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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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burned before tents or other places, illuminating
the fir-tree stems, which appeared like columns of
an immense temple consecrated to fire. The vast
dome above was dark, and the air was so still that
the flames rose straight upward, and cast wild hues
upon the fir-tree tops and the black clouds.

Beneath the tabernacle an immense crowd was
assembled, certainly from three to four thousand
persons. They sang hymns—a superb choir!
Strongest of all was the singing of the black
portion of the assembly, as they were three times as
many as the whites, and their voices are naturally
pure and beautiful. In the tower-like pulpit,
situated in the middle of the tabernacle, were four
preachers, who during the intervals between the
hymns addressed the people with loud voices, calling
sinners to conversion and amendment of life.
During all this the thunder pealed, and fierce
lightning flashed through the wood like angry
glances of some mighty invisible eye. We entered
the tabernacle and took our seat among the assembly
on the side of the whites.

Round the elevation, in the center of which
stood the pulpit, ran a kind of low counter,
forming a wide square. Within this and seated on
benches below the pulpit, on the side of the whites,
sat the Methodist preachers, for the most part
tall, handsome figures, with broad, grave

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