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HIE SCK ANTON TRIBUNE-WEDNESDAY MOBNING, OCTOBER 7, 1890.
C0NUENT10N HAS Sessions Held in Elm Park Church, Frothingham and Academy. EASTON SCORES A YICTORY State Executive Committee Decides That tbe Convention of '97 Snail 1 Ba Held There Reception of the Delegates on Their Arrival In the City Afternoon Prayer and Praise Service at Elm Park Church Ad dress of President and Reports of State Officers Read at tbe Might s. Hundreds i.l' Mali's Id tin- Kioto 'In isliun Kinli'iikur coin dil ion leached i'i Tuiiimi I'Stor.lny. They begun arriv ing early in i he i):iy. (iml tiller tin- early in. .11111114 trains liinl pulled into lln- tlif- f. It'lll SlaliiUIS this molllillg il WilS OS- liotai.d lhat ;il least :',.'inn of ihein were .-hclli-icd Imii.'iiIIi sVrnnlon roofs, lie lor. i. .mil today nl .-a:d I mm uud pos vii.l, .i..i hum.' will arrive, sc. thai n .;.l i.l ::."." i.r in.. i.- strangir dolc f.iit s will I..' within I In- omiliiies nl' III.' liiy. l.-r.tay w:i" given i.v.'l' -- 1 1 v l.i I In- n-ii'iv inn nl' tin- visil lug Minings 41 II' I III.' tllillillg Hi Hi' Ml In III'' i li'ir. h.s w fit IV llii-ir lii iniiiai li is will I..- li.i'in.'il unii at 111.' homes an. I hotels c. I'l l'., tiny will lie eniertuinoil tJiiiiiitf iiii ii slay in Seranion. There whs h meeting of 'In' stale otlieors ami execu tives in l hi- ul'lt-nimui when Fusion was decided upon us iht- convi'iil inn i-iiy m-xl yi-ur. Ill III.' evening 111.' ..polling Sl'SSicillS were held in :im Park church, ihe Frm liinghiiin t lua I T an. I the Academy III' AlUSle. Ill filch of tlll'SP places Pres- .i-iil MoCrory delivered his annual ad dress. Sim rotary McDonald anil Treas urer liayniore read llicir reports, and an address was delivered (in "Tlif Pros em e of Christ in this Convention." An address nf welcome was also wade and responded to ut each meeting. ARRIVAL OF THE DELEGATES. The principal streets of the city pre sent. -d a lively appearance yesterday. I" illihihg in tile morning and exteiid 1 1 1 thinughniii the day and into the early evening. After midnight II was esiiriiaied thai over 'J.riim Christian En il.'iivorcrs fi'iim different parts of the suite had arrived in the city. Yet so ex cel lent were llioarratigenieiits of the re el I ion commit lee thai this vast throng of strangers were received and escorted In their rcsiieclivp places of entertain ment without any of the confusion w I, icli ordinarily attends the liillux of mi groat u Dumber of persons. Knelt incoming train brought large ili-li-Haiions. il was noticeable that lhe were largely ninde up of wnmen. must of them young women. Yet each pai ty .was accompanied hy several mule matronly looking women, and I. n il were not lacking on whom de volved the duty of looking after the Iransfer of buggngc. Amnni; the first iii-rivals were Rev. J. T. MoCrory, of Pittsburg, state president, and (purge M Donald, of Altoonn. state secretary. They came .Monday night. I --s t li delegation on its arrival was met at the station hy one or more of I lie receptions guurds and Immediately escorted to the church to which it had lieeti assigned. At the disposal of thp reception committee were a numher of run-luge. These wore utilized to oon vi') the delegates to thp churches in the (Vnlral City. Those delegations which lind been assigned to churches In the suburbs were conveyed thither on the id root cars. On the arrival of the dele gates nl the church to which they had I. ecu assigned they were met by one of I lie entertainment committees, w arm ly welcomed and then escorted to thvir Places of entertainment, the hospitable: homes of the Christian people of the cily. .Many of the delegates, however, chose to go to hotels and boarding 111 uscs. An interesting feature of the recep tion of the delegates ut the railway stations was the singing of the recep tion song by the squad in the reception ciminilttee. This was the cause of much wonderment to the traveling public ass w as evidenced when, from 1 lie crowded train from the west on the Lackawan na, at :;.'!. about lify delegates alight ed . Immediately they were greeted by I lie recept ion squad and the notes of the snug soon followed the brief but hourly words of greeting. Instantly every i in low in the coaches were raised ami li look of surprise made inute Inquiry as to the cause of the greeting. Knch delegation us It left the station was preceded by the reception squad, some member of which bore a banner d-slgnatiiig the county from which the delegates came. The rooms of the Young Men's Christian association, where I he headquarters of the commit -lee of are, were visited by many of t lie di legatesthroughout the day. There they were warmly welcomed by mem bers of the reception committee ami many of them were taken on sight seeing excursions about the city. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEEJJNG. At 1! o'clock in the afternoon I be state president. Kev. .1. T. MeCroly l. !.. nf Piltaburg, i-ulled to order the meet ing of the state executive committee lit the north parlors of the Young .Men's Christian association building. The cat tiering was composed of twetity .ersonn, stale olllcers and president s I city and county unions. Convention committees were appoint ed to make nominations and lo di al I resolutions. The officers are chosen by this cominillee ami will be presented lor rat ilical loll to the three meetings mi Thursday morning. I Hiring the day the Allenlown aifll Kasl mi ilclegalions hail been striving to have their respective cities selected for Hie eotivenlion of next year. The former were represented by a few en thusiasts who lacked the endorsement of certiiin necessary organizations and officials of their" cily, while the Kaston ers were loaded and primed with all manner of prestige. The Allentown peo ple admit t"d defeat eurly In the after noon ami made no application to the executive committee, with the result .that the Kaston delegates had clear Hulling, " Huston was the unanimous choice, but the select ion will not be officially iinmninccd until during the meetings of tomorrow. ' The Interntlonal convention at San Francisco from July 7 to July 12 of next year was informally discussed. No delegates were or wil" lie chosen as it will be a mass convention. The matter of delegations was referred to the transportation committee which was given power to act. Mr. MoCrory was supposed to have conducted the prayer and praise ser vice beginning at 4 o'clock In Kim Park oliuretl. The business of the executive committee, however, kept him away, and the meeting was led by Charles K. Daniels, of this cit. chairman of the committee ol '!;. II lasted but twenty minutes and consisted of a scripture reading and several prayers, thejenor of which was to invoke divine blessing on the convention. The singing was by a portion of the united choir. the first Sessions. In : I in I'liik Church, I'loltiiughiiui unit Academy-Reports of Ollieers. From 7 until ft.r.a lust night were held the opening sessions of tlie convention in Klin Hark church, the Krol hlnghain theater and the Academy of Music. Ai inch meeting President MoCrory delivered Ills annual address ami re ports were read by Slate Secretary Mc Donald uiul State Treasurer ItH.vmore. They will be found entire in unother column. In each place there was ail address of welcome bv a oinlneiil local Kndi'uvor and a response by a vi cinity delegate of wide repute, singing by sections of I he united choir and ad dresses on a set topic lor the night, "The Presence of Christ in this Conven tion." Kim I'd i k church contained the larg est audience, i he sealing capacity be ing almost w holly occupied-, there was a fair-sized audience at the Frothing bain, bill I In-sain.