The work of the Association for the coming year cannot be efficiently carried on without increased appropriations; $300,000 is the smallest amount which should be expended in the South, and a much larger amount could be wisely used. The mountain work among the poor whites is full of promise, and calls loudly for our aid, and the Association only waits for the necessary funds to greatly enlarge its efforts in this field. In addition to the Southern field, the Indian work requires at least $60,000, and the Chinese work $15,000. This makes the total amount needed by the Association next year $375,000. This we believe to be a moderate and conservative estimate.
This great work for the Negro, the Indian and the Chinese has been laid upon the American Missionary Association, and upon our denomination, as it has not been laid upon any other society or denomination in this country. It is our duty, yea, rather, our great opportunity. Shall we not then meet it as the stewards of God, whose servants and disciples we are?
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ADDRESSES IN EULOGY OF THE LATE DR. JAMES POWELL.
An interesting and impressive memorial service was that held in honor of the loved and venerated Secretary, Dr. James Powell. Tender, loving, graceful and eloquent eulogies upon his life and character were pronounced by Rev. Dr. Gilbert, Rev. Dr. Ide, Secretary Strieby and President Taylor, followed by an earnest prayer by Rev. Addison P. Foster, Roxbury, Mass.
It would be impossible for the officers and friends of this Society to convene on this occasion and not feel profoundly the absence of one whose presence for so many years has done so much to fill these occasions with the spirit of welcome, of lofty animation, joyance, cheer and renewed courage.
Last Christmas the “sweet chariot” of God “swung low,” and our brother Powell was suddenly taken up from these great services here to other and larger tasks and joys in the heavens. A life so radiant and beneficent on earth, what must it be now that it has been translated, and transfigured into the celestial?
Among the richest inheritances of any people is that of the living names and ever living influence of its noblest men and women. Even though they have joined “the choir invisible,” they still remain, a possession and a power for all time. For there are no influences more real, if any that are stronger, than the silent-working influence of personal ideas; and whoever it is that helps to ennoble our ideal conceptions of character, and to make these clearer and more vivid, does us a vital service for which we may fitly be thankful, both to God and to them. This American Missionary Association is already rich in its “inheritance in the saints.”