of their history more than any other one thing.
The following is the president's annual message:
Rev. Pastors and Dear Delegates :
* * * * I, as your presiding officer of this
august body, feel grateful that I have the privilege, in the
name of God, the Baptist State Convention, and in behalf
of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church, and the citizens of
Yazoo City, of extending to you a cordial welcome. Hon¬
esty, education and fair dealings being our motto and the
Lord our leader, we can and will succeed. I earnestly in¬
vite all baptist churches and associations—yea, and every
true church—to come and unfte with us in this great mis¬
sionary and educational work which is being carried on
under the auspices of the Baptist Missionary State Con-„
vention, " for in multitude of counsellors there is safety,"
and in unity there is strength.
CHURCH AND MEMBERSHIP.
Represented in the meeting of the convention which
assembled this month, one year ago, in the town of Brook¬
haven, Mississippi, 392 churches were enrolled with a mem¬
bership of 48,401. Increase by baptism 1599. Total, 50,-
000. Also 287 Sunday-schools with a scholarship of 13,390.
Yet there is room for improvement. It will be seen by the
reports of the churches that some of them have no Sunday
school, which 1 am sorry to know. Each minister should
labor faithfully to organize and maintain a Sabbath
school, and members of our churcfies should take interest
in the Sunday schools; for the Sunday school is the nur¬
sery of the church.
We should congratulate ourselves upon our Natchez
College, which is located in the city of Natchez, Missis¬
sippi. Its enrollment this scholastic year was one hun¬
dred and thirty-six students, with Professor S. H. C. Owen,
A. B. as president, for which we congratulate our execu¬
tive board, as trustees, and our convention. It is indeed
pleasing to us to know that Natchez College turned out
thirteen graduates last session from the Normal depart¬
ment. That college should be the pride of our race. It is