back, and listen, but that was all. He would generally go out
when I was about to close. I went on, carefully, but I went on.
And God surely was with us, and blessed us.
I went to Bassa in 1885. After I got to Bassa and met the
Bishop, I told him how we had heard at Monrovia that he was to
spend three months in that region round about, take a trip to
Bepora, etc. He said it was the first he had known of it; that he
had made an arrangement with a certain steamer that was to pick
him up at Bassa, and leave him at Cape Palmas, and said this was
my chance to go.
"I have not come prepared to go to Cape Palmas," I replied,
" but I have been waiting for three years to go. Just when I got
ready some months ago, word came that there was small-pox
there, so I could not go."
" Well," said the Bishop, " this is your chance, Amanda."
Just then dear Brother Pitman came in. I told him, and he
said, " I think, Sister Smith, this is your chance."
"Well," I said, "if you will take Frances (my little native
girl) to your home in Paynesville, and keep her till I come back, I
think I will go. Do you think Sister Pitman will care? I would
go and see her myself, if I could."
"That will be all right, Sister Smith; Frances shall fare as
the other children do, and if you are satisfied with that, I will
Sister Pitman was a grand, good woman. She was a splendid
housekeeper, and was also a dressmaker and tailor. They never
had any children of their own, but all the native boys and girls
they had in their family were well raised and well trained; and I
knew Frances would fare as well there as if I had her myself.
May God ever bless Sister Pitman. How I sympathize with
her in her loss.
So when he returned from the Conference in Monrovia, he took
her with him to his home at Paynesville.
I think it was on Wednesday, February 17th, a steamer came
to Bassa. The Bishop said we would go. 1 had but little to get
together; only just what would do me, as I thought, for the three
weeks I had planned to be away. So I had to send for my things
after I got to Cape Palmas.
When we went to get into the boat to go to the steamer, a
messenger came to say the captain sent word he would not stop at