and I said, "yes," and I had the evidence that I was not to go-to
service. I had but thirteen cents of money in the world. My
little girl was at school, and when she came home the first thing
she would say was, " O, Ma, I am so hungry; have you got any
bread? " So I had done without any dinner, and saved the piece
of bread I had, so that when my child would ask me for a piece of
bread I might have it to give her. I thought I couldn't stand it,
to have her ask for bread and have none to give her; so, though I
was very hungry, I did without.
The grocer's name was Mr. Otten. His store was on the corner
of Mannetta Lane and Sixth avenue. I always dealt with him. I
never got anything on trust. When I had the money I would get
what I needed, and pay for it. When I didn't have the money I
would do without it. So I took the thirteen cents and went to
Mr. Otten's store, and said to him, " Mr. Otten, I will tell you what
I want; I want a loaf of bread, I want a quart of potatoes, I want
three slices of salt pork, and I want a bundle of wood, and this is
every cent of money I have between me and death." I showed him
my money before I got the things. He looked at me.
"Well," he said, " thirteen cents is not money enough to pay
for what you want."
"I know it, but that is what I want, and that is all the money
And then he looked at me, and went and got the things and
gave me back three cents.
Oh! how I praised the Lord. I hastened home. I made a
nice little stew for dinner for Mazie and me. I was expecting this
to last me a week. I didn't intend to eat much myself; I thought
I could do without, but my child must have enough; and I had a
faculty of piecing out a little to make it go a good ways.
Well, the next day I went to where I was to do the washing.
It was not far from where I lived. I knocked, and the lady opened
the door. She was a very rough, coarse woman. I said, "Good
" Good morning. Are you the woman that's come to wash? "
" Yes, Madame."
" How much do you charge a day? '
" Well, Madame, I don't know, I believe the general price is
one dollar and twenty-five cents."
"Well," shesaid, "I'm not going to pay any such price as that."