Phases of My Life

Phases of My Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...very hot; the corrugated iron retains the heat, and a shower makes your voice well-nigh inaudible. I preached in it one afternoon during a violent and sudden thunderstorm. I could see that the congregation were unnecessarily alarmed, and so I continued preaching. Not one sound could have been heard, but the Archdeacon, who was present, thanked me for keeping the congregation quiet! We had a very troublesome organist. For some reason or other he almost invariably played, as concluding voluntary, some familiar jig, varying it with well-known secular airs. Wilkinson and I could stand it no longer, and resolved to wait on and represent this to the Archdeacon. With his usual caution, he said: 'I will come and hear him myself.' We had not much hope from this promise, inasmuch as the Archdeacon had not a note of music in him. The organist noticed the presence of the Archdeacon. Knowing he was a Scotchman, and thinking, I suppose, that it would please him, he played after my sermon, 'The Campbells are coming.' The Archdeacon seemed to remember that he had somewhere heard that tune in his native hills, and next morning our friend was dismissed. Years afterwards the same organist was appointed to one of the Chapels Royal, and little thought when it was my 'wait' to preach there, that I had been instrumental in his dismissal from St. Paul's, Kensington. The Archdeacon had one stock story about punctuality and Greenwich time, which he produced twice a year, at the distribution of prizes at some local school for boys. To the great amusement of my fellow-curates, one of whom had heard it exactly forty times, I listened to it for the first time with great interest, but soon understood the reason of their attitude towards this particular story. Is it not...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501934
  • 9781236501936