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human nature in many of its extreme There is much extravagance produced, conditions, gave them a bonhomie, a doubtless, at times, by its powerful sway “ mother wit," an aptitude at repartee, over peculiar minds; but with all such which made them welcome to the multi- eccentricities, its moral result is usually tudes, but a terror to gainsayers. Meth- found to be powerful and permanent. odist history is full of amazing adventures A Methodist preacher writes :-"I was and humorous incidents. They should be traveling the Cross Creek Circuit, in 1815, gathered up and put on record : many of in a region of country which was mostly them, to be sure, would appear not only settled by German Lutherans, and not queer, but, to grave minds, somewhat ex- much regard paid to the Sabbath, or any ceptionable; yet as characteristic illustra- | kind of religion. There lived on the circuit tions, they have an historical and a literary a German by the name of Gost. He was value. They sometimes point important one of the principal men of the neighbormoral truths, and often give such truths hood, and had great influence among his access to a class of minds which could German friends. At one of our lovehardly otherwise be reached.
feasts I heard him relate his experience, We have given you, good reader, plenty and though it was in very broken English, of grave articles on important subjects; yet it was told with an unction and a allow us then to sit down with you at power which melted all hearts, and which present, for a little table talk, or a little thrilled and interested me so much that after-dinner gossip and story-telling if you I have not forgotten it to this day. please. It will do your digestion good, “ There is something peculiar in the and perhaps your heart no harm.*
German mind and character which shows Methodism has shown itself adapted to itself, perhaps, more strikingly in regard seize, by some special aptitude, on the to the subject of religion than anything rough souls of the lowest classes of men, else. It seems that in whatever enterin whatever condition or of whatever race. prise a German embarks, it engrosses his
entire energy; and when once fully com• But let us, estimable reader, have a good mitted on any subject, he adheres to it mutual understanding in the outset, for we may with an energy, zeal, and perseverance, continue these anecdotal articles hereafter. worthy of all praise. Staid and sober as Please understand, then, that as we do not pro he may appear, he nevertheless has the pose to invent, but to collect our facts, some of them may not be new to you. When you find excitability of a Frenchman, without his anything in our gossip which you may have mercurial nature. Luther was a noble met with years ago, bear in mind: 1. That type of the Teutonic mind, and exhibited there are many younger readers who may not
the different characteristics of which we have met it. 2. That if a story has any worth at all, it is worth repeating once in a while. have spoken, when he said he would go to 3. That not merely the incident, but the man- the Diet of Worms if there were as many ner of telling it, has to do with its interest. 4. That these adventures and anecdotes, having, roofs of the houses; and when, in his ex
devils in his way as there were tiles on the as we say above, an historical and literary value, as illustrative of times and men, should be put cited imagination, he saw the devil before into some shape and placed upon record. We him in his study, and threw his inkstand have met them floating about orally or in various at him; and when, on another occasion, publications. Some years ago, we took the being arraigned before an ecclesiastical notion" of gathering them as they came in our way; they have accumulated on our hands, and council for heresy, and threatened with have been no small entertainment to us. We punishment if he did not retract, he said, offer to share with you, good reader, the amuse- Here I stand-God help me!' One has ment, but with the clear and well-understood said, “Get a German once converted, and stipulation, that you will not quarrel with us because they are facts, and therefore necessarily there is little danger of his refusing to take more or less known already, in some instances up his cross, or turning back to the begat least. Do we agree to this now? If not, garly elements of the world.' They seem we request you to pass by these articles when to carry out more fully Mr. Wesley's idea ever they may appear, or at least such portions of them as, on reading the heading, you per- of Methodism than even the English ceive to be already known to you.
brethren themselves. When they sing, We do n't wish to repeat this qualification they sing lustily;' when they pray, they whenever we may take the whim of telling a good tempting old story, and therefore you will pray with all their might; when they excuse this ceremonious explanation in the speak in class-meeting or love-feast, they
come right to the point of Christian
experience without any circumlocution. shust as I vas going in, smack down 1 Such was the case with our good German comes on mine pack upon de floor; and brother whose experience I am going to Madalana, mine vife, did shump up and did relate.
schream; and Petts and Kate - dat ish “Shortly after the speaking exercises my two gals — dey did shump up and commenced, he arose and said : •Mine schream and holler; and dare I lays, and dear bruders, ven I comes to dis blace I says, “0, mine Got, dis ish te devil!" dare vas nobody here. Den after, mine "Madalana says, “No matter for you ; freins dey comes too, and ve did comes it shust serves you right; you would go, along very goot, as ve dot. Ve did drink and now you prings de devil home mit you viskey, and frolic, and dance, and all dot to your own house.” Petts and Kate dey it vas wery nice; but binebys der comes both cries, and mine vife she scolds, and along into de neighborhoot a Metodis de devil he shakes me over de hells, and breacher by de name of Jo Shakelford, all my sins shust comes up to mine eyes, and he breaches and breaches, and brays and I says, “0, mine God, save me!" and brays, as you never see de like in all “ . After a vile I goes to ped, but I not your lives. He says: “ You beeples all sleeps. I says, “0, mine Got, vat vill goes to hell unless you git conwerted, and become of me?" Shust at daylight I gits be saved from your zins.”
