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And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping wktch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel
of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto
them, Fear not: for, behold,! bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the
city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory
?to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them
into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing, which is come to pass, which
the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard
it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.?St. Luke, ii: 8-18.
Conventions for 1908.
Several Religious Gatherings Scheduled to be Held
In Washington Next Year?Local Church
men Will Go to Others Elsewhere.
THE religious world is to have an
awakening in 1908. Many events of
the last haU dozen years are to
have their culmination in the coming
twelve months through a number of na- .
tional and international assemblies that !
are expectei. to stir the church world to
Its foundation.
The year now drawing to a close has
been fruitful in its way, but four seasons
more will not have passed before the
great Protestant denominations will have |
been brought face to faca with a host of
problems that must be solved for the wel
fare of Christian work.
The year 1!H)7 is marked by the Episco
pal triennial convention at Richmond.
There will be a dozen such beacons to
light the religious life qf another twelve
months. Preparations for most of them ;
tire still incomplete, but enough Is known ,
to make it Certain that there will be work !
for all and plenty of it in the conventions
so far arranged.
The first of the great gatherings will be
the Cnurch Uymen's Missionary Con
gress, which has taken up volunteer work
lor the men only^ The congress will as
semble next mohth at Seabury Hall,
Christ Church, New York, and is intended
to outline suggestions tor lay effort In the
men's organizations now existing as well
as to plan new clubs or societies that may i
Uo mission work. Tbe Church Laymen's j
Vnion ia strongly organized in nearly all
the large cities of tliti east and expects to
Vtrow in'ore rapidly jutter the congress.
TCTOVharton Peuper of Philadelphia,
one of j|tev?iost acwve lay workers and
the on?V_^|ionsible/ for the missionary
canon uWBted by the Episcopalian gen
eral coflvemion at Richmond, will be at
th? cortgiWi to mike some new sugges
tions. /
t ^ * *
V'ehruary will be an lmportai^ month,
a^|hree convapiiMM will be. in'Jw|slon at |
thewumc Presbyterian men of the j
eaetprn section of the country will hold a
n>Mattery gathering at Philadelphia Feb
ruary^U to 13 along H?e lines of the as
s-pinily tbe saiM church in Omaha last
full. j-Veoaratlons have been made for
the <fth convention of the Religious Ed,u
catiofe Association at Washington Febru
ary 11 In 13. The general theme will be
"Th* Relation of Moral and Religious
Education to the Life of the Nation."
This ffcaine is divided Into the following
topics ffr th#*general sessions: "How
Can the Educational Agencies Be Made
More -EMMr* as Moral and Religious
Forces?" Won Can the Moral and Re
ligious AgWoies in the Nation Be Made
More Effective as Educational Forces?"
"Kducating the Conscience of the Na
tion." A fourth general session is de- i
voted to reviews of work and the annual
survey of progress by Dean George
A unique gathering, also to be held in
Washington, February 12, will be that of
a council of bishops of the African Metho
dist Episcopal Church, the Negro Metho
dist Episcopal Church and the African
Methodist Episcopal Zlon Church. The
bishops who will attend represent over
?J.(*10,000 persons, and they say that the
ecclesiastical, religious, civil, political and
sociological conditions of the race at this
time ar4 such that It requires attention,
mature reflection and expression, and pos
sibly committal expression.
Another early convention will be that of
the young people's missionary movement
in Pittsburg, the organised agency for
.?o-operatlve missionary education. The
board of managers Is made up of twenty
secretaries of home and foreign mission
boards and nineteen laymen from various
denominations. It was organised in July,
linn!, to assist in an educational campaign
for the ehurches. It is publishing suitable
"mission study books for the younger lay
men and members of the young people's
societies, also graded text books and other
missionary literature for use in the Sun
dav school. It holds summer conferences
for the training of leaders in missionary
work and also winter Institutes in the
leading cities. The coming convention will
outline new work as well as search for
new lines of endeavor.
* ?
