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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 7

May 26, 1913 - NO. 9


Published by
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Editorial committee: W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson. Office editors: C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler. Copy editor: Mrs. C. M. Snow.

Application made for entry as second-class matter at the post-office at Washington, D. C., under the act of Congress of March 3, 1879.

DAILY PROGRAM (Except Sabbath)

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

A. M.
Devotional Meetings (in
Bible Study8:30—9:30
P. M.
Departmental Meetings
(in sections)
Missionary Talks and Other
Services (in big tent).4:30—5:30
Public Service7:30—9:00



May 25, 8:30 A. M.

We sang at the opening of this service, “O, there’ll be joy when the work is done, joy when the reapers gather home.” There will be joy not only to the workers who have gone out from your midst, but joy among those who have received this message in heathen lands, as Chosen, or Korea, of which I speak. Non-Christians know nothing of a loving Saviour. A great many times, in fact, the mother will hush her child by saying, “Be still, or the devil will get you.” In that way they are brought up, to fear at all times the evil spirits.

Those who receive the truth are often persecuted; they are ostracized from their own people, and can scarcely have any connection with them. One young man, now one of our evangelists, accepted the truth when he was fifteen or sixteen years of age, though ridiculed and abused by his older brothers. When he lay down to sleep, they would throw pillows at his head. And their pillows are not soft, like yours, but are small blocks of wood. But the boy remained faithful to the truth.

A year and a half ago, in company with Dr. Russell and four or five Korean helpers, I visited northern Korea. We obtained for meetings the largest building in one town, a room about 12 x 30 feet. The first evening I told them about the soon coming of our Saviour, of the promise that he left that he would prepare for us many mansions. This promise is recorded in John 14. I dwelt upon the conditions of this new home,—no more sickness, suffering, or sorrow. Now, the Korean is always interested when you speak of his obtaining blessings. The home of the saved always interests them. As I was speaking, I noticed an elderly gentleman sitting in front of me, a man who had a full beard, something greatly prized there. As I spoke of the glories of the earth made new, the tears rolled down the old gentleman’s cheeks, and at the close of the service, when I asked how many there were in the audience who wished to have part in that glorious home when the Saviour should soon come to receive his people, this old man stood up. And he has been faithful, attending all our meetings, and accepting every point of the truth. Last evening I received a letter from Dr. Russell reporting the baptism of this man. In this way the truth has gone.

When work was first begun in that section, some twenty or more years ago, the missionaries would give presents to those who attended their services. They made presents to those who would be baptized. They gave them a certain amount of rice, or some other present. The people consumed much liquor, and would say to the missionaries, “Now that we have come and joined you, must we give up our liquor and tobacco?” For a time, I am told, they were answered, “You can drink three glasses a week.” This, I think, was cut down little by little. Tobacco is used by a great many who profess Christianity.

When we first entered the place, they said to us, “Now, if we join your people, must we give up using tobacco or drinking liquor?” We told them that we would study with regard to that. “But,” they replied, “We want to know; for if we join some of the other religions we do not have to give those up.” Yet when the third angel’s message got hold of them, they became free men in Jesus.


Brother R. C. Wangerin, from Wisconsin, entered our field three years ago. About a year later it was decided that he should take up the work in southern Korea. He and I visited that part and tried to find some place where he could live.

Possibly if I tell you something with regard to the native homes, you can see why we were unable to obtain a suitable place for him. Our Korean houses are built with mud walls, five to six feet in height. The roofs are very low, with little pitch, and plastered with mud on the under side. The floor is built in such a way that the smoke and heat from cooking the food passes under the floor, keeping it warm. It is not a disagreeable arrangement in winter, when it is very cold, to have a warm floor, but it is rather unsanitary. The floors are made of flat stones laid in ridges so that the heat can pass through. It is very seldom that you find a house with a window. There are sometimes one or two doors, covered with Korean paper, through which a little light passes. There being no ventilation to speak of, the air is anything but good. The doors are usually small, not more than twenty to twenty-four inches in width, and many are not more than three feet high. In such homes as that we have been very loath to house any of our workers. We think their lives and their work too precious to the field to risk living in such houses.

In the fall of 1910 we purchased a piece of land in Keizan and began the erection of a house. For a while Brother Wangerin lived in one side of a tent, while we held meetings in the other side every evening. During that time about twenty took their stand for the truth.

That company has grown, until at the present time they have about forty-five baptized members. I have just received a letter from Brother Wangerin, in which he says there are eight companies of Sabbath-keepers in that vicinity, ready for baptism. We praise God as we see the truth spreading in that great field in southern Korea.

Many times men have come to Brother Wangerin from perhaps one or two hundred miles, asking if we were the “Onseeko,”—the Sabbath Church,—the term by which we are known over there. We reply that we are the Seventh-day Adventist Church, who keep the seventh-day Sabbath, and believe in the soon-coming of our Saviour. In that way the truth has gone throughout the field.

I would like to have you visit our churches. There are some who have been faithful in the face of great trial and persecution. Many of them are dependent for their living upon what they can raise on a small piece of land, and when they accept the Sabbath and stop working on Saturday, the people of whom they rent, take the land away from them, and refuse to give them work any longer. I have seen these believers come almost to the place of actual starvation, but they say, “We will not give up the truth.” Last winter we were compelled to help some of our people in the southern part, where they came right down to the point of starvation. The people told them that just as soon as they would give up Saturday and unite with some other denomination, or give up Christianity entirely, they would give them land to work again. But they said, “No, we will not do that.” At that time we sent Brother Wangerin some money, and told him to give them some work. Those people love the truth, and are willing to sacrifice for it and do anything they can for its advancement. Quite a good many have been sent out to sell our paper, of which Miss Scharffenberg will doubtless tell you more later on. We charge them nothing for it, and they simply make their way by selling it. There are eight or ten that are giving the most of their time to the sale of our literature. In that way the truth has rapidly gone through that part of the field.

