A Hoa came to stay with
巖清華） was along
very early with a smile on his face. He soon showed that he was orderly
at any rate- My little hut looked quite tidy when he got through. Then I
began to teach him how to read and write the Romanized col.（白話字）
In market saw
Persimmons & thought Tomatoes.
All day teaching
A-hoa and studying. Splendid times, hours fly rapidly, more so than
A-hoa making rapid
progress, both in Singing and Reading the Romanized Col. In
eve. teaching and
asking questions-- Sent an invitation for the Foreign community to attend
service in English in my house.
Waited the entire
forenoon to see if any of the Foreigners would come； but not one put in an
appearance. Human sympathy ！ I had none Good Lord be thou my guide- Spent
the day with A-hoa reading Christ's sermon on the mount. hymns etc-- sweet
indeed this glorious work. I love his frankness.
Arose very early and
drilled A-hoa in reading and writing the Romanized. also in a Scripture
Catechism and study myself too. Out again in the eve. amongst the herd-boys.
Very dry and warm.
took A-hoa out around a number of villages, then back and sat right down to
work. The days passed Swiftly. many calls from Chinamen who were very
suspicious in their looks. No one ventured to discuss however.
Paced the floor
reading aloud for A-hoa to write and he listened to my Chinese until it
sounded like from a native.
Rather cool and
pleasant. Went with A-hoa into the country to call on one of his old
friends, a farmer. We were seen, recognized and despised. Two big black dogs
were set on and children yelled and reviled furiously. We returned and after
eating some rice dug aw ay harder than ever at our respective Studies.
Gentle Showers. O if
we had them from the heavens of heavens. What glorious flowers would open
and send sweet fragrance all around. Read, wrote, questioned, drilled talked
and sung all hours in the day. A neighbor came in to see if we were gone
mad altogether. He brought us tea and suggested rest as a cure.
We struck out with a hymn before him upon which grew pale and bolted out of
the door whilst the teapots flew from his hands, fell on the floor in small
pieces. An hour afterwards a small boy were sent in for the pieces.
A Hoa read six
chapters of John in my hearing. I also read for him to criticize my
Chinese. Splendid fellow, Just a ‘God send’. Again invited the Foreigners to
worship on sab. A.Hoa got newspapers and pasted them on my book case of
rough boards which were not planed, also all over covering up imperfections
in my furniture！ Prepared for Sab. Slept little every night--.
At 10：30 A.M. Quite
a number of Foreigners came and I preached Salvation through the atoning
blood. very attentive. In the afternoon with A Hoa went round till dark
Singing hymns-- some pleased apparently； but the most, threw pigs dung,
small stones, lumps of earth etc. --They seemed bitter towards A Hoa.
It made him more determined. How refreshing to have one Just one
firm and resolute. Yes, Converted, saved！
Cool with occasional
showers-. Used a black-board teaching A Hoa kept him reading and
writing whilst I read the Chinese characters. sat up late.
Teachers called and were amazed at A Hoa's progress- He spoke fearlessly to
them, and we resumed our usual pleasant work.
Strung up a map of
the world and began with A Hoa. How he opened his eyes and went right at it
“with gloves off”, as the Yankee would say.
for the world being round mastered. Oceans and Continents grasped and a
burning thirst induced.
Read portion of New
A Hoa explained it. Drilled him on the Ten Commandments （十誡）
and the Lord's Prayer（主禱文）. Then pitched into
Reviewed all over
previous Studies. Prepared for sab. A Hoa carried water and cleaned our
In the morning
preached in English on Psalm 68： 18. Afternoon went with A Hoa to several
villages singing hymns--.
Cloudy and rather
cool. Geography of Palestine on the “tables.” Capital！ Never had
Pupils in Canada who
studied lands and seas like this man.
exercises for hours. A Hoa writing on it as well as paper. Made a rough map
of the world-- Worked till midnight--
Spoke on the
ye etc. A Hoa took notes and then wrote the names of all lands in the world.
