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turns of its work in Asiatic, European, and African mission fields, 80 schools with 3,510 |. 32 zenana pupils, 47 Bible women, and 243 baptisms. The Woman's Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of the West, Chicago, Ill., received in 1888, $31,603 and employed thirty missionaries. It also returned 114 Bible women, 26 station schools, with 1,375 pupils and 12 native assistants, and 57 baptisms. The Woman's Baptist Home Mission Society, Chicago, received in 1888, in cash and gifts of goods, with balances, $54,494. It employed 70 missionaries in cities and among foreign populations, etc., who, besides performing extensive general missionary labors, o the organization of 28 Sunday-schools. It maintains a training school, the attendance upon which quite equals its capacity. The Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society, Boston, returned its receipts for 1888 at $27,200. Its object is to furnish instructors in mission, freedmen's, and other schools among the destitute, of whom it had 38 at work. Southern Baptist Convention.—The Southern Baptist Convention met in its thirty-fourth session at Memphis, Tenn., May 10. In this body are . in voluntary unofficial organization, the Baptists of the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Indian Territory, and, partly, the District of Columbia. Within the territory are 611 associations, 8,036 ordained ministers, 15,343 churches, and 1,157,080 members, together with 9,923 churches of colored Baptists having 1,110,126 members, making the j. number of members 2,267,206. The Hon. Jonathan M. Haralson, of Alabama, was chosen president of the convention. The Home Mission Board returned its receipts for the year at $69,399, the funds employed in cooperative work at $58,983, and the amount exnded in church building at $27,103, while o had been expended by the State boards. Three hundred and twenty-eight missionaries had been employed, who returned 4,837 baptisms during the year, 328 churches organized, 58 houses of worship built, and 343 Sunday-schools o having 10,170 teachers and pupils. Of the home missionaries, 12 had labored among the white population, 41 among the colored peoo and 20 in Cuba; and there were now in Cuba churches and 1,493 members. The Board of Foreign Missions had received $102,633, and had expended upon its foreign work $87,188. It returned, in its mission fields in Mexico, Brazil, Italy, China, and Japan, 47 stations and 140 missionaries and native assistants. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary had endowment funds of $500,000, and had been attended by 165 students. Resolutions were adopted approving of the work of the National Sabbath Union in its efforts to secure national legislation for the better observance of the Lord's Day. The movement (non-political) for the prohibition of the traffic in intoxicating liquors was approved. Colored Baptist Conventions.—The meetings of the general associations of colored Baptists in the U. States were held in Indianapolis, Ind., beginning Sept. 11. The Baptist African Missionary Convention of the Western States
and Territories is organized “for the purpose of of the Word throughout the land, and especially to see that the Gospel of Jesus Christ reaches our brethren in black upon the burning plains of Africa,” and is estimated to represent 1,200,000 Baptists, 18 higher institutions of learning with many other schools, and 60 newspapers. Complaint was made of ill-treatment which a part of one of the delegations to the conventions had received at the hands of a mob at a railroad station in Georgia. The meeting ordered an appeal made to the President of the United States and the Governors of States for the protection that belongs to citizens of the United States. At the meeting of the Baptist Foreign Missionary Convention of the United States, seventeen States were represented by more than two hundred delegates. The financial report showed that the secretary had received during the past year $7,372, and had expended $6,750. At the meeting of the American National Baptist Convention, reports were presented showing that during the past twenty-three years, the membership of the colored Baptist churches had increased from 300,000 to 1,362,273, with 20 State conventions, 4,376 district conventions, 7,527 ordained ministers, and 10,861 church buildings; that 48,651 persons had been baptized in 1888; that there were 20,405 teachers and 286,374 pupils in their Sunday-schools; and that their church property was valued at about $5,000,000. Resolutions were passed asking white ministers to use their influence to subdue existing prejudices; advising the colored people to remove to the West, “where they may obtain recognition and grow up with the country"; and asking the President of the United States to recommend to Congress an appropriation of $50,go to aid . colored people to leave the outh. II. Free-Will Baptists. – “The Free-Will Baptist Register and Year-Book” for 1889 gives the statistics of fifty-seven yearly meetings and associations of Free-Will and Free Baptists: Number of quarterly meetings, 204; of churches, 1,619; of ordained ministers, 1,414; of licensed preachers, 214; of members, 86,201. The current accounts for the Education Society for 1888 were balanced at $4,481; while the amount of its invested funds was $11,186. The institutions include five colleges, one of which (Storer College, Harper's Ferry, W. Va., is for freedmen), and six seminaries or preparatory institutes. The corner-stone of a new college, Keuka