Something like a hallowed glow seemed to rest upon the dark
face before me, and I felt in a second that she was possessed of a
rare degree of spiritual power.
That invisible something which we are accustomed to call
power, and which is never possessed by any Christian believer
except as one of the fruits of the indwelling Spirit of God, was
hers in a marked degree.
From that time onward I regarded her as a gifted worker in
the Lord's vineyard, but I had still to learn that the enduement of
the Spirit had given her more than the one gift of spiritual power.
A week later I met her at Lakeside, Ohio, and was again im¬
pressed in the same way, but I then began to discover that she
was not only a woman of faith, but that she possessed a clearness
of vision which I have seldom found equaled.
Her homely illustrations, her quaint expressions, her warm¬
hearted appeals, all possess the supreme merit of being so many
vehicles for conveying the living truths of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ to the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to hear her.
A few years after my return to India, in 1876, I was delighted
to hear that this chosen and approved worker of the Master h;ui
decided to visit this country. She arrived in 1879, and after a
short stay in Bombay, came over to the eastern side of the empire,
and assisted us for some time in Calcutta. She also returned two
years later, and again rendered us valuable assistance.
The novelty of a colored woman from America, who had in
her childhood been a slave, appearing before an audience in Cal¬
cutta, was sufficient to attract attention, but this alone would not
account for the popularity which she enjoyed throughout her
whole stay in our city.
She was fiercely attacked by narrow minded persons in the
daily papers, and elsewhere, but opposition only seemed to add to
During the seventeen years that I Jiave lived in Calcutta, 7 have
knoicn many famous strangers to visit the city, some of whom attracted
large audiences, but I have never known anyone who could draw and
hold so large an audience as Mrs. Smith.
She assisted me both in the church and in open-air meetings,
and never failed to display the peculiar tact for which she is
I shall never forget one meeting which we were holding in an