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KEV. H. B. PARKS, D. 11.
Secretary Missionary Department A. M •b. Room 61 Bible House, New York City. OL. VIII. TH NSCOPAL DISTRICT luring the Year 1899—Five ial Conferences In Geor ; Three In Alabama. ami Colleges—Faithful Men. lies Erected mid Debts Paid, hop Turner, Primate of the hurcli, Should Be Con gratulated—Her Posi tion In General Conference of 1»CO. ’ Sixth Episcopal District, com s it is, of the states of Georgia s labama, is very remarkable ways than one. The fertility lation of these states are most it, in that thousands live here I 0 largely farmers. The mild and congenial weather make it ideal summer home. This is ® r the largest district in the .Jposdbilities for the spread of fiich, the work that must neces- Jie done, makes this, in many tir, the most burdensome of any I I in the church. In the district _|,re more than 1,600 ministers, • l r 105,000 members, with two jw, hundreds on hundreds of a schools, and thousands of men and women connected with M. E. machinery; the buying r<h property, paying of debts, ing food and raiment to supply ■C thousands, purchasing a home, ting newspapers and looking >1 thousand other things that annoy if iplex make this one of the hard nlens for both the Bishop and ers. But whatever may be said 7 the men of this district, whether deportment morally or in- } dually, to my mind, God has made a more law-abiding, a loyal and faithful class of men * hose who compose this district. t have made the A. M.E. Church she is in this section. With esand dimes, poorly clad, ill fed, e exposed, they have braved the 1 Sind, like the tenth legion of s Ciesar, ignorant of their own re and health, they have tried to lisli the Master’s kingdom in and on mountains—wherever the asshown. The claims of the church been met, when families have eft without bread and clothing. 1876 this district has put into offers of the general church, to lothing of churches erected, •Is, books and other necessaries, than $275,000. Can or shall we mailed aside? Or can it be said Ke are not loyal and will not do Qty? shop Turner came to the district e height of the transition period e church, when the pent-up fires * past and a deep consideration ie present, and when the skies indicative of desperate efforts to • forward the work of the future; time when the financial condi of the country was distressing; 11 the rains, storms, smallpox and ”■ fever were broadcast ; when the :B of justice were arraigning some • greatest men of the country be henj, and when criticism was All of this had its effect during *97 and ’9B. Do you ask, if these 8 hindrances? They speak for Melves. •e owe very much of our success, *®ll as our harmony in getting to to the circulation, monthly, of H,ooo copies of The Voice of “” o ss and the 3,000 to 5,000 copies of The Christian Recorder. ( expense of these papers has been fonßideration to those sending “°nt. The editor of The Voice Missions has run that paper at a We of his own personal needs in behold affairs. Cicero was never to lay bare the plans than the invincible Dr, *«and his very Christian wife have !t| get out the Southern Christian *° rr ler. The Presiding Elders, sta- ■ dreuit and Mission men through he district meant to rebuke every 'woman who have attempted in derision of the faithful women of Georgia and Ala t C ° n f erence ’ n the Sixth Epis- (7) have raised this year r 0 $940 dollar money above last other expenses met, giving L’ a?” 1 Brown and Payne Colleges ? to #7,000. L/ (,an truthfully say, that almost If., \ harmony reigned during these ■al] nna ' on ferences. Some of B est men ’ a^on K a»y line the H ' are this district. We are 0 confess, that Alabama, in her Conferences, simply beat Many stations and circuits BH* more than a hundred dollars HHp year. We ask even our most B^B S if this is not an item of in- Georgia and Alabama? bet ii said about the posi district and her attitude sSBfc jra l Conference of 1900; so two or three of the men KdiSSt e have become weak at We have been told that there are too many men in the field in Georgia, and have been urged to have a primary. M e have been told that if we would narrow our interests down, we might get what we want. Do 76 votes in this state count for naught? Do the 12 or 20 thousand dollars dollar money yearly from these states mean nothing? Do the 1,600 ministers and 105,000 members mean nothing? Have these states put a man on the bench or in a general officer's chair who has not proven himself a master? Are we now asking to promote a pessimist? Taxa tion without representation is unjust. There is not a man in Georgia or Ala bama who will cast his vote against the Rev. Charles L. Bradwell's being put on the bench. It’s not Charles L. Bradwell at this time, but it’s the men of the district who desire to have him serve the church. If there's a man in the state who