale of deep ISLANDS.

interest, which reserves particular notice OUR enterprising miesionary brethren in from its cornection with our voyage, and the Navigators' Group were induced, in the the striking illustration which it affords of month of May last, in consequence of in- the wonder-working providence of God in teresting reports which had reached them, carrying out his plans and purposes of to delegate one of their number, the Rev. mercy towards the race of man.” A. W. Murray, to visit sereral clusters of Here foʻlows an interesting narrative of small islands, distant about 600 miles, and the adventures of Elekana, showing how, in designated generally by the missionary as the year 1861, he had, with others, been the Lagoon Islands. The enterprise was wrecked on the ieland of Nukuloelae ; and, crowned with entire success, and the report in return for the humanity and kindness of given by Mr. Murray of the state of the the nativer, had given them some el menpeople, which will be found in the follow. tary instruction in the Christirn religion, ing narrative, will be read with feelings of and promised to revisit them on a future equal astonishment and delight. Truly may occasion. Elekana's narrat re is omitted it be said of these islands, they " wait for here, having been already published in der the law of the Lord;" and, thank God, tail in the August and S-ptember numbers they have not waited in vain. Already of the "Juvenile Missionary Magazine." Christian evangelists are among them, and

“Nukulaelae lies to the north-west of we trust that in a few months their number Samoa, distant about 600 miles. We will be increased in proportion to the made the island on Wednesday, the 16th thousands that are thirsting for instruction; of May, having been just a week on the and we may confidently expect that, on a peo- passage. There is no harbour, but there is ple so signally prepared by the Lord, he will a tolerable anchorage outside the reef during pour out bis Spirit, and raise them to the certain seasons of the year. Having got to full knowledge and enjoyment of salvation. anchor, we ha-t ned on ehore. The poor

“ The voyage, a report of which I have people were delighted to see us ; but events now to forward to the Directors, was un- that have transpired since Elekana was dertaken at the request of my brethren of amongst them, in 1861, cast a sad gloom this mission, and, by the good hand of God over our meeting. upon us, has been safely and successfully accomplished.




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At that time the population was about 300—a harmless, peaceful community, waite

ing and longing for the Gospel to make “We embarked on board the Augustita, tbem truly happy. Now they are reduced a small trading-vessel about fifty tons bur- to a remnant under 100; and the bulk of den, and sailed from Apia on Wednesday, these are women and children. The inithe 3rd of May, 1865. We were bound for quitous Peruvian slavers came upon them the islands known on the charts as Ellice's like beasts of prey, and carried off about Group, and other islands beyond these, 200 to bondage and death. Nowhere perknown by various names. Our missionary haps did these infamous men act more party consisted of two married teachers, basely than at this and the neighbouring accompanied by their wives, one unmarried, island. They had recourse first to what




seems to be their usual mode of procedure; they held out temporal inducements, proposing to the people to go for a given time to some island to make cocoa-nut oil, for " Truly He did not forsake them in the which they were to be liberally paid, and at bour of their sore affliction. It is deeply the expiry of the specified time brought interesting to think that they carried with back to their homes. The people told them them into their bondage portions of the they had plenty of cocoa-nuts on their own New Te ament, which they had obtained land, and could make oil here. Finding from Elekana, and which they prized as that they could not gain their point by their most precious treasures. Elekana such proposals, they had recourse to an ex. had a Rarotongan New Testament and pedient worthy of the devil himself. There hymn-book when he and his shipwrecked were two vessels, both barques, the one companions were cast on their shores. So about 300 tons burden, the other 400 or eager were the people to learn to read the

their names were the Gouhnourver Word of God, that nothing would serve and the General Layfell, commanded, the them but the New Testament must be apone by a Captain Lopaz, the other by Cap- portioned out amongst them.

