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to all the world as at the Sandwich Islands, would, there is every reason to believe, produce the same results-results that have all been secured within less than thirty years since missionaries were first planted there among a race of indescribably depraved and debased heathen.

After this action on the part of the church at Wailuku, a committee of missionaries, on the subject of the support of pastors by their people, reported to the General Meeting convened at Oahu as follows:

1. That we regard the subject one of great importance to the prosperity of Christian institutions in these Islands; and that it is peculiarly gratifying to learn that some churches and congregations have resolved to make the attempt to support their pastors, and are actually taking measures to effect the object.

2. That, considering the increase of means, and the advancement of correct principles among the people, we believe the time has come when several of the more able congregations might be induced to support their pastors wholly, and many others might do it in part; and we believe the present is a peculiarly favorable time to present this subject to our several congregations, inasmuch as there is already, in many intelligent natives, an interest awakened to this subject.

3. That every pastor take great pains to instruct his people, and especially the church members, in the right use of money; to teach them to curtail all useless superfluities, such expenses as are incurred merely for show and ornament; and to induce them to appropriate their means to useful objects only, such as will secure to them all the advantages and comforts of complete civilization, and especially to sustain among themselves all the institutions of the Gospel, as the foundation upon which their temporal and eternal welfare must depend.

STEPS TOWARDS INDEPENDENCY.

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4. In order to bring this subject in the most advantageous manner before the congregations which are able to support their pastors, in whole or in part, we recommend that the pastor, together with such two members of the mission, and perhaps such influential native Christians as he may call to his aid, be a committee to present this subject before the people, and, in concert with them, to devise such practical and efficient measures as will secure the object; and we recommend further, that these efforts be made as soon as practicable after the close of the present General Meeting.

These initiatory steps, beginning, it will be noticed, with the people under the training of missionaries, have resulted, in the year 1849, in an offer and acceptance, on the part of the Sandwich Islands Mission, of a proposition of independency from the American Board.

The fiftieth year of the nineteenth century closes auspiciously with the grand experiment of a self-supporting Mission in the Heart of the Pacific successfully under way. Who of our readers does not earnestly implore for it the blessing of the Almighty Lord God, whose providences have been so marked and many towards that infant Christendom, the foundations of which have been thus gloriously laid?

CHAPTER V.

A GLANCE AT THE PROVINCE AND RESULT OF MISSIONS IN THE HEART OF THE PACIFIC, AND A VISIT TO THE PALACE OF THE SUN.

I WATCH With throbbing heart the zeal,
Whose all-incorporating plan

Can teach a million souls to feel

For all that's man-for all that's man!

And every human title blend

In those of Brother and of Friend.

BOWRING.

A passing tribute to the true modern apostles--Character of Protestant civilizationTheory and practice at Wailuku-History and progress of the Female Seminary- Province of woman in the work of civilization - How fulfilled-Examination of schools -- Hawaiian girls-Trip to the crater of Hale-a-ka-la-We reach the brim-Novel scene opened at the top--Spectacle of grandeur and glory presented by the clouds--A play-ground for the youth of heaven--Feelings belonging to such a position--Man's nothingness and the Creator's glory--Rhapsody of Rowland Hill--Luther's view of the majestic vault of God--Lesson we learned from the lofty look-out of Hale-a-ka-la-A sight from the cliffs of eternity---Montgomery's imprecation--We are let down safely--We pass to the sugar-making on East Maui-Farming lands--Horseback route through Haiku--Sand-hills and ancient Golgotha--Reflections on a skull--Evidence of former culture and dense population--Present record of deaths and births--Mortality of the year 1848 by measles -Culture of rice by Chinamen-Fine appearance of the garden and terraces of Wailuku--Entertainment at the Seminary-Sports with the children.

WITHOUT being of the craft,-an honor which providences have forbidden,-we freely confess to what may already have been discovered in these pages, namely, to an unfeigned love and respect for foreign missionaries. Well knowing whereof we affirm, we hold them worthy of all honor. They are Civilization's pioneers

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and explorers, as well as the tamers of mankind and preachers of the Gospel.

It is of them that Tacitus might have said most truly, Emolliunt mores, nec sinunt esse feros-They soften and improve both the manners and the morals of men, and forbid their living like beasts. They are Humanity's best teachers; Freedom's truest champions; Labor's ablest lifters; Society's real equalizers, and the clearest expounders of the rights of man. They are, indeed, the only true Apostles of Liberty, Fraternity, Equality-the world's working Socialists. They are the heralds and advance-guard of Agriculture, Science, and Art, and of all true social reformation, as well as of virtue and religion.

In their relations to barbarous tribes, and to the wide world of suffering humanity, they alone do truly blend in one the Christianizer, Civilizer, Benefactor, Brother, Friend. They act in the spirit of John Hampden's motto, Nulla vestigia retrorsum-No steps backward.

A practical demonstration of this is now seen at Wailuku; and it is pleasant to be able to testify of a station which, up to 1850, has enjoyed the labors of resident missionaries for eighteen years, that the people seem to be better clad, better housed, and to live better than at any other part of this Heart of the Pacific yet visited. Three special reasons may be assigned for it : First, The region is a fruitful one, supplying kalo and potatoes in abundance, and furnishing pasturage for herds, in which natives begin to hold property. Sec

ond, A good market is opened for their products at Lahaina, within thirty miles, at which they can obtain cloth. Third, Something has been done in the way of agriculture and internal improvements by the missionaries.

The station was first taken by the Rev. J. S. Green, with whom was afterwards associated the Rev. Richard Armstrong, both laborious and practical men. Much benefit has also been derived here from the residence and labors of the blind preacher, Bartimeus, the first convert to Christianity at these Islands. He died, beloved and lamented, in September, 1844. But his works do follow him, and shall be had in everlasting remembrance. A little memoir of this good man has been published, and a larger work on his Life and Times is said to be in preparation by the first pastor of the Wailuku church.

The influence of the Female Seminary located here has undoubtedly also been great and salutary. It was commenced by Mr. Green, in 1837, by the erection of a substantial stone building, fifty-six feet long by twentyfour wide, and two stories high. Thirty pupils were admitted that year, and an excellent female teacher associated in the instruction and care of them, who continues to occupy a post of so much usefulness. In 1840, the charge of the school was given to Mr. Bailey, which he still retains. The largest number of pupils at any one time has been seventy. The present number is fifty-two.

Besides the stone building first erected, there are

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