would for one moment raise his voice against this expressed will of the majority of the people, he either attempts to gratify bis own petty ambition, or personal interest, and has no general interest for the good of these states. A goodly number of us have played the fool at the General Conference long enough. If our work and the in terest we have manifested count for nothing, and, if we haven’t the men, we are willing to “hands off,” and step down for the church and for the race. R. D. Stinson, Atlanta, Ga. A Notable Hanging. Ed Fields, colored, was hanged in Jefferson, Ga., Jan. 5, 1900, for hooting Virgil Griffith, colored, on the night of August 20th, 1898, near Hurricane Shoals. Rev. 11. B. May of the M. E. Church was the first to visit him. January 3, 1900, Rev. E. Pittman and wife of the A. M. E. Church called to see him. Fields ex pressed his thankfulnass to them for calling. He was asked if he was ready to die. His reply was, “I am ready and willing.” Rev. Pittman, after a short talk with him, prayed and sang, and bid him good-bye, promising to call the next day. January 4, Rev. Pittman, accompa nied by Rev. H. B. May, called at 9 a. m., entered the cell where the con demned man was. Rev. May and Rev. Pittman shook hands with him. Rev. May asked him is he was prepar ed to die. His reply was, “Yes, sir, I am ready and willing. He asked him if he had been bap tized. His answer was, “No, sir.” “Do you want to be baptized?” said Rev. May. . “Yes, sir,” said he. "How—immersed or sprinkled?” “Sprinkling will do,” said he. Rev. May read John 14th chapter, and invoked God’s blessings upon Fields and the wicked world. Fields requested Rev. Pittman to baptize him. They shook hands and bade him good-bye. At 3:30 p. m. Rev. Pittman and wife, accompanied by Mrs. Harriett Hawkins and a number of others, entered the cell. Rev. Pitt man read the order of baptism, and on bended knees Fields was baptized. Prayer was offered, then sung, “I Am Trusting, Lord, in Thee.” He said he had some friends that he wanted to send word to. “Tell Joseph Wright,Maysville,Ga., I want him to be a good boy and meet me in Heaven. Tell Samuel Fields, my brother. I want him to be a good boy and meet me in Heaven. Tell this, said he, “to the world: Don’t drink and fool with whisky; it has brought me where I am. It is a bad thing. May God save the world and the wicked.” We bade him good-bye. January s.—At 11 a. m. Rev. Pitt man and wife, accompanied by Revs. May, Teasley, Poole, mother, sisters and brothers, entered the cell. Rev. Poold read Hebrew xi. Rev. Teasley invoked fervently God’s blessings up on Fields. Fields asked that “Am I Born to Die?” be sung. Whi e sing ing Fields walked around in the cell and shook hands with all, and said to his mother and all, “Meet me in Heaven.” He wept. At 1 p. Fields was led to the front of the jail where he was asked if he had anything to say. His request was that Rev. Pittman speak for him, which was done as above mentioned. He was then led to the gallows by Sheriff Stevens and with Revs. Pitt man and May in front. There he (Fields) selected “Amazing Grace to be sung. Rev. Pittman lined and asked everybody to join in the singing. Prayer was offered by Rev Pittman for Fields and the world of wicked- Ue The sheriff then placed the black cap over his head, the shroud on his body and the rope around his neck. Pittman said: “Fields, are you feeling all right. His reply was: “Yes, sir; lam feel ing all right and willing to go. The sheriff said “AH right” below. The trigger was pulled, and at 1:20 p. m. he dropped through the death trap. At 1:24 p. m. Drs. Smith and Hardi man pronounced him dead. ' His body will be buried at New Hope tomorrow. Imaginary Ills. “Do you know,” said the man in the gray ulster, “that police statistics show a total of nearly 20,000 persons who are reported missing every year? “I’ll bet more than half of them, Aren't 1 missing at all. They ■ ure.” responded they®® WORK FOR GENffIL CONFERENCE IS 1900 A Change of New Law and Retrenchment Mr. Editor of The Voice of Mis sions—ln looking over the columns of your valuable journal, I see many things referred to relative to the work of the next General Conference of 1909, but very few are saying a word respecting the changes in the law. You will please read Book of Discip line’-page 98, chapter 3, section 4. This law is lame, and I cannot see why the framers did not see it. The idea of the signature of the Pastor and secretary of the official board to a doc ument with the Presiding Elder in the chair, is nonsense in the extreme. Much more could be said as to its folly, but I will refrain from doing so. I most respectfully recommend the following to take the place of the chapter as it now stands: NO. I.