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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 19 February – 28 February 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - July 15, 2012

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Tuesday, February 19, 1901

During the night there was a norther came up and it was quite cold when we arose. The rag that I put on my breast loosened my cold considerable. I was feeling much better. After eating a good breakfast, at 9 a.m. we began our labor to finish the rest of the town. We stopped in a store; bought a few little trinkets that we needed and sold the merchant a book. Continuing, we came to the section house at noon. Were invited in and had a nice dinner and a good talk. When we got ready to leave Bro. Haag came up to me and slipped a dollar into my hand and told me to buy what I needed. I thanked him very much. we stopped in the woods for a while. Came back through the place. Stopped in the barber shop. Elder Rogers had his hair shingled. The Campbellites came in and wanted us to preach. I told them if they would get me a house I would preach. They tried for a short while to find one but did not succeed, so we did not preach. Went on and finished the place. Began asking for a place to stay over night. Were refused 3 times. Stayed with Bro. McDonald. He had to attend the lodge meeting so we were there alone with the folks until bedtime. Retired at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20, 1901

The man we stayed with did not seem to want to talk with us on the gospel. Weather clear and quite cold. After it had moderated some, we went to the post office in Lott but there was no mail for us. We were invited into a place or two where we had a nice talk. At noon we came to Bro. W. Jordan’s, where we had a nice dinner and a talk, after which we continued our labor and sold 3 books. We were not invited into any places during the afternoon. At a little before sunset we began asking for entertainment. Were refused twice. Came to Bro. Allen’s, a very wealthy man. I asked him for a place. Well, he says, come in, in a very rough manner. He gave us a nice supper. After they had got through work and were sitting around the fireside I gave them a nice talk on the Book of Mormon and other subjects until 9 p.m. when we held prayers and retired. I was mouth. The man didn’t believe that the Mormons were treated right.

Thursday, February 21, 1901

Weather clear and cold. I coughed considerable during the night. Arose quite early. Had a nice breakfast, after which we took a shave and talked with the man until 9 a.m. Before leaving, the brother said he wanted to buy the Book of Mormon. So we sold him one for 75c and then started out. After we had got out about 100 yards from the house, Bro. Allen came out and hollered at us and said if we ever came back by his place to call on him. We stopped in the woods for prayers and then went on. Came to a nigger. I sold him two little books. The next place was Mr. B.F. Preddy. We had a good talk with him and also a good dinner that was prepared by his little girl. We continued our labor. It clouded up during the day and was still cold. At night we came up to Mr. Philips, a landlord. I asked him for entertainment. Well, he says, you are a mighty young man to come up to me and talk like that. What are you doing through the country anyway, around trying to get the men to have five or six wives? I then discovered that he had been drinking but he said we could stay. Had supper. I did not talk much with him as the liquor had the control of him. We retired to rest at 8:30 p.m. Had a good bed. Rested fine.

Friday, February 22, 1901

I rested very good during the night. When we arose it was quite warm and awful cloudy. After eating breakfast, the wind came up from the north and in a short time it was blowing a gale and was so cold as it could be, with rain flying in the air. We did not wish to travel in such weather so I asked Bro. Philips for the privilege of remaining until it got a little warmer. My request was granted. It still continued to get colder and we could hardly keep warm around the fire. Had a nice dinner, after which we sat around the fire and kept warm the best we could. After we had eaten supper we were talking about the Indians and they were wondering where they sprang from, so it gave me a good chance to open up a talk on the Book of Mormon, which I did, telling them of how it came forth and what it contained. At 9 p.m. we retired to rest. Still very cold, windy, and cloudy.

Saturday, February 23, 1901

The wind had ceased to blow so hard by morning. On looking out the window as I was getting up, to my surprise there was about an inch of snow, the first that I had seen in Texas. it was still colder than it was the night before. Could not get away from the fire without shaking like everything, so we did not start out, but remained around the fire, talking upon different subjects. The snow began to melt and at 3 p.m. had nearly all disappeared. At 3 p.m. I walked into Travis after our mail but there was none there for us. Came back. I did not eat any supper. Bro. Philips got to telling his experiences in the war. Very interesting. Retired at 9 p.m.

Sunday, February 24, 1901

I rested fine during the night. It was late when we arose. After breakfast we sat by the fire. The weather had moderated some, but it being Sunday, we did not wish to start out, so I asked Bro. Philips if we could bother him another day. He said yes, I have put up with you this long, I guess I can put up with you a while longer. I wrote a letter to my folks and also to the Presidents. Had a nice dinner (rabbit). We read until night and ate supper, after which we talked upon different subjects until 9 p.m. and retired to rest.

