CHAPTER 29-THE HUNDRED--1886-1887. AET. 54-55.

PROFOUNDLY impressed by all he had seen of the accessibility and need of the northern provinces, Mr Taylor had come by boat a thousand miles down the Han, bringing with him the little daughter of one of the Han-chung missionaries, whose parents saw that nothing but. a change of climate could save her life. Only five years old, little Annie could speak no English, though, when not too shy, she could prattle away in Chinese prettily enough. Strange to say, she was .never shy with Mr. Taylor. It had been hard for the mother to part with her, frail as she was from months of illness ; but once on the boat in Mr. Taylor's care she wonderfully brightened up. It speaks much for the confidence with which fellow-workers regarded him that Mr. and Mrs. Pearse had no hesitation about the arrangement, save on the ground of giving Mr. Taylor trouble. They knew there would be no woman in the party, and that for a month or six weeks he would be the only one to see to little Annie's food and clothing, as well as to care for her by day and night. They were quite satisfied that the child would not suffer, however, though even they might have been surprised at the comfort Mr. Taylor found in her companionship.

" My little charge is wonderfully improving," he wrote to Mrs. Taylor on the journey, " and is quite good and cheerful. She clings to me very lovingly, and it is sweet to feel little arms around one's neck once more."

Hard as it was to be so long absent from home and loved ones, the way was not yet clear for Mr. Taylor's return to England. Nearly two years had passed since he had come out in advance of the Cambridge Party, but great as had been the progress in many- directions, the recently developed organisation needed strengthening before he could think of leaving China.

" Oh, how weary I have been with the hundreds of letters ! " he wrote to Mrs. Taylor some weeks after his return to the coast. " How many questions have had to be taken to the Lord ! The way is now becoming somewhat clearer."

The year was drawing to a close (1886), and the chief object before him was the formation of a Council of experienced workers to help Mr. Stevenson in his new capacity as Deputy Director. The latter had also returned from his inland journey, full of enthusiasm over what he had seen in the northern provinces. He had spent several weeks with Pastor Hsi after Mr. Taylor had left, visiting widely scattered groups of converts, and was more than ever impressed with the vitality and possibilities of the work. His heart was overflowing with joy in the Lord, the joy that is our strength, and coming freshly into responsibilities Mr. Taylor had been bearing for years he brought with him no little accession of hope and courage.

" We all saw visions at that time," he himself recalled. " Those were days of heaven upon earth : nothing seemed difficult."

In this spirit, then, the Superintendents of the various provinces gathered for their first meeting, at An-king, in the middle of November. Several were detained iii their own stations, and one or two were at home on furlough, but a little group of leaders, including Mr. McCarthy, spent from two to three weeks with Mr. Taylor and Mr. Stevenson. Before the Council was convened at all, a whole week was given to waiting upon God with prayer and fasting (the latter on alternate days), so that it was with prepared hearts they came to the consideration of the questions before them.

Upon the conclusions of that Council Meeting, important as they were, we must not dwell in detail. A little grey book, embodying the chief results, soon found its way to all the stations of the Mission-a little book breathing the spirit of the Master, as well as packed full of wise and helpful suggestions. There were instructions for special officers, the Treasurer, the Secretary in China, and the Superintendents ; instructions for senior and junior missionaries, lady evangelists and probationers, all based upon a thorough understanding of conditions in China. A course of study in the language, carefully prepared by Mr. Stevenson, Mr. Bailer, and others, was adopted for use in the Training Homes ; and the Principles and Practice of the mission were restated and somewhat amplified for younger workers.1-{1 It is, difficult in these days to realise how young the Mission still was. It had been founded little more than twenty years, and while several scores of its members had been out more than five years, by far the larger number were new-comers. Out of a total of a hundred and eighty-even no fewer than a hundred and ten were junior missionaries or probationers, which meant that they were young in years as well as in experience. It was clearly desirable, therefore, to formulate for their benefit much that had been learned at great cost by those to whom they looked for help and guidance.}

" It is hoped that all our friends will have seen from the foregoing," Mr. Taylor wrote in a concluding letter, " that what is sought is to relieve and help each one, and only to conduce to that harmonious co-operation without which the working of a large and scattered Mission would be impossible. Those at a distance must be helped by those near, and this can only be done as those near know the extent to which they can depend on the co-operation of those at a distance.

