Darjeeling Disaster – Triumph of the Six Lee Children

Fornt cover: Ada Lee [1856-1948], The Darjeeling Disaster. Its Bright Side. The Triumph of the Six Lee Children

The Rev. D.H. & Ada Lee were missionaries in Darjeeling, India, together with their seven children. After five of her children were killed when a landslide swept away their house and a sixth died a few days later from tetanus, Ada Lee wrote this account of their short lives. Her intention was to provide solace for other Christian parents who had also lost children.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Ada Lee [1856-1948], The Darjeeling Disaster. Its Bright Side. The Triumph of the Six Lee Children. Calcutta: Evangelical Literature Depot, n.d. Pbk. pp.162. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Foreword
  1. Introduction
  2. Vida Maud
  3. Lois Gertrude
  4. Wilbur David
  5. Herbert Wilson
  6. Ada Eunice
  7. Esther Dennett
  8. The Children’s Letters
  9. Jessudar, The Bengali Girl
  10. Wilbur’s Story
  11. Conclusion


I esteem it a personal privilege to call the attention of the reading public to “The Darjeeling Disaster: Its Bright Side,” a book telling the story of -the greatest tragedy in the life of any missionary family in all the history of Missions. This book has passed through many editions before this one. I desire to express my abiding conviction that it would be of great benefit to have this book placed in the Sunday School libraries of the Christian world and read in every home. It contains a story more thrilling than fiction, but it is not fiction. It is the story of the Christian living and marvellously triumphant translation of real children. I knew them well and loved them dearly. It sets forth an ideal Christian home, in which there were active vigorous boys and girls, and earnest’ Christian parents’. The story of this family presents a standard of Christian living for both parents and children. I have known lively boys and girls to read and re-read this hook until the pages were worn and soiled, with the result that their lives were transformed.

The book will tell its own story. But I wish in this introductory note, to tell a comforting part of the story, not contained in the book, and not generally known….

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Story of the Police Court Mission 1876-1926

John Hasloch Potter [1847-1935], In As Much. The Story of the Police Court Mission 1876—1926

The Police Court Mission was a forerunner of the UK Probation Service that was founded in 1907, but its importance is often overlooked. I was very pleased to find a copy of this rare and significant book recently at Book Aid and am endeavouring to ensure that the hard copy finds a safe home in a Bible College library within the UK.

Follow the link below to visit the Police Court Mission page, where you will find a download link for this book and a helpful article which explains the mission’s significance.

John Hasloch Potter [1847-1935], In As Much. The Story of the Police Court Mission 1876—1926. London: Williams & Norgate, Ltd., 1927. Hbk. pp.136. [This title is in the public domain]


  • Foreword
  • Apologia
  • Preface
  1. The C.E.T.S.
  2. The Birth of the Mission
  3. The First Offenders Act
  4. Changed Conditions—The Boy
  5. The Boy
  6. Juvenile Courts
  7. Boys’ Shelter Home
  8. Girls
  9. Women’s Work
  10. Separation Orders
  11. Separation Orders—continued
  12. General Work
  13. Robert Holmes’ Experiences
  14. Odds and Ends
  15. Magnetic Influence
  16. Results
  17. Ways of Helping
  • Note on the American Probation System

In China Now. China’s Need and the Christian Contribution

John Charles Keyte [1875-1942], In China Now. China's Need and the Christian Contribution

Written as a manual for missionaries arriving to begin work in China, it has sections intended for those serving as evangelists, teachers and those in the medical professions. Numerous editions were published: for the Baptist Missionary Society; China Inland Mission; Church of England Zenana Missionary Society; Church Missionary Society; Christian Endeavour Union; London Missiionary Society; Primitive Methodist Christian Endeavour Society; Society for the Propagation of the Gospel; Student Christian Movement, Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society; Youth Committee of the United Free Church of Scotland, and the United Council for Missionary Education. This is the London Missionary Society edition.

My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

John Charles Keyte [1875-1942], In China Now. China’s Need and the Christian Contribution. London: The Livingstone Press, 1923. Pbk. pp.160. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Editorial Note
  • Author’s Preface
  1. The Old-World Outlook
  2. The New Framework (Part I)
  3. The New Framework (Part II)
  4. The Work of the Evangelist
  5. The Work of the Teacher
  6. The Work of the Healer
  7. “The Home of all Good Men”
  • Appendix A
  • Appendix B
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Chapter 1: The Old-World Outlook

In order to gain any idea of the task which confronts the Church of Christ in China, it is necessary to have some conception of the Chinese world in which that work has to be done, and of the outlook to-day of the Chinese themselves. The few pictures which follow, unrelated at first sight though they may be, are an attempt to indicate this.

