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RAMBLES ABOUT LONDON.
By C. Lewis Fowler
This Easter eve finds us cozily sit
uated at Tranters Temperance Hotel
In the heart of busy London. Since
we arrived we have been rambling in
and about London, seeing the sights
and trying in some way to get our
fingers upon tho pulse of English life.
Many new observations have been
made. Five weeks we spent here be
fore. Llko most travelers we thought
wo know as much about England in
that time as the English people them
selves. How sadly mistaken. No man
can Interpret the underlying princi
ples of any community life until he
has lived there a long time, even then
ho may be deceived.
But there are some things which one
can seo and understand fairly well.
England today is not the England of
yesterday. We are this morning in
the heart of a new London. Great
changes have been made and are yet
to bo made. England, like till Europ.
ean and oriental countries, is under
going marvelous social and religious
Fortunately wo have struck London
In tho midst of a great political war
fare. The situation Is tense, ami the
various parties are at each other's
throats with daggers. The House of
Lords, a better name for which would
be tho House of Despots, living as it
does in the ages of the past, is strug
gling for its last existence. What
right anyway have the representatives
of the church to rule a people in the
name of the Church? The House of
Lords is doomed because the policies
for which it stands are such as to
force the people to submit to tho
church of England. This the people
will not do longer. The age of the
state or politico-ecciesiastical church
has passed. Men will no longer be forc
ed Into someone else's religious mold
but will serve God in their own way.
The Church of England did a great
work for the English people at one
time. It liberated the people from
Roman despotism and superstition.
It can never repeat that work. We are
living In a day of religious freedom.
The State church is being deserted by
thousands, while the Independent
churches, such its Congregationalists,
Wesleyans and Baptists, are being
thronged to their doors by eager wor
shipers. Dr. John Clifford, pastor of
one of tho largest Baptist churches
and largest churches in the city. Lloyd
George Chancellor of the Exchequer,
and a Welch Baptist of prominence,
are forcing with mighty hand the
great principles of freedom to the
front. It Is no unusual sight to see a
State's church service with only the
choir, the priest and a half dozen wor
shipers. Parade held the Latin hears
for years but the Anglo-saxon de
Kitiialism us Against Freedom.
The reason for this is not far to
hunt. While the State church is en
deavoring to daz'/.lti the eyes of the
people by her beautiful ritualistic ser
vices and by her parade ami pomp, and
to appeal only to the senses, the dis
senting churches are making powerful
and unmistakable appeals to the con
science and intelligence. Their ap
peal Is not fruitless, they are succeed
ing. The largest church in London, a
I Haptlst church, Spurgeon's Taber
nacle. Is packed to the doors at every
service. The same can be said of
many other free churches?they are
Probably the hardest thing for us
to understand Is the way London cel
ebrates Laster. Good Friday here Is
more genuinely a holiday than Christ
mas is with us. Services were held in
all churches yesterday, and this en
tire City was still so far as business
was concerned, ior every s'nop was
closed. The same will be true on
Monday. This happy Easter occa
sion, Instead of producing joy, has
put England into mourning. Especial
ly the Catholic and Episcopal church
es seem to be so sorry that Jesus is
dead. They weep for Him as one who
is dead forever. Personally I have ab
solutely no sympathy with such. I
have no tears to shed for my Lord. 1
have many to shed for myself, .lesus
does not call us to his side to weep
for Him. "Weep not for mo, hut for
yourselves and for your children," are
the words of our .Master. .lesus every
where forbade weeping. He command
ed singing. One of the things that
the Roman Catholic church has done
with its mediaeval art and modes of
thought, its pictures of a helpless suf
fer, has been to obscure the kingly
Christ, the Saviour and Conquorer of
the world. Christ is not dead. He is
alive at the throne of Cod. He is with
in us a living presence, lie both de
mands and commands. He is a king
with no worldly pomp or possessions,
hut lie is king. No, He is not dead
but alive foreverinore?Hallalujah.
Let the earth be glad and not sad at
A Great Treat.
One of the greatest treats that has
come my way here came yesterday
at Wesley's Chapel when 1 was do
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lighted to hear Samuel Chad wich, the
great preacher and oxpositor from
Leeds. Tomorrow we shall hear Arch
ibald Drown at Spurgoon's Tabernacle,
and Q. Campbell .Morgan. There are
some great heralds of the Cross here
in this city: Charles Brown, P. B. ?Tcy
er, Dr. Philips and .T. II. Shakespeare.
Probably a word about the great
Welch revival would bo interesting
to The Advertiser's readers. In a long
conversation with Dr. J. H. Shakes
peare 1 Inquired diligently into the af
ter effect of the Welch revival. His
words wore encouraging, While there
has been a great reaction, it seems
now that all who were saved will re
main firm onto the end. During the
season of the great excltment thous
ands were swept Into the church, and
some of them without conversion.
These have gone away, while tens of
thousands of the truly converted are
with us and will be with us in the
judgment, .lust at this time theCbris.
tiatl leaders in Wales are teaching the
people, with a hope of deepen!),-; and
broadening their grasp up 0:1 the
eternal verities, thus preparing them
for spiritual conquest and activity.
I wish 1 might have time in this ar
ticle to speak ot this city more, of the
grandeur of it, the life, the poverty,
etc., hut my time would fall me. I
should like to speak of Hunhill Fields,
where sleeps Isaac. Watts, whose im- I
mortal singing made possible the Wes
leyan Reformation: where rests John'
Bunyan, the immortal Baptist Libera
tor; Daniel DeFoe, the dreamer, and
others. I should like to write of West
minister Abbey, the cemetery, where
sleeps the royalty and nobility of Eng
land, within sacred walls; of St. Paul,
the third largest church in the world,
hut this article must now close.
I will write next week from Paris.
London, March 2(1, 1910.
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