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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 17 December – 27 December 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 16, 2012

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Tuesday, December 17, 1901

When we arose there was a norther on hand again, very cold. We did not leave the brothers until 10 a.m. We began work in the little town of Evant. The men on the streets were watching us most of the time. Took dinner with Bro. T.J. Hamilton. While canvassing in the afternoon we were asked into a home. A men was lying on the bed covered up. He asked who we were. I told him and he swore profusely at us to get out. We left the building with him yelling at us to come back. We stopped in a store for a while. It wasn’t long until we were in a conversation. One old man said that Joseph Smith undertook to walk upon the water at one time. He said that he deceived the people by putting planks under the water and walked on them. He said that he was one of them that knocked the planks down and Joseph Smith fell through. That, with several other false accusations that were brought up against us, we refused. Leaving the store we finished the place and were given entertainment by Bro. M.M. Brown. Ate a nice supper. Talked on the gospel. Retired to bed at 8:30. Fine bed. Slept warm and good.

Wednesday, December 18, 1901

Was quite late when we arose. The wind had changed to the south but was still very cold. The man gave us a good hint to leave before he went to work. The first home we came to we were soon into a conversation, refuting the old false ideas that prevail against our people. Before leaving him, we sold him a book. Continuing, we had our prayers and visited several more families. There was none of them that asked us in to have dinner. We left the valley and went into the mountain. The first house, Bro. J.V. Gardener, we asked for something to eat and were given a nice meal. Also talked some upon subjects of the Bible. Leaving their place, we stopped in the woods a while. Caught a small opossum. At 4 p.m. we came to Bro. Eamell, who asked us to tarry over night with him, which we did. After supper we talked on the use of tobacco. Sang them a few songs, and at 8:30 retired to our beds of rest.

Thursday, December 19, 1901

Arose feeling well. Ate a hearty breakfast and were soon on our way. After about two minutes walk, we called on Mr. Moody, one of the trustees. While there we met a woman with a beard about an inch long. We could hardly keep from laughing when she made her appearance. About noon we met Bro. Hood, a Baptist preacher. Had a short argument with him but he would not ask us to dinner. Bro. T.F. Cox at the next house gave us a nice dinner. Continuing, we visited several more families. While asking for entertainment at Mr. Harwood’s, he stood there studying about it for a minute or two and finally said that he didn’t think that he could keep us. His wife, hearing what he said, yelled out and said, “I told you that they could stay.” So we were taken in and soon sat down to a nice super. I nearly froze as the man was too lazy to keep up a good fire. Retired to rest at 9:00. Good bed.

Friday, December 20, 1901

We arose quite late. It was still very cold. Before leaving we both had a shave. The wind continued to blow cold and hard all day. We began our labor as usual. At noon we felt the need of something to eat and as no one asked us to dine with them, I asked Bro. Cox for a snack. His excuse was “my wife is sick.” Came into the burg (Beehouse); norated our meeting through the school. Called on Mr. Webb. They had just got through voting. In our conversation, we told him how we were traveling but he wouldn’t give us anything so we decided to wait until night. During the remainder of the afternoon we sold 7 books. Came back to the burg. We were now getting hungry so we started out to find a place to get supper. The first place was the blacksmith. He could not give us a meal because he was looking for some teams in any time and he would be crowded. Called on the merchant. Told him our condition. His wife was sick. The third place, the woman was sick again. We had begun to think that we were among a tough set of people. The next place, Bro. J.W. Inches, gave us a nice supper and said that we were welcome as could be. We returned to the school house to fill our appointment at 7:30. There weren’t but a few school children came out to hear us. The night was cold and a party was in session at the adjoining community. We waited until 8 p.m. and then told what few were there that we would abandon the idea of preaching. We then walked two miles to Bro. L.A. McCanlan, a nice gentleman who had given us an invitation to his place during the day. Arriving at his place, we spent a short time in conversation and then retired to our bed of rest, feeling tired after a hard day’s work. Thus ends another journal of my travels in the Lone Star State.

Saturday, December 21, 1901

We arose feeling very well. After breakfast, Elder Craner tacked a pair of nail soles on his shoes. Before leaving the place, Bro. McCanlan bought a Book of Mormon. On leaving the place an invitation was extended us to return at any time. We came back to the post office and from there east, visiting the families. At 12 we came to Bro. W.M. Kelebold, a German. They had eaten dinner so for fear that no one would ask us to eat with them I made known our wants and they were filled, with pleasure.

We then came on toward Pearl with the purpose of working that, but before we reached there, we decided that we did not have the time to thoroughly do our work, so we stopped on the hillside and wrote for about two hours. The day before Mr. Robertson had asked us to come and spend the night with him some time. So as we were close, we called on him for entertainment. On arriving at his place we found a different spirit had come over him and he was unable to keep us. We journeyed on one mile further to Bro. W. Grimes, where we were invited in and made welcome. The sister quickly prepared a nice cold supper and we enjoyed ourselves until. 9 p.m. when we retired to rest again.