One bright morning in August 1913 two Englishmen, the writer and an old friend, were travelling down the upper reaches of the great Yangtze-kiang in a small native boat used for carrying postal mails. They had been fired upon early that morning by brigands; but by dint of keeping the boat well in the middle of the broad stream and rowing vigorously, the crew, seven men in all, had got past the danger. At eleven o’clock however another shot rang out, and an examination of the river showed that they were in a narrow stretch easily com-manded from the banks. The crew rowed on pluckily until two boats carrying armed brigands put out further down the river. in order to cut them off.

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Robert Morrison – A Master Builder by Marshall Broomhall

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Robert Morrison, A Master Builder

A biography of the Presbyterian Missionary to Macao, Bible translator and Lexicographer Robert Morrison by the Editorial Secretary of the China Inland Mission. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Robert Morrison, A Master Builder. London: China Inland Mission, 1924. Hbk. pp.238. [Click to visit the Robert Morrison page for the download link for this title and others]


  • Author’s Preface
  • Table of Dates
  1. The Great Closed Land
  2. A Great Tribulation and a Little Child
  3. The Hidden Man of the Heart
  4. High Employ
  5. The Call of China
  6. The Voyage
  7. Old Canyon
  8. Facing Life’s Task
  9. Some Momentous Decisions
  10. Overlapping Extraordinary
  11. A Colleague at Last
  12. The Ultra-Ganges Mission
  13. Dismissed but Indispensible
  14. Lonely and in Constant Apprehension
  15. An Iona in the East
  16. Translating the Scriptures
  17. Sorrow Upon Sorrow
  18. An International Impasse
  19. The Great Fire
  20. After Fifteen Years
  21. Two Years in England
  22. In Stress and Storm
  23. All Manner of Service
  24. Missionary Reinforcement
  25. A Painful Parting
  26. Faithful unto Death
  27. Unfading Glory
  28. Epilogue
  29. Appendices
  30. Index

Author’s Preface

“The pioneer is forgotten” wrote Robert Morrison in a fit of depression. To him in his lonely post it seemed so, but the statement is not true for all time. The pioneer, like the prophet, may be despised or even slain by his contemporaries, but posterity will build his tomb. In Morrison’s case he lived to be honoured beyond most missionaries, and time has only added lustre to his name.

It is fitting that his life and work should be again recalled, for a new and promising chapter in the evangelization of China has commenced. The Christian Church which Morrison set forth to found in the land of Sinim has lately claimed the right to administer her own affairs where able to do so. The great gulf between a land with no followers of Christ – we speak of the Protestant Church alone – and a land with a Church strong enough to desire self-government, has, thank God, been bridged. On the one side of that great span stands Morrison, the dauntless master-builder, and on the other side the first National Christian Conference which met at Shanghai less than two years ago.

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Stories and Surveys of Missionary Enterprise in India

William C. Irvine [1871-1946], W, Redwood, A.C. Rose, W. Wilcox, eds., Indian Realities. Stories and Surveys of Missionary Enterprise in India by Workers from Assemblies in the Homelands

As the title suggests, this is an overview of missionary work in India published about 1937. It features a large number of black and white photographs. My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

William C. Irvine [1871-1946], W, Redwood, A.C. Rose, W. Wilcox, eds., Indian Realities. Stories and Surveys of Missionary Enterprise in India by Workers from Assemblies in the Homelands. Bangalore, India: The Scripture Literature Press, [1937]. Hbk. pp.210. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Prologue
  • Introductory
  1. the Godavari District
  2. Pilgrim Preachers
  3. Bihar abd Northern India
  4. Hospital Work and Witness
  5. The Belguam District
  6. The Good News in Print
  7. The Kanarese Field
  8. No Mean Cities
  9. Shall the Prey be Taken from the Mighty
  10. The Lepers are Cleansed
  11. Travancore and Cochin
  12. Work Among Women
  13. In Tinnevelly
  14. Among the Children in School and Orphanage
  15. Pondocherry
  16. The Depressed Missions
  17. Our Indian Fellow-Workers
  18. Much Land to be Possessed
  19. Suggestions for Prospective Workers
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix I
  • Appendix II
  • Map of India

Indian Realities; of course the half cannot be told, either the dark or the bright, but we have gathered some of them into a bundle within the covers of this book. Our object is, frankly, to share them with you, who although you have so many of your own burdens to carry, cheerfully fulfil the law of Christ by shouldering your neighbours’.

