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FORTY YEARS AGO (1833)

BY REV. ELIJAH H. PILCHER

Besides them there were two or three dogs, which were commoners in the house, interspersed with some chickens and children. As might be expected there was no carpet on the floor, and the floor was very much as the dirt of the field. All the household linen and bedding might have been washed some time, but if so, it was so long ago that they had forgotten how it seemed. As night drew on, the young minister began to be anxious to know where he was to sleep. When the time came the problem was solved by the man of the house pointing to one of the two beds, and saying: "When you wish to retire, you will occupy that bed' and added that two or three of the children—little boys—would have to sleep with me. His wife was very kind; but still I found no occasion to visit them again. These are only some of the pleasures that go to make up the woof of an itinerant Methodist preacher's life, and tend to give spice and romance to it.
AN OLD ACQUAINTANCE.
In January, 1865, being at Lansing during the session of the Legislature, and at the hotel where many of the members boarded, while standing talking with a friend, a gentleman came up and signified a desire to be introduced. It was a Mr. Martin, the late deputy at the State prison. Being introduced, he said he had known the Elder for many years, although the Elder did not know him. Then he said: "About a dozen young men, and myself among them, were at a camp meeting in Bloomfield, in this State, and were disposed to be a little rude one night, when the Elder draped himself as a rowdy and got in among us, and when he got us to the right point for it, he proposed that we should have meeting too. We assented to it, and he proposed to preach provided we would agree to stand by him. To this we all agreed, and that we would hear all he had to say.

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