Experience of Charles C. Waterman, Conductor. 759 N. Orange Grove Ave., Pasadena, Calif. . . . [caption title].
[ca. 1919].·(Los Angeles:
by [Conversion]. Carpenter, Charles C[arpenter].
(Los Angeles: Free Tract Society), [ca. 1919]. First edition.. Cheap paper stock toned, a few very small instances of chipping; in very good condition.. Unbound leporello-folded pamphlet, 5.75 x 3.5 inches closed,  pages. Vignette portrait. For the Glory of God, I want to add that my tobacco heart was healed the night the Lord saved me, and I have not taken a dose of medicine since. A part of the trash that went into the stove on the first day of April, 1913, was my old headache powders, heart tablets, stomach pills and physic." The conversion story of a whiskey-drinking, tobacco-using, gambling conductor on the Pacific Electric streetcar line, who had been gone from home on a bender some four days on March 31, 1913, when he had a vision of heaven and hell. Since his conversion on April 1, 1913 (some six years since, according to this account), he has given up drinking and tobacco and gambling, and even "put all my papers, etc., in the stove. Another lodge I had belonged to eighteen years, with $3000.00 life insurance in it. The Devil said, 'Go slow now, your family will starve, for you will die some of these times.' I did not care to listen to any more so I ust put it all in the stove too. Another lodge went in just for good measure." Carpenter here also recounts his conversion of another motorman. Carpenter eventually became chaplain at the Pasadena jail and lived a long life until his death in 1961. (Inventory #: 17258)
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