The Christian Keepsake and Missionary Annual. Ed by William Illis. 1837. 1838 Volume 2

The Christian Keepsake and Missionary Annual. Ed by William Illis. 1837. 1838 Volume 2

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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. Excerpt: ...the price of which at Pooree, at this particular season, is raised fourfold, the remainder of their money is exhausted. They see the idol--join in the shouts of the multitude--listen with delight to the filthy obscene songs which are sung, and with their usual improvidence remain on the spot until excitement gives place to exhaustion, and hunger, and poverty, and helplessness reduce them to a state of the utmost d6Sporl--dency and wretchedness. Three hundred miles from home, destitute of all provision, many are found without a single rupee, or any means of providing food necessary to the preservation of life. To add to their distress, the filth of the place, and the hardships they endure, disease, frequently cholera, makes its appea: rance--medical aid is not to be obtained, and to proceed on their journey is impossible. Seated by the roadside, imploring charity from the returning pilgrims, the great majority of whom are in as wretched circumstances as themselves, small parties are often seen weeping and praying for relief, till, wasted by sickness and famine, one or more of the number expire, and are left to decay on the spot where they fell, -or be devoured by vultures or beasts of prey. The rest, depending on the casual bounty of others on the road, slowly proceed, and, after losing by death one or two more of the party, in process of time again enter their own quiet village, but like living skeletons; and on reaching their own doors, they often give vent to their feelings in strong cries and tears. A missionary, now labouring at Pooree, writes as follows: -- On one occasion, I witnessed such scenes of cruelty and misery, as no time can ever obliterate from my memory. In one small space of ground (about an acre) I counted upwards of a hundred and forty.show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609859
  • 9781236609854