-1 annul be said of the Academy. IN THE ELM PARK CHURCH. When the session in Khu Park church opened I lie main auditorium was al most tilled. That was at 7 o'clock, but within lia'f an hour later the galler ies Were occupied by the late arrivals so that when the session was in full swing the whole of the big interior might be described as occupied to its fullest capacity. ' in the way of decorations the profes sional draper had had ample opportuu Itv to exercise his prollclencies to the fullest-and lie did il well. Kim Park church, always inspiring and beautiful, had been given an added embellishment but in u jieat and tasteful wuy. The f iffy C. K. DANIELS, of Si ianion, Chairman of the Committee of i. preponderance of the decoration was confined to gilt trimmed velvet dra peries of light blue and the deepest of blood red which concealed the gal lery railintrs and suspended from the archway which separates the auditor ium Into two apartments were Hags and bunting. Hack of the chancel and in front of the rostrum, almost hiding the nulplt was a collection of palms. While the name of Rev. J. T. Mo Crory, 1). D the state president ap peared on the programme as the presid ing officer, the opening praise and devo tional service was conducted by Kev. G. K. Guild, of the Providence Pres byterian church. The service was In troduced by two songs, in which the rendition was under the lead of the central city section of the united choir, under the direction of Its instructor and leader. Prof. J. M. Chance, the organist of the Second Presbyterian church. PHAYKtt HY nF.V. MR. Gl'ILD. There was read a chapter from the scriptures by Mr. Guild, who followed the reading with a prayer. Hut the real Interest and enthusiasm of the service appeared with the singing of the two gospel vocalists, Mr. anil Mrs. J. H. Lowe, of Washington, D. ('. They ren dered in a wav that could not fail to evoke considerate heartiness and im pulse that Inspiring hymn "Saved Hy Grace." Then followed the congrega tional singing of the, gospel hymn, "Sweet Pence." President MoCrory then assumed charge of the service and said he took great pleasure in introducing Charles K. Daniels, who would extend a wel come to the visiting delegates. Since the first thought of the convention for Scranton Mr. Daniels, chairman of the commlttep of '!), had been one of the chief workers and prime eotivenlion movers, lie has received many com pliments, but must have been gratified and encouraged by the volume of ap plause which greeted the pronouncing of his name. Mr. Daniels said: Nine years ago in the Second Presby terian church, a lil.u k and a lialt I coin u here we are assembled tunitfht. Hie Pi-nn- svknniii Christian Kmleavoi' l iiioa held Its second annual convention. What have the nine years wrought? Have they prov en the light of Christian Kndeiivur to ex ist ill I his grand ol.t I oininonweiillir: la ultct-liru. we learn that X represents an mi known uiiantlly. To an extent. Christian Kiiilcuvor in Pennsylvania nine years nuo was an unknown quantity. Il was in its fancy, and had not shown whether its re sults would be commensurate with Its ..n - poses. Hut the years nave in-oiignt rortli niiiKiiltleent results. Prom the III He acorn of less than -W ili-legutes in the city a I dial time has grown the mighty oak of thousands of lanleavorei-s here toiilKhl Pennsylvania Is the keystone of these I 'lilted States. .No less Is it Hie keyslonu of Christian KnUeavor, for within the con fines of the stale are oue-leiilh of the i cletles of the world. WHAT IT MfflT I Ml. This convention will mean nothing un less II In inns about a renew ed zeal ami a ciins.'CTulc.l effort within and without Hie linllvliblal society. The eonvelitluli will be nothing but "sotmillng brass or tinkling evnihals ' unless the delegates leuve Hit cltv with a delei'iiilniitlon to do more work "For Christ and the Church" in the i iiitiinir year and to broaden I he lines of Clnlsliun Kndeuvor. The cause which we are representing here tonight means to each of us Individually only a proportion ale henellt to the energy, enthusiasm and consecrated effort we put Into II. There fore, I want lo give two thoughts, In just two words, for Hi- convent Ion "Work" anil "Win." Work for the cause In which we are enlisted, "For Christ and the Church, and win others to the name er vice. f To me has fallen Hie pleasant duty cf welcoming you to the cily. In behalf of Hie committee of 'Hi!. .More than two years ago the workers of thin city had a vision r k - OPENED which Is lieing fulfilled tonight. They saw in the distant future Pennsylvania's hosts of Kndeavorers gathered in this city in convention. Now- comes the reallxa tioa. Scrunton's hospitality is known far and wide, and to none is the hand of wel come mure gladly or heartily extended than to the noble band who come here In the name of Christian Ktideavor. We have been expecting you; and have been bene lltted ourselves in preparing for you. 1 need not tell you thut the city welcomes you. The decorations of our business houses silently bespeak to votl the greet ing of our merchants. The rordtal hos pitality thut has been shown you In our homes evidences thut our citizens are giuit you came. The hand shake or tne reception committee, the songs of the choirs, and the cordial feelings of every Kndeuvorer In the city are given you in the spirit of whole-souled welcome. liADF. THEM WKU'OMK. 1 can greet you in the name of more than the ciiiiiiailtee I represent. In behalf of ll.M ,.l.l.,-f Ull.'iutf 1., 1 l,A I'.lA ..t..l . 11,1 I. thu U'nnl.l I... t..... Plymouth Congregational church of this lly, or w hich I am a member I bid vou a hearty Welcome. Mole than fourteen years old. that society tonight, feeling hon ored by the position It o iples. greets Us sisier son. 