College, had been laid on Keuka Lake, near Penn Yan, N. Y. The receipts and expenditures of the Home Mission Society for 1888 were $9,843, and its permanent funds footed up to $11,700. The receipts of the Foreign Mission Society for 1888 were $15,645, and the amount of its invested funds was $18,977. The missions in Bengal and Orissa, India, returned : Number of communicants, 654; of pupils in Sunday-schools, 2,701; of pupils in day and others chools, 3,058, of whom 340 were Christian, 1,322 Hindoos, 102 Mohammedans, and 1,298 Santhals; added during the year by baptism, 62; native Christian community, 1,266; amount of contributions, 640 rupees. The General Conference met in its twenty-seventh session at Harper's Ferry, W. Va., Sept. 25. The Rev. O. B. Cheney, D. D., President of Bates College, was chosen president. The triennial report of the printing establishment gave the . of its assets at $68,369, besides which it has an annuity fund. It issued nine periodical publications. . The Foreign Missionary Society had received during the year $25,496, or about $7,000 more than in any previous year. The receipts of the Education Society had been $6,048; those of the Home Mission Society, $13,662. Heretofore the General Conference had never been incorporated, and had sustained to the yearly meetings the relations merely of an advisory body. The subjects of securing an act of incorporation for a General Conference Board, to be chosen by the General Conference, and of framing a new constitution, constituted the principal business of the present meeting. In shaping these measures consideration was had for the negotiations for bringing into affiliation with the General Conference other Free and Liberal Baptist organizations in different parts of the United States than the yearly meetings already represented in the General Conference. It was determined that the General Conference should be legally incorporated, and its corporate name should be the General Conference ...] Free Baptists, but the churches, quarterly meetings, yearly meetings, and associations, were left free to use interchangeably the names Free and FreeWill, or other names of similar import. The conference advised that the yearly meetings or annual associations be so arranged as to include whole States as far as practicable. A committee was appointed to confer with the General Baptist Association for the adjustment of questions between the two bodies. The organization of young Christians for mutual improvement and Christian work, to be a part and parcel of the regular church forces, under the supervision of the pastors, was commended; and Free-Will Baptist Churches sustaining societies of Christian Endeavor, were requested to bring them under such relations with the denominational work. Women were, for the first time, present in the General Conference as delegates; the new feature was approved by resolution. For the supply of the smaller churches with preaching the conference advised that they be grouped, so far as could conveniently be done, under common pastors, by State boards or by committees of the yearly meetings. A committee was appointed to draft a plan for the consolidation of the three benevolent societies. Response was given to the question, What is the door into the Free-Will o Church 3 as follows: “ The Free-Will Baptist denomination is in no proper sense a church. It is an association of Christian bodies of like faith and practice. The churches of this denomination receive members by vote. When a person gives evidence of sound piety, on applieation he or she is so received as a candidate for baptism and membership, and on receiving baptism (which is performed by immersion) he or she is considered a member. When an immersed believer desires to become a member, such person is received by a simple vote. Such membershi is usually recognized by the pastor giving such person the hand of fellowship.” Respecting instruction in Sunday-schools, the conference advised “that while lesson-helps may be used with
advantage, yet the Bible should be the book to which we should appeal as the source of all authority as to religious truth: that simply reading answers from lesson-helps will only produce th very diluted knowledge of the Bible.” Pastors and superintendents were advised to encourage the study of the lessons by other persons than those who regularly attend the Sunday-school. Efforts to develop distinctions upon the doctrine of sanctification were pronounced unnecessary and injurious to the cause of Christ. The conference expressed itself in favor of prohibition— of the importation of foreign as well as of the sale of domestic liquors—as the only means of dealing effectually with the liquor traffic and the evils attendant upon it; declared any compromise with the traffic, either by high or low license, wrong in principle and dangerous in practice; and condemned the use of intoxicating wines for sacramenental purposes. The yearly meetings and associations were advised to take the advice and assistance of councils in the ordination, installation, and dismissal of pastors, and for that purpose to maintain standing committees on ordination and installation. III. Seventh-Day-Baptist Church.