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pious and devoted children. Indeed, he ard's residence to his father, who immebarely endured their Christian life, and diately sent another son to bring him home, often gave painful evidence of his want giving him every assurance of the utmost of sympathy with them. It happened one indulgence in his religious views and habday when he and Richard were engaged its. After this, for some time, he walked in their rural affairs on some part of the his Christian path without hinderance or premises distant from the dwelling, that molestation. Mr. M'Allister, under a provocation, gave Some time after this I do not know way to a burst of temper, accompanied exactly how long—Richard felt that a diswith a profane expression, for which Rich- pensation of the gospel was committed to ard reproved him. This so offended the him; and having obtained permission, he father that he struck him, and ordered began to pray and exhort in social meethim instantly to leave his house. Richard ings, greatly to the satisfaction of his took him at his word; went home, pack- Christian friends and the Church. ed up a few things in a handkerchief, Mr. M'Allister thought Richard not and, with his bundle on his arm, kissed at all fitted by education for the work his mother and departed, no one knew of the ministry.
His two elder sons, whither.
intended for professional life, were liberally When his father came in, the first thing educated ; the two younger, being intendhe did was to inquire for Richard. When ed for rural pursuits, received only good Mrs. M'Allister, who was a most superior substantial English instruction. woman, as well as affectionate mother, dertake the responsible work of the related what had occurred, the father was ministry, with so slender an amount of struck dumb, not dreaming that what he intellectual culture, the father thought had said in his haste would be literally preposterous in the extreme.
He was taken. He loved his son, and thought willing to send him to college and prepare with agony of his situation. It was the him for the ministry in a branch of the depth of winter. He had gone on foot, Church possessing better opportunities slenderly provided, as he knew he must for eligible situations ; but this did not be, with funds, without letters, a small meet Richard's views. He was a Methsupply of clothing, and but indifferently odist. He was impatient to begin his prepared to buffet with the world. He work. His brethren and the officiary immediately ordered every horse from his of the Church saw that he had native stables, and sent a rider in every direction talents,—sound judgment, clear views of in search of the wanderer. But it was in theology, and especially a correct knowlvain. The river was frozen over, and edge of the way of salvation,--and they Richard, unseen by the family, had crossed saw him fitted in their view for immediate on the ice, and taken the road direct for usefulness, and holding out great promise Baltimore, where he had few acquaint- for the future. They were as earnest as ances, if any ; but where he had learned Richard was that he should lose no time that the Methodist Church was strong and in commencing his ministry. influential, and where he hoped to find or It was drawing toward the close of the make friends. The journey came near to conference year, and Richard was parhaving a fatal termination. The ground ticularly anxious to obtain his recomwas covered with snow, the road on that mendation from the Quarterly Conference, side of the river running up a wild valley and be admitted into the ensuing Annual but thinly settled, was not well broken, Conference in April ; the father was and walking was very laborious. Richard equally anxious to prevent it. They both having traveled on foot most of the day, had a secret motive for this solicitude became completely exhausted. Providen- and yet scarcely secret either, since each tially, a gentleman who knew him over knew what was passing in the other's took him on the road, and seeing his piti- mind. The fact was, Mr. M'Allister's able condition, dismounted and gave him eldest son, George Washington, afterward the use of his horse, until they reached a well known as Colonel M'Allister, who, place of accommodation. Thus assisted on completing his education, had gone to he finally reached Baltimore in safety. Georgia, had married and become wealthy, After what was thought a suitable delay, was expected with his family to spend the a friend communicated the place of Rich- summer at his father's house. He was a
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very superior man, of high accomplish- father was waiting to learn the issue. ments, finished education, and of noble, “Well, Washington, what do you think honorable, elevated sentiments and bear of this preaching now?" ing. Richard feared as much as his father “Father," was the calm and serious hoped from the influence of this highly reply, “ if ever a man was called to preach cultivated but worldly brother. However, the gospel Richard is; and he ought to Washington arrived, and Richard was yet preach; and if you will not give him a at home. His father had utterly refused horse and saddlebags I will.” to supply him with a horse and the neces "O!” said the father-for his resistance sary equipments for an itinerant minister. was all gone" if he must have a horse Richard feared the worst from the com- and saddlebags, I suppose I am the most bined influence of father and brother. suitable person to buy them for him.” The father soon communicated his views Richard had no more trouble. He ran to Washington, and, according to expecta a brief but bright career. tion, quite secured him on his own side. pointed first to the city of Philadelphia, Washington had no idea that Richard I think by the Presiding Elder ; he then should expose himself and disgrace the traveled for a short season with one of the family by attempting what he considered bishops, by whom he was appointed to him inadequate to perform.
