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MAR ATHANASIUS, METROPOLITAN OF THE SYRIAN CHRISTIANS OF
SYRIAN PRIEST IN EUCHARISTIC VESTMENTS
A SLAVE CHURCH IN THE RICE FIELDS, TRAVANCORE
A tropical evening—The journey westwards—The Palghaut Pass
The elephant and palanquin-A traveller's mishap—Trichoor— The Roman Catholic pop-guns—The Bible at Trichoor–A digression to Ootacamund—The missionary conference-Climate of the Hills --The Coonoor Ghaut-Ootacamund - Katy- Badaghars and Todas-Hill congregations.
I AM SITTING ALONE in my room where I have breakfasted, tiffined, dined, and often burned the midnight oil forwith some few exceptions—nearly the last twelve years. My residence is at Cottayam, in Travancore. It is ten o'clock P.M., and the 1st of December, 18–. Nothing can surpass the perfection of climate that we have at this time of the year. The monsoon is over, and has left the earth rich in all manner of store; and, as the sun is now near the tropic of Capricorn, we have no excessive heat