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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1

Death of the King

Death of the King.

After getting a little settled here, I went to visit Ovalau, which is included page 18 in this Circuit; and on my return I found the Chief very ill with dysentery. He had been subject to it for years, and was now very weak. He applied for medicine, which I gave: and he was evidently getting better; but he would not restrain his appetite. He became worse, and I could do nothing for him. He died January 20th, 1855; and this brought fresh trials upon us. The report got spread abroad that our medicine had killed him; and the multitude who met together to bury him consulted and intended to destroy the Mission-premises, and take the property. This was prevented by the old men of the place, who sent a guard to watch the premises. The Chief was buried, and only one lady strangled, many others being saved from that fate by the influence of the Gospel and our intercession. Never was such a Chief of rank buried in Feejee, and only one human life taken.