from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An approximately vertical pillar of cloud, especially the middle portion of a thunder-head, anvil-cloud, or mushroom-cloud, connecting the flat base with the spreading top. See cut at mushroom-cloud.
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An interesting tale for the young, illustrating the sure guidance of the pillar-cloud of Providence for all willing to follow in humble faith.
It was with faith already in his heart that he went forward to the holy office of the ministry, receiving from his Lord the rod by which he was to do signs, and which, when it had opened rocks and made waters gush out, he never failed to replace upon the ark whence it was taken, giving glory to God! He knew not the way by which God was leading him; but even then he was under the guidance of the pillar-cloud.