—A CHANGE OF LAW. A. M. E. Discipline, page 98, chap ter 3, section 4. District Conference, business of the Conference. (a) The conference shall make pro vision for obtaining the Presiding El ders’ support. APPLICATION FOR LOCAL PREACHERS’ LI CENSE. Every person desiring to preach in the A. M. E. Church, must bring from his church a recommendation to the District Conference, setting forth his character, usefulness and ability among the people. This recommend ation must be signed by the secretary of the meeting held, and countersign ed by the Pastor. (b) The District Conference shall examine by a committee the applicant or applicants upon the books laid down for them; and if they believe he or they will be generally useful, the Presiding Elder may license him or them, according to the form of our discipline, provided, however, that they are certain that he or they are up in their studies, the li censes to be renewed annually, after a public examination before the Dis trict Conference. APPLICANTS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE. Every applicant to the Annual Con ference for the itineracy must bring a recommendation from the District Conference as to his or their acquired ability, his or their gifts, grace and moral characters, as well as their use fulness. It shall also take into con sideration the following subjects. All after this we desire to stand as before: CLASS MEETINGS—-CHAPTER 6,SECTION 1. First, leaders shall be persons of sound judgment and truly devoted to God. All the balance we wish to stand as before. All laws or parts of laws running in conflict with these provisions are here by repealed. OUR WOMEN IN THE STEWARDS’ BOARD. We have a large number of stations and circuits, with but few men. We have women of ability that can act equally as well as our brethren. My object is to give the Pastor right to nominate females when he thinks best, for the good of the church, and the Presiding Elder a right to give said nomination to the Quarterly Confer ence. As the law now stands, some Pastors think that they have no right to nominate females, and the Presid ing Elder refuses to put said nomina tion if nominated to the Quarterly Conference, because the law says they shall be men of solid piety, etc. I recommend the following to be adopt ed by the next General Conference: A. M. E. Discipline, chapter 11, page 390, section I—on Church Stew ards. Section 1. The appointments of Stewards. 1. The number of Stewards for each charge shall not be less than three nor more than nine. 2. The Preacher in charge shall nominate the number of Stewards needed for his Circuit, or Sta tion. apd submit the nomination to the Quarterly Conference, which shall confirm it, or, if see proper, reject it, provided, however, that he shall not nominate and the Quarterly Confer ence confirm more than nine. 3. The Stewards then so nominated and confirmed shall serve for the term of one year; the same course shall be pursued each year. n • 4. To be qualified for their office they must be persons o f solid pwty, who both know and love the Methodist doctrine and discipline. They must be of good natural or acquired ability to transact the temporal business of the church This para graph has been adopted by the Roan oke District Conference, also Chapter 3, Page 98. NO. 3.— RETRENCHMENT. Of this subject much has been said, but little I think in the:rightdirection, think thatalau should be enacted foi the church to take up the hundreds of societies are doing which is eating out the vitals of the chu . I know that a good chss-kade - to big man in our church. My idea i to make him larger. Let him P 1 tain over his class; when a gets sick let him send out fro class persons to set up wit to 30 YOUNG ST.. ATLANTA. GEORGIA. FEBRUARY 1, 1900 their contributions and fines all prop erly arranged in class and church book, and that no person not a mem ber of the church can have their names enrolled to reap its benefits. Let the Pastor hud stewards be satisfied as to the justice of each claim; let our churches be so arranged that each class can be private. I do not blame the people for belonging to some society to care for them when they are sick and bury them when they are dead. I belong to some societies, but I say let the church do this work, and if I was a delegate to the next General Confer ence I would frame a law and try to have it passed. This is what I call retrenchment. lio. 4.