Here is a grim village specimen, dated this year of grace 1937, September. “A report of a man being sacrificed to propitiate the Rain God in Gunpur village, near Hahan Thesil, Bombay Presidency, where drought is prevailing this year, has been re-ceived here. It is alleged that the victim was decoyed from another village. In chains, with his forehead smeared with ash and vermilion and with a garland round his neck, the man was paraded through the streets to the accompaniment of the beat of drums, and shortly after he was beheaded with a sharp axe before the village temple. The head was placed reverently by the villagers before the deity. On re-ceiving the news of the human sacrifice, the Police from the adjoining Tehsil arrived on the scene and seized the body and arrested twenty-five persons, in-cluding the headman of the village, the perpetrator of the crime, and the priest who officiated at the ceremony.” 

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Pearls of the Pacific: Samoa and Other Islands of the South Seas

Victor Arthur Barradale [1874-1947], Pearls of the Pacific. Being Sketches of Missionary Life and Work in Samoa and other Islands in the South Seas

Victor Arnold Barradale wrote two books that drew on his three years of missionary service in Samoa. Both had very similar titles. This is the earlier and more heavily illustrated of the two. My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Victor Arthur Barradale [1874-1947], Pearls of the Pacific. Being Sketches of Missionary Life and Work in Samoa and other Islands in the South Seas. London: London Missionary Society, 1907. Hbk. pp.192. [Click to the Victor Barradale page where you will find the download links to his books]


  • Preface
  1. Samoa and Other Pearls
  2. The First Missionary Ships
  3. More Missionary Ships
  4. Samoa: As it Was
  5. Hoisting the Flag
  6. People, Houses and Food
  7. Play
  8. Climate, Clothing, Animals and Insects
  9. Seasons and Souls
  10. Trades and Employments
  11. Samoa: As it is—Home Life and Industries
  12. School Life
  13. The Malua Institution
  14. Churches
  15. Sunday Schools
  16. The Foreign Mission Work of the South Seas Churches
  17. More Foreign Missionary Work

Life of George Grenfell: Congo Missionary and Pioneer


This is a detailed and well-illustrated biography of the George Grenfell, pioneer missionary to the Congo. The endpiece is an extremely detailed map of Equatorial West Africa. My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

George Hawker [1857-1932], The Life of George Grenfell. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1909. pp.587. [Click to visit the George Grenfell page for this the download link to this title and other material on this missionary]


  • Introduction
  1. Early Years
  2. College Days
  3. At the Cameroons
  4. At the Cameroons (continued)
  5. Pioneering in the Lower Congo
  6. The Coming of the ‘Peace’
  7. The Coming of the ‘Peace’ (continued)
  8. Boat Journey to the Equator
  9. The First Voyage of the ‘Peace’
  10. From Autumn, 1884, to Autumn, 1887
  11. From Autumn, 1884, to Autumn, 1887 (continued)
  12. Forward Movements on the Upper River
  13. The Seizure of the ‘Peace’ and the Coming of the ‘Goodwill’
  14. The Lunda Expedition
  15. Bolobo and Yakusu—1893 to 1896
  16. Missions and Social Results
  17. ‘In Journeyings Often’
  18. Up the Aruwimi
  19. Illness and Last Furlough
  20. Letters to His Children
  21. Balked by the State
  22. To Yalemba at Last!
  23. ‘The Death of “Tata” Finished’


When I was requested by the Committee of the Baptist Missionary Society to write the biography of my friend and former fellow-student, George Grenfell, it was stipulated that the volume should contain a section of about a hundred pages to be contributed by an expert (Sir Harry Johnston, if possible), in which the scientific side of Grenfell’s work should be duly discussed and appraised. Subsequently, Sir Harry Johnston· consented to undertake this task. But when Grenfell’s papers and journals came to hand, it was apparent that two or three chapters included in a general biography would be quite inadequate for the worthy treatment of Grenfell’s scientific achievements. It was therefore arranged that Sir Harry Johnston should write a separate ,vork, an arrangement in which I cordially concurred.
That work has been published under the title George Grenfell and the Congo, and has secured the high encomiums of competent critics…

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Robert and Louisa Stewart in Life and Death

Mary E. Watson, Robert and Louisa Watson. In Life and Death

Robert and Louisa Stewart were both born in ireland and served with the Church Missionary Society in China, where they died in the Kucheng Massacre of 1895. This book was written by Louisa’s sister and is the standard biography of the couple.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for making this public domain title available for digitisation.

