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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 15, 1912, Image 18

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Jtoon half the people attended the
Jew church. And then, grown
arrogant, they besought the king
to dispossess the Moravian from
his simple chapel. The king, re
membering a one-time salutary
visit from a British gunboat, or
dered Strange' to leave the coun
try on thefollowlng Wednesday.
"You- are a citizen of the
United States. Stay," his wife
besought him. "Send word to
our consul."
"I will stay," he said, "but I
will send no word to the consul.
I am here not as an Ainerican
citizen, but as God's preacher."
Derisively Jthe adherents of the
rich church mocked Strange in
the streets. "Call upon your
God," they cried, "since He is
strong. Perhaps He will save
you. Perhaps He.will destroy the
God of your enemies."
"Their God is our God," said
Strange, simply. That Sunday,
his last, he preached to a crowd
ed congregation in the litle white
washed chapel.
- "He was reviled and opened not
this mouth," was the text. Then,
,in the simple, mellifluous Fiji
-tongue, he recounted, withoiV
bitterness, the reason why no fu
ture services could be held. The
Jkjng had seen fit to disposses
him of his chapel and to exile
rhim. He would render a passive
ohediencc. He would neither re
vile nor resist, but continue to
preach the Word as long as the
-,power was in him to do so.
j Outside, in full pomp and para
pherpalia, the band of the weal
thy church marched in triumph
ant procession.
John Strange ceased his ser
mon and descended from the pul
pit. There was a buzzing among
his 'congregation, but he did not
heed it. He walked with head
bent down, eyes fixed upon the
ground. He paid no heed to the
mocking salutations of natives
nor to the studied aloofness of the
rival preacher.
Then suddenly a strange thing
happened. An old man came for
ward from among the crowd,
and, with abject humility, knelt
at his feet. And suddenly thun
derous shouts acclaimed the ac
tion. Strange looked up. It was
the king of Vita Levu.
"I bring my people to you to
baptize them," said the old man,
simply. "Long we have hesitat
ed, for we Fiji people will not
make up bur minds till we have
seen and weighed; then we are
true to death. Had you resisted
my edict, we should not have be
lieved. Now I know you are true
to the Word of humility you
preach, and Lord, here aie all
my people."
What's the Difference?
"Of course," said the optimist,
"if a man gets into the ha"bit of
hunting trouble he's sure to find
"Yes," replied the pessimist,
"and if he's so laz that he always
tries to avoid it it will find him.
So what's the difference?"
Catholic Standard and Times.
Good evening. Have you kick
ed about the weather vet?

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