The Missionary Herald Volume 98

The Missionary Herald Volume 98

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...Ceylon. HAWAII AND THE JAPANESE. BY REV. DOREMUS SCUDDER, D.D. Our new territory in the mid-Pacific boasts a perfect climate, the fertility of the isles of the gods, the largest volcano on the globe, scenery as unique as it is picturesque, an unrivaled missionary history, and last but not least, the double staples of sugar and social problems. One has only to visit the Islands casually and glance beneath the surface to see that our new territory is about as rich in difficult and delicate questions as it is in the production of that sweetness whose per capita consumption has been taken by some political scientists as an index of economic condition. And strangely enough, the two are singularly related, for it is Hawaii's sugar that has created most of her vexed problems. Certain it is that she has more of the latter to the acre than any other equal area on the earth's surface. A not over-large community, isolated from the every-day life of the world by a five to seven days' sea voyage, and a very mixed population consisting of dominant Americans; a slowly declining native race, simple hearted yet proudly sensitive; a sprinkling of adventurers from any and everywhere; a small regiment of indolent Porto Ricans; 17,000 bright, active, promising Portuguese; 29,000 industrious, resolute Chinamen, ready to intermarry with the Hawaiians, and giving birth to a fine mixed progeny that inherits the virtues of both parents; and 67,000 Japanese, who constitute forty-three per cent of the entire inhabitants; add to all this the economic situation which makes against small property holdings, and aggregates agricultural lands in great estates owned or controlled by a very few capitalists in the interests of a single industry; and at once even a tyro more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236934849
  • 9781236934840