ing to the multitude. The idea of lowering his dignity! He
seemed to look almost disgusted.
But what capped the climax with them, after the Bishop got
through, he told them who I was, and spoke some kind words of
me, and of my work, and told them if they would stand by me I
would do them good, etc. Then he said, " I will ask Sister Smith
to speak a few words to you."
I lifted my heart and asked the Lord to help me. And He
did. And the people were blessed.
Poor Bishop Ferguson! He hung his head all the time I was
speaking, and went out as soon as he could; and I don't suppose
he has heard Bishop Taylor since.
Poor Brother Ware had strong proclivities toward that church
at that time. His eldest son, who had been brought up, and
trained and converted in the Methodist Church, had left it, and
gone over to the Episcopal Church.
And, by the way, that is one good thing the Methodist Church
has done in Liberia; for if she has not done so much in the con¬
version of the heathen, she has certainly done her"part in furnish¬
ing workers for the Episcopal Church. I don't believe they have
a single worker, except a few among the natives; for the matron
in their orphanage, the teachers in their schools, or the workers
on their farms, come out of the Methodist Church; and those in
the church that know anything about real conversion, have been
converted or sanctified in the Methodist Church; so if ever a
church ought to thank God for Methodism in Africa, notwith¬
standing her faults and failings, it ought to be this church!
But strange *to say, they do not; but, like the Jesuits, they
cease not day or night, in every possible way, to disturb and
I tried my best to be as unselfish as I could, and show in every
possible way that I was a Christian and had no other object than
to help everybody I could, in every way I could. I did not advo¬
cate a new doctrine, or start a new church. I told the people this
was not my errand in Africa. There were churches enough
already. All that was needed was the spirit of full consecration
to God, and a baptism for real service.
When I began my temperance work in Cape Palmas I wrote
Bishop Ferguson, and the several ministers in his diocese, and sent
them our pledge card, and tracts, and "our constitution and by-