Nearly twenty years ago, through the efforts of some of the believers in other denominations, an educated man was induced to buy a Chinese Bible. He was urged to become a Christian, but said he would read the Bible, and if they were consistent with its teachings, he would become a Christian. He read it through, and then he said to them: “Why is it that you people keep the first day of the week? I have read the Bible through, and I find it teaches nothing but Saturday, the seventh day of the week.” They endeavored to tell him that was a minor matter, and it was not necessary to keep that day, but if he would keep the day observed by the great majority of Christendom, it was all that was necessary. He replied that if it was not necessary to keep the day that is taught in the Bible, it was not necessary for him to become a Christian.

For seventeen years this man would have nothing to do with Christianity; but a little over three years ago he was brought into touch with one of our native workers, and learned that he kept the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath. “Why,” said he, “when I read the Bible several years ago, I found that it taught that we should keep the seventh day of the week. Perhaps there are some Christians who do as the Bible teaches.”

I have had the privilege of ordaining this man as elder of our church in that place. He suggested to me that we need literature, that we must have a paper so that this message can be given to all his people. I said to him, “If we begin publishing a paper, will you go out as an agent and sell it to your people?”

He replied, “We can never sell literature to our people in Korea, but I will go out and give some away.” Every time I met him after that, I pressed it upon him, but he always said that it could not be done.

The first Sabbath of this year, when he attended a devotional quarterly meeting of the elders of the various churches and the Sabbath-school superintendents, he told us of a six months’ experience he had in colporteur work. Many a day he has sold from forty to fifty papers; at five sen a copy, which would amount to about $1.25 in gold. He could not make that every day, of course, because he has long distances to travel, and many in the country villages cannot read. As he was giving in his testimony, telling with great enthusiasm how the paper could be sold, and of his methods of placing it in the homes of the people, I could scarcely restrain the tears. I could not help thinking of how he had said only a short time before that the paper could not be sold. At the close of his testimony, I told the audience of what he had formerly said. “Yes,” said he, “I know now that God is in this message, and that the people read it more readily when they buy it than when it is given to them.”

Elder Corliss: Yes, that is always the way.

C. L. Butterfield: In this way the message has rapidly gone, until we have believers now from the northern part to the southern part of the country, and they are all praying for us at this meeting. Two days ago I received a letter from my secretary, who said, “Remember that we are praying for you; we are praying for the General Conference, that God may direct in all that is done at that place.”

I want to say, brethren and sisters, as you give of your means to carry the truth to these people, you are doing a noble work. They appreciate it, and some day will stand by your side in the earth made new, and will thank you for bringing them this truth. When once they understand God’s Word, there is nothing that can change them from obeying its principles. We are thankful as we see with what power the message is going forth. We trust it may now go as never before in these fields. Our training-schools are turning out workers rapidly, and this means the rapid spreading of the message.

Sister Scharffenberg will now speak of her experience in the field during the past seven years.

Miss Mimi Scharffenberg

When I went to Korea it was a very strange sight to me to see the companies of people eager to learn the truth. Although they did not know the love of Christ, the Spirit of the Lord drove them to the meetings. In the first district I visited, the church buildings were so low I could not stand upright. The people entered at different doors, the men on one side and the women on the other, with a curtain between. The people sat on the floor. Few women in Korea either read or write. So they could not join in the singing of the hymns, or read the Bible, or understand the service. It was very hard to get them interested in the truth, under these conditions. But the women came to the meetings week after week, those held on Sabbath as well as during the evenings, and became deeply interested in learning of the salvation of Christ.

It is a hard matter to reach these Korean women with the message, because they believe they are beyond hope of salvation. One woman said to me: “Do you think I can be saved? My husband tells me I have no soul, and I am not worth saving. He says it is useless for me to come to these meetings.” But as soon as these women learn that the love of God is freely given to all alike, they are so thankful, and become faithful converts.

In Korea a woman is regarded as a slave, and is kept in an ignorant condition. One time while traveling through Korea, I stayed at a hotel. I was just about to go to sleep, when I heard the cry that some one was drowning. The Korean well is not like ours, but is a large, wide hole. I ran out to see, and saw two Japanese trying to pull a woman out of the well near the hotel. She was finely dressed, and about twenty years of age. When they dragged her out, she cried out that she wanted to die, because she had been married to a husband twelve years of age, and did not want to live with him. Her father-in-law had tried to get her to go to her husband’s house, and had used violence, but she preferred to die rather than go. When the husband saw that she acted this way, he refused to take her, but the father of the girl had spent the money that had been paid him for the girl, and insisted that she should go to her husband’s house. This is the condition of the women in Korea. The wife is a slave to her husband’s family, and is bought and sold without her consent. But when we tell these people of the love of a Saviour, and tell them of his soon coming, and that he will deliver them from their troubles, they are very thankful.

It is certainly a privilege to be able to tell them of the truth, because they appreciate it, and many are willing to endure great persecution because of the truth. They learn to love it, although they can not read or write. The women are very anxious to learn to read. We have pupils from eight years of age to sixty. The women take their places along with the children, and make good progress in reading and writing. They recite their lessons as we write them on a piece of paper instead of a blackboard. They were well pleased when they learned to master the alphabet. When one who is now one of our best Bible workers in that field came to us a few years ago, she could neither read nor write, but soon became a very intelligent reader of the Bible, and after a short time she was able to go out and give Bible readings.

