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wife included, were bitterly opposed to himself in the waters of the Housatonic. Christianity. One day the sachem asked To the region of this lake, over whose Dr. Boardman to pray with him. As soon pagan history very few care to ask a as the reverend gentleman began, the question, an increasing number of visitors medicine man of the tribe began also, and come every year seeking rest and health ; a powwow was set in operation at the nor in its natural charms and advantages door of the lodge. The louder Dr. Board- are they ever disappointed. Even those man prayed the louder waxed the powwow. whose days began beside the Connecticut

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After the lapse of three hours, as it seemed river confess to a surprise that in the State to the minister who was determined not which they supposed they knew are scenes to be silenced by a blind worshipper of so wildly picturesque and yet so close to Satan, the exorcists were completely those adorned by man.

Under some exhausted. With an unearthly yell the shady tree, while brooks are gurgling by medicine man took to his heels, nor and insects humming their delight, our stopped till up to his neck, he was cooling eyes take in the changing surface of the

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lake, while breezes sweep across it, or follow with wonder the path of shadows cast by clouds that chase each other o'er the hills. Yonder are the herds of sheep or cattle feeding on the stony pasture, the rambling walls, the pines that loom up mid the beech and oak and maple of the forest, the bushy chestnut standing out alone upon some knol) — the bow of promise to some lad who has trudged by it on his way to school.

But this rural life becomes to some an interesting place for other reasons. The

railroad." This was interesting. Fourteen miles a day each way for Uncle Sam, at seventy-five dollars a year! What could Warren be! I determined to find out and walked seven miles to see. I read the records. Many a city could be proud to have its name and history. Set apart in 1786, though earlier settled, it took its name from the physician-hero of Bunker Hill. It a Warren man, Major Eleazer Curtis, into whose arms fell Gen. Wooster at the battle of Ridgefield in 1777, while harassing the red-coats on


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" study of mankind is man." These hills their retreat from Danbury. It was the have sent out to the world of strife some home of Charles G. Finney, the renowned of the clearest minds and warmest hearts. evangelist, born 1792, and President of Is it not worth our while to think about Oberlin in 1852. Here Julian M. Sturtethem, while we tarry in the places of vant passed his first ten years 1805-1815, their birth?

and, moving on in that long procession Along the eastern edge of Waramaug which has gone out from Old New a woman driving an open buckboard England farms, became the President of passed to and fro each day and I enquired Illinois' first college in 1840. her errand.

"She carries the mail,” they The church, well kept and shapely, said, “ between the villages from Warren stands where another with high pulpit, to New Milford where it reaches the doors upon three sides, no steeple, no

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chimney and unpainted, stood in 1769. the absent pastor. On returning to the Within the old church, people in the pews public house Dr. Tompson remarked, sat face to face as in an omnibus, and 'you have an abundance of clergy in this many of them no doubt, were on their town, two present to-day and one way to glory. The longest pastorate was absent," “Oh," was the reply, " those that of Rev. Peter Starr, from 1772 to whom


have heard today are our two
1829. He was a member of the Yale deacons."
corporation, some of whose now pro- Chas. G. Finney says that his father
ductive lands lie close by in his parish. removed from Warren when he was about
He made three preaching tours into Ver- two years old and went to Oneida County,
mont and stirred as well the spirit of his N. Y. But he speaks of several visits to

Connecticut, and of attending a high
school for a season. Some of this study
must have been in Warren. The Warren
Academy is still standing just south of the
church and I talked with a man now
living in Warren whose mother said she
went to the Academy with Finney and
that he was even then considered a very
bright young man.






flock at home, and made them ready for
the Revolution. This church had men
of worth beyond the early years. In
1865 died Dea. William Hopkins, aged
97, who from the discourses preached
about him, must have been not only of a
fine personal appearance but in character
all that was kind and good. This was a
famous church for deacons if the following
incident related at Litchfield in 1852 is
true. A Dr. Tompson of New London Dr. Sturtevant though not eleven on
travelling west, spent a sabbath in Warren leaving Warren, recalls in his autobiogra-
at the public house. He attended church phy some things to the credit of his native
unknown. A well dressed, dignified town. The people were homogeneous,
person ascended the pulpit and in good there was no rivalry of sect, the schools
style performed the service of that place; assured a rudimentary education to all.
prayer, psalm and sermon came forth as When serious illness came to any home,
from a workman needing not to be the benediction would not be pronounced
ashamed. A prayer was offered for the on Sunday till nurses were supplied for
absent aged pastor. In the afternoon the each night in the week. He was received
pulpit was occupied by another, equally under the age of ten into the christian
able and happy in his performance of the fellowship and speaks of the impressions
duties of the place, and he prayed too for made upon him by the sermons heard.

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