—NEW BISHOPS. The character, quality and ability of this office have bee,n very ably dis cussed. I think there should be twelve districts, including our foreign work. Elect enough men for the dis tricts, without any view to our foreign work, and let the appointments be made. Ido not think that a Bishop should be elected especially for our Mission work. I think in the selection of the men, that God should be con sulted. I think, farther, that the Bench of Bishops should be asked at least whom they favor. This was done years ago. Ido not think a del-, egate should vote for a man because he likes him, or vote against him be cause he dislikes him. If I had a thousand votes I would vote for Revs. M. M. Moore, C. L. Bradwell and L. J. Coppins for Bishops; Prof. Haw kins, Secretary of Education, and Rev. A. L. Gaines of Virginia for the editor of the Christian Recorder. These are only some of my views, and I hope/ they may be considered. J. Strange. Roanoke, Va. Dr. Walsh on the Theory of Evolution. One of the most notable articles that v the Catholic World Magazine has pub- t lished for a long time is a review of c the wonderful discoveries during the i last fifty years in the science of biol- t oly. It is astonishing how much bio- t logical thought and expression hasen- r tered into our daily life, and while we v imagine that biology is a science fo> ? scholars, a little consideration will make us realize that ,it has an in- c tensely practical side, and of the many ( scientific truths there is none that is r able to conduce to our comfort and f safety as its deductions. Dr. Walsh, r the author, is a man of mature stud- t ies, and he possesses the latest infor- 1 mation from the European schools, x He makes some most interesting state- c meuts about the theory of evolution t which should be everywhere noted, n Among other things, he says in effect, x that the “Origin of Species,” which j now has been published for forty f vears, was accepted in the beginning 1 without question by a great many, but t is now subjected to the white ( light of scientific criticism, and c many conclusions that it stood t for are now entirely rejected. I For example, the theory of sexual se- ( lection has been entirely rejected and s natural selection has taken its place, x Dr. Walsh also says the opinion as to i whether one species may ever be trans- t planted into another is more generally 1 doubted now than it was ten years I ago. He finally makes the following 1 admissions concerning the theory of 1 evolution: , * “As a matter of fact, far from being < able to show how species have been converted into one another,we are not even able to point out a single case of < the undoubted transmission of even 1 one acquired character. A good many cases presumed by various observers to be examples of such a transmission have been reported, but all of them so < far have proved to be illusions when submitted to the judicious criticism of serious biological criteria. Medical men still cling to the idea that ac quired characters are transmitted, and that, too, very commonly. A great many of the claims now so frequent as to the heredity of predisposition to disease, and even of disease itself, as sumes that the transmission of ac quired characters is an accepted prin ciple. As time goes on, however, medical men have learned that at least it is not disease itself that is transmit ted. Tuberculosis and leprosy, and like diseases, have been removed from the category of directly hereditary diseases within the last few years, and the predisposition to disease is now recognized to be rather a general low ering of resistive vitality than a spe cific tendency to the acquirement of any particular disease, or even a lack of organic resistance to one rather than to any other disease. “Occasionally in the medical jour nals we meet with reports of cases where mutilations are said to have been transmitted. This brings the whole matter very properly back to the realm of coincidences, where it belongs. In general it may be said that this is the great crux of the theory of evolution, the corner-stone which must be secured before a permanent scientific edifice can be built. We are no nearer a demonstration of the ac tual transmutation of species now than we were forty years ago, when Dar win’s theory first disturbed the scien tific world. On the other hand, it must not be forgotten that forty years are not much in the history of human knowledge and that the theory of evo lution,far from being definitely settled, is, in the opinion of present day biolo gists, only just beginning its develop ment. Professor Henry Osborn, of Co lumbia University, said not long al y /dy last word is that ye enter* K the threshold of the evolution P ro^ on « 1 instead of standing within the P c T rlll ■rhe harder tajkn lie befoie us ; Blind ua» and thair solution PROGRESS OF MISSIONS DURING PAST CBNTDBT [Extract from “Missionary Annals of the Nineteenth Century,” by D. L. Leonard, D. D., copyrighted 1899 in England and United States by F. M. Barton, publisher, Cleveland, O. Pric?, 51.50 postpaid.] A hundred years ago nearly a third of the globe was absolutely unknown, while much of the remainder was so remote, with commerce so slight, and means of communication, whether on land or sea, so meager and clumsy, as to be practically inaccessible. When Carey sailed travel and trade were com pelled to resort to facilities scarcely bet ter than those in vogue in the days of Paul or the patriarchs. From five months