sers and obstacles. This struggling branch was no
exception to the rule. One of the difficulties I had
to contend with during the services in this hall, or
place of our first meeting, was the presence of a
club of young men in the adjoining apartment.
While I was preaching the voices of these men
could be audibly heard in my congregation. One
would sing out " I pass," another " I have Jack,"
"trumps," "spades," and such expressions as are
common to card players. Doubtless their idea was
to get us disgusted, and cause us to leave, that
they might continue their gambling on the Lord's
We continued to preach, and finally, that peculiar
noise of the cards falling on the table ceased, and
the young men evidently sat quietly listening to us.
At length they would not gamble at all during the
religious service, but would come in, and sit in our
audience. Their faces and appearances indicated
that they were not the best class of young men. I
believe our preaching had a good effect upon them,
for when we left the hall for the want of more room,
and selected another place of worship, some of these
young men continued to visit our services.
During our stay in the hall on Washington
Street our numbers were greatly augmented, and
we removed from there to the church edifice on
West Concord Street, a more commodious place of
worship. The latter was secured to us through the
kindness of Rev. Geo. C. Lorimer, D. D., and the