had hold of them; and while Father Cooper was praying, the
Holy Ghost fell on the people, and these two sisters were struck
by the power of God like lightning. One of them walked out of
her seat and went over to the seat of the other and shook hands
and wept, and one of them, a few minutes after, whirled over the
back of the seat and down on the floor, and she walked on her
back clear down the aisle up to one side and into the altar. I
think if anybody had told her to do it she never could have done it.
It was a marvelous time. I have never seen anything like it
before or since. There was one man that had been seeking the
Lord for eight years. Everybody thought he was converted. He
lived with his mother, who was a widow. Everybody, white and
colored, liked and respected him. He was a good man, always
went to church, and so the people said he was converted; but he
did not know it. So when they told me this a day or two before
the day of fasting and prayer, I had this man, with some others,
specially on my mind. After this great victory, we worked till
about eleven or twelve o'clock. I said, "Well, we will take up
these who are seeking. We will just have them rise now."
We colored people did not use to get up off our knees quick
like white folks; when we went down on our knees to get some¬
thing, we generally got it before we got up. But we are a very
imitative people, so I find we have begun to imitate white people,
even in that. The Lord help us.
This poor young man got up and put his overcoat on, and he
was sitting down and looking so sad, as though he was nearly
heart-broken. I had talked and prayed and tried to help him all
I could; and there never was a soul prayed more earnestly and
sincerely than he did. But there he stuck. I stood and looked at
him for a moment. O, how they sang. At last I went up to him
and said: "Look here, Charlie D., why don't you let go and
"Oh!" he wept, "Lord save me!"
"Well," I said, "The Lord does save you; but you won't
believe Him." And I said, " Let go and shout!'
And the Spirit of the Lord seemed to fall upon him, just like
you would sprinkle hot coals on any one. He sprang to his feet,
and the light went all over him like fire, and it seemed as though
he would tear himself to pieces for a minute. "Oh," he said, "I
have found it, I have found it, I have found it!"