Excerpt from Prayers: Written at Vailim N every Samoan household the day I is closed with prayer and the singing of hymns. The omission of this sacred duty would indicate, t only a lack of religious training in the house chief, but a shameless dis regard of all that is reputable in Samoan social lyoe. No doubt, to many, the evening service is more than a duty fulfilled. The child who says his prayer at his mother's knee can have real conception of the meaning of the words he lisps so readily, yet he goes to his little bed with a sense of heavenly protection that he would miss were the prayer forgotten. The average Samoan is but a larger child in most things, andwould lay an uneasy head on his wooden pillow if he had t joined, even perfunctorily, in the evening service. Pvith my husband, prayer, the direct appeal, was a necessity. When he was happy he felt impelled to ofer thanks for that undeserved joy; when in sorrow, or pain, to call for strength to bear what must be borne. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.