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FIRST M, E, CHURCH,
COMPILED AND WEITTEN BY
FOR SALE BY
O. H. OLDROYD,
NEWSUEALElt, STATIONER AND PUBLISHER,
REV, THOMAS HARRISON,
Entered according to act of Congress in the year 188R, by
'Jn tlie office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D. C,
ILLINOIS STATE EEGISTEIl VU1NT.
It is impossible to fully write clown the history of any great reli-
gious awakening. Much of the movement, and many of the results are
looked upon only by the eye of . God. The written record must, of
necessity, be fragmentary. Yet the story, as far as it can be told, must
be full of interest. The pages of this book tell of an awakening which
shook a city, threw sparks of religious enthusiasm into many churches
and communities, and started thousands in the way of nobler living.
Such a recital as is presented must be encouraging to faith and Christian
No argument for revivals is needed in view of the facts here set
down. He who opposes revivals fights God. Take out of the churches
all who have been converted in revival seasons and there would hardly
be enough left to pass the collection baskets, in many congregations.
The revival cannot take the place of all other church activities. It is
possible only as the result of work along several lines. It is as necessary
to plant the seed for special times of spiritual ingathering, as to sow
wheat for a wheat harvest. A field unplowed and implanted means an
empty granary. An evangelist is simply a harvester. Back of him is a
Paul who plants, an Apollos who waters, and a God who gives the in-
crease. He binds up the sheaves in a field where others have toiled to
make his success possible. He puts the match to the ready tinder.
Therefore, his methods must be somewhat peculiar. His preaching
is not, as a rule, instructive. The heart, rather than the head, is its
target. It is positive and dogmatic. To persuade to acts of faith those
already convinced, is his work. There is, always, in every congregation
a number of unsaved people who are in a condition to be spiritually in-
fluenced. They are in such a condition, perhaps, because of the pastor's
faithful preaching. They are convinced and often convicted. Dogmatic
statements of personal duty and positive puttings of truth at such a
time, are like the striking of the blacksmith's hammer when the iron is
hot. Labored arguments are like the water bath which quenches the
iron's glow. The successful revivalist uses methods which stir people to
Whether revivals should be conducted by pastors or special evan-
gelist, is still under discussion. I would modestly suggest here, that un-
til the ranks of sin are yet more than considerably diminished it might
be well for both kinds of workers to bester themselves. "When there is-
work for only one class of toilers, it may be best to choose the ones
most capable of reaching the largest results. There are evangelists and
revivalists. To fulminate against them as a class, or to decry their '
work in a sweeping manner, seems strange. To say they are not divinely
thrust out, is to shut ones eyes to the marvelous character of their work.
It is usually the preacher whose ministry is most barren of spiritual
results who judges the traveling revivalist should not be employed.
The great awakening described in the pages of this volume demon-
strates what may be done by a persistent, devoted revivalist, who has an
unfaltering faith in God, It proves the perennial power of the Gospel,
plainly preached. It is an effective cure for skepticism. It shuts the
mouths of all but shameless scoffers.
REV. RICHARD G. HOBBS,
Pastor Second M. E. Church.
FIRST M, E, CHURCH,
THE FIEST METHODIST CHUECH.
Before entering into the details of the history of the great
revival in Springfield it would be well to introduce the reader
to the new and beautiful church in which this gieat awakening
has taken place. For the following excellent description we
are indebted to the Morning Monitor of October 25, 1885, the
day after the church was dedicated:
"In the early days of Springfield the dedication of a new
church was quite an event, although the structure may not have
been as imposing or the gift to God so valuable, when consid-
ered by dollars and cents. It seems, to many of the now old
pioneers of Methodism in this city, but a few days' march
away from their early struggles, and yet it has been a half
century since the society, which yesterday worshipped God in
their magnificent temple, was honored by the Conference in
being made a "station" and having the Eev. Joseph Edmonson
assigned to them as a station preacher.
"As will be seen from the scraps of quoted history, until
Uncle Peter Oartwright came upon the circuit, the "Society"
of Springfield had no church, and met at the home of Charles
E. Matheny. The year 1824 and Peter Cartwright are the
memorable events dwelt upon by the veterans as the opening
of a new era in Methodism. Uncle Peter Cartwright testified
in the courts and made this fact historic by oath, that he went
to old Mr. P. P. Enos to collect his subscription of $50 for the
new church to be erected, and Mr. Enos gave him his choice of
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the quarter of a block or $50, and Peter took the quarter of a
block on the corner of Fifth and Monroe.
"From the synoptical history of the M. E. Church, kindly
loaned us upon this occasion by D. G. Kalb, Esq., we are en-
abled to lay before the readers of the Monitor a brief review
of the rise and progress of Methodism in this city.
"In the year 1805 a "Western Conference" was named,
which embraced all the vast unorganized territory west of the
Alleghany Mountains, and the unlimited circuit, called "Illi-
nois," was considered a part of the Cumberland District the
eastern boundary of which was on the east side of the moun-
tains, and was presided over by Rev. William McKendree, who
three years afterwards (in 1808) became one of the pioneer
Bishops of the M. E. Church. To this undefinable circuit Kev.
Charles E. Matheny was appointed as its first pastor, having
been but recently received into the Western Conference, at its
session at Griffith residence in Scott county, Ky. But at the
close of the year this toil-worn young itinerant Methodist
preacher requested to be discontinued, and he settled in what
is now St. Clair county, he being then only about 19 years of age.
Before leaving St. Clair county, he married a Miss Ogle, after
whose father the county of Ogle was named; and in 1817 Mr.
Matheny was elected to the territorial legislature, at Kaskaskia,
and was clerk of the house in the winter of 1820-21. In the
spring of 1821 he came to Sanganion with his wife and seven
children, of whom were N. W., 0. W., Jas. H. and Elizabeth;
after which four others were added. On the 30th of January
previous, the law was passed creating Sangamon county, and
promises of official preferments induced his removal, and from
which he afterwards realized all that he could have antici-
pated in this regard. He became the first county clerk, and
retained the position to the time of his death, October 10,
1839. From the arrival of Mr. Matheny at Springfield, his
cabin was the home of the ministers of the gospel and a place
for religious services till the first church was erected. There
were sixteen preachers on this circuit from 1821 the date of
the organization of the society up to its establishment as a
charge of the society, as follows:
"1821, James Sims, who organized the society; he was fol-
lowed by John Glenville; 1822, Thomas Eice; 1823, John Miller;
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1824, Peter Cartwright; 1826, Richard Hargraves; 1827, Joseph
Talkington, sent to assist J aines Johnson, who was sent to sup-
ply the place made vacant by the sickness of Rev. Hargraves ;
1827, Joseph Talkington and I. S. House; 1828, James McKeen
and John Benson; 1829, Smith L. Robinson and David B.
Carter; 1830, Jesse Haile and D. B. Carter; 1831, John Sinclair
and A. E. Phelps; 1832, John Sinclair and J. J. McHenry ; 1833,
N. S. Bastion and John H. Benson.
"In 1834 the conference made a 'station' of Springfield, and
Rev. Joseph Ednmndson was assigned as the first regular pastor.
In 1835 the conference was held in this church and presided
over by Bishop Robt. R. Robert, and Rev. Joseph Ednmndson
was returned. He was followed in 1836 by Rev. Hooper Crews;
1837, Peter Akers; 1838-9, John T. Mitchell; 1840, Orceneth
Fisher; 1841-2, Jonathan Stamper; 1843, W. S. Crissy; 1844,
John P. Richmond; 1845, Chauncey Robert; 1846, J. S. Barger;
1847, J. F. Jaquess; 1848, William T. Bennett; 1849, C. W.
Lewis; 1850-1, R. .E. Outline; 1852-3, Thomas Magee; 1854,
J. E. Wilson; 1855-6, J. L. Crane; 1857, C. W. Sears;. 1858-9,
James Leaton; 1860-1, Robert Andrus; 1862-3-4, J. L. Crane';
1865-6-7, J. I. Davidson; 1868, J. R. Eads; 1869-70-1, Rev. Dr.
E. W. Phillips; 1872-3-4, W. H. Webster; 1875-6, R. W. Barnes;
1877-8-9, J. H. Noble; 1880-1-2, T. A. Parker; 1883-4-5, W. H.
"The house formerly used by the Germans, which Leland
and Wiggins bought, was the original dedicated to the worship
of God in 1830. In 1854 the brick church which stood upon
the corner of Monroe and Fifth streets took the place of the
plainer and less imposing frames, and in this the society wor-
shipped until deciding to sell and build on the present location.
The question of building a neAv church began to be agitated
during the ministry of Rev. T. A. Parker, and when the society
resolved to sell the old church and build a new one, the matter
was taken in hand by a few with a good deal of zeal and pushed
forward. . The old church lot was sold at auction in September,
1885 and from this sale the trustees realized the sum of $34,000.
Subscriptions were added to this until the sum of $50,000 could
be relied upon, the members giving liberally of their means, '
many of them donating $1,000 to swell the sum to its proper
proportions. The trustees invited plans, and from a large
8 THE HAEEISON REVIVAL,
number placed in 'competition, that of George H. Helmle, Esq.,
was adopted, and the selection ratified by the society in a meet-
ing called to pass upon the acts of the trustees. The estimated
cost of the structure alone was $50,000. Additions afterwards
deemed advisable, were adopted, which with the cost of the lot,
swelled the cost when completed, to $72,000, independent of the
organ, which the Young Peoples' society of the church took
upon themselves to pay. The contract was awarded to Col. W.
D. Richardson, of this city, and the work was commenced in
On the 23d day of September the corner stone .was laid,
and the work progressed so rapidly that the congregation wor-
shipped in the lecture room on the 15th of the following March.
During the interim between the 'Selling of the old church and
the following March, the congregation of Rev. Dr. Johnson, of
the Second Presbyterian Church, tendered the use of that
church, and he and Rev. Musgrove divided time in the pulpit.
Many friendships were formed between the two congregations
which will be lasting as life, and it has made memories which
will be cherished by both until death. This architectural pile
is in the main Gothic, mixed with the Corinthian, Doric and
Ionic, on the exterior, with internal finish on the renasent, or
Queen Ann style. It has an elevation on Fifth street 80x80 feet,
and on Capitol avenue of 80x120 feet, to the apex of the roof,
with a main tower on the corner of the edifice 12x12 feet of
stone work, and symmetiically rising to a height of 120 feet to
the apex, a smaller tower on the northwest corner rising to the
height of 100 feet, and a tower finish over the avenue entrance
80 feet high. The entrances are Gothic arches, and are three in
number, two on the avenue, one on Fifth street, the grand en-
trance being at the tower on the corner. The entrance on
Capitol avenue is in a projecting tower-like with Gothic window
above the doorway, and finished with polished Quincy granite
columns and carved stone capitals. There are three large cathe-
dral windows, one in the north, one in the south and one in the
west, opening into the auditorium, and which let in a flood of
mellowed light, marvelous and entrancing in its effects. The
engraving which we give to the public, of this magnificent
structure, will make further explanations unnecessary.
The auditorium is 68x74 feet lengthwise north and south, with
FIRST M. E. CHURCH.
THE HARRISON REVIVAL. 9
pulpit and organ balcony, in the east. The floors are richly
carpeted, and all inclined toward to the pulpit platform, and are
chaired with the latest improved opera chairs, supplied with
every convenience of racks for hats, wraps, books, etc., and of
the most comfortable design for rest. There is a balcony on the
north, west and south sides, circular in frontage, and furnished
in perfect harmony with the balance of the work. The gas is
lighted by electricity. The seating capacity, including the bal-
cony, is about 1,100. The cathedral windows are 16 feet wide
by 36 feet high. The panel windows are 3 feet wide and 18 feet
high. The Fifth street cathedral window is of Venitian and
opalescent glass, and cost $800. The ceiling is 25 feet high on
the sides and 40 feet in the center.
The organ recess is seven feet above the pulpit, and pro-
jects over part of the lecture room. The choir balcony is fin-
ished in cherry, and is twenty-two feet long. The organ was
designed by Mr. Lancashire and was built by the Moline Pipe
Organ Company. It is extra cherry finish, and has five differ-
ent flats of pipes. The style of the case is mixed Gothic with
a mixture of the Grecian in style, and entirely consistent with
the present style, although new.
The lecture room and pastor's study and infants' room on
each side, covers a space 50x80 feet. The ceiling is 24 feet
high and frescoed, and the floor is covered with a handsome
ingrain carpet. The pastor's study and infant class room are
partitioned from the main room by ground glass partitions^
which drop down in the basement, when it is necessary to se-
cure more room. The pastor's study, in the south-east end, has
one piece of furniture which is very handsome. It was made
by and is the donation of J. N. Kikendall, and was carved by
Mr. "Wm. Helmle free of charge. It is a beautiful carved
cherry mantle, with a book case carved in cherry on either side,
and a large French plate mirror adorns the center above the
base. The fire-place is open, with English tiling and English
tile hearth. The reception rooms, four parlors directly over
the lecture room, is one of the attractive features of this edifice.
These are connected by sliding doors. Opening into the north
parlor from the west, is the kitchen. A wide corridor extends
west of the parlor from the stairway on the south to the kitch-
en. The parlors, when thrown into one, cover a space of 60x80
10 THE HARRISON REVIVAL.
feet. Two neat hard wood mantles and grates are in the north
and south rooms. The kitchen is 14x20, has a large range,
sink, hot and cold water, and a side room with tables on which
to place edibles, when used for church sociables, etc."
"The excellent character of the work is due to the following
contractors: Main contract and heating, "W. 1). Eichardson,
Springfield; carpets, John Bressmer, of Springfield; cathedral
glass, F. D. Kinsella, of Chicago; opera chairs and settees,
Thomas Kane, of Chicago; frescoing, Mitchell & Holberg, of
Chicago; pulpit and pulpit furniture, George* H. Grant, Hem- '
pieman & Co., of Richmond, Ind.; wall paper and graining,
P. F. Kirable, of Springfield; gas fixtures, Helweg & Snape,
of Springfield; roofing, mantels, grates and cooking range,
Henson Robinson, of Springfield.
"There never was a body of trustees so nobly held up and
so zealously prayed for, or who had more good wishes for suc-
success from the praying members, while the paying members
have not been backward in coming forward. But on the pastor
and trustees themselves much has depended, and as the people
of the church have had all confidence in them and the honesty
of their purpose by the zeal manifested, the name of Rev. AY.
H. Musgrove the pastor, and the names of Messrs. John A.
Chesnut, Howard K. Weber, Henson Robinson, Will H. Henkle,
George N. Kreider, JohnT. Capps, JohnT. Peters, S. E. Prather,
anfl E. D. Haralin, will ever be held in highest esteem.
'Mr. Helmle, who gave his entire time as superintending
architect gratuitously, deserves the highest praise from the
membership, and will ever be cherished in their memory." This
beautiful structure was dedicated to the Lord on Sunday, Octo-
ber 25, 1885, The sermon was preached at 11 o'clock A. M. by
Rev. Dr. Ives, of New York, who has dedicated more churches
than any other man in the United States. His discourse was
based on the passage of scripture found in Hebrews ix. 22. At
this service $16,000 was raised, the amount necessary to free
the church from debt.