Baltimore to fill a vacancy, and thus beIt so chanced some little time after this, came attached to the Baltimore Conferthat Richard, who had already received a After traveling a few years, while local preacher's license, and officiated oc stationed a second time in Baltimore, he casionally in the neighborhood, had an ap- married a daughter of Colonel Barry of pointment in the church on his father's that city, and the same year took the yellow estate. The father, hearing of it, told | fever, from the effects of which he never Washington that it would be an excellent fully recovered. He filled one or two apopportunity for him to hear and judge for pointments afterward; but his health utterly himself, when he had no doubt he would failing, he went to the South for change soon put an end to this preaching mania. of climate, and died in great peace and All things being thus arranged, Washing- Christian triumph at the house of his ton placed himself in the congregation. brother in Georgia, who subsequently beThose who were present related to me the came a pious man, and died the death of facts. Richard, instead of quailing before the righteous. the keen eye that was so scrutinizingly Thus rose, and shone, and set, a bright bent upon him, only called more fervently particular star” in Methodism. He was upon his God, and threw himself upon his not a meteor. His light was mild, gentle, gracious aid. He was nerved to uncom and constant; "a burning and a shining mon vigor. The opening services passed light” he was, and by the brightness of off without anything marked. After his example many were guided into the taking his text, the preacher soon began way of peace. As “he that winneth souls to show that he was not the novice that is wise,” and “they that be wise shall shine his brother had supposed. He handled as the brightness of the firmament, and his subject with skill, his ideas flowed they that turn many to righteousness, as freely, his language was correct and the stars forever and ever,” so shall many sufficiently copious, and after a time there in the last day, while they admire and began to breathe through his words a holy approve his choice, bless God that they influence, a sacred power that touched were ever permitted to know that devoted the heart. Washington was first sur- and exemplary minister of Christ, Richard prised, then astonished, at length amazed, M'Allister. until, forgetting where he was, as his hands rested on the back of the seat before him, ChilduOOD.-Childhood is like the mirhe gradually and unconsciously rose upon ror, catching and reflecting images all his feet, his nether jaw dropped down, around it. Remember that an impious or and thus standing upright in the middle profane thought uttered by a parent's lips of the congregation with his mouth half may operate upon a young heart like a open, he listened in breathless attention to careless spray of water thrown upon pol. the sermon. As soon as the service was ished steel, staining it with rust, which no ended he returned to the house. The after scouring can efface,
AN AWKWARD ADVENTURE.
trust me for putting your honor aboard without a wet jacket.”
For about two minutes the little boat,
little fishing station near the junction of danced forward at a more rapid rate. Althe river Avon with the Bristol Channel, ready I could see the hands on board the an adventure befell me, which might have | Indiaman hastily furling some loose sails, been attended with very untoward results, which, as the vessel lay at anchor, had and which I shall relate as briefly as may probably been let down for the purpose of be. I had taken my residence for a week repairs. I was watching the seaman-like or two in the neighborhood, for the ex-evolutions of the crew, and marveling at press purpose of holding communication the instantaneous disappearance of every and exchanging occasional visits with an rag of canvas, when I became suddenly old friend and schoolfellow, the captain of aware that my companion had stopped an India trader then lying at anchor in rowing, and that the boat, under the influthe roads. We generally spent our even- ence of the receding tide, was drifting out ings together, either on board his vessel of the right track. “Pull away !” I shoutor at my lodgings, but always separated ed, turning my eyes to where he sat, while about an hour before midnight. The old the big drops from the black clouds, now boatman, who two or three times a week | right overhead, began splashing down like rowed me off to the vessel and brought liquid bullets upon us. The man, howme back again, happened to be out of the ever, neither moved nor spoke, but, with way one evening at the accustomed hour; crossed arms, clasping the oars to his and while I was waiting, almost ankle- breast, sat stiff and rigid as death. His deep in the brown sludge which the reced-eyes were darting from their sockets, and ing tide leaves upon that coast, expecting glaring on all sides as though in an agony his appearance, a decent-looking middle of terror ; his mouth, firmly set fast, yet aged man pulled toward me in the merest spluttered forth foam at the corners ; his cockle-shell of a craft, and, touching his face, abnormally swollen, was of a livid hat of glazed tarpaulin, volunteered to sup- black color ; and the veins of his forehead ply his place. Without hesitating a mo- stood out like an iron net-work, while the ment I stepped into the boat, and, seating perspiration streamed off his head in a myself in the stern, pointed to the “ Bhurt- perfect torrent. poor,” lying about a mile and a half in the What to do I did not know. I conoffing, and told him to pull away.