-Statistical reports received by the corresponding secretary of the General Conference from 84 churches of this denomination give the number of members in the same as 8,027, and of additions by baptism during the year as 325. Reports from 75 Sabbath-schools give the aggregate number of members as 6,446, of whom 482 are teachers and 3,112 are members of the church. The number of members of Sabbath-schools baptized during the year was 305. The anniversary meetings of the benevolent societies of the Church were held at Alfred, N.Y., in connection with the meeting of the General Conference in August. The thirty-fourth annual meeting of the Education Society was held Aug. 23. L. A. Platts presided. The receipts for the year had been $1,868 on interest account and $1,867 on principal account. The present amount of endowments was returned at $42,313. Reports were received from Salem Academy and College, West Virginia (organized Jan. 21, 1889, 54 registered students): Albion Academy, Wisconsin; Milton College, Wisconsin (222 students); and Alfred University, New York (303 students). The forty-sixth annual meeting of the American Sabbath Tract Society was held Aug. 25. Charles Potter presided. The receipts for the year had been $11,260. The resources of the publishing house were returned at $8,981 in excess of liabilities. One bound volume and four new tracts had been published. The periodicals include the general weekly newspaper “The Sabbath Recorder,” four Sabbath-school and other |. in the English language, a paper for 2nglish-speaking Jews and Jewish converts, a Hebrew, a Swedish, and a Dutch paper. The report of the executive board related its efforts in opposition to the passage of proposed national Sunday legislation. The forty-seventh annual meeting of the Missionary Society was held Aug. 22. Willian L. Clarke presided. The receipts for the year had been $12,239. The investments on account of the permanent fund amounted to $5,394; on account of the Ministerial fund to $2,107. Reports were made from the mission fields of the principal items, of which the following is a summary: China, 5 American workers, 10 native assistants, 30 members, 29 boys and girls in boarding-school, 5 baptisms during the year, 2,822 patients at the dispensary: Holland, 2 missionaries, 4 baptisms; mission to the Jews, 2 laborers; Home missions, 27 workers, 73 additions by baptism, 4 churches, and one Bible-school oo: 1 minister and 5 deacons ordained. he Seventh-Day-Baptist General Conference met in its eighty-seventh anniversary, or seventyfifth session, at Alfred, N.Y., '...i. I. J. Ordney presided. The trustees of the Memorial fund reported the addition to the fund of $6,500, the proceeds of a bequest. Reports were made by a committee appointed to facilitate communication between churches desiring pastors and preachers desiring places and a committee to correspond with isolated persons interested in the Sabbath. A “Permanent Committee on Young People's Work” was instituted for the promotion among the young people of the Church of Christian culture and work, particularly in the shape of systematic endeavor along the lines of the denominational benevolent enterprises. A committee appointed to memorialize legislative bodies respecting Sunday laws reported concerning the efforts it had made through the American Sabbath Tract Society. About 7,000 names had been obtained as petitioners against the “Blair Sunday Rest Bill"; a protest had been made before the United States Senate committee having that bill in charge against all prohibition f legitimate labor on Sunday, and uality under the law had been demanded for all Sabbath-keepers; and petitions had been presented to the Constitutional Conventions of North and South Dakota, Montana, and Washington, against the incorporation in the Constitutions to be framed by them of any provision which should require any person who had observed the seventh day of the week as his Sabbath also to rest from labor on Sunday; and against making any provision in the Constitutions wherein Sunday should be called the Sabbath. The Woman's Executive Board had also addressed the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union concerning its position on the Sabbath question. The assistance of the General Conference had been given, through a committee appointed for that purpose, to the Mill Yard Church in London, England, in maintaining its claims to certain property and funds left for its benefit. Petitions had been addressed to the English Court of Chancery and to the General Baptists of London, to which no answers had yet been received. The conference declared the liquor traffic and social impurity enemies to the home, to society, to the Church, and to the state, total abstinence from all intoxicat; beverages to be the imperative duty of every individual, and the suppression of both vices, by every practicable means, the duty of the state. The young men and women of the Church were exhorted to study the questions at issue in the Sabbath controversy. The committee on denominational history had secured the publication of articles on the subject and biographies in the “Sabbath Recorder,” and had encouraged the incorporation of historical reviews into anniver