Monday, February 25, 1901

The weather had moderated some, but it was awful cloudy. After breakfast we were ready to commence our labor again. We thought we had a good friend but they proved to be false. When we got ready to go, we thanked the brother very much and went in to bid the sister goodby. She said “You must pay your bill first.” “Well,” I said, “did not you understand me when we first came? I explained our mode of travel very plain to you.” “Well,” she said, “you don’t expect to get through the world without paying your way, do you?” I told her that I did as long as I was in the labor that I am in. She understood me all right, but was not worthy of the blessings that are for those who entertain the true servants of God. She said our bill would be $2.00. I talked to her for a while and told her that she would get her pay as soon as we could send after it. They were well off, but still every dollar they could get hold of they wanted it. We went on into the post office at Travis. One letter from Pa. All well. We then went to see the trustees of the schoolhouse. Two of them gave their consent but the third one objected. Said that we could not preach. So we were disappointed again. We then came back to the town and canvassed the place. Stopped in the woods where we held prayers. Sold 3 little books. At night we came to Bro. Cunningham’s. He lived in a very small house but he had a big heart, so he took us in and gave us the best he had. Ate a nice supper and talked on the gospel for a while and at 9 p.m. we retired to rest. It was quite warm.

Tuesday, February 26, 1901

The weather clear and cold. Rested very good, although the bedbugs came very near carrying me off during the night. After breakfast we had a shave and then thanked the family and took our departure. Went to see the trustees to get the schoolhouse. Were successful in getting it. Sold each of them a little book. We began norating our meeting. At noon we came to Bro. S.D. Hightower where we had a nice talk and a fine dinner. Good cold buttermilk to drink. After talking for a while, we again pursued our labor among the people. Came to the schoolhouse and had the teacher give out that we would preach at night. We canvassed a few more houses and then retired to the woods where we had prayers. We then came back to the schoolhouse and waited there until 8 p.m. The people were late coming in, but when they all got there we had a good crowd. I presided. Elder Rogers spoke first for 10 minutes and then I followed for 40 minutes upon the first principles. Enjoyed a good portion of the spirit. After meeting we were invited home with Mr. Anding. Appointed a meeting for next night.

Wednesday, February 27, 1901

Before we retired Bro. Anding gave us a bowl of bread and milk as that was all they had cooked. Retired at 9:30. I did not know a thing until I heard the folks getting up in the other room. Arose quite early. While eating breakfast Bro. Anding was joking the schoolteacher. He said that he had overheard the girls talking about me and they were all saying, “He is my fellow.” After talking with the folks for a while we thanked them and took our departure. Went to the post office in Travis for our mail but there was none for us. We then came back to our labors and commenced canvassing. Stopped at Bro. Scott’s. Elder Rogers started to talk with him. His wife told him several times that dinner was ready, but Elder Rogers did not stop talking, so, not to keep her waiting any longer, I asked the brother for a drink of water. He then asked us to come to dinner. Had a nice meal. Talked for a while and then continued our labor. Came to Mr. McDonald. Had a long talk with him. Sold him a little book. We then retired to the woods where we held prayers, returning to the schoolhouse at 5:30 p.m. Waited there until the people came. Did not have any supper. Had a somewhat larger crowd than the night before. Elder Rogers said he could not say anything so it was all left for me to do. I spoke for an hour. The spirit of the Lord was with us. My mind was clear and did not lack for language. I had for my text the Kingdom of God. After meeting Bro. Anding asked us home again. Rested fine. To the Lord be all the praise, honor, and glory, even so. Amen.

Thursday, February 28, 1901

The weather had changed some when we arose; was quite col but awful cloudy. We had a nice breakfast. Bro. Andings then asked us to stay around with him until afternoon, which we did. And while there I asked him if we could heat some water and use one of his rooms to bathe. My request was granted. I had a good wash, which made me feel considerable better. At noon we had a fine dinner (Irish potatoes). We then talked for a while and bid them goodby and began our labor again. The wind was blowing hard but was very arm. We sold five little books. At night we thought that we would return to Bro. Allen’s, one of our old friends, and get entertainment. Found them well and had a nice supper. Sang them some songs. Held prayers and at 9:30 p.m. we retired. Had a good bed.

(To be continued)


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