The Idler; An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Volume 9

The Idler; An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Volume 9

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...he was subjected to much hero-worship by the supporters of the Society, among whom he was as popular as ever; but, before his departure, he received a private intimation from the Secretary and Treasurer that he would do well to put himself in a position to report a convert or two. "Enquirers" were all very well for a beginning, but the prestige of the Society--Angiice its banking account--demanded more definite results from Mr. Ramsay's undoubted efforts. "With this gentle hint ringing in his ears Ramsay set himself to ransack Molopi for the requisite article. There was no doubt about the man's industry. He certainly wanted to make a convert, though why he wanted to make one is another matter upon which I won't pass an opinion. Possibly, mixed motives urged him--a spice of genuine missionary enterprise, a dash of vanity, and the necessity, from an jQ s. d. point of view, of obeying the Secretary's injunction. Anyway, he moved heaven and earth to gain his object, and at the expiration of six months from his return he was successful. He broke the Molopi record and made a Christain convert. "The conversion didn't amount to much, but it served the purposes of the quarterly report. The proselyte was an orphan-boy about nine years old, whose parents were swept off in one night by small pox. Ramsay heard of the deaths, and with a spark of real heroism nipped subject to periodical famines owing to deficient rainfall, and, at the end of the year following M'banta's conversion, an extra big thing in famines set in. The people were absolutely without providence, and were dying of hunger almost before they were aware that the crops had failed. There was no provender for the cattle, and they died, too. "For a time Ramsay...show more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236796314
  • 9781236796318