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\'-W~ v convention now cIoh
ln? liaM been the most
H remarkable In the lils
¦ ' .."• tory of* the organisa
tion. The attendance
~ has been., enormous.
The . npeeches have been unti
¦nally able, nnd the spirit . of
_ all ; the* meeting;*'. ha« been
uniformly kooiI. En th u.i la«ni
' rose mountain : hi eh nt the
. Snndny meetingf" and .the
-~ clortnc' ncenen have-' never
>'v; been'f approached ''by ' nny re
-¦ Hgioos meeting I have 'ever
- attended. * V "• -" C ; T •.." •". _', r - '•, ! ¦•
..-, JOHN F*. . BERRY, '.
'.jGeneral ' . Secretary Interna
• 4 - 1 tlonal Epworth' League.
Continued on Page Twt,
THE closing session, of the Interna
tional Epworth League' Convention
attracted an audience of several thou
sand people to the Pavilion. last n'ght.
The meeting was an enthuslatic one
and was heartily enjoyed by all pres
"ent. ; ¦-; ¦ v ¦ * ;• ' . ¦
The song service was under the direction
of Robert Husband. The spirit manifest?
ed by thd v great chorus was j most Invig
orating. Bishop Warren of .Denver was
the first speaker. He said in part: I
There are pilgrimages In every land. The
human ijice la itinerant: It has the Impulse
of movement, ','¦ emigration, ' progress. -Eyery^
great movement of men -on this earth means
advance. So will ' the emigration to the next
r world... .... . .-" •";;-, .. ; '. ¦ > . ' ~'(
. 'What Is the Intense, inner Impulse that makes
world-wide pilgrimages a necessity? ' What
basal fact In human "nature so" Irresistibly stlrn
; In the blood to make such sacrifices. and to un
dertake such, herculean -labors ? ;' 1\ Is the uni
versal consciousness of si n and the hope ' of
its forgiveness. '
j And for what other purpose did we open. our
convention by . administering in ' several ' places
that commemoration of the death of Christ,
the one essential signification . of which is tha
remission of has precisely, the same
meaning, j viz., every new erai and crisis
in our> affairs shall mean a new,, clean, start
in life. One certainly, is a necessity— they.nevj
birth.; But'lwhy.one -only? !"¦' Peter had several.'
So Paul. • .There is riot j only a j Damascus
experience,! but' there is a third heaven" vision
experience, ten -years, later,' arid a third heaven
reality, with : Its crown of; glory, twenty'yeara
after that' .God's \ infinite.* grace is " not . ex-'
hausted by your conversion, "second blessing 1 ,'
third or tenth.'. The' sky la as full of Pentecosts
as ' ever. ' ( Bring .them down. ,; Bring . them down.'
; In this pilgrimage we have 'had- many, 'new
and grand experiences. ¦.Have we^had.the.high-'
eet and 'best?,.' We have seen the breadth of a
continent.'" 'Have 1 we seen' l [ the; breadth; of, the
heavens? p \V'e ; have -climbed the^' heights ; of
the Rockies' and? the ¦'. Sierra." We have . been
charmed with .' the I magnificent -' outlooks. 8 But
we must gotup Mount Piszah and see the prom
ised. land.' ! Nay, must f go ; up j Mount j zion, v
that' is '¦ higher) than all heavens, -andi get;the
universe outlook of Christ.'- '; For '•. the ¦ first time
In' most' of K our . lives \ we , v , have^ \ seen ¦ a • city
splendid with . hundreds of fthousanda of -light*?
Do-we *ee the city, that has no; need of candlo
or ' sun "• because the glory •' of _• the' Ijord ; and • of
the'Lamb llghtefts. It?* We" have had 'generous
welcome ;' from cjtlzens," Mayor- and '. Governor.
Shall' we have a.bundant entrance given us' from 1
friends gone * before,' . from- -."angels.. 1 and '-.from,
the. King?. . ; ; • '/*•'¦;<¦¦; ¦-'}** i-;*-*- •',-* .^- ;' '~A ; :^. :
Af'tfer.i'aii; these.r great , privileges'; what; shall
the initial = point {of our.new^taft-jn" life ]be?"
