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The Story of John G. Paton Or Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals   By: (1824-1907)

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Or Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals




A. L. Burt Company,Publishers, New York


EVER since the story of my brother's life first appeared (January 1889) it has been constantly pressed upon me that a YOUNG FOLKS' EDITION would be highly prized. The Autobiography has therefore been re cast and illustrated, in the hope and prayer that the Lord will use it to inspire the Boys and Girls of Christendom with a wholehearted enthusiasm for the Conversion of the Heathen World to Jesus Christ.

A few fresh incidents have been introduced; the whole contents have been rearranged to suit a new class of readers; and the service of a gifted Artist has been employed, to make the book every way attractive to the young. For full details as to the Missionary's work and life, the COMPLETE EDITION must still of course be referred to.



1. Our Cottage Home 2. Our Forebears 3. Consecrated Parents 4. School Days 5. Leaving the Old Home 6. Early Struggles 7. A City Missionary 8. Glasgow Experiences 9. A Foreign Missionary 10. To the New Hebrides 11. First Impressions of Heathendom 12. Breaking Ground on Tanna 13. Pioneers in the New Hebrides 14. The Great Bereavement 15. At Home with Cannibals 16. Superstitions and Cruelties 17. Streaks of Dawn amidst Deeds of Darkness 18. The Visit of H.M.S. "Cordelia" 19. "Noble Old Abraham" 20. A Typical South Sea Trader 21. Under Axe and Musket 22. A Native Saint and Martyr 23. Building and Printing for God 24. Heathen Dance and Sham Fight 25. Cannibals at Work 26. The Defying of Nahak 27. A Perilous Pilgrimage 28. The Plague of Measles 29. Attacked with Clubs 30. Kowia 31. The Martyrdom of the Gordons 32. Shadows Deepening on Tanna 33. The Visit of the Commodore 34. The War Chiefs in Council 35. Under Knife and Tomahawk 36. The Beginning of the End 37. Five Hours in a Canoe 38. A Race for Life 39. Faint yet Pursuing 40. Waiting at Kwamera 41. The Last Awful Night 42. "Sail O! Sail O!" 43. Farewell to Tanna 44. The Floating of the "Dayspring" 45. A Shipping Company for Jesus 46. Australian Incidents 47. Amongst Squatters and Diggers 48. John Gilpin in the Bush 49. The Aborigines of Australia 50. Nora 51. Back to Scotland 52. Tour through the Old Country 53. Marriage and Farewell 54. First Peep at the "Dayspring" 55. The French in the Pacific 56. The Gospel and Gunpowder 57. A Plea for Tanna 58. Our New Home on Aniwa 59. House Building for God 60. A City of God 61. The Religion of Revenge 62. First Fruits on Aniwa 63. Traditions and Customs 64. Nelwang's Elopement 65. The Christ Spirit at Work 66. The Sinking of the Well 67. Rain from Below 68. The Old Chief's Sermon 69. The First Book and the New Eyes 70. A Roof Tree for Jesus 71. "Knock the Tevil out!" 72. The Conversion of Youwili 73. First Communion on Aniwa 74. The New Social Order 75. The Orphans and their Biscuits 76. The Finger Posts of God 77. The Gospel in Living Capitals 78. The Death of Namakei 79. Christianity and Cocoa Nuts 80. Nerwa's Beautiful Farewell 81. Ruwawa 82. Litsi 83. The Conversion of Nasi 84. The Appeal of Lamu 85. Wanted! A Steam Auxiliary 86. My Campaign in Ireland 87. Scotland's Free will Offerings 88. England's Open Door 89. Farewell Scenes 90. Welcome to Victoria and Aniwa 91. Good News from Tanna, 1891



MY early days were all spent in the beautiful county of Dumfries, which Scotch folks call the Queen of the South. There, in a small cottage, on the farm of Braehead, in the parish of Kirkmahoe, I was born on the 24th May, 1824. My father, James Paton, was a stocking manufacturer in a small way; and he and his young wife, Janet Jardine Rogerson, lived on terms of warm personal friendship with the "gentleman farmer," so they gave me his son's name, John Gibson ; and the curly haired child of the cottage was soon able to toddle across to the mansion, and became a great pet of the lady there... Continue reading book >>

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