house, and I got one of my ears frozen on the way; but not-
withstanding the severity of the weather, we had quite a large
and attentive audience. We also spent the next two days
with the people there and held meetings.
On the evening of the 21st of February, as we came out of
the school-house, a light appeared in the north-eastern hori-
zon, and spread to the west and soon rolled over our heads.
It had the appearance of fire, blood and smoke, and at times
resembled contending armies. The heavens were illuminated
for the space of half an hour. It seemed at times as though
the veil was about to rend in twain and the elements were con-
tending with each other.
We looked upon it as one of the signs in the heavens pre-
dicted by the prophets of old, as to appear in the last days.
We were wading through deep snowdrifts most of the time
while witnessing this remarkable scene.*
The following day we walked fifteen miles through deep
snow to Belfast, and, after being refused lodging for the night
by eight families, we were kindly entertained by a Mr. Thomas Teppley.
There was an interesting incident connected with our stay at
his house. After eating our supper, it being late in the even-
ing, Mr. Teppley placed a stand before me with a Bible upon
it, asking me to read a chapter and have prayers with them,
he being a religious man.
I opened the Bible mechanically, when, the 25th chapter of Matthew being the first to catch my eye, I read it, and as I
closed the book Mr. Teppley turned to his wife and said, "Is
not this a strange thing?" Then he explained to us that he
had just read that chapter and closed the book when we
rapped at the door, and he felt impressed to say, " Walk in,
There is probably no other chapter in the whole book that
would have the same influence in causing any one to feed a
person who professed to be a servant of God, and asked for
After becoming acquainted with his circumstances I thought
it providential that we were led to his house, for although he
was a professor of religion and a Methodist, he was in a state