How a fire was stopped



In the dry summer of about 1900 I had occasion to burn some bushes in the middle of a stubble field where I had hauled an early crop of barley; a few minutes after setting fire to the bushes I found the fire creeping across the stubble field, fanned by a strong breeze from the southwest. I tried hard to put it out, but it soon spread faster than I could run (the stubble being long), and in about the same time that it takes me to write this it was right across the field, and a wide hedge was blazing like a furnace; to my fright and horror, I found that the other hedge also, on the opposite side of the road, had caught fire, and in that field was a crop of oats in shock, and adjoining that one, two fields of wheat of my neighbors, also in shock. Human help, even if obtainable, was powerless, and the result of my act seemed likely to be disastrous to the parish. In my dilemma I removed my hat and prayed to my God and Father for His help; to my astonishment and relief, the wind immediately veered round to the northwest, blowing the flames back over the ground where the fire had already done its work. It was a simple matter to knock out the remaining embers." -- A. E. R. Baysham


From: EFFECTIVE ILLUSTRATIONS By William Moses Tidwell, Printed in U.S.A. 1943, Beacon Hill Press Kansas City, Mo.