'ins warmly and sincerely, f or the committee of je me say but a ! brief word, for Its work speaks more plainly than what I might say. We have been working under the motto "The Lord. our li.id, will we serve, and Ills voice will we obey. We give this verse to vou us a convention thought, and may every one curry It home lo live it out. You are wel comed, heartily, by the committee of "M, w hich mis labored torn teen months to pre pare fur your coming. Finally, in tho name of the twenty-three senior and slx lem Junior societies in the Cltv union sevi n iiniro than w e had a year ugo 1 gleet yell and Welcome vou lo Scrulltoh, the Klectrie city, of which we are Justly proud, and our wish Is that vou mav tlnd your slay here as pleusiinl us we trust il win ue iirontuoie. Again, let me cive llie two llioiorhts "Work" and "Win." if everv delegate puts into effect those thounhts. the in- tiin nee of this convention w ill radiate over the entire stute till societies mid communi ties shall be the belter ror the convention having been held. Vou are welcomed, oi.uauy aim sincerely to our city. Applause followed the conclusion of Mr. Daniel's address. An added im pulse was given to the meeting bv the choir's singing nf a "Welcome Si.ng." There were about luy gs.igers and their voices Were guided by director Chance from a position beneath the pulpit. The effect of the song I'euclled its climax when during the concluding horns euoh of the one hundred singers waved a flag in time to the music. Again there was applause, a thing somewhat un usual In church gatherings, but which seemed to prevail in Kim Park church las! night. KKSPONSK TO TIIK ADDRESS. Then was (he response by Rev. J. F. Hantaan, of Altoona. one of the state vioe-presidenis. to Mr. Daniel's address of welcome. He is u speaker of much feeling and intensity and said: Mr. President and Fellow Crusaders: It u minis me great pleasure to resoond In a few words, to the sweet words of greeting and welcome that have fallen upon our ears. I need not say thuL'we have expected a warm welcome fromlhis city, and we should huve been disappolnt- eu n it nan not Deen rorincomliiK. hen you Invited us here one year ueo we list ened to your idea and were captivated urid captured by it. For twelve months we have had our eyes upon this city. Vou have been in our thoughts and prayers, and now we are here. It scarcely required any words of yours to assure us thut you are glad to see us. On all sides, und wherever we go, we see the cordiality of your greeting, and tho sincerity of your welcome we feel that you meun what you say. We are vely happy in being with you tonight, to share with you the good things prepared lor mis least, it you are as glad to nave us here as we are to he with von. then are we Indeed truly happy and mutually sailsiled. need scarcely say. that we highly appreciate nil you have done to make us comfortable whilst in your midst. W hal we see tonight on every hand, evi dence your Interest and activity. e have come from all uart of the Keystone state to spend a few days with you. NOT TO DISCUSS POLITICS. We have come not to discuss the nollt- loal platforms of the hour, of which there are mure than one, or lo ring the changes on silver or gold, or to speculate about the results of the pending issue. We are nere not ror purposes ot destruction, but for the good of your city and our grand old stale. Our mission is construction und nut destruction. We represent a great nosi, an army or more man two millions, that is marching on to the conquest of the world. We are a company of crusad ers, of valiant knights, who ure going forth to rescue the land from the wlcke I und cruel enemy, un.l to hand It buck to its rightful sovereign, puritred, trans formed, delivered, redeemed. It is on a crusade of real helpfulness that we ap pear In your throbbing, stirring, growing city. We feel contldtnt that the bless ings we shall receive from ycu will be un paralleled, yet we cherish ihe hope that we snail Do able to courjr benedictions upon you also. We ure representatives of the great and ever-enlarging kingdom of Jesus Chris). Our mission is to do Mis will, ond contribute to the illumination and evangelization of a dark and sinful world. We ure banded together, not for musical ends solely, or for selfish pur poses. Ood forbid! We are upon the altar oi service un.l ate trying to follow the leadership of the Son of God, w'illing to do whatsoever He desires and go where soever He Indicnles. We do rejoice In our splendid fellowship, this hand and heart touch of (iod's children, this sweet pure soul communion, one with the other, but we rejoice even more with the practical features of the Christian Endeavor move ment, it stands, as you well know, for definite service, for unselllsh ministry, for true Saniarltanlsm. It stands, let me say, for enthusiastic sympathy und sup port of the great enterprises of the church. PRAYKRS FOR WORK. The work, locally as well as in general, has our prayers and best co-operation. hid I our hearts are gladdened and our zeal inlensiiied as we march together for the conquest of the world. In oliedlenoe to the loving command of Him, whose we ure and whom we serve. It is ex ceedingly gratifying thut the young peo ple of ihe church are so wonderfully aroused in these last days of the pressing needs of the world. Il Is an Inspiration lo know thai such a vast company of true und consecrated people are working and praying for Improvement in Christian dls clplcship for greater loyulty. to Christ and the church, for better citizenship, more righteousness in public life and lor worlil-wide evangelization. And our rec ord Is not a bud one. these years have given us fruitage, n fruitage which Is love, ly in Hie sight of (iod ami refreshing to human hearts. Golden fruitage. Our Ids. lory is il grand one. There Is sufficient iu It to satisfy everyone that this thing is of ind, and Is accomplishing a great work In His name for a spiritually desti tute humanity. Hut why should I prolong this response. 1 am sure we have come up higher, as upon the .Munni of Ttuus ligiiral Inn. an. I desire to si e "Jesus only" and he transformed into His Image and he rullllled with His sweel spirit, our ex pectations ure great, t trust thai "Kye halh not seen, unr ear litard. nor heart of man conceived the things in store for us here." .My prayer is thut lids occasion may he a veriiablc IVm It will be If we are here in one accord. ..And if we will open in- hearts ami lives hi the In coming of the spirit of lire and power. Dr. A. .1. Frost III describing a journey from Lake lienevu lo Ihe Vale of ciiu mounix said that the lit si, view of .Ml. Hlanc was over the beautiful waters of the lake, and a young lady In the parly ex claimed: "Ueiiulllul!" "P.eauliful!'" A lillle further on she said: "Grand!" "tiraud!" And soiuewh.-it further on she broke forlh: "Sublime!" "Sublime!" The doctor wondered what she would say when the party rruchtd Hie mountain, but she was equal to the occasion. They went on a few miles and there she said: "Awful!" "overwhelming!" "Awful!" WAS IN DKSPAIIl. The good doctor was in despulr ns to what adjectives she would huve left with which to describe the summit. Hut at this point she lifted Ut her eyes and hands to the God of the great mountain In a supplicating uttiludt and said: "i!" ..,,ie ..