» A number of clergymen, says the New j York " Tribune," were chatting the other i day over a dinner, given by a church club, i when the conversation turned on the old style of dictatorial preachers who used to j bully their-flocks and attempt to lay down the law for their temporal as well as spiritual guidance. ■ % ; ' I remember a ludicrous instance of the kind,' said one, ' when two of his humble parishoners came, before the little Pope of a backwoods circuit and brought their baby to be baptized. •' What name do you give this child V he. said. ' '''".< ; . t/Now, the woman lisped, and the preacher was rather deaf, so that when she replied, ' iuthy, thir,' meaning ' Lucy, sir,' he started back in surprise. ' What V he ejaculated. ' Luthy, thir,' repeated the embarrassed mother, : 'Lucifer? thundered the outraged pastor, (Nonsense, woman. Would you name your child after the devil ? I would as sooiv call hini ' Judas Iscariot,'' and dipping his hand in the font he stifled the infant's squeals with a liberal i dose of the water full in its mouth, adding, with uhctjoh.: , ; ' John Wesley, I baptise thee—' 1 And .V hrrri—r. ;:. :. sits, accustomed to lettin^ ;■■■ ■ '■: :■ ■■ !i .. ( his way.in all things, Went quietly out with their little girl bearing that famous if not exactly feminine,'name'.' ' ' • • •. 'That's a pretty good story,' said another of the party, ' aud reminds me of a somewhat similar though not so 'funny case, where the parents wanted to call the child Julius Caesar, but the minister, re; marking severely : ' None of your heathen names,' dubbed it Simon Peter,
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Christening Stories., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890
Christening Stories. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890
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