"What ; wmithis r Epwqirth ,' pi lgrim^ge^ do '] for "is?
I .Would - likeito ¦ see i more < clear ;. and Vivid » th'a
cortscloushfeES ; that i each of ;our'; Individual [ lives
is a part bf'th'a great'plan'Tof 'God: ,;•,'.
; ' B'elieveVs'ln'Gbd will xbe sbellevefs In*, human
. - .*'-i: .;'•'-.: ~- ¦¦'<¦• -_-.v- • .V- .-'.v-i' :.f ¦¦¦'-•--: '•-••¦' v.v^l
nature, 'it is God's 'outcome. : Men are God's °
children. Distrust; the man who^dlstrusts oth- ..
cra.^He; Judges, them .by... himself. * If a .man , s
sneers "Every man .has his price," ask him a
"What; is /yours?",:' '.¦ . " : ; : T'; . - ' . n
Human nature' is not always appreciative of :
this sacrifice at the time, but'you' may : trust
¦Its later Judgment.' '- Th» --fathers may slay, the" •
prophets/: but \ their children build their tombs. .?
They, may .'crucify^ their _Christ, but the world'
bows- In t reverence of his; holy name and r all
heaven proclaims him king- of kings and lord
of'lords.' ; ¦'' '¦ .. ¦ :. ¦ "" ; , . . ... .
\'A " man'' with so many. .and .such, great -starts |
In life, 'with such a sense of working into God's ¦;
[ plans, I with J such ; : a consciousness ; of \ God's j
woritingr : in ' him ' to * will and . to do, with such g
J a lofty estimate of the. human nature on which '
he w^orks— such^a 'man. will "be a courageous.*
' ceaseless,', successful ; worker. -' ! , "
Said a v dying • soldier: ¦ ; "Tell my father, tell
,my mother I never flinched. once.'%' Pit epitaph "¦'¦'
¦ to be cution.his .tomb, fit Inscription ; to be -
'blazoned on his crown in g-lory.'.-Take, it for.*
'your motto as you; go. out from these , lnestim- '
: able . privileges : Into -inestlmaMe -opportunities,
:'/I* will never, flinch once."' ; ' : ,' 'J .
'i; -The . Rev. • E. S. ; , Rowe ; of Victoria, B. , O.V
[began f hiS 4 address '.with i ari v expression , 6f -'¦
.approval^of 'the.. placing.! of the American 'V;
jflag'.wlth" the 'Britteh' emolern in respect to -T
the^rnemqry • of ithe^ British : Consul, Vw ho •;¦
Continued on Page Two. -,
Farewell Consecration Services With Sermons on Special
by Eminent Ministers Rendpr%Glosihg Sessions Me
1HAVE ' only Rood things
to Bay. of, tJilB Epworth
League International con.
ventlon... It has been- In ¦
«"very way: a srrea t ¦ncceia.
Many of . those . vrh.o hare
been nt the preceding;
ones think this one the best
ever held. • •
The attendance ban been a.
dellgrhtfnl surprise to' un all.
All discussion* of nnlijcctft
hefVe been' of the hlgrhettt or
der. A deliKlitfol and broth- -
erly npirit has pervaded the
convention from first to the
lant moment.
We Rhall always carry with
¦am dclierlttfnl memories of
this great convention and of
San Francisco. -
I ilo not see how any peo
ple cohld have done more for
on— for onr comfort and hap-'
plnenn— and the success of the
4 convention than the people
of San Francisco have done.
. .Their liberality and con
stant klitdnens have- been. a
perpetual astonishment to an
and have ' filled oar hearts ¦
with a.jcImlnesK nniladiankn
ctvlner which -*ve are unable
to fully express.
