ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Presbyterian Women's Missionary Cuion, whose conference i-j being hold 111 conjunction with the Presbyterian General Assembly, took place yesterday afternoon, when the Burns Hall held a large gathering, comprised mostly of ladies, but also including members of the Assembly and other male friends and supporters of the union. The Moderator (the Rev. Alex. Grant) presided, and opened the proceedings with prayer.
The Secretary (Sister Joan) then read the annual report, which was a very comprehensive review of the year's work. Tho Rev. Graham H. Balfour moved the adoption of the report, and eulogised the work done by the women throughout the Dominion on behalf of the missions. Their efforts, said tho speaker, had been great, and the achievement fine. It all represented sacrifice, work, service, and thought, and was a tangible proof of the ability, earnestness, and enthusiasm of the ladies. Ho congratulated them especially on the work done in the way of education. Tho " Scattered Members' League " was a splendid idea, and good results had come from the newly-instituted mission study classes. The key to the situation was in the hands of the women, who had the opportunity of educating the younger goner ation, of inspiring with missionary ardor boys and girls at that time of life when " hearts are as Wax to receive and marble to retain."
The Rev. W. ("iraj- Dj.xon, in seconding the motion,-also spoke of the self-sacrific-ing work of the women, and of the keen interest taken in their studies by the students in the training institute. The report and tho balance-sheet (which had been read by tho treasurer (Mrs Borrie) were unanimously adopted. The Chairman, in tho course of a few remarks on the good done by the union, said that it was quite bewildering the variety of work that these women undertook in the support of missions, and the wise way they went about it was admirable, the result being an amount of money and a quantity of goods collected that was nothing short of remarkable. He hoped the men would take a leaf out of these ladv workers' book.
The Rev. Dr J. T. Bowie, a missionary in the New Hebrides, delivered a very interesting address on the subject of the difficulties encountered by those endeavoring to spread the Word amongst the heathen. The native, said Dr Bowie, had a thorough knowledge of physiognomy, and if he perceived the slightest sign of arrogance, or pomposity, or anything but real sympathy, he would "shut up like nn oyster." and there was an end to the would-be teacher's influence over him. Argument or ridicule were of no use ; true sympathy was the only thing that would overcome the barrier—the native's belief in witchcraft. Dr Bowie instanced, as one of tho methods adopted to gain the confidence of the benighted ones, the infinite pains taken by the medical missionaries to demonstrate that the cures resulting from their ministrations were due to natural causes, and not to witchcraft. Thus gradually the barrier was broken down ; each Christianised man and woman becomes a nucleus, and gathers converts by telling of the. wonderful change—the wonderful storv of salvation. The Rev. G. M'Xcur, of the Canton Village Mission, sketched the advance of Presbyterian mission work in' Southern China. Since 1901 the band of missionaries in Canton had grown from 2 to 19. and in spite of enervating climatic conditions and other hardships the work had gone steadily on. True, it had been found possible for differences of opinion to arise, even amongst earnest Christians, but no step had ever been taken that had not been unanimously agreed upon. They had now 4 stations, "10 churches, and 8 schools, where 250 boys and girls were receiving Christian education. There had been disappointments and of backsliding among the converts, but a tremendous majority had held true. The speaker touched upon tho wonderful changes for the better that had come about in recent years in China. It had been said that the campaign against vice could not succeed amongst a race living al such a low morn! level as the Chinese, but it had succeeded, even in respect to the ancient vioe> of <;r,\r.Wing and opium smoking, and in 1 ho-mat-ter of idolatry. The educational sysl-'in now in vogue included the issue of a te.\tbook on ethics to every grade 01 li\in> . The result of all this'was that the n*:.sioiiary had far more favorable soil ii-iou which*to cast his seed than formerly.
.Mrs W. Gray Dixon, president of the union, moved a hearty vote of thanks to the speakers, to Miss Dnnlnp (who hail sung a solo very effectively durinjr an interval), and to others who had assisted at the meeting. In retiring from office Mrs Dixon wished to thank tho members of the executive who had so ably supported her during her four years' presidency. Spe cial thanks were due to Sister Jean, who had so readily come to their assistance when tho health of their general secretary had broken down. Tea was served at the conclusion of the meeting.
Bo Hire Xapo'eon's time it had ben tho custom for armies to carry huge, unwieldy (lags mounted on poles, wiiich, while they litfoidrd a raliyiug-point for their corps, ,',!-■'> diew the enemy's fire. Napoleon revived the ancient symbol of the Coesara. Tiie Napoleonic eagle itself was Bin in height and 9in across the wings. It stood on a brass block oin squnr?. Mme Caillau.i, the French <-x-Prcniier*s wife, who was lately acquitted of tho charge of murdering M. CalmetU', is findin" in th-? war an opportunity of escape fi-.Tni a position which must have been, after all, very trying, even though the jury acquitted her of the murder charge. She is now in command of a nursing corps at the rear of the main French army. Farmer Bilkins: ' That 'ere pig I bought f rem 'ee Inst week 'as bin an' died I" Farmer liiies: "Wull, will I'. t net's funny! 'K nivor cut any o" them caper; when 1 'ad mi."
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P.W.M.U., Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914
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