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The Museum, which cannot be pointed out in the picture, is a room on the third floor, in the rear of Mr. Chapin's room. The Library is set up for the present, i. e., until the fire-proof building can be completed in the rear of the house, in a room on the second floor, back of the Treasurer's office; and above it, upon the third floor and back of the Committee room, is a similar room occupied by Dr. Anderson.

The office of the Woman's Board is a spacious room on the second floor two windows at the right of the picture - with a small inper-room, occupying the space over the Beacon Street entrance, where the bay-window is seen.

It is of interest to add, that directly over the room of the Woman's Board is the office of the American Missionary Association - two windows; to the left of this, the office of the American Congregational Union — one window; and to the left of this, and adjacent to Mr. Treat's room, the office of the City Missionary Soci. ety two windows. The office of the Massachusetts Home Missionary Society is a well lighted and pleasant room in the rear of the American Missionary Association. The upper story of the house is largely taken up with Pilgrim Hall and several connected rooms, which are brought into use by the Congregational Club, the Monday Morning Ministers' Meeting, etc., etc.; but the two windows to the right belong to the office of the American Peace Society. The Congregational Publishing Society occupies the corner room of the first floor - a large and commodious store — in very striking contrast with its previous quarters, the cramped and dingy but time-honored home of the díassachusetts Sabbath School Society, at 13 Cornhill. The Librarian's room is on the second floor, at the head of the stairs from the Beacon Street entrance, and in the rear of the office of the Woman's Board. On the saine floor, a little further on, is to be the main entrance to the fire-proof library. Other rooms and stores of the house are rented for various business purposes.

INTRUSION AT AHMEDNUGGUR - A PROTEST.

The following extract from “ the Report, about to be published,” of the Mahratta mission, has been forwarded to the Missionary Rooms, from India.

It needs no words of explanation or of comment:

“We are sorry to notice one incident connected with our work at Ahmednuggur, which may seriously affect its progress. This is the recent action of Bishop Douglass, of Bombay, in sending missionaries of the S. P. G. Society to commence operations there. For forty years the American missionaries have labored at this station and in the surrounding districts, and by the blessing of God seventeen churches have been organized, containing now about five hundred communicauts. The church in the city of Ahmednuggur numbers nearly two hundred.

“ By that Christ-taught comity which prevails among the missionary societies of different denominations, others have forborne to enter this field, already occupied by us, and have turned their attention to some other of the numerous cities and districts now open to the gospel ; of which there are many in India still un

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trodden by the foot of the missionary. Thus our relations with other societies have continued to be of the most fraternal nature.

“ In 1871, however, Bishop Douglass sent a native catechist and teacher to commence operations at Ahmednuggur, and now (January, 1873) a missionary

is stationed there to prosecute the work of the Society. The policy of intrud. · ing into the mission fields of other societies has been prominently before the

Christian public for years, and its objectionable features have been pointed out. It is a marvel to us that any one can persist in this policy after such a full exposure of the evils attending it. One fact in connection with the intrusion at Ahmednuggur will show the reckless manner in which such measures are pushed. The catechist selected for this station was one who, less than four years before, was dismissed from the service of our mission, and excommunicated from the church, for unchristian conduct. He was afterwards restored to the communion of the church in Bombay. He then applied to the Bishop for employment, and was sent to Abmednuggur on double the pay he had formerly received from us, and more than double the allowance to catechists of equal ability and education now employed by us in that district. Such a fact veeds no comment. Its demoralizing tendency is obvious to every one.

“ At the recent conference at Allahabad, over a hundred missionaries, from all parts of India, representatives of twenty different societies, including some of the most able and venerable members of the Church Missionary Society, passed the following resolution :

** The Conference desires to put on record their sense of the grave importance of the principle of the mutual non-interference of Missionary Societies. They are of opinion, that with certain well recognized exceptions, such as the large centers of population, it is expedient that the agents of different Missionary Societies should occupy different fields of labor. Without calling in question the right of every missionary to exercise his ministry wherever God may give bim opportunity, it is their solemn conviction that the progress of the gospel in a beathen land can only be retarded by the missionaries of one communion receiving the converts of another church, who are as yet imperfectly acquainted with divine truth, and unable to enter intelligently into questions which separate the minor sections of Cbristendom especially those who are under discipline.'

