The Isles of the Pacific; Or Sketches from the South Seas

The Isles of the Pacific; Or Sketches from the South Seas

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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: ...Douane and his companions relate many curious stories of the natives. Their very first object of course was to make them abandon their cannibalism. One day a man, half-converted, said to the Bishop, "Father, it may be that eating one's fellow-creature is a bad action, but if you tell me they are not good to eat, you will lie." Before much progress Was made in the conversion of the natives, there were very dark times for the missionaries. They were robbed, and their houses burned down. Twice they were driven out of the island. One of them, Frere Blaise, was killed, and died praying for the men who had killed him. The others barely escaped with their lives, and suffered terrible hardships in escaping. Still these good and brave men would not give up their object, and only waited for more favourable times for returning. They had their reward at last. Before Monseigneur Douane died a large number of the islanders had become Christians, and he had established native Christian teachers among them, who were able to carry on his work. Monseigneur Douane took some epidemic, rife in the island ten years from the time he landed. It proved fatal, but he died at his post most peacefully and happily, with the words "Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace/' in Latin, on his lips. It is marvellous to reflect upon the power of the gospel in taming the ferocity of savages and paving the way for the advance of civilisation. It not only teaches them what is right and just, but wins their hearts to approve it; and thus prepares them to yield a willing obedience to fair and equitable laws. But it is sad to think that often the fair promise of peace and brotherhood, which missionaries have taken such pains to produce, is rudely shattered more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587693
  • 9781236587695