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A WEEK IN MISSIONARY LAND. We have had a. week in Missionary Land, a week full of intense and absorb- ing intere.st,but, with what varied feel- ings we have looked on "things as they are." To some of us, perhaps, it, has been with a little fear and shrinking be- cause of the hardships and trials of a missionary's life of self-sacrifice; to others, what visions of joy in the privilege of being one of those who obey t,he command, "Go into alii the world," the joy of bringing the Gospel to those ZD who "who know it not," ancl helping in the great work of humanising and christianising1 those "who .silt. an dark- ness." The Missionary Exhibition has not, I am convinced, been held in vain; indeed, it will serve the purpose for which it was planned, viz., to create an interest in missionary work in the young people. Despite the dispiriting weather condi- tions, the Exhibilhon was daily filled with visitors who listened with interest to the si "Talks in the Courts" on India, China and the Congo,, and visited the various representations of "how they do things in foreign lands," "A Chinese Wedding" (by the Wesleyan friends) and numerous dialogues il'lustiratiing Mission work. Then, the "Medical Section," compris- ing "A model operating ward," "A native doctor's shop" and "A hospital ward," presided over by Mrs J. J. Marks, was replete with infterestiing detail. At the "Oriental Stall," bright with Benares ware and Chinese curios, Mrs J. H. Jones, Miss C. Roberts, Miss L. Mar- shall and Miss Tonge, were well patron- ised, and a "Work Stall," managed by Mrs Edwards, Miss F. Marshall and Mrs Reeves Hughes, was solid out, with much profit, before the end of the Exhibition. The "Litlerature Stall" was undertaken by Miss Roberts, Arwendon, and P.P. Cards were sold by Gwyneth Roberts and Miiss M. Parry. The "Refreshment Department" and "Sweefc Sitall" were catered for by a number of ladies in a most, successful -way, and did a great business. But the greater interest centred in t,he "Relics Room," where Mrs J. S. iStevens in her able and sympathetic manner told us all about Carey, his life and work, and we were shown many in- teresting mementoes of this great pioneer of the B a puis; Missionary Society. In the centre of t,he Exhibition, and de- servedly-in the place of honour, was the "Bible Translation" 'SiiaJfl, and near by the "Special Aim" board, and here I may explain that our special aim is, the collecting a, sum of £60" to be expended in providing a translation of the gospels of Matthew and Mark, and the epistle to the Thessalonians into the language of the Yalemba. people, the late Rev. G. Grenfell's station, and ithe last station established on the Congo. The whole sum has nearly been subcribed ( £ 46 out of £ 60. Who will help to make it complete ? One of the exhibits and held in venera- tion by all Baptists was, the battered and broken portion of .the little s.s. "Peace. for, had she not. done service on the Congo for 2.4 years, car-rying the mis- sionaries with the Word of Life to the very heart of Africa? In the same sec- t-ion were placed a Congo native hat, and a large Relief Map of Central Africa, shewing the course of the river Congo, and position of the Baptist Mission Stations to the furthermost station, Yakusu. A beautiful exhibition of la.ee.—worked by the natives of India.—was shown by Miss Horsfa, and in the "Zenana, Mrs Williamson gave some interesting ad- dresses. Last but not least, I must mention the Rev. J. S. Stevens' powerful and heart- stirring "Congo. Lecture," with Bioscope living illustrations of native life—so in- teresting that it was given again on Saturclaf evening, by request. It would take up too. much space to describe the "opening ceremonies," which were ren- dered most attractive by the help and co-operation of the ministers of the various churches of the town. Mr Wirloughby Lance and Mr Pryce Williams, the Missionary Exhibition Secretaries, may be congratulated on the success which has attended their inde- fatigable efforts. L. R.

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