Most of the people had left the cave while these two were conversing, with the understanding that they were not to return, as it was no longer a safe retreat. Another and more distant rendezvous was, however, appointed; the treasured Bible was not restored to its old place of concealment, but carried off by Totosy, the young preacher, to be reburied in a new place of refuge.
But the florist, known as Pierre Midon, soon realised the situation and explained it all to his provincial relative. "It is the Abbe Vergniaud they are burying," he said, "He was a wonderful preacher! All fashionable Paris used to go and hear him till he made that pretty scandal of himself a month or so ago.
It may be guessed that some of his younger hearers would not have understood the preacher, for the language had already greatly decayed. It was never a particularly rich dialect of the Celtic, and left no remains worthy to perpetuate its existence.
When one of the good deacons came to visit them, the preacher said, "Walk in, deacon, walk in!" "Why, I can't," said he, "'thout steppin' on't." Then he exclaimed, in admiration, "D'ye think ya can have all that, and heaven too?"
His manner is refined; his matter is select; but there is something in both at times which you don't altogether believe in digesting. A rather haughty, dictatorial ring is sometimes noticed in them. A large notion of the importance of the preacher occasionally peeps up. He has a perfect right to venerate Mr.
"When we lined up in front and the preacher was beginning to sing out his rituals and observances, I looks around and misses Paisley. I calls time on the preacher. 'Paisley ain't here, says I. 'We've got to wait for Paisley. A friend once, a friend always that's Telemachus Hicks, says I. Mrs. Jessup's eyes snapped some; but the preacher holds up the incantations according to instructions.
What is the Doctrine and Covenants? In the month of September, 1830, a young man came to the house of Joseph Smith, at Fayette, and asked to see the prophet. The young man was a preacher of the sect called Campbellites, and his name was Parley P. Pratt. Wishing to know more about this new revelation of God, he had sought out Joseph.
That is a convenient sneer for the younger generation of ritualists who have nothing to say and who perform ceremonies they don't understand; not much meaning there for the modern man. No; preaching is a most important office, although no other form of professional work is done anything like so badly. But a preacher who has something to say will always attract intelligent people.
Every Sunday the preacher denounced the glitter and frivolity and corruption of what he called Society, until the boy longed to see this splendid panorama of cities and hasting populations, the seekers of pleasure and money and fame, this gay world which was as fascinating as it was wicked. The preacher said the world was wicked and vain.
He still grew more irritable and complained about the preacher, the sexton, the choir, and even his own wife. The weather never suited him, and when lie gave any testimony about religion it was always a partial outline of the supposed or real sorrows and troubles of the Christian pilgrimage.