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ered, I believe it cannot be impugned. That there have been
mistakes in missionary enterprises in China cannot, however, be
denied, and these might, I think, in many cases where they are
still persisted in, be wisely recognized and remedied, as they
easily may be. In his interesting and, on the whole, impartial work
on the East, the present viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, alludes
with considerable reserve, but with sufficient explicitness, to
some of these which have long existed. Generally they refer to the
somewhat careless disregard of local or national prejudices by
which our modern missions have been widely characterized. I confess
I cannot see why such disregard should be indulged in. At home and
among ourselves we are all agreed that people cannot always do
things that are in themselves entirely innocent, if they are liable
to be misunderstood; and it might well be a rule with all our
missionary authorities that in the matter, for example, of the
conventionalisms of mission stations, unmarried women, traveling
missionaries, and the like, the missionary should not violate
Chinese social conventions, which, however contemptible they may
seem to us, are too widely and deeply rooted in heathen lands to be
lightly disregarded. Again, the modern missionary to a people whose
nobility are its scholars should be a man of education and of
refinement. The ceremonial of Chinese life is doubtless often
irksome, but a man with not only the instincts but also the
training of a gentleman?and, unfortunately, the two things do not
always go together?will not lightly disesteem it. And yet again,
the modern missionary, like his greatest predecessor, the Apostle
Paul, may wisely strive to understand and respectfully to refer to
the religion that he has come to supplant. If it be true, as C...
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