Mary Liddiard, or, The missionary's daughter


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Mary Liddiard, or, The missionary's daughter : a tale of the Pacific
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Mary Liddiard
The Missionary's daughter
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128 p., 1 leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 17 cm.
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Baldwin -- 1875
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The boughs were drawn aside, when several natives
appeared in front of us.



We Sissinam ffausgjter






A Missionary Station in an island of the Pacific described.-The
Girls' School superintended by Mrs Liddiard, her daughter
Mary, and little Maud.--Mary Liddiard's narrative.-Introduce
to my readers Lisele, the chief's daughter, one of our pupils.-
My mother explains the Gospel to her, 5

Our Station threatened by heathen natives.-Lisele accepting the
truth, desires the conversion of her father, and obtains per-
mission from her aunt Abela to visit him.-I describe our
voyage when little Maud was found.-Condition of the Station
at the time when my narrative commences, 22

The islands of the Pacific described. --My mother's illness.-Nasile,
a messenger from Lisele, comes to the settlement, followed
shortly by Lisele and Masaugu, who promises to lotu after he
has defeated his enemies.-My father warns him in vain of the
fearful danger he runs by putting off becoming a Christian, 38

Our anxieties increase on the departure of Masaugu.- My father
summoned to visit a sick missionary at another island, and
we are left under the charge of Nanari, the native missionary.
-My mother's sudden death.-A comet ...I .1 eL r,..1 .-I
the natives.-A vessel appears off the ..... r. .
suggestion I send off a note warning the Captain of the dan-
ger to which he is exposed from the natives, 51

We receive the sad tidings of the massacre of the crew of the vessel.
-I still hope that some may have escaped, and Lisele takes
means to rescue them.-She sends her cousin Tofa, to Mafoa,
the young chief to whom her Father has betrothed her.-A
fearful hurricane.-The heathen natives prevented by it from
attacking the settlement and seizing us, 63



Lisele and I feel great anxiety on account of our fathers not re-
turning.-Tofa also has not appeared.-We are assembled in
the chapel, when Tofa, with a white etrno arrives, and
warns us that the heathens threaten ,, i:.--Tofa takes
charge of his companion.-We fly to the mountains, and wit-
ness the burning of our village.-We lie concealed in a cave,
while the savages search for us, 74

We remain concealed, none of our friends appearing.-Maud sees
a person on the hill.-Our alarm-We again hear voices and
footsteps.-Our native Friends return and bring us sad tidings;
yet we have cause to be thankful that some have escaped.-
S-*. Li:. ... ay to a canoe, when the heathens pursue
j L.. . --.'-' i. Norton gives me his history, 85


While on our passage in the canoe a storm arises.-We are driven
far away to leeward of the island.-Abela instructs Tofa in
the truth.-Scarcity of food and water.-Our sufferings become
intense-The Native crew give way to despair, 99

A calm.-The canoe floats motionless on the ocean.-Many of our
number appear to be dying for want of water.-I fear chiefly
lor Maud, when a sail is seen, and, with a rising breeze, she
.iI. .... ---- are received on board the 'True Love,' and
L., ,.I. ...-- I I Captain Hudson and his wife, . 110


Maud and I with most of our party recover.-Mr Norton instructs
the crew, and proves that he is really converted.-The great
kindness of Captain and Mrs Hudson-They offer to take us
t.. TI.. --i. i but we resolve to remain on an island inhabited by
( 1.. on which we land, that we may devote ourselves to
missionary work.-Maud is restored to her parents.-Captain
Hudson, on v 'nhalqnvnt ----.;: i...... ., Father to us, and
I, having *. I I i. :i. ,. ., we return to our
island, where IT.-...:.. Leaving become a Christian, with
Lisole and her '".. i..., ... residing, .. 118



A Missionary Station in an island of the Pacific described.-The
girls' school superintended by Mrs Liddiard, her daughter
Mary, and Little Maud.-Mary Liddiard's narrative.-In-
troduce to my readers Lisele, the chief's daughter, one of
our pupils.-My mother explains the Gospel to her.

'Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.'

4EtHESE words were ascending from the lips of
a number of dark skinned girls assembled
round a fair haired English lady in a building
thickly thatched with the leaves of the sugar
cane, beneath the shade of a grove of tall cocoa-
nut trees, in one of the many far off beautiful
islands of the wide Pacific. The building, erected


by the natives after their own fashion, was the
school-house of a missionary station lately estab-
lished by Mr Liddiard, and the lady was his de-
voted wife. It stood upon a platform of coral-
stone, raised about two feet from the ground, while
the roof projected a considerable distance beyond
the walls, and was supported by stout posts formed
of the bread-fruit tree, tightly bound to the rafters
by ropes of sinnet.
After the conclusion of the hymn of praise-a
sound unwonted in that long benighted region,
whose groves had hitherto echoed only with the
shouts and wild laughter of the savage heathens,
as they performed their barbarous rites, and the
shrieks and groans of their victims-the pupils
grouped themselves round Mrs Liddiard on the
mats with which the floor was spread.
They were of various ages; some were child-
ren, others full grown young women. All kept
their eyes fixed on her attentively, as if anxious to
understand every word she said. Some were
clothed in light cotton dresses, their black hair
neatly braided and ornamented with a few sweet
scented wild flowers, while others were habited in


garments of native cloth, formed from the paper
mulberry tree.
By the side of Mrs Liddiard sat, on low stools,
two young girls, whose light complexions con-
trasted with that of their dark skinned sisters.
Though she spoke in the native language, the two
English girls understood her perfectly, and ap-
peared to be as attentive as their companions, and
anxious to set a good example to the rest. One of
them, with black hair, called little Maud, who
seemed to be about eleven years old, had a grave
expression of countenance; the other, Mrs Liddiard's
daughter Mary, was very like her mother, with
light hair and blue eyes, full of animation and
On one side of the house the ground sloped
away down to a beach seen between the Pandanus
and cocoa-nut trees, of fine white sand fringing a
calm lagoon of the deepest blue, beyond which
appeared a long line of foaming breakers, ever
dashing against a coral reef, which extended parallel
with the coast as far as the eye could reach. On
the other side rose the steep sides of a range of
rocky and picturesque mountains, clothed to their


summits with the richest and densest foliage, num-
berless creepers climbing up the trees, and hanging
from branch to branch, while here and there, amid
openings of the forest, several sparkling cascades
came rushing down from the far off heights, now
falling in sheets of glittering foam, now dashing
from ledge to ledge, and at length making their
way into the lagoon.
Near the girls' school house was a building of
considerably larger dimensions, and of much greater
height, with numerous windows and a porch. It
was the mission chapel erected by the native
Christians. At a short distance from it was Mr
Liddiard's residence, a neat cottage with a broad
verandah in front, partaking more of the European
style than any of the other edifices.
Under the shade of the trees were numerous
huts, inhabited by the converts, who had left their
former homes and gathered round their pastor.
Among them was a hut somewhat larger than the
rest, which had been built by the zealous native
teacher Nanari, who had come from a distant
island to bring the glad tidings of salvation to the
people; and undaunted by the opposition of the


heathens, had long laboured alone, until the arrival
of Mr Liddiard, under whom he now acted as
catechist and assistant.
Notwithstanding the unceasing exertions and
prayers of Nanari, aided by his faithful wife, and
of Mr and Mrs Liddiard, comparatively few of the
natives had as yet been gathered into Christ's fold.
The greater part of the island was inhabited by
fierce heathens, who still carried on frequent wars
against each other; and angry with their coun-
trymen for having abandoned the faith of their
forefathers, constantly threatened them and the
missionaries with destruction.
In spite of the dangers which surrounded him,
Mr Liddiard continued dauntlessly to labour to win
souls to Christ, knowing well in whom he trusted;
and that although it might not be allowed to
him while on earth to see the fruit of his toils,
yet that a rich harvest would some day be
The missionary's life was not an idle one.
When not engaged in preaching the gospel or in
giving instruction to his converts, he was compelled
to work with his hands to obtain his daily food,


and he and Nanari, with the young men who had
become Christians, were engaged in the taro grounds
or in their gardens, attending to the cultivation of
the bread-fruit tree, yams, casavas, sweet potatoes,
and other vegetables. He had also built his own
house, and manufactured his furniture, and had
every day some manual work to perform besides
being engaged in studying the language and trans-
lating the Bible and other works, for the instruction
of the natives. Thus, from morning till night, he
and his wife were actively employed. Although
Mary and little Maud could now give them some
assistance in household matters, the young girls
themselves required instruction, which also occu-
pied a portion of their time. Maud was not their
own child, though they had educated her, for she
was friendless and destitute, and they loved her as
a daughter.
To return to the school house I have described.
I should say that I was the Mary I have men-
tioned, the missionary's daughter. I will tell more
about little Maud by-and-by. We used to act as
assistant teachers to my mother. As soon as the
address she had given was over we went among


the girls to answer any questions they might put
to us, or to help in their tasks.
Malay,' said a girl at the further end of the
room, near whom I had seated myself ('Malay'
was the name the natives always called me), 'I
wish to know if your God always sees you.'
'Yes, indeed, He does,' I answered. He
sees and knows everything I think and say and
'Then I would rather not lotu,' she said. Be-
cause I don't think that the gods of my people
know what they do, or what they think or say, and
I am very sure that I shall wish to do many things
which might displease them. Not long ago I
laughed and jeered at them, and I am sure that
they did not find me out.'
The term lotu,' I should explain, is used by
the natives to signify changing their religion, or
becoming Christians.
'But our God, Jehovah, is above all gods. He
made the world and all the human race, and He
therefore knows everything that you and all heathen
people do and say and think. The darkness is no
darkness with Him, and the day and night to Him


are both alike,' I answered. But come to mother,
Lisele, and she will explain the matter to you more
clearly than I can do.'
Lisele was the daughter of a heathen chief, who
was very well disposed towards the Christians ;-and
although he would not lotu himself, he allowed
Lisele, who was very intelligent, and possessed an
inquiring mind, to attend the school. She was
about two years older than I was, and I think any
one who had seen her dressed in her costume of
native cloth of the finest texture, with a wreath of
white flowers in her raven hair, would have thought
her very pretty. She was as yet imperfectly in-
structed in Christian truth, and possessed of high
spirits and an independent will-a mere child of
nature. It was evidently necessary to treat her
with the greatest caution to prevent her running
away from us and rejoining her former heathen
Lisele, taking my hand, came and sat down at
my mother's feet, and I then put the question that
she had asked me. Yes, indeed, Lisele,' said my
mother. Jehovah not only sees all you do, and
hears all you say, but knows every thought which


