But that, I think, made it worse. I called on him. He seemed
pleasant and treated me kindly, but never said a word to me about
taking a meeting. For two weeks then I went on quietly, holding
afternoon meetings and giving Bible readings on the subject of
consecration and holiness. This was the beginning of the wonder¬
ful blessing at Cape Palmas.
At the expiration of two weeks, Brother Ware was obliged to
leave for Monrovia; but he called his local brethren, Brother Os
Tubman, old Father Jenkins, Brother Dennis, Brother Thompson,
who was Vice-President of the Republic and a local preacher,
Brother Sharper, and Brother Bowen, who had the pastoral charge
of the church at Mt. Tubman.
No one of these brethren were to give their appointments to
any one, under penalty of having to answer at the quarterly con¬
ference. Some of them said:
" Brother Ware, we believe Sister Smith is a woman of God,
and she came here with Bishop Taylor. He knows her, and en¬
dorses her, and we ought to give her a chance."
But his reply was, " I, and not Bishop Taylor, am pastor of the
So, according to the laws of the Medesand Persians, the decis¬
ion must not be altered.
Another week had passed, and it had come Saturday. With
all that was said, I kept quiet, and said but little to any one. Some
of the people wanted to know if there was any misunderstanding
between me and Brother Ware.
" No, nor there never has been, as I know of."
I must confess it was a little embarrassing tome; but it helped
me to see God as I had never seen Him before. Out of all these
brethren, there was not one of them who dared give me an appoint¬
ment, except old Father Dennis. He was a man of strong moral
courage and good, broad common sense; a highly intelligent man;
and he knew every weak spot in the whole government, as well as
the strong; and he knew the discipline of the Methodist Church
as well, if not better, than any other man in the Republic; and,
notwithstanding all this, he was very peculiar, and, withal, eccen¬
tric. So he said to some of the brethren, that if Ware wanted to
have him up in the quarterly conference for giving his appoint¬
ment, he might do it. He did not care.
He came to me on Saturday, and asked me if I would go to