After working hard
all day and returning from the herd boys I was in my room at private
devotion when A-hoa who annoyed at a cat mewing chased it round and round
right into my room and pelted it with a Chinese broom stumbling against me
and falling down sprawling as suddenly disappeared when I went out told me
of the cat chased with great glee. It never entered his mind at time that he
might have waited little a grace grown gradually （ ）
Again at the
Question book. A Hoa committed large portions to memory. Also the
Then Read Ephesians. Grand letter that. I took up verse after verse
and gave explanations.
Reviewed all gone
over so far. Then fixed up our dwelling. Sent my usual invitation to the
Foreigners and prepared for sab.
At 10 A.M. Preached
on board H.R.M gun-vessel “Avon”. In the afternoon took A Hoa and traveled
till dark singing, ate rice and read Ephesians till very late.
Put in a stiff days
work and at dark threw open my door and began to preach. Many came in, some
threw stones right through. Some shouted, some yelled and threaten A Hoa.
After singing we went on studying. I found it best to sit inside and expound
a passage over eve. to those who would quietly enter.
Geography of Egypt
and Epistle to Ephesians occupied our attention till eve. When fully 30
sat around my rough table with a Chinese lamp, which was made of Pewter and
had Pea-nut oil in it with a wick of grass pith. Just purely Chinese
arrangement. The light was feeble indeed. I spoke on a passage of the Bible,
then drilled A Hoa before the hearers--
Explained the first
then A Hoa kept at Ephesians whilst I at the Chinese Classics. In eve. 35
Wrote to friends in
Canada and gave an account of my native land. A Hoa took notes. 40
were present in the eve.
（The old bamboo
chair on whi he was sitting had legs split at （the）bottom and as he bowed on
his knees shoved it from one side to （the）other. it creaked most fearfully）
col. reading and committing to memory large portions of the Gospel s formed
the order of the day. In the eve. I asked A Hoa to pray as he sat on
an old bamboo chair which with the Slightest move creaked terribly. Down on
his knees at once began but at every sentence pushed it from one side to （the）other.
Making tormenting to the *** the legs which of the bamboo split at the
bottom creak most terribly. On he went however “ O thou art （the） True God.
I did not know Thee a few months ago. Help me to know more and more
of thee, for I now know that these idols which our people worship
cannot save their souls From the bottom of my heart. I thank thee for
bringing Pastor Mackay （came） to Formosa. Help me help us by the Holy Spirit
to bring many to Jesus.（my parents and relatives） Our light is very poor,（
we do not know much！ But O God help me help us. Sim-so-goan！）
for our lamp is bad.
help us to get better light and and a better lamp for we are working away
Thy Word. We wish and hope that thou wilt bring another young man to be with
us, and then many, many more every-where. These things our hearts true
desire. This prayer was uttered Just as if to an idol. When spoke there was
a directness which can’t be put on paper. with all directness charac-of
Idolaters before their idols.
Read （All） Genesis
with A Hoa. He is now able to write a letter etc and read almost
anything we can lay our hands in the Romanized colloquial.
At 10 A.M. Preached
again on board the ‘Avon’ about the ‘plain way’. Afternoon went out through
the villages singing.
The entire day was
taken up with severe study and learning from A Hoa Chinese ways etc. and in
turn teaching him Western ways and Customs. 46 listened to me in the
Gave lessons to A
Hoa on Public speaking and drilled him on the use of his voice. We roared
and bellowed at first in the house； but found it would not do So put it off
till eve. and walked to the sea-side where we had full scope. Sang much in
the eve. 50 were present.
Map of the world
drilling, also ‘globe exercises. Lessons on Paul’s sermons.
Romans we now
labored at all day！long until 4 P.M. When I went alone for a stroll enjoyed
talking to the boys with their Water Buffaloes close by. Watched the farmers
each with one Buffalo drawing a plough having only one handle and held with
one hand the other being used to hold a rope which is tied to a ring in the
Buffalo’s nose. The furrow don’t look well； but really does admirably. Rude
looking farm instruments； but what Splendid crops of rice！ The sickle is
used in cutting and the Sheaves are bound very much as in Scotland.
Thrashing is done in the field. A large tub with a kind of netting put
around and Sticks put crosswire are used. A man takes a quantity in both
hands and dashes it against the sticks.