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Black-Bearded Barbarian

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A fictionalized biography of George Mackay (1844-1901), an influential Presbyterian missionary in northern Taiwan.

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THE BLACK BEARDED BARBARIAN

by Mary Esther Miller MacGregor (AKA Marion Keith)

THE BLACK BEARDED BARBARIAN (1)

(1) The name by which George Leslie Mackay was known among the Chinese of north Formosa.

CHAPTER I. SPLITTING ROCKS

Up in the stony pasture field behind the barn the boys had been working all the long afternoon. Nearly all, that is, for, being boys, they had managed to mix a good deal of fun with their labor. But now they were tired of both work and play, and wondered audibly, many times over, why they were not yet called home to supper.

The work really belonged to the Mackay boys, but, like Tom Sawyer, they had made it so attractive that several volunteers had come to their aid. Their father was putting up a new stone house, near the old one down there behind the orchard, and the two youngest of the family had been put at the task of breaking the largest stones in the field.

It meant only to drag some underbrush and wood from the forest skirting the farm, pile them on the stones, set fire to them, and let the heat do the rest... Continue reading book >>


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