"There were eight ladies and gentlemen who gave each a
thousand dollars. Five gave S500 each. Nine gave $250 each.
One gave $150. Twenty-four gave $100 each. Twenty-four
gave $50 each. Forty gave $25 each, which made $15,250. And
there was at least $1,000 raised in $10 and $5 subscriptions out-
THE HAEEISON EEVIVAL. 11
side of the collection, making in all nearly $17,000 raised in the
morning. In the evening there was enough raised to pave the
sidewalk, pay for the organ and some other incidental expenses.
The services of the day, which will last forever in the memory
of those present, concluded with the "Coronation." In passing
from the church the visiting members from the other churches
tarried for a few moments to congratulate their brethren of the
First M. E. church upon the success that had crowned their
efforts. Of all who were there none went home who were not
the possessor of light hearts."
"THE BOY PBEACHEE."
Rev. Thomas Harrison, who has conducted some of the
greatest and most fruitful revivals in the United States, was born
in Boston, Mass., December 25, 1854. His righteous mother, a
true Christian woman who devoutly prayed and presented her
son daily at the Throne of Grace, that he might be imbued with
the Holy Ghost, and be made the humble instrument in the
hands of God in leading the perishing thousands to the foun-
tain of living waters, had her petitions answered by his early
conversion, at the age of fifteen years. While on a visit to
New Brunswick the news of a young brother's death startled
and alarmed him and he cried for mercy. On a bleak wintry
night, in Boston, December 31, 1869, he accepted Christ,
through faith, as his only hope of salvation, and relief from the
strong convictions of sin which had been hanging around his
heart like a heavy weight for many months. There in the
beating storm he stood on a street corner, as halting between two
opinions there, in the quietude of a midnight scene he gave
his heart to God and was joyously converted. He then resolv-
ed to belong entirely to the Lord, doing whatsoever his hands
found to 'do toward building up Christ's kingdom and increas-
ing the army inarching on to Glory, with new recruits. Now
almost seventeen years he has been true to his vow by a
faithful spiritual life and the unfolding of the gospel
scheme to thousands of hearers, in a manner remarkable
and impressive through the great power given him. At
the time of his conversion he was a clerk in a store,
12 THE HABKISON BEVIVAL.
but under divine conviction that God had other work
for him to do, he at once commenced a course of study in "Wil-
braham Academy" and the "Brooklyn Lay College," for the
evangelistic work of the Christian ministry. He entered into
the field of winning souls to Christ, at the age of 18 years, and
during this time has met with remarkable success in seven dif-
ferent churches in Baltimore, Washington, D. C., Boston,
Georgetown, D. C., Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Meridian, Conn.,
Indianapolis, San Francisco, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City,
Chicago, Decatur, 111., Janesville, Wis., and has now just closed
one of the greatest revivals in the history of his labors in this
city. He has witnessed over 57,000 conversions in his work
thus far. The secret of 'his success does not lie in his fine ora-
tory nor pure diction, but in his thorough consecration to his
work and strong faith in God. He is small in stature, with
smooth face. His lithe, slender form, youthful appearance and
the early age at which he commenced his evangelistic work
have won for him the name of "the boy preacher." He is a
rapid, nervous speaker, walking continually, back and forth on
the rostrum during his entire discourse. He possesses great
magnetic power, which holds the attention of his vast audiences
with deep interest, although the church may be uncomfortably
crowded. The revival in this city,, conducted by Rev. Harrison,
has been surpassed by only one since he commenced his evan-
gelistic career, and that was in Brooklyn at Rev. DeWit Tal-
mage's church. His next effort will be in Topeka, Kan., where
he begins a series of meetings May 4, which will probably run
three or four weeks. The result of the good work he has ac-
complished in this city will live forever alter him, and the
blessed influence of the greatest religious awakening Springfield
has ever known will be felt in generations to come.
On the evening of January 11, 1886, Rev. Harrison closed
a fruitful season in Janesville, Wis., and the next evening at
4 o'clock he arrived in Springfield ready to begin an engage-
ment of five weeks duration. The "Boy Preacher's" wonderful
converting power had preceded his coining, although but few
persons in this city had ever seen him. While he was holding a
revival at Decatur a few years ago, Rev. W. H. Musgrove, the
present pastor of the First M. E. Church in this city, was then
pastor of Stapp's chapel in Decatur, and had been a faithful
REV. W. H. MUSGKOVE.
THE HABBISON REVIVAL. 13
attendant and co-worker in the meetings there. It was through
his influence and that of the official board that Eev. Harrison
was induced to come to this city and open a campaign against
the army of Satan. Several weeks previous to his coming the
earnest pastor had urged his members to prepare for the battle
before them, and by much prayer and the entire consecration of
themselves to the work they had succeeded, in a great measure,
in interesting their unconverted friends with a desire to see and
hear the great evangelist. Thus the interest had already been
kindled, the fire started to burn notwithstanding the many
things the "busy bees" had to say concerning him. The weekly
salary was magnified, his age descanted upon, his methods were
objected to and fault found with the "robbery" of the people,
when the people had not been asked for a cent, and those
loudest in complaint most innocent of contributing one. Those
who desired to do something for the Lord's work, met and in
sweetest harmony volunteered their portion until the great
truth uttered by the Scriptures, "The laborer is worthy of his
hire," was recognized and complied with, without heralding it
to the world, or complaining after they had given. The only
thing left unprovided was the daily expenses of heating and
lighting the church. This, 'it was believed, could be met by a
nightly collection. Those loudest in finding fault at the be-
ginning are now rejoicing in the Eecleemer's love, at least many
who can now be called to mind. If you have ever met Eev.
Thos. Harrison, face to face, eye to eye, heart to heart and hand
to hand, you can form some idea of 9 this restless messenger,
bearing the story of the cross to his fellow man with all the en-
ergy, earnestness, zeal and resistless methods of a commander
in relieving a besieged city or a surrounded Fort.
THE PIBST WEEK.
On Tuesday evening, January 12, the First Methodist
Church was filled at an early hour with a sea of anxious faces.
At 7 :45 o'clock, Eevs. Musgrove, Hobbs, Wood and Harrison
stepped upon the rostrum. There was a hush and every eye in
the vast audience was turned to the "boy preacher" as he took
his seat. The pastor relieved the stillness of the moment by
14 THE HARRISON REVIVAL.
calling for singers to come forward. Soon eight or ten re-
sponded and took their places by the organ which was presided
over by Miss Minnie Goodwin. After the singing of several
songs from the "Gospel Hymns," Kev. Wood, Presiding Elder
of this district, introduced Kev. Harrison, in a few appropriate
words, who at once assumed control' of the meeting and an-
nounced hymn No. 370, "Bringing in the Sheaves." A fervent
prayer was offered by the Presiding Elder, asking that the
Lord would crown the work about to begin with wonderful suc-
cess. The pastor followed by a few brief remarks in regard to
the work, and announced that a collection would be taken every
night during the meetings to defray running expenses.
Rev. Harrison, with a serene and Christlike appearance,
offered his first prayer, beginning on his knees, bat as he grew
more earnest, arose to his feet and thanked the Lord for all the
blessings received in the past, and petitioned a greater supply
in the future, and especially did he ask that the Christians be
filled with the Holy Ghost at this time. At the conclusion of
the earnest prayer, he announced his text from Mark XL, 22:
"Have faith in God." He confined his remarks to Christians,
and admonished them to have faith in God, and to believe and
expect that the whole city of Springfield would, before the end
of a week, be stirred from center to circumference. "I am
here," he said, ''among strangers and in a strange place, and I
want the Christians to rally around me and uphold my hands
in this great work. Let the Christians have faith in God and
He will shake this city from end to end, as a mother would
shake her baby. [Great laughter.] I would be glad to have
all denominations take part in this work, which opens under
such favorable circumstances. Everything indicates a grand
and glorious revival. It is not a Methodist revival, although I,
myself, am a Methodist, was born a Methodist, raised a Metho-
dist, educated a Methodist, and expect to die a Methodist."
His discourse was short, owing to the fatigue of his journey
and incessant work at Janesville, Wis., which he completed the
night before at 12 o'clock.
On Wednesday evening at 6:45 o'clock a young people's
meeting was held in the lecture room, at which there was a
mighty warming up among the young Christians. About half
an hour was devoted to this service, and then the young people
THE HABBISON REVIVAL. 15
entered the auditorium and occupied front seats, which had been
reserved. Already the room was filled to overflowing, even in
the gallery standing room was at a premium. The services
commenced by singing "Down at the cross where the Saviour
died," a selection fom Harrison's "Precious Hymns," a collection
of rare and beautiful tunes, compiled by him and especially
adapted to revival work. Prayer was offered by Kev. Musgrove,
after which the evangelist selected for his text 1st Cliron. xxix:
5, "Who then is willing to consecrate his services this day unto
the Lord?" He said: "Last night I appealed to the Christian
.professors to have faith in God. Vast thousands live in unbelief,
die in dispair, and are wrecked to all eternity. God cannot save
them. He cannot save a man against his will. He says if we
come to Him we shall have life. The words of the text are to
the church and unbelievers. I would speak, to-night to those
who desire to see the salvation of precious souls; 'who is will-
ing?' This is meant for Christians of all denominations. There
is going to be a great outpouring of God's holy spirit in this
city ! Sinners will gather at this altar by the hundrds." During
his talk he related many incidents occurring in Ohio, Indian-
apolis, Decatur, and other places. The audience seemed to be
mesmerized under the influence of the power of the divine soul-
saving evangelist. At the close of his sermon he dropped upon
his knees, asking the Lord to bless him and the word as pre-
sented, then arose to inquire, with much pathos, "Who is will-
ing?" as his restless eyes were scanning and studying his audi-
ence, as a sculptor his subject, for a few moments, while each
listener waited breathlessly as if deciding what his or her answer
should be. For a moment he stood in silence rubbing his hands
together, as if breathing a silent prayer to God for help; then
he asked all to arise who were willing to consecrate their services
unto the Lord, About 300 arose, after which the benediction
A deepening interest was manifested at the afternoon
meeting, and also at the young people's meeting at 6:45
o'clock. By 7 o'clock the seating capacity and standing
room of the large.:; auditorium was insufficient to accommo-
date all who desired admittance. Already the word had
spread throughout the city, .and a great awakening had taken
place. In order to economize room, the children were seated
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around the chancel rail and not allowed to occupy the chairs.
The devotional exercises were full of the spirit, prayer being
offered by Rev. A. H. Ball, of the Central Baptist Church.
The speaker, before entering upon the discourse of the evening,
prayed that mighty things might be shown, and that grace
would be given him to be discreet and earnest in winning souls
for One who had been Avith him these many years, and had
never left him once. His text was chosen in 1st Samuel xxi:8,
"The king's biisiness requires haste." He earnestly appealed
to the unconverted to make all haste to secure pardon from the
King of kings, and Lord of lords. He said that the text was one
of the most important admonitions given us in the Bible. It -
involves our present peace and everlasting security. The prom-
ises contained in the Bible may be counted by thousands, but
there is not one promise for the person that puts off seeking
religion. All the pleadings of the spirit's voice are, "Now, now,
now!" David said, "I have loved the Lord because I have
heard his voice. God's will is that none shall perish. We
must all die soon. "The King's business demands haste.''
Put it off no longer." He then spoke to the Christian workers,
and said that if there was a word to be spoken to some un-
saved person, it must be said now. When the invitation was
given, a number arose for prayers, and several went forward to
The audience on Friday night was a grander scene and pre-
sented a wider field for labor than at any meeting since the
work began. Among the listeners could be seen people of al-
most every occupation, condition and belief. Free seats with
agreeable surroundings and a free gospel, preached by one who
is thoroughly in earnest, attracts the masses and never fails to
bring good results. Eev. Harrison's methods are plain and
practical and his resourses all traceable to the one great fount
from which he claims his supply of the Grace necessary for
the conflict against sin. All the powers that be, are brought in
requisition and the beautiful sacred songs, prayers, pleadings,
and exhortations are all in turn made of use to save men and
women from the yawning chasm of death and destruction,
which he paints to them in most vivid colors. He sermonizes
and exhorts and usually does not repeat the words of his text
until nearly the close of the remarks. The basis of the discourse
THE HABKISON EEVIVAL. 17
was founded upon these words, "There is a way which seemeth
right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death."
Prov. xiv:12 He said that this was descriptive of hundreds be-
fore hinr and ere he was through there would be men and wo-
men By the scores who would say, "That means me." "God says,
'A good man shall be satisfied.' Look at the many faces
hurrying past you on the street, and you will think it pretty
hard to find a man who is fully satisfied in this world. God
says, '"Seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall
be added unto you.' I once visited a Sabbath School scholar
who had been given up by her physicians to die. She was ir-
religious. Before reading the Bible I asked her how she was
feeling. She answered, 'Very well; I am feeling much better.'
'Are you getting stronger?' 'Yes, I am recovering; I am go-
ing out riding in a few days.' The only ride she had was in a
hearse in her coffin. She was a victim of that terrible disease,
quick consumption a disease which flatters and makes one
think he is going to get well. She was deluded. There are
men and women before me to-night that in the sight of God
and eternity are deceived." He condemned the inconsistent
lives of professing Christians and asked, "Who ever heard of a
dancing Christian dying shouting?"
On Saturday night Eev. Harrison did not take a text on
which to centre his remarks but in his earnest way talked a
short time and admonished the hundreds before him to seek
a refuge for their lost souls. From the business circles and
professions have come to these meetings the integral parts
of one of the most densely packed houses ever witnessed
in the capital city of Illinois. Evidences of a mighty work in
the hearts of the people are witnessed every day. Topics of
conversation have changed, the cherished desires that but a few
days ago were loved have dispersed, prayers and praise, pious
thoughts and godly conversations, hopes of heaven and terrors of
hell have taken possession of the hundreds and thousands eager-
ly thronging the temple dedicated to the worship of God. Feet
have trod the floors of that house unused to it, voices have sung
those soul-stirring hymns that had never before been heard in the
worship of God, faces strange to the frequenters of the church
are seen there nightly, and those who have been professors for
years, with their names upon the church roll, are met while a
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blaze of glory lights up their faces, heretofore unused to the
presence of the spirit, and anxiety is pictured upon faces the
reverse of it, on account of the deep concern in the heart for
unconverted ones at home. Sabbath morning at 11 A. M. the
evangelist discoursed from St. John vi: 37, "And him that
cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." He said of the 31,000
promises in the Bible, this was the best and greatest of them
all. He graphically pictured two homes which he had been
called upon to visit, and proved that wealth and elegance alone
could not make a home happy. He called upon one family with
a large fine house, furnished with all the conveniences that
money could buy, and thought how happy the family must be.
"No," said the gentleman of the house, "we are not happy. My
son is a very bad man, and is on the downward path to ruin;
our daughter, by her sinful ways, is breaking her mother's heart."
In the other home he visited, the family was not so well fixed.