* *
Soon after that gathering is out of the
way there will come along In Baltimore
the general conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, at which one of the
principal features will be a report of the
commission on deaconesses' work. Fifteen
men. divided equally among bishops, min
isters and laymen, have considered the
subject for four years and have now en
tirely rewritten that part of the discipline
relating to deaconesses' work, some old
things having been retained and much
that is new added. The commission de
tines a deaconess as "a woman who has
been led by the spirit and the providence
of God to forego all other pursuits In life
that she may wholly devote herself to the
Chr'.stllke service of doing good, has been
approved by the church, and solemnly set
apart to tills vocation. The general over
sight of the work of deaconesses is to be
given to the bishops, although active
direction of It is vested In a general dea
l-ones* board, tube composed of five bish
ops. four laymen, four ministers and six
women, three of whom shall be conse
crated deaconess?s. This board Is to be
elected quadrennially at the general con
ferences. Each annual conference is to
have a conference deaconess board of
nine member*, three of whom must be
women. These boards are authorised to
license deaconesses, to determine who
shall be plai-ed on the retired list, and
those entitled to aid from the relief fund.
It Is directed that the i^aconess Hcense
may Be gtven only to a candidate who is
unmarried and over twenty-three years of
age, and she must be recommended by
the quarterly conference of the church
in which she is a member. J
* *
Late in the year will be held the first
federal council of the Churches of Christ
in America. It comes about as the re
sult of a plan of federation adopted by
the interchurch conference, to becoifte ef
fective when two-thirds of the thirty de
nominations in the conference approved.
That having been done, the executive
committee of the conference. Rev. Dr.
William H. Roberts of Philadelphia be
ing the chairman, has taken up the mat*
ter of arranging the details for the coun
cil meeting. The federal council will be
the largest, most representative and prob
ably the most effective of any of
the federations. Fully twenty-flve denom
inations will be included In the official
membership, and approximately 18,000,000
communicants will be thus represented in
the organization. The place of the first
meeting of the federal council has not
definitely been fixed, but there is talk of
Philadelphia and Washington.
The movement Is not to be confounded
with plans for church union, about which
?much Is no*w being heard. The objects of
th6 council, as stated in the plan, are to
express the fellowship of the Christian
church, to bring the denominations into
united service, to encourage mutual coun
sel, to secure a larger combined influence
the matters affecting the moral and social
condition of the people and to assist in
the organisation of local branches to pro
mote the aims of the council in their com
munities. The council, which will m??;t
every four years, is to have no authority
over the Christian bodies belonging to It
The Baptist churches abroad are already
arranging for the continental Baptist con
gress at Berlin, which will open August
a). It is probable that America will send
delegates, many of them unofficially, and
as the proceedings will be conducted in
both English and German, there will be
no difficulty in knowing what is being
The third internattional Congregaional
council has been set for June 30 to July
10. at Edinburgh. There., are to be 400
delegates, divided as follows: United
States, 130; Great Britain, 150: rest of
world, 100. Secretary R. J. Wells of the
Congregational Union of England and
Wales has been In Boston recently con
ferring with the national council of this
country as to the program, but nothing
definite has been decided as yet. The
first council was held in London in 181)1
and the second in Boston eight years
* .*
The one big gathering of next year
abroad will be the Pan-Anglican congress
of London, in June, opening on the 15th
and lasting tan days at least. The con
gress has aroused keen interest in the
United States, and a very large number
of delegates may be expected to cross the
Atlantic to be present. Negotiations have
been entered Into with the shipping com
panies with refurence to the chartering of
one or more special steamers, as, if only
1.000 delegates attend the usual accommo
dation would be severely taxed.
Representatives are expected from all,
or almost all. of the 240 dioceses through
out the world. The congress will open
with a service at Westminster Abbey, and
the meetings will be held at the church
house with evening gatherings at Albert
The main feature Is to be the presenta
tion In St. Paul's Cathedral on St. John
the Baptist's <!te.y of an ecumenical "thank
offering." Preparations are being actively
made for collecting large sums for this
purpose in many dioceees.
At a meeting of the Association of Lay
Helpers for the diocese of London Rev.
