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THE ARGUS. MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 7, 1908.
TOLD OF SANKEY
' Voico of Singing Evangelist Had
, -Carrying PowerThat Was
ONCE HEARD OVER MILE AWAY
How He Composed the Grand Hymn
"The Ninety and Nine" Thrill
ing Incident in His Career.
There were wonderful sympathy and
earnestness iu tile voice of Ira 1).
r Sankey ,. the famous hymn writer, sing
er aud evangelist, who recently died
nt his home iu Brooklyn, aud it had
tremendous carrying power.
When Mr. Sankey, who for many
years was the associate of Dwigut L.
Jdoody, saus in Agricultural hall in
Iiondon to an audience of 11.000 peo
ple every one of theui was able to un
derstand every word that he uttered.
It is an authenticated fact that on one
occasion his singing was heard a mife
nd a quarter awcy. It was during
the dedication of the church at North
fleld, and an immense throng was gath
ered there. Mr. Saukey saug. the
'worldwide known song of ''The Nine
ty and Nine," and lie lifted his voice
that all' might bear. Across the Con
necticut river, more than a mile and a
Quarter -'away, a iwau named Colwell
was sitting on the porch of his home.
Tie heard the song and was converted
by it. He hasteued to Mr. Moody to
jreport the extraordinary occurrence.
' There must be -untold thousands of
mortals today in the United States
gathering in Free Assembly hall, near
Edlnburjh castle."! Ills ".- theme was
"The Good Shepherd." Tnien he had
concluded his talk to the people he re
quested Sankey to sing a solo appro
priate to the -subject of the, sermon.
But for a little time Sankey could
think of nothing appropriate, - when
finally the verses from- the newspaper
came to his mind. He might sing them,
he thought. - Then he recalled he had
no tune for them. But a moment later
he took the clipping of verses from his
pocket, placed it on the organ liefore
him, and then as though solely by the
aid of Inspiration a tune came to him,
and bis 'rich, 'sympathetic voice was
raised in triumphant melody as he
sang the now famous words:
There were ninety and nine that safely
In the Bhelter of the fold. -
But one was out on the hills away,
Far oft from the sates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare,
Away from the tender shepherd's care.
Away from the tender shepherd's care.
The vast audience was thrilled as
the singer went on with the verses
that he improvised from his own mind
as the song proceeded, and the final
verse rang out In these words:
There rose a glad 'cry to the gate of
"Rejoice! I have found my sheep!"
And the angels echoed around the throne.
"Rejoice, for the Lord brings back his
Moody crossed over the platform to
the singer when the song ceased and
asked: "Where did you get that song.
Sankey? I never heard you sing any
thing like that before."
"It is the poem I read to you yester
day," replied Sankey.
Moody slowly turned to the audi
ence and said simply. "Let us pray."
The meeting of Sankey and Moody
was the first of many dramatic epi
sodes in their association. Sankey
Lad never thoughj:. of .turning fvjcgel-
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"who" have.at some time la their lives
heartl this touching, tender hymn, stnd
the story of its origin Is most interest
ing. Mr. Moody and Mr. Sankey were
"holding revival services in Edinburgh,
.'and while reading over a religious pa
" per Sankey came across a little poem
that at once attracted his attention. It
.later formed in part the famous hymn
as afterward sung, and he found him
self repeating two of the lines of the
.poem over and over again. They would
not stay out of his head, and they were
There were nfnety and nine that safely
I In the shelter of. the fold.
Saw Much In the Word.
tie soon saw there was in the words
the making of a great hymn, and ho
called the attention of Moody to them,
,bnt the latter was so engorsed in the
reading of a letter from Chicago that
he did not pay much attention. But
Sankey cut out the poem and put the
clipping In his pocket. The next day
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1st, and it was" quite by accident that
he was thrown with Moody.
He had been a singer from his boy
hood, aud his voice had attracted at
tention in the little hamlet of Edin-
bnrg. Fa., where he was. born Aug. 28,
1S40, and where he lived until he was
fifteen years old, at which age his fa
ther, David Sankey, and bis mother,
Mary Sankey, moved to Newcastle,
Sankey had sung for his comrades In
his one year of service in the.. civil
war, and he had led the choir in the
church In Newcastle: Ills position as
head of the Young Men's Christian as
sociation in Newcastle' was responsi
ble for his meeting with Moody. In
1S70 he went as a delegate to the Y.
M. C. A. convention In Indianapolis,
and there he heard Dwight L.-Moody
speak He was sitting in the extreme
rear of the church when a song was
started. He joined in the singing, and
a man sitting near him who heard his
beautiful voice asked him to start
hymn that would Inspire everybody to
Sankey's splendid voice broke forth
with "There Is a Fountain Filled With
Blood. In a moment every person
was singing. At the close of the meet
ing Mr. Moody walked back to San
key and shook him by the hand.
