ily increase the spirit of devotion among them.
Hence there is a good deal of religious feeling in our congregations.
The following will illustrate a phase of Southern society and the kindly relations and sympathies between master and slave which none can appreciate who did not witness them, but illustrations of which could be indefinitely multiplied.
The incident is related by the Texas Christian Advocate:
A Texas planter having responded in person to one of the late calls of Colonel Van Dorn for service in the West, his negroes were left in the care of the overseer.
One night, at a late hour, the overseer was aroused by a noise at the quarter.
He immediately arose and went in the direction of the noise far enough to ascertain that it was the voice of prayer.
Drawing still nearer, he discovered that the prayer-meeting was a special occasion, for the benefit of the master who had gone to the wars.
Earnest prayers ascended that his health and life might be spared, and that