304 LAST YEARS AND DEATH. much ground here. At the last communion we re­ceived over forty new members into our chapel church, and we may receive about thirty more at the next communion. There is no least sign of excitement. It may be called a steady spiritual growth. Our weekly prayer-meetings fill the chapel. It is a grand sight to see five hundred young people gathered there. A week ago I mar1ied a warm friend of ours, the head of the Yokohama bank. He gave us, last sum­mer, one thousand yen for our preparatory school, and last week four hundred yen for the completion of a dormitory which is to bear his name. His young wife was formerly a pupil in our Kyoto Home, and is the eldest daughter of a wealthy merchant. The wedding took place in the largest hotel in the city, and was a grand ceremony. The wedding proces­sion was very gay. The bride was accompanied by our governor's wife and six maidens, and the bride­groom by the ex-lieutenant-governor of Shiga, an ad­JOimng province. Many people of rank were present, and the solemn ceremony of a Christian marriage made a deep impression." In April, 1888, a meeting was held in the great Buddhist temple of Chionin in Kyoto to consider the question of a university endowment. It was attended by the officials of the province and city, the leading bankers and merchants of Kyoto, and after addresses by the governor, mayor, Mr. Neesima, and others, a committee was appointed to take the matter actively in hand. Mr. Neesima's views as a Christian were, of course, well understood, and the whole aim and spirit of the Doshisha were known to all. Its marked success had stimulated the friends of education in other centres, and the training-school at Sendai, or-