A New sight.
It was a new sight, that single kneeling cadet.
Such a thing had not been supposed to be possible as a cadet that turned to God.
From that time he grew rapidly in spiritual knowledge, and in the consolation of Christ
He came to Him as a lost sinner; he sought refuge in Him and found peace with God; his mind soon became peaceful and happy.
Such was the carefulness and consistency of his walk, so manifestly had he become a new man, with a new heart, and a new life begun, and yet so wisely and inoffensively did he go in and out with those around him, that I never heard of any who doubted his sincerity or gainsayed the reality of his conversion, and did not regard him with respect for entire consistency of life.
There was that in his previous standing in the corps which gave his example a special impressiveness.
He had been among his comrades a gay, high-spirited youth, not much given to study, not over careful of obedience to the interior discipline of the corps, not unwilling to join in certain not perfectly temperate frolics with his companions; popular among them, and regarded as of such high gentlemanly
honor and frankness that nothing mean or insincere could possibly be imputed to him.