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♦ FOREIGN MISSIONS COMMITTEE. This committee held their monthly meeting yesterday afternoon, when there were pv«eent Profentor Hewitson (convonerl, Metdamea Barton, Blackie, Borrie, Dixon, and Hwitson, Mi» Salmond, Revs. J. Aitfcet, O. 11. Balfour, H. IT. Barton, W. G. Dixon, and A. Gray. Messrs W. H. Adams, A. Burn, E. Cameron, I*. L. Clark, \Y. T. Glasgow, and Rev. A. Don '«*;cretary). Apologies for absence were received from Rev. J. Chieholm, Mts Allan, Messrs Fitzgerald and Islip. —General.— Donations toward foreign minion fund were reported : :rt. Andrew's, Dunedin, £lO to L'.V. Mission; £52 for Indian Ilnspital from Knox Chinch, Dunedin, bianch of P.WM.U. : £5 from " Southlander " : £l2O from " Anonvmous" ; £2O . from Maori Hill Girls' B.ble Cla-s* for Xurse Milne's bungalow fund; £32 14s from P.W.M.U. for .lagadhi: Hospital and Miss Henderson's work. After having fully diecub.=cd the question of Dr J. 'J'. Bowie's immediate futiue, Dr Bowie himself appeared before thi' (Oinmittcv. The convener congratulated liim upon obtaining the degiee ol D.P.H.. the fket graduate "in the- Dominion. The committee resolved to accept with thanks Dr. Bowie's offer to take a year's woak in Xew Zealand, and await developments in tne New Hebrides situation; inquiries to be made legaiding the po-aibilitUs uf eer/ice at Canton. The matter of tho deputation to India >nd China, which wis to havo set out m October, but which had been rendered impracticable by the war, was reconsidered. It was decided to request the Assembly to givo the committee discretionary "cower io scud out a deputation to the East when the way shall be clear. —China.— In response to a request from St. Andrew's Church, it was resolved to extend Dr E. W. Kirk's fnrlough .to two years, so that he may be able to have 18 months medical study" in Edinburgh, and also to visit the Dominions for four monthseithey going or returning. Ilia furlough is due to begin in 1915. The Convener reported receipt of a cablegram from Pr John Kirk, who had sailed from London on 7th inst-., and is due at Hongkong about December 12. The plans for the Kong Ts'uen (or Ko Tong) Hospital are now being finally revised m Dunedin. Trar.sfer of the fite had been advertised for a month with seemingly no objection. . Rev. H. Davles reported that the Chinese Government had granted £l2l compensation to tho mission for personal losses by robberv at. Yan Woh on March 17. 1912. Payment ir. silver had reduced the amount from 1.300d0l to l.Slodol Mexican. There was considerable discussion of tha Tanton Kung Yee medical college scheme, out the committee refrained from declaring their attitude toward the scheme until ''ill particulars are to hrwul concerning the bnois of co-operation. Messrs H. White and A. L. Miller reported regular afterncon and evening serrices at the Walker Street Chinese Church, with an average attendance- of 14 Chinese at the afternoon meeting. The Government Statistician forwarded statistics of Chinese population in >ew Zealaml and Australia : Ntv Decembei 31. 1913. 2.104 males and 112 females, total 2.516; Australia, April 2. 1911. 21.856 males and 897 females total 22.753: half-c?stes. 1.518 male* and 1.00 l females, total 3,019. Miss Hancock wrote: "The Germ in mis-sknari-s will be in great difficulties this vear Thev <lo not expect- tr» have any funds coming from home, and have not sufficient in ha-nd to cany on with, i heir educational work is said by those who know to be the bent on the field, and it w!l be a great pitv if it has to be given up. Mr Maneon wrote: "As far as i-omli-tions in Canton are concerned; we aie practicallv imaffected bv the war, except for a vise of about 10 or 15 per cent, in the costof provisions. As far as I can see. we can go nn with our work as usual " —lndia. Rev: T. E. Eiddlo wrote on September 18 that he had been asked to join a band of 12 chaplains and others to go with the Indian Expeditionary Force. Five or fix of these arj Y.M.C.A. secretaries, and the leefc are chosen from the various missions. one being Dr Datla. author of 'The Desire of India." The national secretary of the Y.M.C.A. for India- had appealed for funds, and in a few days had obtained £2.100. The load Mission Council had granted him six months' leave. The Indian troop* then bein;; sent, out numbered 40.000. The committee (indorsed the action of the Tnnjah Mission Council. —>'ew Hebrides.— Rev. P. Milne wrote that the remainder of this vear's make of arrowroot had be<n all packed, and was then (October 9) awaiting shipment to }«'ew Zealand by the first oppoTtunitv. This shipment weighs 1.395 lb. making a total of 1.7481b, which th* natives gave as a free contribution toward the cost of printing and publishing their mission hooks. Rev. W. V. Milne wrote on Otohrr 5: "There is an epidemic of bad colds anions the natives just now, and the couuhing iu church yesterdav was eomething treni-m----dons, i* am miking cough mixture by trie gallon." TV many people interested in the "Mrs Milne niemoiinl launch" will b:j glad to learn that, besides having l«cn redecked, the little vessel has been greatly improved, "nd is now giving perfect satitiwtion. The price of flour and rice in Vila had gone up one-third owing to the w.v. Mr Milne has advised the natives to plant yams very largely, in view of "v. hit-. hian'a food" bconiing sxarce

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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Evening Star, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914

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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Evening Star, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914