Didn't even own the house they were living in, but it was bright,
cheerful, and there was joy supreme. The son had been attend-
ing college, and while there was converted. The daughter had
come to Christ during a revival, and the whole family were
making their way to glory. Compare the two. An immense
audience gathered at the evening service, until every nook and
corner of the church was crowded and the doors closed against
hundreds who desired to gain admittance. The audience, though
large, maintained perfect order, and profound attention was given
to every word that fell from the preacher's lips; every move-
ment of this most extraordinary little bunch of nerves was
watched with interest. He preached from a text making the
application to those present, giving the plain, unvarnished word
of God, with all the thunder of Sinai, or in the blessed words
of the Saviour, or the still small voice of the spirit. His text
was Gen. vi: 3, "And the Lord said, my spirit shall not always
strive with man." Vividly did he picture the strivings of the
spirit with the hearts of man, and how so many hush its voice,
perhaps forever. An almost death-like stillness pervaded the
room, while the faces of many showed that the arrow had hit
On Monday night, the close of the first week's work, a snow
storm prevailed, but that did not prevent the people wading
through it, reaching the church door with faces all aglow with
THE HAEEISON REVIVAL. 19
the biting cold and garments white with the driven flakes, pure
as the good they sought in coming. When the services had
opened Eev. Harrison paced the platform exhorting, then drop-
ping upon his knees, he lifted his voice fervently to the throne
of Grace and poured out his heart in pleadings and supplica-
tions to God, closing with a sudden and characteristic "Amen,"
which appeared to go through the house, seemingly in search
for some calloused heart to soften and melt. After the choir
sang, "Are You Ready?" he gave a brief history of the sainted
woman who wrote that hymn and her triumphant exit from
earth. She was sitting in Mrs. Palmer's parlor in New York,
and thought she heard a voice calling her, when she turned her
face heavenward exclaiming, "I am ready," and in a moment
had entered the city of the blest "Had departed to the land
over there." In speaking of the suddenness of death, he re-
ferred to the daughter of Mr. Bayard, just ready to enter the
White House soon to take her mother's place at a reception,
when without a warning, without a symptom of approaching
death, she was a corpse. He spoke of the New York banker
who, when dying cried, "I would give a million dollars for a
single ray of light." Do not make light or trifle with serious
things, especially a subject so serious as religion. He said, "I
once saw a man laughing sitting in the congregation where I
was preaching. I asked some of the brothers what I said or
did that caused that man to laugh so during the service, and
described and pointed him out, when the good brother said:
'Oh, that man is a fool.' " The text of the evening was I.
Ohron. XXVIII. 9: "If thou seek him, he will be found of
thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever."
The interest deepens with each service, and the earnest pastors
and workers of the churches rejoice at the great awakening,
which far surpasses the most sanguine expectations.
THE SECOND WEEK.
This week was auspiciously inaugurated by a crowded house
on Tuesday night, January 19. The news had spread for miles
around what wonderful power was being brought to bear in
this city. People were coming to attend the services from ad-
joining counties and towns. Other ministers of the city were
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in nightly attendance zealously laboring for the master, and
old Christians were becoming warmed, a new fire burning in
their hearts and joy beaming in their countenances as some
friend or neighbor was induced to humble himself in the pres-
ence of the Lord and seek pardon for sins. After the singing
of several songs, Rev. T. A. Parker, of Lincoln, formerly pastor
of the First M. E. of this city, offered a fervent prayer asking
that hundreds of sonls might be converted. Eev. Harrison
preached a lengthy sermon from John iii:3, "Verily, verily, I
say unto you, except a man be born again he cannot see the
Kingdom of God." He began by asking, "Do you believe the
Bible of John "Wesley, who at a quarter of 9 o'clock exclaimed,
'My heart is warm.' Do you believe the Scriptures? Do you
believe this old Bible of the Puritans? This is the best legacy
that you can leave your children when passing over to the other
shore. The Bible of your mother. 'Do you believe it?' A
few days ago a lady while riding on the train, sat reading her
Bible. After perusing it carefully for some time, she tenderly
closed it and affectionately kissing it put it silently away. Vol-
taire said that the Bible would not last fifty years, yet- it still
lives and has been translated in two hundred and fifty different
languages. There may be some things in the Bible which we
do not understand, but this is a verse^ over which no one can
stumble. 'Ye must be born 'again.' There must be a change
of heart. There is no gradual process of conversion. It is done
like a flash of lightning." When the invitation was given many
came down the aisles to bow at the mercy seat, and a large
number rejoiced in the forgiveness of their sins.
Wednesday afternoon and evening the meetings were
blessed most wonderfully in a spiritual degree. Notwithstand-
ing the bitter cold and inclemency of the weather, the audito-
rium was filled to overflowing, many turning their steps' home-
ward when they failed to be admitted. Others lingered near to
catch a sound of the preacher's voice, so earnest was their de-
sire to hear him. The pastor related a little incident about a
good man who said that he had found the church seats very
comfortable, but being a pretty large man, he found it inconve-
nient to get at his pocket book when the collectors came round,
and was obliged to almost get up and turn round in order to
get into his pocket. [Laughter.] He asked the collectors to
THE HAEBISON REVIVAL. 21
give everybody plenty of time to reach their pocket books.
The evangelist followed with a brief prayer, after which he
announced as the text of the evening Luke xiv: 19, "I pray thee
have me excused." The leading thought in his discourse was
that everybody prayed, and as a 'result of many prayers, won-
derful things had been accomplished. "David prayed one of
the most plaintive prayers in the scriptures when he cried out
to God to bottle his tears. Paul prayed that he might be filled
with all the fullness of God. I can see before me now those
who are praying, some for one thing and some for another.
The full text of the evening is the prayer of the unsaved. If
God answered that prayer, they would be lost forever." At the
close a number of adults went forward to seek Christ, and
about ten experienced a change of heart.
Thursday was a day long to be remembered by those who
participated in the heavenly feast, at the afternoon meeting.
Pastors, class leaders and Sunday-school teachers were all real-
izing that their prayers for the salvation of friends were being
answered. All seemed to be encouraged, and with gladdened
hearts sang "Praise God from whom all blessings flow." A lady
who had not been in the house of worship for eight years, was
converted. At the evening service Eev. Harrison stated that
already 207 had knelt around the altar seeking God. A business
man, while at his home, was converted during the day. He
spoke from Deuteronomy xxxii: 31, "For their rock is not as our
rock, even our enemies themselves being judges." "Moses, the
lawgiver, was having an anniversary. He was coming towards
the end of his life's journey. In preaching his last sermon at
the age of 120 years, said, '0, that you were wise, and that you
would consider your last end.' Eemember that life is short, the
judgment is coming; eternity is before you. You are building
an experience for heaven, or you are forming a character for
hell. What kind of rock have the unsaved in regard to peace?
'The Bible says, 'The way of peace they have not known.' They
IQIOAV the way of unbelief, and find it darkness. What kind of
a rock has the Christian in regard to peace? Jesus says, 'My
peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth'.' Sheridan, the
great orator, screamed out when near death, 'I am overwhelmed."
The preacher referred to Byron, Ethan Allen, Gambetta, Ches-
terfield, and other enemies of the Christian religion, who at
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their dying moments confirmed the truth of the text. At the
conclusion of the discourse several moments were spent in silent
prayer for the unconverted. Among those who presented
themselves at the altar were to be seen the child, the middle-
aged and the gray-haired.
"Then Jesus beholding him loved him and said unto him,
One thing thou lackest." Mark x. : 21, was the text on Friday
night, from which he who stands on Zion's walls, preached, ex-
horted and beseeched sinners to come to Christ. "This man
who came to Christ was a character we admire and fall in love
with at first sight; because so frank, so loving and humble.
Purity was written upon his cheek. His life was exemplary
and useful. Without God he did not feel quite secure. He
went to Jesus and had a talk with him. The young man had
fears about the judgment and the world to come, as all unsaved
people do. He put out his hand of anxiety but Jesus did not
take it. The burden still remained. The Bible says, 'With a
broken and a contrite heart God is well pleased.' Does not that
prove- that God has great sympathy with an aching soul? This
young man was troubled. So, here, to-night, there are persons
just like him. Some say, 'I would like to join the church, but
I don't want to give up this or that.' A young man was con-
verted who was very fond of amusements including theatre-
going. When asked if he knew what he was going to give up,
replied: 'Mr. Harrison, I never once thought of that; I was
thinking of what I was going to get.' The young man spoken
of in the text asked the most important question this side of
heaven. It is sometimes said a man makes his fortune between
thirty and forty years of age, but that is all a mistake. It is a
fact that cannot be disputed that a man makes his fortune in
this world between ten and twenty years, because between those
years habits are formed and principles fixed, and in nine cases
out of ten eternal destinies are settled." As on previous even-
ings a number sought the "Pearl of great price," and many
were made happy in the Saviour's love. It was announced that
no meetings would be held on Saturday.
The great revival on Sunday occupied the greater part of
the day, the first service commencing at 10 o'clock. Class
meeting was held in the lecture room, conducted by Eev. Har-
rison. The hour was devoted to singing, praying and testimo-
THE HARRISON REVIVAL. 23
nies. The young converts witnessed to the love of Christ and
many related the circumstances leading j,o their conversions.
At 11 o'clock the pastor preached a warm and feeling sermon
from the words, "There is no night there," painting with 'won-
derful effect the beauties of the Celestial City. In the after-
noon at 2 :30 o'clock instead of the regular Sabbath School ser-
vice, Eev. Harrison talked to the children in an interesting
manner, and some twenty-five went forward thus expressing
a desire for the prayers of God's people. The afternoon ser-
vice in the auditorium, from 3 to 4 o'clock, was largely attended.
It was a beautiful sight to behold the hundreds of faces made
happy in the Saviour's love. One hundred and thirty came
forward and united with the First and Second Methodist
Churches alone. In the evening long before the opening hour
hundreds were standing about the entrances, and by 7 o'clock
perhaps a thousand were turned away. The congregation lis-
tened to a sermon preached from the words found in Mark viii:
36, "For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole
world and lose his own soul?" He said, "We have no title to
this world. Who has a lease on life? Did Yanderbilt with all
his millions; did Judge Belong? One tick of the watch in
time, the next in eternity. Yanderbilt surrounded by his mill-
ions grew dizzy while in the act of talking of his great schemes,
and in a moment, dead! Byron dying at the age of 37 years in
a delirium of despair! Old Commodore Yanderbilt had to
leave the world notwithstanding his $80,000,000, and yet how
poor when he said to his good Methodist wife, 'I must die!
Sing to me the hymn, 'Come ye sinners, poor and needy.' '
What was the value of the soul of the lady who took her diary
and wrote, 'One year from to-day I will give my soul to God.'
Not satisfied she wrote, 'One month,' and finally, 'One week.'
She went about her daily duties and in three days was a corpse,
with the terrible cry ringing in the ears of those who stood
around her, 'One week too late!' Oh, God help this people to
realize the value of a soul!" After a brief season of silent
prayer, seekers thronged around the altar crying to God for
mercy.' Christian sisters and. brothers poured forth their
prayers and went out among the people to speak a word for
the Master. The spirit of God was made manifest in a greater
measure at this meeting than at any since the work began.
24 THE HAEEISON REVIVAL.
On Monday evening, the close of the second week's work,
there was a mighty rushing into the church. The police depart-
ment had to be called upon to assist in keeping the vast throng
under control. The afternoon meetings had grown in such won-
derful interest that it was thought they would have to be held, in
the future, in the auditorium. Quite a number had been con-
verted at these praise services. In the evening the leader con-
ducted a short song service, and then announced his text, Acts
xvi: 30-31, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Be-
lieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy
house." "All classes and conditions of men hurrying on to
death ask in regard to temporalities, 'What must I do?' The
question to-night is for eternal life. Looking out into the
future, let every unsaved person with an eye of penetration, see
the storm brewing. And as you peer out, although the storm
seems afar off, and the calculation is it won't arrive for a good
while, still I hear some of you say, 'I will not think about it.'
But they must think; they cannot help it. Come to the Saviour
and be sheltered. What is it to be saved? A happy life, a
peaceful death, and a blissful eternity. No thought can fathom
the joy or express the idea. Paul, tell us what it is? Listen
'It is joy unspeakable.' Tell us what it is to be converted?
Hallelujah! unspeakable and full of glory." Thirty were con-
verted at this meeting, making a total of almost 400 seekers.
THE THIRD WEEK.
The interest at the beginning of this week (Jan. 26), had
grown to fever heat. The membership of the First church had
increased in a remarkable degree, and not only this church but
the Second M. E., and those of other denominations. The pas-
tors, Eev. Musgrove of the First M. E., Rev. Hobbs of the
Second M. E., Rev. Crouse of the English Lutheran, Rev.
Wood, the presiding elder, all had confessed an increased re-
ligious enthusiasm and a determination to press the fight into
the very citadel of Satan's domain. A belief prevailed that
great and wonderful things were to be accomplished in the
name of the Lord, and to this end all were desirous that the
conflict should result in a victory never before known in this'
THE HAEEISON BEYIYAL. 25
part of Christ's vineyard. The church on this evening was
crowded, at least thirteen hundred people had assembled, and
on the faces of many could be seen the strong convictions of
sin. Rev. Harrison, as he scanned the multitude, seemed en-
couraged, and he earnestly pressed the all important thought,
"Are you saved?" The sheaves are being gathered in and souls
are being gloriously refreshed. The attendance at the young
people's meeting had become so great that it was found neces-
sary to admit only the young converts and those who had a de-
sire to be saved. He said that he had never scolded church
members as a rule, and did not desire to do so now. He
thought the members here were doing bravely, but there could
not be too much prayer. God is ever willing to answer prayer
when offered through faith. He stated that of the number who
came forward the previous evening thirty had found their
Saviour and were now rejoicing in the Redeemer's love. The
jubilee for the conversion of one thousand souls is nigh. In
view of this fact we will sing, 'Praise God from Whom all
Blessings How.' The hundreds of voices joining in this grand
old D ( oxology made the occasion one of gladness. The text for
this evening was found in Prov. ix. : 12, "If thou be wise thou
shalt be Avise for thyself; but if thou scornest thou alone shalt
bear it." The drift of the sermon pointed to the necessity of
individual action. He related the history of Jesus as he
traveled over the dusty roads, and how the people would point
the finger of scorn at him. as he passed by. They were anxiously
seeking his blood. "He would turn to them and say, meaning
each individual, 'How will you escape the damnation of hell?'
Again he would warn them, 'You will die in your sins, and
where I am you will never come.' Again he exhorted them,
'Except ye repent ye shall perish.' Each one must give an ac-
count of himself in the day of judgment, because it is a per-
sonal matter. When Jesus sat at Jacob's well and revealed
himself unto the woman she did not stop to philosophize but
received the truth at once. She even ran to the city and brought
her neighbors that they might believe on Jesus." Rev. Harri-
son spoke of his early conversion, which was not because others
were converted, but that he might receive pardon for his sins
The scene at the altar was one long to be remembered as being
a glorious victory for the Lord.
