The Gates Ajar
Deacon Quirk looked at me. It struck me that he would look very much so at a Mormon or a Hottentot, and I wondered whether he were going to excommunicate me on the spot.
As soon as he began to speak, however, I saw that he was only bewildered,--honestly bewildered, and honestly shocked: I do not doubt that I had said bewildering and shocking things.
"My friend," he said solemnly, "I shall pray for you and leave you in the hands of God. Your brother, whom He has removed from this earthly life for His own wise--"
"We will not talk any more about Roy, if you please," I interrupted; "he is happy and safe."
"Hem!--I hope so," he replied, moving uneasily in his chair; "I believe he never made a profession of religion, but there is no limit to the mercy of God. It is very unsafe for the young to think that they can rely on a dea