is passing through your mind, and if you think
anything that is wrong, and utter even a careless
word, He is grieved at it. He is so pure and holy
that even the bright heavens are not clean in His
sight; and were He to treat us as we deserve,
when we indulged for a moment in an evil thought,
or departed in the slightest degree from the truth,
He might justly punish us; but He is merciful,
kind, and long-suffering, and thus He allows sin-
ners to continue in life, to give them an opportunity
of repenting and turning to Him.'
'Then there would be no use for my father and
all the chiefs and people whom I know to lotu, for
they have done over and over again all sorts of
things which you have told me Jehovah hates,' re-
marked Lisele.
'My dear Lisele,' said my mother, taking her
hand, Jehovah has said in His holy Book, that He
will receive all who turn from their sins and come
to Him in the way He has appointed, through faith
in His dear Son; and He also tells us that the
blood of Jesus His Son cleanseth from all sin."
Likewise He says, "Though your sins be as scar-
let they shall be as white as snow; though they


be red like crimson they shall be as wool." Be-
lieve this blessed promise yourself, Lisele, and tell
your father that though Jehovah knows all the
murders He has committed, and every crime he
has been guilty of, if he will but turn from them
and trust to the perfect sacrifice which Christ
offered up on Calvary when He was punished, by
dying that cruel death on the cross instead of us,
then all will be forgiven and blotted out of God's
remembrance. The blood of Jesus Christ," I re-
peat, cleanseth from all sin."'
The Indian girl stood with her eyes open, gaz-
ing at my mother, and lost with astonishment at
what she had heard.
'But surely we must do something to gain this
great favour from God. We must labour and toil
for Him. We must pay Him all we have in re-
compense for the bad things we have done, that
have offended Him so much,' she exclaimed.
I No we poor weak creatures have nothing to
do. We could do nothing to make amends for the
ill we have done, to blot out our sins; and all the
wealth we possess could not recompense God, for
all things are His. But the debt has been paid for


us by Jesus. He became our surety, and when
we go to Him, and trust to Him, and pray to Him,
as He is now seated at the right hand of God, He
acts the part of our advocate, and pleads for us
with God, urging that He Himself paid the debt,
and, therefore, that we have nothing to pay and
nothing to do. God in His mercy has promised a
free and full pardon to all who trust to Him.
" Pardon for sin is the gift of God," and the King -
who makes the present requires nothing in return
but gratitude and love and obedience.'
'I think I understand,' said Lisele. 'If my
father was to conquer another tribe who had
offended him, and, instead of putting them to
death, was to pardon them all, and to give them a
country rich in bread-fruit trees and taro grounds,
they would be bound to love and serve Him, and
give Him the best produce of their lands.'
'Exactly,' said my mother. 'But Jehovah
does not require the fruits of the earth, for all
things are His." What He wants is the willing
obedience of His creatures. He wishes them to
obey His laws, to be kind, and merciful, and cour-
teous, and pitiful, to all their fellows, not returning


evil for evil, but good for evil, and endeavouring to
make known His name and His power and good-
ness to all those who do not know it. That we
may know His will, when Jesus Christ came into
the world to die for man, He set us the example
we are to follow. Then as our hearts are prone to
evil, and Satan is ever going about seeking to mis-
lead us, He has sent His Holy Spirit to instruct
our minds, to support us and help us to withstand
the deceits of Satan.'
'Then I think it must be Satan who makes my
people fight with each other, and do all sorts of
things that you tell me God's Book says are so
wrong,' exclaimed Lisele. I must try and persuade
my father to worship Jehovah, and then, perhaps,
the Holy Spirit you tell me of will prevent him from
spending his life in fighting and killing people.
It has always seemed to me a very bad thing to
do, and that it would be much better if people
would live together in peace, and dance and sing
and amuse themselves without the constant fear
of being attacked by their enemies and killed.'
'Undoubtedly, my dear girl, if anyone turns to
Jehovah, trusting to Jesus Christ, and seeks the


aid of the Holy Spirit whom He has promised to
send, He will be enabled to do His will. God
cannot lie. Everything He has promised He will
fulfil,' answered my mother. 'I pray that you
will be enabled to explain this matter to the chief,
your father.'
'Yes! yes! that I will,' cried Lisele. 'Till
this moment I did not understand it. I thought
that it must be a very difficult thing to serve Je-
hovah, and that those who had done anything to
offend Him were to toil and work to the end of
their days, and even then have very little chance of
being received into favour.'
'Satan tries to persuade man that such is the
case, that he may turn his eyes away from the all-
sufficient atonement made by Christ on Calvary, and
prevent him from trusting to that, and that alone,'
said my mother. 'Satan hates the atonement, be-
cause it is that which destroys his power, and he
cares nothing when people try to be good, and try to
please God, trusting to themselves, provided they
have no faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ, in the
all-cleansing power of His blood,' observed my mo-
ther. If you will reflect, my dear girl, on the fact


that God made us and gives us all the blessings we
enjoy, andthat consequently we owe Him everything,
you will see that nothing we do can make amends
to Him for the sins we have committed, because if
we were to devote every moment of our lives to His
service we should only be doing our duty. Then
again, a sin which has been committed cannot be
undone; so it is written against us in the great
book prepared for the day of judgment. God is
so pure and holy that even the heavens are not
clean in His sight, and He is so just that He can-
not forgive sin; we only mock Him when we ask
Him to forgive us our sins, if we plead our own
merits, because, as I have shown you, we cannot
possibly have any merits to plead-all our merits
are but as filthy rags, they cannot cover up our
vileness and sinfulness. But then Jehovah is all
merciful as well as just, and He has, therefore,
formed that blessed plan of salvation, the gospel
plan, just suited to our wants, by which we can
take advantage of the all perfect merits of Jesus
Christ, and make them our own-our vileness being
covered up by His righteousness, our nakedness
clothed with His pure and spotless robes, so that


Jehovah does not see our sins; they are put away
as far as the east is from the west; they are blotted
out of the great book of remembrance. This is
done immediately the sinner trusts in the Saviour.
It is not to be done. All the work was done on
Calvary, when Jesus cried, It is finished!" All
that God requires is that the sinner should take
advantage of that work finished by Jesus, by
trusting to Him alone, thus becoming completely
qualified for heaven. May God, the Holy Spirit,
enable you to understand this truth.'
The Indian girl sat down, and for some time
appeared lost in thought; then starting up with the
impetuous manner which her ardent disposition
made her assume, she asked, in her native tongue,
'Then if I believe that Jesus Christ, the sinless
Son of Jehovah, left the glories of heaven, and
became man, and suffered a fearful death on the
cross, His precious blood being then shed, and that
He -ii-r.i this punishment instead of me, and
that God's justice is thereby satisfied, am I no
longer to fear punishment? Does God no more
look at my sins ? am I received into His favour ?
Oh then how grateful ought I to be to God, how


much ought I to love Jehovah's kind Son, how
ought I to try to serve and obey and please Him!'
'Yes, indeed, Lisele, if you thus trust in Christ,
if you believe that His blood was shed for you,
that you are sprinkled with it, you may be assured
that God has taken you into favour, that He has
blotted out all your sins, and that when you leave
this world you will be received into that glorious
heaven which He has prepared for all those who
love Him.'
'Oh, I am sure what you tell me is true,' ex-
claimed the Indian girl, clasping her hands, while
a look of joy irradiated her countenance. I long
to know more of that kind and merciful Jesus, and
love Him and serve Him. I must go and tell my
father all you have said, and get him to come and
hear himself about Jehovah. Your religion is just
what we want in this country, for nothing else will
prevent the people from fighting and murdering
each other, which cannot be pleasing to a good
God, though our priests tell us that our gods de-
light in war and in the human sacrifices offered to
them, and encourage our warriors to kill and burn
their prisoners.'


Our religion is not only suited to the inhabi-
tants of these islands, but to people of all countries,
and at all times,' said my mother. It is the only
true religion, because it is the only one which God
has given to man, and He has sent us the Bible
that we may learn what His will is, and He pours
out the Holy Spirit that we may understand and be
enabled to perform it. And the time will come
when "all kings shall fall down before Him; all
nations shall serve Him."' (Psa. lxxii. 11.)
All the other girls had returned to their homes.
Lisele remained, eager to gain more information
about the wonderful things she had heard. What
a happy thing it would be if boys and girls in
Britain were as anxious to obtain spiritual know-
ledge as was the young savage girl in that Pacific

-. : ,,, ,j_.., .._N


Our station threatened by heathen natives.-Lisele, accepting
the truth, desires the conversion of her father, and obtains
permission from her aunt and Abela to visit him.-I de-
scribe our voyage, when little MAaud was found.-Condition
of the station at the time when my narrative commences.

UR little Christian settlement was truly
-,y an oasis in the wilderness. We were
closely beset by heathens, and frequently we could
see them assembling on the hill side, performing
their savage dances, or threatening our destruc-
tion with fierce gestures-shaking their clubs and
spears, and shrieking and hooting wildly.
Most of the converts settled round us belonged
to the tribe of Masaugu, Lisele's father; for although
he himself still remained a heathen, he did not op-
pose those of his people who wished to lotu, or
become Christians.
Among them was Lisele's aunt, the sister of
her mother, with whom she resided, and through


her influence Lisele had first been induced to attend
the school.
On the day I have spoken of, when it was time
for Lisele to return to her aunt's house, she invited
me to accompany her, which my mother gave me
permission to do. She wanted me to assist her in
persuading her aunt to allow her to return to her
'I have been so long accustomed to speak
falsehoods, that if I tell her that I wish to go she
will not believe my object,' said Lisele. Besides,
she will not think it possible that so fierce a war-
rior as my father will consent to lotu ; but I heard
your mother say the other day, that with Jehovah
nothing is impossible, and therefore I believe that if
I pray that my father's heart may be changed, he
will, notwithstanding his fierceness, become a Chris-
I am very sure that Jehovah will hear your
prayers,' I remarked, if you offer them up accord-
ing to His own appointed way, through Jesus
Christ; but still He will take His own good time
to bring about what you desire. My father often
says we must not expect to have our prayers an-


swered exactly in the way we wish. God knows
what is best, and oftentimes He does not accom-
plish that which we desire; and though we cannot
comprehend His reasons, still it is our duty to pray
on in faith, without ceasing. Jehovah, too, often
allows those He loves to suffer; and though they
may complain that the sufferings are very hard to
bear, He will assuredly lift them up and support
them, for He has said, My strength is made per-
fect in weakness' (2 Cor. xii. 9). This conversa-
tion lasted till we reached the house of Abela,
Lisele's aunt.
Abela was a woman of about forty, her face,
though not handsome, and with a serious expres-
sion, was mild and pleasing. She was dressed in
an ample petticoat, made from the fibres of the
hibiscus, while over her shoulders she wore a tippet
somewhat resembling a small poncho, which com-
pletely shrouded the upper part of her form. Hav-
ing finished the labours of the day (for although of
high rank, she was compelled, like others, to work
for her support), she was seated on a mat, with a
book open on her knees, from which she was en-
deavouring to read. Not having long been a con-


