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Christian, either openly or in secret; he must certainly be thus regarded.
" At the time of the suppression of the Suttee by Lord Wm. Bentinck, even the Hindoo widows came forward with their contributions of two annas or four annas each, as they were able, in aid of the Appeal then made to England for its revival; by this it was known that the great body of the people of the country adhered to their own religion. We do not see the same eagerness in regard to the present subscription, and hence we suspect that the number of Hindoos has greatly diminished. We well know that many call themselves by Hindoo names, while they eat and drink with Englishmen and Musalmans. Many, on occasion of the death of father or mother, will during the daytime appear as Hindoos, wearing the clothes and eating the food appointed for such times of mourning, while at night they will array themselves in fine clothes, and sit at the table to take meat and wine. How many pious Hindoos are there in Calcutta, who will not go to Government House, or in the
time of the Mohurrum to the house of the Haji Karbalai, for the purpose of consuming the rich provisions? We everywhere see Hindoos paying no regard to the sraddha of their father or mother, submitting to be shaved, and eating fish and flesh, during the time of mourning for their relatives. If those who are Christians in secret, but openly Hindoos, are permitted to inherit property from their ancestors, will the Government allow that those who sincerely embrace Christianity and openly profess it shall be deprived of their paternal wealth? If the Hindoos had not thuis secretly adopted the habits of the Christians, the Government would not have ventured to show this kindness to those who have openly renounced their former faith. The Hindoos have opened this door of misery themselves, and unquestionably those who are firm in their own faith have fallen into great distress. Let then every one who desires still to be counted a Hindoo, give all the assistance in his power to the present movement; otherwise he will be very blameable.'”
In the following letter, the writer, Mrs. Lewis, appeals for sympathy and aid on behalf of her Female Boarding School for Hindoo children, and we feel pleasure in giving it publicity. In inviting attention to its statements, we need only assure those of our readers who are more especially interested in the cause of female education in India, that any pecuniary aid in furtherance of Mrs. Lewis's plans and efforts will be well bestowed and gratefully appreciated.
TO THE FRIENDS OF HINDOO FEMALE EDUCATION?
DEAR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS,
constant attendance on the ordinances of the In a retired corner of the Lord's vineyard, Gospel, they are tolerably well versed in in the little village of Santhapooram, forty Scripture history and in the fundamental doc. miles from any European cantonment, is a trines of our holy religion. The girls in the Female Boarding School for Hindoo children, higher classes have long ago learnt the whole containing seventy-seven girls, whose agos of Dr. Watts' First and Second Catechisms, vary from four to fourteen. They learn in also a large catechism embracing the principal their native language, which is Tamil, to points of history in the Old and New Testaread, write, and cipher; also geography and ments as well as the principal doctrines of the grammar. Their principal study, however, New. In addition to this they have com. is the Word of God, which many of them can mitted to memory all the hymns in our read fluently. By this means, as well as by Tamil Hymn-book to the number of one hun.
dred and forty. Such an amount of Scripture knowledge will not, we trust, be as seed sown in unproductive ground, but bring forth fruit to the glory of God.
Though we have not yet been privileged to see any of them decidedly converted to God, yet we have the satisfaction of knowing that the girls in the higher classes constitute by far the most attentive, intelligent, and promising part among the females of our congregation at Santhapooram. Of course we except those who can read, and are already members of the church. While the women who are not able to read can scarcely give me an intelligent account of the sermons they hear on the Sabbath, the bigger girls both repeat the texts as well as the heads of the dis
come. Whilst, however, we instruct them,
dear Christian friends, allow us to do this; or will you pity the souls of these poor children, and help us to support them? We trust that you will be enabled to do this; and we pray that God will bless
you portion as you bless these young immortals, whom He has in infinite wisdom created, and who must through all eternity inhabit the blessed regions of joy and purity, or, like their forefathers, sink into endless misery and despair. I am, my dear Christian friends,
Yours very faithfully,
EMILY LEWIS. Santhapooram, near Nagercoil, South Travancore,
September 7th, 1850.
Thirty seven of my little girls are the children of widows, five have neither father nor mother living, and the remainder are the children of poor parents. All eat, and sleep, and learn together, without any distinction of caste, and all are instructed in the knowledge of that religion which has the promise of the life which now is, as well as that which is to
OBITUARY OF THE NATIVE TEACHER, “THOMAS THOMPSON NECK.”
The triumph of Christian principle, as evinced in the holy lives, the evangelical labours, and the happy deaths of those who have renounced heathenism for the faith of the gospel, so signally attests the value of Missionary effort, and is so calculated to sustain the hope and to stimulate the zeal of the friends and promoters of the good work, that we feel as. sured our readers, while sympathising with the Missionary in the loss of so exemplary a coadjutor, will be gratified to trace, in the following memoir of the deceased, the unequivocal proofs of a heart and life entirely consecrated to the Saviour.