up and goes down to my parn, and gits “. Now, vell den, de beeples begins to under de hoss-trough, and smack I comes dink zeriously on dis matter, and dey say on mine pack again. Den I cries mit all ve must do better, or, sure enough, de my might, “ O, mine Got, mine Got, have devil vill get us shust as he says. Den mercy upon me!" I dot I vas going to dey gits Christen, and begins to bray ; de hells. Shust den someting say to me, and dey valls down and brays, and croans, “Di sins pe all forgifen.” Den someting and hollers, and I says to my beeples, comes down all over me at my head, shust Dis is de devil; and it goes on till it comes like honey, and I opens mine mout shust so to my neighbor Honnes. Vell, I does not vide ash I can; but it filled so full it run go, and my vife and gals does not go, be over, and den 0, I vas so happy as never cause I said it vas de devil. Vell, how I vas before in all my life! I did shump ever, it gomes so near by mine house, I like a deer, and I hollered, “Glory, glory says I vill go and see vat is dis ting vat to mine Got!" mit all my might. Mine makes de beeples so crazy. So von night hosses dey did veel round and shnorted, I goes to Honnes's to see de brayer meet- and I did veel round too, and hollered ing, and I sets down and sees de beeples glory, and I did not know dem, and dey come in, and dey all looks shust like dey did not know me. Presently I saw my used to do, and I dot it vas all vell ; but gray hoss, Pob, and I snatched him round dey soon begins to zing and bray, and I de neck, and he did veel round, and I dot dis is all right. Den some pegins to hollered, “Glory, glory, and bless de croan, and valls down ; and I
• Dis Lort!" I love dis hoss unto dis day so is de devil, and I vill shust go home;" but petter than any. I now am on my way to ven I vent to rise up, I could not, vor I de himmels, and dare I vill bless Got for vas fast to de bench. Den I vas skeered, his pringing me down on my pack, and for and I said, “Dis is de devil, sure enough.” mine vife and mine gals; for dey now goes I looked round, and I dot de door vas mit me to glory ; so, mine bruders, ve vill growed up, and I vas fast enough. Vell, all bineby meet in dat goot vorld, to braise den I say,
“Mine Got, de devil vill git de Lort forever and ever.'” me now, by sure!” I looked more for de Poor Gost had a hard “tussle" of it door, and bresently I sees him, and I makes certainly, but he won the victory bravely, von spring and out I goes headforemost. albeit there was much weakness, some Den I gits up, and runs mit all my might fanaticism, “and a little foolishness," add till I comes to mine fence; and ven I goes you, thoughtful reader?-in the struggle. to git over, I comes down smack on my Yes, there was; but it was characteristic, pack, and now I
says, “De devil vill git and that is the point we have to do with me, py sure !" I lays dare for some time; It is a grateful fact that truth, den I gits up, and climes de fence, and saving truth, can work its way into the goes to mine house, and dot I would shust soul, and renovate, permanently, the moral go to bed mitout making any noise; but man, notwithstanding our deplorable im
becilities. This is the characteristic, es- through, the accused, bathed in tears, repecially, of Christian truth. Poor Gost quested permission to say a few words. was amazingly crude in his ideas, but the He commenced by a candid acknowledggenuine doctrines of Christianity were ment of his fault, and thanked the bishop shining all through the vapors of his brain, for his admonition. Turning to his breand he came out of his struggles a saved thren in the ministry, he assured them of and good man.
We will not undervalue his determination to conquer his besetting the pearl though we find it within the rude propensity. “I regret it,” said he, incrustation of the oyster, which is dug out much as any of you. I have struggled of the mud at the bottom of the sea. The against it. I have wept over it. Yes, diamonds that sparkle in the crowns of brethren, by night and by day I have wept kings, were found in gravel beds. Gost on account of it, and I can truly say it has may shine brighter in the crown of his Re- already caused me to shed barrels of deemer, in " de himmels,” than will many tears." a great intellect that has dazzled this lower land.
