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SANTANDER - A CHAPEL SECURED.
which we are rather glad of, as it will prayer, he would, in due time, build a pure give a chance to disseminate the truth. and spiritual church.
“ We are obliged, of course, to be “ The attendance on the two Sabbaths constantly on our guard. We ask your since then, has risen to about one hundred prayers that our lives may long be spared, and thirty-five. We begin to see now, to accomplish the work for which we be- what we have wondered at not seeing lieve the Lord has sent us here."
earlier, the result of a satisfied curiosity, and, probably, of a more thorough appre
hension on the part of many, that we are Mission to Spain.
not of the true church.' We cannot yet say that we have even the basis of a per
manent congregation. Our audiences are, Mr. Wm. H. Gulick wrote from Santan- in the main, changing throngs of curious der March 11, respecting his congregation listeners, well behaved, and generally atthere, his efforts to secure a chapel, and tentive, but evidently coming to hear or the opening service there, as follows: to see something new. We are happy,
“I mentioned in my last that, for our however, to have the opportunity to preach use on the previous Sabbath, a French the gospel even to such, for we know not gentleman, a Roman Catholic, living in between the joints of whose harness the the same house with us, opened a store Spirit may send the truth and touch the room on the ground floor of this building, heart." and that it was filled with about two hun. dred and fifty persons. The two following On the 30th of April he wrote again :Sabbaths we held our services in the “I am bappy to be able to report that the largest public ball of the city, being the attendance on our meetings has continued only place that we could secure and at an average of about eighty, among whom that at an hour that did not very well suit there are some twenty who come with perus. The attendance, however, was good fect regularity, and listen with evident a promiscuous audience, reaching, on the interest. We pray that the Holy Spirit second Sabbath, to nearly three hundred may soon convert some souls amongst us. and seventy-five, well filling the room and “ We are not troubled by the Carlists giving good attention.
in any way, except as their operations “Meanwhile I had succeeded in renting along the line of the railroad of the north, a commodious store-room for our meetings, that brings in all the foreign mails by the and on the following Sabbath, the 23rd of way of western France, disturbs every February, we held the first services in our one who is dependent at all for his comfort own ‘chapel,' amidst the noise, the frolick- on the certainty and regularity of his coring, and the excitements of the opening respondence. What we do feel, however, day of Carnival. The air was full of the din markedly enough in this community, is the of ringing bells, and the streets were alive stir and bustle, not to say excitement, conwith masqueraders. There were, how. nected with the arming and drilling of the ever, about eighty persons present at our new volunteer republican regiments. It services, who listened well to a sermon on is a new era in Spain, this 'arming of the the text • Christ is all. The noise on the people;' and while it creates honest apstreets was frequently so great as nearly prehensions in some minds, it certainly to drown my voice; but with all the draw. more or less excites all. This busy little backs, it was to us a memorable occasion. city of Santander, than which there is It was the first time in the history of Spain, none more peaceable and law abiding in that a place for regular public worship, of all Spain, has already raised her regiment an evangelical character, had been opened of a full thousand strong, composed largely in Santander. We could not but thank of artisans, shop-keepers, and the more God that he had called us to do this work thrifty laborers, who are active day and for him; and we plead with him, that upon night, Sundays and week days, in the all the foundations now being laid in faith and absorbing military drill. This preoccupa
tion of the minds of many who have been I am bappy to report that we have surour bearers, tells upon our audiences, and mounted some of the impediments to must naturally do so more and more ; but, union among the several evangelical dein the end, I do not feel sure that it may nominations working in Barcelona, and not create a condition of public sentiment that we now hold a public meeting once a that will be all the more favorable for our month, in rotation, in the various chapels work."
of Barcelona, in which all unite.