to seven were required, when a vessel happened to be going in that direction, to make the passage from London to the Orient, or from Boston to Honolulu, and an entire season was expended in crossing to the mouth of the Columbia or to the Golden Gate. All undreamed of was the magic po tency of steam and electricity, of the locomotive and the ocean greyhound. By comparison with what we easily en joy, only the slightest communication was had between remote regions, or even between peoples dwelling side by side. With the multitude at least, whatever was more than fifty or a hundred miles away was also out of sight and out of mind. As for Africa, it was as little known as the surface of the moon, except a narrow strip along the Mediterranean border, a tiny space just at the southern tip, or upon the West Coast where the slave-stealers had established themselves. More than nine-tenths of North America ras still an uninhabited wilderness, pon whose trackless spaces the eyes f civilized men had never gazed. The ineteenth century has been pre-emi ently one of discovery and explora ion, that the truth might enter and ighteousness might prevail. The in entor also has paved the way for the fission ary. In other ways also was the world losed against the entrance of the Gospel a hundred years ago. Igno ance, conceit, suspicion, prejudice, anaticism, irresponsible tyranny, had eared their solid bulwarks to exclude he very best that Christian nations iad to bestow. China, Japan, Korea, ,-hose inhabitants constitute a fourth f the population of the globe, had aost resolutely fenced themselves in, nd fenced all foreigners out. Whoever entured to cross the border [was sub set to instant deportation, if not death, or his presumption. The entire Mos em world was shut and barred against he entrance of all who would proclaim ’hrist. Even yet in some respects the ase is about as bad, but in other par iculars a marvelous change for the tetter has been wrought in the provi lence of God. For, two or three ;enerations since throughout all that •ast realm the political power was vholly in Mohammedan hands, whereas his has since been almost wholly ransferred to rulers who are Christian, ike Britain, Holland, France, and Russia, while Islam as a political force las dwindled far towards insignifi cance. But still further, for shame! A century since the bulk of Christendom vas intolerant, religious thought and vorship were restrained by statute of church and state, the popular use of he Bible was to teach a 'aith and practice purely spiritual was :o commit a heinous crime. Only in Protestant countries were reason and conscience free. Everywhere else, in Russia, Catholic Europe, America from Mexico southward to Cape Horn, intolerance was enthroned in realms both ecclesiastical and religious. How changed from that condition as this first Missionary century nears its end. Most incredible of all,even in India, then a possession of Protestant Eng land, though nominally ruled by the John Company, Christianity was con traband, illegal, its proclamation for bidden under severe penalties. This was, to be sure, in part because of al most hysteric fear of uprisings on the part of fanatical Hindus and Moham medans, but also in part because of a disrelish for an evangelical type of piety which had resulted from the Wesleyan revivals, the teaching and example of fervid Missionaries would be too severe a rebuke to the exceeding ly loose morals of the “old Indians.” Sydney Smith’s famous essays in the early numbers of the Edinburgh Re view, which overflow with biliousness, which appear to exhaust the language of contempt, enable us to appreciate in what slight esteem Missionary ac tivity when bestowed upon the une vangelized world, was held, even by many who were by no means un- Christian in heart and life. Not en tirely until the century was well ad vanced did these barriers disappear through the potency of the Hand di vine. Surely, no other century, not all the Christian centuries combined, ever witnessed the opening of so many doors that the work of the Lord might be undertaken, that the word of the Lord might far and wide be proclaim in the ears of the perishing. j Though the number of foreign mia» sionaries is wofully inadequate, ajM utterly insignificant, for the task of evangelizing the 800,000,000 who are ignorant of the way of life, neverthe less, sinca fJarey’s first convert was baptized Jtt least 10,000 ordained min- ' have gone forth from Protestant JFistendom; most of them a' c o wlllj nwtes, who in mai are worth W-ry whit as muoh as tUciu husbands U,>r th# furtttc.auye Qi i/Mfr <ti p i. •X - ' _ _ in various capacities, and not far from 4,000 unmarried women. Not much less than 30,000 is the contribu tion made by Christian countries of ti ained intellects and consecrated hearts. In recent, years the number prepared and willing to go is greater than the