Dr. T. C. Fry said some persons dreamed
that the great thank offering which would
flow In from the whole Anglican com
munion would amount to (15,000,000; the
most faint-hearted were certain that it
would reach $5,000,000. It has been sug
gested that $1,500,000 be made the goal,
to be allotted as follows:
The formation of six new dioceses com
plete, with men and assured support for
ten years in Manchuria, Singapore, north
ern Rhodesia, Khartum, northern Aus
tralia and Edmonton (Canada), $900,000; a
Japanese college for the study of the lan
guages and religions of the east, $250,
000; help to the training colleges of the
provinces of the world according to need,
$250,000; women's work, $150,000, and the
strengthening of weak outlying dioceses,
Seven main subjects will be discussed
at the sittings of the congress, namely.
"The Church's Ministry," "TheChurch and
Human Society." "The Church and Hu
man Thought," #The Church's Missions In
Non-Christian Lands," "The Church's
Missions In Christendom," "The Anglican
Communion" and "The ChurclL's Duty to
the Young."
During the week beginning January 12
the congregation of Concordia Lutheran
Church, which is located at tlte corner
of 20th and O streets northwest, will
celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of
the founding of the church. Extensive
preparations for the event have already
been made, and It Is the desire of those
interested to make the celebration a
memorable one. The detailed plans of
services for the Jubilee week hare not
yet been announced.
The young people of the church will
hold a special meeting in the chapel to
day at 6:45 p.m. to make necessary prepa
rations for the young people's "diamond
jubilee." to be held on the evening of
January 1.1. This will be one*of the events
of the larger celebration.
CTruc Spirit of Christmas found in (Biting.
Rev. Robert M. Moore. ?
HE central truth of Christ
mas, of course, is "Em
manuel" (God with us).
Christless Christmas is a poor af
fair. But as we think of all the
characteristics of the Advent
season, nothing is more conspic
uous than the "good cheer"
which marks these days of festiv
ity. Christianity came in with a song, and the
Spirit of Christ is the spirit of singing. What a
beautiful thing it is to see the weary old world for
get its toil and tears, and be joyous. Even those
who do not realize the birthday of the King in the
Christmastide unite with heartiness in the greet
ings of the season, "Peace on earth, good will to
men." So we will join hands with the children
around the wonderful Christmas tree and thank
God for life and love and friends. We will let the
old hatred and passion die out of the heart and just
be happy in this, the best Christmas we have ever
? ?s
Rev. Donald C. MacLeod.
TIIE essence of Christ's phi
losophy of life is in His own
wofds: "It is more blessed
to give than to receive." The
world says, life is grasping;
Jesus says, life is giving. The
fruit of the world spirit has ever
been strife and sorrow; of the
Christ spirit, peace and joy. J9y
and peace were the dominant notes of the first
Christmas chorus. The angels said, "Behold, I
bring you good tidings of great joy. Glory to God
in the highest and on earth peace." What was the
inspiration of this heavenly ecstasy that heavenly
confines could not contain, becoming audible to
the shepherds of Bethlehem? Heaven has given,
to earth eternity's most costly and precious Christ
mas gift. No wonder heaven's joy and peace
flowed over. Why the pre-eminent joy and peace
of Christmas in every country and age? We are
placing the emphasis upon giving instead of re
ceiving. Two reflections upon the Christmas spirit.
Let us make the needy the special recipients of
our gifts?and earth's joy and peace will overflow
to heaven. Let us carry the Christmas spirit
throughout the year, placing the primary emphasis
upon giving, and joy and peace will be universal
and eternal.
Rev. Thomas E. McGuigan.
THE world was full of strife, contention and
conflict when the Prince of Peace was born;
and there was little thought of Him in the
busy marts of trade and the equally busy schools
of philosophy. Sin was everywhere and moral deg
radation, and though men of deep thought looked
hither and thither for a Redeemer, no one thought
of Bethlehem as the place of His birth. It was too
humble,?too poor, too unknown, not spoken of in
the palace of the Caesars, nor discussed in the
schools of Athens. And yet Bethlehem was the
source of joy, peace and redemption.