BROTHER was given to marine illus
trations, having been a seaman. His Methodism has taken mighty hold upon eloquence in “ that line” has given rise to thousands of bold, desperate men, and some side-splitting anecdotes, real or turned lions into lambs ; but sometimes fictitious, and secured him access to the “old Adam” shows himself in them almost any pulpit in his routes. An oldagain. It would be a wonder if he didn't. fashioned sounding-board, of huge dimenMethodism teaches the possibility of falling sions, was suspended over the pulpit of a from grace. We have known some of the church in which he one day “officiated," worst cases of fallen humanity crowned by by means of a rope that passed over a its influence with the very beauty of holi- pulley, and which was belayed under a seat ness; and we have known some of high in the gallery. This seat was occupied by pretensions to make“ a gain of godliness," a sailor. It was one of those sultry Saband to behave like very shabby pilgrims baths in August, when Morpheus is so apt heavenward. Brother could exhort to come unbidden, and spread the mantle tremendously sometimes: he wound up of sleep over careless worshippers. The very ardently in
argument preacher was illustrating some doctrinal for the existence of a Supreme Being point by a nautical anecdote, while Jack, “ Brethren,” he said, “I am just as con lulled into a state of semi-consciousness fident that there is a Supreme Being, as by the heat, was imagining himself to be I am that there is flour in Alexandria, again afloat on his favorite element. The and that I yesterday received from there minister's story was approaching its a lot of three hundred barrels, fresh super- climax, his increasing earnestness had fine, which I will sell as low as any person already awakened a large part of his in town.”
audience and the more exciting part of
his narrative was being told with great THE LATE Bishop Hedding used to tell dramatic power. Suddenly Jack in his an incident in his episcopal career, strik- dream was startled by what appeared to ingly illustrating the despotic power of be the sharp, quick command of his long-indulged habit. At one of the con superior,
“Stand by to let go! let go ferences where he presided, a young there!” he sprang to his feet confused preacher was charged with indulging to and half awakened, and seeing nothing great excess in the use of exaggeration. else to “ let go," cast off the line by which He was not said to be guilty of positive the sounding-board was suspended. falsehood; but superlatives flowed so ay, sir; all gone !” Down whizzed the freely from his tongue, that truth had all heavy sounding-board, and the minister the semblance, and frequently did all the ducked his head under the pulpit, just in mischief, of a lie. The young man was season to save himself from being exsentenced to be publicly admonished by tinguished. the chair. He stood up in the presence of his brethren, and the bishop, with great The English Methodist Magazine for 1797 kindness, pointed out the evils resulting contains the following most remarkable from the habit. After hearing him narrative :-Four gentlemen and an old
preacher were assailed on the highway by “We do n't bite at a bare hook," gruffly three robbers, who demanded and took muttered one of the rummies. possession of all their funds. The old “Well," replied the ready preacher, minister pleaded very hard to be allowed “I believe there is a kind of fish called a little money, as he was on his way to suckers, that do not bite.” pay a bill in London. The highwaymen, as our authority informs us, “ being gene- An ITINERANT who was in the habit of rous fellows, gave him all his money back preaching in many parts of the country, again on condition of his preaching them was once at a place where he observed a a sermon. Accordingly they retired a horse-jockey trying to take in a simple little distance from the highway, and the honest man, by imposing upon him a minister addressed them as follows:- broken-winded horse for a sound one.
Gentlemen, you are the most like the The preacher knew the bad character of old apostles of any men in the world, for the jockey, and taking the gentleman aside, they were wanderers upon the earth, and told him to be cautious of the person he so are you ; they had neither lands nor
was dealing with. The gentleman detenements that they could call their own ; clined to purchase, and the jockey, quite neither, as I presume, have you. They nettled, observed: “Sir, I had much rather were despised of all but those of their own hear you preach, than to see you privately profession, and so, I believe, are you ; | interfere in bargains between man and man they were unalterably fixed in the prin in this way.” ciples they professed, and I dare say so “Well,” replied the preacher, “ if you are you ; they were often hurried into jails were where you ought to have been last and prisons, all of which sufferings, I pre- Sunday, you might have heard me preach." sume, have been undergone by you; their “Where was that?" inquired the jockey. profession brought them all to untimely “In the state-prison!” retorted the deaths, and, if you continue in your course, clergyman. 80 will yours bring you. But in this point, beloved, you differ mightily; for the apos- A Black Preacher was closing up his tles ascended from a tree into heaven, prayer, when some white youngsters in the where, I am afraid, you will never be
corner had the ill manners to laugh, so found; but as their deaths were compen- that the sable suppliant heard them. He sated with eternal glory, yours will be had said but a moment before, and very rewarded with eternal shame and misery, earnestly, “ Bress all dat is human,” when unless you mend your manners."
the laugh occurred; and commencing
again, just before the “amen,” the pious AN OLD Preacher, who knew how to old negro said: “O Lord, we be not in de stick to the text, took for his subject the habit of adding postscripts to our prayer, striking inquiry,“ Adam, where art thou?" | but if de 'spression, Bless all dat is Gen. iii, 9, from which he deduced three human,' won't take in dese wicked white observations, which an ingenious man
fellers, den we pray dat de Lord will might expand into a good sermon.
bress some dat ain't human, also, besides." 1. All men are somewhere.