vert, she had as yet made but little progress in her
studies. She affectionately welcomed her niece and
me as we took our seats near her. Lisele then
eagerly poured forth what she had been hearing,
so rapidly, that I could scarcely follow her.
It is all true,' said Abela, when her niece at
length ceased speaking. 'I praise Jehovah that
you know it.'
When, however, Lisele told her of her wish to
go back to her father, Abela hesitated. He will
not understand you, my child,' she exclaimed, and
perhaps will not allow you to return to people whom
he may think so foolish.'
'Oh, but I'll pray for him,' answered Lisele.
'I'll ask Jehovah to help me, and I know He will
hear me, so I shall not have to trust to my own
Abela remained silent for some time, and I saw
that she was engaged in prayer.
'You shall go, my child,' she said at length.
'Jehovah will take care of you, and may He pros-
per your undertaking.'
Delighted at having obtained this permission,
Lesele returned to spend the evening with us, for


my father wished to have an opportunity of speak-
ing to her. He warned her of the opposition she
must expect to meet with from her people, and of
the dangers she would have to encounter, especially
as he knew that she had been sought in marriage
by a young heathen chief, who might wish to
detain her.
But now I know the truth. I will never con-
sent to marry one who is a heathen,' she answered.
' And I do not intend to remain. I will only try to
persuade my father to visit you, and then I will
Lisele set off the next day, accompanied by two
Christian people of her tribe, who promised to pro-
tect her from the heathens, and aid her return
should it be opposed, even although they might
risk their lives in so doing. We were very sorry
to lose her, as we feared that efforts would be
made to prevent her returning among us.
Maud could not restrain her tears. 'I know
too well how cruelly these heathens can act,' she
said. They will not hesitate to carry her off to
some distant island, whence she cannot possibly
escape; or, if she offends them by what she says,


they may even kill her.' Dear Maud had indeed
had bitter experience of the barbarities often com-
mitted by the savage islanders.
My father had for some years been a missionary
in another part of the Pacific, when it was settled
that he should occupy the Station where we now
were. I was too young at the time to remember
much about what occurred, so I can describe only
what I have heard. As there was then no mission-
ary vessel to convey us, we embarked on board a
whaler, the Christian captain of which undertook
to carry us to our destination. He was, however,
unable to make a direct passage, as he had in the
prosecution of his business first to visit several
other places, still, as no other means of getting
where we wished to go were likely to occur, my
father was glad to embrace the opportunity thus
offered. We had been for some time at sea when
a fearful storm arose, which compelled us to run
before it under bare poles, and carried us a long
way out of our course. The vessel received also
considerable damage, losing one of her masts and
several spars. At length a beautiful island ap-
peared in sight, covered thickly with trees, and


directly ahead was seen a commodious harbour.
The captain therefore ran into it and came to an
anchor, that the damages which the vessed had
received might be repaired. He soon found that it
was inhabited by numerous savages, who pushed off
in their canoes to visit the strange ship. He, how-
ever, had so long been acquainted with the treacher-
ous character of the natives of most of the Pacific
islands, that he would allow no one to come on
board, and he had also boarding-nettings triced
up to guard against any sudden attack they might
venture to make. We had on board a Sandwich
islander, who managed to make himself understood
by the natives. Through his means our good
captain let them know that he wished to cut down
some trees, and that he was ready to pay for per-
mission to do so. The captain then inquired for
their chief, and said that if he would come off and
receive part of the payment, the remainder would
be given after the spars had been brought on board,
and as a proof of his good intentions, he sent the
chief a present of an axe and a piece of cloth.
This had the desired effect; and in a short time an
old warrior came alongside in his canoe, and an-


nounced himself as the chief of the district. The
Sandwich islander then explained what the captain
wished, and certain articles which had been agreed
on were given to him, he undertaking, while the
trees were being cut down and carried off, to keep
his people at a distance to prevent the possibility of
any dispute arising.
As soon as the chief and his followers had re-
turned to the shore, two boats crews, well armed,
put off, and while one party were engaged in felling
the trees, the other remained drawn up to guard
against any attack which the natives might treach-
erously venture to make. The spars having been
brought on board, the old chief returned for the
promised remainder of the payment. He seemed
highly pleased with the transaction.
I see that you are wise and just people,' he
observed. If all whites who come to our shores
acted in the same way, we would be their friends;
but it has not been always so, and after they have
ill-treated and cheated us, we have been tempted
to take advantage of their folly and carelessness to
revenge ourselves.'
This remark induced the captain, through the


Interpreter, to make inquiries as to what the chief
alluded to. At length he learned that some time
before a vessel, with white people on board,- had
come into the harbour to obtain sandal wood; that
after the natives had supplied a large quantity,
sufficient to fill her, the captain had refused the
promised payment; but, in spite of this, that the
crew were allowed to go on shore and wander
about in small parties, when some of them had
quarrelled with the natives and ill-treated them.
In consequence the sailors had been set upon, and
killed every man of them. A party of warriors
then put off for the ship, and pretending they had
come to trade, clambered up her sides before the
part of the crew who had remained on board had
heard of the massacre, or suspected their intentions.
The savages thus taking them at a disadvantage,
put every person to death, with the exception of a
woman and child, who were saved by the interven-
tion of the old chief. The vessel, it appeared, by
some accident, caught fire, and had been utterly
The captain, on hearing this, made eager in-
quiries about the poor woman and the child. The


former, however, had, he found soon afterwards,
died, leaving the little girl in possession of the chief.
Instead of threatening the old chief with the
vengeance of his people, as some might have done,
he spoke to him gently, saying that he himself had
not come there as a judge, or to take vengeance
for injuries which other white men might have
received, but that we wished to know whether he
would be ready to give up the little girl he had
under his care. The old man seemed very much
struck by this style of address, and confessed that
the child was still living with him, but that he was
very fond of her, and that when she grew up he
hoped that she might become the wife of one of his
This of course made the captain still more
anxious to recover her, and he used every argu-
ment he could think of to induce the old man to
give her up. He told him that, unaccustomed to
the mode of life of his people, she would probably
die, as her mother had done, and that if he really
loved her, he would be anxious for her safety, and
that though he had paid him liberally for the trees,
he would give him twice the amount of goods if he


would, without delay, bring the little girl on board.
This last argument seemed to weigh greatly with
the chief, and he said he would think about it, and
returned on shore, leaving us in doubt, however,
what he would do.
Our anxiety about the poor girl was, as may be
supposed, very great. The men, on hearing of the
matter, came aft, and each one said that he would
be ready to contribute some article to induce the
chief to give her up. Some even proposed, that
should he refuse, to land and compel him to do so
by force of arms. The captain thanked them for
their zeal, but told them that that was not the way
he conceived ('ih, ; t;hI men should act.
I well remember that evening, when we were
assembled to worship God as usual, in the cabin,
how my father lifted up his voice in prayer, that
the heart of the chief might be moved to restore
the little Christian damsel to those who would bring
her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,'
and that she might be saved from the fearful fate
the old man intended for her. God never fails to
listen to the prayers of believers.
The next morning, as we anxiously turned our


eyes towards the shore, the chief's canoe was seen
coming off.
'Our prayer has been answered,' exclaimed my
father, who was watching it through a spy-glass.
'There is a child by his side.'
The sailors sprang into the rigging, and every
one on board eagerly watched the approach of the
canoe. It was soon alongside, and the little girl
we had been looking for was handed up on deck,
followed by the old chief. She was dressed in a
clean white frock, and her hair was neatly braided,
and ornamented with flowers and feathers; but she
looked thin and ill, and sadly scared. When my
mother approached the gangway she flew towards
her, and threw herself into her arms, as if she was
sure that she should find in her a loving friend.
'Mamma! mamma !' she exclaimed; but she could
utter no other words; and had it not been for those
sounds we should have supposed that she had lost
the power of speech. My mother could not restrain
her tears, as she held the forlorn little creature to
her heart.
Such was the way in which we met with little


Nothing would induce her to leave my mother
while the old chief remained on board; and although
he and his people might have treated her kindly,
they certainly had not won her love.
Having received the promised reward, to which
the captain added a few other articles, the chief
prepared to take his departure, evidently very well
satisfied with the transaction. The captain, how-
ever, warned him, that should he venture to attack
another vessel he would not escape a severe punish-
ment; but that if he would promise to behave well
towards white people in future, they would come
and trade with him, and bring him a greater bless-
ing than he could at present comprehend. The
captain said this, because he hoped that some day
he might be able to convey a missionary to the
place, that he might spread the blessings of the
gospel among the heathen inhabitants.
After the ship was refitted we put to sea, but she
was some time engaged in catching whales, so that
our voyage was a very long one. The little girl who
had been rescued from the savages was utterly un-
able to explain anything that had happened to her.
Weeks passed away, and not a word did she


utter, and my father and mother began to fear that
the hardships she had gone through had deprived
her of her senses. For a long time she could not
be induced to leave my mother's side, and seemed
to mistrust every one else. If separated from her,
even for a few moments, she would run back again,
and seizing her gown, glance up with an imploring
look, as if begging to be protected from some im-
aginary danger-she would not even trust herself
with me, and seemed to fancy that I might hurt
her. Possibly she might have been ill-treated by
the native children, and was unable to distinguish
the difference. Gentle and careful treatment, how-
ever, had its due effect on her, and her fears were
gradually allayed.
At length one day she, of her own accord, took
my hand, and looking into my face said, Girl not
hurt poor Maud.' These were the first words
we had heard her utter. Until then also we were
ignorant of her name.
Putting my arms round her neck I kissed her,
and answered, No indeed I will not hurt you,
but I will treat you as a dear sister, and love you
very very much.'


