Missions and martyrs in Madagascar

Missions and martyrs in Madagascar

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k!/' /'/.2.'9./;her than that of the kinoj. At this time, the missionaries found obstacles to the growth of their schools in the fears of those parents who resided near the capital. The boys who had been sent with Prince Rataffe to En2;land for education not returning with him, caused a report that they had been sold to the cannibals. Mothers, suspecting missionaries to be in leaguethe with the slave-traders, became alarmed for the safety of their children, and concealed them in rice-holes under ground, causing death in several DAWN OF CIVILIZATION. 57 instances. Radama was absent upon an expedi- tion against the Sakalavas, but his mother imme- diately issued commands calculated to restore "confidence. Cease from all such practices," said she, "for it is the instruction of your children here, and not sending them to another country, that is the wish and intention of Radama your king." A number of artisans and mechanics, as well as additional missionaries and their families, were sent by the London Society in 1821 and 1822. Radama welcomed them all gladly, giving them and lands, andhouses natives to assist them; however, thatrequiring, apprentices should be taught the various trades. The slave-traders had only brought the luxuries of civilization, and that from interested motives. The Bible messengers introduced the useful arts, and taught the ignorant natives how to rise out of theirdegradation.

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PUBLISHED BY THE
AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY,
28 CoRNHiLL, Boston.Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 18G4, by
THE AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY,
District Court of the District of Massachusetts,In the Clerk's Office of the
GEO. C. RAND & AVERY,
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