(,;. have been praying that we may have here that which Is beautiful, thut which is grand, thut which is su blime, that which is overwhelmingly po tential. And my prayer now ! that we may he taken up to that mountain of outlook where we shall see our duty more clearly than ever and the needs of this old world, and then In the spirit of the "Man of Ualllee" go forth to do more than ever, to bless and save a suffering, sor rowing und sinning race. "And they were all with one accord in one place. And sud denly there came u sound from heaven as or a rushing mighty w ind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting: and there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of tire and It sat upon each of ihein. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as tho Spirit gave them utter ance." , It was Mr. Hartman's privilege to In troduce President McCrory as "one to whom every Pennsylvania Endeavorer owed a debt for splendid and magnifi cent leadership." Dr. McCrory was complimented, at Mr. Hartman's sug gestlon, by the Chatauu.ua salute, the waving of handkerchiefs. Introductory to his address, an an nual event, on "The Deepening Moral Earnestness of Christian Endeavor," Dr. McCrory paid a handsome compli ment to Scranton and Elm Park church. He said If he desired to change his loca tion of work or his denominational faith he would like to come to Scran ton and Elm Park church. After re questing a drink of water from some one on the platform he remarked that W. AV. ING1.IS. nf Scranton. Chairman of the I'.nlcrtuin lllelll Committee. if he was iu u Ruptls! church he would not have to ask for the fluid, lie hud In make two more addresses before bedtime and supposed there would be a hot Dilution sent out to ki-ep n goud high pressure in the water mains. CLOSE OF HIS ADDRESS. His Introductory levity, however, wus widely a! variance with the close of his address, when he remarked that. It was the last time he would speak to the delegates iu his present position, and when he urged upon them to firm ly grasp the imprtiiiioe of his address topic. Dr. MoCrory, ut the conclusion of his address, left the church to uppear be fore the audiences ut the Frothingham theatre and Academy of Music. There after .Mr. Hartman, who responded to the address of welcome, presided. Professor and Mrs. Lowe sang "Jesus Will He With I's All the Way." At this point Secretary McDonald and Treasurer Raymore were intro duced and read their reports. Miss I Hack and Miss Garrigan, the soprano and ' contralto soloists of the Second Presbyterian church, sang in duet. "Send Showers of Hlesslng." the choir and audience joining in the chorus and sending up a hearty song of welcome much greater than is usually heard even in church auditoriums. The address topic that prevailed In the other places of meeeting, "The Presence of Christ In This Convention." was discussed by Rev. W. E. McMillan, D. D., of Allegheny. The basis of his thought was that neither evangelists nor revivalists can receive God's help without spiritual conviction. He said, in part: While Invitations have been extended to persons throughout the breadth of the state to be present here for the next few days, 1 would like to ask, has Christ been asked? Thut is not a question to put lo a state officer or the. executives In the same sense as to you, delegates. I ask as did the Jews, "What think ye, will the blessed Master come to tho feast?" It depends on you, not collectively, but indi vidually. We desire it, I do not doubt, but ure we as sanguine of our spiritual as we are enthusiastic in the anticipation of our desires? Do we desire It ami at the same time know- what would he our feeling and thoughts were Christ here in the flesh? He does not demand that we shall be wholly pure and worthy, else how could we enjoy His coming? Hut he does ask that w-e desire to be made worthy. As Bpurgeon says, "When you ask to be soul winners 'ye must know what ye ask;'" you must know what it is to be saved. If we would be evangelists und soul winners we must know whut It Is to have Christ lilt us up. We must have, not self-confidence, but the confidence thai is God-given. i NOT THE CONDITION. "Worthiness" is not the condition of the Lord's coming; the condition is abso lute self-abnegation, the spirt of iinwoi thl ness. It is God's work. Let us get out of the way and be only Instruments In His hands; human ability is not the spirt of Ood by any means. Do we know that It Is the Infinitely Holy one we are inviting and that He cannot come In until the place of His entre is fit to receive Him? The monster or sin must go; tne bom cannot abide In his presence. Whut soul would hesitate to accept of this oni' It is not necessary that you should do Ihe purging: the Son of Ood will do that, for It is only necessary that we display our willingness for the Kingly presence to come la. It was 9.30 o'clock, a half-hour later than the time scheduled, w hen the ses sion, adjourned with the pronouncing; of the benediction by Mr. Hartman. IN THE FROTHINGHAM THEATRE. Rev. George K. Stewart. D. D.. of Harrlsburg. presided over Ihe meet lug at the Frothingham. The beautiful theater was rendered doubly attract ive by the pretty decorations of purple, blue and gold tapestry which hung in graceful folds from the boxes and balconies. Ull each side of Ihe singe wus a mass of evergreen plants and from the ton of the proscenium nrch lo the upper gallery extended folds of red und white bunting. Tbe first floor of the t healer was well tilled when the exercises began at the curly hour of ,. Later in Ihe even lug the Mi si balcony also becuuie filled und before the services closed all purts of the house contained sufficient mem hois to warrant the at tendance being described as large. on the stage was seated the North End sec! ion of Hie I'lilled choir, led by Chorlsler 'Roes Watkins. Miss Clancy. of Providence, played the accompani ments. The meeting was opened by praise and ilevotloliul exercises led by Kev. Newman Alullhews. of Ibis city, who read a scriptural lesson from the first chupler of Revolutions, following Ibis by a short, fervent prayer. Preceding these services I lie choir sung. ADDRESS OF WKI.VoME. The address of welcome was ibdlv ered by Rev. W. II. Sluhhleblue, of this city, who was introduced hv Rev. lr. Stewart. Rev. Mr. Stubhlcbilte spoke us follows: Kndeavorers of Pennsylvania : We sur render. The city Is yours. For one year we have known of the onslaught yuu wer planning In make upon our city, but I hough forworneii we are not forearmed. We ure ut your mercy. Insleud of garri soning mid fortifying our cily you huve found every avenue of entrance open und you huve entered us u enliquerimf army timid loud exultations and praise. Were It possible, like Jacob of old, w ho would have uetuined his heuvenly visit ant, so we. too, would luy hold upon you and prevent you from departing, for we took upon you us niuven sent mes. setigors of God. bearers of. message of In finite Importunce to us Individually and to our city. Entertaining such a high opinion of you It Is hardly necessary I should say to you tonight thut you are welcome, thrice wel come to our city and to all it contains. Waving banners, and