"Well," I said, "Madame, a dollar, then, I suppose."
" NO/ I won't pay a dollar. It is a three weeks' washing, but
I can get it done cheaper than that."
"Well," I said, "Madame, seventy-five cents, if it is a three
weeks' washing it ought to be worth seventy-five cents."
"Well," she said, "I'm not going to pay that. I can get it
done for fifty cents."
So [she turned and went away, and I said, " Good morning,
And just as I was crossing out of Fourth street into Sixth
avenue, how Satan assailed me. I trembled from head to foot.
He said, " Now you have been asking the Lord for a day's work,
and the Lord has given you this work and you have refused it."
Then I thought, I will go back and tell her I will do it for
fifty cents. And then something seemed to whisper, "Goon."
So I went on a little further, and Satan attacked me again, and he
accused me of not being obedient, and not walking in the way the
Lord had opened up for me, and I thought, " I will go back and
beg the woman and tell her I will do it."
I stopped still, and as I went to turn round a voice said to me,
"No, no." And I said, " Oh, Lord, do help me. I don't want to
be disobedient. I want to do Thy will only; " and I cried in the
Just as I was going in the rear of my own house, I met a lady
coming out, and she said, "I have just been in the court looking for
somebody to come and do a day's ironing. Can you come? "
"Yes; where is it?"
" Right up here in McDugal street."
She kept a boarding-house. She said, " I want you to come
right away. We are very busy, and we are cleaning house, and I
must have my ironing done at once."
So I laid down my things and went. It was about half a block
from where I lived. I worked hard all day. Oh, what a day it
was. It was in one of these boarding-houses that are on the
scrimpiest order. There was a little fire in one end of the range,
and it was not allowed to get hot enough to cook anything, scarcely
on top. You would open a hole and set an iron in to get it hot,
and perhaps you could iron a towel; then some one of the boarders
would want some breakfast, and you would shut it up to try and
get it hot enough to cook something, and that was the way it went.