stay all night. Her mother had been dead about three months,
and she had taken down the bedsteads, and she was so overburdened
with her grief she had never put them up, and they were all lying
on the floor.
I told her no matter for that; I could sleep on the floor just as
well. No, she did not have room. She could not possibly do it.
Well, I stayed till it was pretty dark, It was after six o'clock.
The more I talked the more she gave me to see that she was not
going to ask me to have any cabbage, or to stay all night.
So I said to her, " Will you tell me where Brother Cooper, the
minister, lives? "
"Oh, yes," she said, "I will send one of the chidren with
When I got to Brother Cooper's I knocked, and Brother
Cooper came to the door; he was an awful timid man; so he stood
at the door, holding it half open and leaning out a little ways,
and asked me who I was. I told him that I was Amanda Smith; that
the Lord sent me to Salem. Then I went on, standing at the door,
telling him how the Lord had led me, and all about it. His wife,
who was a little more thoughtful than he, heard me, and she
called out to him, and said, " Cooper, why don't you ask the sister
to come in." So then he said, "Come in, Sister."
I was awful glad, so I went in. Sister Cooper was getting
supper. The table was set, and I thought, "Maybe, I will get
something to eat now."
Sol went on and finished my story, and they seemea to be
greatly interested; and when the supper was quite ready, she said,
"Will you have some supper, Sister Smith?" I thanked her, and
told her I would.
While I was eating my supper who should come in but good
Brother Holland, that had been on the boat. He said to Brother
and Sister Cooper, " I am glad you have Sister Smith here. You
needn't be afraid of her, she is all right; I have known her for
years. I have not seen her since I was pastor at Lancaster."
Then they brightened up a little bit, and seemed to be a little
more natural. My heart was glad. It was quarterly meeting, and
Brother Holland was to preach in the morning and Brother Cooper
in the afternoon. So Brother Holland said, as he was Presiding
Elder, I might speak at night and tell my story
"All right," I said.