but spiritual progress is slow,
and there are times when my faith falters and I feel unworthy of the
service in which I am engaged. Doubtless this is true of all labor,
particularly susceptible to these influences surrounding him." "A
mining camp is so intensely material seven days of the
week that it must present a difficult field for the awakening of any
religious sentiment," confessed Brant sympathetically, feeling not a
in the clear-cut, intellectual countenance of the other. "I have
often wondered how you consented to bury your talents in such a
place." The other smiled, but with a trace of
sadness in his eyes. "I firmly believe that every minister should
devote a portion of his life to the doing of such a work as this.
It is both a religious and a patriotic duty, and there is a rare joy
connected with it." "Yet it was surely not joy I saw pictured within
your face when we met; you were
certainly troubled over some problem."
Wynkoop glanced up quickly, a slight flush rising in his pale cheeks.
"Perplexing questions which must be decided off-hand are constantly
arising. I have no one near to whom I can turn for advice in unusual
situations, and just now I scarcely know what action to take
regarding certain applications for church membership." Brant laughed.
"I hardly consider myself a competent adviser in matters of church