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WOMAN'S . WORK
Conducted by Misi Qvria Lm Canpbdl PRAYER. "Christ ever liveth to make interces sion." "His life in heaven- is an ever-pray ing life." ? Murray. SECRET SERVICE. You think of prayer, of course, as 9 the highest and best "secret service," but this is a secondary and resultant kind, which has very much helped the women of our Church. These secret service women are known only to the president of the auxiliary, and sho appoints a new committee each month; four women who will sit near the doors of the church and catch all new members, strangers and visitors, give them a welcome, and make engagements to go by and bring them to the next meeting of the auxiliary. Then, you see, they are no longer strangers. And the next four weeks a new four women (or girls) serve on the committee. Those who have tried it pronounce it wonderful for results. Try it. THE BUDGET. One safeguard is important. When the Executive Committee of a new Auxiliary makes out the sug gested budget for the year to submit to the auxiliary for its approval, iney should be sure that they Have in cluded in it gifts to every cause equal to those given by any and all of the separate societies under the old plan. Often Aid Societies are loath to en ter Into the auxiliary plan for fear some special cause to which they have been contributing will be omitted in the. combined budget. The auxiliary should give as much to each cause as the separate societies gave the year previous, and probably can give much more because of larger membership. A FEW PICTURES OF THE AFRI CAN FIELD. By Mrs. Robert King. (Our Belgian Missionary in Congo.) These may help you to realize some of the conditions and needs there. 1. When we land at Boma, we see a great many natives, walking idly through the town. They are dressed in loud colors; they are forward, look impudent. These people are the pro duct of what contact with civiliza tion without Christian influence has done. To their own bad habits they have added those of the ones who entered their land for the riches they might find there, and we feel that we have come too late for these. 2. When we go up-river, we come In contact with wild, tribes, who in the very last years, losing their fear and dread of the white men, have come out from their hidden dwellings in the densest forest or high grass and have planted their villages near the banks of the river. These have neither been touched by civilization nor by missionaries, and thousands of them live in the deepest darkness, having only the scautest clothing for their bodies and nothing for their souls. 3. We come to a mission station. Here the people have happy smiles to greet everybody. Their faces show intelligence; they are decently cov ered and anxious to learn more and more of the love of a Saviour, and more and more of this big f^rld out side of their small village trails. Are we able to meet their needs, all we promised when we entered the Presbyterian Church, to fulfil the command, "Go ye into all the world"? No, because there are too few of us; too few evangelical men, too few in dustrial men, too few doctors and nurses. How are we going to reach the women who have been slaves for ages past, in every way? by helping to keep the lives of their little ones. Many die yearly because of the ignor ance and superstition of the mothers. We must have doctors and nurses for every station to help build up the new generations. You know that our missionaries in our African field have willingly made the sacrifice of living separated from their children. Can you not here at home make that sac rifice unnecessary by sending enough of the medical force? And not only for the parents' sake, but because the example is the living teaching. If our children thrive under our meth ods of raising them, are not the dark mothers, the simple people, more likely to accept our word, and won't their children build up a church of which th*e Mother Church will be proud? You can help here. With out your prayers, your thoughts, your efforts, the glorious work the Lord has given, us can only grow slowly, where the field is ripe and such a brilliant harvest can be gathered. HOW THE CUBANS LIVE. (For the December Meeting.) Mrs. Juan Orts Gonzales. Many of the customs of Cuban life are very queer and amusing from the American point of view. This is due to the fact that Cuban life Is made up of unusual and shocking combina tions. The customs of negroes and of white people are mingled, not in deed in the way you find them in the South of the United States, where the negroes live in many respects en tirely apart from the white people; here mulattoes, negroes and whites live together entirely as one people and for all purposes of life. A great many times negroes and mulattoes are the only teachers in schools for white boys and girls; and frequently they hold offices as lawyers, judges, mayors and representatives. There are customs still in existence here which are as old as the time of the Spanish conquest ? that is, more than three hundred years old; and there are customs that have been in troduced by the Americans of today. You will see in some places customs entirely Spanish; in other places, en tirely Indian; now and then, entirely American; and everywhere you will see a mingling of the three. In some respectR you will believe that you are in the United States; in some others, that you are in Spain; and in still others, that you are in Africa, even in the darkest part of Central Africa, because you will hear day and night the lugubrious torn! torn! torn! of the African drum calling to the African practices of witchcraft and to the de moralizing African dances. To begin with, the country of Cuba is beautiful. There are so many of the stately royal paljns; so many farms with immense fields of the tall, green sugar-cane; such a bright, vivid plant life everywhere that it is the most attractive country I have ever passed through. There are delicious fruits, such as pineapples, oranges, bananas, mangoes and mangas, nis; Peros, mameyea and so on. The Cu ban houses are wide and have very high ceilings, but are usually only one story high. They have many and wide windows and doors to allow the breeze to pass through freely in the daytime; but all these doors and win dows are tightly closed at night, be cause they consider it dangerous to allow the night air to touch them. In the rainy season, which includes