ability of the societies to send. A marked change from a few generations since, when it was next to impossible to find clergymen willing to take the risks and endure the toils involved in crossing oceans and bury ing themselves in regions where sav agery and superstition were supreme. To these figures must be added a native agency aggregating at least 80,- 000, of whom 6,000 are ordained pas tors, and the others have been trained to efficiency as preachers, teachers, catechists, Bible readers, zenana work ers, etc. Therefore an evangelizing force of considerably more than 100,- 000 has been raised up and sent for ward at the average rate of 1,000 an nually through the entire century. As compared with the ability and the need, this is not much, but the entire fifteen centuries preceding did not produce an aggregate to match this exhibit of love and zeal. A survey of the money cost of all this is next in order. The sum ex pended cannot be less than $300,000,- 000, and is likely to be nearer $500,- 000,000, especially if home expenses are included, and all such auxiliary instrumentalities as Bible, tract and other publishing societies, and the cost of translating and printing, of producing the vast mass of literature required for the educational work. This sum, though large, is not a tithe of what is imperatively required, or of what might easily have been bestowed. From many professed disciples of Christ not a penny was derived, most were possessed of no sort of concep tion of their obligation or privilege in this great matter, and only the few presented that which cost the least self-denial and self-sacrifice. It re mains, however, that no generation of saints can be named which gave so generously as.this one does, to such a host of good causes. This results, no doubt, in some considerable degree, from the fact that the average human of our time is easily able to procure five or ten dollars where his brother of former days could not add one dol lar to his store. It was barter then, instead of payment in hard cash. Our mines are fairly pouring out their stores of gold and silver. But, be sides, nothing is more certain than that the beneficent spirit, the readi ness to give liberally, has kept full pace with the ability to impart. Time was, and not long ago, when benefac tions like Astor’s of $400,000, Smith son’s of $500,000 and Girard’s of $2,000,000 stood almost alone, and were accounted phenomenal, whereat now scores and hundreds are far out doing them. Large numbers of both poor and rich are rapidly coming to esteem themselves as literally not their own, and their worldly posses sions as only held in trust for the Master’s uses. By the ten thousand, godly women pledge and pay five, ten, twenty-cents a "week for Missions. Twenty thousand Endeavorers have already enlisted in the Tenth Legion, thus engaging to tithe their earnings for the direct furtherance of the king dom. As a result more has been laid on the altar to be employed in the spirit of the Good Samaritan since Carey died than was offered between that date and the death of the Apostle Paul. The calls are many and defi nite, the whole world is brought near, and the sense of brotherhood is grow ing, the sense of responsibility also for the well-being of others. When the facts are plainly set forth, and wise methods are fashioned for gaining access to purses, the gold and silver will be forthcoming in abundance. What becomes of the $15,000,000 more or less which the Protestant churches are giving annually to sustain the foreign work? That the mainten ance of the working force, whether European or native, is looked after may of course be taken for granted. Beyond this the educational phase of Missions requires a passing notice. By most who have bestowed intelligent thought upon the matter, the convic tion has been reached that mere heralding of the glad tidings with the voice is far from sufficient,/ would be utterly inadequate V change the world from heathen • Christian, no matter how long m tained. Converts must be truly' 1 intelligence, at least to a f er^| np „j tent civilization must be in\ » with various institutions w> c 1 ’ society in the western p ticular a native ministry 1 • cured, and the mnltitnX””* .bled to read the Wo/?' :am9 tber et orearo^ ol '-X Lat be hous« r d anpphed wrth tn hm school r 9tem to meet Jt« jmtel lectual nece sitieB ’ whose chma * 19 Xn in RCert College, Syrian Pro testant at Beirut, Lovedale others irthe chief cities in India half a dozen 411 China, and the Doshisha in Japan The American board alone | a n F tft ns eighteen theological schools and^ we^ve co^e B eo, r< ? m i (>O,OOO pupils are now under in junction, anil since the century open -71 probably 10,000,000 have been helped toward true intelligence. But be sides, in many cases these schoolshave stirred Oriental churches, Romanists, Moslems and others, in self-defense