“This is in full accord with the recognized principles of comity throughout the evangelical Christian world. It is to secure the peace and welfare of the weak disciples of Him who said, “ Blessed are the peace-makers,' that we deprecate the entering of this field by another society. We have only the kindest personal feelings towards the excellent chaplain of the station and the missionary, who have been directed to initiate this intrusion. We believe that, at heart, they would prefer to follow the rules of comity by which the relations of other societies are adjusted. The graver responsibility rests with those who press earnest Christian men upon a course from which Christian courtesy instinctively sbrinks.

“ This protest may be set aside as of no account; but it will not be unheeded by Him who is head over all things to the Church'; at whose tribunal the church dignitary and the obscure believer will stand on the same footing, before One who is no respecter of persons,' and who has bid us 'follow the things which make for eace.”

A LIVE MONTHLY CONCERT. A CARD has been received at the Missionary Rooms which will be mostly rep:oduced here — not giving names in full it may serve to stimulate and encourage others.

as a sample, and in the hope that SYRACUSE, N. Y. PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL

PROGRAMME OF REPORTS

CHURCH,

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SG. W. W.,
Africa,

C. P. H.

H. W. R.,
European Turkey, .

J. A. L.

D. F. H.,
Western Turkey,

L. B. Y.

A. C. W.,
Central Turkey,

M. W. H.

B. F. S.,
Western India (Mahratta Mission), .

S. M. A.

E. W. P.,
Southern India (Madura Mission),

S. R. P.

I C. H.,
Ceylon,

W. B. D.

A. D. F.,
S. E. China (Foochow Mission),

N. W. W.

W. A. D.,
North China,

H. F. N.

J. T.,
Japan,

E. S.

S. E. M.,
Micronesia,

E. D. M.

E. P. L.,
Spain and Mexico,

F. E. M.

G. A. M.,
South America and Italy,

H. A. J.
Syracuse,
Report from Bible Readers' Association.

J. C. H.,
State of New York,

J. L.

| P. B., Home Missions in the United States,

J. D., Jr.

G. B. S.,

The Freedmen,

A. B.

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NOTES. – 1. Those who report will please not occupy more than
SEVEN minutes in reporting.

2. Please locate the Mission upon the Map, and always state its
locality.

3. Please not READ REPORTS, nor report from other than the
designated field.

4. A Monthly Concert collection will be taken up. The Treasurer
is Mr. M. W. H.
Please preserve this card.

[See over.]

Looking “over,” according to direction, we find this :

OUR CAUSES.

“The Coöperative Benevolent Societies, through which we work for the evangelization of the world, are —

“1. The American Board of Foreign Missions.' Has 304 missionaries, 1,000 native preachers and agents, 172 organized churches, 10 theological schools, 18 female boarding -schools; has 13,000 pupils in common schools ; 13,000,000 pages printed last year, in fourteen different languages ; $440,000 estimate expenses for the year 1873.1

“The Christian women of Plymouth Church, Syracuse, provide for the Principal of the Young Woman's Seminary at Marsovan, in Western Turkey.

“ To subscribe for the Missionury Herald,' see Mr. M. W. Hanchett, or send $1.00 a year to CHARLES Hutchins, corner Beacon and Somerset Streets, Boston, Mass., and for the · Life and Light,' see Miss ALMIRA FRITCHER, or send 50 cents to the • Secretary of the Woman's Board of Missions, Boston, corner Beacon and Somerset Streets, making directions very plain.

