Annals of the Propagation of the Faith Volume 21-22

Annals of the Propagation of the Faith Volume 21-22

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...to the edifice. The following is the mode of con struction adopted for this adjunct: --Two or four rows of stakes of ' the requisite height, are set up almost in straight lines, consisting generally of the trunks of forked trees, full of knots, and twisted in all shapes; some inclining in one direction, others in the opposite. These being fixed, it then only remains to form the walls and the roof, which are soon put together. For this purpose, branches of trees are spread on the ground, covered over with a thick layer of straw, which has been well bruised by the trampling of the buffaloes when they are ' beating the sheaf, ' (a local expression, which means threshing the corn). Upon this litter of straw other branches are then strewn, the whole is bound together as well as may be, and it is then found that a hurdle has been manufactured, which, placed horizontally upon the stakes, will serve as a roof, or between two stakes, as a side wall. This structure is all very well so long as the weather is fine; but when a shower comes, and tropical showers are somewhat serious, the roof becomes a sort of sieve. " The Missionary's house' and the Bishop's palace belong to the same primitive order of architecture. The whole of the interior is lined with muslin, not only as a decoration, but to prevent the obtrnsion of certain venomous insects. Upon the whole, these habitations are very neat, and, in fine weather, these cabins thus fitted up, are much more healthy than the so-called Missionary houses in other places, pent up in dirty, infectious and dark nooks, the resort of bats, which collect there in great numbers, and impregnate the. apartment with a, stench calculated to make its occupant swoon....show more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 454g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915763
  • 9781236915764