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“ [136] ‘Will our men prevail? Until they do they will not come home.’ How we blessed them when they did; how we blessed them with our prayers when they were in the battlefield. Those were times of sorrow; this is one of joy. Let us thank God, who has given us these victories.”

The audience rose en masse, and stood while the “Battle Hymn” was sung, author and audience joining in the chorus.

After her second lecture in Santa Barbara, she “sauntered a little, and spent a little money. Bought some imperfect pearls which will look'well when set. Wanted a handsome brooch which I saw; thought I had best conquer my desire, and did so.”

At Ventura: “Got so tired that I could hardly dress for lecture.” The next day she proposed to Mrs. S. at dinner (1 P. M.) to invite some young people for the evening, promising to play for them to dance. “She [Mrs. S.] ordered a buggy and drove about the village. Her son stretched a burlap on the straw matting and waxed it. About thirty came. We had some sweet music, singers with good voices, and among others a pupil of Perabo, who was really interesting and remarkable.”

At one of the hospitable cities, a gentleman asked her to drive with him, drove her about for a couple of hours, descanting upon the beauties of the place, and afterwards proclaimed that Mrs. Howe was the most agreeable woman he had ever met. “And I never once opened my lips!” she said.

On June 10 she preached in Oakland:

the one sermon

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