“ 2. The American Home Missionary Society' has for its field the United States and Territories. It cares for a thousand missionaries, and has nearly 8,000 children in its Sunday Schools. To subscribe for the Home Missionary Magazine,' see the Rev. J. C. HOLBROOK, D. D., or send $1.00 a year to the Treasurer of the Home Missionary Society, Bible House, Astor Place, New York.

“3. The American Missionary Association' has the especial care of the Freedmen. It has 338 teachers and missionaries. To subscribe for the * American Missionary Magazine,' send 50 cents a year to W. E. WHITING, 59 Reade Street, New York.

“ These three valuable Missionary Magazines are published monthly.

“4. The American Congregational Union' helps to build Churches in the developing settlements of the West.

“5. The “Congregational Publishing Society' supplies Tracts and Sunday School Books.

“6. The · American Education Society'aids Students to the Christian Ministry.

7. The Society for Collegiate and Theological Education' aids in founding Christian Colleges in New States.

“ We also take collections for the Bible and Tract Societies and the Seamen.

“ Under Home Missionary enterprises in Syracuse, in which Plymouth Church has an interest, may be mentioned the Mission Schools,' the 'Goodwil Chapel, and the · Bible Readers' Association.'

The pastor writes in regard to the Concert: “I put on many reporters for the sake of increase of interest. They are any of them liable to be called upon, usually all are well prepared. At our [last] missionary concert in the chapel, for example, there were present more than two hundred persons. These reporters change places, or give way to others, as the case may be, yearly. After

1 The figures in this paragraph are not quite correct, but they have been allowed to stand, mostly, as given on the card. – ED.

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every third report we rest, with a stirring hymn, and in our prayers, usually offered by those who are not to report, we remember particular fields, and often special missions, and sometimes particular missionaries, making the prayer definite not general. All the reporters are armed with the · Bartlett History [Sketches] of Missions, and are expected to answer any question put to them by me or by any one in the room. It combines a Bible-class (historical), a class in geography, a genuine prayer-meeting, all in the missionary concert, and we usually have to break square off before any are ready to go. Those who do not get in their reports one month, condense and add them to the next, and as I check the reporters of March, for example, the others are pretty sure for April. Most of the church-members look forward to the missionary concert with much interest, and the young people attend the meetings quite well. We allow no Heralds, no books, no papers. What is in the heart can be got into the head. If it is not in them both, we can do better then to read there, or spin unprofitable yarns.”

May not something be learned from this? Inquiries are often made as to the best way of conducting the Monthly Concert, and in very many cases it is spoken of as a meeting in which little interest is felt. Other pastors and churches, doubtless, have plans that work well, and which, if made known, might be of service to such inquirers. Those who have such, are invited to send commu. nications to the editor of the Missionary Herald, which he may use at his discretion. It is more and more apparent that the church of the present day is called to a great work, and anything which may aid in developing the full energy of the church is of great importance.

IN MEMORIAM.

The friends of the American Board at home, and its missionaries abroad, will hear with profound regret of the death of Dea. Charles Stoddard," for more than forty years a member of the Pri tial Committee, and its honored Chairman for the last thirteen years. Mr. Stoddard, when elected, was the youngest man ever appointed on the Committee; but, at the age of thirty, he had already acquired a reputation for sterling business integrity as a merchant, and for interest in the missionary cause — by earnest effort and generous contributions in its behalf — that fully justified the appointment.

As a member of the Committee, Mr. Stoddard was distinguished for a conscientious fidelity to his trust, a wise prudence, and a sagacious boldness. He accepted the trust not as an honor or a compliment, but as an opportunity of promoting the cause of Christ. His attendance upon the weekly sessions of the Committee became a part of his business, and he never shrank from the labor and care, for which there was no pecuniary return. For years he purchased the foreign exchange of the Board, amounting to millions of dollars, without charge ; and so wisely as never to entail the loss of a cent. Commendation for his service was always distasteful to him. His work was for Christ and his cause, not for

1 Elected a Corporate Member of the Board and a member of the Prudential Committee in 1832, chosen Chairman of the Committee in 1859, died April 27, 1873, aged 70.

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