" The principle of godly rule is a most important one, for it equally affects us all. It is this-the seeking to help, not to lord ; to keep from wrong paths and lead into right paths, for the glory of God and the good of those guided, not for the gratification of the ruler. Such rule always leads the ruler to the Cross, and saves the ruled at the cost of the ruler. . . . Let us all drink into this spirit, then lording on the one hand and bondage on the other will be alike impossible. . . . When the heart is right it loves godly rule, and finds freedom in obedience."

But there is something more important than the Grey Book which must be traced to the meetings of this first China Council, and that is the spirit of faith and expectancy which launched the mission at this time upon new testings of the faithfulness of God. Up in Shan-si it had begun, when Mr. Stevenson had written from the capital

We are greatly encouraged out here, and are asking and receiving definite blessings for this hungry and thirsty land. We are fully expecting at least one hundred fresh labourers to arrive in China in 1887. 1-{1 In a letter to Mrs. Hudson Taylor from Tai-yuan-fu, Sept. 16, 1886.}

It was the first suggestion of the Hundred. Ardent as he was and full of confidence in God, he kept the matter to the front on his return to Shanghai and in the Council Meetings, but Mr. Taylor seems at first to have shared the general impression that this was going rather too fast. A hundred new workers in one year, when the entire staff of the Mission was less than twice that number-why, even if the men and women were forthcoming, think of the additional expenditure involved!

" Yes," urged the Deputy Director, unperturbed, " but with needs so great how can we ask for less ? "

That was difficult to answer ; for fifty central stations and many out-stations in which resident missionaries were needed, not to speak of China open from end to end, made a hundred new workers even in one year seem but a small number.

And so, little by little, they were led on, until, in the Council Meetings, such was the atmosphere of faith and prayer that the thought could strike root. Begun with God, it could not fail to be taken up by hearts so truly waiting upon Him ; and before leaving An-king Mr. Taylor was writing home quite naturally:

We are praying for one hundred new missionaries in 1887. The Lord help in the selection and provide the means.

A little later at Ta-ku-tang, amid the quiet of lake and mountains, he was working at accounts, etc., with a view to leaving for England' as soon as possible, when an incident occurred that fanned expectancy to a flame. Mr. Taylor was dictating to his secretary, walking up and down the room as was his wont, when he repeated in one of his letters what he had written above:' " We are praying for and expecting a hundred new missionaries to come out in 1887." Did he really mean it ? _Mr. Stevenson saw the secretary, a young man who was himself to be one of the Hundred, look up with an incredulous smile. " If the Lord should open windows in heaven," that look seemed to say, " then might this thing be." Mr. Taylor saw it too, and immediately-caught fire.

" After that, he went beyond me altogether," recalled Mr. Stevenson. " Never shall I forget the conviction with which he said

" ' If you showed me a photograph of the whole hundred, taken in China, I could not be more sure than I. am now.'

" Then I sent out a little slip throughout the Mission : ' Will you put down your name to pray for the Hundred ? ' and cabled to London, with Mr. Taylor's permission : ' Praying for a hundred new missionaries in 1887.' "

Thus the step was taken, and the Mission committed to a programme that might well have startled even its nearest friends. Yet it was in no spirit of rashness or merely human energy. Far too deeply had Mr. Taylor learned the lessons of experience to embark upon such an enterprise without the assurance that he was being led of God, without much forethought as well as faith, and the determination to see it through by unremitting toil no less than unceasing prayer.

" The accepting and sending out of the Hundred," he wrote to Mrs. Taylor early in December, " will require no small amount of work, but the Lord will give strength ; and no little wisdom, but the Lord will guide. There is all-sufficiency in Him, is there not ? . . . We are ready to receive say fifty at once, and shall be ready for others shortly, D. V. We sing a little prayer at each meal

Oh send the hundred workers, Lord,

Those of Thy heart and mind and choice,

To tell Thy love both far and wide

So shall we praise Thee and rejoice

And above the rest this note shall swell,

My Jesus hath done all things well."

To an inner circle of friends he also wrote in December:

Will you help us in prayer as often as you can ? This movement will involve great responsibility and much toil, time, and expense. Some of us are hoping that His" exceeding abundantly" may mean fifty or sixty more missionaries besides the hundred for whom we are asking. Now I need not say that that must mean a good deal more than praying. Much correspondence about the candidates will be needed ; much prayer and thought about which of them to accept and which to decline. The labour of arranging for and attending farewell meetings, to secure the prayers of at least six congregations for each party that comes out, will be great. Outfits and passages for a hundred people will come to 5500, and travelling expenses for many of themfrom distant parts of Great Britain and Ireland, as well as the cost of board in London, will materially add to this sum. The money, much of it, will come to our office at Pyrland Road in small gifts, each calling for a letter of thanks, which will involve additional help in correspondence, etc. So we shall have much need of Divine guidance, help, and strength, all of which He will supply, but for which He will be enquired of.