A faint smile passed over her countenance, as
if she comprehended my answer. After that she
would remain contentedly with me-still her mind,
for some time longer, continued apparently in the
same state as at first. My father and mother,
however, felt sure that her senses would ultimately
be restored. They were not mistaken; but even
when she had begun to speak, she made no allusion
to the circumstances of the massacre, or her life
among the natives, and we forbore to ask her any
When at last we landed here, her alarm at
seeing the natives was very great, and my father
was afraid that it would cause her mind to relapse
into its former state. By doing all we could to
re-assure and cheer her, no ill effects occurred.
When once we were settled, and she had got accus-
tomed to the scenery, and the appearance of the
people, her improvement was more rapid. In course
of time her mind and bodily health were perfectly
restored. On seeing me at my lessons, she showed
a strong wish to join me, and though she had for-
gotten even her letters, if she had ever known
them, she made rapid progress, so that she was


soon able to read fluently, when she eagerly perused
every book my father would allow her to have from
his library. Even then, however, she could give
no account of her former life, and we knew no more
of little Maud than at first. My father and mother
treated her as they would a daughter, while I looked
upon her and loved her as a younger sister.
We had now been upwards of three years at
the Station. My father had laboured on in faith, as
a missionary in all regions must be prepared to do,
for as yet only the comparatively small body of
Christians as I have mentioned, who had settled
round us, had been brought out of heathenism,
while the larger number of the population appeared
even more hostile to the new faith than at first.
Still my father would often say, when he felt him-
self inclined to despond, Let us recollect the value
of one immortal soul, and all our toils and troubles
will appear as nothing.' Such was the state of
things at the mission station when my history


The islands of the Pacific described.-My mother's illness.-
Nasile, a messenger from Lisele, comes to the settlement,
followed shortly by Lislete and Masaugu, who promises
to lotu after he has defeated his enemies.-My father warns
him in vain of the fearful danger he runs by putting off
becoming a Christian.

HE vast Pacific-in one of the islands of
which the events I am describing oc-
curred-presents a wide and hopeful field for
missionary enterprise. It is scattered over with
numberless islands-in most cases so clustered
together as to form separate groups-some rising
in lofty mountains out of the sea, surrounded by
coral reefs, beautiful and picturesque in the extreme,
while others are elevated but a few feet above the
ocean, generally having palm trees growing on
them. These latter are known more particularly
as coral and lagoon islands. The islands of the
character I have last mentioned have been pro-
duced by the gradual sinking of the land beneath
the ocean, when on its reaching a certain depth,


countless millions of coral insects have built their
habitations on it, and have continued building till
they reached the surface-the new islands conse-
quently keeping the forms of the submerged lands
which serve as their foundations. The lagoon
islands have been formed by the insects building
round the edge of some submerged crater. As the
land sank the creatures have continued to build
upwards, and thus a ring of coral rock has arisen
in the ocean-sometimes complete, at others with
a break or opening in it. In other instances the
coral insects have built near the shore, and as the
land has sunk they have continued to build up-
wards, but in consequence of requiring the pure
salt water, have not advanced towards the land,
which, however, still sinking, a wide space of
water has appeared between it and the structure
raised by them. This is the cause of the numerous
encircling reefs which are found around so many
of the islands of the Pacific-affording harbours
within them, and sheltering the shore from the fury
of the waves.
Many of the islands are also of volcanic origin;
some contain active volcanoes, and while the land


in some instances has sunk, in others it has risen,
and is broken into the most curious and fantastic
shapes, bringing up also with it the coral rocks
which were formed on it while it lay beneath the sea.
Most of these islands are clothed with a varied
and rich vegetation. The climate of those at a
distance from the equator is generally healthy, but
that of others near the line, especially to the west-
ward, is unhealthy in the extreme, so that even the
natives of other islands of the same ocean cannot
live on them throughout the year.
The eastern groups are inhabited by a brown
skinned and generally handsome race, often not
darker than Spaniards, and supposed to be de-
scended from a common stock, as in general ap-
pearance and language there is a great resemblance.
The groups of the large islands to the westward
on either side of the equator are peopled by a
black and savage race, in many respects resembling
the negroes of Africa, and sunk even still lower in
barbarism. Such are the inhabitants of the Figis,
New Caledonia, and New Hebrides, the Solomon
Islands, New Guinea, and others to the northward
of them.


When Captain Cook sailed over the Pacific, and
till many years afterwards, the people of these
beautiful islands were sunk in the grossest idolatry
and barbarism.
Towards the end of the last century, when the
Christian Churches awoke to their responsibilities
for making known the glad tidings of salvation
to their heathen fellow-creatures-societies were
formed to send missionaries to various parts of the
world. A band of twenty-nine missionaries, some
of them unhappily untried, were sent out by the
London Missionary Society in 1796, to the Pacific
islands. They made slow progress, but at length,
in 1815, idolatry was overthrown at Tahiti, and the
gospel firmly established in that island.
Two years afterwards, the Rev. J. Williams and
the Rev. W. Ellis, two of the most distinguished
missionaries who have laboured among the islands
of the Pacific, arrived at Tahiti. The former took
up his abode at Raiatea, one of the Society islands,
and afterwards going alone to the island of Raro-
tonga, though not bred a shipwright, built there,
with his own hands, aided only by the natives, a
vessel of about seventy tons burden. Having


rigged her with sails of matting, he and a native
crew returned to Raiatea, and thence he proceeded
to Samoa with a large party of missionaries, for
the purpose of leaving them at different islands
on the way. He sailed in her afterwards over
many thousand miles of ocean, visiting missionary
stations-the little craft truly performing her duty
as the Messenger of Peace.'
She was the first of many missionary vessels
which have since been sent out by different societies
to the Pacific. Some have been lost, but their
places have been supplied by others; indeed it is
only by means of such vessels that the now
numerous missionary stations scattered throughout
that wide ocean, can be properly maintained.
How well might some of the beautiful yachts
which float idly on the waters of the Solent, be
employed, if their owners, influenced by the love
of immortal souls, would hoist the banner of peace
at their mast-heads, and go forth to those distant
islands, to sail here and there visiting the isolated
stations, or conveying fresh missionaries to the
numberless groups still in heathen darkness.
I cannot help saying this when I recollect how


often, for long months, and even for years together,
we were left without a visit from any European
Christian, aid how eagerly we watched the approach
of each sail which appeared in the horizon, hoping
that she might bring us news of distant friends, or
necessaries of which we stood greatly in need, or
still more, that a brother might be on board who
might afford counsel and encouragement in the dif-
ficulties by which we were surrounded. My dear
father often felt the want of the assistance I have
spoken of. My mother was indeed a helpmate meet
for him, and was a source of comfort and consola-
tion; but especially when the heathens threatened
our lives and those of the native converts, oh, how
thankful he would have been for the advice and
support of an experienced Christian friend.
My mother had for some time been a sufferer
from illness, and though she still continued her
usual duties, we watched her form grow thinner,
and her cheek paler, day by day. My father, strange
as it may seem, did not appear to remark the change,
but Maud and I, when we were together, could not
help speaking about it. Still, as my mother did
not complain, we could only hope that, should her


anxiety about the condition of the mission decrease
by its prospects becoming more promising, her
health would improve.
We did all we could to lessen her cares by as-
sisting her in her household duties. Maud and I
learned to cook, and we also cleaned and swept
out the house and kept it in order, with the help
of a native girl, who, though not very expert,
was willing to learn and to follow the example we
set her.
We were anxiously expecting the return of
Lisele, and Maud and I paid frequent visits to
Abela, to inquire whether she had received any
message from her niece. She shook her head sor-
rowfully, saying she was afraid that Masaugu was
too much wedded to his heathen practices to be
induced to abandon them by any arguments Lisele
could use, and that he was far more likely to pre-
vent her from returning. This made us very sad,
for we had had hopes that Lisele had really become
a Christian, and would remain faithful to the truth.
Abela guessed by our looks what was passing
in our minds, and she added, 'though the chief's
heart is very hard, I have been praying that it may


be changed, and I know that with Jehovah nothing
is impossible.'
While we were still seated in the hut, a native
arrived whom we knew, from his scanty dress and
his wild savage look, to be still a heathen. He
brought a message to Abela from her niece, saying
that she hoped shortly to return to the settlement,
as her father had consented to pay the English
missionary a visit.
'I shall rejoice to see her again,' said Abela
to the native. And has she spoken to you, my
friend, of the true religion?' 'Yes, she has told
me that we cannot see the great Jehovah who
made the world and all things in it, but that He
sees us and knows everything we think of, say,
and do; and that He hates all sin, but that He
loves the sinner, and wishes all human beings to
come and live with Him for ever and ever in the
beautiful place He has prepared for them,' was the
prompt and unexpected answer.
'But has she told you that you are a sinner,
and that your sins must be wiped away before
you are fit to go to that pure and beautiful heaven
she spoke of ? Has she told you how you can be-


come fit for heaven, and has she pointed out to
you the only way you can go there?' asked
'Yes, she told me that many things I thought
right are very wrong in the sight of Jehovah, and
that I cannot undo what I have once done2 and
that the only way by which those things can be
blotted out, is by believing that Jehovah's dear Son
came down upon earth and was punished by a
cruel death instead of me, and that if I believe
this, and trust to Him, I shall be received into that
glorious place above the blue sky, which He has
prepared for all who love Him,' answered the
'But do you believe this?' asked Abela. 'Do
you believe that Jehovah is satisfied that another
was punished instead of you, and that He there-
fore has set you free?'
'I did not understand it, but it seemed very
good,' answered the native. I should like to re-
main and learn more about the matter.'
'Oh yes, do remain,' exclaimed Abela. Go
not back to worship again the blocks of stone in
which our countrymen put their trust. The Eng-


lish missionary will explain matters more clearly
to you than I can.'
I assured Nasile-for such the native told us
was his name-that my father would gladly explain
the truth to him, and leaving him in conversation
with Abela, we hastened homewards with the satis-
factory intelligence.
In a short time we saw a party coming across
the hill. At first their appearance caused some
consternation, it being supposed that they were
heathens intending to attack the village. As they
drew nearer, however, Masaugu was distinguished
at their head, accompanied by Lisele. The chief
was a tall fine man, with ample folds of native
cloth round his waist and over his shoulders. My
father hastened out to meet him, and welcome him
to the Station, and Maud and I followed. As soon
as Lisele saw us she ran forward and threw her
arms round me, and then embraced Maud, calling
us her dear sisters, and telling us how rejoiced she
was to come back.
'I was afraid at first that my father would
not listen to me,' she said. But I prayed and
prayed, and at length, to my joy, he said that


he would go and hear more of the strange things
I had told him of.'
My father at first intended to conduct the chief
into the chapel; but though he was willing to go,
several of his followers were afraid of entering it,
believing that some incantations would be used,
and that they might be compelled to lotu against
their will. The whole party therefore seated them-
selves in a shady place outside. Here my father
addressed the chief; and he hoped that while
speaking to him, what he said might be attended
to and understood by many of his followers. Not
saying a word about the false gods he worshipped,
my father told him of the greatness and power and
love and mercy of Jehovah, and explained to him
the simple plan of salvation which He has offered
to sinful man.
The chief appeared much interested. 'I un-
derstand,' he answered, that the white man's
God is greater and more powerful than my gods,
and I am resolved soon to worship Him, as I am
sure He can do more for me than they can; but I
have some enemies who have offended me, and I
am about to set out on an expedition to punish


them, and when I have obtained the victory, I will
return and do as I have promised.'
'Oh! my friend,' exclaimed my father, 'I
should have told you of Satan, who is allowed-we
know not why-to go about the world to deceive
men, and he it is who has made you resolve to do
this. Jehovah does not allow you to say that you
will serve Him by-and-by. He requires you and
all men to obey Him at once. Satan, on the con-
trary, ever strives to persuade people to put off
serving Jehovah till by-and-by, that he may get
them altogether into his own power before they
can do so. Thus it is that he deceives men and
destroys their souls in all parts of the world, and
thus he has done at all times. Jehovah has told
us that He will not allow us to punish our enemies,
but that we are to love them and do good to them.
Oh! let me warn and entreat you not to go on the
expedition you propose.'
The chief was silent for some time. Lisele
and Abela, who had arrived, united with my father
in entreating him to remain and hear more of the
'What you say may be very right and good


Sfor those who profess to follow Jehovah,' he an-
swered at length, but I have not yet abandoned
my gods, and they will, I am sure, help me to gain
the victory. What I say is wise, is it not ?' he
added, turning to his heathen attendants. Of
course they all applauded him, and greatly to my
father's grief, he arose to take his departure.
Remember, oh chief, that I have warned
you,' said my father. We cannot pray that you
may gain the victory, because Jehovah will give it
as He thinks fit; but we will pray that your heart
may be changed, and that you may still worship
Him whom you now reject.'
Alas how many act as this poot heathen is
doing,' said my father, after Masaugu and his
companions had gone away. 'They believe in
God, and yet, blinded by Satan, fancy in their
folly that they can safely put off the time to begin
serving and obeying Him.'