The Rev. W. B. Addis, under date October last, writes :
"I did not anticipate, when I sent you the mission tour among the inhabitants of the journal of Thomas Thompson Neck, in July Collegal Hills, and returned poorly, though no last, that I should so soon have to apprise immediate danger was anticipated by his you of his death; he was then as well as fumily; but he rapidly became worse, and died, usual. He died at Sattiamungulum, the out in the full hope of the Gospel, on the above station he occupied for many years, on Sun date. day, Sept. 15th. He had been on an extensive
" I subjoin the following particulars of this time spent in this manner, I appointed him excellent man, and valuable preacher of the as an Assistant Reader, in which office Gospel among his fellow-countrymen.
he was zealous and diligent, and travelled “ Eighteen years ago he was a stanch and much in the surrounding country ; and in zealous heathen, holding the situation of 1836 was appointed by me to occupy the sacrificer' to a village temple, a few miles out-station of Sattiamungalum as a Natire from this place. And on his brother (the Teacher, where he continued to reside up lamented Vathaniathum) embracing Chris- to the time of his death, and where his wife tianity, he became much opposed both to him and one of his children died, and were buried and the new religion.' Still he read the in his own compound; and he now lies Bible and our tracts; but being a man of beside them. He has left two orphans, who considerable firmness of mind, he took no- were dependent upon him. He had other sons thing for granted, but sisted all that was to and one daughter, who are married and have be said on both sides, and was slow in con- families of their own. viction, supposing that his own religion " He was a man of great power and ability was suitable and proper for himself and in controversy with the heathen, having been countrymen. After a considerable time, so long and so intimately acquainted with all the conviction of the truth of Christianity their ways, subterfuges, &c. None who entered and its adaptedness to all men gradually the list with him long held out, for no sophistry took possession of his mind, and at length could escape his detection, and I have at such became so strong that he felt he must relin- times watched him with surprise and thankquish bis official connexion with the heathen fulness. He was very greatly respected by temple, and communicated his intention to the inhabitants of the town of Sattiamungathe headmen of the village, to their no lum; Brahmins often visited him at his house, small surprise. He carried his determination and all classes attended his funeral. He was into effect, and gave up honour, emolument, also well known by the villagers for many and all, and worked with his own hands, and miles around, whom he frequently visited and provided for himself and large family for more made known the way of salvation through than a year, during the whole of which time Christ. He was a Boanerges among his the people of the village kept his former office heathen countrymen, and a Barvabas among vacant, expecting that either by promises or his Christian brethren. His end was peace; threats he would resume it. But he was firm and he bore witness to the numbers of heathens in his purpose, and openly attended the means who surrounded his dying cot, of the truth of of grace, and appeared to be under the in- the doctrines he had made known to them. fluence and teaching of the Holy Spirit. Some " In personal appearance the deceased was time after, on discovering his abilities and a man of handsome features; and although attainments, I proposed that he should enter about sixty years of age at his death, he had my preparatory class, which he consented to lost scarcely any of the freshness and activity do, and daily attended with great humility of youth. Only a few weeks before he died, and diligence to his preparatory studies, and he out-walked a vigorous man scarcely more delivered up his usual portion in class with than half his age, when out on a mission those far younger than himself. After some journey."
HONG-KONG. CONVERSION OF A HOSPITAL PATIENT. The Medical Missionary, while applying his professional skill to the cure or alleviation of bodily ailments, deems it his peculiar privilege to
avail himself of all suitable occasions for directing the minds of his patients to the Great Physician, who alone is able to relieve the more inveterate maladies with which their souls are afflicted. Instances happily are not wanting to show that these evangelical efforts of the Medical Missionary have been attended with the most salutary results; and the following narrative introduces us to the case of an individual who, having long sordidly practised upon the credulity of his superstitious countrymen, is at length brought, through his attendance on the Hospital at Hong-Kong, to embrace the truth as it is in Jesus. The case was incidentally referred to in an article which appeared in our Number for November; but the circumstances are of so interesting a character, that the fuller details now given cannot but prove highly acceptable. Under date the 27th of September, Mr. H. J. Hirschberg writes :
“ I am very happy to be enabled, through happens to be poor, the Seen-Shang has little the Lord's mercies, to report a case of conver trouble, and soon points out the most eligible sion in connexion with our Society's Hospital burying-place. in this place.
