him, and his pipe. He had read and smoked and fallen asleep.
When I called to him, poor fellow, how embarrassed he was. I
saw it, and tried to help him by asking him what he was reading,
particularly. He laughed and said:
"Sister Smith, I didn't mean for you to see me with that old
"Oh, no matter," I said, "you and the Lord will settle it by
and by "
So, after a little chat, I went home to pray and ask the Lord
to deliver Brother Sharper. He began coming to the meetings, but
seemed depressed. And he didn't stay till the close of the meet¬
ings. But one night at prayer meetings, I was leading, and I asked
any one who had the desire to seek the blessing of a clean heart to
come and kneel at the altar. A number came; among others,
Brother Sharper. He came like he meant business. He was not
a demonstrative or emotional man, and when I saw him kneel and
clutch the altar railing, I said to myself, "Sharper is in for it."
One and another prayed for themselves, and God set them at
liberty. Oh! what a meeting it was!
Brother Sharper groaned and struggled. It came to a close
about eleven o'clock. A number had got blessed, and we arose
and sang the doxology. Brother Sharper had not moved from his
position. But I knew the Lord would take care of him.
Just as we were about to sing, Brother Sharper sprang to his
feet and shouted at the top of his voice:
" But you must go through! You must go througn! Victory!
He went over the tops of the seats like a streak of light. I
tried to catch him. I was afraid he would kill himself. But he
swung from my grasp as though he had been oiled. Oh! what a
shout. When that tremendous wave had passed over, he calmed
down as quiet as a lamb, and he smiled. He was a handsome man
anyhow: but this night he looked beautiful.
He stood up in front by the altar and faced the congregation,
"Sister Smith, I want to tell what the Lord has done for me.
I have had an awful struggle for days over this question. Ithought
I would stay away from the meetings; but that didn't help me.
And you know the Sunday you were around to my house, and
caught me with the Bible and my pipe?"
"Yes," I said.