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, An interesting letter is published it ' the Sydney Evening News, from th< Rcr. James Jeffries, the well-knowr Congregational minister, who is now or - a visit to Europe for the benefit of his Comparing the conditions o i in Indtaand Australia, Mi Sfog. writes; —“ Strange that when light of the Gospel shines wit! brightest radiance there should be ; darkrifcss so profound as that whidi ! broods on many parts of Sydney. 1 have .been a week in Bombay, wander si fog td and fto in. the streets and lanes 'rf\ of a densely .crowded city of more than : men,'Parsecs, and Devil Worshippers, > .and I declare to you solemnly and : Sorrowfully, ihat among all this crowd of idolatrous 1 Asiatics I have hot seen B 'tuture so inhuman and de- . {m I have too often seen it in sets of Sydney. Here, too, in- - toxicatiog liquors. are made and sold, baU«iJnot one of the tens of thou- » saindslhit came under my notice in a ; , stihs ol drunkenness. So far as I have had oppbrtunities of Judging, both in th|>city' imi 1 the country, these '' Tinman - people are temperate and industrious, ' quiet and peaceful. , - Certainly tlfoyhave ndr conspicuous , trices : appear most fond of , their tduldreij. and children most : dtijiM to tfiifeir parents. - Native police Wen* stationed -'about' in < the main had little to do. Thjbftsecnm rate, and assaults few, judging from .the daily newspapers. At our hotel we leftour things about, even to - die most valuable, where nujabers of servants were passing and repossfog, and not one was lost. I ddtfot'nOt there areforms of vice, con- ' cealed from the eye of a visitor in theirsodal life, and we know well enfojghtbere are some closely con- - nested with their religion of no small magnitude. But I speak as I myself bfoom. 1 leave India with a much of the untold, millions of; my follbwfitubjects in this part of ou| great Empire than I ever had before. And lam convinced that we. caanot hope for the success of winning the peojbte whom God has given into all of us eagerly desire* biftil we, ourselves, have greatly alt&taL 1 Ikhow there is much foolish ’ talk about leaving the ..heathen at ' home; but certainly we dare not, in our mianoiiary real, go forth into all 1 die nadbilS’to preach the Gospel while wenegicct those who are perishing for lack of knowledge at our own doors.”

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OUR OWN HEATHENS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 380, 27 June 1881

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OUR OWN HEATHENS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 380, 27 June 1881