cluded that the man was in a fit of some The season was approaching the equi- kind or other, and I feared momentarily, nox, and, the wind blowing fresh, my ap- lest, in some sudden paroxysm, he should petite for dinner sharpened as we got clear founder overboard, and perhaps upset the of the mud-banks, which, as the tide runs boat, causing the destruction of us both. out, rear their broad backs above the I would have given much to have had a surface in that part of the river. The sun friend with whom to advise ; but advice had sunk nearly to the level of the moun- was out of the question. While I sat tain-tops in distant Wales, but was still deliberating, the squall burst upon us with shining brightly when I took my seat; but unmitigated fury. The floods came down we had not proceeded a mile before a dark a perfect waterspout, and the winds tossed cloud rising in the west, from which quar- us about among the chopping billows to ter the wind blew, rapidly curtained him such an ugly tune, that in a few minutes from sight, and twilight came on much the boat was nearly half full of water, and more suddenly than usual. The black | I was fain to take to baling out with all cloud was the precursor of an angry squall, my might, making use of an old saucepan, and I could discern the advancing scud rusty and shorn of its handle, which lay glooming over the waters at a few miles' among the loose planks in her bottom. distance. I did not relish the notion of Still there sat the wretched waterman, being caught in it, as with it was also rigid as a corpse, and apparently insensible advancing, as usual, a heavy shower of to the assaults of the tempest. By this rain, against which I had no defense, and time it was so dark that I could see neiI urged the boatman to pull away with a ther the “ Bhurtpoor” nor the coast, and, will. 7, ay, sir,” said he, tugging at what is more, did not know in which di
rection to look for them. I could only the grim figure of the boatman, now half see my companion's face by leaning for- shrouded in the darkness, I have no disward and bringing my own almost in juxta- tinct recollection, but it must have been position with it; and whenever I did this, a very considerable time. My reflections the same horrified aspect met my view, were none of the pleasantest. The vision and he invariably resented my curiosity of the captain's comfortable cabin, and his by the utterance of a frightful guttural well-spread table furnished with the game sound, expressive, if of anything, of terror, we had shot together the day before, rose lest I should lay a hand upon him. to my imagination, in tantalizing force ;
The squall fortunately soon mitigated in and there was I, transformed from a deintensity, and seemed to settle down into lighted and favored guest to a miserable a heavy rain. When I had baled out the castaway, at the mercy of a motionless water sufficiently to remove present un- image, who, for all I knew, might wake easiness on that score—and it seemed to up into a raging madman, or die and stiffen me that I had occupied hours in accom in the position in which he sat, leaving plishing it-I unshipped the rudder, and, me in the unpleasant predicament of having by dint of no inconsiderable labor, paddled to account for his fate should I happen to with it so effectually as to keep the boat's survive him long. Morbid thoughts began head to the wind. That was all I could to rise in my mind and to mingle with do, and I could not do that very well, as unworthy terrors, both of which I had a an occasional sea that broke over the gun- difficulty to shake off. At length I began wale convinced me a dozen times at least. to revolve the matter determinately, with After tossing about in this miserable con a view to action of some sort. I could dition a considerable time, which seemed bear the horrible perplexity of my position to me an age, I looked at my watch to see no longer, and determined to do something, how long we had been out, and was if possible, to bring it to an end. But amazed to find that not two hours had what?—that was the question. I stood elapsed since we had started. I should up and looked around. I fancied I could hardly have been more surprised had the see a glimmering of light far away to the sun risen on the other side of the channel left, and thought that if I could get posand ushered in the morning. My troubles session of the oars, I might succeed in seemed to have endured longer than the making the land in that direction, particuwhole of the past day, and yet there were larly as the wind had now abated and the eight or nine hours to pass before another storm had ceased. would dawn upon us. I began to fear I cautiously laid my hand upon the man's that we should not survive the night; we shoulder, and felt for his fingers : they were probably several miles from the near were hot as those of a person in a high est land, but in what direction it lay I had fever. I endeavored to loosen the oars no idea. All that I knew was, that we from his grasp, but I might as well have were drifting down channel, and that down tried to snap them in pieces with my we must continue to drift till the tide fingers ; they were firm as though gripped turned, which I judged would not be for in an iron vice. I felt his face and hair ; several hours. I bawled to my companion both were hot and bathed in clammy moisas loud as I could halloo—bantered him, ture. In spite of the poor fellow's afflicconsoled him, encouraged him, reasoned tion, I grew exasperated with him for with him ;-all, however, was to no pur- venturing out to sea, with the knowledge pose ; not a response could I elicit. There which he must have had that he was liable was, therefore, nothing for it but to sit to such fearful visitations. Half in anger still and wait the issue. I was wet through and half inspired with a sudden idea, I to the skin-as thoroughly sodden as if I groped in the bottom of the boat for the had been fished up from the bottom of the old saucepan, found it, filled it with the sea, and every now and then a terrible cold brine, and dashed it suddenly in the presentiment haunted me that to the bot- fellow's face. The shock was instantly tom we were doomed to go before the followed by a deep sigh and a rather viomorning.
