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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 15, 1912, Image 17

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DAILY SHORT STORY
The Test of the Preacher.
Up and down through the Fijis
John Strange had preached, win
ning a convert heYe, a convert
there. Twice, in the interior, he
had been stoned and driven away;
often his life had been endangered
his and his young wife's; but
for the most part the people list
ened to him in sullen indifference
and went back to their hideous
idols.
"After all, it is a great thing."
he told his wife, "to win 'even a
single soul to God." And in his
little Moravian chapel on V(ta
Levu he held forth daily upon the
charities, the virtues of poverty
and brotherly love.
"They listen. They are not bap
tized, but they listen," he told his
wife again exultantly. "Some day
the seed will germinate."
Then came the new missionar
ies to the Fijis. Theirs was a de
nomination that could afford to
expend untold wealth upon its
flocks. -
They built a rich church, send
ing all the way to New Zealand
for a special building stone. They
installed an organ. A special choir
chanted each Sunday. And the
missionaries, graduates from the
ological colleges in England far
ed sumptuously and went abroad
among the people, instilling the
seeds of a more pompous ritual.
With the Moravian," Strange,
they held no communion.
Followers flocked to them.
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