Mary E. Watson, Robert and Louisa Watson. In Life and Death. London: Marshall Brothers, 1895. Hbk. pp.243. [This title is in the public domain]


  • Preface
  1. Some Reminiscences of Robert Stewart
  2. Ambassadors For Christ
  3. The Whirlwind
  4. The Joyful Sound
  5. Native Boys and Girls at School
  6. Christ Magnified
  7. “Possessions”
  8. Hands Clasped
  9. Strong Consolation
  10. “Called, and Chosen, and Faithful

Chapter 2

Various proposals have been made as to writing a Life of Robert and Louisa Stewart ; but they have all been declined.

Lives so truly lived in secret with God are not easy to record. And even if the attempt were successfully made, is there not a danger of exalting the human and losing sight of the fact that “all things are of God?”

It has been thought, therefore, that it is sufficient for God’s glory, to print some letters lately received, and supply a few details of the earlier times. Their letters were not kept, at Mr. Stewart’s earnest request.

Feeling that anything too personal would have been repugnant to the feelings of our dear brother and sister, we refrain from writing their biographies; but we know their wish would be that we should write and print anything that would awaken love and sympathy for China and the Chinese-anything that would show the friends who have helped through prayer and by their gifts that the need now is not less, but greater….

Pages 17-18.

Leprosy Mission in India, Japan & China

John Jackson [1853-1917], In Leper-Land. A Record of 7,000 Miles among Indian Lepers, with a Glimpse of Hawaii, Japan, and China

This is John Jackson’s record of his 7,000 mile tour (in about 1900) through India, China and Japan on behalf of the Mission to Lepers, now The Leprosy Mission.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain book for digitisation.

John Jackson [1853-1917], In Leper-Land. A Record of 7,000 Miles among Indian Lepers, with a Glimpse of Hawaii, Japan, and China. London: The Mission to Lepers, [1914]. Hbk. pp.208. [Click here to visit The Leprosy Mission page for the download link for this book and related titles]


  1. Bombay
  2. Pui and Poladur
  3. Nasik
  4. Wardha and Raipur
  5. Chandkuri
  6. Mungeli
  7. Purulia
  8. Purulia (continued)
  9. Asansol
  10. Raniganj and Bhangalpur
  11. Calcutta
  12. The Cry of the Children
  13. An Indian Snowstorm
  14. Almora
  15. Almora to Chandag
  16. Chandag Heights—The Place
  17. Chandag Heights—The Worker
  18. Chandag Heights—The Work
  19. Moradabad, Rurki, and Dehra Dun
  20. Saharanpur, Ludhiana, ad Ambala
  21. Tarn Taran
  22. Ramachandrapuram
  23. Sholapur, Poona, and Miraj
  24. A World Tour

Chapter 1

This volume is the record of a Tour extending to 7,000 miles of Indian travel and occupying a period of twenty weeks, exclusive of the voyages out and home. My primary purpose was to ascertain by personal observation the real condition of the lepers of India, and to obtain a direct insight into the work of ministering to their physical and spiritual needs. It was fitting, therefore, that my first visit to any place of public interest should be to the ” Homeless Leper Asylum,” as it is officially termed, at Matunga, Bombay. The drive of five miles through the city presented to my unfamiliar gaze more features of interest than one pair of eyes could apprehend. While trying to seize the points of a group full of life and colour on the right, figures and scenes of beauty or squalor, but picturesque in either case, were escaping me on the left….

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Pearls From the Pacific by Florence Young

Florence Young
Florence Young [Frontispiece]

Florence Young [1856-1940] was born in New Zealand the daughter of Plymouth Brethren émigrés from England. She was sent back to England for her education and, following the death of her parents, she moved to Queensland, Australia. Deeply influenced by her Brethren upbringing, and by the teaching of the Keswick Convention, she began a work among the Melanesians in Queensland and later in the Solomon Islands. She was the founder of the Queensland Kanaka Mission (QKM), which became the South Sea Evangelical Mission (SSEM).

My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this public domain title available for digitisation.