Our anxieties increase on the departure of Masaugu.-My
Father is summoned to visit a sick Missionary at another
island, and we are left under the charge of Nanari, the
native missionary.-My Mother's sudden death.-A vessel
appears off the coast, and at Nanari's suggestion I send
off a note, warning the Captain of the danger to which he
is exposed from the Natives.

rv_4 E rejoiced to find that Lisele was allowed
to remain with her aunt at the settle-
ment. She had tried, even before her return to
the settlement, to persuade her father to aban-
don his intentions of going to war. The tribe
he intended to attack inhabited an island some
leagues away to the south, and as we stood
on the shore we could see its blue outline ris-
ing out of the ocean. Lisele' had reminded her
father that he had professed to wish us well, and
that by going away he would leave us exposed to
the attacks of other heathen tribes, who would


now venture without hesitation through his terri-
tory, to attack us. He replied that they would
not dare to do so, as he had threatened them with
punishment on his return should they molest them.
Alas!' said Lisele, who told us this when we
went to see her at her aunt's house. Suppose he
is defeated, what protection shall we then have
from our enemies '
'We must trust in Jehovah, my child,' said
Abela. Or, if he thinks fit to allow us to be af-
flicted, we must submit without murmur to His
will. We know that we can but suffer here for a
short season, and that He has prepared a glorious
and happy home for those who love Jesus, and
obey His commandments down on earth. Oh yes!
since I have known the truth, I have learned to
understand that this world is a place of trial,
and that we must not look for peace and hap-
piness and rest while we are in it. God indeed
made the world beautiful, and intended it to be
happy, but Satan persuaded man to sin, and sin
has caused man to depart from God, and brought
all the disorder and misery and suffering which we
see around us. Faith in Jesus Christ can alone


remedy all these evils, and I am sure that they will
exist till all the world learns to love and obey Him.'
These remarks of Abela will show that she had
made great advances in Christian knowledge, and
was well able to instruct her young niece.
Lisele came back with us to the school, which
my mother, although weak and suffering still, in-
sisted on superintending. I think that she herself
was not aware how ill she really was.
We used to go down every morning to the sea
to bathe in a little sheltered cove, almost surrounded
by high rocks, where there was no danger of a visit
from a shark. Here my father had built a small
hut in which Maud and I might dress. The native
girls dispensed with any such accommodation, and
while we were content to swim about in the bay,
they would boldly strike out a long distance from
the land. Even when the wind blew strong on
the shore, and the surf came rolling in, they would
dash through it, now diving under a huge breaker,
now rising to its foaming summit, and playing
about as securely as if they were on the dry land.
Two mornings after the chief had paid us a
visit we went down as usual to bathe, when we


saw a large fleet of canoes, propelled by paddles,
gliding over the smooth water of the lagoon to-
wards the passage which communicated ;h the
open sea. On first seeing them we were about to
hurry home, fearing that they might be enemies,
but Lisele quieted our alarm, by telling us that they
were her father's fleet, starting on his proposed
expedition. They were curious looking vessels.
Each consisted of two long narrow canoes placed
side by side, but at some distance from each other,
and united by strong beams, on which a platform
or stage was erected, thus making one vessel.
The rowers sat with long paddles on either side,
while on the deck stood the warriors in their war-
paint and feathers, and flourishing their lances and
whirling their clubs, inciting each other to the deeds
of valour, or rather of cruelty, which they intended
to perform. Instead of a mast in the centre, there
was a triangle with the ends fixed on either side,
on which the mat-formed sail extended on a long
yard ready to be hoisted.
As they glided by the sound of the wild shouts
and shrieks they uttered reached our ears.
May my poor father be protected,' said Lisele


to me, as we watched them. Once I should have
thought what we see very fine, and should have
sung and clapped my hands with joy. Now that
I know how wicked it is to go and fight and kill
other human beings, I feel inclined to weep with
We must pray for your father, Lisele,' I said,
'that God will turn his heart and make him see
the crime of warfare.'
'Yes, yes; that is my comfort,' she answered.
When the canoes reached the outlet from the
lagoon the sails were hoisted, and at a rapid rate
they glided away over the ocean, while Lisele,
Maud, and I, knelt down on the sand and prayed,
not that God would give the victory to the chief,
but that He would turn his heart and make him to
know the truth.
As we were leaving the beach we saw another
canoe coming round a headland through the lagoon,
which she had entered by a further off passage.
Had the strange canoe been a little sooner she
would have encountered the fleet, and very likely
have been stopped and compelled to accompany
the war party. Her appearance caused us some


anxiety. If she had heathens on board, they might
land and rob us, or cause us even more serious
annoyance. We continued to watch her, as we
knew that we should have plenty of time to escape
and give warning at the village before she could
come to shore. At length we discovered a flag
flying from the end of her yard, and great was my
joy to see that on it was worked a dove with the
olive branch of peace-I consequently hoped that
a missionary might be on board coming to visit us.
We waited therefore for the arrival of the canoe.
We could distinguish, however, as she drew near,
only natives on her deck. They all were in the
dress adopted by Christian converts-in shirts and
The canoe soon ran up on the beach, when a
native stepped on shore with a letter in his hand.
He told me that he had been sent by Mr Hilton, a
missionary stationed on an island about fifty miles
off. Mr Hilton was very ill, and entreated my
father to come and see him; for, believing that he
should not recover, he was anxious to commit his
motherless children to his charge. We accordingly
conducted the messenger up to the house.


The letter caused my father much grief and
perplexity. He sorrowed to hear of his friend's
illness, and felt anxious to go to him, and yet he
was unwilling to leave my mother and us for so
long a time, when the settlement might possibly be
annoyed by heathens. Still he knew that he could
with confidence leave the instruction of the people
to Nanari, who would also protect my mother and
us to the best of his power. He sent for Nanari,
and spoke to him on the subject.
God helping me, I will do all that man can
do,' answered Nanari. And nothing shall tempt
me to quit the post you have committed to my
My mother, feeling for our poor friend and for
the young ones who might soon be deprived of his
protection, sacrificing her own wishes, urged my
father to go as he was requested. As there was
no time to be lost if he would see his friend alive,
bidding us a tender, and it seemed to me a pecu-
liarly solemn farewell, he went on board the canoe,
which immediately set sail on her return. We
accompanied him to the beach, and watched the
vessel till she was lost to sight in the distance.


On our return home we found my mother suf-
fering greatly. The agitation of parting from my
father had been more than she could bear. Oh,
how I longed to recall him Little could he have
known her dangerous state. My father had a
knowledge of medicine, and he might have applied
remedies of which we were ignorant. Good Abela
came up on hearing how ill my mother was, though
she could afford us but little assistance. Suddenly,
as I gazed at my mother, a fearful conviction came
upon me that she was dying. She knew herself
that such was the case. I cannot even now bear
to dwell upon the sad scene, for sad indeed it was
to us, though my mother's heart was lifted up with
joy and hope.
God's will be done, my children,' she said,
taking Maud's and my hand in hers. He will
care for and protect you-though troubles arise
which may seem overwhelming.'
Abela and Nanari assured her that they
would devote themselves to our service, yet the
absence of my father must have been a sore trial
to her.
During that night she breathed her last, and I


was left motherless; so, indeed, was dear Maud,
to whom she had been truly a mother.
Then quickly followed the funeral. All the
(!n; i;- I-. of the settlement stood round the grave,
in a beautiful spot which had been set apart for
the purpose, at a short distance from the chapel,
when Nanari offered up a prayer that God's Holy
Spirit would influence the hearts of all present,
and enable them to possess the same hope of a
joyous resurrection as that in which my mother
died. He then addressed the people, urging them
to put faith in God's goodness and wisdom, and
telling them that though troubles might come, not
therefore to suppose that He had forgotten to be
gracious, but to go on praying and trusting in
Him, till He might think fit to call them out of
this world, to be with Him in glory and happiness
Maud and I spent that sad evening with our
hands clasped together, often weeping but seldom
speaking. My heart bled for my poor father, as I
thought of his grief and anguish, when, on his re-
turn he would find that my mother had been taken
from him.


