'Abdu'l-Bahá's travels


Abdu’l-Bahá arrived in Buffalo late at night on Monday, September 9. As He had instructed, the friends had not been informed. By the next morning, however, the reporters and friends were lined up outside the door of His hotel room. After hours of interviews He took a streetcar to Niagara Falls, at the request of the friends. There He ate some pears and grapes and walked in the park.

When His Persian companions suggested they stay in Buffalo for a period of time, He said, “Even half a day is not possible. We have no time for amusements. We must keep ourselves employed with our work.”

After an evening meeting they all went out to view the city. Later He ate a little bread and cheese for supper before going to bed. On Wednesday, September 11, after a series of interviews, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited two of the friends who were sick and distributed five dollars in coins to children who gathered around Him on the street. That evening he went to the Church of the Messiah. In the pastor’s study, before the meeting, the minister read an account of the Faith he had written for the church paper. When he concluded, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “You have left nothing for Me to say here tonight. You have written and published everything in this booklet.” After ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke to the congregation, the minster encouraged his parishioners to go to Bahá’í meetings and investigate for themselves.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá left Buffalo in the early morning on Thursday, September 12.