Elekana tain Garsee. These gentlemen, accompa- yielded to their importunity, and gave two nied by the mate of one of the vessels, camo or three leaves to each; the portion that on shore, and gave out that the mate was a fell to the share of the chief I have now in missionary, and that they wished the people my possession : he had carefully preserved to go on board, to be taken where they it, and gave it to me at my request. would be taught about God and religion, May we not hope that many of those and afterwards brought back to their own who have carried these leaves of the tree of land. An infamous fellow named Tom life into the land of bondage, have learned Rose, a negro who had been living among from them the way to that land where all the people for a length of time, lent himself are eternally free ? to be their tool. He acted as interpreter, and doubtless suggested the plan by which the people were ensnared. And, as Tom himself shipped in one of the vessels, and “But to return from this long digres had been acting as a sort of religious sion. The sight of the widows and chilteacher among the people, their suspicions dren of those who were gone, whom we met would be the less likely to be aroused. The on the shore, was very saddening. As the bait took. The people flocked on board the question was put to one and another by Eleships. Those who could not obtain pas- kana, 'Where is this one and the other?' sages in the boats from the vessels went in Gore, gone,' was the unvarying reply. canoes, and others swam ; so great was 'Carried off by the thievish ships.' After their eagerness to go where they were to be consulting with the chief and others, and taught about God. One of the boats got finding them earnestly desirous to have a stove in the passage, and was rendered use- teacher, I concluded to leave with them loss. Some who were in it were picked up one of the three I had to dispose of, notby other boats or canoes, and some swam withstanding the smallness of their num. back to the shore. The vessels did not ber. Taking everything into account, it anchor, but stood off and on at sea ; thus seemed as if it would have been cruel to it was difficult to reach them, and when the do otherwise. A deep interest will con. people were on board they were entirely in tinue to attach to Nukulaelae in connection the power of their captors.

with the evangelization of the islands in “ Thus were these poor people deceived its neighbourhood, and, indeed, far beyond, away from their quiet, peaceful homes. as from it the movement took its rise, Alas for them! Surely He who heareth which will no doubt progrese till all are the groaning of the prisoner, and delivereth covered with the knowledge of the glory of them who are appointed to die, will plead the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Nearly ten years have passed away since






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the people of Nukulaelae, moved by in- immense coral reef surrounds the whole, fluences which we can very imperfectly and the interior forms a magnificent lagoon trace, began to be weary of paganism and and one of the finest harbours I have seen. to feel after the true God. About that There are three good openings, at which time, at the instigation of the master vessels of any tonnage may enter, and hunof a small trading-vessel which visited the dreds of vessels might anchor together in islands, they burnt their gods and ceased safety. We found the state of things here to be idolaters. I have been able to learn in many respects similar to that of Nukulittle respecting the person who so far laelae, both as regards what is pleasing and directed them right, except his name and painful. The slavers, on leaving Nukuthe place whence he came. His name was laelae, came on here, and, sad to say, sucStewart, and he came from Sydney, via ceeded in carrying off 180 of the people. Fiji. All honour to him for the efforts he Aided by Tom Rose, they adopted the made at this and other islands to turn the same plans here as at the other island. people from the service of idols to that of Oil-making was first mentioned, then goldthe living God, and Jesus Christ whom digging ; but these not taking, the other he hath sent.

pretext was tried, and succeeded. “There,' “From this time the people were in the said their betrayers—there are the people case of a man who has ceased to walk in of Nukulaelae on board, going to learn the wrong way, but who knows not the about God; why should not you also go ?' right, and is waiting for a guide. Hence They did go ; and, but for the exertions of the eagerness with which they welcomed a foreigner residing on shore, there would Elekana when he was cast upon their not have been so many left as there are. shores. Others had professed to be able Those that remain number about 100, in to guide them-such as Tom Rose, the addition to whom there are at present negro; but they had cnly added to their between twenty and thirty persons belongbewilderment. In Elekana they had a man ing to Vaitupu, another island of this who knew the way of life himself, and so range. The population of this and several was able to impart to them a measure of other islands adjacent has been kept small true light. And now at length they have by a shocking practice to which they were a teacher settled among them, who will be addicted in the days of heathenism. We able to teach them the way of God more anchored late in the evening of Saturday. perfectly. It is a vast advantage, in our On the following morning we went on efforts to evangelize this and other islands shore and saw the chief and people, and in its neighbourhood, that the language is had service with them, Elekana giving an so much akin to the Samoan that our trans- address from Luke xix. 10. I got him to lations and books will be available. The give the address as he retained a considername of the teacher left on Nukulaelae is able knowledge of their dialect. The first Joane (John), and his wife's name is Saili. words of the chief when we called upon They have had a regular course of training him were striking and affecting. We are in our Institution at Malua.