Sunday, December 22, 1901

I arose feeling well after a good night’s rest. While we were eating breakfast, the sister asked us if we traveled on Sunday. We told her not if we could help. “Well,” they said, “if you can put up with our fare you are perfectly welcome to remain with us.” This was gladly accepted by us. During the forenoon, Bro. Grimes went to his church. We made ourselves to home writing letters to the loved ones at home. Partook of a nice dinner. Spent the evening conversing upon various subjects of the gospel. After supper several of the young people came in and among themselves had a very nice time. After we retired we overheard them talking about us. One of them asked what kind of men we were. Bro. G. said “they are perfect gentlemen.” Another one says, “do they know the Bible?” “I should say they do,” he says, “a man opposing those men better know what he is doing.”

Monday, December 23, 1901

As we had about 14 miles to walk to get our mail, soon after breakfast we were on our way. An invitation was extended us to return at any time we were in the country. We walked along until 12 noon, then stopped in to Bro. J.A. Harris, where we sold him a book and were given a nice dinner. Going on into King, we received our mail. Folks all well at home but the sad news came that old Bro. Thomas Johnson had passed away on the 7th of December. After mailing our letters we came out north and were given entertainment by Bro. A.E. Wentzler, a German. Had a nice supper. Talked until 9:30 p.m. and retired to rest. Good bed.

Tuesday, December 24, 1901

Just a while before we arose, the bed fell through on my side. But we let her stay until getting-up time. Partook of a nice breakfast, nice light bread. The old gentleman was quite anxious that we remain in the community through the day and visit their Christmas tree at night. He said that he would have us remain over with him but he was looking for company and would not have the room for so many. Bidding them goodby, we started for Bro. Rankin’s, where we arrived at 11:50 a.m. We were welcomed in and told to make ourselves at home, which we were not backward in doing. After dinner we asked for the privilege of bathing our bodies and washing our clothes, which privilege was granted us. By 4:30 we were through with that work. Took a shave. Ate supper. Spent the evening talking upon the gospel. At 8:30 we were assigned our room. I sat up and wrote until 10 p.m. when I laid down.

Wednesday, December 25, 1901

Christmas had come once more and found me still in the land of Texas, making my third one here. It was quite late when we arose. When we got ready to leave, the old Bro. Rankins came as far as the gate with us. He expressed much joy in having met us as he said we had given him information upon several subjects and was very glad that we had called. We then came into Levita and called on Bro. M. Simpson. He was not at home. Had gone down to Burleston County spend the Christmas with his mother, but Sister S. was very glad that we had called and only wished that her husband was at home. She told us, though, that we had to eat Christmas dinner with her. She then went about her work while we engaged ourselves perusing Bro. S.’s library. At 1 p.m. we sat down to partake of the bounties of life. Before us on the table were turkey, potatoes, stuffing, pickles, boiled ham, chocolate cake, jelly, oranges, candy, apples, and sweet milk. And we were as welcome to it as we could be. Of course we could not help but have a good feast. The kindness of Sister Simpson will long be remembered by me. After all had eaten and the work was done, we sat and talked upon the gospel for an hour or two. At 4 p.m. we made preparation to go. The sister insisted that we stay; also the hired man, as he had become interested. But as Bro. S. Was not at home, we decided to go and call on another friend to spend the night. They told us to be sure and call when we were in the neighborhood. At the store we bought two apples for 5c, also a nickel’s worth of candy. Walked out 4 miles to Bro. C. Petree where we spent the evening. Ate a nice supper, after which Elder Craner talked to them for a while on the Book of Mormon. We then sang them some of our songs. Held prayer, Elder Craner was mouth, and retired. We occupied the parlor. Good bed.

Thursday, December 26, 1901

We spent a pleasant night. Arose and ate a hearty breakfast. Before leaving, we gave the kind family a Voice of Warning tract. Bidding them goodby, we came into Permelia. I bought me a 5c pen, also a journal, 5c. We then called on another friend, Bro. Johnson, where we were received with kindness. Spent an hour or two talking upon different subjects. At 12 p.m. we again sat down to a nice dinner. After we were through, the law of marriage was explained by Elder Craner. At 3 p.m. we started on our way again towards our labor. While walking along the road and out where no one could hear us, we sang or practiced some of the songs that were hard for us to get right. Also stopped in the woods where we wrote a while. I started a letter to Mary. Also held our prayers and were on our way again. The second place, Bro. Kornegay, granted us the privilege of remaining overnight with him. Partook of a nice supper and it wasn’t long before the subject of religion was brought into question. We talked upon different subjects until 9 p.m. when we were shown the room we were to occupy. Retired feeling well.

Friday, December 27, 1901

When we arose, which was quite late, it had turned off cloudy and looked very much like rain. At 8 a.m. we began the duties of another day. Called at the place of Mr. Lovejoy, where we met himself and two other men. Sold them two books and before leaving they requested that we leave an appointment for Sunday at 11 a.m., which we did. Continuing, we visited several more families but were not blessed with anything to eat for dinner. Met Mr. White, a Missionary Baptist preacher. Had a short talk with him. He was so prejudiced that he would not accept any of our literature. We then went down by a well in a pasture where we sat about two hours writing, after which we visited several more families and began asking for a place to tarry. The first place, Mr. Albert Perkins, was unable to keep us on account of his wife being sick. The next place, Mr. Aney, took us in and we enjoyed a nice supper. He was somewhat of a Christian preacher and before retiring, we had him in deep water. Retired at 10 p.m.

(To be continued)


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