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   School (Newspaper) - June 22, 1893, London, Middlesex                                . One Question only I     S3IE PAGE 23. CONTENTS. Hotel-  You do not go to discover new Countries.  Modern Science as a Missionary.   How to learn a new Language,  Depression.   .. The Teacher'* Call and Fitneat for W ork. By the Rev. Mark Guy ^ * JPtSSUTSd*  *    The Bible Class.  Programmes of Study.  .. Little Ministers. By William Davidson.......     ..     .. fi>t|e #tntfcan #ctf*�c�i.  Aids to the Study of the Book of Acts A Morning Leston from the Old Testament. .. Prince Rupert's Namesake.  A Serial Story.  By Emily Weaver  .. Men and Books.* An Unheroic Hero.  Watching unto Prayer. The Boys'and Girls'Competition. .. THE INTERNATIONAL LESSONS for July 9- Subject: Paul at Philippi    Acts xvi  19-34.      .... 1. The Connexion between this Lesson and the last.. 2. The Text-The Sense-A Bird's Eye View of the Lesson 3. Notes. By the Rev. John Taylor, D.Lit., M. A. i.  Exposition. By the Rev. James Hastings, M.A. 5. Ordinary Class Lesson* By S. It. Crockett 6. Infant Claw Lesson.  By S. R. Crockett....... 7. Biblical and Historical Illustrations. By the Rjv. Hjnry 8. Hints for Teaching1 the Lesson- ...... 9. The Closing Address. A few Minutes' Talk on the Golden Text. The Sunday School College  ....     .......... With the Children at Home ..     ..     ..     ........ PAGE. 17 18 19 20 21 21 22 23 23 23 25 23 26 26 27 28 28 28 29 29 29 NOTES. " I often think of what Dr. Alexander said in his charge at my ordination : * You do not go to discover new countries.'" So James Gilmour writes in his diary. Yet it is as a discoverer of new countries that James Gilmour is known. We have now received three volumes about Mongolia, counting his Life as one, and it/5 one. First there is his own book Among the Mongols; next, his "Life," with its significant title, James Gilmour of Mongolia; and now there has just been issued a third, More about the Mongols, ^d all these books are about " new countries." They tell the story of James Gilmour as a discoverer of new countries, not as a winner of souls for Christ. Is this James Gilmour's fault ? No; strange to say it is his glory. He says, " I often think of what Dr. Alexander said." We, reading his history, know that he never once forgot it. " No man ever balieved more firmly in the truth that it is ' not by might nor by power' but by the direct influence of the Holy Spirit, that the intellect and conscience and heart of the heathen are to be suld-ied to the Saviour. No man ever wrestled more eagerly and fervently in prayer on behalf of the ignorant and sinful." And, let us add, no man ever laboured more indomitably with heart and hands and head that they might be saved. " And yet his avowed converts can be numbered on the fingers." So, it his glory. We can see that itis his glory. We should not catch the halo round his head, the inspiration that flows out of his life, as we now do, if he had had great revivals and had gathered in his converts in Pentecostal thousands. Even we can see that it is his glory. And we do not look at the things he has written as a discoverer of Mongolia in the light of a compensation for his want of succe�S as a missionary of the Gospel.   Here is the peculiarity of this explorer's We do riot say, 11 Well, he has failed as a missionary^ been successful as a discoverer." He was successful as'afijHH&yerer, but the things he discovered belong to the Gospel. Thej'19j|||i)t be set. over against it. They give one the same impresaiai^lii: the narrative, say of St. Paul's shipwreck does-t^they are means toward the Gospel and they cannot be separated from it. 1 ... Thus we do not read James Gilmour's books about Mc the Mongols as we read ^Stanley's In Darkest Africa. It islic^ tjbf^tthe things in Gilmour are more trustworthy (though they cectafoily are not less). It is because they never forget what Dr. Alexander Said at his ordination     You do not go to discover new countries." The new book is fairly enough called: More About the Mongols. There is more about the Mongols in it. But there is also more about James Gilmour; and this is the more interesting part of it. Three things are specially striking. First there is the simplicity of his discovery that modern science is but a poor missionary.   He says : *i On the way back I thought of something. When in Mongolia I learned that the Mongolian geography of the world was so much at fault, and that their preposterous statement of the form of the earth was made on the same inspired or divine authority as the rest of the confentsof the sacred book, I thought I had found a means of*attacking Buddhism. If these people can be brought to know that the world was round, seeing their book false in one particular, would it hot shake their confidence in the rest of the book ? To-day I found this hope a mistake. The lamas, through their contact with Russia, know and admit the shape of the earih, yet hold to their books, which they must know teach the contrary. Probably they say little on this subject. For the conversion of the Mongols there seems no human device left but teaching, personal influence, and prayer. ' Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord."' Next there is an amusing account of his efforts at acquiring kis new language, an account which throws a vivid light on the battles James Gilmour had to fight with himself, and the victories he won there also.   Here is the story as he tells it: "11 a.m. Have just had a most trying passage-at-arms' with my teacher. I wanted to know the infinitive of bahtaHo, that I might look it up in the dictionary. The Buriat teacher gave me a phrase for " derived ; " and I tried this, but this would not do. I then proceeded to instance half-a-dozen cases-oozeson, oozeho, and so on-when he broke out that these words were not at all the same, their meanings were different; he could not make out what I meant by going on thus. To make matters worse, he would not stop talking, but gave me a host of sentences in which these different words came in in such a way that their meanings were manifest. To be compelled to listen to a long string of these examples, which had nothing whatever to do with the subject in hand, was mcst provoking, arid I had frequently to cover my face with my hands to cover my vexation, and pray fervently that God would give me patience. I got him stopped at last; and by some means, which I now forget, got him to say the infinitive bahtaho. One irritating element in the affair was, when 1 made a wrong shot at the infinitive, he would scarcely stop on compulsion from explaining the meaning of the word, while it was the form that I wanted. " I now tried to get out of him a name for the infinitive, but it was little use. I looked in the dictionary for an infinitive, and pointed out taddana. Then I gave the past and interrogative, &c, when unfortunately, and quite incidentally, it turned out that the meaning was not 'draw,' as I thought, but 'know.' Tti3 ' d ' and 11' are sountled much alike; taitana is to draw, and on this meaning I had to endure a string of examples which 1 thought would prove endless. " My vexation was now something alarming, and for the time I could do nothing but cover my face and pray for patience. In the meantime the teacher started off on a long harangue  about his not being able to tell me what I wanted, if I could not tell him what I was asking. I could have shrieked with vexation, but was enabled to sit still with my face buried in my hands while the oration still went on. On recovering myself, I sat for a little thinking how to go on, when my teacher took the dictionary and proceeded to read it   

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