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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
358                 CHURCH REVIEW.

  Hardie now appeared, and announced that the carriage was
in waiting for the ladies, and they prepared to take leave, after
thanking Mrs. Leland and her family warmly for their kindness,
promising not to forget them.
  "Sophie, come quick !" exclaimed Hardie one morning, enter-
ing the room where she and her mother sat at work, "Mrs.
Ashley has sent for you to come to the Hall, and the carriage
is waiting at the gate !"
  "What can she want of me?" said Sophie, starting up in sur-
prise. "I don't see how I can take any more sewing!"
  "If the lady asks you to sew, Sophie, you mustn't refuse her,"
said her mother.  "But hasten child, she added, what are you
dreaming about?"
  Sophie started up stairs. It took but a few moments for her
to complete her simple toilet, and she was soon on her way to
the Hall.
  It was a delightful morning; the air was cool and balmy,
and all nature seemed to rejoice in the beautiful sunlight.
Sophie was delighted with the ride, it seemed to invig-
orate her with new life, and as the carriage drew near the Hall
she leaned forward, straining her eyes to catch a glimpse of
every passing object.
  As the carriage approached, the gate was thrown open by a
servant, and the view disclosed to the eye was lovely indeed.
The lawns were in perfect order, smooth and even; choice plants
and shrubs were everywhere in blossom, filling the air with a
fragrant perfume. Graceful swans were sporting in the pure
waters of the like, and fountains threw up their sparkling jets
in a hundred different places.
  "How charming" murmured Sophie, "look where you will,
there is something to admire, and interest you!"
 After being almitted into the spacious hall by the liveried
porter, a feeling something like awe crept over her at the stately
grandeur of everything about her. And after considerable
ceremony on the part of several well-dressed servants she was
ushered into the presence of the lady.
  Mrs. Ashley was rather tall, with fine dark eyes, and very
attractive manners. She came forward to meet Sophie, greeted
her very kindly, and led her to a seat beside her own.
  This welcome impressed Sophie very favorably.
  "I took this opportunity, Miss Leland," said she, familiarly,
"to return my thanks to you and your family for the kindness
bestowed on my niece when at your house."
  Sophie was rather surprised at this; but assured the lady
that no thanks were needed, as it was their duty to do all they
could for her, and they were only sorry that their limited means
prevented them from doing more for her comfort.
  "How much better it would be for the world at large, if
every one would do what they know to be their duty," returned
Mrs. Ashley, thoughtfully. "But I find we are all selfish, and





			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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