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On Wednesday night the doors opened to an eager crowd
of nearly eight hundred persons. Some had gathered there
an hour before the time of holding services. These were
not all church members, but sinners who were anxious and
troubled about their souls. The evangelist announced that he
would preach on Sunday afternoon to men only on "The Un-
pardonable Sin." He said there were many different opinions
as to what it was. Dr. Townsend, who had made it a study,
believed that it could be committed as silently as the falling of
a leaf. His text, John xi:29, "As soon as she heard that she
arose quickly and came unto him," was one pressing the impor-
tance of preparing for death. "The well of to-day are. in eter-
nity to-morrow. There are five things which we cannot escape
dying, death, the grave, the judgment and destiny. These
must be met. How will you meet them ? There are multi-
tudes in this city bent after a life of sin. The Bible says, 'The
wages of sin is death.' They choose sin and roll it under their
tongues as a sweet morsel." This searching sermon touched
the hearts of thirty-eight who had not been walking in the
royal path to glory, and thirty-two were happily led into the
Thursday afternoon the 3 o'clock meeting was largely at-
tended, and many souls were abundantly blessed. It was a
time of unusual refreshing to the hearts of the old members of
the cross, and several new ones were brought into the fold.
The evening service was opened with prayer by Rev. T. A. Par-
ker, of Lincoln, who prayed for the baptism of power to fall
mightily on the services of the hour, and it brought tears to
the eyes of many. Hebrews vii: 25, "Wherefore he is able also
to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, see-
ing he ever liveth to make intercession for them," were the words
from which the preacher appealed to the unconverted. The
thoughts brought out in his discourse were the ability, the will-
ingness, the desire and yearing of our Saviour to save all who
come to God with a reliance upon His merits. He called upon
them to seek the Great Physician and be healed. Just before
the conclusion of the sermon a babe in the audience made itself
heard and drew the attention of the listeners. The great revi-
valist merely said, "Never mind," and commenced singing a
hymn. The remedy secured the desired effect, for the child
was soon asleep.
THE HARBISON EEVIVAL. 27
Friday night was but a continuance of the fire which had
broken out among the people of this city. Not only were the
tender-hearted youths being converted, but old men and women in
sin ; mothers and fathers who have lived without example to loyal
sons and daughters, Avere among the number anxious to follow
the Lord's path. After making the announcements for Sunday
the "boy preacher" urged that the decisive step be taken at
once, for "It is time to seek the Lord," Hosea x : 12. "The Psalmist
says we 'Spend our years as a tale that is told,' while the
apostle says that our time is like the vapor. Jesus warns us,
Be ye ready.- I might ask this dying congregation in the
language of Jesus, 'What seek ye?' Why this great outpour-
ing of the people every night? Some may say, 'Because my
neighbors come;' others 'Because I am so fond of hymns;'
Again, 'Because my friends were converted,' or 'Because there
was a crowd corning.' What seek ye? There is one who has
been seeking pleasure in the dance, the card table, or the skat-
ing rink, and he has been whirling away his life in those things
that bring no abiding good. Never been convicted! There is
not a person in this house but what has been convicted of sin.
Now is the time to seek the Lord." When the invitation was
given there were thirty-three came forward and twenty-four
Sunday was a hallelujah day for all who were permitted to
attend one or more of the services. It was the gala day of the
great revival, a religious harvest for the old and sainted soldiers
of the cross. Kejoicings reigned supreme throughout the en-
tire day, and as the people wended their way home from the
various services they felt that it "was good to be there." At
the morning service the pastor delivered an able sermon in
keeping with the great work being accomplished, and its effect
was felt both by saint and sinner. He insisted and implored
that none let the day pass by without coming to Christ. ' Many
came to the altar who had sought pardon from their sins and
united with the church. In the afternoon Eev. Harrison
preached to a large audience of men only, as had been previous-
ly announced. When this large church can be filled to its ut-
most capacity with men only, one can form some idea of how
many must be turned away at the regular services. The audi-
torium and gallery with standing room can accommodate 1,300
28 THE HARRISON REVIVAL.
people, and it is estimated that 1,000 are turned away nightly.
His subject on this occasion was "The Unpardonable Sin," by
whom and when it is committed. At the opening, Mrs. E.
Huntington Henkle was ushered in and sang a solo, "When the
years are rolling on." As her musical voice rang out the clear
notes and plaintively articulated words, the effect could be seen
glistening in the eyes of many unused to tears. Many were
hearing the first hymn in years, and the impression made upon
their hearts was visible. The revivalist with an entreating ex-
pression in his face, gazed upon the vast audience composed of
men in every station of life. The banker sat by the side of the
coal digger, merchant by the laborer, the professional gentle-
man, the blacksmith, the factory employe, the artist and the
newspaper fraternity were all represented, and with considerable
anxiety waited to hear what the preacher would say. He seemed
to look deep into their hearts as he read, "And whosoever shall
speak a word against the son of man it shall be forgiven him; but
unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not
be forgiven." Luke xii:10. He said, "Lost here, lost there, 'It
shall not be forgiven.' Mark the words; here is a sin for which
there is no reprieve; a sin so dark that even the blood of the
Son of God cannot wash out. I stand to-day with the warning
of God's word and give notes of alarm. 'It shall not be for-
given,' There are many who would like to blot that out of the
Bible; but there it is and spoken by one who spake as man
never spoke. The sin against the Holy Ghost may be sin per-
sisted in when you know you are in the wrong; it may be the
surrender of the soul to the enemy when you realize God's
word; it may be the trampling under foot of your best convic-
tions. It is the sin of two letters 'NO.' It is the sin you
committed when the voice came to you and you refused to hear
it. That voice may come to you again with no more influence
than on a dead man. 'My spirit shall not always strive with
man.' " He closed his discourse with prayer that none present
might lose the sight of Heaven by committing the unpardon-
able sin. Eighteen or twenty came forward. At the evening
service after the church was filled the pressure of the crowd
against the doors was so great that fears were entertained that
they would be broken from the hinges. He preached from St.
Luke xii:20, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required
of thee." He said the spirit of the great revival eighteen hun-
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dred years ago was shaking this city to its very foundation.
As soon as the invitation was extended a large number went
forward and bowed at the alter. Thirty-six knelt at the chan-
cel rail and twenty-eight were converted.
Monday night Eev. Harrison selected a subject full of
thoughts calculated to stir up the vilest sinner. The words
from which he spoke are found in Isaiah xxviii:17. "Judgment
also will I lay to the line and righteousness to the plummet;
and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies and the waters
shall overflow the hiding place." He dwelt upon the thought
of an approaching storm from which all must seek refuge or be
swept away. The reaping at this rervice was fruitful and
twenty-five were converted. ,
THE FOURTH WEEK.
The fourth week (February 2) opened with the names of
six hundred and twenty-one persons on the official record who
had the witness of the Spirit that they were born of God. Eev.
Harrison, by his earnest devotion to the work and strong ap-
peals for God's aid in securing souls for the kingdom, has made
the revival the chief topic of conversation on the streets, in the
mill, the work-shop, and where two or more persons are gathered
together. He teaches that God is love and abounding in grace
and mercy, and that salvation is possible to all men if they
will do their part in the great scheme of redemption and yield to
Jesus. Firmly planted on this rock the interest necessarily in-
creases, the "excitement" or religious enthusiasm augments and
success and victory are assured. After a short exhortation the
Christians were asked to pray fervently for more power from on
high. His sermon, though brief, was burning with eloquent
appeals. He spoke from Acts xxvi.: 28, "Almost thou per-
suadest me to be a Christian." He hastened through the dis-
course because there were young and old people in the audi-
ence anxious to come to the altar. A short season of silent
prayer was very effective in working upon the feelings of those
under conviction. The voices of the large choir never blended
more sweetly together than on this evening.
Eev. Harrison, on Wednesday evening, preached impressively
from those beautiful words, "Is my name written there?" It
was a tender appeal to those who did not know their names were
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written on that book of life. He urged all to "endeavor to sing
it with spirit and with the understanding; with the resolve that
our name shall be written there. Oh, my God, help us all to
embrace this royal opportunity to seek Christ while He may be
found. These meetings will all be over soon, and great is your
responsibility if you sit here and let them pass away from you
without being saved. The days are few, the hours are fleeting,
when you must stand before the judgment seat of Christ and
give an account of this night. The wisest choice you can make
to-night is to decide for Jesus and eternal life. There are hun-
dreds here to-night who cannot sing this hymn. You that have
been talked to, and persuaded and prayed for by mothers and
sisters and wives, is your name written there? Let us sing
that verse. I would like to know how many feel that their
names are written there. Eise up all ye blood washed and let
us see who is ashamed of Jesus. Thank God! See them rise!"
It was but a short time when the railing was too small to ac-
commodate the throng gathering around it. Thirty-five came
forward, and twenty-eight were converted. Among the saved
was a young man who had been a drunkard, and his conversion
was considered the most wonderful victory witnessed during
the entire four weeks' work.
At the afternoon services on Thursday a large crowd gath
ered to listen to the eloquent exhortation on the "Annointing of
the Church," by Eev. Harrison. His evening text was Jere-
miah viii: 20, "The harvest is passed, the summer is ended and
we are not saved." He said that he loved to search through the
Scriptures for the nuggets of gold of God's love. In the Bible
are 31,000 promises. The text contains no promise, but is
rather a judgment. It is an appropriate' text for this stage of
the revival. There come to cities and nations sometimes in-
gatherings of souls. In a New England town mill employers
were saying to the employes, go to the meeting; you shall not
lose any time," within a few days 50,000 people have joined the
Methodist church, alone, in the south. It is an "ingathering,"
and while vast crowds are pressing forward to the altars all over
the land, I would say that there is a "balm in Gilead" for ach-
ing hearts. Sheaves are being garnered. In less than a month
Springfield has one of the greatest meetings, perhaps, it has
ever known, and nearly seven hundred have knelt around this
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altar." He related a circumstance of a mother, how a few even-
ings before wrung her hands for joy because of the con-
version of her three daughters. Mothers, fathers, the young-
people and the Sabbath-school children are being brought into
the fold. The usual scene at the altar took place when the
invitation was given for seekers to come forward.
A "Penticostal" meeting was held at 3 o'clock, Friday af-
ternoon which was a time of wonderful refreshing and thanks-
giving to God. There was a general seeking for an endowment
and fitness for Christian labor. In the evening the evangelist
selected a text abounding in words of sunshine, found in Ezra
viii:22. "The hand of our God is upon all them for good that
seek him." He said, "Last night I exhorted from a passage of
scripture in which there was not a single ray of light; this one
is all light; last evening no hope; now, all hope, forgiveness
and the door wide open. The Psalmist in his hymn sings about
Jesus as the one altogether lovely. And who was better able
to describe the Saviour's love than John ? He" said that 'God
is love.' It was the beloved John who was permitted to lay his
head on that breast that carries the sorrows of the troubled
world. The condition in this text is that we seek Him. If you
meet the conditions you will have perfect peace and believing
rest." Sixteen out of the twenty-four forward were converted-
At the love feast on Sunday morning, the young converts
gave their experiences like old soldiers of the cross, and as
they would utter such sentences as: "I know I am saved," "I
know that my Redeemer liveth," and like expressions, Eev.
Harrrison thanked God for such conversions. He liked to hear
them say "I know." The audience at 11 o'clock listened to a
very able sermon by Eev. Musgrove from I. John ii:17 : "And
the world passethT away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth
the will of God abideth forever." "Alexander's star floated in
the heavens of popular history but brought none of the com-
forts of the soul required for mortals when passing over the
dark river of death, for he 'Sighed for more worlds to conquer.
Poets, painters, sages, statesmen, scientists and scholars may
all reach the very pinnacle of earthly fame, but it brings no
solace for the soul when the shadows of death shut out the sun
of redeeming love to cheer the closing hours of earthly great-
ness. Whatever may be our attainments, or whatever we do in
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the world, it is all for naught unless prefixed with that one little
word of three letters, but; for he that doeth the will of
God abideth forever. With this, sweet contentment conies;
with this, peace comes; with this, reliance and trust for this
life, and a glorious hope gilded trust in God for the future
cheers the passage and makes life and toils bearable, its good
things enjoyable." The afternoon meeting was for men only,
and but few seats were vacant. Mrs. Huntington-Henlde sang,
"Though kindred ties "around us like ivy branches twine," the
congregation joining in the chorus. Her sweet, plaintive tones,
full of expression and pleadings, seemed to find a lodgment in
every heart. Rev. Harrison preached from Rev. iii :20 : "Behold
I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and
open the door I will come in." He pictured to the mind how
the voice of eternity and the finger of God are always pointing
us to the day of judgment. "This text presents the Saviour as
tarrying and waiting for us with outstretched arms. The judg-
ment is certain, -and he lingers here just to save you. 'Ask and
you shall receive.' Has he not kept his word in the past few
weeks? Nearly seven hundred have asked and found what they
so much needed. Oh, that every one here this afternoon would
say, 'I will not keep Him out any longer.' You will become
hardened, and there is a time when He will knock no more.
Put it off no longer." At times the speaker grew quite eloquent,
and his utterances moved the people wonderfully. The open-
ing hour in the evening found the people congregated in a
dense throng on the streets, anxious to gain admittance and
hear the word preached, and witness the saving of souls. Rev.
Harrison said before the sermon that the meeting was drawing
to the end of the fourth week, and yet no signs of abatement
in the interest. "I get letters every day saying 'Come right
away!' "We are having a glorious time, and I hope we will have
the jubilee over the first 1,000 souls converted this week. God
grant the speedy conversion of 300 more souls." The text was
chosen from I Kings, xviii: 21, "How long halt ye between two
opinions?" "When these awakening times appear, men stand
back and wonder what it all means, and use every means possible
to check them; but you might just as well try to take a fort
with a fire cracker, as to stop an awakening. It spreads like a
prairie fire. The Bible says, 'God will work and men can't hin-
THE HARRISON REVIVAL. 33
der.' There are young men here who see a crisis approaching,
but are afraid to meet. it. They are meeting the loudest call
they will have this side of their groaning death. I beg of you,
dear, dying fellow-traveler toanever ending eternity, meet the
crisis this Sabbath night, and give your hearts to God. I was
conversing with an editor the other day, about his soul and
death and the judgment day and destiny, when he turned right
on me and said, 'That, your opinion, not mine.' And yet, to-
night I am preaching upon 'How long halt ye between two opin-
ions." Only two ways, the narrow and the broad. Two foun-
dations, the rock and the sand. Two states after death heaven
and hell. 'How long halt ye?' " One of the most touching
scenes at the altar was the appearance of two .brothers, who
were among the first to go forward. Thus ended one of the
happiest Sundays experienced during these great meetings.
Monday night the mass of saints and sinners was larger if
possible than it had been at any time on Monday evening since
the meetings commenced. Fully five hundred were turned
away, unable to gain admission. The interest was deepened
from the success of the Sunday meetings. The workers were
eager for the fray and earnestly sought out the unconverted.
Rev. Harrison offered up prayer, thanking the Lord for the
good work accomplished during the weeks gone by. "Already
over 700 have gathered around this altar to seek eternal life.
May we take hold of the work with all our strength. We are
are so dependent; dependent on Thee for everything; to-night
may the blessing of God rest upon each one of us; may they
gather around this altar to-night .and cry out, 'What must I do
to be saved?' Lord bless us wonderfully for thy name's sake."