more than one-thifd of the year, you will receive some unexpected and queer visitors. You may be about to sleep, when you hear tap! tap! tap' like the steps of a little child com ing on tiptoe. You quickly turn on the lights, and what do you see? A big crab which, upon seeing you, runs away so fast that you can scarcely catch it; and, if you try to do so, be careful that instead of ytiur catching him, he does not catch you. You will not like it if he does, for he will grip your hand with his claws as though they were tongs. Some other night you may hear, instead of tap! tap! tap! a sound like blom! blom' blom! For some time you may be doubtful what it is. Perhaps you t link of a little mouse or something of that kind, and when you are most perplexed, you hear a sonorous, re peated roc! roc! roc! and then you know that you have in your room and perhaps in your bed? a loath some frog, as bad as those which worried to death Pharaoh of Egypt But the worst visitors are some black, ugly and dangerous little creatures called here "alacranes" ? in English, "scorpions." You may find them in your shoes, in your wardrobes, even in the sheets of your beds. In our first home here, though a good house on a fashionable street, I encountered two large scorpions in less than one month. In the streets you may hear the ringing of some bells, and when you Bo out to see what it is you find a man with goats, which he will milk for you in your presence, if you care to buy that kind of milk. Some other times it will be a man with a donkey shouting with all his might, "Who wants to buy donkey milk?" They believe here that donkey qiilk is the best for consumptives. Cubans like to amuse themselves with fireworks. -We in America have fireworks on the Fourth of July and" at Christmas, but Cubans have fire works almost every day and night of the year. All political meetings are celebrated with .fireworks, apd since there are no less than fourteen dif ferent political parties, you can imag ine how often those meetings take Place. In this town, one of the most progressive in the island, there are often fou^ or five meetings in the sarfle hour, and in every club fire crackers and sky-rockets are shot off. Cubans live for one day at a time, never thinking of tomorrow. If they get money, they spend it quickly. To appear generous when they invite you to a meal, they are wasteful and ex travagant. They will give you for the same meal chicken, roast pig, ten derloin, fish, etc., and all those things in such abundance that two-thirds will be left untouched. They cannot understand how they could invite you to a meal without giving you several different kinds of wine or beer. Now, they are learning not to offer alco holic drinks to Protestants. They are kind and generous, and to Americans very respectful. They may criticize Americans behind their backs, but when an American appears among them all look to him as to a superior, and that is- even more. no ticeable with regard to American vomen. They may not respect their own sweethearts, daughters and wives as much as we Americana believe they should; but they are truly respectful and courteous to American women. The worst customs of Cuba are due to the mingling of African supersti tions with some of the practices of Romanism. Many keep in the same little bag suspended around their necks Roman Ctholic medals and lit tle bones of animals. In a great many houses, in the same rooms there will be an altar to the Virgin Mary and several altars to African idols. When they practice their religious dovo- a tions, they may say first the rosary and afterwards indulge in some prac tices of witchcraft or dance some de graded African dance. And, what is even more terrible, is that now and then they steal a young white child, kill it and extract its blood and heart to betls^d in their abominable heath enish practices. Scarcely a month passes that some horrible crime is not committed by "these Brujos, as they are called. I have been in Cuba less than one year, and in that time there have been at least ten cases of this criminal outrage. The last one happened three weeks ago. A little white 'girl, seven years old, was found in a dying condition, because for several days some Brujos had been making cuts in her body until they had about twenty different open ings from which they could extract her blood. Think of the sufferings of those little ones, and keep in mind that such incredible crimes happen al most e\?ery month. Americans have done wonders in bettering Cuban life by improved highways, railroads, tel egraph and telephone, etc. The American Government has more than once warned the Cuban Government against granting pardons to criminals and passing demoralizing laws. Is it not time to make a strong appeal to the American Government to root out from Cuba those shameful practices which, I am sure, are not committed even in Central Africa as wllfulljb and as often as they are committed here? These crimes are the more shameful, because they are always committed against dear, innocent, lit tle white boys and girls. Be Chris tians and Americans, and pray and do as much as you can to take away this shame from Cuba, the more so because the United States, at the time ' of its intervention* in the Spanish War, promised before the world to guafan tee forever the lives and interests of white people in Cuba. ALL-DAY MISSIONARY MEETING. . The ladies of the Central Presby terian Missionary Society, Atlanta, Ga., held their, annual Home Mission Rally on Thursday, November 20th. The various causes sustained by the Assembly's Home Mission Committee were presented vividly. Interestingly and often touchingly. The good that was being accomplished, the needs that were being met, were most con vincingly set forth. In almost every department, though, the same appeal was made, viz., more funds, more workers. Dr. Lacy opened the meeting with devotional exercises. Rev. Graham Campbell, a young minister who haB recently taken charge of th| colored work, presented the cause, and showed how splendidly the Sunday school and other work is growing. ? The "playlet" was the method adopted this year to present our sub jects, ? and Miss Alma Hodnett, io charge of the Indian work, gave a realistic scene, drawing the contrast between the old Indian woman sitting before her tent, and the young In dian girls who have received Chris tian education fron\ Durant College. Mrs. Harry Alexander in sparkling 4 , .. ?