Tales of Foreign Lands: Volume 3
Tales of Foreign Lands: Volumes 1, 2, and 3, are a series of highly adventurous stories meant to instill faith, courage, a knowledge of history as well as detailed geographic facts. Each volume contains several short stories.
Volume 3 includes:
- Namameha and Watomilka ... a French settler's daughter is snatch and reared among Indians, all the while keeping the Catholic faith in her heart, and in her son's.
- Tahko, the Young Indian Missionary ... The Alaskan Purchase causes an Eskimo cabin boy to journey into the wilderness in search of his parents.
- Father Rene's Last Journey ... nothing could deter this zealous missionary from rushing to the aid of his people when they were at the point of death.
- The Yang Brothers ... set in late 19th Century China, this is the story involves the Boxer Rebellion. One of the Yang brothers, educated in a missionary school, aspires to the priesthood, while the others lead the rebellion against the Christians.
- The Queen's Nephew ... in 1551 Japan, the powerful prince invited St. Francis Xavier to come to his capital city. Now, 25 years later, an event occurs that leads to a powerful struggle between the king and his queen. This is the story of the quest of the queen's nephew to discover the truth.
- Children of Mary ... near the end of the 1800's, the Abkasian people, dwelling in the Caucasus Mountains, between the Black Sea and the Caspian, were struggling to maintain their liberty against Russian supremacy. Only the vestiges of Christianity remain, including the veneration of Mary, the Mother of God. A young Polish soldier, on the run from the Russians, helps them find their way back to the faith and a better life.
These stories were compiled by Rev. Joseph Spillmann, S.J., a Swiss priest ordained in 1874. Boys and girls will find these stories historical, exciting and inspiring.