MY REMEMBRANCES OF CAMP MEETING — SECOND CAMP MEET¬
ING— SINGING — OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE.
My first national Holiness Camp Meeting was at Oakington,
Maryland, July, 1870. When I saw the notice in the paper of this
meeting, I thought I would like to go. But then I was a poor
washwoman, and how could I go? I went to do a few days'
work for Mrs. Margaret Clark, when she lived on Dominick street,
and was one of the flaming members of the Duane Methodist
Church, and was a camp meeting woman of the old fashioned
stamp. She said to me one day, " Sister Smith, you ought to go
to the camp meeting at Oakington."
I said, " I should like to go if I could get something to do, tak¬
ing care of the lodging tent, or get a chance as waitress in the
boarding tent, so as to earn a little something." My rent was six
dollars a month, and if I lost two weeks, then what would I do? So
I said, "You write and get me a situatiou."
" Well, yes," she said, "but you won't get much good of the
meeting that way"
"Well," I said, "I can't go any other way." So she said,
" All right."
I went home and prayed that the Lord would open the way
for me, and hoped.
Next week when I went, I expected to hear favorably from
Mrs. Clark's letter. She said she had not heard from her letter
yet, but said, "Sister Smith, why don't you trust the Lord and go
to get the benefit of the meeting? " I was struck with the thought,
just what I would like to have done. Then I thought, "What,
trust the Lord about my rent?" I had not heard of such a thing,
certainly I had never done it. I thought a moment and then said,