Has the age of miracle quite gone by ugg , or is it still possible to theVoice of Faith calling aloud upon the earth to wring from the dumbheavens an audible answer to its prayer? Does the promise uttered bythe Master of mankind upon the eve of the end--"Whoso that believethin Me, the works that I do he shall do also . . . and whatsoever yeshall ask in My name, that will I do"--still hold good to such as doask and do believe?
Let those who care to study the history of the Rev. Thomas Owen, andof that strange man who carried on and completed his work, answer thisquestion according to their judgment.
The Rev. Thomas Owen counted them from his seat in the chancel, foranother clergyman was preaching; and, as he counted, bitterness anddisappointment took hold of him ugg boots . The preacher was a "Deputation," sentby one of the large missionary societies to arouse the indifferent toa sense of duty towards their unconverted black brethren in Africa,and incidentally to collect cash to be spent in the conversion of thesaid brethren. The Rev. Thomas Owen himself suggested the visit of theDeputation, and had laboured hard to secure him a good audience. Butthe beauty of the weather, or terror of the inevitable subscription,prevailed against him. Hence his disappointment.
"Well," he thought, with a sigh, "I have done my best, and I must makeit up out of my own pocket."Then he settled himself to listen to the sermon.
From that moment the sermon improved by degrees, till at length itreached a really high level of excellence. Ceasing from rhetoric, thespeaker began to tell of his own experience and sufferings in theCause amongst savage tribes; for he himself was a missionary of manyyears standing ugg boots ireland . He told how once he and a companion had been sent to anation, who named themselves the Sons of Fire because their god wasthe lightning, if indeed they could be said to boast any gods otherthan the Spear and the King. In simple language he narrated histerrible adventures among these savages, the murder of his companionby command of the Council of Wizards, and his own flight for his life;a tale so interesting and vivid that even the bucolic sleepersawakened and listened open-mouthed.
"There is a man who would dare, if he were put to it," thought theDeputation to himself. Then he ended his sermon.
That evening the two men sat at dinner in the rectory. It was a veryfine rectory, beautifully furnished; for Owen was a man of taste whichhe had the means to gratify ugg ireland . Also, although they were alone, thedinner was good--so good that the poor broken-down missionary, sippinghis unaccustomed port, a vintage wine, sighed aloud in admiration andinvoluntary envy.
"What is the matter?" asked Owen.
"Nothing, Mr. Owen;" then, of a sudden thawing into candour, he added:
But you have never experienced it, and could not understand. 'Thelabourer is worthy of his hire.' Well, my hire is under two hundred ayear, and eight of us must live--or starve--on it. And I have worked,ay, until my health is broken. A labourer indeed! I am a very hodman,a spiritual Sisyphus ugg bailey button . And now I must go back to carry my load and rollmy stone again and again among those hopeless savages till I die of it--till I die of it!""At least it is a noble life and death!" exclaimed Owen, a sudden fireof enthusiasm burning in his dark eyes.
"Yes, viewed from a distance. Were you asked to leave this living oftwo thousand a year--I see that is what they put it at in Crockford--with its English comforts and easy work, that /you/ might lead thatlife and attain that death, then you would think differently. But whyshould I bore you with such talk? Thank Heaven that your lines arecast in pleasant places. Yes, please, I will take one more glass; itdoes me good.""Tell me some more about that tribe you were speaking of in yoursermon, the 'Sons of Fire' I think you called them," said Owen, as hepassed him the decanter.
"How many of them are there ugg classic tall ?" asked Owen.
"Who can say?" he answered. "Nearly half-a-million, perhaps; at leastthey pretend that they can put sixty thousand men under arms.""And did they treat you badly when you first visited them?""Not at first. They received us civilly enough; and on a given day wewere requested to explain to the king and the Council of Wizards thereligion which we came to teach. All that day we explained and all thenext--or rather my friend did, for I knew very little of the language--and they listened with great interest. At last the chief of thewizards and the first prophet to the king rose to question us. He wasnamed Hokosa, a tall, thin man, with a spiritual face and terriblecalm eyes.
"As he spoke a man was placed before us ugg classic cardy , one who had been convicted ofwitchcraft or some other crime.
"'Kill him!' said Hokosa.
"There was a faint cry, a scuffle, a flashing of spears, and the manlay still before us.
"'Now, followers of the new God,' said Hokosa, 'raise him from thedead as your Master did!'
"In vain did we offer explanations.
"I can hardly bear to tell the rest of it, Mr. Owen. They gave my poorfriend ten minutes to 'talk to his Spirit,' then they speared himbefore my face. After it was over, Hokosa spoke to me, saying:--"'Go back, White Man, to those who sent you, and tell them the wordsof the Sons of Fire ugg classic mini : That they have listened to the message of peace,and though they are a people of warriors, yet they thank them for thatmessage, for in itself it sounds good and beautiful in their ears, ifit be true. Tell them that having proved you liars, they dealt withyou as all honest men seek that liars should be dealt with. Tell themthat they desire to hear more of this matter, and if one can be sentto them who has no false tongue; who in all things fulfills thepromises of his lips, that they will hearken to him and treat himwell, but that for such as you they keep a spear.'""And who went after you got back?" asked Owen, who was listening withthe deepest interest.