She spoke simply and pointedly, alluding to the kindness of
the manager who had opened the doors of his theatre to her, in
very courteous terms, and evidently made a deep and favorable
impression upon the audience. There was no laughing, and no
attempt was ever made subsequently to ridicule her. As she
was walking off the stage the manager said to me;
"If you want the theatre for her again do not fail to let me
know. I would do anything for that inspired woman."
During Mrs. Smith's stay in Calcutta she had opportunities
for seeing a good deal of the native community. Here, again, I
was struck with her extraordinary power of discernment. We
have in Calcutta a class of reformed Hindus called Brahmos.
They are, as a class, a very worthy body of men, and .at that
time were led by the distinguished KeshubChunder Sen.
Every distinguished visitor who comes to Calcutta is sure to
seek the acquaintance of some of these Brahmos, and to study,
more or less, the reformed system which they profess and teach. 1
have often wondered that so few, even of our ablest visitors, seem
able to comprehend the real character either of the men or of
their new system. Mrs. Smith very quickly found access to
some of them, and beyond any other stranger whom I have
ever known to visit Calcutta, she formed a wonderfully accurate
estimate of the character, both of the men and of their religious
Site saw almost at a glance all that was strange and all that was
weak in the men and in their system.
This penetrating power of discernment which she possesses in
so large a degree impressed me more and more the longer I knew
her. Profound scholars and religious teachers of philosophical
bent seemed positively inferior to her in the task of discovering
the practical value of men and systems which had attracted the
attention of the world!
I have already spoken of her clearness of perception and power
of stating the undimmed truth of the Gospel of Christ. Through
association with her, I learned many valuable lessons from her
lips, and once before an American audience, when Dr. W. F.
Warren was exhorting young preachers to be willing to learn from
their own hearers, even though many of the hearers might be
comparatively illiterate, I ventured to second his exhortation by
telling the audience that I had learned more that had been of