His text, "What shall I do then with Jesus?" is found in Matt.
xvii:22. The sermon was a strong appeal to the unsaved, and
evinced the speaker's strong faith in God to save to the utter-
most. A number were forward, and one lady lingered long
after the meeting had been dismissed, as though she could not
leave the church until her sins were washed away.
THE FIFTH WEEK.
The services of Tuesday, February 9, witnessed the com-
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mencement of the fifth week, and so far, the results have ex-
ceeded the anticipations of the most sanguine in point of attend-
ance, and the conversion of the awakened. The day of the
jubilee over the conversion of one thousand souls is looked for-
ward to with great interest. The afternoon meeting was of
great benefit to seeker r and saved. Rev. Harrison urged the
converts in the young peoples' meeting to show their gratitude
to the Master by renewed effort to bring others to Him. At the
evening service he alluded to one of the late converts as having
been convicted and eventually converted through the singing of
the hymn, "Is iny name written there?" The words had fol-
lowed him everywhere, at his business, at his home, and on the
street. This was undoubtedly one of the best meetings yet
held, and the reward was forty-one at the altar and twenty-one
The spirit of awakening has reached fever heat in this city,
and other denominations are now holding special services to
large and attentive audiences. In almost every face is a look
as if asking, "What must I do to enjoy the peace and joy so
many speak of possessing?" This is a winter that will long be
remembered in Springfield by the hundreds who have sought
and found pardon for their sins, but we trust none may look
back in after years and say, "The harvest is passed and my soul
is not saved." The usual meeting for converts and seekers was
held at 6:45. Among those from other cities occupying seats
upon the rostrum were: Eev. T. A. Parker of Lincoln, and
Rev. McKinney, of Riverton. The latter gentleman opened
the exercises with prayer. He prayed that each heart might
feel a solemnity resting upon it; that prayers might be an-
swered in behalf of the unsaved, and that the word preached
might be written indelibly upon the heart of every hearer,
and the mighty current of the revival influence would go on until
the city became noted for a wonderful piety. Then followed the
hymn commencing: "I have found a friend in Jesus, He's every-
thing to me." ' Rev. Harrison spoke of the Jubilee that would
be held as soon as one thousand was reached, which he hoped
would take place on the following Wednesday when all might
get away from the home, the factory, the store and the shop.
He then prayed, and the hymn beginning, "Tidings, happy
tidings, hark! hark! the sound!" was sung. His text was taken
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from Hebrew ii: 3, "How shall we escape if we neglect so great
salvation?" The text was the most important one, he said, that
you will ever ask yourself this side of your dying moment. In
the Bible there are sometimes questions asked and answered,
as, "What must I do to be saved?" "Believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ and thou shalt be saved." But often in the Scriptures a
question is given but no answer. It is so in the Old Testament
and the New. The question is thrown out by God, and He
leaves the answer for you to give. We have a question to-night,
and I cannot find answer in all the Bible for it. I search the
prophets; I read the psalms; I study the words of the apostles
and I cannot find an answer. I look up to God and ask Him
to answer this question for these hearts to-night; but His lips
do not move. I turn to Christ; but there is no response. I
say to the Holy Spirit, bring communication to the hearts here
and answer this question; but the Holy Spirit brings no com-
munication. I go to the president of the theological school at
Evanston and say: "You are conversant, of course, with the
Bible, as you teach theology, and I ask you to explain this text
of Scripture." He makes no reply. I rnight'go to the Bishops
of the church, but the bishops could not answer it. How shall
you escape if you neglect so great salvation? God help us.
How will you escape?" At the conclusion of the sermon, of
which this is a very small part, thirty sought for pardon, and
sixteen confessed having the evidence of their acceptance.
The evening service on Thursday opened at the usual hour
with Eevs. Parker, Anderson and Gunnett upon the platform, in
addition to the other ministers who have taken part in the revi-
val. Mr. Harrison offered a brief prayer, and announced
hymn 18, saying "That is going to be my prayer." "Lord, I
care not for riches." Ho took no text, but exhorted from the
hymn. He said the most important question this side of death
is whether your name is written there. The meeting closed
early with nine rejoicing in the assurance of forgiveness.
Friday was the thirty-second day of the great revival at the
First M. E. Church. Eevs. Kutledge, of Chatham, and Hamel,
of Franklin,, attended the evening service, the latter opening
with prayer, asking the presence of the Holy Ghost, for comfort
and pardon for the seekers, and divine blessing upon His ser-
vant, the evangelist. Mr. Harrison stated that the young peo-
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pie's meeting, just held, was the most precious of any of the
series. He said he would not preach, not even exhort, for there
were persons in the room who were anxious to get to the altar.
After singing and prayer, Christian workers were on hand to
comfort the mourners, and the services closed with sixteen con-
On Saturday night the revivalist preached to women only,
and the auditorium and galleries were crowded with those eager
to hear the word and seek satisfaction. The services opened
promptly by the singing of hymn 47, commencing "Though
troubles assail, and dangers affright." The choir consisted of
about fifteen young women, led by Mrs. Lincoln, of Decatur,
with Miss Minnie Goodwin as organist. Eev. Musgrove opened
the exercises with prayer, after which "I want more faith in
Jesus" was sung. The earnest worker then took his place upon
the platform and delivered a most eloquent sermon, which was
followed by the usual altar service.
Sabbath morning dawned brightly for many a home which
held its family prayer for the first time. The usual 10 o'clock
class meeting was participated in by young and old, from which
place they repaired to the large room to participate in the reg-
ular morning services. The choir sang, "Oh, come to the Sav-
iour, His arms are extended." Eev. Hobbs then read the
scripture lesson and followed it by prayer, after which he took
for his text, Romans i :i6. He gave a most eloquent description
of the sacrifices of Paul in professing the name of Jesus. "He
was compelled to give up so many glittering promises of great-
ness; so many splendid prospects, such a proud name among
his people, distinction as a scholar, and a proud reputation
among the distinguished of his day, which seemed within his
grasp, when convicted of sin as he went from Jerusalem to Da-
mascus "breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the
disciples of the Lord." With all these sacrifices; with all these
losses, Paul was ready to exclaim, when filled with the love of
Jesus, and he felt the joy of pardoned sin "I am not ashamed
of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salva-
tion to every one that believeth." The discourse was in every
particular a masterly one. He has a good command of lan-
guage, and applies his illustrations forcibly. The afternoon
meeting at 3 o'clock, was short, consisting of songs and a short
THE HAKRISON EEVITAL. 37
The young people's meeting at 6:4.5 was completely jam-
med, many who desired failed to gain admittance. It was
fruitful of much good. As usual, the auditorium was crowded,
and many disappointed ones turned their steps homeward or
attended other churches. After prayer and singing, Rev. Har-
rison said: "Daniel, 5th chapter and 27th verse is our text.
Only one word! Just a single word for a text. But, oh my
God, impress upon this people to-night the strength of that
word! Only one word, and that written by the finger of God!
Just a single word, but what an eternity of weal or woe; of
sorrow or happiness, of joy or grief, hangs upon that one word!
A great feast is set by the king; he has sent out his messengers
and servants, and they have invited the rich and the great the
aristocracy of the kingdom. They have been bidden to the
king's table. The event is a great one, and but few of the invi-
tations are slighted. The night has come, the guests of the
king have arrived have crowded his banqueting hall. There
the great and honored have assembled; night in all its darkness
has settled upon that brilliant scene, and the great city is all
watching the grand people of the kingdom going toward the
banqueting hall. Such elegance of finish, such grandeur in
conception the world had never before witnessed. Servants by
hundreds were floating round the hall, bending, bowing and
scraping to the invited guests, and royal splendor was at its
height, when, 'Like a flash of lightning,' just as his guests were
quaffing bumpers to the royal personage, perhaps, and syco-
phants were sipping royal wines to his highness' health, turn-
ing he sees a sight! 'Tis only a word, but oh, my God, what a
word! '"What is it?' cries the king. 'What does it mean?'
cries his royal highness. He then calls his wise men together;
he calls his philosophers together; calls his soothsayers and
servants of every rank to aid him, under penalty of losing their
positions, to tell him what this awful word means. None can
tell him. At last Daniel is sent for. 'This is the word and
this is the meaning of the writing upon the wall,' said Daniel;
'Tekel. Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.'
Oh, my God! How many have been weighed to-night? Do
you want to be found wanting?" Thirty-four were forward and
thirty were converted.
Monday evening Rev. Musgro ve said in opening the services :
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"We have now arrived at the close of the fifth week of this
great work, and I am thankful for what has been accomplished.
Over 900 have knelt around this altar, most of whom have found
the 'pearl of great price.' This is an opportunity for which all
ought to feel thankful." Rev. Harrison did not take a text,
but exhorted briefly from the lines of the hymns as they were
sung. When the opportunity was offered, twenty-five came to
seek pardon, and sixteen obtained the "one thing needful."
THE SIXTH WEEK.
Tuesday was a most blessed day, and many were refreshed
with the baptism of the Holy Ghost. The evening service was
one of the most wonderful of the series. About two hundred
people were present from Decatur, and all given seats as near
as possible. One of the lady visitors said: "The people of
Springfield have kept their word, and done even better than I
had expected." Eev. E. D. Wilkin, of Carlinville, offered
prayer, after which the revivalist sermonized from Isaiah
xxxviii: 14, "Undertake for me." At the altar service twenty-
four were forward and eighteen converted.
The young peoples' meeting on this evening was thronged
with many who had not attended before, and all were strength-
ened by this short season of prayer and singing. The regular
revival service was opened with prayer by Eev. Lyon, of
Pleasant Plains. Eev. Harrison then said: "I believe this is a
victory before we have commenced. There is some one to be
converted here to-night. That is a miracle. This will be a
glorious time." After the singing of a hymn, Eev. Harrison
viewed the vast assemblage with a scrutinizing eye, and after
some moments of perfect stillness said: "Take up the collection
right away. [Laughter]. Give something towards the expenses
of lighting and heating this, church. This is for your good and
you can give a mite." He selected as his text, Matthew xxii:
12.- He said: "Last night the passage was all on our side of
supplication and helplessness. This evening it is on the other
side. I know the aspiration of immortal nature. I want to get
to the right glory. What men want is that they may some day
be saved and go to heaven. They want satisfaction. The king
came to Christ and wanted these things. Christ said, 'Art thou
master of Israel, and knowest not these things?' He wanted
just what you are wanting to-night joy. There are men here
THE HABBISON BEVIVAL. 39
to-night who would argue about theology and make excuses. As
Moody one time said, 'I would rather talk to a stone wall.' If
I speak to him he will give me ten reasons why he don't want to
be a Christian. If he gets sick, five will go. If death comes
the other five are gone. Then where are his excuses? Life is
too short to argue. You had better see how 'it is with your souls.
God will ask every man, woman and child in the day of judg-
ment the words found in this text. What will you do, my dear
unconverted friend, if you are not converted? Have the wed-
ding garment on." There were twenty-five that bowed at the
altar and seventeen converted.
Eain did not prevent the anxious people from assembling
at the church at an early hour and but few seats were vacant.
The Lord met with them and made His presence manifest with
a mighty out-pouring of His Holy Spirit. "Keep looking unto
Jesus," was sung, when Eev. Harrison commented on the dear,
precious words contained in the hymn. He said that when you
see anything written by Fanny Crosby you may know it is good
and precious to the soul. Rev. A. P. Stover, of Greenfield, of-
fered prayer, asking "that our worship here to-night may be
acceptable and result in many souls being brought to the foot
of the cross." Eev. Harrison said, "When I commenced these
meetings, you thought I was extravagant when I said there
would be a thousand conversions. Now we are looking for fif-
teen hundred. Next Tuesday will be the jubilee over the first
one thousand souls." The invitation for seekers was given,
when fourteen responded and ten were converted.
The cold and disagreeable weather did not keep saint or
sinner fiom the evening's service, which was opened by singing
Nos. 45 and 64 and prayer by Elder Wood, who thanked God
for the great plan of redemption, for the spirit's presence, for
the almost a thousand who had found the Saviour and asked
for help to believe, to pray and strive with the unconverted,
and that the meeting be crowned with heavenly benediction.
Mrs. Wellman sang "Let me in, let me in, patiently I wait,"
while the collection was being taken. Mr. Harrison announced
his text, "Escape for thy life," Gen. xix:17. He said: "The
word of God would not send out words of warning if there was
no danger. There is cause for fear, and alarm, and apprehen-
sion. It is not death, but the beyond that men are alarmed
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about. If there is no peril there would be no alarm. My text
is, 'Escape.' Death is near; judgment is nigh. Thank God
there is a shelter where we can escape to. Come with your
guilty fears and your burning heart. You will not perish, but
He will save you. Escape, escape!"
There seems to have been a feeling during these meetings
that Sabbaths were crowning clays of an entire week, and they
have been looked forward to and hailed with rejoicing by con-
verted and unconverted as being special occasions of grace.
And the expectations have been realized, and never more so
than on this 21st of February. The morning congregation at
the First M. E. Church listened with profit to their beloved
pastor, Rev, Musgrove, who preached from the words: "Pre-
pare to meet thy God," a citation to the bar of judgment to
stand "before the great white throne and be judged by the
'Judge of all.' " The words had marked effect upon his listen-
ers, who pronounced it one of the most impressive sermons to
which they had ever listened. In the evening the galleries
were packed with church members long before time to open the
large doors below, and when opened, the scene in the audito-
rium was a sight to behold. People came, one rushing over
the other in search of a seat, and would even have gone to the
seats reserved in front for the converts, had not a strong rope
and ushers in each aisle prevented them. When the young
converts came in they filled the seats reserved for them, the
altar rail between the railing and the pulpit, and the aisles.
After prayer by Eev. Harrison, Mrs. Henkle sang, most beauti-
fully, "How can I live without Jesus?" The stillness of death
reigned throughout the vast audience as she came to the words:
"How can I die without Jesus?" and awe was depicted on many
a sinner's face. The evangelist chose a portion of Mark xii:34:
"Thou art not far from the kingdom." The sermon was forci-
ble in the extreme, and full of earnest application to those be-
fore him. His pleadings were pathetic and tender, spoken in
all the earnestness of his soul. His efforts were crowned with
success, the altar being crowded with mourners, and at about (
9:15 the sound of the great organ reverberated through the
room, over one thousand souls, as the vast congregation sang,
"Praise God" five different times, once for each two hundred.
The building was fairly shaken to its foundation with the
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melody of voices, and for blocks around could be heard the
rejoicings of the Methodists over the conversion of one thou-
Monday night completed the sixth week of the series of re-
vival meetings, and during that time there have been 1,022
seekers at the altar. The service opened with prayer by Eev.
Dugan, of Yirden, after which the announcements were made
for the great jubilee on the morrow. Eev. Harrison exhorted
for a few minutes to the unsaved on the importance of coming to
the Saviour without delay, and have a hand in the jubilee. On
invitation, fourteen came forward, and ten claimed to have the
witness of . the Spirit that they were born of God.
THE SEVENTH WEEK.
