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At tho afternoon session yesterday of the conference of tho Presbyterian Missionary Union addresses were given bv Mrs Bowie and Mrs M'Nenr. ' Mrs Bowie said that at tho meeting in First Church the previous evening; Dr Bowie had told them much about the Christian people in the New Hebrides group, a»d sne would now tell them something about the heathen. She gave a graphic description of the habits and customs of the natives in so far as they affected missionary work. The. speaker concluded by dealing with tho Acibrim disaster on tho lines that her husband had previously dealt with it. The address was listened to with interest throughout, and Mrs Bowie was loudly applauded upon resuming her seat. . Mrs M'Neitr spoke on the subject of mission work in China, and described the difficult nature of the work that missionaries had to carry out. Particularly was this so with regard to young single women who went into the China mission field. They had great difficulty in getting Bible women, and they could do with quite a number. The Chinese women, unlike the women of the New Hebrides, elothod themselves thoroughly, and they were in addition most sensitive, and the missionaries had to be careful not to offend them. Then again, the Chinese were dull and did not appear to think. The missionaries had to repent their messages over and over aggin before the natives grasped them. They were now endeavoring to make their schools self-supporting, but this would be hard at first. The Rev. Mr Perry, who devotes his time to home missionary work in the north of the North Island, also addressed the meeting.

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MISSION WORK, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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MISSION WORK Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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