HIS BROTHER'S DEATH. 111 The letter was from my father. He informed me more minutely about my br·other's death. He was ill about three month:; and died last March. It is almost too painful to think of, how he died in his early age. It is still more painful. to read my father's letter accompanied with his great grief and disappointment. It is a most shocking news to me and caused me great sorrow. Yet I can bear it wonderfully, for I do not bear it alone. I can say cheerfully and willingly, "Let thy will be done." I submit all my affairs to his hand, for He knows best and does all things for my good. But when I sympathize with my disap­pointed and comfortless parents I could hardly refrain myself from dropping tears. I wrote to him last week and sent him your own likeness. I hope it might be some comfort to him. It would please my father exceedingly if I go home immediately, hut I feel I am no longer a property of my father. I have consecrated myself to my Lord, and also give myself up to the service of my country. If the LJrd ealls me to labor for Him in his vineyard, it is the highest and most honorable calling we could ever obtain on the earth. If the Lord desires to promote his glori­ous kingdom to Japan through me, a least and weakest vessel in his household, I will most cheerfully and hope­fully submit myself to his will. I have a plow on my hands ; I must work for my Lord. It is my earnest prayer for my parents that God should spare their lives until the light of truth and life will be preached to them. I thank God for what He has done for me always. Though I heard a sad news from home, yet He never does leave me comfortless. I received a passport from the Japanese govern­ment, together with a letter from my old teacher. I