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Fisher's River
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Scenes and Characters (1859)

  
 

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XXI.---STRAW!  STRAW! MORE STRAW HERE!

A denomination of Christians is not to be blamed and held responsible for the bad conduct, freaks, and eccentricities of a few of its members.  They all have their "black sheep" --- freakish and eccentric members.  The Methodist and Baptist, being the largest denominations, and having more to do with the masses, of course have more of the above-named material, hence some rather ludicrous and amusing scenes sometimes occur at their meetings.  It is but charitable and right to conclude that all the aprties are in sober earnest, even in their strangest freaks.  In is their way of doing things.

These things being premised, I proceed to my straw story.

Somewhere in Middle Tennessee, in the past, a Methodist camp-meeting was held, and, while all the tents were good and well supplied with straw (a very necessary thing in tents and arbors), the arbor, and particularly the altar, had not been well provided with the article.  Things dragged pretty heavily till Sunday night.  There had been plenty of straw for what few "seekers" had come into the altar up to that time;  but on Sunday night the preacher "cast the net on the right side," and scores came up, the altar was crowded, and what little straw was in the altar was occupied, and the others had to take the ground or stand up.

There was an old "amen" Methodist, of the old "shad-belly coat" tribe (now extinct).  He saw the sad state of things, became nervous, and roared out at the top of his cataract voice, drowning the singing, exhortations, shoutinds, every thing ---

"Straw!  straw!  straw here!  Bruthren, more straw here!  A few hundred souls lost here to-night for the want of straw!  Run to the tents and fetch straw, else the blood of souls will be required of you!  Straw, you careless souls!  straw here!  You mout a had straw anough at fust, O ye of little faith!"

He gave them no rest till the straw was brought;  but how the thing went the deponent saith not.

 

 

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