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

house. As time passed on, and he did not return, his uneasiness
greatly increased; he had never before been intrusted with so
much money. Dick was a bad boy, greatly disliked in the neigh-
borhood, and it was some time before they could arouse any one
sufficiently to search for him. They soon traced him to the
station, and learned that he and one of his companions had
taken passage for New York. The family were greatly dis-
tressed, as well as destitute, and were obliged to apply to the
town for assistance
  Mr. Irving recovered slowly, and as soon as he was able, he
wrote to his brother in New York to know if he had heard any
thing of the missing boy, but could get no information concern-
ing him.
  Mr. Irving was poor, became discouraged, and finally moved
to New York, thinking he was nearer his lost boy. Here he
was unsuccessful in finding employment, and when a letter was
received from an aged uncle in the far west, inviting the
brothers to share his home, it seemed like a light in his path-
ways. They gladly accepted the offer and went west.
  At the death of their uncle, his large property was divided
equally between the: brothers  The lands were not considered
very valuable then, but in a few years they realized quite a for-
tune by the sale of them. They now commenced preparations
to return at once to New York, when Mrs. Irving, the mother of
Dick, and his two young sisters, were taken sick with fever.
 After a severe illness of eight days, Mrs. Irving died. The
little girls did not long survive her, and in a few weeks were
buried. by her side.
  The brothers, after their return to New York, commenced
business, were prosperous, and grew rich. The customs of this
land allow that privilege to all her so-called white citizens. But
one class of unfortunate beings are deprived not only of their
citizenship, but all honorable employment, and compelled to be
menials by their cruel oppressors. If any thing is gained by
them, it is done by hard labor, such as respected citizens despise
doing. If one is allowed to earn a small sum, he is frequently
questioned by his employer as to what he intends doing with
so much money, or how much he has laid up, while he, himself,
either by fraud or speculation, makes thousands and spends it
in the same length of time.
  Now if this is called justice, charity, or doing as they would
like to be done by, then the American citizen had better turn to
his Bible and read.   
  In the midst of this prosperity, the younger Irving met with
an accident, which resulted in his death. His wife had been
in decline for some time.  This was a great shock to her, but
she survived it much longer than her friends thought she could.
At her death, she gave her orphan child, Horace, into the care
of his uncle, and faithfully he performed the trust
  He selected the best of schools for him, and when Horace
became of age, he found his large fortune increased by the care-


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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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