This chapter opens with the jubilee service which has pre-
viously been announced to occupy the entire day, from 6 o'clock
A. M. But before entering into the details we may stop for a
moment and consider the good seed being sown by this revival,
although the work not being consummated in the Methodist
churches alone. The First and Second churches and the Eng-
lish Lutheran joined hands in this great revival, and are work-
ing in perfect harmony. Eev. E. G. Hobbs, of the Second M.
E. Church, is laboring with great efforts, and praying with great
faith, believing that God has a work for him to do toward
saving the unsaved of his congregation. Eev. B. F. Grouse,
pastor of the English Lutheran flock, is a most devout man,
with a heart to do whatever the Spirit requires of him. He has
received some wonderful blessings himself since the meetings
began, and at times his heart was too full of joy for utterance.
Large additions have been made to each of the above churches.
The Central Baptist Church has been enthused with new life,
and is harvesting many souls for Christ, through that thorough
and eloquent divine, Eev. Green Clay Smith, of Kentucky.
Eev. Zollars, pastor of the Christian Church, is holding a re-
vival, the result of which is almost unparalleled in the history
of that church. Eev. J. A. Eeed, of the First Presbyterian
Church, Eev. I). S. Johnson, of the Second, and Eev. E. S. Mc-
Michael, of the Third, and Eev. E. 0. Post, of the Congregational
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church, are carrying on a warfare against Satan, in the First
Presbyterian Church. Not only is the city receiving the
benefits of this wonderful awakening, but the country round
about is made to feel its wonderful power. Eev. Harrison al-
most daily preaches at different points throughout the county,
and many are converted through his earnest efforts. Surely
there is cause to rejoice.
Tuesday, February 23, 1886, will be a day most pleasantly
remembered by those who participated in the great rejoicing-
over the first thousand souls saved from an everlasting damna-
tion. The first service was held at 6 o'clock A. M., and consist-
ed of prayer for those who had taken upon themselves His
name, and that they might ever be true to their vows. Songs
of joy were sung; holy communion was held with God, and all
present had their hearts filled with gladness. The hour of 10
o'clock found the church filled to overflowing with bright and
happy faces. The ministers who occupied chairs on the ros-
trum were, Eev. Harrison, Eev. W. H. Musgrove, Eev. E. G
Hobbs, Eev. B. F. Grouse, Eev. P. Wood, Eev. Saegesser, of
the German Methodist, Eev. Dugan, of Yirden and Eev. W.
Eoeder, of Decatur. Songs and choruses were sung over and
over again. The jubilee hymn written by G. E. VanHorne was
sung with hearts of joy and gladness. The sermon was
preached by Eev. Dr. Tudor, pastor of the St. Louis Methodist
church, south, his text being found in Exodus xiv:13: "And
.Moses said unto the people, fear ye not, stand still, and see the
salvation of the Lord, which he will shew you to day; for the
Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again
no more forever." He delivered a lengthy discourse and began
by saying that some of the best and most useful members of
his congregation were converted two years ago at the great re-
vival in St. Louis, conducted by Eev. Harrison. His sermon
was a powerful effort and a rare treat to all who heard it. A
praise service and love feast was held at 2 o'clock, and was a
time of great blessings. At the evening service the house was
more thoroughly packed than it had been at any" previous time.
It was desired to have all in, that could find a place to stand,
and yet there must have been nearly 2,500 persons disappointed.
Eev. Dr. Tudor, of St. Louis, preached an excellent sermon on
faith, as expressed in Hebrews xi:7: "By faith Noah being
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warned of God, of tilings not seen as yet, moved with fear, pre-
pared an ark to the saying of his house." This ever memorable
jubilee day resulted in fifteen happy conversions, all but one
who were at the altar. During this service it was necessary to
hold an overflow meeting in the Sunday School room which
was led by Eevs. Musgrove, Hobbs and Grouse. The exhorta-
tions made by these sainted declaimers of the Gospel, went to
the hearts of many, and six bowed at the altar. Five of these
found the Saviour and 1 rejoiced in his name.
Wednesday evening witnessed another bad and stormy
hour for going to church'. Ladies donned their water-proofs,
gentlemen hoisted their umbrellas and away they went to the
glorious place of divine worship. Eev. Harrison said that it
was his observation that when people came to the house of God
through a storm, they always had a most precious meeting.
Hundreds had come for the purpose of getting a blessing, and
they would get it. The careless would be awakened, sinners
convicted, seekers converted, and Christians strengthened. He
did not select a text, but exhorted to the young converts to be
steadfast through sunshine, cloud and storm. "The advice and
encouragement of those who have been long in the way should
be sought and their years of experience have its weight in the
formation of Christian character." The revivalist continued
with a pressing invitation to the unpardoned to seek forgiveness.
Eight out of the ten persons forward were brought into the
light* and smile of Jesus' countenance.
Eev. J. P. Dimmit, of Decatur, and Mrs. Boyle, of St. Louis,
both active workers for the Master, contributed their mite to
the meeting Thursday. afternoon, which was held in the audi-
torium. The revivalist preached upon "The Baptism of Fire,"
taking for his text, Matt, iii: 11, "I indeed baptize you with
water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier
than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear, he shall baptize
you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." He told how this bap-
tism could be obtained, and showed the fruits that would fol-
low. Hundreds arose when asked how many wished to obtain
it, and those who desired to go the altar were so many that the
aisles even filled for some distance back. Mrs. Boyle led in
prayer, and asked that the Lord would burn up the dross out of
the hearts of those who were seeking this cleansing. Many
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said the service was the most prec ions they had ever experi-
enced. Eev. Dinimit opened the evening meeting with a most
comprehensive prayer. Mr. Harrison ch ose his text from that
precious chapter in Isaiah, Iv: 6, "Seek ye the Lord while he
may be found; call ye upon him while he is near." He said in
our journey from the cradle to the tomb there was one transaction
to take place, and that was to secure God's mercy and obtain
the soul's salvation. Our side of the transaction was to ask,
and God has said we shall receive. If we knock, He will open
the door. Jesus says, "Come, for all things are now ready."
"If I wash myself with snow-water, and should I clean my
hands with alkali, yet thou shall plunge me in the ditch," Job
ix: 30-31, were the words from which the evangelist spoke for a
time. He said, "You may think that a strange text, and say, 'I
have never read that before.' When I was in St. Louis they
said I was astray, and ministers came out against me. I was
right and they were wrong." He said this verse described Job's
helplessness, and the path we are walking in? We try to be
good, but things go all wrong. We try to get to heaven in our
own way; trying to be saved without redemption; but unless
there is a turning about we will miss it. God gives us the
power to go or stay. When our companions coine to rob us of
our soul and purity, and we do not resist, that is all wrong.
Twenty-nine responded to the altar invitation, and fifteen were
made happy in Christ.
Saturday evening a large congregation of ladies only was
present to hear Eev. Harrison as he spoke of "A woman in
trouble." Great attention was given the evangelist upon this
The services of Sunday were all well attended and the" hap-
py hearts and musical voices betokened the joy of the people
and the baptism of bliss was descending upon the faithful, and
new converts felt their determination renewed to press on in the
work commenced. From the class-meeting they went into the
great congregation with their hearts like well-tilled soil, ready
to receive the word preached by Eev. Musgrove at 11 o'clock,
from Ezekiel xxxiii. : 8, "When I say unto the wicked, wicked
man, thou shalt surely die: if thou dost not speak to warn the
wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity;
but his blood will I require at thy hand." His theme was the
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responsibility of the ministers of Christ,- and also of all who
profess His name, in warning men against sin. At the after-
noon meeting Eey. Harrison addressed men only from the
words, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee."
Quite a large number arose when asked if they wanted to be
saved. The evening service was a most gracious baptismal,
and after the "boy preacher" had pleaded earnestly to the un-
converted from Luke xix. : 10, "For the Son of man is come to
seek and to save that which was lost," thirty-sis went forward
and thirty-three were converted.
In the afternoon of Monday, Mrs. S. H. Boyle, of St.
Louis, gave her experience to ladies, in the lecture room. She
is at least 75 years of age, with a well formed head, covered
with silvered signs of age, and with a face beautiful to behold
because of the imprint of purity and the stamp of a pious walk
with God. In the evening Eev. Harrison exhorted the truth
as found in Job xxii:21: "Acquaint now thyself with Him,
and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee." It was
one of the strongest appeals he has made yet to dying men and
women, to acquaint themselves with the Lord by forsaking sin.
Twenty-one came forward and twenty-one became acquainted
with the Saviour.
THE EIGHTH WEEK.
This Tuesday afternoon's sermon embraced the experience
of the revivalist. Space will not permit the relating of more
than a few points of this zealous' worker's recital. He said that
as for himself, he was converted like a flash of lightning out of
a dark cloud. There had been a great deal said and written in
regard to this revival work. They say where is the success?
That there is success has been proven. Some say it is personal
magnetism; others say, "He draws a spell over the congrega-
tion." If that was so, I would bring you all to Christ. An-
other says, "It is mesmerism; he is nervous and makes other
people so." A paper says the Bishops and official' organs are
pushing me on. It is none of these they all come short of the
fact. The Bible says, "It is not by might or by power, but by
my spirit, saith the Lord." While they said that the powers of
Charles Fimiey and others was in their logical and scientific
presentation of the word of God, they have never said that
about me. He here referred to an occasion of an attempt to
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preach a written sermon at Martha's Vineyard, while there were
a hundred ministers near by. The paper was soon cast aside,
for, as the preacher said, "down came the Holy Ghost, down
came the proud, and down came everybody." The meeting went
on for three hours. "Well," says one, "I suppose you gave
them a great sermon?" "If you had read the Chicago paper
you would not have thought so. The brother, Dr. Newman,
who wrote to the paper, -did not compliment me very much. He
wrote that we had a wonderful manifestation of the word of
God, and said that the sermon I gave them well, 'it was like a
ram's horn blast,' but then he put something beneath it, and
said, 'nevertheless, the walls came down.' Get the walls down
any way. Oh that they may come down to-day." At the eve-
ning service he preached from Matt. iii:7: "Who hath warned
you to flee from the wrath to come." Nineteen conversions
were reported for Tuesday, and about twelve hundred seekers
have, during the seven weeks, knelt at the altar.
Wednesday afternoon Rev. Harrison spoke relative to his
awakening and conversion. His remarks were of great interest
and benefit to all who heard him. Eev. Hobbs offered a brief
prayer after the singing of several hymns, and Mr. Harrison
announced his text, being the first verse of the 63d chapter of
Isaiah: "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed
garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in His apparel,
traveling in the greatness of His strength? I that speak in
righteousness mighty to save." He said, in part, that the pro-
phet lived in a dark time the midnight age and shadows had
become dark clouds, and sin had become outbroken idolatry.
As the captain of the sinking vessel, with glass in hand, sees
relief coming to him, so Isaiah put the telescope of prophecy
to his eye, and looking forward seven hundred and fifty years,
,sees one coming to the troubled over billows of human blessed-
ness. Unless we are redeemed by the power of the blood of
the Son of God, there is no hope. There are, perhaps, four
hundred here to-night not at peace with God. You are weary.
You are almost, at times, dissatisfied with life. The words
sorrow, disappointment, perdition and remorse can each and all
be spelled with three letters sin. You can come to God to-
night and He will save you if you will let Him." During the
day there were thirty new seekers and twenty-one conversions.
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The usual number could be seen at the M. E. Church on
Thursday evening, and after the singing of several hymns Eev.
Wilder, presiding elder of the Decatur district, led in prayer.
Eev. Harrison selected, Eev. xxii: 17, "And the spirit and the
bride say, come; and let him that is 'athirst say, come'; and who-
soever will, let him take the water of life "freely," as his text.
He said however bad or indifferent one may be, God will save
to the uttermost. Meet the condition, and God will save us.
The text presents Jesus holding out His hand to take ours. It
takes in the bad, moral and upright, "Whosoever will."
The work goes on without any signs of abatement, although
the weather was unfavorable on Friday night. At the young
people's meeting the converts prayed with wondrous power, and
testified to the goodness of God. The "little giant" of faith did
not take a text at the service in the auditorium, but urged sin-
ners to come forward and take a stand for Jesus. He believed
that the quicker the work at the altar began the better, and at
once extended the invitation. Seventeen sought the mercy
seat, and sixteen succeeded in being wholly redeemed.
The Saturday night meeting for women, was largely at-
tended, consisting of singing, prayer and a brief talk by the
"Boy Preacher," and invitation to seekers.
Sabbath afternoon service to men only, was a continuation
of Mr. Harrison's experience. A number went forward, and
five or six converted. Every available space was allowed to be
occupied during the evening discourse. Without taking any
especial text, the words "No excuse" were taken as the basis of
the sermon. The speaker said every one in the sound of his
voice knew they must die. Jesus set before us an open door;
He stands at the door and knocks, and if Ave do not open who is
to blame? There is no excuse for not being a Christian; no
excuse for' not repenting. God says there is no excuse. Thirty-
six sought and thirty-one found Christ.
The evening services on Monday brought an end to the work
of eight weeks, yet there is still an unabated interest and hund-
reds are turned away every night. Eev. Harrison's faith is
stronger, that the revival has only fairly begun, and as he
stretched forth his hands great solemnity prevailed, and the
words fell from his lips with a mighty power. After prayer by
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Rev. James Shaw, of Bloomington, the "boy preacher" exhorted
for a short time on each verse of hymn No. 18. He praised
God for the mighty work being accomplished in this city. At
the call for seekers fifteen new ones came forward and sixteen
. THE NINTH WEEK.
The services on Tuesday night were witnessed by another
large audience and many came to find that the door was shut.
Eev. Grouse prayed that this might be a night long to be re-
membered for the great outpouring of God's blessing. At this
time Eev. Harrison said, "Come to Him gladly. Like a young
man in Washington, who found that he could not get through
the crowd to the altar, knelt down right where he was, and cried
for mercy. He was in a hurry. Oh, may you be to-night."
There were seventeen new ones came forward and nineteen con-
At the opening of the services on Wednesday night Eev.
Wood prayed fervently for the press, the reporters and the
printers. No. 24 was sung, and after a short prayer, Eev. Har-
rison selected for his text, "Go thy way for this time; when I
have a convenient season 1 will call for thee." He said that
our decisions now would affect us forever. "God says, 'Eepent,
repent!' There will never be a better time than this. Come
while he may yet be found." At the conclusion of the service
fourteen were reported as finding peace for their souls.
The inclement weather caused the First M. E. Church to be
more sparsely filled than any evening during the meetings thus
far. Mr. Musgrove stated that up to this time 1,347 had bowed
at the altar, and 520 of this number had united with the Metho-
dist churches alone. Mr. Harrison followed with a few words,
and said this revival was almost unprecedented in the history
of the city, yea, in the .State; that the best part of it was the
quick conversions. The battle was fought when they came to
the altar and' gave themselves entirely to the Lord. He said:
"This has only been a gentle breeze, but I believe a cyclone is
coming. Don't say anything about glory, we will get there
when we get through." He said he was going to take a text,
but forgot what it was. He nervously felt in his pocket, looked
THE HARBISON REVIVAL. 49
on the Bible, but finally remembered the subject, which was
" The cloak we wear." He had become so interested before se-
lecting his text that the time for the sermon had passed. His
efforts were crowned by the conversion of thirteen souls.
