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THE NEW GUINEA MISSIONS.

In December last the scholars of the Moray place Congregational Church Sunday School despatched a box containing stationery aud sundry other articles to Rev. J. Chalmers, of New Guinea, The following letter came to hand per last mail acknowledging receipt, and we publish it in the hope that when it is seen how easily help may be rendered to that mission others may be induced to do likewise. Further particulars can be obtained from Mr R. Brown, 3 George street, the secretary to the local auxilliary : Port Moresby, May 10, 1881). My dear Children. —I want to send you a great many thanks for the box we received from New Zealand. We have been at a nlaco called Motu-Motu for the last few months. It is a lons way from here ; indeed, it is the furthest mission station we have out West at present. The box reached us there at tho end of April. It is the first box for ub aine.o I came here, and, of course, I felt quito excited and curious ftbrut the contents. We were no delighted to find slates and copy books—the very things we need most. I had beeu saying so maoy times to Mr C, if we had only a map of tho world, some slateß, and copy books we could teach something, and there snug at the bottom of the box were the very things. Our children do not uaderstand toys, but Borne of the dolls proved very attractive, especially one little man with clappers and two babies who cried. Many of the big warlike looking eavagts came to have a good look at the "clapper man.'' The scrap books are very good, and delight young and old. I wonder what nice girl thought of those cunning little bigs containing tho reels of cotton and needles, etc. It was a capital notion. When I get back I shall begin a sowing class, and give the wee bags as prizes. The English lesson books are not much use, exocpting those with pictures, Tho little boya and girls at Motu-Motu ate I quite savagea, and run about without aDy clothing. They have happy times on the beach, and seem very merry and bright and saucy. Already a great ma»y come to the schools, but not regularly. Like many of their white Bisters and brother?, they like play batter than school. I hope to be able to clothe the Rchool children, and teach the girls to make their own little dresses. Now, dear children, will you help mo to do this '! Any pieces of print, or red cloth, or white, thick muslin we can make very useful; calico, too, is always useful. I will tell you the lengths required for boyb' " ramis," ono and a half yards; man's "rami l ," two yards ; little girls' dresses, three yards ; girls', ten to fifteon year), flvo or six yards; and women, eight yards. So &ee almost any size or length is useful. They are also very fond of gay handkerchiefs, and tho boys love leather belt?. I have fonr boys about the house, and of course I must give them clothing. On week days tbey wear just a " rami" of print (dark colored), and it isijaite enough for the climate. This week I luve given them each a nice white undeivest, a red cloth rami, and now leather bel',3, and I am sure you would pay they look very nice if you saw them. All kinds of ribbon, any length, now or old, I shall be thankful for. Old colored ribbon, washed a;id iront d, does nicely for many things. The Houlh 8f a Island teaclieis iriii'ee themselves very nice hats, and I want them to teach these g(i la to mako them too.

The little MotuMohiaiis are very kind to their little brothers and Haters, and mirte and tako good care of them. When I understand tho language I t-hn)\ be ablo to toll you moro of what they do and say. When the* box unpacked the boya would crowd up. We-have ordy a weatherboard house at Mo'u-Motu, and wc have no window?, po tho doora were oblige! to be open for light, and of e.ourHO there was a crowd. Ono man I gave a bag to, but he lingered about all day, and returned next morning. Hia affjctionß wero pot upon a little blue velvet bag, and he could not leave it, bo at lant I gavu it, and he was a proud and happy man. We havo no church members yet, but macy know of Jesus and our great loving Father in Heaven, and they can say the Lord's Prayer and the Commandment! l , and soon I hope they will indeod understand many things better, I have not been long here, and havo had much fever ; btill I have had time to get very fond of the viild, fino, noble-looking Motu-Motuanu. I am juist recovering from f ver now, and my hands are shaky, so I must closr, with love and thanks to tho dear helpers so far away, and hoping to meet you some time.—lam, <tc\, S. E. CIIAUIKHS. llev. J. Chalmers and Mrs Chalmers are expected to visit Duneelin about the end of this year.

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THE NEW GUINEA MISSIONS., Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement

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THE NEW GUINEA MISSIONS. Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement

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