“ Such was the profession of A-Poon; and “ A-Poon, the subject of the present narra whilst he was walking about in Canton seven tive, was formerly a Fung-shui Seen-Shang, or eight years ago, deceiving others and him(literally translated, “Wind and Water First self the victim of deception, studying the born')—a wind-and-water geomancer-and as climate, the aspect of buildings, doors, graves, this might sound strange to an European ear, &c., in the exercise of his profession, God, I will briefly explain it. The Chinese are a who had pity on him, gave him opportunities very superstitious people, and if they have an to hear the blessed Gospel. A Chinese is very important work before them, they cannot enter proud, and you can imagine how foolish the upon it without first soliciting the favour of words Jesus, sinner, repentance, &c., sounded the gods to its happy accomplishment; and as in the ears of him who was a favourite of the these geomancers are supposed to be endowed gods, who understood their will, and whe with a superior knowledge of the will of the besides knowing the climate and so many other gods, they are applied to to name the most aus things, never was in prison, and therefore not picious time to begin a building, or the place for a sinner (a Chinese saying): the preacher burying the dead, or the hour for celebrating therefore, most assuredly could have no rea marriage, or the day of opening a shop, &c., ference to him. Several times he heard the &c. If a person dies, the family send for the Gospel in Canton, but it seemed as if spoken wind-and-water geomancer, to find out a to the wind, and as seed sown upon the sandy place where they might bury their dead; rocks. which would be the least exposed to the wind, “ Not finding his business to answer very and from whence the water, after a heavy rain, well at Canton, he left that place, and abont would soon run off, and therefore, not spoil the four years ago came to Victoria to try his grave so easily. If the family is rich, it then fortune. Here he went often to Bazaar Chapel; becomes a very long and difficult task for the and sometimes, he says, he had such a condiviner to find out a suitable place; for the sciousness of sin, that he had resolved to greater number of days he has to wait upon acknowledge it openly, to confess before men the gods, the more pay he gets;-so that when Jesus as his Saviour, and to ask the foreign the search has extended over three or four teacher for baptism; but as he was on the way weeks, their entreaties become proportionably such thoughts as these came into his mind. pressing; and the more urgent they are, the "These doctrines are not Chinese- the ancient more diffcult he finds it to obtain the propi wise men never taught them; Jesus is a foreign tious smile of the gods. But when the family wise mon; thou art not a sinner; your
countrymen will laugh at you, and scorn you,' time, now is the day of salvation; who will &c., &c.; and he turned back, and for a long come out and declare himself on the Lord's time abstained from attending the chapel. side?' he came forward and said that he was
“ About that time a tumour began to form willing to do so, giving at the same time a long on his back, and increased so rapidly as to address in which he narrated the above facts, excite his alarm: his conscience being thus and added the following—' After I heard the roused, he concluded it was meant as a punish- foreign doctor say that I must submit to an ment for his sins; he again repaired to the operation, I prayed and said, "If thou, O Jesus, chapel, and was on the eve of confessing Jesus art the Almighty God whom the foreigners as his Lord, when Satan once more hindered declare thee to be, save me from pain. I shall him, and again he stopped away from the now go up to the Hospital; and if I have no chapel. In the mean time hearing that the pain during the operation, I will believe on thee, foreign doctor had opened a Dispensary at and worship thee as the only one true and living Bazaar Chapel, he applied to him to have his God."' He then showed to all present the part tumour cured. It was about two years ago where the tumour had been, and assured them that I then saw him for the first time, and that he had no pain whatever-that he would therefore knew nothing of his mental distress. thenceforth worship only the God of the foreignHe sat very quietly, and seemed very attentive ers; and recommended his countrymen to do during the preaching; and when I began to
the same. see the patients, he came to me and showed me “As often as I came to see the patients at the tumour. I told him that it could not be Bazaar Chapel, le also came in, repeated the removed by medicine, but if he would submit above, and preached Jesus unto them. to an operation, I could cure it; and as he "From this time he continued to attend appeared to dread it, I told him to wait a divine service, and the missionaries and the little longer, to think the matter over, and Chinese Christians had frequent conversations when he would wish to have it removed, to with him about the one thing needful. He come to the Hospital. He then received some believed on Jesus, prayed to Him morning and tracts, wils advised to pray to Jesus, and he evening, but had not yet faith and strength went away.
enough to lay aside his business, which he was “ A few weeks afterwards, he came one told he must do before he could be baptized. morning to the Hospital, desiring me to operate This was very trying to him, as he had no upon the tumour. It so happened that two other means of gaining his livelihood; but one medical men were present, one of whom was day it happened that Dr. Legge met him in the Dr. Home, Staff Assistant-Surgeon; the name street, and addressed him upon the subject. of the other I do not just now remember. The Lord blessed these words to his soul : Before I began to use the knife I told him that he at once laid aside his business, came day it would be better for him to sit down during the after day to be instructed, and has since to our operation, as it would cause him some pain. great joy been received into the Church of Never mind,' said he, 'never mind. I had Christ. rather stand;' and thus he got hold of the " Not long after his baptism an incident back of the chair, and leaning over it I began happened in which he recognized the hand of to operate. During the operation I asked him the Lord, and for which he is continually exif he had any pain. 'No,' said lie, 'I have no pressing thankfulness. He wished to remore pain.' This answer he gave twice. I thought into another house, but the price demanded it somewhat strange, and could not explain it for it appeared to him a little too high; he had, at that time. He then came regularly to the however, fixed his mind upon the house, and Hospital, and the wound soon healed. I had thought that by waiting a few days the landat each visit regular conversations with him, lord would perhaps abate his terms, but if not and he seemed to me to be one to whom the he decided on giving the price demanded. At Lord had been gracious.
this juncture a fire broke out, consumed six "One Sunday he came to Bazuar Chapel, houses, and burned three men in that very and at the end of the sermon, when Dr. Legge liouse into which he had resolved to remove. had uttered the words, Now is the accepted The next morning early he came to us and