"Why, you never told me anything about it."
"No," I said, " for the very reason I was afraid there would
be a great excitement about it."
She laughed and said, •' You try to keep anything quiet here,
and you will miss it."
So I got ready and went; and there, sure enough, under that
pretty tree stood a table with a white cloth on it, a hymn book, a
pitcher of water, and tumbler; chairs all around, and mats down,
and there the people were. As I drew near I smiled to myself,
and yet was fit to cry. I said, " Lord, help me this once."
I read and explained the Word as best I could on consecration
and faith, pointing out some of the sins and hindrances to the
exercise of faith for any blessing that God was willing to give.
The Lord did help me that afternoon as I talked. Several
good sisters had come who had got the baptism of the Spirit, and
knew how to pray; so I asked if there were any there who desired
we should pray for them, and 1 asked them to stand up, and several
did so. Among them was Brother Sharper's wife.
Dear Sister Sharper! I shall never forget her. She was a
woman of no ordinary intelligence; and she was desperately in
earnest. I asked them to come forward and kneel around the
table (for we had no altar), and she came. Oh! how she prayed.
And when the Holy Ghost struck her (for it did) she whirled like
a top, round and round, and round and round! We could not
touch her. She just went like a streak, through the bush, out
into the street. I thought she would kill herself. Oh! I was
frightened. As she rolled over, she kept saying, " Glory, glory,
glory to Jesus! glory! "
The sisters followed after her, and tried to hold her, but they
could not. By and by she sprang up all at once; and didn't she
shout! She marched home, and there was not a scratch or a
bruise on her. It was wonderful. I shall never forget the day
when Jesus washed her sins away. Glory to His name!
These were some of the wonderful days at Cape Palmas. And
still there's more to follow.
Brother Ware did not get back for six weeks; so we had full
swing, and God was with us. When he did come, how surprised
Every Sunday, prior to his coming, a number were taken in.
The first Sunday after he came he took in nine or ten; 1 dosi't