floating streamers and smiling countenances everywhere dec-lure In unmistakable tones the depth ai Interest felt lit the assembling together of I the Kndeuvorer hosts in this cily. At the Elm Park Methodist Episcopal church, Mr. Daniels, chabniun of the committee of 'M, is speuklng in behalf of those who have labored in unity for the success of this convention during the past year. What that committee has accomplished will be clearly revealed to you as the con vention progresses. It has been to the committee a labor of love, und though demanding much of our time and energy, we shall feel amply repaid if what we have done shall result in un outpouring of Uod's spirit In1 Pentecostal streams and the quickening of your souls In Christ. REPRESENTED THE CLERGY. In the Academy of Music Captain W. A. May, a member of the official board of the Elm Purk Methodist Episcopal church. In which one of the sessions of the con vention are held, and also president of the board of trade. Is extending a welcome on behalf of the city. While I am here to night as a representative of the clergy of the city to assure you that we, as a body, rejoice In your coming and bid you a hearty welcome to all our churches and pray that your coming may be a bene diction to the religious life of our city, 1 can assure you that as pastors of the churches of this city, we have watched with Interest the work of our young people as they have planned for this gathering and we are sure that they ure the lielter for having done so. There has been much adverse criticism of our great annual gath erings, some of which is no doubt justi fied, not through any inconsistency on the part of KlHleavoieis, but on Ihe part of those who are not of us but lake ad vantage of the gatherings to get a cheap outing. But when tint good received and work done Is considered then we say that the time and energy und money spent Is not In vain. No, no, fur from it. Could some of the old saints, who lie Iu their musiy tombs, come forth and witness the fervor and enthusiasm of un assembly us this; if they could return to our pruyr meetings and see how they ure conducted now, how they would look and wonder. There is no long pauses and waitings for Ihe Spirit to move them. We go Into the meetings with the spirit ulrendy quickened und tha only thing is lo contain ourselves. We want to speak, we must speag, we win speak. I am only young In the ministry, ami I am looking forward with much pleasure to the time when the Kii.toavor ers of the present day will he the leaders of the church and members of the govern ing boards. Il will be a delight then to work. As a pastor we welcome you because of I hut for which yon stand. My time Is so limited thut I cull dw ell upon bill I wo rea sons why we welcome you lo our city, our churches and our homes. THE TIE THAT HINDS. That which binds us together In our -en deavor is that name which is above every mime, and before whirl! adoring uugels and tuiiltit udes of redeemed ones hov and praise. Christ. "Iimiiaiiuel with us.' For Christ. Hishop Marsha II says, "What I aim at is this, 'To live is I'lirlst; to bo Christ in the world, to be like Christ, to be of Christ, to be Iu Christ's stead, to show Christ's presenee, to do Christ's work. Tins is the great object ol lire; and often 1 think I would be glad to live on. and on, and on, and on, lo live for Ihe World's sake, to live for my friend's sake, to live for the purpose of doing a. little more good In the world." These words bill express the sentiment, I take It. of ev ery Endeavorer wil hill tills cily tonight. oil are here as exponents of a living principle. Von are here us w itnesse of an Immortal truth; you ure here lo show forth the power of liod which is uble lo save even to the uttermost all who come unto Christ Jesus. Vou are hero to exalt Christ In your life, nnd to Inject the prin ciples nf righteousness and truth Into the civic lire of our city. 1 can assure you that while our city Is beautiful, sill) there Is vast room for improvement iu the po litical life, and we trust thut your presence may nut to shame corruption und trick ery and make it hide Its hideous heud be neath the darkness of night. Every convention has had Its motto. That of Washington was "Saved lo Serve." I would like here tonight to sound out the motto of this convention and 1 would have It be this. "Saved to Save." Let me emphasize this "Saved to Save." You will notice m your programme inut mere is un open parliament with Ihe theme, "One thousand new societies organized una ten thousand souls saved this year hy the En deuvorers ot Pennsylvania. What a glo rious theme. How the denizens of heaven will resound wilh the exulting shouts of the angelic chorus as they sing of the conversion of souls. Kndeavorers, heaven will have one grand festal during the whole year If ths theme Is fitilllled. Now that Is the inspiration we want you to catch while In this convention. We want you to put It Into practice right here In this convention. We want you In the evangelistic meetings to go personally for men and women uud entreat them In the name of Christ and for the sake of their souls, to turn to Hod and be saved. I would this were the controlling passion of your lives, A PASSION FOR SOFLS. Oh, that every Endeavorer should at this convention get a passion for souls. That you would not cease tolling and pray ing for souls until .they were won for Christ and His church. Christian En deavorism Is killing the selfishness of the age. Men are willing to undertake any thing.are willing lo venture their ull in any scheme which promises large returns in the Increase of their worldly wealth or so cial prestige. The first question concern ing any movement Is, "Will it pay," that is in money or in some other tangible way. Hut here few are concerned about the sad fact thut demon rum is cursing our fair land, blighting many fond hopes, wrecking muny lives, ruining many lives and tilling countless graves with drunk ards who shall never enter the kingdom of heaven. What care they for the fact thait the multitude who are enslaved with evil passions are rrawding the way that leads to eternal destruction. Are they to incommode themselves; are they to go out of their way to help stem the rising tide of Iniquity and help break asunder the shackles that bind them? No. they huve enongh to do lo make their own election und calling sure. Hut thank God the Kndeavorers are coming along with banners waving, shouting aloud the bat. tie cry "For Christ and -the Church," No crusading army ever marched toward Jerusalem with those Inspiring words, "In Hoc Slgno Vilices," waving them onward, than does those magic words. "For Christ and Church." Inspire you. soldiers of the cross in your onslaughts against sin and the salvation of souls. It Is thus and for this reason, Endeav orer. that we welcome you to our midst. "Who is it that, when years are gone by, we remember wllh the purest gratitude and pleasure? Not the leurned or clever, but those who have had the force of