Scenes among which we labour, by the wife of a missionary in Bengal (E.L.R.).

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Written by Emily Louisa Robinson nee Fink (daughter of John Christopher Fink and Mary Cytano and wife of Rev. Robert Robinson).

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Page 16 - ... the waters of a sacred river. He made a pilgrimage to Muttra, where, twice daily, he plunged into the holy tide, muttering prayers to his gods. But the waters had no healing power for him, and his gods were deaf to his call. Footsore and weary, he retraced his steps to his native village, and there he thought he would lay himself down and die. One day, not long after his return home, he dragged himself to a neighbouring market to buy some food. He saw a crowd gathered under the shade of a large...
Page 16 - Do I hear aright ?" and he moved closer. The crowd gave way, and let him pass. Standing close beside the preacher, he listened to the blessed story of Christ's power and mercy. " Can the Christian's God cleanse me of this leprosy? " he asked, pointing to his own diseased body. " I will cast myself at His feet.
Page 19 - ... which indicate the connection which existed in early times between India and Upper Egypt. This plant is cultivated in different parts of India, from October to March, in fields, for the sake of the seed, from which an oil is expressed, and used as a substitute for that of the Sesamum, which is considered the best kind. It is used both in dressing food and as a lamp oil. RANA. [AMPHIBIA.] RANDIA (named...
Page 15 - Disease had taken fast hold of him, and he was weary of life. For several years he had walked daily to the shrine of some god, to sacrifice a kid or a goat, and to give money to the priests for poojas and prayers on his behalf. Many were the feasts he prepared for his Brahmins, and the gifts he bestowed on them, in the hope that they would pray for the removal of his disease. But these efforts were fruitless ; he was still a leper. At last he determined to wash himself in the waters of a sacred river....
Page 44 - Let me hear you read," and the missionary places the open page before him. The boy begins in a loud tone, and reads with a little hesitation, perhaps, but very fairly for his years. The old man's face is lighted up with pride as he marks the effect this display of learning has on the admiring crowd of rustics that are listening to his grandson. The missionary pats the little fellow on the head and lets him have the tract, and the old man retires, saying — " Salam, saheb ; when we get home, I'll...
Page 41 - OW think you the villages and markets of Bengal are reached by the missionary ? Many times during the year he leaves the town or city where he resides, and, with two or three native preachers and some books and tracts, he goes forth on a preaching tour. There are no railroads intersecting the districts and connecting the villages together, or even carriage roads, along which one might journey.

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