2. Some men are where they ought not | The above may be considered a good to be.
example of black pepper.
The negroes 3. Unless such men take care, they will of the South often make not only good soon find themselves where they would Christians, but good preachers. There is rather not be.
a good-humored, yet sharp wit about
them at times, which seems natural to BROTHER B- had been lecturing one their easy tempers, and is not only tolerevening in a country village, on the subject ated but relished by their white hearers. of temperance, and, after the lecture, the It is sometimes set off with indescribable pledge was passed round for signatures. effect, by the display of white eye-balls,
“Pass it along that way,” said the rows of bright ivory, and those peculiar lecturer, pointing toward a gang of bloated grimaces which the broad African features and red-nosed loafers near the door. alone admit. Milburn, the blind Methodist “Pass it along—perhaps some of those Chaplain to Congress, related, in a lecture gentlemen would like to join our cause." in New York, the following anecdote, as
illastrative of how vice was reproved by was like eating fish. When I find a one of them.
It is told by Governor difficulty, I lay it aside and call it a bone. White, of Tennessee, with much gusto. Why should I choke myself on the bone, James or “ Old Jimmy," as he was when there is such nutritious meat in use ? familiarly styled by his friends, was a Some day, perhaps, I may find that even preacher possessed of a good many pe- the bones may afford me nourishment.” culiarities—in a word, he was what is termed an oddity. In Eastern Tennessee Robert STRAWBRIDGE was the founder of two preachers usually attend meeting, and Methodism in the Middle States, where it is customary to hear what both parties his name is still greatly revered. He was have to say, so that if one drives a nail a humble but stout-hearted Irishman, and during the sermon, the other clinches it by sometimes thrust the sword of the Spirit way of exhortation. Accordingly, on a at the sinner with resistless effect. Mr. certain occasion, when the sermon was Strawbridge succeeded in building a house over, “Old Jimmy" commenced his ex- of worship, near Pipe Creek, in Maryland, hortation by remarking that it was well to called the Log Meeting-house, in which rebuke the vicious and reprove vice where he continued for some time to preach to ever met with, but more especially in the the people, and to watch over the society sanctuary. “Now," he continued, “if he had formed. The following anecdote that man who sits back near the door, and is related of this good man by Mr. Garwho left the room while brother
rettson :-" He came to the house of a preaching, and stayed out just long enough gentleman near where I lived to stay all to suit himself, and got his boots full of night. I had never heard him preach: mud, and then came in again, thinks I mean but as I had a great desire to be in comhim, he is quite mistaken, as I do not; or pany with a person who had caused so if that man who sits on the front bench, much talk in the country, I went over and and who looks as fresh as if he had not slept sat and heard him converse until nearly for a month, but who indulged in a good midnight ; and when I retired it was with nap during the sermon, thinks I mean these thoughts—I have never spent a few him, he is equally mistaken ; or if that hours so agreeably in my life. He spent young woman who sits there before me, most of the time in explaining Scripture, and on whom I have my eye, dressed out and in giving interesting anecdotes; and in her trinkets and gewgaws, with her perhaps one of them will do to relate flowers inside and outside her bonnet- here :-A congregation came together in and indeed it is a shame for parents to a certain place, and a gentleman who was allow their daughters to indulge in such hearing thought that the preacher had divanity—thinks I mean her, she too is mis- rected his whole sermon to him, and he taken." Thus he went through the ent retired home after the sermon in disgust. congregation, rebuking such as deserved However, he concluded to hear him once it. Meanwhile White was all this time more, and hide himself behind the people, sitting on the end of a seat, rolling about, so that the preacher should not see him : rubbing his hands in highest glee at the it was the old story—his character was rebuke administered to each-chewing to- delineated. He retired dejected; but conbacco and spitting around in all directions, cluded that possibly the preacher saw him, smiling and enjoying the hard rubs, when and said, “I will try him once more ;' he “Old Jimmy” said, “Well, I suppose you did so, and hid himself behind the door. are all anxious to know who this individ- The preacher took for his text, And a ual is ; 't is that dirty, nasty, tobacco- man shall be as a hiding-place, &c. In chewing fellow, sitting there with a per- the midst of the sermon, the preacher fect deluge of spit around him—and only cried out, Sinner, come from your scoutthink that the dresses of the sisters must ing hole! The poor fellow came forward, be dragged through it!" White declares looked the preacher in the face, and said, he never chewed since.
• You are a wizard, and the devil is in
you ; I will hear you no more.'” AN OLD BROTHER once said, “For a long period I puzzled myself about the diffi- Some of these incidents may, good readculties of Scriptures, until at last I came er, seem rather humorous, if not worse, to to the resolution that reading the Bible you, notwithstanding the text from Sol