char acter lo prefer the future to the present, the good of others to their own pleasure, i live us a character on which we can thoroughly depend, which we are sure will not fail us in time or need, which we know to be based on principle and on the fear of Hod. nnd II is wonderful how many brilliant ft ml popular and splendid quali ties we can safely and gladly dispense wilh." (Stanley. MEN CALL THEM GREAT. There are men who seek to win immor tal praise und fume iu the realm of Idlers, or politics, or linunce. .Men may call them great, but. their greatness Is of the faith eurlhlv. Hut the greatness to which you should' uspire should be that which comes through service to the Muster. It may be little thai you can do, but whatever you do, be It ever so lit tle, if it is done in the name of Ihe Mas ter even to the giving of a cup of cold wuler 11 will not lose Its reward. Let me conclude with another quotation: "The chief reason for the ineffective ness of mnnv educated men in the modern world is Intellectual cowardice in the presence or the imperfections of life; and Ihe world Is waiting lo.luy for men who. wltli all their equipment of culture, main tain a robust and genuine hope. The Sa iiiurltuii plain, by the well of Jacob, lay hoi and dry one day before J.-sus and his friends. The seed had just been planted, und il gave us vet no signs of life. Hut Ihe Master read In the hidden signs of His own lime Ihe cerialnty of the fiilure. He inle His mighty hope Ihe sterile llelds already waved their tassels of ripened grain. Lilt no your eyes, erics the proph etic optimist in his iiiidisceriiing ami un welcoming age, lift up your eyes and look at the Ilebls. fur they are while already to niv harvest." Remember lids thou, Eiidcavorers, and with iiutlichiiiK loyalty lo Christ und His church press on iu your God given work thai with the return of another yeiir's convention we shall I1" I our hopes real ized In the conversion of ii.ii souls. At (he close of Rev. Mr. Stubhlebine's address, Chorister Watkins' choir of well-lrulned voices sung unother hymn and then Rev. Dr. Stewart made response to the greeting of Rev. Mr. Stubbleblne. Dr. Stewart said that the Christian Endeavor delegates assem bled in this city were here for a good cause, to obtain all of the Inspiration for the Master's work possible, und, al though perhaps there might be some In the city who looked on their coining with disfavor, yet he was confident that good would reBUlt to the city by their presence, even though the saloonkeep ers' coffer were not tilled thereby. Then of the work of the organization, he spoke of its great Influence In build ing up and strengthening Christian character. THE ANNUAL REPORTS. Ai the close of his remarks he intro duced Ceoi-ge McDonald, of Altoona, state secretary, who read his annual report. H. J. Raymore, of Erie, state treasurer, followed with his report. Dr. Stewart made good use of a de lay of about fifteen minutes, caused by the tardy arrival ot Rev. J. T. Mc Crory, president of the union, whose annual address was next in order. A portion of the time he consumed In ex horting Kndeavorers to more earnest and active work and the rest of the Interval was occupied by the choir in singing several hymns, in which the audience Joined. President McCrory's address Was lis tened to with close attention and was warmly applauded at its close. Rev. I. H. McGann. of Lewisburg, delivered the -closing address. His subject was "The Presence of Christ in This Convention." Rev. Mr. McGann spoke as follows: REV. MR. M'G ANN'S ADDRESS. It wus early In the morning of the third day following the crucifixion I hut Ihe Mary's had brought sweet spices In order to annolut the dead body of Jesus. They expected to find his body in Ihe grave, but behold lite stone wus rolled away, the body was gone and Instead heavenly per sonages guarded, ligiited. explained the emptiness, and directed the eager minis trations of the women not to atinnint the dead but to announce the living. Iu that sweet fear which owes the mind, but which In reaction und after thought glvs Intense joy und satisfaction, they retrace i their steps to uuiiounce another angelic message, this time not Jesus is born, but Jesus Is risen with the message on their lips and the facts healing with ecstacy in their breasts, they proceed on their mission, when without warning, without the sound of a footfall, without a mo ment's time to think, Jesus met them with thut beautiful sal ut atlon nil hall. He was alive. He was there. They fell al Ids feet, clasped them, And worshipped Him. Fears gave way to Joy, doubts to assur ance, hope to realization, faith to posit-s. sion. It vouched the Father's upprovil, as well as the power, glory and divinity of Jesus. HOPE OF THE HOI'U. The presence of Jesus Is the hope of I ho hour, and the glory of our cuiitldeuces. W lib Jesus in- our mind there can be no dull hour, no weeping .Mary's, no down eust disciple, no crushed hope. Those spiritually dead w ill he quickened. Tremb ling souls will awuil Ills rapture Iu per fect composure, and Ihe lullueiice of this conviction will be unlimited for good, oh, thai He now would say. "All hull!" Let us never be satlslied, neither give the l hi nne ol' grace peace until It cull be truly snl.l. "Jesus is with us." The question is will lie be here? What hope may we reasonably entertain thai Ills spirit will prevail in the hearts of Ihe Individuals or this assemblage, our num bers ure great Inn will He be here? Whut uilvunlage Is numbers without His pres ence? Surely we w ill be dry bones Iu Ihe vulley at Jehosapbal dry wells In the valley of Hacii. Darkened tombs, dead guards, sorrowing friends, losl souls. It fs not by might nor hy power, but by my spirit salth the Lord of hosts. Our songs may be sweet, beautiful and strong. Cornels may blast loud notes, organs peal forth their melodies with over whelming power; these voices may blend in hurmony like the voices of the gods, uud the question slill remains, will Jesus be here? Our organization may be perfect, the programme curried out to the letter; our committee work out every detail of busi ness; our speakers oonHno themselves to their subjects and speaK with rervor still the question remains will lie be here. Our cause may be a righteous one; our anxiety to do good Intense; our hearts bleeding for u sinful world, nnd still the question remains, organization will not deliver Him. Sacred songs may not be voiced by clean lips. Enthusiasm may .not Inllui-nce Him. but blessed b Ills holy name. A "lowly spirit and a conn lie heurfc He will not despise." Will He he here? It Is possible for Him to he present. He is risen from the dead and stand. -Hi on the right hand of Cod, but Ills spirit, which is His glory, power, dominion, presenco, Is not limited by place, time or space. The sweet singer of Is rael sung, "Wither shall I go from thy spirit, or whither shall I tlee from thy presence. If I ascend up Into heaven thou are there. If I make my bed in hell, behold thou are there. If I