ust out of colonial leading strings.
She had barely begun to diverge from habits which under previous conditions she would only too gladly have strengthened and perpetuated.
When Leonidas Polk, after completing an honorable course of study at West Point, decided to enter the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church, he gave his father a shock of surprise such as he could have given him in no other way.
Dr. Polk gives a deeply interesting narrative of the incidents which attended his father's conversion.
It came about through the influence of a new chaplain at West Point, McIlvaine, later the eloquent bishop of Ohio.
The professors and cadets who had idled their way as best they could through sermon-time in other days listened with open-eyed interest to a preacher who had a message, and who knew how to delivor it. Polk—tall, handsome, a soldier by heredity not less than by education—was the first to yield.
When he knelt for the first time in chapel to take a courageous part i