It is very interesting to see how earnest the women are in obeying the truth. Two years ago I visited a country church, and became acquainted with an old widow. She was continually weaving cloth. When we got to talking I asked her why she was weaving this piece of cloth. She said: “I own a piece

of land, but everything I raise, I have to use up for myself. I have no money with which to pay my tithe, and so I am weaving this cloth until I get enough to pay my tithe. I have carefully figured up what I owe the Lord.” There were sisters in the Seoul church who were greatly burdened about paying their tithe. Their husbands were not in the truth, and would give them no money; and those who had sons did not receive any support from them. But these sisters saw a way out of the difficulty by paying their tithe in spoons of rice. So every morning they would count off a certain amount of rice from their own bowl, and ask us to sell it and receive their tithe in this way. These people are very earnest in doing the Lord’s will.

One interesting experience I will tell. A canvasser told me he had passed a place where there was a woman interested in the truth. The canvasser could not talk with her, because in Korea the better class of women are not permitted to talk openly with men. He could not see the woman, but had managed to speak to her through the fence which surrounded her house. So I went to see her, and found she had been a Christian for a number of years. She at once became very much interested in the truth of the Bible. She was in the employ of one of the other churches, and was in charge of an orphanage. Her husband was a drunkard. When the people she worked for learned that she was coming to our meetings, they tried to prevent it. Failing, they brought her before a council, and tried to confuse her. She replied, “I am an ignorant woman, and can not explain these texts, but I know the things I have learned concerning the Sabbath are in the Word of God.”

When our paper was first published, it was put out in the month that Korea was annexed to Japan. It was named “The Last Gospel Message.” As soon as the authorities saw our magazine, they sent the police after us, and asked: “What do you mean by publishing such a sarcastic paper? Do you think that because Korea is annexed to Japan, the end of the world has come?” We tried to explain the matter to them, but they would not let us use this title for our paper. Finally, we submitted a list of names to them from which to choose. In the list was the name “Three Angels’ Messages.” They said they would let us use this, and we thought it a very appropriate name.

We had some interesting experiences in getting out our book on the prophecies of Daniel. We were anxious as to whether we would receive permission to publish that book, because when we were called before the police department we were told that we should not use certain expressions. Just a few days before we had to go to the police department with our book, the wife of a Japanese official came to see us. The pictures to go into the book were lying on the table before her. When she saw them, she became very much interested in looking at the pictures of the symbolic beasts. We took the opportunity to explain what the pictures meant, and told her all about the book. She asked if we had been down to the police department and received permission to publish it. I told her that I had not as yet, but that I was to go down the coming Friday. Well, when we went down, we were received with great pleasure, and they told us that they had heard all about the book. They were very much pleased with it. And we were allowed to go ahead and put out as many as we wanted to. We believe this was certainly the leading of the Lord to give us permission to put out the book.

We are of good courage, and have many interesting signs to show that the Lord helps. The Koreans are just as earnest as our people are at home.

Conference Proceedings. SEVENTEENTH MEETING

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

May 25, 10 A. M.

A. G. DANIELLS in the chair.

Prayer by R. D. Quinn.

R. L. Pierce wes seated as a delegate.

A. G. Daniells: We have some unfinished business which should first claim our attention, on page 123 of the BULLETIN.

Discussion of Resolutions

The secretary read, from the first column of page 123, the fifth recommendation of the report from the committee on plans, relating to thanksgiving for the mercies and blessings attending this work during the recent past.

That all present might be given an opportunity to express themselves, a rising vote was taken.

Recommendation 6, with reference to supplying needy fields with trained leaders in colporteur work, was read.

E. R. Palmer: This resolution is but an echo of the resolution passed four years ago, relating to a forward move in behalf of our foreign fields. That resolution was received with enthusiasm, and many of our foreign fields recorded their requests at that time, that leading men be selected and sent out to these great frontiers to organize into trained field workers believers who are accepting the truth. Important steps in this direction have been taken during the past four years, the work being chiefly in the hands of your present secretary, Brother Town. Brother John Brown has been sent to Spain, Brother Weaks to India, Brother Clark to South Africa, Brother Trummer to South America, and a number of workers to Mexico, Cuba, and Porto Rico, and one at least to the Philippines. So that work has been pushed during the past four years. It has brought success in the fields where these men have been sent. It has brought great satisfaction to the department office that results have been so satisfactory. This resolution is presented, as I understand it, to indicate the courage and the intentions of the department in this direction, and we trust that this movement has been satisfactory to the fields, and that all the home fields will cooperate, as in the past, in an effort to secure these most valuable men as leaders in the great mission fields.

C. H. Jones: At the meeting of the Publishing Department last Wednesday Elder Evans called our attention to the need of more bookmen in the Asiatic field, three for China, one for Korea, one for Japan, and one for the Philippines,—six bookmen. The next day Elder Shaw called our attention to the need of six more bookmen in India. Just before the close of that meeting, we asked if there were any present who would be willing to go to these fields in case they were called, and nineteen persons arose. Our union conference agents expressed their willingness to assist in looking up these workers, and sending them on to the regions beyond. That is the feeling all over our field. We want to see these foreign fields entered and worked as rapidly as possible. We are willing to give of our best for this work.

N. Z. Town: I would like to add a word. It will take something more than voting it here to have it carried out as we hope it will be. I believe that not only the United States, but such fields as England, Germany, Australia, and other fields, where the work has been established for many years, will also find a blessing in uniting in supplying such fields as China and India with the men they are calling for. These fields may not be surprised during the coming years if they get requests from the Publishing Department for men to go from their fields, as well as from North America, in response to these requests.

G. W. Caviness: Mexico has one request to make. A few workers have been sent down to us, and when they began to have fairly good success, they were taken away. Brother Brown came to Mexico first, and then he was sent to Spain; others were called to Cuba. We wish you to send down more to take their places.

F. H. Westphal: Ecuador is also calling for a bookman, a state agent.

Recommendation 7, relating to home missionary work, was read, and question was called.

