Stories From China, by the Author of 'the Story of a Summer Day', Etc
ISBN 1151404756 (1-151-40475-6)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: 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. 1876. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER Vni. UNDAUNTED BY. DIFFICULTIES. ""VTOU did not tell us anything about what the.' missionaries are doing at Pekin, Nankin, and Canton when you were talking about them last time, mamma," said Mabel. "Won't you do so now?" "There is not very much to tell, my dear, I am afraid; or, at any rate, not much that would interest you. The Church Missionary Society has a station at Pekin, and I believe there is a missionary hospital at Canton; but I cannot find much about either that you would, I think, care to hear. There is more that is interesting to tell, in the way of missionary matter, about some of the other cities of China. In Shanghai, for instance, the Church Missionary Society has had missionaries working for a good many years. For a time they were withdrawn; but in 1870 they went back again. But, you know, the Chinese are a very discouraging people to work among. It is so hard to excite any interest in religious matters. I suppose if you talk to a Chinaman on almost any other topic he will listen to you; but to anything which you may have to say on this most important of all subjects he, too often, turns an utterly indifferent ear. The missionary may, perhaps, work for years, and yet see little fruit from his labours; and it is always hard to go on then, you know." "I should think missionaries to China ought to be men that don't know what it is to give anything up, and who really like difficulties," said Mabel. "Don't you think so, mamma? Why, it must be the very hardest country in all the world to work in, what with the frightful language, the love of the people for opium, and then this indifference." "But do you believe there are any people who like difficulties?" inquired Frank. "People may talk about it, and may pretend to like them, but I do...
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