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

 After depositing the bulk of the money in the savings bank,
I began to look about for something to do.  You will see that
from the time I had left school, I had always been in the capa-
city of a domestic servant, though I had made up my mind,
from the first, not to continue in such a position any longer
than I could possibly help. Now, I thought the time had come
to make at least a trial, with a little money in my possession,.
but no education; so my first thought was to try a shop. I
bought a small tobacconist shop, had it well stocked with pipes,
walking canes, etc.  I continued at this for about two years,
having my shop at 159 Brickfield, George's Street, Sydney.  It
was during this time (say about 4 or 5 months after my return
from the expedition), that I received a letter from home, in reply
to mine, informing me of the death of my poor mother.  It
nearly broke my heart. My shop was kept closed for two
weeks.  I felt I had no more home in St. Thomas, and that I
must try and make the best I could of the world at large; so I
thought I would stay where I was. In a little over two years,
though I was doing a fair business, I made up my mind to try
Melbourne (about two days' journey from Sydney by water).
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, and Sydney the capital of
New South Wales.
  After making up my mind and getting a fair price for my
store, I started for Melbourne, a few pounds better off than
when I began. I forgot to mention that, during the first week of
the stay of the Duke of Edinburgh in Sydney, a picnic was given
in aid of the Sailor's Home, under his patronage. This was at
a place called Gluntaf, on the opposite side of the city. I, of
course, was there among thousands of people. At noon, it was
announced that the Duke would walk down the enclosure set
apart for his staff. Then there was a rush for the rope fencing
on both sides. About 1 P.M., the Duke passed, followed by his
suite and a few ladies. When just about 20 yards below where I
stood, the report of a pistol was heard, and the Duke was shot
in the back.  This was the first time in my life that I saw
what trouble of this kind was. Women and children were
thrown down and trampled upon; husbands lost their wives, and
children their parents. Everyone who could tried to save his
life. I had taken a young lady to the picnic, or, rather,
she was in my care. The whole family was there, and it was
with the greatest difficulty that I got her and myself, with very
little harm, to the boat. It was during the Fenian scare, and
the man who shot the Duke was supposed to be one.  The poor
fellow, whose name was O'Faral, was nearly killed on the spot,
but was taken with his life to prison and was hanged about a
month  after. The Duke survived and went back to England
about 3 months later.
 After settling at Melbourne, I was induced to go into partner.
shiip in business, which resulted in a complete failure in less than
18 months.  Here I lost the greater part of my capital, about
200 pouds.  With very little left, I made up my mind to accom-


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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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