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From Far Away Japan

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Day
25
Month
January
Year
1888
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Public Domain
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[Tliefol'owing letter from Mrs. Bertha 8 Ohllnger, datcd at Nagasaki, Japan, wher SUe Is now engaged in missiriiiury work, w are permitted to glve our reader through th kindness of Mrs. Col. L. L. Uorastock.- Ed.] Nagasaki, Japan, Dec. 16, 1887. How many times since leaving Ann Arbor have I thought of you and how many linies have I wMied (Lat I migh enjoy tlie privilege of meeting with you for a season. The agents on the Canadiun Pacific line promised to have our goods on the same steamer that brouebt us ver. They failed to do so, and now wc tnay have to wait till spring. It is quite tryingand al the more so because we cannot get things n Corea. It is a ncw licld and has just reccntly been opened to European?, Iboógb tliey are as yet much restricted and are watched with an eye of suspicion by the Coreana. The missionaries are not allowed to stylc themselves mtisionarien, but doctors and teachers, and are permitted to do only secular teaching. The religión of our Saviour is finding its way among them, bowever. The misslonaries are careful to keep copies of the gospels lying about on their tables, and have scripture texis hanging on their walls. T'.iese alwnys attract tlie attenion of the natives wben they come in 0 visit the foreiguers and inspect their 'cnrinus homes.'1 Dr. Allen, seeretary of legation from Corea to the United States ppcaks most ncouraiiiiiKly of Corea as a missiou field. The whole country mny be thrown open to foruigners in a few year?, and here wIU be grand openings for misionary and educational work, such as no ïeathcn country bas ever seen. We feel greatly encouraged and are auxious to get t tlie study of' the language, which at !".--¦ ii t must be done throul. tho medium f the French language, as nn booksliave 1 yet been publiebed in Corean and EngWe left VanCouver, British Colum;ia, on the 10;h of November and arrived n Tokohama, Japan, on the lst d ly of )ecember, a stormy, pcrilous voyage of wentyclays! Our captain had hls les broken theseventh day we were out. It was a dark and etormy night, and the heavy seas swept across the ship continu ally. Thu i!lot house was smashed in, a part of the bridge car ried oft' and the captain thrown violently on the deck. He was bruised all over. The next day the two (juarterinasters were carried down in :i dtsabled oomlition. One bad his Ie;; broken, and the other rcccivcd several serions wounds. Our rudder gave way and the captain feared it had been c.irried off. It was a terrible passage and I trust e may bc spared another such. IIow glad we all were to be on terra firma again ! We feit like new creatures. Out of the tweiity days we had hut two tliat allowed ui any comfort and f reedoni of aiixiety. We liad to remátala Yokobamanntil the lOth of December and arrived here in ftaKarahl the L4th. We leave lierefor Corea by first steamer, whicli will be Dcc. 29th. Our Xmas we shall celébrate on tlie water. The ladies of our W. F. M. S. have a flourishinj; school here in Nagasaki. The ladies in charge are rare jewels and are dolng a great work. Tliey are so devoted and hard-working. These ladies work from early mom 'till late at ni,'ht. A revival is íd progress amonjr the girls, aud they hold special prayer-meetings in thcir rooms, whicli they keep up all by themselves, no foreigners present until midnight. Wlien I first visited Japan eleven years ago, the W. F. M. S. of the Methodist church had one lady in all Japan. Missionary work in these lanJs is not a failure. It is bound to be a glori; OU8 succesa. "My word shall not return unto me vokl, but ltshall accomplish tliat whicli I pleasj, and it shall prosper in the thiüK whereto I sent it."

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