"Young man,", he said, "you are the
very man I have been looking for for
years. What are you doing, and aw
you married? I want you to come to
Chicago with, me, for I need you
badly." : ...... ; .
Sankey explained that be was mar
ried and could not. giv.e up his family
and position. V '.v:'..vt-v.'
. "You must come," said Moody. "
cannot get along without you.".- Go
home, aud consult: your w:lfe and let
me know," a. ' . -
The result was that early the follow'
fag year Sankey moved with hi fan
lly to Chicago and took' charge of the
meetings In Farwell's hall.
Tbe most thrilling incident in his ca
reer as an evangelist wasAhus told by
air, saukey himself: ? ..;
"One day in London Mr. Moody and
myself appeared before a ns audience
composed entirely of men and women
who were avowedly, scoffers at. reli
gldn. Having: succeeded "in gettlug
them together by harems out church-
goers, the problem arose how we should
prevent them from going away more
confirmed than ever in the course of
life and thought which they had
chosen. .. .
"'We must Interest them with .the
singing,' said Moody. ,'We must have
a hymn which will appeal to every
heart of them all. What I want you
to sing is "My Mother's Prayer." '
'I began the song It is scarcely a
hymn amid the noise of shuffling feet
and whispered comment, but before
one verse of It had been sung a silence
fell over that audience so perfect that
I could almost hear the beating of my
own heart. Then that feeling came to
me that always comes to a singer at
one time or perhaps many times in his
career the feeling that the people be
fore me were mine aud that the song
was reaching them for good.
"While I listen to the music
Stealing on In gentle strain
I am carried back to childhood
I am now a boy again. -Tls
the hour of my retiring
At the dusky eventide.
Near my trundle bed I'm kneeling
As of yore, by mother's side.
"There are seven verses of It. I sang
them with au enthusiasm such as I
had never before felt. The audience
seemed to rise to me, aud when the
last note had died away Moody imme
diately followed with one of the most
touching addresses he ever preached
in Ids life. He carried the audience
like a whirlwind, and when he ceased
500 of those . rude, irreverent unbe
lievers rose up from their seats beside
their boon companions and their ac
complices in iniquity and asked for
our prayers and the prayers of all
"Many of them came regularly to
our meetings after that, and many of
them joined churches. We cannot tell
how many were truly converted."
Mr. Sankey had a keen sense of hu
mor and was not above telling a story
at his own expense. One day in Gene
va, Switzerland, be entered a music
box shop and asked to see some music
boxes. The salesman graciously show
ed him a number, but none were what
he wanted. "Have you none that play
sacred music':", he asked.
hy, answered the salesman, "we
have some that play a kind of halfway
"What?". answered Mr. Sankey.
"Oh, these Moody nnd Sankey
hymns. I can't imagine wbafthe peo
ple see ln.them. but we sell. thousands
of the boxes that play them. Here's
one." " '' . . -.- .. .. '
He pointed to a handsomely finished
music box, which, on being -wound up,
began to play "The Gates Ajar For
Me" and then branched off into other
familiar gospel hymns. : ". v '
"We have enormous orders for these
boxes" continued the salesman, "from
every part of Europe," and .then added
apologetically, "It's a matter of busl
ness you know, with bb."; - ; ,
Mr. Sankey smiled and said nothing,
but a moment later a lady came hurry
Ing up to him and, holding out her
hand, exclaimed, "Why, Mr. Sankey, Is
this you?" .
It was Miss Maria Havergal,' a sis
ter of Frances R. HavergaL the Eng
llsh t hymn writer. The . polite Swiss
salesman looked anything but at peace
with himself. ' .
Mr. Sankey never circled over the
audience with pretentious sweeps of
his eyes, as many singers do who pose
for effect. Usually he singled out
some man In a distant part of the
building, often in the extreme gallery
and pang at him, for him, knowing
that if he could reach and touch that
single listener he would reach and
touch all the others. ' ,
Just before be sank Into unconscious
ness as he wa8 dying, it Is said, he
was heard faintly singing a verse Of
bis favorite, hymn, not one of his own,
but one composed by "Fanny, Crosby,
the blind .hymn' writer, of Brooklyn. '
Some day the silver chord .will break, -
And I no more, as now, wiH sing, -But,
oh, the Joy when I awake
Within the palace of the King! ' y
Mr. Sankey never sang n, hymn in
the same way twice nor even the sec
ond verse of a tune as he sang the
first. He always accompanied himself
on a little organ, which he carried
with him wherever he went. '
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