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met with opposition. I believe the Lord has owned and blessed my labors. Some of my parishioners refused to assist in paying my salary. Amelia and myselt have resolved to abstain entirely from the use of wines, save for sacramental purposes.”
“ Well, my children, you are entirely ahead of me.”
Why, father, Amelia has been engaged in organizing a Temperance Society among the ladies. She has met with a good deal of opposition, but I rejoice that she is willing to have her name cast out as evil in the cause, which we consider so immediately connected with the cause of Christ. The measures she has adopted are considered by many as robbing them of their personal rights. The question has more than once been asked, “Do you not consider us capable of governing ourselves ?""
“ It certainly looks like signing away our liberty.”
“ I think when we get to brother Radford's we shall have something to do."
Well, my children, you will find you have a hard case to deal with, for your brother-in-law is blinded by the God of this world; he only thinks of the best way of making money, regardless of consequences.
He is as inaccessible to argument as persuasion."
Amelia inquired if James was the only one in this business. She was informed that Colonel Bertram had opened a large hotel and also a store, in each of these he had a bar splendidly decorated, and rendered attractive in every possible
Mrs. Bradley sighed, and said, "I should not have thought this gentleman would have resorted to measures so
disreputable as this."
The Rev. father looked astonished, and said, the Colonel would not prosecute a business which the law did not fully sanction.
“He employs his son as bar-keeper - he is a wild fellow, but a correct business man."
Charles inquired if it was Walter that he had reference to.
“ Yes, it is Walter, but he is as tall as his father."
“It hardly seems possible, for he was a little boy when we left.”
“I think he must be large of his age, he is a head taller than Theodore Williams or George Morse. Theodore has chosen the profession of medicine. George is to learn a trade—his father has made arrangements to this effect; he will not leave home while his father lives."
Mr. Bradley informed his children
of the improvements that had been made in Roselle during their absence, describing to them their new church, telling his daughter that the ladies, by their united efforts, had furnished it. “ They are trying to get a communion set. Sister Radford informed me of this, in her last letter. I read it to a few of our sisters, and they resolved to aid them by sending those that we have formerly used; they cost about forty dollars, and are none the worse for being used. I have also a set of cords and tassels for the curtains. Two of our good sisters called on me the morning before I left B., and handed me fifteen dollars to assist you in getting your lamps."
Tears of gratitude filled the father's eyes.
“ Thank you, my daughter; you have found it more blessed to give than to receive."
They were now within a half hour's drive of Roselle. Every object was becoming familiar to Charles and Amelia; the mountains, hills, groves, valley, meadows, and green pastures reminded them of other days.
“Do look, Charles, and see that field of green corn yonder; it looks just as it did when we left here eleven years ago; and look on that side hill too, see that flock of sheep. I should think for all the world that it was the same flock that I used to help Julia Mason drive into the yard when I was a little girl, and that black-cherry tree -I have climbed to the top of it hundreds of times, and that old butter-nut tree, too, that stands by it, I have gathered butter-nuts there till
hands were as black as a chimney-sweep’s.”
They had now reached the top of the hill that overlooked the entire village, and halted a moment that they