Father Damien: An Open Letter to the Reverend Dr. Hyde of Honolulu

By Robert Louis

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...Transcribed from the 1914 Chatto & Windus edition by David Price, email
ccx074@pglaf.org





FATHER DAMIEN
AN OPEN LETTER...

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... only reply that we who knew the man are surprised at the extravagant
...

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...and
exceptional advantage in the islands of Hawaii. The first missionaries
came; they found the land...

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...certain envy, not
essentially ignoble, and the one human trait to be espied in that
performance. ...

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...were the last man on earth to collect and propagate gossip
on the volunteer who would...

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...stumble into that
confession. "_Less than one-half_ of the island," you say, "is devoted
to the...

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...his eye quails under the brightness of
the sun; you would have felt it was (even...

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...the doors
of his own sepulchre.

I shall now extract three passages from my diary at Kalawao.

_A_....

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...'Damien's
Chinatown.' 'Well,' they would say, 'your Chinatown keeps growing.' And
he would laugh with...

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...last, when he was persuaded--"Yes," said he, "I am
very much obliged to you; you have...

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...much talked about and made him at last the subject of
your pen and mine, was...

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...provoked from
the reluctant and the careless. Many were before him in the field; Mr.
Meyer,...

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... "You miserable little ------," he cried,
"if the story were a thousand times true, can't...

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...never dreamed of daring--he too tasted of our common
frailty. "O, Iago, the pity of...