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That is to say:
ANY things have been said of the KIRISHITAN JASHUMONNO GIWA, KORE
foreign missionary work, some of MADENOTORI KATAKU KINSEINO KOTO! them extravagant, most of them unkindly, a few witty, sparkling, cutting, and in many cases wrong.
This, frankly, is no defense of the for- “The evil sect Kirishitan [Christian] is eign missions; it is not even a Christian firmly forbidden as hitherto!" view of the work. I am a Japanese by
To-day you may birth-a mere hea
see a few of the then. It is, there
old noticefore, an impression
boards, and read of an outsider pure
the same historic and simple, and
inscription, but you these I know to be
must go to the Tofacts.
kio Museum to find Forty-odd years
them. They are ago, at every gate
no longer on the to both the Flower
streets. Thirty-five Capital of the mi
years ago there were kado and Yedo,
eleven baptized city of the shogun,
Protestant Chrisat many of the en
tians. To-day there trances to the towns
are seventy thouand villages of Nip
sand of them in Japon, there stood a
pan; they own 600 large notice-board.
churches; in their It was official. In
Sunday-schools bold, heavy, black,
they teach 100,000 fat strokes, so that
children. he who VICE-ADMIRAL URIU
Is this the fruit the highway might He studied at the United States Naval Academy,
of the Christian read, was the fol- married a Japanese who was a Christian and was missions in Japan?
graduate at Vassar, and lowing:
Russia held high command under Admiral Togo. Certainly. But not
the war with
the only result, and not the most impor- Away back in the early seventies of the tant.
last century,- in those days when the new Fifty years ago there was no such ex- Nippon was being born,- there was a time pression as "religious freedom" in the en- when the empire went drunk on the heady tire range of Nippon literature. To-day wine of Occidental civilization. To know the phrase has been written into the con- something about the wonderful West, out stitution of the land. Less than fifty of which came those wonderful black ships years ago, if you wished to have a free of war which had compelled the powerful fight on the spot, without loss of time, all shogunate to do its sweet pleasure, was the that you had to do was to call a gentleman order of the day. Every daimio, or lord a “Yaso" — that is to say, “Jesus.” And of a clan, established a school where forto-day ? Admiral Uriu, who battered the eign languages and sciences were to be
A JAPANESE NOTICE - BOARD (IN THE FOREGROUND) The large buildings are the government offices on the street by the castle road in Fukui. A usual form of notice read: “The evil sect called Christian' is strictly prohibited. Suspicious persons should be reported to the proper officers, and rewards will be given." These anti-Christian edicts were written on boards about two feet long and one foot high.
fine Russian cruiser l'ariag in the harbor taught. Our lord of Kumamoto clan also of Chemulpo, is a Christian; and many established one. But how to secure a forother officers of the navy and army of Ja- eign instructor who would teach the pan of to-day are proud to be called Yaso. Western knowledge to the children of The editors of some of the leading metro- the samurai of Kumamoto, there was the politan dailies are Christians. In 1890, rub, and more especially because the lord when the Imperial Diet was convened for of the Kumamoto clan was particular. the first time in the history of Japan, the The clan of Kumamoto, as all the empire House of Representatives had a Christian knew, was proud of two things, its historic for its president. His Majesty the Em castle, built by Kato Kiyomasa, and the peror of Japan contributes regularly to the heroic tradition of its warriors as brave as funds of the Y. M. C. A. To-day no one the builder of the castle. It was all very can irritate a Japanese by calling him well for other effete clans to employ forYaso. These are some of the fruits of the eign bonzes — that is to say, missionaries missionary work in Japan. Not the fruit, -as instructors to their young men; but however.
not for Kumamoto. The clan of Kuma
wisdom and tact of Captain Janes. For one thing, he could not speak Japanese well enough to preach the Gospel in it, and his students could not understand English. But as of yore,
God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.