Recommendation 8 (p. 131), was read, a resolution of sympathy with those who have lost members of their family while engaged in service in this cause during the past four years.

Question was called on this, and on recommendation 9.

Recommendation 10, relating to appointment of union religious liberty secretaries, was read.

W. W. Prescott: I would be glad if those presidents of union conferences in which union religious liberty secretaries have been giving their whole time during the past year or more, would feel free to say a word concerning this matter.

E. E. Andross: The Pacific Union Conference has kept a religious liberty secretary employed during the entire quadrennial period. We believe the expenditure has been abundantly justified. We have met a strong effort, especially in California, to secure religious legislation, but this has been warded off—deferred—through the earnest efforts of our secretary and his associates. The same good results have followed the efforts of our secretary in the new State of Arizona since its admission to the Union. It is the same in Utah; and so we feel that we are justified in this expenditure. We would not think of doing otherwise than what we are now doing.

W. W. Prescott: The next resolution, No. 11, indicates that the duties of these secretaries will extend a little beyond what we have technically termed the religious liberty work, and will take up the Roman question also. This emphasizes the need of appointing proper leadership in these conferences. These campaigns are not merely campaigns with legislatures in order to prevent them from doing something—these campaigns ought to be positive campaigns for teaching the truths of the message; and the

opportunities are very great. The agitation being carried forward by other organizations, opens the way in a very striking manner for a positive campaign—not a mere opposition to something that some one else is attempting.

Recommendation 11 was read, relating to lecture campaigns.

W. W. Prescott: This proposition is not purely an academic one for discussion. In the North Pacific Union Conference a campaign after this order has been carried forward during the past winter very successfully. I think those who took part in that campaign—members of both the union and local conference committees—were greatly encouraged by the results. If this same experience could be had by others, so that every union conference could conduct a similar campaign during the winter of 1913-14, I feel very confident that much advanced work would be done—many doors opened, and many persons interested in the truth through this channel. Therefore, the importance of appointing the secretaries to be ready for this work, the importance of having that institute to specially train those who are to do this work, will, I hope, commend itself to the minds of the delegates.

Recommendation 12, on institutes for religious liberty secretaries, was read.

W. W. Prescott: May I make a brief statement, and that is this, that especially in entering upon an aggressive campaign concerning the Roman question, there is the very greatest need of exercising considerable care in the use of proper documents, authoritative quotations, and that we should be careful in statements made. An illustration of this comes to me just now. The Christian Herald, known to you as a leading undenominational paper published in New York City, with a circulation of about three hundred thousand copies a week, has recently been conducting a department under the general heading, “The Voice of the Nation Concerning Rome,” in which letters have appeared from men, more or less prominent throughout the United States. One or two editorials have also appeared from time to time. The Roman Catholics have now taken this paper to task for making untrue statements. They have written to the editor. They have called upon him for his authority for definite statements which they have quoted from his paper. He responded with a statement. They have published his response in a special pamphlet, and answered it, and they have given him considerable trouble to meet them. It illustrates this fact, that now, as perhaps never before in the history of our work, Roman Catholics are awake to watch every statement made by Protestants in print, to catch and make use of some mistake. A regular organization has been formed, covering the United States, for this express purpose. Now I shall be very glad if it is possible for us to keep out of that phase of their campaign. I shall be glad if we can be able not to give them any just occasion for calling us to account for our statements; but if they do, I shall hope that every one who makes the statements will have the proofs at hand, so that he can meet any such challenge. I have had my own experience with one of these large publications in New York City, calling me to task for something that appeared in the Protestant Magazine. I was very glad to be able to give such an answer that they dropped the matter after that. It will be greatly to our help if we can maintain the reputation of being fair, sober, sane, and authoritative in our whole dealing with this question.

Recommendation 13, on use of the magazine Liberty in legislatures, was read.

C. H. Edwards: I would like to ask a question in regard to the character of Liberty. For quite a number of quarters the magazine itself has been filled quite largely with articles upon the subject of Romanism. Now, this has come to us time and again, coming into the New England States, where nearly two thirds of our legislators are Roman Catholic. We have desired very much to have some organ to present to the members of the legislature, but we have been unable to use the magazines because they have been so filled with an attack upon Romanism. It is not because we do not want to use them. With two thirds of the legislature Catholic, it simply brings a prejudice to these men that we cannot meet. When we go to hearings, the first thing they say is, “Are you connected with Liberty?” “Yes, sir.” That is the end of it. We cannot do anything. Now, I believe that the Protestant Magazine should deal with the Catholic question, but that Liberty should deal wholly with the principles of religious liberty and religious legislation.

W. W. Prescott: As the editor of Liberty is not present, perhaps I as an associate editor can say a word, inasmuch as I was editor during the time complained of. This question raised by Brother Edwards is not so simple a question as might first seem to appear, because it comes to this finally: Shall we criticize Protestants for attempting to do things contrary to religious liberty principles and then say nothing about Roman Catholics when they attempt to do these things? The suggestion is made that the division should be carefully drawn between Liberty and the Protestant Magazine. An effort was made to draw this distinction. It was agreed that in Liberty there should not be articles upon general anti-Roman subjects, but that where members of the Roman Catholic Church step across the line and attempt to interfere directly and plainly with religious liberty, and violate the principles in action, then Liberty should deal with it. But there were so many cases of this that the Catholic issue still kept in Liberty, and objections were still raised. Therefore, as stated in my report, which I think Brother Edwards did not hear, the editors had a meeting and decided that they would attempt to shut out from Liberty any considerable comment on even open violations of the principles by Roman Catholics, and try the other policy for awhile. We will do the best we can to meet the situation, and to meet the desires of those who are doing the field end of the work with the legislatures.