“ The canard about the collapse of the POLITICAL MOVEMENTS evangelical work in Madrid, is but a sin
gle specimen of what will doubtless often Dr. Luther H. Gulick wrote May 2d, be attempted against the good cause." from Barcelona:
“I am sorry to learn that you have felt In a more recent letter, dated May 20, anxiety regarding us in Barcelona. I Dr. Gulick speaks of political matters at hope my letters - one each in March and Barcelona as “looking worse” than at any April — bave shown you that there has previous time. been nothing special to fear. The fact is, I never led a more quiet life, nor one less exposed to dangers. The excitements in Barcelona, which have been so grossly
Austrian Empire. exaggerated by the foreign newspapers,
SUGGESTIVE INCIDENTS. have been mainly in the interests of freedom and order, and were a credit rather
MR. CLARK wrote from Prague, March than otherwise to the self-governed popu
24th: lace. The country around is sadly agitated,
“When circumstances require a mission and we are experiencing the results in the to devote its main strength to the study of increased cost of living; but otherwise the languages peculiar to the field, there Barcelona is untouched, and we have good is but little progress to report, except in reason to hope it will continue to be. You mastering the needed languages. Our must not, however, believe the reports teachers say of us, 'You are advancing by which you are undoubtedly receiving about rapid strides.' We are painfully anxious the utter defeat of the Carlist cause. That to reach that proficiency which will warelement of discord is by no means ended, rant our entering, with full strength and though it bas of late experienced consider full time, upon active and aggressive able disaster.
work. There is opportunity to do an “On the 1st inst., we had a public ex
important work with German books and amination of our Girls' Boarding School, tracts, but as yet we have used but few, and on the 5th we sball re-open for the
as we purpose to put no literature in circlosing quarter of the school year. Mrs. culation until satisfied that it is adapted to Gulick has a Bible class for women on
the work in hand. Something bas been Sabbath afternoons, and a meeting with already done, and with encouraging rethem Tuesday afternoons, in our house,
sults. at which fifteen to twenty attend. She
“Let me give you, briefly, several incibas also undertaken to continue a Benev. dents which illustrate, in some measure, olent Sewing Society, commenced by a
the need of Christian work and prayer lady now returned to England.
here. They come to us from reliable « The sick poor come so frequently to
sources. me for medical assistance, that I must before long devise some missionary dis- “In a Bohemian village, a potter of unpensary system. Mr. Alexy has given usual skill devoted part of his time to up his select school, and has opened a making images of saints.' On one occanight school as an experiment. We are sion he had such remarkable success that hoping soon to secure another place for his neighbors could not wait for the image a chapel, better adapted to our needs. to dry before they embraced it, adoringly.
This, of course, disfigured the saint and not fear to go there,' said the official; “ you annoyed the potter. But it awakened will receive more truth from them than from such reflection as, with God's blessing, led us.' There are doubtless not a few among him to renounce error and come directly the Catholics who in heart make the same to the Saviour. •These people,' said he confession, but who have not the frankness to himself, as he afterwards related, “ are to say is openly, nor the courage to take certainly very stupid to act so over an a correspondingly consistent position.” image which I have made. Such devotion must be worthless. I ought not to make images '! His training, under “A nobleman here was repeatedly urged priestly influence, while it kept him from by his wife to go to the confessional; but coming at once to the light, did not pre- he as often declined, urging that, as he vent farther thought, as follows: 'If the could not believe in the infallibility of the people had waited until the priest had Pope, the priest would not grant him absoconsecrated the image, then their devo- lution. At length he yielded to his wife's tion would have been proper.' But this entreaties and presented himself before thought satisfied him only a moment, for the priest. Various questions were asked, he remembered that the priests had not but none relating to infallibility. The yet consecrated several images which he nobleman then told him frankly, 'I do bad made, and which had been placed by not believe in the infallibility of the Pope.' the wayside, although they knew the peo- To this the priest replied, “We will not ple were adoring them every day. Now,' consider it this time,' and he pronounced said he, 'the priests are either lazy or else absolution. A few days after this occurthey know very well that the consecration rence the nobleman met a distinguished of the image does not add to its value'! Jesuit, and as his mind was not at rest, The potter was thus led to seek instruc- he asked him; “Is absolution of any value tion in the way of life, and he is now re when pronounced by a priest in favor of joicing in the privilege of coming directly one who plainly asserts bis disbelief in pato the Saviour. Therefore, being justified pal infallibility P‘But,' said the Jesuit, by faith, he has peace with God; but there are you quite sure that you do not believe are doubtless not a few in this land who in papal infallibility?' 'I cannot,' said make a superstitious use of images in the other, "accept such an unreasonable worship. On and near churches, and on doctrine. But,' continued the Jesuit, bridges, there is no lack of images, and you accept the doctrine of the Trinity ?' to see people before them in devout ado- “Certainly.' "And do you understand it?' ration is no uncommon sight.”