Am I wrong then in asking your prayers for myself and for those who will be associated with me in this important work ? As I look forward in faith and think of the " willing, skilful " men and women who are coming-of the barren fields they will help to till, of the souls they will be the means of saving, and above all of the joy of our Redeemer in this movement and its widespread issues-my heart is very glad, and I think yours will be too.

It was this vision, this spirit of joy that upheld him through all the wonderful and strenuous days of 1887. But what a year it was! Preceded by two days of prayer because one was not enough, 1-{ 1 " To-morrow and the day after we give to waiting on God for blessing," he wrote to Mrs. Taylor on December 29. " We need two days at least, this year. We have much to praise for, much to expect ; but Satan will be busy, and we must be prepared by living near to God, by putting on the whole armour of God."} it ended with the last party of the Hundred on their way to China-all the work accomplished, all expenses met-and with a fulness of blessing that was spreading and to spread in ever-widening circles.

The story of the Hundred has often been told-it belongs to no one mission or land. We know how, with growing courage, Mr. Taylor and those associated with him were led to pray for ten thousand pounds of additional income, as necessary to meet the increased expenses ; and that it might be given in large gifts, so that the home staff should not be overwhelmed with correspondence. We know that no fewer than six hundred men and women offered themselves to the Mission that year for service in China ; that one hundred and two, to be exact, were sent out ; and that not ten but eleven thousand pounds of extra income was received, no appeal having been made for financial help. And we know, most wonderful perhaps of all, how definite prayer was answered as to the very form in which the money came ; the whole being received in just eleven gifts, involving little or no extra work to the office staff of the Mission. But such a story bears retelling, especially from Mr. Taylor's letters, to the glory not of man or methods, but of Goo.

" We want workers, not loiterers," was one of the first things he wrote after his return to England, and what an example he set by his own unparalleled labours throughout the year! Everywhere the friends of the Mission had heard of the prayer and expectation with which he had come home, and invitations to speak in meetings poured in from many parts of Great Britain. and Ireland. With brief intervals for correspondence and Council Meetings, Mr. Taylor was travelling and speaking all the time. Yet he seemed to be interviewing candidates all the time ; writing letters-China letters, home letters, endless letters-all the time ; giving himself to prayer, and well he might prayer and Bible study for the feeding of his own soul and of the multitudes to whom he ministered ; prayer over all the problems of the work and the needs of every member of the Mission.

The number of letters he wrote during the year would be incredible, but for the details as to each one recorded in his correspondence index. They averaged thirteen or fourteen for every day of the twelve months, Sundays excepted ; and as he often had two, three, and four meetings a day, as well as travelling, it is no wonder one comes upon pages that tell of thirty or forty letters written within twenty-four hours. And these were not business notes, or mainly to do with his programme of meetings. They were many of them long, thoughtful letters to Mr. Stevenson about the direction of affairs in China ; answers to correspondence sent on to him from the field, which required careful consideration ; and replies to people who consulted him about spiritual and other difficulties, having been helped through the meetings.

Three visits to Ireland and four to Scotland, an extensive campaign with his beloved friend, Mr. Reginald Radcliff, and Mr. George Clarke, on the subject of World Evangelisation, and attendance at no fewer than twenty conventions for the deepening of spiritual life, in most of which Mr. Taylor spoke repeatedly, were but part of his outward activities. Besides these there were farewell meetings in churches of all denominations, as party after party went out, and frequent addresses in drawing-rooms or from the pulpit to the circles the young missionaries represented.. Then how much it meant merely to interview the candidates! So busy was the Council with those who came before them in London, that they had occasionally to meet twice and three times a week, to get through the work. .

" We were in Glasgow last week," wrote Mrs. Taylor in March, " holding one, two, or three meetings every day ; and my husband had conversations with forty candidates." And in Edinburgh, at the very time she was writing, he was dealing with twenty more. At one meeting in the Scottish capital, so deep was the interest that a hundred and twenty people definitely offered themselves for foreign missionary work, to go or stay as God might lead ; and at the close of a conference in the south of England, half the audience that had filled the Corn Exchange accompanied Mr. Taylor to the station, singing missionary hymns and in other ways expressing sympathy.