The audience on Friday night was very much interested and
a great and good work was accomplished. After the devotional
exercises, Rev. Harrison said, "I want all converts to join some
church. There will be no services on Saturday and we will get
rested for the great work next week. It will be as great as all
other weeks combined, I believe. I take it for granted we are
all here with one mind; we are all racing on toward eternity,
there seems to be a great seriousness settling down upon this
congregation. All those who desire to be saved stand up."
Quite a number arose and he repeated the text, "Behold, now
is the day of salvation." Twenty came to the altar and sixteen
Sunday evening there were more people attempting to gain
admission to the church than there had been any night for sev-
eral weeks. By 7 o'clock the church was packed full and the
doors were closed. The sidewalk on the south and west sides
of the building was a perfect jam of disappointed persons wait-
ing to see if they could not by some means get an opportunity
to slip in, as some one would come out. This state of affairs
continued until the close of the service. Eev. Harrison prayed
that this might be a night of great power and harvesting of souls
for Christ. He wanted the Christians to breathe a spirit of
prayer while he preached the word found in Hebrews ii:3:
"How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?"
"Here is a question which involves eternity and has no answer.
This is a point each and every one must settle and answer for
themselves. How will you answer it to-nigh. Oh, come and
be saved." At this point he was interrupted by a lady fainting
in the gallery. He commenced singing, "The Saviour is call-
ing," and then asked seekers to come forward. "Escape."
Seventeen came and twelve found Jesus.
Monday evening closed the ninth week of the revival, and
no abatement in the interest manifested. The "boy preacher"
was much gratified at the state of affairs. No. 47 was sung as
the opening hymn, "Though troubles assail and dangers affright"
followed by No. 37, after which Eev. Mr. Wood offered the
50 THE HARRISON REVIVAL.
opening prayer. Considerable coughing was going on while
the collection was being taken up, and Bev. Harrison said, "All
get through coughing before I commence to preach. It seems
to be Hke the yellow fever catching." [Laughter.] After
singing No. 87 the evangelist knelt in prayer, after which he
took for his text, "For God so loved the world that he gave his
only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life," John iii: 16. He showed the
love, mercy and goodness of God so plain that it brought the
tear of joy to the eye of many, and the tear of repentance and
sorrow to the eye of the sinner. Fifteen could not resist the
pleadings of the eloquent speaker, nor hush the "still small
voice" of conscience whispering of their unsaved condition, but
knelt at the chancel rail, and fourteen were converted.
THE TENTH WEEK.
A deluge of redeeming love was experienced at the meeting
on Tuesday night. Eev. Harrison delivered a most excellent
sermon from James iv: 14, ""Whereas ye know not what shall be
on the morrow. For what is your life?" The altar services
seemed to be lacking in interest at first, but the best of the wine
came at the last of the feast. Bev. Harrison had been saying
all evening there would be a cyclone of converting power be-
fore they left, but the audience was dismissed, and many had
gone home when the cyclone of heavenly grace came down.
The meeting was commenced again, dismissed once more, when
another shower came and the meeting was resumed. This kept
up until nearly every one in the house was praising God or
being converted. Twenty-five bowed at the altar, twenty were
converted, and the older Christians most wonderfully blessed.
Thus far 1,465 have bowed at the altar as seekers of salva-
tion. On Thursday evening, at the early service in the lecture
room, a part of the hour was spent in hearing testimonials from
young converts. A large number spoke in rapid succession
concerning their conversion. The evening revival services
opened by the singing, of "Bedeemed, how I love to proclaim
it." Bev. Mr. Grouse, pastor of the English Lutheran church,
followed with a heartfelt prayer. Mr. Harrison asked that
Christians join him in a spirit of earnest prayer and exercise of
faith for another evening's victory through the spirit's influence
THE HABRISON KEVIVAL. 51
and that it might truly be a "harvest-home" night. Many who
were present, he said, were not far from the kingdom, but far
enough to be lost. Oh, for a general coming and a universal
cry of "I yield; I yield. I cannot hold out longer because of
conviction." His test was, "Kiss the son, lest He be angry, and
ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little."
Psalm ii, 12. While he was exhorting upon this subject, a
young man in the gallery was converted before he could get
down to the altar. At the close of the evening, twenty-five had
been forward and seventeen converted.
The "cyclone" of the power of God made manifest the pre-
vious evening still lingered in the hearts of the ministers,
workers and converts on Wednesday evening. The "boy
preacher" paced the rostrum as he related something of how he
received the blessing, to his attentive listeners. He said,
"Brother Shepherd asked me if I saw the wonderful power of
God coming. I said I did; when I went up this aisle I met it;
when I went up that aisle I faced it; when I came here (point-
ing to the altar) I caught it; it spread like an epidemic; three
more nights like last night would shake the city from end to
end; breathe a spirit of prayer that we may have just such
another night to-night. Almost before the invitation was given
several came rushing to the alter. Twenty-four were forward
and seventeen were converted.
Friday night closed the most remarkable week in the his-
tory of the revival. Young and old persons, burdened with sin
have kneeled at the altar and been made heirs of God. The
services were opened with prayer by Eev. Hobbs, asking the
Lord for divine help, for grace, zeal, enthusiasm and devotion;
for earnest repentance and eager seeking. Eev. Harrison said
that he would preach in the old-fashioned Methodist way to-
night, by exhorting and pleading. The result was nineteen
forward and eight conversions.
Sunday night the work progressed with about the same
power, and twenty-five more rejoiced in the Redeemer's love.
Mrs. Wellman sang No. 72, and then Eev. Harrison selected
for his text, "What must I do to be saved?" He said, "Breathe
a spirit of prayer for a hundred conversions here to-night. He
can subdue any heart. There is not a person here who will die
to be lost unless he wants- to, There will not be one lost in the
52 THE HARBISON REVIVAL.
world beyond without a reason." He continued on a line of the
sureness of death and the necessity of making immediate prep-
The attendance on Monday night was as large as on the
previous evening, and there was an overspreading of the Holy
Spirit throughout the entire congregation. The songs were
sung with unusual volumn and pathos. Mrs. Wellman sang
with much tenderness of spirit, "Who is this that waiteth?"
and as she dwelled on the words "Let me in," a mystified still-
ness took hold of the audience. The text, John, xv, 22: "If I.
had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but
now they have no cloak for their sin." He made a brief ex-
hortation, and in the course of his remarks said: "Yes, there is
a storm gathering, and I need shelter. There are those here
who are slaves, but God wants to liberate you, but you will not
accept the great plan of redemption. Christ has spoken to
you; spoken by His teachings, by his sufferings how many
ways He has spoken. You have no cloak for your sins. Christ
speaks by entreaty, invitation and exhortion, but never by com-
pulsion." An invitation was given and responded to by twenty-
one seekers, and seventeen found relief for their sin-sick souls.
This brought the total up to 1,500, and the congregation sang
the Doxology six times. Other praise hymns were sung before
THE ELEVENTH WEEK.
The young people's meeting on Tuesday night .was full of
the glory of God many hearts burned to tell the glad news to
those present. The eager ones, who had gathered in the audi-
torium, were impressed with the solemnity of the hour, and
listened with abated breath to every word that fell from
the lips of the holy man of God. Rev. Musgrove offered the
opening prayer, thanking God for the gaining of victory after
victory; that the grace of God had been sufficient to drive back
the wiles of Satan, who had arisen to thwart the plans of the
meeting. Bev. Harrison said: "We thank God for the history
of this revival. I received a telegram to-day from New York
that a business man had been converted just as a result of read-
ing about these meetings. It is spreading far and Avide. How
much grander could the result be?" As he stepped forward to
preach, a look of deep concern for the conversion of souls filled
THE HABEISON EEVIVAL. 53
his face, and after a few words, invited the unsaved forward.
Fifteen were happily converted out of twenty-five who came to
At the services yesterday afternoon and last night, there
was no visible signs of the interest dying out. Eev. Harrison
said: "There will be four things to take place here to-night.
First, sing heaven; second, pray heaven; third, preach
heaven; and fourth, get into heaven. I want every unsaved
soul here to night to take ine by the hand and start for
heaven." Rev. Musgrove arose and said that a morning paper
had stated that these meetings would close next week, as
Bro. Harrison had to go away. Now, if all feel like I do to-
night and enjoy as great a blessing, these meetings will continue
indefinitely. All who want these meetings to. continue, please
arise. (All arose except the reporters.) "Now if this truly
comes from the heart, you will aid the cause by giving liberally
to-night when the baskets are passed around. The expenses
must be borne, and I believe you will help to bear the burden.
Give what you can and keep these meetings going. The text
for the evening was Eev. xxi:10: "And he showed me that great
city." The Bible teaches the doctrine that we may know when
our names are written there. That is what we want to-night
new names written in heaven. God, send the blessing down.
Say "I will start for heaven." You say, "How do you know
that our names are written there?" Paul says, "I send greeting
to those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life."
Of the fifteen kneeling at the altar nine were gloriously saved.
It is evident that the end of this most wonderful revival is
not yet, although the time approaches when the meetings must
have closed. Since this series of meetings commenced, fifteen
hundred and fifty-two persons have bowed at the altar as seek-
ers of salvation. On this (Thursday) evening Eev. Harrison
did not take a text, for he believes the unsaved are already con-
vinced of sin, of righteousness, and of a judgment to come, and
that the most important word to be spoken to them is an urgent
appeal to come and ask for pardon, for peace and eternal life.
Nineteen came forward, and thirteen passed from death unto
The evangelist commenced the services of Friday evening
by saying that the church was too small for the people, though
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nearly three months had elapsed since this great work began.
"You would think the people would become weary. No, no.
The interest is greater than the first night when I stood in this
pulpit crying out 'Have faith in God.' " Fervent prayers were
offered after the exhortation, in behalf of the unconverted, and
seventeen came to the altar of mercy, and eleven professed to
have the knowledge of a saving power;
The meeting Sabbath evening was opened by the singing
of several hymns followed with prayer by Eev. Hobbs. No. 38
was then sung, the untiring evangelist exhorting from each
verse. He then offered a brief prayer, asking the Lord to come
near. "If we succeed at the mercy seat we must be right our-
selves. "We are needy, but Thou hast said that we may be sup-
plied." He pleaded for the sinner, asking God to be with him
while he preached to those who are on the way to judgment un-
saved those neglecting to prepare for eternity. He preached
from the words, "Thou art weighed in the balance," a text pre-
viously exhorted from, but presenting, on this occasion, new
truths with telling effect. At the close of the service thirty-one
had been forward and twenty-four converted. At the afternoon
service there were twelve conversions.
A joyful jubilee was held on Monday night over the 1,600
precious souls that have been redeemed. Last night closed the
eleventh week, and still souls are being brought into the fold
by scores. And not only are sinners being reclaimed, but the
Christians who have tread the narrow path for years are warmed
up, and have received many glorious blessings since the meet-
ings began. The Holy Spirit was in every song, and hovered
near every soul. The evangelist began with renewed zeal and
vigor and strong belief in the wonderful saving power of God.
. Eev. B. F. Grouse prayed fervently and earnestly, pleaded the
cause of the dying sinners, that they might have their names
written in the Lamb's book of life. The preacher of strong
faith arose and for some minutes gazed into the faces of his
1,300 hearers. He seemed to study their very thoughts, and
said that the mighty work going on in the minds of the people
was Avonderful. "The countenance shows the deep interest
manifested. To-day we stepped over the line, and now 1,605
have been saved. There ought to go up from this congregation
one mighty hallelujah to God. It is no use for me to talk to
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you long to-night. I have been preaching to you for eleven
weeks, and you know what is required of you. I have witnessed
the conversion of nearly 60,000 souls, but I don't believe I will
ever see just such another scene as this. I pray you come and
seek the Saviour while He may yet be found." The Christian
workers went out among the people and brought forward
twenty-one who desired to be saved, and fourteen found favor
in the Saviour's love.
THE TWELFTH WEEK.
The threatening weather prevented a few of the frequent-
ers attending the services Tuesday evening, March 30th, but
divine power was in the midst of the congregation. The after-
noon meeting had been another of those characteristic refresh-
ings, and those attending brought its influence to the evening
hour. While the choir sang "The rock that is higher than I,"
it seemed Mr. Harrison could not express his joy, and said:
"How our meeting is progressing! How others are learning to
shout praises to God! A brother has told me he has not known
of such a meeting for twenty years. The young men said at
first they could not leave their work; but see them now throng-
ing through the corridors. Now! Oh, God! a little more power,
and soon the church will be packed, regardless of the inclement
weather. Gracious God, the power is Thine, give us the suc-
cess. Here we are on the twelfth week, with over 1,600 souls
saved. "What a glorious work it would be, if every one in this
house should be saved! What a meeting it would be!" As the
invitation hymn, "Jesus Saves," was sung, thirteen came for-
ward, and nine were converted.
A severe snow storm was raging Wednesday night, but the
diminished congregation were just as eager for the conversion of
souls as when the house was packed and encouragement was
written on every face present. Mr. Harrison said that storms
were never so great but that Christians would find their way to
the house of God. For convenience the audience went into the
lecture room where the many familiar hymns were sung with as
much earnestness and zeal by the faithful choir as when singing
to a packed house. Just as devout prayers were offered to Al-
mighty God as when 1,400 were present. The never-tiring
evangelist gave a brief talk upon the beautiful hymn, "Is my
name written there?" and upon invitation several were present
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who desired to have their names in the book of the Lamb.
Once more on Thursday evening the house was packed and
the prospects are as fair for a continuance of the meeting, as at
the close of the second week. Mr. Musgrove said he believed
if he should ask the audience if they desired them to go on, the
entire congregation would arise. He said Mr. Harrison had
calls from far and near to go and work, but his work here was
reaping such glorious results "that he don't want to leave till he
is compelled to. After songs were sung and a most eloquent
prayer by Eev. Musgrove, Mr. Harrison delivered an enthusias-
tic sermon from Psalm xxviii:8. Its power was felt by the re-
pentant ones, who were determined that this great meeting
should not close, this man, whom God had endowed with such
wonderful converting power, should not leave the city till their
souls had felt the dew of heaven, the clevine benediction upon
them. Sixteen bowed the knee at the altar, showing their
great concern for a new life.
Friday night's service opened by the singing of that im-
pressive hymn, "The Lily of the Valley," followed by a prayer
of thanksgiving and an exhortation by the pastor. Mr. Harri-
son followed with a short talk of the great need of immediate
action and the need of salvation. He said: "Oh, what a glori-
ous meeting this is, when we consider how long Kev. Horrison
worked in China in a similar cause for seven years and only
succeeded in getting one interested. Here we are with a little
more than three months of labor gone by and nearly 1,700 souls
saved and a flattering prospect for more." He alluded to the
condition of many church members who were in doubt, and that
perhaps some in the sound of his voice who might become con-
verts just as well as those seeking for the first time. His zeal-
ous call brought eighteen to the altar, and eleven were con-
Sunday's services were, as usual, among the best of the
week. Hundreds of disappointed ones turned away. Mr.