J. O. Corliss: I have had considerable experience in the distribution of Liberty, and I may be allowed to say just a word upon the subject. Some years ago, before the condition complained of, we sent Liberty to every legislator in California. We received words of congratulation for Liberty. I well remember that before arguments on Sunday bills in the California legislature, I saw some of those men, and even Roman Catholics, take our literature and read from it in order to defeat the Sunday measures. But Liberty has not been circulated so much of late in our union as it was formerly. It strikes me that there is a policy to be followed that will not take strenuous lines upon either Protestants or Catholics. We may review history, without saying Catholics or Protestants, but dealing with the violation of principles. That applies either to Protestants or Catholics who have appeared at fault in the matter. I believe it can be carried on in this way, and then Liberty can be used with Catholics as well as Protestants.

C. L. Butterfield: It may be of interest to know that it has been noted by a Catholic magazine printed in the Korean language that there is a tribe having headquarters at Washington who publish a magazine, whose chief object is to besmirch Catholics.

Question was called on the whole, and the partial reports were adopted.

It was voted that E. W. Farnsworth take the place on the nominating committee made vacant by the death of Elder G. A. Irwin, and that Charles Thompson be an additional member of the nominating committee.

L. R. Conradi: In receiving the West and the East German Union Conferences in the Central European, we did not, at the time, say anything in regard to the German Union Conference. The German Union was organized in 1902, and now it has been divided into four unions, so I would move that we drop the German Union, as such from our records. Carried.

A. G. Daniells: Are there any other items to bring before the conference by committees? If not, we may call for reports from the conferences. We will first call upon Allen Moon to submit his report for the Lake Union Conference.

Allen Moon (reading):—

[This report will appear in a future number of the BULLETIN.]

At the close of Elder Moon’s report, W. T. Knox, acting as chairman, called upon Charles Thompson, president of the Northern Union Conference, to present his report.

Charles Thompson (reading):—


The Northern Union Conference is composed of the States of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, a territory of 287,835 square miles, with a population of 5,461,423. Each State has but one organized conference, hence the Northern Union has but four local conferences.

Membership and Laborers

Our present membership (church and company) is 6,266. We have 236 organized churches, and 11 unorganized companies.

As laborers we have 46 ordained ministers, 33 licentiates, and 46 missionary licentiates, besides a number of book and magazine agents. The largest number of these reported in the field at one time was 107.

As a result of the evangelistic efforts put forth during the quadrennial period, approximately fourteen hundred souls have accepted the truth and been baptized.


There was paid in as tithe during the period as follows:—


Making a total tithe for the period of $413,969.92, an average per capita of $17.20.

We passed on to other fields from this tithe:—


The offerings to missions aside from the per cent of tithes was:—

1909$35,675.6310c per capita a week
191041,622.8114c per capita a week
191134,740.3511c per capita a week
191248,890.5516c per capita a week

Making a total of $160,929.34, or an average per capita of twelve and three-fourths cents a week.

We have 323 Sabbath-schools, with a present membership of 7,251. Their total donations for the quadrennial period was $52,496.36. Of this amount, $52,074.51 went to foreign missions. During the last half of the period not one cent of donations was used for supplying home demands.

Publishing Work

We are endeavoring to keep pace with the ever-increasing and rapidly developing work of our publishing department. Since last General Conference we have sold in our field $111,676.56 worth of subscription books, $16,034.84 worth of trade and educational books, $6,428.36 worth of tracts, $252.38 worth of Bibles, and $48,822.20 worth of magazines, making a grand total of $182,614.34.

Educational Work

Our educational work is making encouraging progress. While our church-schools have fluctuated to some extent, during the past four years we have averaged 34 schools each year, with an attendance of 422. We have four well-equipped academies, employing 25 teachers besides the student teachers; the attendance in each is about one hundred. The spiritual interest is one of encouragement. In some instances the entire student body has been led to accept of Christ as their personal Saviour. Each of these schools is doing creditably twelve grades of work. There is a strong affiliation and sympathy between these schools and our foreign seminaries and Union College. All are working for the salvation and training of the noble band of young people in our denomination.

In addition to these academies, we have located in our territory the Danish-Norwegian Seminary. This institution has had its conception, birth, and growth since the last General Conference. It was at the fall council of the General Conference Committee held in College View, October, 1909, that the first steps were taken toward its establishment.

A school property formerly built and owned by the Danish Lutheran Society, at Hutchinson, Minn., was found to be on the market. This, with one hundred fifty acres of land adjoining, was purchased, and the school opened Sept. 28, 1910.

They had in attendance the first year 82 students; last year, 94, and about the same number this year.

We are most happy to report that within the short space of four years this school has been established and is doing most excellent work, without a single dollar of note indebtedness. They, of course, have many internal needs, to repair, alter, and equip the building so they can better carry on their work and care for their increasing patronage, but they still have several thousand dollars of unpaid pledges. If these were all paid, as we expect they will be, they could make their needed improvements and be entirely free from debt. Elders Olsen and Christian will doubtless have something to say concerning this school, so I will not give further details.

Young People’s Work

The missionary efforts of our young people, through the work of the Missionary Volunteer Societies, is worthy of notice. We have 37 regularly organized societies, with a membership of 885. As a result of their efforts, they report 356 conversions among the young people, and have raised $2,076.98 for foreign missions and $352 for home work, in addition to providing food and clothing for many of those in need. We as a people ought to appreciate more and more the faithful work accomplished by our Educational and Missionary Volunteer Departments.

Medical Work

We have located at Nevada, Iowa, a new and well equipped sanitarium. This institution is owned and operated by the Iowa Conference. We have three private institutions in other parts of the union, doing what they can to represent the gospel of health in the world. We have four doctors and forty-seven graduate nurses doing private practise in our field. Sixty-one young people have been graduated from these institutions the past four years, and thirty-seven are now in training.