Today, likewise, the world is full of strife and
contention, and, upon the hilltops of desire, many
a prophet shades his eyes and looks into the world
for peace and redemption and can find none, nor
hope for any. The source is hidden from the gaze
of the worldly.
Peace! Peace! Who or what will give us
peace? Is it knowledge, or power, or wealth, or
empire? All these have been found wanting, and
never was the world so conscious of the fact. God
alone can give it. God alone
gives it and gives only through
His Divine Son to those of good
will. "Glory be to God in ^he
highest and peace on earth *to
' men of good will." Sit down at
this holy time, count your bless
ings and thank God for them.
Seek above all things the peace
of God.
Rev. C. Ernest Smith.
ASKED for a Xmas message, I gladly give one.
Ordinarily at this blessed season even our
Scrooges are apt to ramember the poor. BCit
this is no ordinary season. Hard times have fal
len upon us, bringing in1,their train the duty of
economizing. In such times it is the established
custom to begin our practice of needed economies
on the poor, the hospitals jind the churches.
Dear friends, for this year let this custom b?<
more honored in the breach than in the observance.
Begin economizing in your own family and on
your own self. If this suggestion seems entirely
too revolutionary, do this: Cut off yoyr church
offering?the church will survive though you will
be the poorer; neglect to send your usual donation
to the hospital?that, too, will continue its blessed
work. But let not the dole of food and coal here
tofore given the poor and needy be diminished in
ever so small a degree, for their margin of life is
fearfully narrow at all times to whom these things
are important, and in a time like
this narrower than ever. Doing
this may cost you something,
but not to do it will cost you
more. Moreover doing it will in
sure you a royal xenia, such as
any faithful steward receives
who has a conscience void of of
fense toward God and toward
In London there Is one clergyman to
every 2,600 persons.
Ten years ago the Baptists of Texas
had slxty-slx missionaries, where now
they have 320 at work.
The old McAuley Water Street Mission
In New York has started on Its thirty
sixth year of work.
In one year, the International Bible
Reading Association has grown from
U.081 to 21,341 members.
The Baptist orphanage on Wood Island,
Alaska, has In it fifty children who are
supported by the Sunday schools of New
The Presbyterians In Korea last year
had 628 places of worship, where now
they have 767, each worker superintend
ing from twenty to fifty congregations.
The Woman's Society of Georgia Mis
sions of the Christian Church has estab
lished ten churches In ten years in the
mountains of the state.
The evangelistic committee of New
York city during the fummer held 1,626
meetings in tents and in the open air, the
attendance being 472,006.
A new charter lias been granted the
Protestant Episcopal Church of the dio
cese of Georgia, t.ie domicile of the bishop
being changed ifrom Atlanta to Savannah.
Rev. Thomas Spurgeon. the famous
English clergyman, Is now in Venice, but
is so much better that he will probably
within the next year entirely regain his
The Salvation Army in England In the
past year has aided directly or indirectly
20,883 women, 3,162 of them having been
taken into the rescue homes, and no
fewer than 2,764 have turned otf. well.
One thing that greatly Impressed the
Bishop of London during his visit to
America was the harmony of purpose
and lack of wrangling among the
churches, a condition wfilch. It is de
clared, does not exist in his own coun
It Is now just twenty-five years since
Bishop Mallalieu formed the Boston dis
trict of the Swedish Methodist Church,
the first church of the Swedish Methodists
having been organised just two years
previous to that time.
Emory College in Georgia is to erect on
the campus a chapel to the memory of
Dr. Young J. Allen, a missionary of the
Methodist Church in China, and so far
about $20,000 has been subscribed toward
the project.
The BaptistB of Virginia In the financial
year Just ended raised $151,150 for mis
sion and relief work.
The Church of England Waifs and
Strays' Society has a deficit so far this
year of about $38,000.
The Holiness Church, whose members
are mainly In Texas, Arkansas. Tennessee
and Missouri, has Joined with the As
sociation of Pentecostal Churches of New
England, bringing under one head about
13,000 communicants.
A memorial cross has been erected by
the Santa Clara Historical Society of
San Jose In commemoration of the 126th
anniversary of the founding of the mis
sions by the Spanish padres In California.