sary and other occasional addresses, while partial reviews of the missionary and educational operations of the Church had appeared. An adverse report was made on a proposition to fix a ermanent place for the meeting of the General Jonference. IW. Church of God.—The “Year-Book of the Church of God” for 1889 gives incomplete statistics of the sixteen elderships and scattering members which show that the whole number of members is more than 31,000. The number of ministers is 494, or 34 more than in the previous year. A missionary fund of $2,000 a year is provided for by levying pro rata assessments on the annual elderships. A foreign missionary fund is slowly accumulating, but no foreign mission has been established. A missionary has been laboring in the Indian Territory since 1882, under whose auspices eight churches have been organized in the Cherokee nation and one in the Chocktaw nation, which return in all more than 500 members. The general missionary work is prosecuted in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and other States. Four local women's missionary societies are mentioned in the “Year-Book.” Findlay College, Ohio, was opened in September, 1886, and began its second year's work, in 1887, with 170 students. The new building was dedicated and the president was formally inaugurated in June, 1888. W. The Brethren Church, or Tunkers.This body is described in the act incorporating its board of trustees as the “German Baptist, or Brethren Church.” It has an organized existence in the States of o Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, and California, and owns property and is carrying on its work in other States and in foreign countries. The local churches or societies provide their own meeting-houses or places of worship, and maintain religious services *..."; to the usages of the Church. One or more districts are organized in each of the States, which hold district meetings and exercise certain jurisdiction over the local churches within their respective districts. The General Conference is composed of delegates from all the local churches, meets annually, and has jurisdiction of the general affairs of the Church, both in the United States and in foreign countries where its Christian work is carried on. The churches of twenty eight districts were represented in the General Conference of 1889. * The General Conference met in Harrisonburg, Va., June 12. Samuel S. Mohler, of Missouri, was chosen moderator. A report was adopted accepting an act of incorporation from the State of Wisconsin of a board of five trustees, to be known as the “Trustees of the General Conference of the German Baptist, or Brethren Church.” The purpose of the institution of the trustees is declared to be to receive and hold the title to the real and personal property of the General Conference, wherever it may be situated, whether in the United States or foreign countries, to be used or designated to be used for missionary or other proper purposes of the Church, and not specially for any local church or religious society. The Book and Tract Work Society had received $2,549, and had expended $1,757. There had besides accrued of endowments $16,365 in the previous year and $7,893 in the present year, and there were now returned $11,233 of interest-bearing, and $13,025 of non-interest bearing funds. Including the endowments, its estate was valued at $25,637, the increase in value from the previous year having been $8,286. It had issued 188,152 copies of publications, and had sold and distributed 121,148 copies. The General Church Erection and Missionary Committee had received $6,237, and returned an Endowment fund of $40,327. Improved interest had been shown by the people in its work. Assistance had been given to five State districts (Northwestern Kansas and Colorado, Tennessee, Western Iowa and Minnesota, Northern Missouri, and Northern Indiana for the Canada Mission); loans had been made to five meetinghouses, and nine meeting-houses had been provided for; two churches had been organized; and 158 persons received by baptism. During five years since the o missionary plan was adopted, $20,000 had been received and expended by the committee in missionary and church erection work; 19 churches had been organized, 36 meeting-houses provided for, and 520 members received by baptism. A |. to consolidate the missionary scheme by instituting one general work, of which each State district should be a department through its auxiliary committee, was deferred for a year, as was also the subject of providing for the training and appointment of missionaries. The conference refused to advise members that it would not consider it wrong for them to work and vote for local option; then, lest this action should be misunderstood as opto the temperance movement, it unanimously resolved to recommend that all the brethren “carefully maintain our position against the use or toleration of intoxicants, whether to manufacture, sell, or use as a beverage, and to the extent of our influence contribute our part to secure practical ibition, but that we be advised against taking part in the public agitation of the subject.” o preparation of a German edition of the journal of the meeting was directed. The use of tobacco by members was discountenanced. The former rules upon the subject were again insisted upon ; members were advised to refrain as much as possible (as working men) from laboring in the tobacco business in any way; and not to trade or traffic in tobacco alone or in connecticn with other merchantable goods. also reiterated against conforming to worldly fashions and customs in the matters of wearing riding habits, carrying gold watches, and participating in social plays at parties. I. Baptists in Canada.-The Baptist Convention of the maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) includes, according to the statistical reports for 1889, 8 associations, with 384 churches, 202 ministers (in 1888), and 59,719 members, with 1,817 baptisms reported during the year. According to the American Baptist YearBook,” for 1889, the Baptists have in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territory, 15 associations, with 30 unassociated churches, 441 churches in all, 286 ministers in the two conventions of Canada, and 34,068 members. The
The testimony of the Church was .