Florence Selina Harriet Young [1856-1940], Pearls from the Pacific. London & Edinburgh: Marshall Brothers, 1925. Hbk. pp.256. [Click here to visit the Florence Young page for the download link for this title and other material about this remarkable lady]


  • Foreword
  1. Birth, 1856-1859, N.Z.
    Return To New Zealand, 1860-1865, N.Z.
    My Mother
    Invercargill and Victoria, 1866-1871, Vic.
    School in England, 1871-1874, Eng.
  2. From Darkness to Light, 1874, N.Z. 
    Sydney, England, and Continent, 1878-1881, Eng.
  3. Fairymead, 1882-1886,  Q’ld.
    Queensland Kanaka Mission, 1886-1887 Q’ld.
    England and India, 1888-1889, Eng. & India
  4. Call to China, 1890-1891, China
    Testing, 1891, China
    Yang-Chau and Kao-Iu, 1891-1892, China
    Gain After Loss, 1892, China
  5. Inland China, 1892, China
    Kuei-K’I, 1892, China
    Shang-Ts’ing, 1893, China
    Letters, 1893, China
    Ho’k’eo, 1893-1894, China
    Another Change, 1893-1894, China
    Ien-Shan, 1894, China
    Conflict, 1894,  China
  6. Return to Australia, 1894-1895, Aus, N.Z.
    “Not In Vain”, 1896, Q’ld.
    Back to China, An-Ren, 1897, China
    House Building, 1898-1899, China
    Boxer Outbreak, 1900, China
    England and Switzerland, 1901-1902, Eng., Switz.
  7. Progress in Queensland, 1899-1900, Q’ld.
    Further Testimonies, 1901-1903, Q’ld.
    North Queensland, 19012-1902, Q’ld.
  8. The Regions Beyond, 1900-1904, Sol. Islands
    Solomon Islands, 1904, Sol. Islands
    First Journey to Malaita, 1904, Sol. Islands
    Initiatory Difficulties, 1904, Sol. Islands
  9. The Spirit of Prayer in Queensland, 1905, 
    Second Journey to Malaita, 1905, Sol. Islands
    Revival in Queensland, 1906, Q’ld.
    The Year of Jubilee, 1906, Q’ld.
    Retrospect of Work in Queensland, 1882-1906, Q’ld.
  10. “Come Over and Help Us”, 1907, Sol. Islands
    Guadalcanar and Makira, 1908, Sol. Islands
    “Is Anything Too Hard For the Lord”, 1909, Sol. Islands
    Call Upon Me in the Day of Trouble”, 1909, Sol. Islands
    Sinorango, 1909, Sol. Islands
    “A Little Child Shall Lead Them”, 1909, Sol. Islands
    “Nobody Come Along You-Me”, 1909, Sol. Islands
    “The Terror By Night”, 1910, Sol. Islands
    “Behold I and the Children Which God Hath Given Me”, 1910, Sol. Islands
    “Rennell” Island, 1910, Sol. Islands
  11. The Martyr’s Crown, 1911, Sol. Islands
    England and Palestine, 1912-1913, Eng., Pales.
    “Do It With Thy Might”, 1913,  Sol. Islands
    “What I Do Thou Knowest Not Now”, 1913, Sol. Islands
    “Some Believed”, 1913, Sol. Islands 
    “She Loved Much”, 1913, Sol. Islands 
    The Lame Take the Prey”, 1913, Sol. Islands
    The Enduement of Power, 1914, Sol. Islands 
    Fellow Workers, Sol. Islands 
    “The Valley of the Shadow”, Sol. Islands
  12. The Ship and the School, Sol. Islands 
    Our Library, Sol. Islands 
    Baptisms, Sol. Islands 
    Sydney Office, Sydney 
    “Make Us All Intense For Thee”, 1924, Sol. Islands


The following pages form a thrilling account of God’s work in the far off Islands of the South Seas, written by one whose own record of service is honourable and enviable. She tells the story of God’s grace with characteristic modesty and clear intention of ascribing all the glory of that which she recounts to Him. Christians in Great Britain know all too little of the work of the Kingdom in the more remote fields such as this one, of which these chapters tell. And thus to be brought face to face with the claim and challenge of such a story as is here unfolded cannot fail to bring the blessing of enlargement of heart and sympathy to every reader. For no privilege is more enriching than that of sympathetic and prayerful fellowship with those who are spending their treasure of life in Christ’s service on the furthermost frontier. Very heartily do I commend the perusal of what my friend, Miss Young, has written to the generous response and appreciation of the people of God in every land. They will surely read it with pleasure and profit; and rise with, I trust, newly strengthened desire to share to the utmost in all that the Lord of the Harvest is doing through His surrendered servants.

J Stuart Holden