At Pyrland Road, meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Broomhall were no less busy and encouraged. Invited to breakfast with a friend in London early in the year, Mr. Broomhall found himself one of several guests who had at heart the interests of the kingdom of God. Conversation turning on the C.I.M., Mr. Broomhall took from his pocket a letter which had touched him deeply: It was from a poor widow in Scotland who, with only a few shillings a week to live upon, frequently sent gifts for the work in China. She could do without meat, she said, but the heathen could not do without the Gospel. Very real was the self-denial that lay behind the simple words, and very real the prayers with which the modest gifts were accompanied. This it was, doubtless, that led to results from that letter far beyond anything the-writer can have asked or thought.

At the close of the meal, the host said that all he had ever given to the work of God (and he had given much) had never cost him a mutton-chop. His interest had been chiefly in home missions, but he wanted now to forward the evangelisation of China. And to Mr. Broomhall's surprise, he then and there promised five hundred pounds for the work of the C.I.M. A little further conversation round the table led to similar promises from three of the guests, while another who had been unable to come, upon hearing what had transpired, made up the sum to two thousand five hundred pounds. Just as in connection with the Seventy, the Lord was encouraging the home leaders of the mission, giving them practical evidence that the prayer daily ascending in China from so many hearts was in line with His purpose.

And they must surely have needed such encouragement ; for the strain of the year at Pyrland Road was unremitting and very heavy. No one rejoiced more in the forward movement and all it meant for dark hearts and lives in China than the Mother of the mission-house, upon whom came the burden of receiving and caring for the candidates. How it was ever done in that little home, with seven or eight of her own children still in the family circle, remains a mystery. Nothing but the early morning hour, when Mrs. Broomhall found her strength daily- renewed in fellowship with God, could have carried her through, making her life the blessing it was to all who came-and went. The noon meeting that gathered the busy household for prayer she never failed to make the most of, and who shall say how much the spirit thus maintained had to do with the rising tide of blessing ?

Great was the joy when on Mr. Taylor's birthday, just before the Annual Meetings,1-{1 Mr. Taylor completed, his fifty-fifth year on May 21, 1887, and the 26th of the same month brought the anniversary of the sailing of the Lammermuir, twenty-one years previously.} a cable from Shanghai brought news of large; ingatherings. In Pastor Hsi's district two hundred and twenty-six had been baptized at the spring conference, which proved a time of great encouragement, A letter also from Mr. Berger came as a token for good, bringing a gift of five hundred pounds-the second or third he had given :toward the outgoing Hundred.

" I hope this note will reach you on the morning of the 26th," he wrote. '" You will be very full of praise to God, I am sure, for all He has condescended to do through the China Inland Mission during the past twenty-one years. May all the glory be given to Him to Whom alone it is due.

" Let me share again in the prosperity of the blessed work by sending 5oo toward the amount necessary for sending out the hundred or more labourers this year. 'To the Lord '-not the tithes only, but ourselves, our all ! The exchange is altogether in our favour : our all, a little handful, versus God's all, illimitable riches of every kind ! May grace be poured into your lips and heart on Thursday in an especial manner."

No wonder Mr. Taylor began his address at the Anniversary Meetings by recalling the quaint saying of a well known coloured evangelist : "When God does anything, He does it handsome "! That very morning another cable had been received from China, announcing a donation of a thousand pounds toward the expenses of the Hundredfifty-four of whom were already either sent out or accepted, Up to that time all who were ready among the accepted candidates had gone forward, and Mr. Taylor could with confidence say:

God is, in this matter of funds, giving us signs that He is working with us ; that this work is pleasing to Him, 'and that therefore He is prospering it. He will give the whole Hundred, and He will provide for them.,

Speaking of the twenty-one years of " goodness and mercy " they were that day commemorating, and of the way in which financial needs had been supplied, he continued:

The Lord is always faithful.... People say, " Lord, increase our faith." Did not the Lord rebuke His disciples for that prayer? It is not great faith you need, He said in effect, but faith in a great God. Though your faith were small as a grain of mustard-seed, it would suffice to remove mountains. We need a faith that rests on a great God, and expects Him to keep His own word and to do just as He has promised.