lent gasping. Distressing as these sounds How long I sat in this state, alternately usually are, they were now grateful music baling with the rusty saucepan, paddling to my ears, and without waiting more than with the rudder, and gazing moodily at a minute, I repeated the experiment. Di
rectly afterward I heard the oars rattle in strength and spirits. It was past one the rowlocks, and saw, as plainly as the o'clock when we boarded the smack, and gloom would permit, that the man was ad- nearly three when she arrived at an addressing himself again to his work, though joining seaport, the place of her destinain all likelihood he had hardly yet re tion. I was fortunate enough, through covered his full consciousness. I spoke the recommendation of the captain, to find to him, but received no answer. I again accommodation, in a house, for the night. filled the rusty saucepan and sprinkled Next morning I encountered the unlucky water over his face with my fingers. At boatman, still pale and haggard, upon the length he threw off his hat with one hand, quay, and sought to obtain some explanashook himself, and with much difficulty tion of the wretched experience of the stammered forth, It's all right now." previous night. He was, however, most
* All right, do you call it? Where- | unwilling to speak on the subject, and but abouts are we? and what o'clock do you for the consciousness that he owed me suppose it is ? and whereaway lies the some reparation for a wrong unintenBhurtpoor ?"
tionally done me, it was plain that he * Very sorry, your honor-how long is would not have uttered a word. As it it we've been out?"
was, my curiosity was but half gratified. “ Four or five hours—perhaps six ; a He acknowledged that he was subject to pretty scrape you have let me into !" occasional fits ; but he had his living to
“Very sorry, your honor; but we'll get get. He denied that he had had a fit last picked up before long. Here's a smack night, asserting that if he had he should a-comin'—she 'll be down upon us in twen- have gone overboard immediately, as it ty minutes, and we'll be snug enough on would have required three or four men to board of her."
hold him still. He said he saw me and I could see nothing of the smack whose all I did during the whole period, and approach he announced ; but as he assured heard, moreover, every word I spoke, me again and again that she was fast bear- which he could not have done had he been ing down upon us, I was but too glad to in a fit. From all I could understand of believe it true. Sure enough, in ten min his description of the agonies he had himutes later I could discern her broad white self undergone, he had felt the symptoms canvas looming forward like an apparition, of an approaching attack, and, knowing and soon my companion hailed her hoarse - that if it mastered him in the boat it must ly, and received a reply perfectly unintelinevitably result in his destruction, had ligible to me, through the captain's speak wrought himself up to a determined reing trumpet. She did not, however, heave sistance, and in the danger and darkness to, but came dashing past at five or six of that sudden tempest had manfully batknots an hour, and seemed about to aban- tled it out with the dreadful malady that don ys to our fate, with a coarse jest flung might else have merged us both in one at us in passing. I had begun exclaiming common doom. The more I questioned against this abominable inhumanity, as I him and revolved his answers in my mind, supposed it, but the poor boatman inter- the more I became convinced that this was rupted me with, “ It's all right, your the truth. Doctors may, for aught I know, honor; we'll board her in two minutes.” pronounce such an effort to be altogether With these words he lifted something vain ; but I describe the facts of the case white into the boat, bawling out, “ Heave- pretty much as they happened, and must ho!" at the same moment, with the full leave those who differ with me in opinion force of his lungs. The something white to deal with the matter as they list. was a floating-buoy attached to a long The poor fellow would accept nothline which the smack had dropped for our ing for his services, but returned the offer convenience, and which, on hearing the with a dolorous glance of the eye, and a signal, they now began to haul in with significant curl of the upper lip—and so astonishing rapidity. For two minutes we we parted. Health and peace go with cut through the water like a rocket, and him! the next ascended the hull of the smack, The above narrative is no mere fancy and dived down into her cabin, where a picture, but, in all its main facts, is a true few rashers of Welsh bacon and a cup of description of what actually occurred to steaming coffee restored our exhausted the writer.