The Christian Brothers, a religious con
gregation of the Catholic Church, found
ed in 1(JS0 in France, is building a large
business college at Portland, Ore., an
entire city block having been purchased
for the school and a large playground.
Eight churches in one of the suburbs of
Baltimore secured trained men to take a
church census of that section, and a card
index has now been arranged that tells
the ministers all about the religious af
filiations of every family of that lo-1
Sort of a connecting link between the
Protestant and Catholic world in New
York Is the work done at Christ's Mission
on West 57th street, which is now ready
to open its new building, conducted by
Rev. James A. O'Connor, who for years
tnu a priest, but left that work to study
medicine, and later was converted to the
Evangelical faith.
A little more than $100,000 was raised
this year by the North Georgia conference
of the Methodist Episcopal Church South,
for missions, $40,000 going to the foreign
and $20,000 to the home fund, the rest
being divided among various projects.
The robe which John Wesley wore when
he was christened over 200 years ago is
now the property of Miss Emily Pashley
of Worksop. England, it having come to
her from her grandfather, at whose house
Wesley lived for a time when but an in
The fiftieth anniversary of the laying
of the corner stone of Trinity Episcopal1
Church at Mount Vernon, N. T.. was pre
sided over by Rev. William Samuel Cof
fey, the founder of tije church, who Is
now rector of Old St. Paul's Church in
New York.
The chief rabbi In Turkey recently had
a long: audience with the principal private
secretary of the sultan concerning con
cessions for the Jews in Palestine, many
reforms being promised under ^certain
conditions, but tlje chief rabbi could prom
ise nothing, as Palestine Is not under his
The benevolences of the Central Congre
gational Church of Brooklyn for the year
amounts to over $58,000.
The Wesleyan Missionary Society of
England has drawn $50,000 from its re
serve fund for erecting a plant In China.
The laymen of the various denomina
tions in Atlanta have pledged themselves
to raise $100,000 for foreign missions dur
ing the coming year.
An average of four Sunday schools a
day established for every day of the last
eighty-three years Is the record of tho
American Sunday School Union.
Sixteen Mormon elders from Utah have
Invaded Iowa to try to start a church In
one of the cities and thence to spread the
belief over the state.
At all meetings of the Colonial and Con
tinental Church Society's meetings in
England moving pictures are used to
show what is being accomplished, espe
cially in Canada.
There are but 65 parishes and missions
in the OU.OOO square miles which make up
the Episcopal diocese of Oregon, of which
Right Rev. Charles Scaddlng has Just
been consecrated bishop.
A committee from the Colonial Mission
ary Society of England has just gone to
Jamaica to consider the best method of
using the $8,000 raised to repair the
earthquake damage to the churches.
Sixty-one missionaries of the Mormon
Church have Invaded London, where It Is
claimed 700 converts have been made re
cently, while in all England over.^5,000
have rejoined that b?lief In a few months.
The Actors' Church Alliance Is showing
greater activity this winter than ever,
unusual efforts being made in a number
of cities to carry out more effectively the
principles for which the organisation
Co Prevent {massacres.
Chinese Convert Proposes Plan for Union of Native
Christians Which He Believes Will Stop
Further Clashes in Celestial Kingdom.
AS a preventive against the repetition
of massacres of converts and mis
sionaries in China, Hai Chlen, a
Chinese Christian, has proposed that
all those in China who uphold that
religion form a Chinese Christian as
sociation and establish one head and
a governing board, which shall have
absolute control there. He wants the
head to be a native, and suggests the ap
pointment by the pope of a Chinese car
dinal to take that poslttlon. This native
head will conduct all negotiations with
the Peking dynasty. It is proposed, and
no outside powers will be allowed to In
In the course of the petition containing
his proposals, which he sent to the for
eign office of China, he glveB his reasons
as follows:
"The causes of the religious troubles
which have been so numerous in this em
pire and placed the country in such a
critical condition, we And, are largely due
to the protection of the churches in China
being entirely In the hands of the for
eigners. ^The two religions?Protestanism
and Roman Catholicism?are now preva
lent throughout this empire, but their
propagation is, however, not under our
control, and the ignorant people are un
conscious art what the foreign religions
are, and consequently no doubt harbor
suspicions against them. This has caused
trouble between the foreign converts and
non-Ohiistian peoples, and they persecute
each other on small provocation. The
district officials are mostly Inexpert In
holding to the right and proper princi
ples when settling the quarrels of the
two peoples, and In most cases they either
'give partial protection to the non-Chris
tian Chinese or shoW special and unjust
favor to the foreign follewers, and so the
two peoples are caused to hate each other
more and more. Much more serious cases
iare always liable to take place.