“Baptist Year-Book for Ontario, Quebec, and the Northwest Territories,” for 1889, gives the number of members as 33,029; and of pupils in Sunday-schools as 23,549 onvention of the Maritime Provinces.—
The Baptist Convention of the Maritime Provinces met at Frederickton, N. B., Aug. 24. Mr. E. D. King was chosen president. The report from Acadia College represented that the faculty had been increased, * further additions were to be made to it. A theological professor was to be appointed in the next year. Twenty-five of the under-graduates had been engaged durin the vacations in home-mission work. Associate with this institution are Horton Collegiate Academy and Acadia Seminary. The receipts of the Ministerial Relief and Aid Fund had been $1,448, and the amount of its moneys was returned at $4.887. The sum of $810 had been expended in the relief of 23 persons, aged or infirm ministers or widows of ministers. A beuest was reported to the convention of $10,000 or a ministers' annuity fund. The receipts of the Home Mission Board had been $6,443. Sixty-seven missionaries had reported concerning their labors—including the organization of 2 churches and the reception of 320 members by baptism. The receipts of the Foreign Mission Board had been $13,236. Two bequests— one of $46,000 and one of about $10,000—for this cause were acknowledged. The missions returned the present number of members at the three stations of Chicacole, Deodangagiri, and Binilipatam, in India, as 137. The committee on union with the Free Christian Baptists representing that the people of that denomination were not yet pre ared to take action on the “basis of union ” adopted by the joint committee of the two bodies, the matter of union was left in abeyance for the present, and a standing committee for conference on the subject was appointed. A declaration was made adverse to concessions to the Jesuits in Canada. It defined as the principles with which Baptists stand historically identified touching civil and religious rites—
That the state is a political corporation simply: that freedom of religious opinion and worship is a vested right of the individual conscience, and not a grant from the Legislature; that the Legislature may not prescribe any form of religious belief or worship o as such, though for reasons of public ". or for the safety and order of society, it may properly forbid acts done in the name of religion, as, for instance, polygamy with the Mormons, or the interference of ecclesiastics with the lawful authority of the state. We believe that nothing less than the thorough application of these principles throughout the entire Dominion will produce harmony and secure the welfare of the people of Canada; and we therefore, as citizens of Canada, are bound to support all wise and lawful efforts to secure the complete separation of Church and state in every province and territory of the Dominion.
The convention, holding that the prohibition of the liquor traffic "...i. “but the protection of the citizens' rights and the bestowment upon the greatest number of the greatest amount of ...i. the least possible evil,” recommended that preference be given in the election of members of Parliament to persons who would vote for laws embodying that principle in full.