The enemy of civil and religious freedom has neither slumbered nor slept since last we met in General Conference session. In every State composing our union, during the last winter some form of legislation has been evoked recognizing the papal institution of Sunday-keeping. So far as I know, no drastic measures have been incorporated into law. Our representatives at the various legislative assemblies have been courteously treated and heard with interest. But we surely need to wake up and bestir ourselves. Rome’s announced policy is to make America Catholic, and in her efforts to accomplish this, the true voice of Protestantism should ring forth from the promulgators of the third angel’s message.

In closing my report I desire to express our gratitude to God for his protecting care over his work and workers in our union during the past year. While floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and fire have devastated many places, lives have been lost, homes wrecked, want and penury have taken the place of comfort, plenty, and prosperity, with the exception of slight damages from the Omaha tornado, our field has escaped. No epidemics have visited us. Aside from the natural results of mortality, our work and workers have gone forward unhindered.

We hope all will read aright the fulfilment of prophecy in the events taking place in this and other lands, and be reminded that the day of God draws on apace, and soon “He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” May God give us the spirit of consecration and sacrifice to finish the work committed to our hands, is my prayer.

CHAS. THOMPSON, President.


W. T. Knox: We will now call upon Brother Dail to furnish us a report from the Siberian Union Mission.

Guy Dail (reading):—

Heartiest of greetings to you from the nearly eleven hundred brethren and sisters of the Siberian Union Mission, which began its separate existence Jan. 1, 1911, when the Russian committee turned it over to the special care of the European Division, after it had had a two years’ development as an individual field under their administration.

The field appeals to us in several ways: First of all, it is bewilderingly large. It contains the Volga, the Ural, the Turkestan, the West and East Russion Missions. It extends from the country of the Don Cossacks in Russia on the west, to Bering Strait, in the Far East, covering 145 degrees of longitude; from the extreme northern boundary of the field which is formed by the frigid shores of the Arctic Ocean, to the extreme southern boundary of Russian Turkestan, or forty-three degrees of latitude. This union is nearly twice the size of the United States and all her territorial possessions, and would make thirty-three countries the size of Germany, or fifty-six the size of Great Britain.

Again, Siberia appeals to us because of its climate. Latitude for latitude, it is the coldest country on earth. The pole of maximum cold is located at Verkhoyansk, within the Arctic Circle, where the thermometer sinks 89 degrees below zero in the long winter months, and rises 177 degrees above its lowest winter mark, during the short summer season. In many places there is insufficient rainfall, with its attendant failure of crops, and its famine and suffering.

Siberia appeals to us because of its great river systems thirty thousand miles of which are navigable during the short summer; and by the mighty Trans-Siberian Railway, which was constructed at a cost of over five hundred million dollars, proving a grand factor in the country’s colonization on the part of Russia. The great railway into Turkestan has answered a similar purpose in that region.

This union is also unique in that it extends the Russian Imperial Post routes to the most distant parts. One may go from one end of the country to the other along these horse-express lines, and he will always find horses, reindeer, or dogs ready to carry him anywhere night or day, but it must be admitted that the conveyances are often anything but comfortable; they are clumsy, without springs, driven at a breakneck speed up-hill and down-hill, frequently over abominable roads. In summer the traveler is surrounded by clouds of choking dust; during the thawing season, he is bespattered by an abundance of flying mud; and in the winter he is tortured by the dreadful cold. One of our workers recently wrote

of his experience: “We had to cover about 1,450 miles with the sleigh. At one place we got lost. We spent five hours of intense suffering in the snow-storm. We almost despaired of being saved alive. The brother with me tried to assist the driver in finding the way, but he himself soon got confused, and it was only after repeatedly calling that we found him, wet through, and greatly exhausted. I was on the sleigh all alone during what seemed like a small eternity to me. I thought of our great work, and of the harvest to be garnered in, and of my loved ones at home. Hours passed, evening drew on, and after an almost endless amount of trouble, we found our way back to a village—for which we most heartily thanked God..

The conquest and settlement of Siberia also appeal to the imagination. It was during the latter part of the sixteenth century that the Novgorodians began the conquest of Siberia for Russia, and her advance has continued to this day, until now nearly nine tenths of the population are either of Russian or of other Slavonic nationalities. A very large number were transported to Siberia as convicts under the famous Siberian exile system. The aborigines, who are said to be dying out, are of Finnic, Mongolian, or Tartar extraction. The Russian Greek Church is operating missions among them with a degree of success, and does not look with favor upon mission work among these people on the part of other denominations.

Russian Turkestan is also a land of romance, where years of war, strife, and massacre paved the way for the downfall of the Mohammedan civilization, and the advent of Russian dominion. Here we meet with the famous cities of Tashkend, many of whose earth-covered roofs are laid out in flower beds; and Samarkand, full of old architectural ruins, and containing the tomb of the renowned oriental conqueror, Timur Bey, of fourteenth-century fame. In the former city there are twenty-seven members in our church, and two are representing the message in the latter city. The Turkomans, Khirgiz, Uzbegs, and Sarts are at home in this field, as well as the Aryan Tajiks, who are the most intelligent of the natives, and are chiefly land owners, merchants, and priests.

Taken as a whole, the union employs 23 workers. Ten of these are ministers—2 in each local field—1 is a licentiate, and 12 are licensed missionaries. There are 9 canvassers, who sold $912 worth of literature last year, a gain of $117 over 1911. The tithe of the union averaged $3.96, and the offerings $.90 for 1912. One hundred eighty new members were received, as against 160 for 1911, the net gain being 70. Our present union membership is 1,088. The population numbers 44,094,000.

