George Grenfell and the Congo; A History and Description of the Congo Independent State and Adjoining Districts of Congoland, Together with Some Accou

George Grenfell and the Congo; A History and Description of the Congo Independent State and Adjoining Districts of Congoland, Together with Some Accou

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...in his diary. They were too busy to be bored. The women missionaries had their sewing classes, their laundries (with washermen as well as washerwomen), their cooking lessons, and their reading classes for girls. They 115. Camoknsia Maxima were sensible enough to take up native food products and teach the children and married women how to prepare them by better, cleaner methods, how to cook them appetizingly. There were the schools for babies, sharp children, hulking boys, and grown women. And the individuality of each scholar--no sameness in these wild natures--some were affectionate, grateful as dogs, passionately devoted to the kind mistress; some were sulky and might perhaps slumber and sulk unappreciatively for years until a chance incident touched and revealed the soul. 1 Here is one of Grenfell's many natural-history notes: "The Protopierus or lung-fish (known at Stanley Pool as njombo) digs its hole in muddy ground, and makes several avenues leading away from the central cavity which serve as different lines of retreat. As the water falls it deepens its hole, but does not 'hibernate, ' as is reported of it." "Losere sold a woman some two months ago, but kept her child, a little girl of two years. Now that the little one has dysentery he threatens to throw her into the river. Phi-ila, of all the girls, was moved to beg us to ask for the little child. In five minutes the matter was all arranged, and Phi-ila is nurse and foster-mother... so happy!..." A few days later: "The poor child died... Phi-ila is disconsolate." An incident like this is recorded with zest: for much of the mission teaching is aimed at enforcing-the rights of women: --"One of the mission girls at Stanley Falls was sold to three or four...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236627784
  • 9781236627780