take the wings of morning and dwell In the uttermost parts of the sea thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shull hold me." Yes, It Is pos sible for Jesus to be here. tT IS NO HINDRANCE. Our lnn'dlity to locate Him is no hind rance. He finds us, we oumiot find Him. Although we ure commanded to seek Him, our seeking Is only the preparation of our rebel hearts for the discovery of Himself to us. We ure gropers ill the durkness. In solitary places, In gardens of the dead on his skulls, but we know that such are met by Him with a glorious "All hail." "Tho wind bloweth where It list el h. thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence It Cometh, or whith er It goeth; so in every one that is born of the spirit, without waring, withoat the sound of a footfall Jesus meets you, and His presence Is evident. Vou have been met In the busy parts of great cities; ill hamlets nestling by running brooks nnd under overhanging mountains: In the plain meeting house built by your fore fathers neur the grove; in quiet nooks ami solitary plaies. If He met you there He can met with you here. It is more than probable thut Jesus will be here. Already we have Invited Him. llefore we placed our feet within the lim its of this beautiful mountain city we asked Him to meet with us. While rush ing through the valleys, climbing wonder ful grades and plunging through great tunnels, we cried unto the Lord, meet with us In the great convention to be held at Scranton. Our arguments were the words of His own mouth, "for without me ye cun do nothing," nnd "whore two or three meet together In my name, there nm I In the midst of them." 1 believe Htj will heed our invitation, and give ear unto our cry, for Jfe is (iod und cannot He. lt us keep on pressing our Invitation, for He may say It Is not meet to cast the children bread to dogs. We will ugaln meet Him nnd say, crumbs will do, O, Lord, crumbs will do, and dogs have a right to them. Again Jesus knows we huve great He 'd of Him. Our helplessness Is almost pro verbial, but His compassion endureth for ever, the battle between the sons of (iod and the sons of men Is on w ith determined resistence. We have need of Him who stayed the sun beyond its time of setting over the vulley of Ajulon, and there the dragon rroin the halilenionis ot heaven. He knows thut without Him the sun cf our hope will set, and sutun's host will lead lo victory. We need Him because we are euslly. discouraged, helpless with out hope, dead without faith, list without succor, our hope is ill the fact Unit He will nut break the bruised reed nor quench the smoking flax. He gives no stone for a loaf, no serpent for a fish, bill the spirit of nower to them thai fell their need of Him. THOSl'3 HE IS SEEKING Wo have I hose lu re whom He is sei k Ing. He know s His own and His ow il shall receive Him In this day of Urace, I have come to seek and save that which is lost, there are those here who are lost. No ray of hope ever penetrated through Ihe lat tice works of their hearts. Faith has never opened the door lo let the Savior In. It is dark, dismal und damp iu their house. Sick in mind and fallh iu heart, yet lln-y hope for health und strength. As eerlain Iv as there are lost souls here, so truly is Jesus here preset. I. He has nut yet mov-.l Willi greut power, bill He is ready to you now. Some are here who brought Him with Ill-ill. this is Hie Jn and hope or Ihe hour. His abiding presence iu tile hearls of Ihe helievei is tin blessing of their wandering bodbs. He lias come wllh such from dis tant churches, homes and secret closets. Su.-h of yon as feel Ills nhldiiig presence must tell il lo lie- rest of Hie disciples. The spirit is ready to use your tongues lo sneak iinio )our fellows the vows of assurance. Vou are Ihe shlkulahs hang ing over the iie-iey seut, all'l Ihe voice of the Lord will unci- his sources from the di plh or your illuminated Inarls. Killed with Ihe Holy Uhosi ony one of you can stir the multitude, and cause men to cry out. men und brethren what shall we iietd lo be saveil--we look lo you for blessed powers and spiriiuul lii-ncdlctures. One more reason. Jesus has been gra ciously present iu Ihe past, is He run Ihe same Lord ihat moved the hums of men when Luther, Wesley an"l Spurgeri priacheil the Gospel. Do we nut well remember the weeping congregations, when God acknowledged His word with might and power. It is Ihe same Gospel that threw down the pagan walls of Koine and built UP the walls of 'Ion to their present glorious dimensions, (iod cuu not, will not deny Himself. I.Ike Halaani, men may desire evil, hut they cannot frus trate the will of Hud. What He has done in the past He will do again. I huve fallh In His everlusting goodness and mercv, the promise Is unto the children and chil dren's children. His hand Is not slack like Is man's hum!. Let us prepare the altar und the wood and yield the sacrlllce und the lire of heaven will kindle mid consume It, Are we able to recognize His pretence? When the disciples felt their net tilling; -with gaeat) tlsheit, John whispered lu Peler It is the Word, for they know not who It wus. Immediately Peter cast him self Into the sea, and made for the shore. Many here may not know the Lord, al though He is present. John loved Him and therefore he was the first to recognize Him. We may not love Him deep enough, or not know His ways of working to rec. ognlie His prrsenoe and power even whlla ' the net is being filled by the word of Hla Grace. Let us take a few moments lit learning some points to know Him. What liower brought us from the four corners of this great state to meet in thi convention. The flower of the youth cf our Endeavor work has here assembled. What strange spell prompted you to spend your time and money to some here? Wat It the name Christian Endeavor? Was it by the authority and power of our excel lent slate president? Could it be the de sire of having a good time In the flesh? No. Whllo we love the name Christian Kndcavor, and cherish a fondness ror our president, and are not stoics enough to despise that which is lawfully agrebK to the body, it was not these that starteit us for this convention. It was not even the greut wealth of this city; Its novel sights; Its surrounding scenery, nor even its people, but it was. Is and ever shull be, the power of Jesus' name. "All hall" that power. As 1 look over this audience. I hear the grand proclamation sound strangely In my eurs. "und 1 when I b lifted up will draw ull men unto me." Oh, it is the power of the light and love streaming from the cross that has drawn us together, und 1 pity the soul that may, have come here from any other reason. What you will do while attending this convention will Indicate whether Jesus Is present. Men and women tilled with this splrll of Christ ure pecullur Iu their labors. They differ from the rest of the world. They show their fulth by their works. Let me see you go to unnolnt the Lord's work with the ointment of consecration in your hands, and I shall know that