The daily papers and .the
railroads and. the steamer
lines have also contributed
their share to the astonish- -
Injr' success of our conven
tion. .We shall never forjeet •
any of these kindnesses nsa
united expression of the goort
tvIII and wishes of all: the
people of thin Krent city for •
the Epworth Leagne and the
cood work it Is trylnnr to do.
President of .the- Epivortlf-
Lcnffne of the .: Plethodlst
Episcopal Church. ,
'. STREET SCENES AT.THE CLOSE- OF SERVICES.. ¦"- . f,." •¦¦* ¦>'-"• '¦ ' ,'• • " ! , ' , .- J " » • , . \
THE four days' cessions of the In
ternational Epworth League conven-.
tion came to a brilliant close at the
Pavilion last night. The meetings
of the convention have been fruit
ful of happy results, and there is a'
unanimous sentiment among the thou-
Fands of delegatPB that at no previous
meeting of the International League have
the exalted purposes of that great Chris
tian organization been so thoroughly sub
rerved as at this. The enthusiasm whicft
marked all of the gatherings, the variety
of subjects treated by a galaxy of pulpit
speakers of distinguished attainments, the
/unexampled reception accorded the vis
itors by the people of San Francisco, the
Fuperb weather which prevailed during
the week, *n<J which was in such marked
contrast with the torrid temperature
In the Bast, all these contributed"
In an eminent degree to render the expe
riences of last week a chapter in the lives
of the leaguers which they appreciated
highly and which they are not likely soon
to banish from their memories.
While the convention came to a formal
close last night, there will be attractions
of sufficient variety during the next three
days to prevent a general hiatus east
ward until the close of the week. The
Pavilion will remain open to-day and to
morrow In order that the visitors may in
epect the numerous exhibits and displays
which have be«i no insignificant feature
at last week's great event. Many, of the
leaguers, absorbed as they were with their'
duties as members of the convention,
heretofore lacked opportunity to Inspect
the exhibits, and It Is to allow them this
privilege that the general committee re
solved to keep the Pavilion open to the
public for the two days a* stated. The
exhibits are excellent ones, and are well
worthy of the careful attention of all
who "are interested in the development of
the magnificent resources of California.
The numerous side trips arranged by
the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Rail
way companies for this week will be well
patronized. Hundreds of tickets for the
Yosemlte. Monterey, San Jose "and other
interior points have been sold, the buyers
being principally members of the league.
The benefits to be derived from these
Journeys will evidence themselves Jn the
future, and will serve to advertise th!j
State throughout the East In a most
practical manner. .
While many of the delegates will leave
for the East to-day and to-morrow, there
will be a. sufficient number remain until
the close of the week to make their pres
ence in the community felt If the expres
sion* of admiration for California heard
at the convention headquarters are gen
uine, hundreds of the leaguers will at an
early day make this city their home. .
In response to a desire on the part of
rr""y wlio have not heard the concert. It
Pavilion Will Be Open Jo-Day and To-Morrow So
That the General Public May View Exhibits.
will', be repeated to-night. The chorus
will sin?,, the Park sisters of New York
will play and the Knickerbocker Male
Quartet have been especially engaged for
the' occasion. Tickets will be 50 cents,
with reserved seats at 75 cents, and only
the capacity of the house will be sold. . '
No German Leaguers Meeting.
A German-American meeting was an
nounced for yesterday afternoon at the
Howard-street ' Methodist • Episcopal
Church, but, owing to a misapprehension
as to the hour, or'for some unexplained
cause, the meeting was not held. At 3
o'clock, the time set for the gathering,
less than a dozen persons were in attend
ance. The speakers who were expected to
be present did not. appear on the scene.
The German element in the league was
not well represented at the convention.
of Twenty- first and Capp streets, yester
day morning. ~ The announcement that h»
would preach served as a loadstone to at
tract, the largest concourse of people ever
gathered within the walls of this spacious
sanctuary. Hundreds were unable to gain
admittance, and those who could not find'
seats were content to stand so Ions as
they were within hearing of the speaker's
voice. The. aisles, the altar space,: every
available point, was filled . at it,, (/clock,
when the*. opening hymn was sung?