The Volga Field

Let us now look at the individual missions: The Volga field, located in southeastern Russia, is four times as large as Mississippi, and has 8,600,000 people. During the last two years 50 have been received, and the present membership is 289. Last year their average tithe was $2.50; missionary offerings, $.67. Owing to the failure of crops in many parts, we found it imperative to assist our brethren on the Volga, and at the time of the Siberian Union committee meeting held in Saratof last June, there was passed a special vote of thanks for the succor the German and the American brethren rendered our people in the distressing times they had been experiencing. Brother G. Perk, whom many of you may know, is the local superintendent, and is also in charge of the union. Five Bible workers and one ordained minister assist the superintendent here.

Ural District

Next is the Ural field. It is nine times as large as Ohio, and has three times her population, 15,676,000. Brother Ginter, of Samara, who is with us, is local superintendent, and is assisted by an ordained minister and three licensed missionaries. The membership is 247. Seventy-five of these were won th past two years. The tithe averages $3.40; the offerings, $.76.


Turkestan, the Central Asian field, is as large as Alaska, Maryland, and Delaware, and five times their population, 7,621,000. The last two years there were 41 new members added, giving us 111 members now. The average tithe is $4.08; offerings, $1.45.

West Siberian Mission

Coming now to Siberia, we will mention the West Siberian field first. It would contain 11 States as large as California, and has about four times California’s population, 9,197,300. During the past two years 131 members were added. The membership is now 365. The tithe averaged $3.94; the gifts 69 cents, in 1912. Brother H. K. Loebsack is assisted by one ordained minister, one licentiate, and two licensed missionaries. We have believers in Omsk, Samarkand, Semipalatinsk, and Tomsk.

East Siberian Mission

By far the largest of the local fields is the East Siberian, which contains more square miles than the United States and her colonies. But there is a small population, only three million. The last two years, forty-three members were received, giving us a present membership of seventy-six. At the last General Conference Elder Boettcher read to us a letter from the church in Harbin, which then numbered five; but now it numbers twenty-five. The field averages $17.79 in tithe, and $3.86 in missionary gifts. Elder Gnadin is superintendent. He is a native Russian, and is located at Irkutsk. He writes of some sixty now waiting for baptism in his field. Elder Goebel, who went out there last summer, is located a little north of Vladivostok. There are many more calls than our force in that field can answer. There is only one laborer, a licensed missionary, to aid the two ordained ministers in all that region.

Our greatest need is for more of the right kind of men to assist our brethren already on the ground. They must be brave men, not afraid of anything. They must be patient, God-fearing men, willing to endure hardness as good soldiers of the army whose captain is Prince Emmanuel. Remember this great union in your prayers, that God may send forth more laborers into his harvest.

W. T. Knox: We will now call upon Brother Carscallen, of British East Africa.

[This report is held over for the present because of lack of space in this issue for illustrations.]

At the close of Elder Carscallen’s interesting report, Conference adjourned.

A. G. DANIELLS, Chairmen.
W. A. SPICER, Secretary.


May 23, 7:30 P. M.

Despite the heavy downpour, a large congregation assembled in the pavilion to hear the sermon by E. W. Farnsworth, who spoke on “Repentance,” beginning with the message of John the Baptist, preeminently a preacher of repentance. When the twelve apostles were sent out, they also preached that men should repent. This same message was preached by Jesus, as is seen in the warning he gave to his followers when he said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” These words, let it be remembered, were spoken to professed church-members.

The same call to repentance was made by Peter on the day of Pentecost: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you.” Again, on another occasion, he said, “Repent ye therefore.” A similar command to repent is recorded in the messages of the angels to the seven churches, culminating in the warning given to the church of Laodicea.

The speaker referred to Revelation, chapters 7, 10, and 14, showing that the Laodicean, or last church, did repent, and with mighty power carried forward God’s truth in the final hour of human history. This he compared with Revelation 18:1-3.

The speaker next showed the meaning of repentance—its results in the lives of those who truly repent. He referred to the preaching of Jonah in Nineveh. The people of that city turned from all their evil ways, and called on God mightily. In this connection the speaker made very clear the fact that God’s mercy and love for repentant sinners is in striking contrast with man’s inhumanity toward his brother. Jonah expressed great disappointment when the city repented and was saved.

God’s wonderful mercy in forgiving sin is the theme taught in the parables given in Luke, chapter 15.

In closing, a strong appeal was made to the congregation to repent of all sins—of lukewarmness, and disinclination to pray or to read the Bible—that God may bring to us his great salvation.

May 24, 7:30 P. M.

An interesting stereopticon talk on the missionary work carried on by the European General Conference Division in Africa was given by L. R. Conradi. He gave a graphic account of the work, and of the present results, in Abyssinia, British East Africa, and German East Africa. It has involved much sacrifice in lives, money, and labors, but splendid results have appeared in compensation.

In those 3 fields there are now forty-five missionaries, located at 23 main stations. Already there are 250 converts, 75 of whom are acting as teachers in the schools. In these schools, 4,700 pupils are learning the way of salvation.

“All this,” said the speaker, “is but the first-fruits of a great harvest in the near future.”


May 24, 1913

Before the appointed time, the large pavilion was well filled for the second Sabbath-school session of the General Conference. The school met in nine divisions; namely, senior, youth, primary, kindergarten, German, Scandinavian, Spanish, French, and Hungarian.

In the pavilion the opening song, “O day of rest and gladness, O day of joy and light,” expressed the sentiment of many hearts in welcoming the Sabbath day, with its special services.

The one hundred forty-fifth psalm was read responsively. Prayer was offered by M. C. Wilcox, the large congregation uniting with him in repeating the Lord’s prayer. A special song was then rendered by F. W. Paap and Brother St. John, entitled, “He Will Hold Me Fast.”

C. C. Lewis conducted a very interesting review of last week’s lesson. Five leading topics were written on the blackboard, as follows:—
1. God manifested in the earthly sanctuary.
2. God manifest in the flesh.
3. The ministry of Christ by the Holy Spirit.
4. The early and the latter rain.
5. The two mysteries.

