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KEV. H. B. PARKS, D. 11.
Secretary Missionary Department A. M
•b. Room 61 Bible House, New York City.
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
’ 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
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
•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
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
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
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
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®®
A Change of New Law and
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:
A. M. E. Discipline, page 98, chap
ter 3, section 4.
District Conference, business of the
(a) The conference shall make pro
vision for obtaining the Presiding El
ders’ support.
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.
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:
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.
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
Section 1. The appointments of
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.
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
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
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
[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*
K) I
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£ :
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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
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
Published Monthly and Sc
30 loan? St, Atlant
The Organ of the Misak*
ment of the A. M. £“■
Associate Editoi
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! '
'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|
that suHiun in-tr. .’.ion W'vJbfrWg
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
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
\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

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