to’provide facilities for gaining at least a smattering of knowledge,w here hith erto the masses had been left in abject ignorance. Let it not be forgotten, this grand educational system encom pjssi g *he globe has been reared from ; to capstone within a single dnd ed years, /lichen and where in an *ehei f y* 2 K) I I i s : £ : Id £ o b%— Judge Rideout, Who Recently Left This Country Cape Town, South Arica, ( December 4, 1899. \ Bishop H. M. Tnrner, D. D., LL. D., Editor-in-Chief of Voice or Mis sions: Dear Sir—l once read a book and the title of the same was “Wise aud Otherwise.” Should I say anything wise relative to the subject matter in finding myself, wife and daughter, af ter a month and fourteen days’ travel from the great metropolis city of the north west—Seattle—extending over five days before reaching Greater New York, and within that time the electric batteries, with its rotary power of mind, brought this serious question to me, “Will the embarkation at the port of Greater New York bring in its ha ven results as pictured by the various periodicals of the justification for such a journey?” After taking leave from the port named, it took seven days to span between the port named aud Liv erpool, the great manufacturing center of the world. After landing, we were ushered into the English carriages on the Northwestern Railway at 4:00 p. m. and at 8:10 p. m. we found ourselves standing in the great city of London, a distance of 208 miles| from Liverpool. It is au old aud * quaint city. The most cosmopolitan in the world, and the most metropoli tan. In its march of progress it is nearlv at a standstill. For science, literary and art, its thoroughness is complete. For commercial and mone tary powers, it is rightly called the mistress of the world. Her people are a different type from that of the Amer ican. Not flavored with that dash of supercedeousness, commonly called cheek, but are open and frank,, and come near to doing the right. After visiting the many places in this great city for three days, we were again ushered into the English carriages of the Southwestern Railway, and a few minutes over five hours and 24 min utes we found ourselves at Southamp ton, where we again took voyage upon the steamer German for this place. Our accommodations were par excel lent, although on board of said steamer was the Rifle Brigade, or regi ment, numbering 1,485 men, iir» eluding officers, enroute to the Boer and English war, which is now’ in full action, aside from 118 passengers. Our voyage from South ampton, crossing the Bay of Biscay, was all that one could hope for. Ten eriffe was our first shopping place. Quite a pretty little island reared its lofty head in the midst of the great deep in defiance of the waves and tides of the mighty Atlantic. The city of Teneriffe was beautifully situ ated on the slopes and plateaus of this island, and is quite a busy place, num bering some 15,000 inhabitants. It is a Spanish island and city, and its gov ernment under the Spanish rule. We remained in the harbor six and a half hours, and the signal was given and the anchor was hoisted and we again turned head too and to sea we put. After several days we cited Cape Verde, where the route is taken for Liberia, the great Negro Republic—the place that’s not the coming, but is now the true development for Negro manhood and womanhood; where, without let or hindrance, the freedom of right is the insignia written upon the brows of each and all of its inhabitants, and is not the death knell that it is said to be by those that know j?ot of it. After citing Ascension island that had struggled breath waves and billows; she, too, /bowed defiance within a night and Aer head stands lofty and superb ab<ve them, and is now the habitati*n of man, where commercial intereM are devel oped, and she is supph’ n l? coal , and other commodities the happiness aud comfort of tb J human family. Still on our we crossed the equator and for the first time in our lives on that xight we saw in the starry elements tlr southern cross, which is an embl/ 11 P eace and good will to man pat a Savior had died for his re- Bm Ption. Our next stop was at gj xelena Island, that historic place w yere the most ambitious man and military genius and resources un bounding had been able in his days to have been the victor at Waterloo, the entire map * of all Europe aud the eastern hemisphere would have been changed. That man was Napoleon. He was exiled and died there. It brings to mind the utter littleness of man’s feeble efforts; for now that island is the citadel for the pro tection , and supplies cable and military camps of th* - —-rious Bt»amßhTp lines plying between" this port and the ports of the world. Its inhabitants are the descendants of the African slaves that were trans ported there some thirty odd years ago, save the military officers, the governor general and his cabinet, and