richly dressed ladies. I slipped in at the door and sat down behind
them. Mrs. Butler had a small table in front of her; and on it a
numberof different heathen gods, such as were worshiped in India,
and I had never seen anything of the kind before, but I thought it
can't be that human beings worship such hideous things for gods.
My heart melted, and I wept bitterly and thought, "O, if I could
only go and sing that very familiar old hymn, ' I am so glad that
Jesus loves me.' " It was new then and I had sung it a great deal,
and God had blest it to so many souls. I thought, " If I could go
and sing this hymn they would all be converted right off," but 0,
how little I knew about heathen superstitions and customs.
Well, I had only two dollars and a half in the world, that was
to get my little girl a pair of shoes. She had walked about in the
grass and got her shoes run inside. She was caring for Mrs. Vico's
little child, and I didn't like her to have on those uncomfortable
walking shoes, so the next morning I was to send to the village
after them. I sat listening to Mrs. Butler. She made an appeal
to the ladies for the Zenana work, and told how small a sum would
keep a Bible woman in the field a year. "O," I thought, "if I
had it I would give twenty dollars.'*
There was a pause, and only a few responded to this appeal
out of the great number in the tent. I thought it very strange.
By and by two ladies elegantly dressed got up and went out. They
had on fine Leghorn hats, trimmed with deep black lace, elegant
black lace shawls. " O," I said to myself, " those ladies ought to
give twenty dollars, they must be rich." Then, as Mrs. B. talked
on, others got up and left, giving nothing. How sad I felt. Just
then the Spirit said distinctly to me, "You give that twodollars,"
and I said, "I will."
" Yes," the Devil said, " you will look nice to go up there with
just two dollars; if you had five it would be something like."
Then I felt ashamed to give two dollars, and thought if I
could only get out.
Then he suggested, " If you had gone to that Young People's
Meeting you would not have felt so bad."
"Yes," I said, "I wish I had gone."
"Give the two dollars," the Spirit said again.
"Your child needs the shoes and you have no more," the
Iv-vil said. " Your first duty is to your child."
How concerned he was for her then!