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Sketch of the Life of Miss Hallie Quinn Brown
			
                   CHURCH REVIEW.


                            I.

     A  SKETCH  OF  THE  LIFE OF  MISS  HALLIE QUINN
                           BROWN.

  A traveler passing by a country farm-house, a few miles from
Chatham, Canada, a few years ago, might have seen a little girl
of eight or nine summers, mounted upon a colt without bridle
or girth, hair given to the winds to be tossed, dashing up a lane
to the pasture. There he would have seen her dismount and
hastily perform the duties of dairy-maid, first calling each cow
by name, and inquiring the health of each, or making some play-
ful remark. The milking finished, she now goes through the
programme that absorbs her whole attention, having risen be-
fore any other one of the household, so that she could not be
seen she jumps upon a stump or log, and delivers an address
to the audience of cows, sheep, birds, etc. Neither knowing
nor caring what she says, she goes through her harangue,
earnestly emphasizing by arm-gesture, and occasionally by a
stamp of the foot. She has a separate speech for the larger
animals, and special addresses to the lambs, ducklings and any,
other juvenile auditors that happen to be near:  Having ex-
hausted her vocabulary, she begins a conversation in the lan-
guage of the horse, cow, sheep, goose, rooster or bird, until each
is imitated; then, bidding adieu to her pet auditors, she remounts
her prancing steed and canters back to the house. This is her
daily morning programme. She supposed all along that her
secret was locked in her own breast.  But a farm hand saw her
one morn by chance, himself unobserved, and 'twas a secret no
longer. Nor did she realize her "ridiculous capers," as she has
called it since, until she had grown to young womanhood Who
can say but that propitious Fate had her then in drill, in order
to develop the powers of her soul, so that she might make a
portion of mankind happier by the instruction and amusement
she should furnish ?  "Who was this little girl," ask you?  The
subject of this sketch-Miss Hallie Q. Brown.
 Hallie Quinn Brown is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. When she
was quite small, her parents moved to a farm, near Chatham,
Canada, Ontario West.  At an early age, in the year 1868, she
was sent to Wilberforce College, Ohio, to obtain an education
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 06, Num. 3

Sketch of the Life of Miss Hallie Quinn Brown

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Page Number:  257
Date:  01/1890


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