'Still,' said Maud, looking up in my face, he
will know that she is in joy surpassing hmnan
understanding, and we cannot tell from what trials
and sufferings she may thus have escaped.'
With the last thought I was greatly comforted.
As we stood together in the verandah that
evening, gazing up into the sky and thinking of
the glories now revealed to my mother, we saw a
bright star with a long tail of light, such as we had
never before beheld. I knew at once from its ap-
pearance that it was a comet. Many of the natives
had seen it too, and we heard their voices uttering
exclamations of surprise and terror. Soon after-
wards we saw Lisele approaching. She hesitated,
as if unwilling to intrude on our grief, but I called
to her, and she came up to us. I told her what I
knew about comets, and begged her to try and
calm the alarm of her people, and to assure them
that it was but a luminous mass, and that it be-
tokened neither good nor evil to the inhabitants of
this world, though Jehovah directed its course, as
He orders everything else in the universe.
'Ah, but the heathens will not think so,' she
exclaimed, 'and we know not what effect it may


have upon their minds. Perhaps they will think it
is sent through the incantations of the Christians,
and will come in consequence and attack us.'
I scarcely thought this possible, but Lisele was
positive that it would have a bad effect. She went,
however, to tell the Christian natives what I had
said, and to assure them that the comet would do
them no harm.
Oh, how sad was that night and the next
morning, when we looked on the bed on which my
mother had slept, and knew that we should never
again see her dear face there, so calm and beauti-
ful. We had, however, our duties to perform, and
we set about them as we knew she would have
While we were thus engaged Nanari appeared
to learn if there was anything he could do for us,
saying that the people would bring us all the food
we might require, and begging that we would not
be anxious on that score. IHe then told us that a
vessel was off the coast, and by going to the front
of the house we saw her. We hoped that she
might have friends on board coming to visit our
Station, or that where my father and Mr Hilton


were, as we knew how gladly she would be wel-
comed there.
As we watched her, we saw at length, to our
disappointment, from the course she was steering,
that she was not coming to our Station, but was
apparently about to enter a harbour further down
the coast.
'I would that I could warn those on- board of
the character of the natives where she is going,'
said Nanari, when he saw this. Unless they are
on their guard I fear that they may be treated as
others have been.'
We had only one small canoe at the Station,
but Nanari said that if we would write a message
he would induce two of the Christian natives to
carry it off. I accordingly hastily wrote a note,
warning the captain of the vessel against any
treachery which might be intended, and with much
satisfaction saw the canoe paddle off towards her.
The breeze, however, was strong, and it seemed
doubtful whether the canoe would reach the stranger
before she came to an anchor.


We receive the sad tidings of the massacre of the crew of the
vessel.-I still hope that some may have escaped, and
Lisele takes means to rescue them.-She sends her cousin
Tofa, to Mafoa, the young chief to whom her Father has
betrothed her.-A fearful hurricane.-The heathen Na-
tives prevented by it from attacking the settlement and
seizing us.

E could scarcely hope that my father
would have had time to return, yet we
anxiously looked for his arrival. The canoe with
the two natives had been unable to reach the
vessel, and information was brought to Lisele that
they had been seized and killed by the heathens,
who had gone out in chase of them. A bright
light was also seen at night in the direction of
the harbour in which the vessel was supposed
to have anchored; and the next day the dreadful
rumour reached us that Nanari's worst apprehen-
sions had been realized, that she had been sur-


prised by the treacherous natives, and that every
person on board had been put to death. At first
we could not believe so fearful a story, but
Lisele assured us that she had no doubt of its
'Is it not possible that some may have escaped ?'
I exclaimed, when Lisele gave me the account.
' Have all the people on board the beautiful vessel,
sailing by so proudly the other day, been killed ?'
Should any have escaped could we not take means
to let them know that there are Christian friends
here who would welcome them ? If my father was
at home I am sure he would make an effort to
rescue the unhappy people.'
Lisele replied that although the tribe who had
committed the deed were at present at peace with
her people, that even should any white man have
escaped it would be difficult to get them out of the
heathens' hands, but that she would try what could
be done. 'There is a young chief among them
who is more inclined than the rest of the people to
be friendly with my father,' she observed. Al-
though he is a brave warrior, he is neither fierce
nor cruel; and if, by chance, any of the white men


have fallen into his power he may possibly have
spared their lives. I will try to send a message to
him and ask him to protect them, and to give them
up to your father. Yet I fear there is very little
probability of any having escaped.'
Lisele's answer gave me very little hope that
any had escaped the massacre; but I was sure that
she would take every means to ascertain the truth.
Nanari, when he heard the account, was willing to
go himself, but both Abela and Lisele entreated
him not to make the attempt-urging that the hea-
thens were so enraged at him for having caused so
many people to lotu, that they would be certain,
should he venture among them, to put him to
He at length was persuaded to abandon his de-
sign, and Lisele undertook to send a young relative,
who, although a heathen, was attached to her, and
would do whatever she desired. Being still a boy
he had not accompanied her father, but he was
more likely to succeed than anybody she could
think of. In the course of the day Tofa, the lad
of whom Lisele spoke, made his appearance. He
was a fine intelligent-looking youth, and I could


not help hoping that through the means of his
cousin he might be brought to know the truth.
He seemed proud of the mission given to him,
though he was well aware of the danger he in-
Tell Mafoa that if he really regards me as he
professes, he will act according to my wishes, and
treat the white men as friends,' said Lisele. Mafoa
was the young chief of whom she had spoken,
and who, I had no doubt, from this remark, en-
tertained hopes of making her his wife.
Recollecting that should any seamen have
escaped, they would have a difficulty in under-
standing young Tofa, I wrote a short note which
I hoped would prove of more service than the last
I had sent, mentioning the missionary station, and
saying that we and the Christian natives would
gladly afford them all the assistance in our
power. Several other messages having been given
to Tofa, he set off on his expedition; and we
kneeling down, offered up a prayer for his suc-
Notwithstanding our anxiety, with the assistance
of Lisele and Abela, we held school as usual,


while Nanari conducted the service in the chapel,
and instructed the young men and boys, as was his
custom. The night was as calm as the preced-
ing one. The comet could be seen winding its
solitary course through the heavens, appearing
even brighter than before. After Maud and I
had gazed at it for some time we retired to our beds.
I heard her sobbing, giving way at length to the
sorrow she had restrained in my presence-not
that she could have felt my mother's loss more
than I did, but I was older, and had endeavoured,
though the strife was a hard one, to command my
feelings. At length I heard her sobs cease, and I
in time forgot my sorrow in sleep.
We were both suddenly awakened by a fearful
noise. We started up--all was dark. There came
the sound of the wind howling in the trees and
falling timber, and the roaring of the sea, as it
dashed upon the reef with tremendous force, and
rocks crashing down from the mountain heights.
A hurricane was raging. We sat up trembling
with alarm. My first thought was for my dear
father, should he now be at sea returning to us.
Then other dreadful sounds, like thunder breaking


overhead. Something else terrific besides the hur-
ricane was occurring, it seemed to us, yet we dared
not leave the house for fear of being blown away
by the wind. After some time we assisted each
other to dress, as well as we could, in the dark,
for we expected every moment that the roof would
be carried off, or the house itself blown down. We
remembered several hurricanes, but this appeared
more violent than any that had before occurred.
We had been protected during former ones, and
we knew that the same power would take care of
us now. I had proposed lighting the lamp, when
Maud observed, should the house be blown down,
it might set the thatch on fire, and the whole village
would be burnt.
'Let us remain in darkness, for remember God
sees us as if it was light, she said. Darkness is no
darkness with Him-the day and night to Him are
both alike.'
I agreed with Maud, and together we knelt
down side by side to pray for protection. Al-
though the tempest continued to rage without, our
house, built by my father's hands, stood firm. It
was, like his own faith, well knit and bound


together. He had not forgotten, when erecting
it, that such hurricanes were likely to occur,
and he had accordingly prepared for them.
So should we go through life, not trembling
with the fear of misfortunes, but ready to encounter
them should they overtake us.
Hour after hour seemed to pass by as we thus
knelt and prayed. Every now and then we could
not help starting up, as a more fearful crash than
usual sounded in our ears. Still the wished-for
daylight did not appear. The truth was, that since
the commencement of the storm but a short time
only had elapsed, though in our desolation and so-
litude it had appeared very long.
At length we heard a knocking at the door. I
made my way, followed by Maud, to open it, when
two figures appeared, and I heard the voices of
Nanari and Lisele. During the moment the door
was open I observed a bright glare in the sky
above the waving and bending trees, but it was
only for a moment, as immediately they were inside
they closed the door behind them.
'Are you safe, are you uninjured?' they ex-
claimed. 'We could not bear to leave you all


alone, and, trusting to Jehovah's protection, we
ventured up here, hoping to comfort you.'
We thanked them for coming, and I led the
way into our sitting-room. What dreadful event
is occurring in addition to the hurricane I asked.
'Can the forest be on fire ?'
'The mountain has burst forth, and is sending
up stones and ashes into the air, while hot streams
of lava are flowing down its sides,' answered
Nanari. Not one but many forests may be
burned, but we are in the hands of Jehovah, and
should not fear, my daughter.'
I inquired whether he thought that the ashes
or streams of lava might reach as far as the settle-
ment. He believed that, shut in as we were, by a
separate range of hills, that the lava at all events
would not run down towards us; though, with re-
gard to the ashes and stones, how far they might
be carried, he could not say, and again he added
the same consolation he had before offered.
Poor Lisele was in much affliction. Her father
might probably be at sea-as I feared mine was-
and exposed to the dreadful tempest, and she could
not hope that he, having set forth against the


warnings of his Christian friends, would be under
the protection of Jehovah. Alas alas !' she ex-
claimed, wringing her hands, should he be driven
out over the ocean and lost, he will not have known
the good and merciful God who would-had he
listened to the advice given him--have received
him as a son, and taken him to dwell with Him for
ever in the glorious country you have told me of
beyond the skies.
'We have prayed for your father, and may
continue to pray for him, my child,' said Nanari.
'And Jehovah may still find a way to preserve
him from the danger in which he is placed.' Thus
conversing, and often kneeling down to pray, we
passed the hours of darkness.
As dawn approached, the hurricane began to
abate; and by the time the sun rose out of the
eastern ocean, it had entirely ceased. As we
opened the door and gazed forth we had reason to
be more than ever thankful that we had escaped
destruction. Several tall trees, a short distance
from the house, lay torn up by the roots, and
huge boughs strewed the ground in every direc-
tion. The chapel and schoolhouse had escaped


injury; but Nanari, who went out to ascertain
whether any of the people had suffered, came-
back with a sad report. Several of the cottages
had been blown down, two people had been killed,
and many more injured.
Leaving Maud and Lisele to attend to the
house, I accompanied Nanari to visit the sufferers.
While receiving instruction as a missionary he had
been taught the simple methods to be pursued
under such circumstances. Abela, I was thankful
to find, had escaped, and she assisted us in bathing
and binding up the wounds and setting the limbs
of those who had been hurt. There was sorrow
for those who had been killed, but it was not such
sorrow as the heathen would have shown who have
no hope.
'Jehovah is merciful, and has called our
brothers to a better and happier land than this,'
exclaimed those who stood around, preparing to
carry the dead to their graves.
We were not aware of it at the time-but we
learned afterwards-that on that very night a
band of savage heathens were on their way to
attack the settlement with the intention of killing


Nanari, and carrying off Lisele and us as prisoners.
How dreadful would have been our fate had they
succeeded, and, unwarned as we were, we should
have been taken by surprise without the possibility
of escaping.
The volcano continued raging during the day,
but the natives, accustomed to see its fires burst
forth from time to time, were less alarmed at it
than they were at the appearance of the comet.
As I watched it, I conceived the hope that a stream
of lava, flowing down between us and the more
hostile heathen tribes, might prevent them from
approaching to attack us.


