and in which the majority of the colored people lived. But Sister
Curtis seemed as though she was frightened at me. I told her
who had sent me to her house, and how the Lord had called me
to His work, and all my story of the Lord's doing. She listened,
but was very nervous. Then she said she didn't know what in
the world she would do, for she hadn't anything but some hard
bread to give me to eat, and she hadn't any sugar; and I said,
" Well, no matter for that. I can eat hard bread, and I can drink
tea without sugar, if you can only accommodate me till Monday,
Well, she said she could keep me all night, but she didn't
like to leave any one in the house on Monday, because she gen¬
erally went away to wash; and she generally had the cold pieces
given her from the hotel where she went to wash dishes, and that
was all she could give me to eat.
She knew how we colored people are about eating; we do like
to eat; so I think she told me that thinking she would frighten
me; but I agreed to everything. Then I asked her if she could
tell me where Brother Cooper, who was then pastor, lived. She
said, "Yes, it is about a mile and a half."
I asked her if she would show me which way to go. She did
so, but did not give me anything to eat. I was very hungry, but
I did not ask her for anything. So I started off about three
o'clock, or a little after, and went to see Brother Cooper.
I was tired, and walked slowly, and it was about half-past
four when I got up to the little village above. I inquired my way,
and was told that Sister Johnson lived right close by Brother
Cooper's, and if I would go to her house she could tell me, for it
was just through her yard to Brother Cooper's house. So I went.
I knocked at the door. The sister was in; several nice looking
little children were playing around, and an elegant pot of cabbage
was boiling over the fire. My! how nice it did smell; and I did
wish and pray that the Lord would put it into her heart to ask me
to have something to eat. I hinted all I knew how, but she did
not take the hint. I knew by the sound of it that it was done and
ought to come off !
I told her my story; told her about Brother Lewis; she was
very glad to hear from him. I asked her if I could stay all night,
because I felt so tired that I thought I could not walk back to
Sister Curtis' She said at once she could not possibly have me