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66 FROM THE HIMALAYAS TO THE EQUATOR.
It is not always possible to trace a great idea or organization back to its real genesis ; yet, doubtless, such a genesis is like that of this globe, u without form and void," until God says, " Let there be light."
The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of our Church certainly had its origin in the need of India as that need was apprehended in the sagacious minds and consecrated hearts of Dr. and Mrs. William Butler, and Dr. and Mrs. E. W. Parker. The society was organized in the Tremont Street Church, Boston, Mass., March 23, 1869, as the direct result of the fervent appeals of these devoted missionaries ; the day being so stormy that only eight women were present, including Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Parker. On the twentieth anniversary of that humble beginning there was unveiled in that church a fine memorial window of most fit and elaborate design bearing this inscription, " The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in this building March 23, 1869," and also the names of the eight founders, all of whom were present at the unveiling excepting Mrs. Parker, who was at her post of duty in India. Mrs. Daniel Steele read a poem, of which the following are the closing lines:
" From every land and people, From every tribe and tongue,
Shall silvery treble voices Join the triumphant song.
They who, from darkest midnight, Bowed down with sin and shame,They who, from darkest midnight, Bowed down with sin and shame,