Questions on the lessons were grouped under these headings, and leading proof texts cited. The responses were prompt, and the ten-minute review brought to mind in an impressive way the preceding lesson.

The lesson study was conducted by J. O. Corliss. The leading thought centers around the name of the Lord. The temple was built as an abiding-place for God’s name, and God’s name is in the heart of the believer. Through the sanctuary services God was made known to the children of Israel as their righteousness, their deliverer. If God’s name was not recognized by them, the sanctuary would profit them nothing. Satan’s continued effort has been to cast God’s name out of the sanctuary, and out of the hearts of his people. He led the Jews to think more of the temple than of the Lamb of God, and he has caused the exaltation of the man of sin above the name of the true God. When the sanctuary in heaven is cleansed, God’s name will be written in the foreheads of his people. Revelation 14:1.

Mission Talk

I. H. Evans spoke of the millions in China who have never heard the name of God, never saw a Bible, never heard a prayer. When the Chinese are converted, they love the truth, and respond readily to calls for means. They endure hunger and privation, that they may have an offering to give from their scanty wage of three to five cents for a long day’s work. They give much because they love much. Here in the home land we should remember that it will take all that we have, to finish this work in this generation.

The collection was again taken and carried to the platform in large waste-paper baskets. J. N. Loughborough invoked Heaven’s blessing upon the gifts.

The superintendent called attention to the Sabbath-school thermometer, with its rising columns, and expressed the hope that the “mercury of money” might reach the top.

Youth and children28315.29
Foreign department16358.60

This is an average per member for the entire school of about nineteen and four-tenths cents.


W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

Sunday was an ideal day at the camp. After the heavy rains of Friday and the clouds that overhung the encampment Sabbath, the bright sunshine was most welcome. The grounds were thronged with visitors from surrounding towns and from the city of Washington.

Toward the close of the Sunday forenoon session, Elder Guy Dail, in the absence of Elder Perk, now in Manchuria, read a report of the great Siberian Union Mission, stretching from the borders of Europe and of the Caspian Sea on the west to the shores of the Pacific Ocean on the east. The report is published in full in this issue. Elder J. F. Ginter is the only representative of the Siberian Union present as a delegate at the Conference.

Elder A. A. Carscallen followed Brother Dail with a report of progress in British East Africa. He told of the struggles of those who undertook work among a people whose language had not been reduced to writing at the time he entered the field. Only a few years ago there was no portion of the Bible, no primer, no helps of any sort—not even a gospel hymn—in the Kavirondo language. Now three of the Gospels have already been printed—Mark, Luke, and John; and while en route to the Conference Elder Carscallen left with the British and Foreign Bible Society in London copy for the Gospel according to Matthew, and this will be printed soon.

Some time after entering British East Africa, our missionaries succeeded in translating into the Kavirondo one of the beautiful songs of Zion. This they used at all times,—at the opening of each meeting, and then following the prayer, and finally as the closing hymn. Today our workers and native believers in the Kavirondo district rejoice in having a neat little hymnal made up of seventy-nine choice selections, together with the Lord’s prayer and the ten commandments. When Elder Carscallen exhibited this little booklet, it reminded us of the first hymnal published by Seventh-day Adventists, in 1849, entitled, “Hymns for God’s Peculiar People.”

This report is worthy of illustration, and so for lack of space in this issue it is held over for publication later.

Elder Allen Moon’s report, also, will appear in a later issue.

R. C. Porter, of South Africa, spoke in the large pavilion at 2:30, on the subject, “Armageddon in Prophecy,” basing his remarks chiefly on Daniel 12:1; Revelation 16:12; Micah 4:1-7; Joel 2:1. We are living in a time when events are succeeding one another with wonderful rapidity. The great heathen nations are awaking; the world is talking peace, peace, and is preparing for war.

The speaker showed how all nations will be gathered to a place called in the Hebrew Armageddon, a place north of Jerusalem near Mount Megiddo, to settle the supremacy between the Orient and the Occident. History is today recording what the prophet nineteen hundred years ago said would take place. Elder Porter read statements from recent London newspapers giving utterances of British statesmen regarding the events in the Near East as tending toward Armageddon; how the nations of the East are awaking and arming themselves for the impending conflict.

This gospel message must first be preached to all the world, and the four angels are commissioned to hold the winds of strife a little longer, until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. “It is high time to awake out of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

While the departmental meetings were in progress during the 4:30 hour Sunday afternoon, the main pavilion was filled with campers and visiting friends, who listened attentively to missionary talks by Elder L. V. Finster, of the Philippines, and Elder R. W. Munson, long a missionary in the East Indies and the Straits Settlements. A brief report of these talks will be given in our next number.

Ten days have passed since the opening meeting of the Conference. Much has been accomplished during this time. Many reports have been read. The most of these have already appeared in the BULLETIN. It is not to be supposed that our brethren and sisters will be able to read with care all these reports from day to day; but if the BULLETINS are preserved, these important summaries of the progress and present standing of the work in various lands, can be studied later more leisurely, and with much profit. Church officers, leaders of young people’s societies, and students of missions generally throughout our ranks, will find it to their advantage to keep a file of the BULLETIN as a help in the preparation of matter suitable for presentation before others in the months to come.

The various committees appointed early in the session are now hard at work. The business of the Conference is well under way. Already a few resolutions have been reported and acted upon. Thus far, the business proceedings have been characterized by a spirit of harmony and helpful cooperation.


W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

The last six lines at the bottom of third column on page 128 belong at the bottom of the third column on page 129.

Elder R. W. Munson, in his testimony, as recorded on page 5 of the BULLETIN, middle of second column, by a slip of the tongue said, “Bishop Fowler,” when he meant to say “Bishop Vincent.”

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