No.' • But you accept it, and you must
in like manner believe in papal infallibilA REMARKABLE CONFESSION.
ity. The nobleman thought a moment, “ It is so seldom that a Romanist says and replied, “I see it now, I am convinced.' anything in favor of Protestantism that How strange that a man accustomed to the following confession is truly remark- do any thinking for himself should be deable. A servant, who had been for some ceived by such fallacious reasoning! One time in the employ of a prominent Cath can but pity the multitudes here who are olic official, was afterwards engaged by a expected to place the mere statements of Protestant family. At first curiosity led men on an equality with doctrines which her to attend church with them; but soon rest upon the plain declarations of God's the truth which she there heard made her Word. A field like this, where there is a regular attendant. About this time she so much of error, so much of Sabbathmet her former employer, who accosted breaking, infidelity, and rationalism, calls her familiarly : • My daughter, how are earnestly for faithful prayer and self-denyyou prospering these days ?' Quite ing Christian work. The churches must well, I thank you,' she replied ; 'still I not forget Austria in the monthly concert fear I am not doing just right, for I now and at the family altar.” attend the Lutheran church. You need
'A FAITHFUL HELPER.
European Turkey Mission.
the Governor and mixed council of Eski Zagra, renounced him as her husband, and
wished a divorce from him. He asked Mr. Haskell, of this mission, now in the her reason. •I married you an Orthodox, United States, furnishes the following no- and you have become a Protestant, and I tice of one whose death is felt as a great won't have you.' And although he asked affliction :
her to expose, before all, any improper “ In the summer of 1868, a young mer- word or act of his since he became a Protchant from Eski Zagra called upon one of testant, this was all she could say against the missionaries at Philippopolis. He was him; and no wonder, for a more blameless naturally a very religious man, and had life is seldom lived in any country. been a devout follower of the teachings of “On the opening of our station class for the Eastern Church; yet he had learned the training of belpers, in October, 1871, enough of the views held by the mission. he wished to join it, and although so adaries to put him in great doubt as to the vanced in years, being now about thirtytruth of bis own religious opinions and seven, having a little early education, the genuineness of his religious life. The good natural ability, and great application, conversation, at this call, was a very ear
he did well as a student. But bis great nest one on the gospel way of salvation, and excellence was in his Christian charachis own immediate duty in relation to it. ter and attainments. He was thoroughly
“ The next week the missionary received conscientious and spiritually minded ; a long letter from this brother, whose name ever ready, in a prayer-meeting, to offer was Natcho K. Yambouloff, saying that warm, fresh, and earnest petitions, two or after a sharp conflict between his con- three times in an evening if others did not science and his inclinations, as to following occupy the time. I well remember bis the advice given him, he had resolved, by fervent prayer the morning we left Eski the help of God, to obey conscience and do Zagra last spring. He had been asked to bis duty. This proved to be no easy task. lead our devotions, and after thanking the He soon recollected that while in partner- Lord for the coming of the missionaries sbip with a rich man in Eski Zagra, some- to teach his people he continued, — And time before this, he had, in making pur
we thank thee, O Lord, for that most beauchases for the firm in Constantinople, by tiful verse in the whole Bible, “Go ye into means of false returns, cheated his part- all the world, and preach the gospel to ner to the amount of $500. With, it is every creature.” Had it not been for that believed, no suggestion from any one, verse, we never should have bad missionhe converted most of his property into aries or learned the way of life.' Perhaps money, and taking one of the missionaries under no circumstances could that text of Eski Zagra with him as a witness, went seem more precious than it did that mornto that former partner, confessed his guilt, ing. restored the stolen money, and asked his During the vacation last summer, he pardon. The surprise created by this act took charge of the Sabbath services in all through the community was very great. Philippopolis, doing some work also in Such a fraud was no strange thing; but the neighboring villages. He resumed bis that one unsuspected should of his own studies with the class in Samokov last fall, accord confess such guilt and make such and was, as before, the reliable counselor reparation, was an astonishment, - not a of the missionaries, and the trusted friend rare, but a solitary case in the history of and elder brother of his fellow-students. that city.