of course a few Jews that are in busi ness. The people are progressive with considerable intelligence, surrounded with pleasant homes and comfort. Religiously, the majority belong to the Church of England. That being an island belonging to England. A splendid field for the establishment of the A. M. E. Church. Again signal was given after being there for twelve or fourteen hours and onr journey was continued. After being at sea for four days on the morning of the sth, we cited the west shores of Africa. We cannot give a description of our thoughts at this time- So ‘“P r ®* 9e ‘ i with the thought that we would proba* bly be landed upon the shores where it was once said some years ago by the late but ignorant of h’s utterance, Bev. Henry Ward Beecher of New York, that if the continent/of M”® B thaUt; had religion VOICE OF MIS Published Monthly and Sc 30 loan? St, Atlant The Organ of the Misak* ment of the A. M. £“■ PfIICE 50 CENTS EDITOI V BISHOP H. M. TURNER LL. REV. H. B. PARKS, R. D. Associate Editoi BISHOP A. GRANT, D. D. BISHOP J. A. HANDY, D* I BISHOP B. W. ARNETT, BISHOP W. B. DERRICK, U REV. J. S. FLIPPER, D. D REV. W. H. THOMAS, D, REV. G. «. TAYLOR, D. M REV. W. D. CHAPPELLS, REV. EVANS TYREE, M. JJ BEV. R. L. BEAL, A. M. „ UF“AII Bueineaa Letters ad<j*H H. M. Turner, or Voicb or M Street. Atlanta. Ga. ? ■ Entered at the post office at«*‘ second-class mail matter. no trace or track but , (UIT it made when it wemkes a njottHM foolish and far ’ such words. Bnt ”g "e of hjftjamßMgM Now we're in C up. \ uvs turesqiie city wifi has an inhabitant® cd- people, with a elijfcate s v '« ful ami restorative, a j the ills of all characters “ h s; We find the native or partmen ts of business —thousand® them comfortably situated, healthy? happy and contented in so far as this world’s good/are concerned; save the fact that thjy are hungry for educa tion, hungry for the word of hungry for? the American NeflWjMg come and live with them to the true (mristian influences that tlM| believe tl/at they have within him. find no /scullionism in this cooigfl and why is it that the Negroe® of America can ■„ things about Africa? at the gateway, and from ance *t the native church of M. 3/. Mokone on last Sal.ba,MßS met/Rev. J. Z. Tantsi, Re<4MH and Chief Denzlutliti and Chief tiKz liqsi of another great tribe in the in. terior of the Basuta Lands, that the Cape Colcny is no comparison to their sections. Their greatest needs at present are preachers, teachers and business Negroes. Climate is much better than here, more congenial and the entire realm of their country is like the horn of abundance out of which everything flows that is good. Why some of the heads of the A. M. E. Church and professors in the colleges and schools, and other prominent Negroes of theJ U. S. will silently submit to the twisjM ing of the laws of that country, which comes disfranchisements, ical ignorings, business boycott the union labor organizations them the right to mrke a liviug.lM courts scanting upon their civil and say they have rone. The SjHHH white 'ministers that P ro gospel every Sabbath are the lynching and burning of The thousands of Christian EntBBBH ers and the Womens’ ChristjiffiMK peranee Union each and Tw abated breath and not a o lynchers, stay thy h%ml. - K Negroes we invoke the v MMMSj (Tod upon 'you.* It is hi.>* 1 understand tha .cm \ of America hav emigration of t • ' .4 Africa. All we a ’' !:lV Jpr misrepresentatii < - g | trine. The A. T. find to be the <• \.tries. The I c. 1 1 mi ber- ' ■ l ll o 1 ‘ \ 1111 >■: I .. tt.'i--oi">’to Io -order re'.u' not in line v. o ; .'i!-h, .ans, but of a niim • "‘jjflfc---' - i- tnarehi' <■ ' ■ bon 1 \ fyjjr v' * •■O’ho Z/’ 1 : ■ I can say f) 00 00! ' rica. 'i . rs r■ ■ sp ec 11 (' 1: ■ i own, ■ hi th In 1 y next .• ’ter I go to t! • lh.it Church Mi: EpiToii: lifl B ■order, date I’em b« there appear at. .tide o tutional heaven: g£HBBHB| Th" write-is a prea ter, of ■■3 l Vol dwells within a ity MM unknown! S idM- I lie writer sets f"i in BBn| B that suHiun in-tr. .’.ion W'vJbfrWg B He .-alls it a Oiur tins sideration B But how it wa- conjured Wi'HH imagination. j We k now t her> m- '-m (Q an institution; But th- A M. I ( ir-'h can We have Institute eon nection; >,it Xi. ! v..'i or;' . i:■ lection. g & J'i tU What more .b we < . these davs. . .VgH Wh'm we .. a . . iiV. monkey 1 1 <<_ I , ita'' •: :; ‘' r fancies; W. wdi -oon reach ! Institution al” .'. Ay V.■ ‘-' l !i; -' Y 1 discard; I ; We Will Imve the be®fw>j •'■ Institutional car® lH|g?T’ Ami with eheekers. .b ■•«, bUllß'lS some bagatell, ® We Will have in tional h—l. | What we need most, sf-. CburtAi ggHB tion, BimL: 1, a building erected ft the tion. • | jaBS3 Where all its efforts BaU be sin, \n.l not the lave- of tls Sm-h an in.-titutrnn towers; . p jn.,.1 up b"th “igh* ' costal showers. . , Over the door In - 3 should read; The 811“ 1 , Shepkwd'B