In introduction, Mr. Waldron gave a brief account of the origin and early work of the society. The first efforts, he said, were directed to Sunday-school work, but when that work began to be taken up by the churches, the society entered upon much more diverse work. At present eighteen missionaries are employed. Their work consists chiefly in visiting the homes of the poor people and in distributing clothing, good reading matter and the like. The foreign element, especially the Chinese, claim a large share of attention. It is an interesting fact that bibles and other missionary supplies are sent from Hong Kong for use among the Chinese in Boston.
The business depression and the large number of men that are consequently out of employment, make the work of the society at present very difficult. Gret discretion is needed in giving help to tramps and beggars, as help that is hastily and ignorantly given often does more harm than good, and is sure to increase the large number of idle, unemployed men.
Mr. Waldron acknowledged the help which the Christian Association has given in the past, and appealed to all earnest men who are anxious to find some way of doing good, to join either personally or indirectly, in the work of the City Missionary Society.