Jesus Is present. When 1 shall hear you say send me lo the mines and shops, and sliunhs to proclaim the salvation of tlia l,oril by His own precious blood, then shall I know thut the King Is present Iu this phtoc. Whenever and wherever men and women are ready to take up the. cross and carry deeds of kindness ami mercy to those more unfortunate than themselves, then I am sure the power ol' heaven Is Influencing their hearts and is present with them. Perhaps nothing short of this will secure His presence Willi power. Heaven Is conservative with Its gil ts. 1 1 wastes no power und men can not usk for it before they are ready to utilize It. ("un you say, brother I am ready for duly? Aro you ready to enter the rank and tile of daily labor in the vin yard of the Lord, then let me pronounce the prumlse, "Lo. 1 am with you always, even iinio the end of the world." HAST THOU FORSAKEN. Jesus can be recognlxed by his drawings upon your heart's affections. Sometimes you ask with the poet: "Do I love the Lord, or no?" Yon are almost led to cry, my Savior, my Savior, why hast Thou forsaken me? Your prayers strike against un overhang ing rock. The mind Is a veritable blunlc in holy recollections. Flesh warietli against the spirit with telling effect, ami we ask who shall deliver us from the body of this death. Satan cries In our eurs, lost, lost, lost! Wicked men grin at our apparent hypocrisy, und we are ushumed ot Jesus, The carnal mind says It is fully for such an one to hope for victory ovp the flesh mid Ihe world and the devil. Hue thanks be to Ihe Lord Jesus Christ for His) iinspeukehle grace. He opens to the m'lid the eternal riches of His mercy, and tho grave of (ielhsemune, the blood of Cal vary, the victory of the resurrection morn, . the pleudlug power of the Son at the Fath er's throne, the declaration, "I have come to save the shiner, and none shall pluck those the Father gave me from my home, revises the faded love, anil our hearts again glow with renewed spiritual life. My heart loved Him when he found me, and I thought It was an everlasting love. 1 wept. I loved Him so earnestly. There was none in earth could be compared to neeause neuven or eartn could De com pared to Him, I knew He saved my soul, for no other reason than His love for me was so unbounded, I hope, 1 pray we may be drawn to Christ in our hearts. If you are drawn be sure Christ is wllh you. for none will draw you to holy affections suve Himself. An elderly lady who could neither read nor write applied to an intel ligent church vestry for membership. She was asked to present herself before the. vestry. At the appointed time she ap peared and the customary questions con cerning the doctrines of the church Wore propounded. She was unable to answer a single one of them. They decided she could not be admitted, and were about to dismiss her. When she heard the decision she replied wllh great emotion, "I cannot answer your questions, hut oh, how I love Jesus." They reversed their decision, saying, "Woman, if you love Jesus, we know He loves you, and God forbid that we. should bar you out of His church." Oh, when you love Jesus, you will have the consciousness that He is with you. The church may say no, but His wooing are unmistakable. ONE MORE MARK. One more mark of recognition. You will know Him by Christ reigning in you. When He sways the scepter from the center of your being, over every power, desire, resolve, bringing every thought Into captivity to Himself, then He Is pres ent. Oh, for more of the Imperial sover eignty of Josns. It is our liberty to bo absolutely under His sway. Will Jesus stay with us? He will if we arouse ourselves. He will not stay in a sleepy convention. To Him that hath shall be given, whether It be more sleep or more heavenly power. Let us arouse ourselves to the Importance and interests of His Kingdom and He will stay here und bless us. We may not consider flesh or blood, but demand of ourselves an entire devotion to all that concerns the holy cause. He will If we worship, honor and glorify Him. His being Is not more certain than His presence where two or three ure as sembled In His name. Let us right now resolve that the "Lord will we serve, and His voice will we obey." He will stay If we work for Him. "Go and work In my vineyurd" und I will give you your rewurd. Jesus stays where He linds His disciples working. Do some thing In the name of Jesus and you shall have something that will satisfy. Blessed are they whom when their Lord cometh shall find them so doing. Spurgeon relates this beautiful legend: A monk hud seen a beautiful vision of our Suvlor, and In silent bliss he was gaz ing upon It. The hour arrived at which Il was his duty to feed the poor at the. convent gate. He would fain have lin gered in his oell to enjoy the vision, but under a sense of duty he tore himself aw ay from It to perform his humble service. When he returned the blessed vision wus still waiting tor him, and he heard a voice saying, "Hadst thou stuid 1 would have gone. As thou hast gone and performed thy duly, 1 huve remained." Friends the windows of heaven are open, und if we do our part, and the spir iiuul atmosphere is tempered by our ar dent desire lo receive and utilize His pow er in the lines of duty, then will He mani fest Himself In showers of benedictions that will fall upon us, ever us. Amen. Professor nnd "Mrs. Lowe, whose sweet voices have been heard at every state convention for the lust live years, sang two duets und Dr. Stewart dls-. missed Hie audience with a benediction. ACADEMY OF MUSIC MEETING. At the Academy of Music meeting tlm attendance wuu somewhat meagre uC the outset, but us the evening wore on delegates kept coming in In twos and ihreeB and of times large squads and before adjournment the parquet was comfortably rilled. The vacant Seats had a tendency to dampen the wonted christian Kndcavor enthusiasm, but tlie ardor and energy of the presiding' officer, Kev. Charles Rouds, of Philadel phia, checked this tendency uud before the meeting bud proceeded fur. the con vention was thoroughly warmed up and nut a trace of the earlier chilliness wus desceriiable. The decora I ions w ere quite as pretty and mure elaborate I hull ut uuy of tbe other meeting pluces. Radiating in ull directions from the center ot the ceil ing to the upper balcony and top of tlie prosceiium were large streams of the convention colors, red and white. A gold fringed cloth of crimson, relieved at intervals w ith bannerets and E." monograms, hid the railing of the gal lery and draped along the entire length of the balcony was u rich and beautiful cloth of scarlet ami gold, caught up w it h the monograms of blue und white, uud red and white. The box spaces were draped wilh flags, red, while and blue bunting and streams of red and while, whll' the stage was fringed all about with tropical plants. The West Side choir, of which Louia Davis Is leader, and Daisy Poole accompanist, occupied grad uaily rising tiers of seats a the rear half ot the stage, The oholta . t V l! r m