Convention of Ontario and Quebec.—The Baptist Home Missionary Society of Ontario and Quebec received for the year ending in October, 1888, $16,104. It gave aid to about 130 churches, and about 650 baptisms were returned as among the fruits of the labors of the missionaries. The Woman's Home Missionary Society of Ontario returned $4,311 as the amount of its receipts. The income of the Superannuated Ministers, Widows, and Orphans' Society had been $2,980; and it É. aid to 29 persons. The Baptist Church Edifice Society returned the amount of its funds as $6,978. It received $1,442, and granted 3 out of 15 applications for loans. The receipts for the do Ligne Mission were $9,889. It sustained 8 churches, with 234 members and 211 pupils. The value of its church buildings and of Feller Institute and real estate at Grand Ligne was returned as over $53,000, all chapel property being free from debt. The inconne o the Foreign Missionary Society for the year ending in October, 1888, was $19,201. The mission—among the Telugus in India-returned four stations, with 1,947 members of the church, and a seminary at Samulcotta with 70 students. A Home Missionary Society had been formed among the converts. Two Woman's Foreign Missionary Societies (of Ontario and of Eastern Ontario and Quebec) had received $9,157. These societies co-operate in educational work, and by the employment of Bible women. Steps were taken in *ś for the organization of McMaster University, with an endowment be§. for the purpose by the late Senator McMaster. The senate of the institution determined that the arts department should be established at Toronto, and that the efficiency of Woodstock College should be increased, and it be made an institution for young men who do not intend to pursue a university course, and for instruction in classics and modern ..". A gift of property was also made by Mrs. McMaster for the foundation of a ladies' college at Toronto as a department of the university, to be known as the “Moulton Ladies' College.” A bill was passed by the Dominion Parliament in the winter of 1888–89, authorizing the association of the Baptist interests and enterprises of Ontario and Quebec in home and foreign missions, church erection, publication, and reachers' aid into a representative body to be nown as “the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec.” The meeting of the convention thus incorrated was held in Ottawa in October, 1889. r. D. E. Thomson was chosen president. The report of the governors of McMaster University was presented. Questions regarding the organization of the institution were discussed and referred back to the senate and board of governors for further deliberation. Among these questions was one respecting the appropriation of the $14,500 a year specially designated by Senator McMaster as the smallest amount to be spent on the work of the theological college. The contributions for foreign missions had been $20,116, and the accounts showed a surplus in the treasury of $1,687. Six new missionaries had been sent out to the mission in India. The Home Mission Society had received $17,950, and gave accounts of a successful year's work. The con
vention undertook to raise $3,000 a year for home missions in Manitoba, in aid of which an agent to receive contributions was appointed for each association. The Standard #. Company, whose interests had been passed by Senator McMaster to the Baptist, organization, had declared and paid a dividend of 3 per cent. to the societies entitled by the founder's will to participate in its profits. On the subject of the relations of Church and state the convention resolved that— Whereas, The historic belief of the Baptist Church has always been that Church and state should be separate, and that all citizens and denominations should be equal in every way before the law, and whereas the said principle is being violated in all ecclesiastical exemptions, whether in favor of the Baptists or of other denominations, in the continuance of the mediaeval tithing system of the Roman Catholic denomination in §. in the existence of separate schools ..". out of public rates, in state provision for religious instruction in o sehools, and in public grants for denominational purposes, as well as in other respects. . . . Resolved, That we hereby declare our conviction that the only permanent and sufficient remedy for these evils that are subversive of the principle of religious liberty and equality, and are therefore a hindrance in the development of our national life, is the absolute and final separation of Church and state, and a revision of our Constitution in harmony with the same. The views of the convention were also declared on prison reform, Sunday observance, and the Jesuit Estates bill. WII. Baptists in Great Britain.-The statistics of the Baptists in Great Britain, Ireland, and the Channel Islands, as given for 1888 in the “American Baptist Year-Book” foot up : Number of associations, 56; of churches, 2,770; of ministers, 1,865; of members, 299,505. The annual meeting of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland was held in London, April 29. The Rev. J. T. Wigner presided. The report of the council showed that 20,000 churchmembers and 23,000 pupils in Sunday-schools had been added during the year, while about £60,000 had been expended on new chapels, £32,000 on chapel improvements, and £85,000 in removing or diminishing debt; and that the Union had received for all purposes, £21,452. It was represented in the opening address of the president that although 5 churches and 13 personal members had withdrawn from the Union during the year, 61 churches, and 116 personal members had been received in the same time, and that between £12,000 and £13,000 had been distributed to pastors and widows, annuitants, and to pastors aided by the British and Irish Mission, Augmentation, and Educational funds. A minute was adopted declaring that the Union considered it desirable that the General Baptists and Particular Baptists should become one denomination and that their various societies should be amalgamated. Resolutions were in favor of settling international disputes by arbitration and disapproving those features in the Revised Education Code which were alleged to tend to confirm the position and prolong the existence of weak, inefficient, and ill-equipped schools. The receipts of the Baptist Missionary Society were returned at £80,818, inst o in 1887. More than 10,000 pounds, however, of the former sum had come in the shape of special