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Respecting our Western Indian Mission in Kansas Territory, it will be remembered, that, when the Indians were obliged to leave Westfield, they had moved into the neighborhood of Fort Leavenworth. Here the congregation gradually settled down into a regular course, and the undisturbed enjoyment of their privileges as a Christian community. A good spirit prevailed among them; they were punctual in attending on the means of grace, and of that common failing among the Indians, the immoderate use of ardent spirits, little was noticed among them. On several occasions, when it was discovered that some evil disposed Indians had brought whiskey into the settlement, the missionary with the assistance of the faithful helper Frederick, at once and without difficulty, succeeded in destroying the vessels with their contents. The good order and cleanliness generally prevailing among our Indians, has attracted the favorable notice of visitors. Since they live more secluded, on those occasions, which formerly were generally abused by illdisposed neighbors for causing annoyance and disturbance, f. i. the celebration of Christmas, New Year, Easter etc., they have been en-, abled to assemble together and be edified without interruption. The neighborhood of Fort Leavenworth has as yet proved of real advantage to them; they not only earn a good deal of money by the sale of wood and other articles, but they also make good use of their earnings by improving their own circumstances and by applying them for the good of the community. Thus they have by their means and by their own labor repaired and renovated their little church, roofing and plastering it anew etc. On the 20th of November they had the gratification of hearing their singing for the first time accompanied by the sound of a Melodion.
When in the beginning of March br. and sr. Oehler received a call to Hoffenthal, Wayne Co. Penna. the announcement thereof caused great sensation among the members of their flock and a strong attachment to them became manifest; the last celebration of the Lord's supper was more numerously attended, than had been the case for many years, and those present seemed to be deeply affected. On the day of departure all the brethren and sisters accompanied them to the landing place of the steamboat, which was to take them off, and after a very affectionate farewell they followed them with their eyes until the boat disappeared. The passengers and the crew on board were much surprised at this affecting scene, but still more, when about fourteen miles down the river an Indian with his wife, who for days had been watching for them, came on board, made their way into the ladies' cabin, where the missionary with his family were seated and with many tears took an affectionate leave of them. We wept like children, says the report, and all the vexation and suffering, which we had endured while with them, were forgotten.
Br. and sr. David Z, Smith and the widowed br,tPeter Kickseeker, had been called to supply the place of br. and sr. Oehler, started on their journey on the 8th of .June, and by way of Pittsburg and St. Louts, reached their place of destination, without detention or accident, on the 28th of the same month. It was high time that we arrived, writes br. Smith, we found that many in our little flock had given way to despondency; they began to think, that no missionary would again come among them and that they were forsaken by God and man. Great was therefore their joy, when at length we made our appearance. In the evening they all met in the church where they were addressed by both br. Smith and br. Bicksecker and at the conclusion they all took their new teachers by the hand. During tho following day under the guidance of br. Frederick the members were visited in their dwellings. On the succeeding Sunday besides the morning service a cheerful lovefeast was held in celebration of their arrival, which was numerously attended; several were present with their families, who had withdrawn from their connection with the church. On the following Sunday they celebrated the Lord's supper with the communicants; it was a blessed season and they all covenanted anew to devote themselvesto the service of their Lord and Saviour. Our Indians seem determined to keep good order within their boundaries. Several times again some hostile Indians, who are bent upon ruining the church, brought whiskey among them and tried to raise a disturbance, but the Indian brethren met them with determination, broke the vessels containing the lipuor, and ordered them away threatening them with severe measures and actually on one occasion bound several of the most turbulent; thus quiet was effectually restored.
During the last session of congress, treaties were made with several tribes of Indians in Nebraska and Kansas Territory, by which the greater portion of the land held by them was ceded to the United States government. The tract on which our Christian Indians are now living, belongs to that which the Delawares have hitherto inhabited. In the treaty with the latter a stipulation was made, that on the locality of their present settlement a portion of land equal to four sections or 2560 acres should be reserved for our Christian Indians, to be possessed by them in fee simple, rated at 82 50 per acre: besides which $1600 will be paid them in cash.—This land and money is in lieu of their wellknown claim of 24000 acres ; though they evidently thereby sacrifice a part of their claim, still any arrangement by which a certain prospect of a permanant home is secured to this wandering flock, is deemed preferable to further delay, coupled as it would be with much uncertainty as to the issue and the period of a final settlement, if they were to make further attempts to urge their claim. A reasonable hope is now indulged, that a serious source of much annoyance being removed and the minds of our Indian brethren and sisters being
at rest, the word of God and the work of the divine Spirit will lave free course among them and, under the fostering care of the brethren, the vineyard of the Lord will nourish and the wilderness rejoice and blossom as the rose.
On the 5th of November last, being the 21st Sunday after Trinity, the brethren P. H. Gapp and J. Praeger, home missionaries in the employ of the Philadelphia Home Mission Society, were ordained Deacons of the Morav. United Brethren's Church by Bishop Jacobson. The ordination took place in the 4th St. Chapel, where the Philadelphia congregation, at present, meet for worship. A very great concourse of Christian people assembled, so that not only the chapel itself was full to overflowing, but a large number 'were obliged to leave for want of room. The service was opened t,y the pastor of the congregation, with the praying of the Te Deum, then followed a hymn and then the reading of the 84th Psalm. After the singing of another hymn, Bishop Jacobson delivered the ordination sermon, and closed, in the German language, with a short address to the home missionary congregation, and a charge to the two candidates. The congregation now joined in commending these brethren to the Lord, by singing the well known hymn: Lord grant thy servants grace, The needful gifts and unction etc.
Thereupon the solemn ordination took place, according to the usual ritual. Immediately afterwards, br. Seidel, who was also present, made a few remarks appropriate to the interesting occasion, and the entire services were concluded with singing the doxology, "Great Jehovah we adore thee, etc.—
A deep feeling of solemnity pervaded the whole assembly, and we confidently trust that the Lord was in our midst.
LORD—INCREASE OUR FAITH. Luke 17. 3.
0 would my kind indulgent Lord
Augment my faith, and hope, and zeal—
And bear, and do his sacred will.
And all terestrial joys remove,
Depend and live upon his love.
From flesh, and sin, and all their train;
When love and liliis for ever reign.
I. Deposits on Interest,
Ministers' Aid Society -0 0
Newport Fund -04 85
Widows' and Sisters' House Funds &c. 3058 05
II. Annui'es ...■.
III. •ontingent Fun- ■■..
IV. Creditors in Acct. Current -
Last year ■■.. 88420 56
VI. Semin. Theol. Fund, by sale of house
VII. Schoeneck Fund -
Last year - - -
By sale of Gas-lot - -
IX. Stock0last year 08686 26$
Offe distrib. among Laborers 650 0
Remainder of Surplus