Now, we have been led to pray for a hundred new workers this year. We have the sure word, " Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." Resting on this promise, it would not have added to our confidence one whit if, when we began to pray in November, my dear brother-in-law, Mr. Broomhall, had sent me out a printed list of a hundred accepted candidates. We had been spending some days in fasting and prayer for guidance and blessing before the thought was suggested to our minds. We began the matter aright, with God, and we are quite sure that we shall end aright. It is a great joy to know that thirty-one of the Hundred are already in China, but it is a greater joy to know that more than a hundred of our workers in China are banded together in daily pleading with God to send out the whole Hundred.

And by the Hundred we mean one of God's " handsome " hundreds !. . . Whether He will give His " exceeding abundantly " by sending us more than a literal hundred, or whether by stirring up other branches of the Church to send many hundreds, which I should greatly prefer, or by awakening missionary enthusiasm all over the Church and blessing the whole world through it, I do not know. I hope that He will answer prayer in all these ways ; but sure I am that God will do it " handsome." :. .

I do want you, dear Friends, to realise this principle of working with God and asking Him for everything. If the work is at the command of God, then we can go to Him in full confidence for workers ; and when God gives the workers, we can go to Him for means to supply their needs. We always accept a suitable worker, whether we have funds or not. Then we often say, " Now, dear Friend, your first work will be to join us in praying for money to send you to China."

As soon as there is money enough, the time of the. year and other circumstances being suitable, the friend goes out. We do not wait until there is a remittance in hand to give him when he gets there. The Lord will provide in the meanwhile, and the money will be wired to China in time to supply his wants... . Let us see to it that we keep God before our eyes ; that we walk in His ways, and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, God's work, done in God's way, will never lack God's supplies. ...1-{1 " I am far more afraid of unconsecrated money than of no money at all." Mr. Taylor said again a few weeks later. " The Lord did not tell His disciples to carry loads of provisions into the wilderness. There was a lad there with five barley loaves and two fishes : it was enough. The Lord wants His people to be, not rich, but in full fellowship with Him Who is rich. Why, as Christians, we are all children of a King ! "}

And now, if this principle of taking everything to God and accepting everything from God is a true one-and I think the experience of the China Inland Mission proves that it is-ought we not to bring it to bear more and more in daily life ? The Lord's will is that His people should be an unburdened people, fully supplied, strong, healthy and happy.... Shall we not determine to be " careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving bring those things that would become burdens or anxieties to God in prayer, and live in His perfect peace ?

It can well be understood that this simple dealing with realities sent a thrill to the heart of the home churches wherever the prayer for the Hundred became known. To many it seemed to shed new light upon the problems of life, and to reveal a new, almost undreamed-of power in dealing with them.

" I have not known what anxiety is since the Lord taught me that the work is His," was Mr. Taylor's testimony wherever he went. " My great business in life is to please God. Walking with Him in the light, I never feel a burden."

" I have had conversations with three people," wrote a friend from Ireland, " all of them Christians, who seem to have received a new thought at your meetings-as if God really means what He says when He gives us His promises. If you could return to Waterford and have, say, two evening meetings for preaching the Gospel, and two mid-day meetings to persuade Christians that God does mean all He says in His promises, I believe it would do eternal good."

This was the burden of his message everywhere, backed by a quiet simplicity and joy in the Lord which could not but carry conviction.

" I must close and have a sleep, or I shall fail at the meeting to-night in brightness," he wrote to Mrs. Taylor from Scotland. I do want to shine for Jesus, Jesus only ! "

And shine he did, though the pressure of work was tremendous.

It was a mighty message last night," Mrs. Taylor heard from her husband's secretary on the same visit. " Many were broken down, to be lifted up of God. After a precious exposition of Zeph.3, Mr. Taylor spoke very simply and very straight to the heart on `Trusting God.' He did not finish till close- on 9 P.M., but you could have heard any ordinary clock tick most of the time." 1-{1. Fifteen hundred people were present on that occasion in the Town Hall at Motherwell, near Glasgow.}

" The rush of work is very great," Mr. Taylor wrote himself at midsummer. " Well, praise the Lord, He helps me through day by day, and fills one's heart with blessing and one's lips with praise."

In China, meanwhile, the arrival of party after party was causing no little thanksgiving. The new organisation was working well, the training homes especially proving of incalculable value. Miss Murray at Yang-chow and Mr. Bailer at An-king were bringing helpful, encouraging influences to bear on the new arrivals, caring for their health and spiritual life, as well as facilitating their studies. The advice they were able to give from personal observation was invaluable also to Mr. Stevenson, when the time came for allocating young workers to their future stations.