Because he could not preach with words, Captain Janes lived out a Christlife in his every-day actions. And I believe no sermon has ever been known to be quite eloquent enough to compare to the eloquence of a simple Christian life. And the magic eloquence of it touched the hearts of the rugged children of the Kumamoto samurai. "He gave his whole strength," writes one of his old pupils, recalling those Kumamoto days, “teaching English and the sciences. But he was so kind and fatherly in his treatment of his pupils that they came to forget that he was a foreigner.” Let me put it in another way: the three years' wordless work of the captain built a bridge over which his thoughts could pass into the understanding, not only mental, but sentimental as well, of his
COUNT OKUMA Ex-Premier of Japan, founder and president of the Waseda University. Though a very busy man, he finds time to act as home manager of the base-ball team now in the United States.
moto must have a soldier for its instructor. No priest, no mere man of letters who was little better than a woman; he would hurt the esprit de corps of the clan. All these emphatic wishes of the lord of Kumamoto clan were, therefore, detailed to Dr. G. F. Verbeck, who was a sort of national adviser in such matters, and on his recommendation Captain L. L. Janes went to teach the young samurai of Kumamoto.
Most assuredly the captain was bonze. But it was also true that, in comparison with that white-flaming tower of zeal for God that was in his bosom, an every-day missionary would have looked like a penny candle Aickering and fading before a typhoon. Captain Janes was a soldier, and an officer, of course. thousand times more emphatic sense, however, he was a soldier of the Cross.
For nearly three years Captain Janes said nothing of Christianity to his Kumamoto boys. Think of the apostolic ardor such as that of Captain Janes looking upon silence as golden, and for three patient years! How could he have managed it? The entire credit, I am half afraid, does not belong either to the miraculous patience or to the still more wonderful
From a lithograph. Lent by Dr. W. E. Grittis
WAKASA, THE FIRST PROTESTANT
CHRISTIAN IN JAPAN
boys. Therefore at the end of three years to believe it, but to study its strong and one day he said to his students: "I shall weak points in order to oppose it. And so teach the Bible on Sunday. Any one who of the few who went some went simply wishes may come to my house.”
out of curiosity, others for amusement, In this short sentence the historian will others that they might oppose, none with find one of the foundation-rocks of the the desire to accept it. During his prayer, Christian church in Japan.
which seemed tedious to us, we sometimes “We still hated Christianity,” writes opened our eyes and looked upon his face, Mr. Kanamori, one of Captain Janes's with its closed and tearful eyes, and then pupils, and who later became famous as the we laughed, saying, 'Even Americans Paul of the Japanese missions because of weep!'” the persecution he suffered for his faith For another year, patiently, always
From a photograph taken on New Year's day, 1874
DR. SAMUEL R. BROWN'S HOUSE AT YOKOHAMA
between 1874 and 1880. Dr. Brown presided at most of the meetings of the committee.
and of the zeal with which he devoted his backed by his Christian life, a thing which life to the work of Christ, “as though it was both new and wonderful to the Kuwere a snake, and did not like even to see mamoto boys, Captain Janes taught them a Bible; but we so respected him that we the Bible. He never asked the young men concluded to go to the meeting. One of to become Christians. Two of the boys us went to the teacher of Chinese [a tried to impose upon his judgment; they teacher of Chinese in those days was also went to him one day and said, “We wish a preceptor in the doctrine and teachings to become preachers of the Gospel.” He of Confucius, for the Japanese boys all told them bluntly that they were not studied classic Chinese with the sacred worthy to be anything of the kind-a books of Confucius as their readers] and rather striking contrast with certain other asked his consent. He replied that we missionaries and their methods. The might go to learn about Christianity, not sharp, unexpected contrast impressed the
young men. In 1875-that is to say, at tended,-"sometimes thr the end of about one year's Bible-teaching but as we had become in -his work began to tell. It divided the tianity, they were never t Kumamoto school into two camps, one eager for the light that was in Christ and his life, and the other which tried to crush the pro-Christian elements by reviving the
Soon after, these Kum had never in all their li as heard of the word " visitation of the Spirit
THE HARADA FAMILY
Dr. Tasuku Harada, the head of the family, was graduated from the Yale Divinity Sel and was given a degree by the University of Edinburgh in 1910. He is the presiden ('one endeavor") Christian University in Kioto. His wife was educated at a
study of the sacred texts of Confucius. The teacher of Chinese was active in the work. Every Sunday morning he expounded the teachings of the great sage of China. For a time every Sabbath the students went to the teacher in Chinese in the morning and in the afternoon to Captain Janes. Then Captain Janes added preaching to his study of the Bible. "His sermons were long," writes one who at
costal. "We wonder burned like a fire and the Gospel like mad me not this be the work mentioned in the Bible
And the classic city treated to the greates ancient life. "What, utter consternation, "a the children of san