Annals of the Propagation of the Faith Volume 78-80

Annals of the Propagation of the Faith Volume 78-80

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...agony which extinguishes every living thing. " Farmer, what are you doing, sitting in a corner of your hut? Why don't you sow your grain?" " Stranger, will rice grow in fire?" " But you can water your plants until the rain comes." " A little water only stirs up the fire of the forge." " But see, nowit has rained. Hasten to plow." " With what? My oxen are dead of starvation." "I will do the plowing and you can sow the seed." " There is none to be had in the country except for its weight in gold." Such was the famine and its consequences. The like was never known before in India for 3000 years. Indeed it was a frightful calamity. It dried up not only the earth but also the bodies of men, emaciating, twisting and deforming them. Then assisted by cholera, smallpox and pestilence it prostrated them by hundreds along the roadsides, the dying cry of the un fortunatcs being the mournful words, " I am hungry." After having lived for some time as best they might on mango nuts, palm fruits and dirty grass whole families died. In the family with which we were concerned Gounama was the first to go. As long as he could he dragged himself along the roads, with outstretched hand, doing everything in his power to avoid death. But death was pitiless and took him like the others. He, at least, did not expire without hope, for he was baptized. His wife and children were left in a desperate condition. All doors were closed against them, for paganism is essentially selfish. They wandered through burnt fields and rifled gardens. Gnanapuvu worked whenever she could for a ridiculous sum. Their refuge was the Catholic missionary, whose house stood...show more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 467g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236806549
  • 9781236806543