Last December one of his classmates was “ On account of this foolishness,' as severely sick with malignant erysipelas. well as his general adherence to the Bible, His life was despaired of for a time, and and obedience to its teachings, his wife during all the sickness Natcho was most and two children were taken from him by faithful in his care of him, relieving the her father, and to the last refused to return. missionaries of much responsibility. After I was present when she appeared before this other student had nearly recovered,
Natcho was taken in the same way. In strained to thank God and take courage,” spite of the best care and medical advice in view of the evidence they saw of progto be obtained, the disease increased upon ress in the good work. They had as their him, until the evening of the 6th of Janu- companion a native brother, of whom Mr. ary, when his spirit quietly passed away. Spaulding says: “The history of this man In the words of a missionary sister in the is one of peculiar interest. Fifteen years field, Our Father has touched every one ago he was an itinerant minstrel, officiof us in the missionary circle, in the very ating with violin, or other musical instruapple of the eye. He has taken from us ment, at the weddings and feasts of the our dearly beloved brother, Natcho. Yes. old Armenians. Into all the degrading terday afternoon funeral services were held rites and brutish excess of these carnivals at the girls' school-room, and all that re- he entered with the zest of a sanguine mained of our dear brother was laid away temperament, as yet unsanctified. Havfrom our sight. No one need tell you the ing frequent occasion to use the Turkish hope we had centered in this devoted, language in business, he borrowed a copy truly consecrated man. How we depended of .Rise and Progress,' by Doddridge, upon bim in our mission work, both pres- translated into the Armeno-Turkish, that ent and future, you know. But the Lord he might obtain a better knowledge of tells us, “My thoughts are not your that language. But that wonderful book thoughts." Trusting fully in infinite wis- proved to be for the salvation of bis soul. dom and love, we would heartily say, He there learned to speak a better lan“ Thy will be done.” The last day and guage, even an heavenly. He was thorevening of his life he was unconscious, oughly convicted of sin, and weeping bitand so left no last words. Indeed, no terly, sought and found mercy. Thencetestimony of peace and trust in a loved forward he was a man radically changed and loving Saviour, was needed from him. in character, and earnestly devoted to the All felt that in his every-day life he knew cause of his Master. No longer was he a near and precious union with Christ.' found in those places where the time goes
“And so this bumble, faithful, earnest merrily and thoughts of God and heaven servant of God has gone thus early to his never come. His voice, that had previrest. I never knew one of whom it might ously been employed in the vile or silly more truly be said, 'He walked with God, songs of revelry, was now heard singing and was not, for God took him.' I had the songs of Zion, or speaking cheering felt sure -- if God should permit me to re- words to those lowly believers who were turn to my beloved work
hard pressed with inward conflict or outtrymen — of the warmest grasp from bis ward persecution. He became a 'fisher band, and the most hearty words of wel- of men.' We have reason to believe that come from those lips which are now silent. thirty souls have found Jesus through his Is it not natural, then, in thinking of direct instrumentality. Yet this man is that better country, even the heavenly, illiterate. He never trod the balls of a whither, I trust, I am following this be- theological seminary, but his living conloved pupil and brother, to anticipate from junction with the truth of the gospel, and him, with assured confidence, such a ‘wel- with Him who is the living embodiment come home, as no language on earth has of truth, has served him better than a fullness or richness enough to express ?”. whole life spent in the schools and among
“ Soon after his conversion he suffered Western Turkey Mission. persecution, being stabbed and left for
dead, by an enemy of the Protestant faith. TAUGHT OF GOD- NOT IN THE SCHOOLS.
His reputation for spotless integrity is of Writing from Nicomedia, on the 18th much assistance to him in bis itinerant of March last, Mr. Spaulding reports a work. Not long since, while in a Turkish tour by Mr. Parsons and himself, in their village, he was arrested and thrown into field, from wbich they had returned “con- prison for a debt, which he solemnly de.