This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... immediately successful. It opened a way into the wild heart of the country. It focused the interest of the several clans. It set up a visible sign of authority on the highest of the interior ranges, and thus took advantage of a natural watershed from which the rivers and streams of influence might flow down easily, by a hundred channels, to every corner of the land. From the day when the lucky officer built his first stockade, set its back to the mountain, and looked out over the strange rough territory he had come to govern, it was a foregone conclusion that the mission would have to follow. To stay outside on the isolated rock at Goalpara was to lose grip of the greatness of the task, to sacrifice permanent and imperial opportunities for the temporary convenience and absorption in the duties of the hour. The men on the spot saw this. It haunted their imagination and controlled their thoughts. But innumerable difficulties presented themselves, by no means the least of which was the knowledge that little could be expected by way of adequate help from home. To the Board in Boston Assam was but a small and disappointing part of their Eastern field the Garo Hills an insignificant and malarious fragment of Assam, and the Garo Mission though fruitful, an embarrassing undertaking, not of their own choosing, yet seemingly committed to them in the providence of God, and involving responsibilities neither to be lightly regarded nor hastily assumed. It is difficult from the records to account for the attitude of the mission during these years. It was hesitant and uncertain, when a bold policy, a straight and confident course, seemed to be demanded. But "near-cuts" in the jungle are notoriously deceptive, and the longest way round is quite likely...
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