A Baker's Dozen

A Baker's Dozen

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ... surrounded. Fancy, if that at this moment I dared not mention our Saviour's name to you children here in the open air, for fear some spy should be lurking among the trees who would inform against me, and have us all carried off to choose between sacrificing to the heathen gods or suffering a cruel death! Fancy, if instead of going comfortably to church this evening to pray to and praise God openly and safely, we were obliged to creep off two or three at a time, and taking roundabout and different roads, make our way to some cave where, in spite of every precaution, we should be in danger of being discovered; and if that happened we might think ourselves lucky if they only did to us what was done sometimes in such cases, namely, if they smothered us by choking up the mouth of the cave with great fires of damp wood, so that all inside were suffocated." "Oh! Cousin Dora, how dreadful!" "It was a merciful death compared to many which people suffered then! Well, in the time of the Emperor Trajan, a Roman soldier was discovered to be a Christian. He was a very old man, who had spent his whole life in fighting the battles of his country, but this did not help him now; he was at once thrown into prison, and warned that if he did not consent to sacrifice to the gods, he would be put to death. Of course he knew at once that (humanly speaking) he must die. Thatv/zs a small matter; but there was one thing which troubled him greatly; he had managed to keep hidden somewhere about him a written copy of the Gospel of St. John. Now in those days such a treasure was of incalculable value, and his dread was that, after his death, it would be discovered and destroyed. "One night Tisias (that was the soldier's name) was awakened in his...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236653416
  • 9781236653413