"Moreover, the disorderly Chinese of
the lower class who are foreign converts
take advantnge by making the foreign mls
Sunday Morning Talk
Christmas in the streets! The very
atmosphere is electric with the thought
of the coming festival. It colors the salu
tations which men exchange with one an
other as they meet and pass. It discloses
itself In the decorations whch greet the
eye everywhere. i>ven the visitor from
another planet, as he sauntered along our
highways and byways, might guess that
something unusual, something very beau
tiful and Joyous was impending.
Christmas in the shops! The throngs
surging up and down the aisles, and lin
gering berore this or that assortment of
tempting goods tell the same story.
Between Thanksgiving and Chrlstmiii.
When the daylight most early doth fade.
Cornea a rush in the doing of business
That Is known as the holiday trade.
In the doorways they pnqh and they Jostle;
At the counters they Jam and they crowd;
Their arms setting fuller of bundles.
Their voices mare strident and loud.
Yes, Christmas in the stores Is an Im
portant Institution and an excellent thing,
provided customers and clerks alike prac
tice the ordinary courtesies of Christmas
in the home! Ah. nbw .we draw nearer
the center of the Christmas Joy. Even the
preparations are almost as good as the
reality Itself. The listing of friends to be
remembered, the planning to make your
dollar or your Ave dollars go as far as
possible, th? surreptitious Introduction of
bundles nto out-of-the-way nooks, the
artful endeavors of the youngsters to
"s'prise" papa and mamma, the Increas
ing excitement as the eventful day draws
nearer?all these are factors with which
we would be loath to dispense and they
make Christmas in the home beautiful,
provided they are not neutralized by the
spirit of envy, emulation, ostentation and
Christmas In the church! Religion must
shed its sanctifying glory over our festi
val. lit there be large and reverent as
semblages in the sanctuaries and let true
gratitude and sincerity Inspire the carols
that are lifted heavenward.
Christmas in the heart! The best place
of all In which to keep Christmas is the
heart. As Whittler says:
The heart must ring thy Christmas bells,
Thy Inward altars raise.
Its faith and hope thy canticles,
And its obedience praise.
Christmas in the heart means simply
the presence there of a deep and unfail
ing fountain of love to ah men every
where. Given that you will have a happy.
Christmas even If your stocking is empty
and you sit down to meat among stran
gers. I always love at this time of the
year to reread the finest Christmas story
ever written?Charles Dickens' account
of the transformation of Scrooge. Do you
recall the educational tour on which the
Ghost conducts him? As they sped over
the black sea they lighted on a ship where
every sailor was humming a Christmas
tune and every man on board, whether
good or bad, had a kinder word for others
than on any other day of the year. And
as Scrooge and his ghostly companion
traveled on on that Christmas night they
paused beside sick beds and found the
sufferers cheerful, by struggling men, and
they were patient, by poverty, and it was
Ah, this perpetual fountain of love!
Visionary, say you? Is it impossible for
us to have tnis self-efraoing, all-encom
passing, exhaustless love? Then why do
we keep Christmas at all? I prefer to
think better of our humanity as I remem
ber Him over whose manger angels were
singing carols 1,900 years ago, and who
bade us love one another as He loved us.
fZTlll t m^ans of the,r Protection, and
to do everything for the for
eigners pleasure. When the mlssion
r?f? ^?7lman m to be"?ve In Roman
^hL^i m *y Slad|y answier that
rofni^ ^e'. a the mi8S'?narles always
rvi?i j,an ., ? themselves be cheated by
their disorderly followers. These disor
derly people consequently become still
?w?,a , more 0"enslve In all ruses.