Lisele and I feel great anxiety on account of our Fathers not
returning.-Tofa also has not appeared.-We are assem-
bled in the Chapel, when Tofa, with a white stranger,
arrives and warns us that the heathens threaten an attack.
-Tofa takes charge of his companion.-We fly to the
mountains, and witness the burning of our village.-We lie
concealed in a cave, while the savages search for us.

HE hurricane had caused sad damage to the
cocoa-nut groves and plantations in our
little settlement, and we had no doubt that it, in
addition to the eruption of the volcano, had pro-
duced still more destructive effects throughout the
island, but I own that my thoughts were far more
occupied with my anxiety about my father. In vain
we watched for the return of his canoe. No sail
appeared in the blue ocean in the direction of the
island to which he had gone. Lisele too was over-
whelmed with grief at the non-appearance of her


father; her only hope was that he had conquered
his enemies and remained in possession of their
country. Still he would, she thought, before this,
have despatched a canoe to announce his victory.
Two days passed away, and we began to look
for the return of young Tofa; but on the third day,
when he did not come, fears for his safety were
added to our other troubles. The chief, indeed, the
only refuge from our sorrows, was prayer; how
great was the comfort that brought to our hearts
none but those who have experienced it can tell.
We continued to attend to our usual duties.
Though the younger girls and boys assembled for
school, the older people were too much agitated
and alarmed to attend to their studies; they were
also chiefly employed during the day in repairing
the damages caused by the storm.
In the evening, however, they all assembled in
the chapel for public prayer. Nanari was address-
ing them, when the noise of feet was heard without,
and directly afterwards Tofa appeared, followed by
a young white man. The latter took off his hat
when he saw how we were engaged, and stood re-
verentially at the door for a moment, as if unwilling


to interrupt us, though evidently in a state of great
Tofa, however, influenced by no such feelings,
exclaimed loudly, Fly fly! and hide yourselves.
Your enemies are approaching, and will be here
anon. Mafoa tried to prevent them, but he could
not prevail.'
My friends !' exclaimed Nanari, the warning
has been sent that you all may seek for safety.
For myself, I will remain with the aged and
wounded people, who cannot fly; but you, my
daughters,' turning to Maud and me, 'who have
been committed to my charge, I must see that you
are placed in a secure hiding-place, where the
heathens cannot find you.'
We will place ourselves under your guidance,'
I answered, 'but you must also take care that this
stranger does not again fall into the hands of the
heathens,' I added, turning to the young man who
was standing at the door, and who appeared to be
above the rank of a common sailor. Tell me,' I
asked, are you the only person who has escaped
from the vessel, which we heard was burned the
other day along the coast ?'


I fear that such is the case, and why my life
was spared I cannot tell you,' he answered. I
jumped overboard, and was swimming towards the
shore, when I was taken up by a canoe, in which
was a young chief, who made signs that he would
protect me, and faithfully kept his word. I should
have remained with him had I not received a note
sent, I presume, by you.'
This was said in a hurried tone, while Nanari
was arranging a plan for our safety.
I told the stranger of the warning we had just
received from Tofa of the threatened attack by the
heathens, supposing that he might not have under-
stood what the lad might have said to him.
.While some of our friends ran off to the huts
to obtain provisions, Abela and Lisele taking our
hands, told us that we must set off at once to the
mountains, till the fury of the heathens had ceased.
Three or four of our other friends also prepared to
accompany us.
But what will this stranger do ~' I asked.
SSurely if the heathens find him when no longer
under the protection of Mafoa, they will put him to


He is under my care,' exclaimed Tofa. I
promised Mafoa that I would protect him, and I
will show them that I am clever enough to hide
him away even although the whole tribe come to
look for him.'
I explained this to the young stranger, and
advised him to put himself under Tofa's guidance.
Nanari having commended us to the care of Jeho-
vah, we and our friends, not stopping even to obtain
anything at the house, hurried off towards the
mountains, while Tofa led the stranger by a more
direct way up a precipice, which was too steep for
us to climb. As we were quitting the chapel,
turning my eyes seaward for a moment, I caught
sight of several sails dotting the ocean in the far
distance. I pointed them out to Lisele.
'They may be my father's canoes,' she ex-
claimed, and he might arrive in time to protect
Alas! even should they be Masaugu's fleet,
they may be too late for that,' said Abela. We
must not delay on such a chance; perhaps, too,
they may prove more deadly foes than those from
whom we fly. Let us hasten on, and we may be


able to learn what they are when our charge is in
Thus urged, Lisele no longer hesitated. Night
was coming on, but provided we could make our
way, the darkness would assist us in eluding our
savage foes should they pursue us. The path to-
wards the mountains, at all times difficult, was
rendered doubly so by the number of fallen trees
across it, thrown down by the hurricane. Some-
times we had to climb over the trunks, at others
to creep under the branches.
'The heathens will be less able to discover our
tracks,' observed Lisele, than if the path had been
'Ah yes my child,' said Abela, all is ordered
for the best.'
Now we went on and on, now clambering over
wild rocks, now proceeding along a narrow valley,
now climbing its steep sides till we reached a height
whence we could look back upon our settlement.
Hark said Lisele, what cries are those ?'
We listened; the Indian girl's quick ear had
detected sounds which neither Maud nor I had till
then perceived.


'Alas! alas!' she exclaimed, 'they are the
shouts of the savage heathens as they rush in
among those we have left behind, and rage at
finding that we have escaped them.'
That she was right in her conjecture we had
too soon painful evidence. Several bright lights
appeared, and presently fierce flames burst forth
from amid the trees. The savages had set the
houses on fire to revenge themselves on the in-
habitants who had for the present escaped their
fury. Our friends, not stopping to watch the pro-
gress of the flames, hurried us on. Proceeding
along a narrow ridge, we once more descended
down a ravine thickly covered with trees. The
natives knew their way, but so dense was the
foliage that to my eyes all appeared dark around.
We could hear the roar of a torrent close to us.
Now they led us along slippery rocks, tightly hold-
ing our hands; now we found ourselves ascending,
now descending, steep precipices. At length they
stopped, and drawing aside the thick foliage, Abela
led us into a small cavern, the front of which ap-
peared to be completely concealed by underwood
and numberless creepers with which it was en-


twined. A portion of the provisions, and some
water which had been brought, were placed by our
Here, my daughters, you will remain safe till
the heathens, having searched for you in vain, take
their departure,' said Abela. 'I know this spot
well, for before Masaugu's father conquered the
territory he now holds, I and my family dwelt in
the neighbourhood. I discovered it as a girl when
rambling about the mountains with my brothers,
who are dead, and no one else is acquainted with
it. We ourselves propose to find concealment in
different directions, for should the heathens search
for us, some may thus have a better prospect of
escaping, and the faith of Jehovah will still remain
in the land.
Abela and her companions, having carefully
allowed the shrubs to regain their natural position,
left -Maud and me alone, and we soon lost the sound
of their footsteps. The cavern was perfectly dry,
and sufficient air found its way through the boughs
to prevent the atmosphere from feeling close.
Some mats had also been left for us, on which we
could recline; but, as may be supposed, the fearful


events that had occurred, and the grief and anxiety
which weighed on our hearts, prevented us for
many hours from sleeping. No sound except that
of the ceaseless roar and splash of the neighbour-
ing waterfall, reached our ears. While we sat,
shrouded in darkness, it was difficult to avoid giv-
ing way to despondency. We did not, I need
scarcely say, forget to pray, while we had cause
to be thankful at having received sufficient warn-
ing to escape from the cruel fate which would have
overtaken us had we been at the settlement.
At last we slept, and the light of day was
making its way through the dense foliage when
we awoke. Our cavern, we now found, was even
smaller than we had supposed. There was no.
room to walk about; indeed, it afforded us just
space sufficient to lie down at full length., As we
peered out between the bushes, we could see the
opposite sides of the ravine rising up in a perpen-
dicular precipice directly before us. This gave us
an assurance that there was little probability of our
being discovered by the savages, even though
they might search diligently for us through the
mountains. Our friends had left us an ample


supply of provisions so that if necessary we might
remain many days there without fear of starvation.
But what was to be our future lot it was impossi-
ble to say.
'It is a great comfort to know that God will
decide it for us,' said Maud, putting her arms
round my neck. 'He knows what is best, and
He will find a way of escape for those who trust
Him, out of all difficulties. See,' she added, 'I
have brought His word to comfort us,' and she
produced a small Bible from her pocket, which she
had thoughtfully put there when leaving the chapel.
What consolation did that book give us! We
read and prayed, and then read again in a low voice,
and strange as it may seem to some, the time did
not appear to drag heavily along; but calmness
came ever our minds-our hearts were at peace,
we no longer feared what man could do to us.
We had been reading together, when suddenly
we both started. A wild cry reached our ears;
it was echoed by others in different directions,
some coming up the ravine, others sounding, it
seemed, overhead. I felt Maud tremble as she
clung to me.


'Can those cries come from the heathens, who
have discovered our footsteps?' she whispered. 'If
so, we are lost.'
Not lost, dear Maud,' I answered. They
can but take our lives, and I trust that though
they may be near they will not find us. Our friends
felt sure of our safety in this concealment, so let
us not despair, but it will be prudent not to
We remained silent, clinging to each other.
Again the wild shrieks and cries echoed around
us, some of the voices appeared to be quite close.
We sat listening anxiously-now the sounds ap-
peared to proceed from a greater distance. Yes,
we trusted that the savages were at length passing
by us, their shrieks grew fainter and fainter, and
ultimately altogether ceased.
We had been again preserved from a threatened
danger. We could scarcely believe that it was
over when darkness once more crept up the ravine.


We remain concealed, none of our Friends appearing.-Maud
sees a person on the hill.-Our alarm.-We again hear
voices and footsteps.-Our native Friends return and bring
us sad tidings; yet we have cause to be thankful that some
have escaped.-We are making our way to a canoe, when
the heathens pursue us.-Escape.-Charles Norton gives
me his history.

WO more days passed away, and none of our
friends had come near us. We began to
fear that they had been seized by the heathens.
Should such be the case, what must be our fate !
We will wait where we are till our provisions
are exhausted, and then we must make our way
down to the sea-shore, and perhaps we may be seen
by some passing ship and taken off,' said Maud.
'Anything will be better than trusting ourselves
to the savage heathens.'
I agreed with her that this was the only plan we
could follow, that, indeed, was almost a hopeless one.


