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Dawn in Swaziland

By Christopher Charles Watts, M.A.
Archdeacon of Swaziland

London: The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, 1922.

Chapter I. A land of contrasts
Chapter II. History of Swaziland
Chapter III. The old Queen
Chapter IV. Manners and customs of the Swazis
Chapter V. The European
Chapter VI. The religion of the European
Chapter VII. The village church
Chapter VIII. St. Mark's School, Mbabane
Chapter IX. St. Mark's coloured school, Empolonjeni
Chapter X. History of missionary work in Swaziland
Chapter XI. Missionary work among the natives
Chapter XII. Native servants
Chapter XIII. The firing line in Swaziland
Chapter XIV. A missionary's furlough


THIS little book is an attempt to describe the development of life and work on the religious side as the writer has understood it during the last fifteen years in Swaziland. The kindness, sympathy and generosity shown by the people of Swaziland towards him have made them years of the greatest happiness. He has tried to repay this by giving an accurate and truthful account of much that he has seen and heard, so that in the years of change that lie ahead a record of the country as we knew it when the Old Swazilander had not yet passed away, nor the new one taken possession, may be preserved. To the writer the purpose of life was that he might serve as a Minister of Christ in a pioneer country. The quiet recognition of that fact has caused his friends in Swaziland to be forbearing and forgiving to his many failings and mistakes. May it also cause the readers of this book to forbear much.

His gratitude is due to his Honour the Resident Commissioner of Swaziland and to Mr. A.M. Miller, J.P., for much historical information.

The substance of the last three chapters of the book appeared in the "Net," which is the official organ of the Diocese of Zululand.



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