. * 's ajways the case, when the for
eigners give forced protection and the
!r?ra"uce ?r the local officials is shown,
that the bad characters and corrupted
gentry of the place take advantage to
create more disorders, and the non-Chris
tain Ciiinese are always the sufferers.
They are humbugged by the foreign re
ligion followers without being able to
get redress before the local government,
and, as they have been suffering so much,
a serious outbreak is liable to happen,
with very regrettable results.
"Should the local officials always deal
with the Quarrels of these two peoples im
partially, there would be no destroying
of churches and murdering of mission
aries or Christian followers. Should the
provincial treasurer and Judges thorough
ly look Into the cause of outbreaks and
settle disputes In a proper and satisfac
tory manner, there would be no need
for international negotiation with foreign
"It is largly due to the fart that the
officials in responsibility are always afraid
of dealing with foreign missionaries, as
if they were tigers and wolves. When
an outbreak of trouble between the two
peoples happens the officials always
slaughter the common, innocent non-Chris
tian subjects without looking thoroughly
into the matter.
"They merely use the subjects and the
territory of China as a means of flatter
ln? a"d satisfying the foreign people.
Both the Christian and non-Christian
Chinese are the 'children of China' It
Is, Indeed, very regrettable that they
should disagree in this manner. The out
siders," however, seeing that we do not
know ho* to protect ourselves, seize the
opportunity, procure the advantage of get
ting more portions of land and heavy in
demnities under the name of giving pro
tection to the converts.""
In accordance with a long-standing
custom, religious services under the di
rection of the chairman of the board of
directors will be held In the chapel of
the Central Union Mission Christmas
morning at 10 o'clock. At the close of
the service free dinner tickets will be
distributed to all present. It U also the
purpose of the management to furnish
free dinners to the poor on New Year
The Northminster Presbyterian Church
will celebrate Its last Christmas In its
old church edifice on N street between
?th and 10th streets this week. Tempo
rary accommodation? have been secured
In the church of the Seventh Day AtJ
ventlsts, on 12th street north of N street.
Tho Northminster Church property will,
on January 1, become the property ot
the Cosmopolitan Temple Baptist Church,
colored. k
Tho sale of this property has caused
much comment, it Is declared. When it
became noised about that the Northmin
ster property was for sale several bids
were received. That of the Cosmopolitan
Temple congregation was $23,000; another
bid (was from Mr. Charles Fraser of the
Armenian Church of 120,000, and a third
from residents of the neighborhood of
(17,000. Tne last-named bid was made
by property owners "who were opposed to
the property passing Into the hands of
the colored church.
"We ?have long hoped." said Mr. I*
Cabel Williamson, a member of tlie build
ing committee of the church, yesterday,
[ to a Star reporter, In explaining the trans
fer, "that the manifest injustice done
us In the reports of this sale would be
! rectified. We did not sell this property
to the Cosmopolitan Temple Church, col
ored, and are in no way to blame, if blame
j there is, that it is to come into possession
of that church.
"In our desire to be neighborly and to
do what was best for every one concerned
wo formally rejected the offer of 126,000
from the colored church. This left us .
With but one proposition to be considered
Uie offer of *20.000 from Dr. Charles
Fraaer of the Armenian Church and It
was accepted. Before the flnal papers
were executed, however, the attention of
the residents of the neighborhood was
again called to the fact that If we sold
to Dr. Fraser there was nothing whatever
to prevent the church property from be
ing again sold and to the colored con
gregation. After allowing them ample
time to take action, which they failed
to do. we sold to Dr. Fraser. believing
that he -would use the property for his
ow.j congregation. If he has resold it to
the Cosmopolitan Temple Church ws are
In no way responsible. It was not in
our power to do anything whatever after
the deal had been closed with Dr. Fraeer
He could do what he pleased with his
property. The Northminster congrtM
tion will meet for the first time in Its
temporary quarters next Sunday.

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