It was about the beginning of November, when Mr. Taylor had the joy of announcing to the friends of the - Mission that their prayers were fully answered-all the Hundred having been given and the funds supplied for their passages to China., Many were still volunteering, while Mr. Taylor's third visit to Ireland and his fourth to Scotland were planned but not yet carried out. In all these later meetings, therefore, he had to tell of the response of a faithful God to the prayers of His believing people, and of the way in which His -" exceeding abundantly " was being given.2{2 One of the valuable workers over and above the Hundred, given to the Mission toward the close of this year, was the Rev. E. O. Williams, Vicar of St. Stephen's, Leeds. He-and Mrs. Williams gladly gave up their important sphere, to go with their young children to the far west of China -the district the Rev. W. Cassels was opening up, in which were millions destitute of the Word of Life.}

Of this he wrote to Mr. Stevenson:

Nov.11: . . . Our meetings are evidently a blessing to the Church of God, the most grateful testimonies to spiritual refreshment being given at almost every place we visit. New candidates continue to come forward, and I see we cannot get one hundred without getting two from the Lord. Many of those who cannot possibly go this year will be ready to do so before long.

And a month later: Dec. 8: ... With the sailing of the ladies today, eightyeight have left us for China : fourteen others sail on the 15th and 24th respectively 1-{1 " Six times that number offered," wrote Mr. Eugene Stock in the History of the Church Missionary Society, " but the Council faithful to its principles, declined to lower the standard, and rejected five-sixths of the applicants ; yet the exact number of one hundred-not ninety-nine nor a hundred and one, but one hundred-actually sailed within the year. (This did not include two Associates.-ED.) Still more significant of God's blessing is the fact that, seven years later, seventy-eight of the Hundred were still on the C.I.M. staff ; and of the remainder, five had died, and most of the others were still labouring in China, though in other connections. Does the whole history of Missions afford quite a parallel to this ? "}

You must continue very earnestly in prayer, and secure the prayers of our friends generally, that God will magnify His Name and adequately sustain the work with funds. Nothing is clearer to me than that in obtaining a hundred for this year we have obtained at least a second hundred. To send them out and sustain them will require another ten thousand pounds of additional income ; and in times like these it is a tremendous rise from a little over twenty to forty thousand pounds annually. One is so glad that God has Himself asked the question, " Is anything too hard for the Lord ? " But we must not forget that He will " be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them." If we get less prayerful about funds, we shall soon get sorely tried about funds. Thank God, there is no need to be less prayerful. We can well afford to be more prayerful, and to God be the glory.2-{

Every day I feel more and more thankful to God for giving you to us, and for giving you such general acceptance. No human prescience or wisdom is sufficient for your position ; but so long as you continue to seek His guidance in every matter, and in the midst of the pressure of work take time to be holy, 2-In his New Year's greeting to the members of the now greatly enlarged Mission (Jan. 1888) Mr. Taylor said in this connection : " Let us never forget that, if we make no appeal to man, we need very, very definitely to continue our appeal to God. A God-given, God-guided, spiritual impulse is expressed in every donation we receive ; and this, which makes our work peculiarly blessed, will always keep us peculiarly dependent upon Him. How can we sufficiently praise Him for this happy position, this necessity of trustfulness ? "and time to pray for the workers, the Lord will continue to use. and bless you.

Two days before the close of the year Mr. Taylor returned to London, the great work accomplished which, though wrought in faith and deep heart-rest, had taxed both him and those associated with him to the utmost.

" I have assured the friends," he wrote in his last letter of the year to Mr. Stevenson, "that there will be a big Hallelujah when they, the crowning party of the Hundred, reach Shanghai!It is not more than we expected God to do for us, but it is very blessed ; and to see that God does answer, in great things as well as small, the prayers of those who put their trust in Him will strengthen the faith of multitudes."

Twelve months previously a veteran missionary in Shanghai had said to Mr. Taylor, then on the point of leaving for home : " I am delighted to hear that you are praying for large reinforcements. You will not get a hundred, of course, within the year ; but you will get many more than if you did not ask for them."

Thanking him for his kindly interest Mr. Taylor replied " We have the joy beforehand ; but I feel sure that, if spared, you will share it in welcoming the last of the Hundred to China."

And so it proved. For among those who gathered to receive that last party with thanksgiving, no one was more sympathetic than the white-headed saint who a few weeks later was called to his reward.

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