'But suppose papa has been detained longer
than he expected with Mr Hilton, and returns to
the settlement. If so, we may see him and reach
his canoe,' said Maud. She always called my
father papa.
This idea of Maud's gave me new hope, and
then I thought how sad must be our meeting when
I should have to tell him of our mother's death.
Our chief want in our cavern was water; but
Maud managed, by creeping under the bushes,
where she was sure she could not be seen, to reach
a pool filled by the never ceasing spray from the
cascade. I entreated her, however, not to go out
often, for I was afraid of her foot slipping, or, not-
withstanding her assertion, that some native pass-
ing over the mountain above us might catch a
glimpse of her. She agreed, therefore, to wait till
just after dawn, when no one was likely to be at so
great a distance from any habitation. She went
out one morning to fill the gourd, which held our
store of water, and when she came back she told
me that she had seen a person looking down to-
wards her from a point a long way up above the
top of the waterfall.


I did not stop to look a second time,' she said,
but, crouching down, crept back, in the hopes
that he might not have discovered me.'
This circumstance caused us great alarm; still
we hoped that even had any one seen her, he
might not be able to discover the entrance to our
Perhaps the person I saw may have been
Tofa, or the young Englishman,' exclaimed Maud,
as if the thought had suddenly struck her. They
would naturally come to look for us, especially
should they know that any of our friends had been
discovered by the heathens, and they might assist
us greatly.'
'I trust that our friends have escaped,' I said.
'Though it seems strange that they should be so
long in returning to us, and as Tofa and the young
Englishman are strangers, I would rather trust
myself to those whose fidelity has been well tried.'
'Oh, but I am sure that the Englishman would
defend us with his life,' said Maud. 'I was struck
by the good expression of his countenance, and the
way he behaved during the few moments we saw
him. I do trust that he has escaped, and I long to


know who he is, for I am sure that he is not a
common sailor.'
In this I agreed with Maud: indeed, had I not
known that it is imprudent to trust strangers, I
should have been very thankful to obtain his assist-
ance. Although he might be the person Maud had
seen, we knew that it would be very unwise to
venture out of our concealment.
SStill I should like to try and look out through
the brushwood, and then should we see him ap-
proaching, and be sure that it is him, we might
make ourselves known,' said Maud.
As Maud was sure that she could do as she
proposed without being discovered, I did not forbid
her, though I felt that it might be wiser to remain as
closely concealed as we had been hitherto. Still
no one approached.
'After all, I may have been mistaken,' said
Maud, coming back and sitting down by my side.
We were employed as usual in reading, when
the sound of voices at a distance reached our ears,
coming apparently up the ravine. Can they be
the savages returning to look for us,' whispered


I think that their voices would sound very
differently to those we hear,' I answered. They
would be wildly shrieking and shouting, unless
they intended to attack an enemy unprepared for
them. Still, as the persons may possibly be
strangers, we will keep concealed."
We remained seated on the ground, hoping
that should enemies be approaching, they would
pass by without discovering us. The footsteps
grew nearer. We could hear them climbing up
the precipice to the ledge on which the cavern
opened. Maud, notwithstanding her usual courage,
trembled violently.
The boughs were drawn aside, when several
natives appeared in front of us. A second glance
showed us that they were entirely clothed accord-
ing to the custom of the converts, and then, to our
joy, we saw that Abela was among them. We
sprang up and threw ourselves into her arms.
'AMy children,' she said, 'we have left you
long; but we have had many difficulties to en-
counter, and, alas! disasters have overtaken our
friends. But come, we have no time to lose, we
will tell you more as we go along.'


We were thankful to find that besides Abela,
those who had accompanied us to our hiding-place
had likewise escaped. Our friends having taken
the baskets, and the remainder of our provisions, we
set off down the ravine, which led, as we supposed,
towards the sea-shore. I immediately inquired of
Abela if she had heard of my father.' Alas! no,
my child,' she answered. Our good pastor's canoe
has not returned; we have anxiously kept watch
for him, and he could scarcely have reached the
shore without having been observed. I then in-
quired for Nanari, who might, I hoped, have es-
caped. He died faithfully at his post with those
whom he would not desert,' she answered. He
was entreated by the sick and wounded to fly, but
would not, and then, alas! the savage people
rushed in and slew him.'
She then told me that Lisele was safe, although
she had run great risk of being captured by the
heathens. The fleet we had seen was the remnant
of that with which Masaugu had set sail. Though
at first victorious in his expedition, he had been
attacked by overwhelming numbers of his enemies,
and, with the loss of a large portion of his warriors,


and many of his canoes, had with difficulty reached
the island. On his arrival he found a large party
of the heathens, who had heard that he intended to
lotu, arrayed against him, and once more he had to
put to sea. He had, however, reached the end of
the island where we now were. There Lisele had
joined him, and, at her earnest entreaties, he had
left a canoe to convey us away. Abela told us
also that Tofa and the young Englishman had been
communicated with, and she hoped that they would
be found already on board the canoe.
SOh then we will proceed at once to Mr Hilton's
station,' I exclaimed. What joy it will be if we
find that my father has not yet quitted it.'
'Such are Masaugu's intentions,' said Abela.
'He has seen the folly of his conduct in going to
attack his enemies when so earnestly warned by
your father, and now he wishes to remain with
the Christian missionary, that he may receive in-
struction hi the truths he before despised.'
The news we thus received caused us many
conflicting feelings. We deeply grieved for the
loss of the faithful Nanari, while my anxiety about
my father was still unrelieved. Yet we rejoiced


that Masaugu, through the severe lesson he had
received, should have been induced to seek for Chris-
tian instruction.
Our path down the ravine was extremely diffi-
cult, and often dangerous, and we could make but
slow progress. Abela, however, hurried on as fast
.as we could venture to proceed, for she feared that
the heathens, knowing that many of the Christians
had escaped, would be searching for us, and that
although they might not dare to follow Masaugu's
fleet, they would not hesitate to attack the single
canoe, with only a small party on board. At length
we caught sight of the blue ocean, but the sparkling
white lines of foam I saw dancing over it, made me
fear that the canoe would have a hard buffet with
the waves.
We were already not far from the beach, when
we saw two persons running towards us-they were
Tofa and the young Englishman. Hasten,' they
exclaimed ; a large band of our enemies are coming
along the shore, and we have been in dread that
you would be cut off.' The latter, who of course
spoke in English, took Maud and me by the hands
to assist us, and helped along by him we soon


reached the boat. The crew stood ready with poles
to urge on the canoe into deep water. We were
speedily on board, and launching forth; the wind
being favourable, a large triangular mat sail was
set, and we glided away from the beach.
Scarcely had we got beyond the reach of their
spears, than the savages arrived at the spot we had
left. Several were hurled at us, but happily no
one was hit, and the next shower, which the vin-
dictive savages darted from their hands, fell short
of our canoe.
Abela and every Christian with her knelt down
on the deck and offered up an earnest prayer-in
which we joined-that the hearts of our foes might
be changed, and that they would ere long be
brought to know the truth. The savages con-
tinued shrieking and shouting at us till we had
got outside the reef. Happily no canoe was near,
or they would undoubtedly have followed us.
We could see Masaugu's fleet in the far dis-
tance; but as our canoe was smaller than any of his
we could not hope to overtake him. I was thank-
ful, however, to find that he was steering towards
Mr Hilton's station, where we hoped in time to


arrive. The sea was, as I had feared, very rough,
and though our canoe was strong and buoyant, she
was tossed much about, and had it not been for
the assistance of the young Englishman and Tofa,
we should have had great difficulty in clinging to
the deck. In the centre was a small house or
cabin, generally used by the chief or owner of the
canoe, and this we found was to be devoted to our
use at night as a sleeping place. Still, as I sur-
veyed the curiously-constructed and apparently
weak vessel, I could not help feeling that a voyage
on board her of the length we were about to at-
tempt, must be attended with much danger. Hap-
pily we could say at sea as on shore, We will
trust ourselves to the care of One all powerful to
As I now had a better opportunity of observing
the young stranger more particularly than before,
I felt more convinced than at first that he was a
person of education. His manner towards Maud
and me especially, was retiring and reserved, and
he seemed unwilling to intrude himself upon us.
After some time, however, he came and sat near
us, and thanked me for the note I had written,


which, as he supposed, had not only been the
means of obtaining his freedom, but of his life be-
ing preserved.
'I wrote merely on the possibility of any
European having escaped the massacre which I
understood had taken place,' I answered. 'I can
therefore claim no thanks from you.'
'I am not the less grateful,' he answered.
'I had so fully expected to be killed, that I feel
like one risen from the dead.'
I trust that you have risen to newness of life,'
I ventured to say, for I am sure it was a remark
my father would have made, and I felt anxious to
be assured that the young man was under religious
impressions. It was an opportunity indeed I dare
not let pass by.
'Yes, Miss Liddiard, I do feel that,' he ex-
claimed. 'And with what horror do I reflect what
would have been my doom had I died with my
companions. I knew the truth when I was a boy,
for I had been brought up by a pious father and
mother, but I became careless and wild, and ne-
glected all their precepts and warnings. I went
on from bad to worse, and at length, believing that


if I could get out to the Pacific-of which I had
read-I could enjoy unfettered liberty and license,
I shipped on board a vessel bound out, round Cape
Horn. Having knocked about in the way I pro-
posed for some time, though, as may be supposed,
I did not find the life among rough seamen and
fierce savages as agreeable as I had expected, I
at length reached Sydney in New South Wales. I
there joined the sandal wood trader, which has
been so fearfully destroyed.
Just before going on board I met an old friend
of my father's, a missionary, whom I had known
at home. He spoke to me seriously, and warned
me against joining the vessel, knowing as he did,
the lawless character of her crew. He offered to ob-
tain my discharge if I would come and live with him.
His words made a deep impression on my heart,
although I was too self-willed to follow his advice.
During the voyage, while we were sailing from
island to island, those words often and often recurred
to my mind. I in vain attempted to drive them
from me. When I saw my companions being put
to death-expecting to meet the same fate-how
earnestly I wished that I had followed my friend's


counsels. I could only utter, Lord be merciful to
me a sinner,' and entreated God to protect me.
When I found myself so unexpectedly preserved, I
remembered the prayer I had uttered, and resolved
to give myself to the service of God in any way
He might open out for me. You now know my
brief history, Miss Liddiard. I felt bound to give
it you, but I am unwilling to trouble you with more
than I have already told you about myself. My
name is Charles Norton.
'You can have no difficulty in finding oppor-
tunities of serving God, Mr Norton,' I exclaimed.
'When we see thousands and tens of thousands
of human beings scattered about this broad Pacific
ignorant of Him, and given over to abominable
heathen practices, all requiring to be fed with the
bread of life. Why should you not prepare your-
self to go forth as a missionary among them?'
'I feel that I am too unworthy and sinful to
undertake so serious an office,' he said humbly.
'No human being could be qualified to go
forth as a missionary of the gospel trusting alone
to his own merits, and no one would be found
to undertake the office were all influenced by the