gloomy kind. He saw nothing to hope for in the condition of the
people, and looked at them in their helpless state with blank be¬
wilderment, if not despair. He passed through the empire with¬
out leaving a single trace of light behind him, without making an
impression for good upon any heart or life, without finding an
open door by which to make any man or woman happier or better,
without, in short, seeing even a single ray of hope shining upon
what he regarded as a dark and benighted land.
Mrs. Smith, the other Virginian, without a tittle of Mr. Con
way's learning, and deprived of nearly every advantage which he
had enjoyed, not only retained the faith of her childhood, but ma¬
tured and developed it until it attained a standard of purity and
strength rarely witnessed in our world.
She also came to India, but unlike the other Virginian, she
cherished hope where he felt only despair, she saw light where he
perceived only darkness, she found opportunit es everywhere for
doing good which wholly escaped his observation, and during her
two years' stay in the country where she went, she traced out a
pathway of light in the midst of the darkness!
As she left the country she coujd look back upon a hundred
homes which were brighter and better because of her coming,
upon hundreds of hearts whose burdens had been lightened and
whose sorrows had been sweetened by reason of her public and
She is gratefully remembered to this day by thousands in the land.
Her life affords a striking comment at once upon the value of
the New Testament to those who receive it, both in letter and in
spirit, and upon the hopelessness of the Gospel of unbelief which
obtains so wide a hearing at the present day.
A thousand Virginians of the Conway stripe might come and
go for a thousand years without making India any better, but a
thousand Amanda Smiths would suffice to revolutionize an empire!
I am very glad to learn that Mrs. Smith has at last been in¬
duced to yield to the importunities of friends and prepare a sketch
of her eventful life. I trust that the story will be told without
reserve in all its simplicity, as well as in all its strength, and I
doubt not that God will crown this last of her many labors with
_ J. M. Thoburn.
Calcutta, October 22, 1891.