An infidel lecturer once gave an opportunity for reply after his lecture. A poor old woman stepped up to the platform, put down her basket and umbrella, and said: "I paid threepence to hear of something better than Jesus Christ, and I have not heard it. I have been a widow forty years, and I had ten children, and I trusted the Lord in the depth of poverty, and He comforted me to bring up my children so that they have turned out respectable. I was often sore pressed, but my prayers were always heard, and I was delivered. Once, when I lay sick, I thought I was ready to break with the thought of leaving my fatherless little ones, and there was nothing kept me up but the thought of Jesus, and you tell me it is a mistake. Now, tell me something better, or else why do you cheat me of my threepence? Tell me something better."

The infidel had not expected such an opponent. He said: "Really, the old lady is so happy in her deception I would not deceive her."

January 4, 1900

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