The. offertory was sung by the North
'. Eloquent Discourse by the New York
3>ivine at Grace Methodist .
Rev. J. M. Buckley of New York ocen-
i pied^ the pulpit, at Grace Church, corner
selves as on the side of right. We believe la
the religion of . conquest, the conquest of sta
with every degrading habit and unholy de
sire. We acknowledge ourselves 83 humble
followers of Christ who desire ths_salvatloa of
the human .race. Therefore we say. In the lan
guage of the psalmist," in the name of God wt
have set up our banners.
The song service was impressive. Eene-
Olctlon tvas pronounced by the Rev. Mr.
Adams. . . . . '', .".-•
lies to fhe svmbol of the cross, and the ban
ner -of the 'cross -Is to us the symbol of con-
querlng power, and of gracious benediction for
the human race. : r ,V. : ¦'?
"We are gathered .her® In convention as
leaguers from' all. parts of the . Unltsrt States
and Canada to . declare our united allegiance
to the common cause of Christianity. We do
not come in the name of the Methodist church
north or «outh. or of Canada, or of the col
ored church, but. we are convened as the serr
ants of a common Lord, a common Christ.
We rally to the call of duty. We declare oar-
Ing^ point: ' As In the civil and Spanish >ar»
" we gathered " around the flag and swore alle-^ i
glance t(v our country, so now the church ral-
tlnue in the-strife until victory Is won.
. The banner, is . unfurled in times . of victory
and has especial attraction for- the conquerors.
Their flag 13 the symbol of power, and In pro
portion to their spirit of loyalty they are de
voted to their flag. The church of God Is des
tined to triumph, despite discouragements and
'opposition. We have divinity and omnipotence!
on our side, and failure is Impossible if wo
raise our banner in the name of God, the Kins
of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
The elements of power are In the church.
The various, forms of evil, such as the. liquor
traffic. Sabbath desecration and political In
trigue, seem to be invulnerable and defiant; but
the creator of the world, the enthroned. Lord,
has declared:the kingdoms of this world shin
become the kingdoms of our Lord. It la ao
cepted : by : us all • that he who is with us la
more than all : they 'who are against us. "V "\..v
The banner is especially unfurled at a rally-
Hundreds Are Turned Away From Doors of Many
Sanctuaries for LacJj: of Room.
THE morning services at the principal
churches yesterday, were remarkably
.well .? attended by v ; the visiting
leaguers. ? The prominence of certain
divines who were to deliver sermons
attracted gatherings to the respec
tive houses of ¦worship, which, because of
the lack of seating capacity, it was found
impossible to shelter. The result was
that, in: many instances hundreds of per
sons were turned away for lack of accom
modation. . ¦ The . sermons delivered were
of the inspirational kind, and quite apro
pos to the occasion. The song and praise
services were for the greater part solemn
ly Impressive. ¦"'.
Powerful", Sermon 6f the Rev. George
Adams to Leaguers at Simpson
:'¦ /{Memorial Church.
! An audience'that tested the capacity of
the '• touildlhgr^s4 the *' ed at slm P son Me "
mortal Church yesterday morning. The
sermon was i 'preached '= by -Rev. George
Adams o^BrooklyTi.'N.Y.,. from the text.
Psalms xx:5 "In the name of God we will
set up our' banners.".' The 'minister said
in part: '.l\J.'. ! .. . '.-. v". i. .^.\. :'," •-'
"We are not here In. the name of the Epworth
League merely, nor are we here In the name
of the church.- '"We : are j here in • the name of
3od,' the head of the .church. The banner re-
Jerrgd' to -by the- psalmist Is a representation
>f organized, power: That power is indicated
jy'the flags of the several nations, and human
societies of ¦'various" kinds. In the olden Uraw
is In the present the banner' wasy and is : efg
llflcantly unfurled at" the proclamation of war.
SVe are engaged in a. battle with sin: "We
iave received the command to go forward and
{ Is" our province to charge the foe,' and con-
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