May their

all in darkness,' he said, 'and are just waitlabours be largely blessed !

ing for some one to teach us. I told him “We sailed from Nukulaelae on Friday, that that was just our errand, to give him the 12th of May, and on the following day that we had heard of their desire for the

some one to teach him and his people ; anchored at

Word of God, and had come from Samoa

in consequence. They destroyed their idols " Funafuti is the Ellice's Group of the about the same time as the people of Nucharts. It is about sixty miles distant kulaelae. They heard of the doings of from Nukulaelae. Like its neighbour, it is Elekana there, and he spent a short time not a single island, but a group, number- among them, after he left that island to go ing no fewer than thirty-one islands and to Samoa. Thus they were in very much islets. Each of these has a separate name, the same state as their neighbours. On and Funafuti is the general name. An the following day (Monday), the needful





preliminary arrangements having been made, Matatia, one of our teachers, and his wife Nazareta, took up their abode on Funałuti. At once the people set to work to learn to " Apprehending that there would be read, and during the two days we remained greater difficulties to contend with here after the teacher was landed some seven- than at the other islands, I had reserved teen had mastered the alphabet; and a Elekana, who is a man of more experience fortnight after, when we called again on than the other teachers of our party, and our return from other islands, between whose name is widely known and respected, twenty and thirty were able to read a little. for this island. The chief and people gave I never saw a people in similar circum- him an encouraging welcome ; and he has stances apply themselves with such eager- entered upon his work with pleasing pros

God grant that with the light they pects. The population is about 300. Inmay receive the life.”

fanticide has been discontinued for a number They next sailed to another island of the of years, and peace has long prevailed. And range, called Nukufetau.

now we may hope that polygamy, heathen “We found the state of things at this dances, and other kindred evils, will speedily island similar in many respects to that of be numbered with the things that have Funafuti and Nukulaelae : there is one im- passed away, and that in Nukufetau we portant and happy difference—the slavers shall have a happy Christian community, were in a great measure baffled in their bringing forth the fruits of righteousness, attempts to carry off the people.

and glorifying God their Saviour in all “Sereral canoes came off to us as we things. We sailed from Nukufetau on were making our way up the lagoon towards Wednesday, the 24th of May." the anchorage. In one of these was the son of the chief of the island, a very in

MISSIONARY MEETING IN teresting young man named Taukie. Tau

EDINBURGH. kie has had a great deal of intercourse with oreigners, and understands and talks Eng: in Scotland, in connection wih the mission

The annual meeting of the Association lish amazingly well. When he learned that at Amoy, was held on the 4th December, a missionary and teachers were on board, in the Freemasons' Hall, George Street, his eyes sparkled with joy. He told us he Edinburgh, Andrew Jameson, Esq., Sheriff had determined to go to the Fijis when an of Aberdeenshire, presiding. opportunity should offer, with a view to The CHAIRMAN, in addressing the meetget a teacher if we had not come.

ing, said :- When we speak of China, we Thus

are apt to think merely of its worldly we found here, as elsewhere, an open door, aspects ; of its beautiful porcelain and silk

nd had nothing to do but enter in. The manufactures ; of its wonderful inven. movement wbich has led to the present tions ; of the strange intricacy of its hisstate of things on this island is connected tory, and particularly of its government with the occurrences at Nukulaelae and written language, and of its vast extent a

and its people; of the difficulty of its Funafuti already mentioned. They heard an empire. These were all subjects of very what had been done on these islands, and, great and deep interest, but to the philanfollowing their example, destroyed their thropist who regards the miserable condi. gods and renounced idolatry; and for

tion of its teeming millions, sunk in

years they have been observing the Sabbath and paganism, ignorance, and physical debase

ment—to the Christian who acts upon the keeping up some sort of public worship on farewell words of his Divine Master, to go that day. They have a chapel, a very and preach the Gospel to all nations—the decent place, about forty-five feet long by great facts in connection with China are forty broad, which is kept neat and clean. these—that it contains one-fourth of the Poor people! thus have they gone on year these millions are living and dying without

whole population of the globe, and that after year, worshipping God according to the knowledge of the truth of God,

or of the their little light, and waiting and longing everlasting Gospel of his Son. It is this for some reliable guide.

aspect that gives to this Association its great importance among the many institutions of our great city, and I trust you will to-day

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