Korea.  Yungbyen.  In February Miss Estey, sitting in a little mud cottage with a lamp burning to warm her hands by when too stiff to hold the pen any longer, made “a few remarks”.   Cold fingers cannot stiffen her style.  But if more is not soon done for the work so dear to her, discouragement will chill her heart.  “I have worked with all there is in me to make the work grow, but it is small satisfaction to see it grow, if in nearly three years not an extra penny is granted for enlargement….This has been the most severe winter I have ever known in Korea—starvation and death by freezing frightfully common.  The prices of everything have been away out of sight.”  The women on Miss Estey’s district have pledged for 1918 over six years of work as their Jubilee offering of time and strength.  In another letter Miss Estey says:  “The thing I need is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and sidecar, to do itinerating, but alas! The money is not, as the Koreans would say.  Just think!  I have to make a trip on a miserable beast called a horse that will take me from early morning until sundown for five days straight ahead, a trip that Mr. Wachs makes in six hours with his motorcycle.  Ten days on horseback—when twelve hours would do it!”  – Woman’s Missionary Friend.  Vols. 49-50.  Methodist Episcopal Church, Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society.  Sept. 1918.

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