Musgrove said he believed there were many who would gladly
give a dollar if they were only permitted , to get inside. No
sign of lagging interest yet. Mrs. Wellman sang No. 1, im-
pressively followed by prayer and the song, "The Bock that is
Higher than I," after which the revivalist took for his text,
"What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose
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his own soul?" He was enthused with renewed vigor, gaz-
ing upon the eager throng and portraying in his devout,
earnest way, the folly of earthly gain and fame to the destruc-
tion of one's own soul. He felt overjoyed at the success of the
meetings, and believed they would soon have a jubilee for 2,000
souls. Fifteen responded to the invitation to "come," and eight
April 5th ends another week of this outpouring of the
Holy Spirit in Springfield. Where it will end none ventures to
say, but all pray that every heart in the city may feel its power.
The evangelist took no text for the evening, but exhorted and
commented upon the verses of No. 38. He always has some
new truth to present, and makes his applications more pointed
in the relating of many incidents which occur at different
places where he has labored. Eight responded to his eloquent
appeal, and three were converted.
THE THIETEENTH WEEK.
Tuesday night, April 6th, Rev. Harrison announced his
text from Proverbs xiv: 12, "There is a way which seemeth
right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death."
He said that all our earthly treasures were of no consideration
whatever; when we all knew we would soon leave this world
and forget them forever. If he could, with his strongest effort,
bring all to God, he could not praise Him enough. He knew if
one unsaved person in the house would actually turn from his
evil path and go to God, that one would praise Him for all ages
to come. He wove in the experience of the lukewarm, the sin-
ner, and of the hypocrite, and how difficult it was to answer the
question, "Are you saved?" He spoke of some ministers who
preach the gospel for years, lead in the family prayer, and at
the end of life might go to hell, because they are not saved.
When we have succeeded in winning the smile of God, are ac-
cepted by Him, we will Imow it. Eight out of eleven, who
went forward, professed to have found pardoning grace.
Wednesday evening's services were full of the Holy Spirit,
and great interest was manifested. A number of hymns were
sung, causing the walls of the house to resound with sweet
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melody. Eev. Harrison viewed the audience for several mo-
ments, a gentle smile creeping over liis bright and honest face.
He said, "There are one hundred men and women here who
would gladly prefer heaven to hell, but will not make an effort
to escape eternal damnation, yet if you will only be guided by
what I have to say, there would be no effort, no trouble, no de-
nial and all would be well." He then repeated his text, "If
thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake
Him, He will cast thee off forever." His plaintive voice sounded
once more in the ears of the sinner with pleadings and warn-
ing that made the very heart burn with conscious guilt when
thinking of the awful doom of the unsaved. People are born to
die; required to appear in judgment and enter an eternity just
as. they decide what that eternity shall be to them. He dropped
sweet crumbs for the devout Christian during his discourse,
which caused them to feel more love in their hearts for the One
who so richly bestows such blessings upon them, and it gave
them a more ardent desire to work for the salvation of precious
souls who are each day nearing the eternal judgment. He said
there was bad teaching in the hymn beginning, "Come thou
fount of every blessing," where could be found the words,
"Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I
love." He said, "I don't want to sing it when I am wandering
from God, and I would not like to be prone to leave the God I
love. Christians ought to sing, 'Prone to go to the God I
love.' " The usual invitation was given the unsaved to come
forward, and a great many responded during the singing of
those beautiful songs of invitation of which the "Precious
Hymns" so richly abound.
Thursday found the work of redeeming souls still.pressing
vigorously forward, under the captainship of that powerful
leader, Rev. Thomas Harrison, who asked, "Why all this meet-
ing? Why all this singing and praying? We know what we
meet here for; to sing praises to God for His beneficent kind-
ness, and the gift He is bestowing upon us all the time. Some
here to-night have the assurance that they are saved; some are
deeply thinking, while others are sitting on the lower floor,
and still others in the gallery, who have not given it a thought.
I hope you will not postpone seeking Jesus any longer, for you
may die before you have another opportunity." Sixteen went
forward, and eleven converted.
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Friday was a day tliafc will be long remembered by those
wlio were at the First M. E. Church at this time, which was a
day set apart for fasting and prayer for all interested in the
speedy conversion of friends, relatives and neighbors. From
time to time the interest deepened, until it seemed as though
"Heaven came down their souls to greet, and glory crowned the
mercy's seat." Many of the old soldiers of the cross felt that
at no time in their lives had they been lifted nearer to "the
portals in the skies." At this remarkable meeting ten came
forward to join hands for glory, and eight made their "peace
with God." At the evening service Eev. Harrison referred to
the afternoon meeting as being the most eventful one in the
history of the church. He said it was the privilege and duty
of every Christian to bring with them at the early service some
unconverted friend. Great blessings always follow the bring-
ing of unsaved souls to the Saviour. He gave an earnest ex-
hortation to the unconverted to come and seek Jesus. Seven-
teen came forward and nearly all found the light of God's coun-
A meeting of the young converts was held in the Second
M. E. Church, Saturday night, led by M. E. Bernard, consist-
ing of singing, prayer and testimonies, after which a Young
Christian's Association was organized, to be under the super-
vision of their pastor.
The early class meeting Sunday morning witnessed the
conversion of one man, where none had been converted before.
In the evening the face of Mr. Harrison was radiant with joy
and smiles, as he related some of the experiences of the day to
his large congregation, During the singing of "The new song''
by Miss Lizzie Hopping, the restless worker exhorted from
each verse, as is so often his wont of doing. After the an-
nouncements and the singing of several hymns, "It is time to
seek the Lord," a part of Hosea x:12, was selected the text of
the evening. He pressed the word of God so closely to the
heart, pictured so vividly the danger of delay in seeking salva-
tion, that thirty-eight came broken-hearted to the altar, and
twenty-five received the "pearl of great price," the most of any
evening during the meetings.
The Monday evening service was attended by another
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crowded house, and as Eev. Harrison said "The revival is reviv-
ing." The hyran, "Jesus saves," was sung at the opening of
the meeting, and was followed by an eloquent prayer by Eev.
Grouse. Mrs. Henlde rendered "While the years are rolling
on," after which the pastor, in speaking of the jubilee on the
morrow, said: "May God crown the day with the conversion of
one hundred souls." The evangelist said the meetings' re-
sults had reached far beyond the universal expectations. He
prayed that one hundred souls would be saved before the ben-
ediction was pronounced, and asked God to bless them and
make the evening's meeting a victorious one. He spoke of the
young man, who, the night before, arose from the altar and
said that business demanded his going; how he (Eev. Hanison)
pleaded with him to make one more effort, to bow at the altar
and pray to God for salvation. He did so, and was made happy
by the forgiveness of sin. While No. 29 was sung twenty-eight
came to. the altar, and nineteen were converted, twelve of whom
were young men.
THE FOURTEENTH WEEK.
Tuesday, April 13, was the day set apart for the grand
jubilee service of over seventeen hundred conversions. The
flame of the great revival had spread throughout Central Illi-
nois, and there was almost a continual coming and going to and
from the church all day. Hundreds of visitors were in the ctyy
to attend these special services and join in the thaksgiving to
God for the wonderful converting power which had seized so
many, who a short time before were walking in the path that
leads to destruction. An early service was held at 6 o'clock A.
M., which paved the way for the glorious work of the day. The
jubilee sermon was preached at 10 o'clock. The holy temple of
God was packed with an audience never before presenting a
more happy and contented appearance. The pulpit was beau-
tifully decorated with lovely and fragrant flowers artistically
arranged by Mrs. W. E. Shutt, whose exquisite taste in the
formation of sweet blending colors could not be improved upon.
On the front of the choir railing was a beautiful floral design
with the words, "Harrison's victory for God." Among the
godly saints, with bright and happy faces, occupying places on
the rostrum were Eevs. Prentice, W. H. Musgrove, E. G. Hobbs,
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P. Wood, B. F. Grouse, D. S. Johnson, E. 0. Post, Joiner, Bell
Hamilton, of Grand Eapids, Mich.', Peter Slagle, of Petersburg,
W. M. Poe, of Buffalo, W. N. Eutledge, of Chatham, S. B. Ives,
of Auburn, Joseph Wiuterbottom, of Athens, 0. E. Badger, of
Dawson, and L. Janes, of Macoupin. Eev. Harrison, whose heart
overflowed with divine love was present and made a short ex-
hortation. This was followed with prayer by Eev. D. S. John-
son, D.D., of the Second Presbyterian church, and then Eev. E.
0. Post of the Congregational church read the 103d Psalm. Mrs.
Henkle sang with all the power of her sweet voice, "Oh, 'tis
glory in my soul." Bishop Bowman, was introduced by Elder
Wood, and read for his text the words, found in Psalms 1, 1-2
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the un-
godly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat
of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord; and
in his law doth he meditate clay and night." His theme centered
on the negative and positive character of the Christian, and also
of tlje sinner. "The principles that actuate the moralist,' is sel-
fishness. The godly man should glorify God. He must try no
experiments to test what seems wrong at first." The sermon
abounded with appeals to the young Christians to be fully con-
secrated to the work of the Lord; to be positive Christians.
When he concluded not a dry eye was in the house, and with a
face brilliant with the love of God, Eev. Harrison made a few
remarks. He said that he had never in all his life passed
through so great a jubilee as this.
At the evening service there was an awful rush for an en-
trance until every possible available spot was occupied. Many
on the outside who could not get in would hang about the win-
dows to get the best view they could. Eev. Harrison was so
happy and overjoyed that his words fell far short of describing
his feelings. He made a short exhortation, followed by Bishop
Bowman, who gave an account of his conversion many years
ago, and spoke words of encouragement to the young converts.
Thirty souls bowed before God on the eve of this grand jubilee,
and seventeen received a release from sin.
After the long services of jubilee day, the exercises on Wed-
nesday were considerably shortened, as were also those of
Thursday. It was thought by many that that memorable day
was about the closing one of this revival, but the laboring
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members of the M. E. churches would not allow the pious Har-
rison to depart while the interest was still at fever heat, and the
good Avork was permitted to continue. The two. named even-
ings' meetings consisted in brief talks, a great many of the
soul-stirring songs were sung, and deep, fervent prayers were
offered in behalf of the many seekers who thronged the altar.
About forty persons presented themselves at the altar, and four-
teen received the assurance of the forgiveness of their sins.
Friday night experienced another bad time for the meeting,
which was held in the lecture room. After the singing of "Are
you washed in the blood of the Lamb," and "While the years
are rolling on," prayer was offered by Rev. Sloan, followed by
"It is good to be here," at the conclusion of which another
prayer ascended to God from Rev. Wood, then Mr. Harrison
said he thought as the weather was so bad that none but con-
verts and religious men and women came out. He thought it
would be grand if we were all of the right principle with God's
love in our hearts, so that we might sing with assurance "When
I can read my title clear to mansions in the skies." We then
could see heaven before us, and have no more doubts and fears.
All were deeply impressed, and one soul found peace in God.
A more lovable day could not have been ushered in than
was this holy Sabbath. All the services were crowded, and es-
pecially the young people's meeting at 9:45, which seemed to
have received a heavenly benediction. Nearly one hundred
came forward desiring to seek salvation. When all were in the
auditorium the "boy preacher" was to full for utterance. He
could feel the power pervading the room, and his countenance
"shone like the sun." Will one present ever forget the blessed-
ness of that night? Never! The voice of the "sweet singer/'
Mrs. Henkle, penetrated every heart as she sang "How can I
live without Jesus?" and many a heart throbbed violently as
they attentively listened through its rendition. Mr. Harrison
said: "This meeting is fast drawing to a close. Only a short
time will I be here to pray with you. You do not know at what
hour you will be crying, 'Oh, whall I do to be saved?' " His
text was a short one "Eternity;" the sermon "Where will
you spend it?" A few words are insufficient to picture the
grandeur of this eloquent appeal. One must gaze into the
speaker's face and .see the agonized look, hear the plaintive
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voice pleading with the unsaved, to appreciate the solemnity of
that hour! The altar presented a scene never before witnessed
since the wonderful awakening has taken place. The altar rail
was crowded and the two front rows of chairs were 'taken "for
those under conviction, who kneeled, heart-broken. Their
piteous sobbings could be heard all over the room. Anxiety
for their immediate acceptance was depicted upon the face of
the earnest evangelist and his excellent corps of workers who
were sounding words of comfort in the ears of the contrite
ones. Never before was there witnessed such a scene in that
church. It was with difficulty that the people were kept back
from the altar, such great excitement prevailed. This glorious
Sabbath day was .crowned with the convex sion of fifty-two
souls, the most that ever had taken place at any one meeting.
Eev. Harrison said, in opening the services on Monday
night, that their plans to bring these meeting to a close had
been thwarted every time, until now at the end of the four-
teenth week, the interest is unabated. He preached from Isa-
iah xxxviii:14: "Undertake for me," a text which he exhorted
from some weeks previous. The meeting was a good one, and
out of the twenty-three forward, sixteen were converted.
THE FIFTEENTH WEEK.
Tuesday commenced the fifteenth week of this most re-
markable service, and another eager, thoughtful, listening au-
dience assembled to hear one more urgent appeal for their
unsaved soul from Eev. Harrison. He said the time was fast
drawing to a close when the opportunity for finding peace would
be gone. He spoke of a new convert he met the previous day,
who said to him, "Brother Harrison, there has been sunshine in
my house all day," and said how glorious it would be if all the
audience could sav the same thing. The vigorous worker could
speak but a short time owing to a very sore throat, the result
of his arduous labors, but his appeal to the unsaved was most
effective. Just one hundred had been at the altar since the
commencement of Sabbath evening's service.
The following evening, on account of the continued im-
paired condition of his vocal organs, the revivalist spoke but
little; he said, "We are all traveling toward eternity. Soon,
we know not when, we will be called away. There are so many
deaths, so many funerals; we read of them, we see the funeral
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procession, we know that we can't be here much longer. Oh, I
would to God that every one may be converted to-night and
come into the kingdom." He spoke words of endearment to the
bereaved, of warning to sinners and induced many to seek peace
with God. Fourteen made the start to heaven and eight were
The many new faces seen occupying the chairs in the First
M. E. Church Thursday evening, wearing a look of intense
anxiety, is but another evidence of the great power Eev. Har-
rison is wielding for good in this city. He talked, it seemed,
with more than usual energy, if possible, than since the begin-
ning of his labors, as if a new inspiration had just seized
him. From the beginning to the close of- his discourse he ex-
hibited a greater anxiety for those whose feet were bordering
on to eternity, with no safe harbor for the future. He said
that he had the assurance of his safety, and was so happy with
that knowledge. "Life is so brief and heaven and hell such
realities." He spoke mainly to sinners, and showed how criti-
cal their state if they had no knowledge of the direction in which
they were tr avelin g. He spoke to some of the converts and asked
if they knew they were converted, and "Yes," was heard from one,
'I have no doubt about my conversion.' 'I am perfectly hap-
py," said another, and during the day one had said, "I am now
assured; what was before a theory is now an experience." Seven
were converted during the evening.
Friday morning a fast service was held at 11:30 o'clock,
which was largely attended by the faithful, and paved the way
to a successful meeting in the evening, which witnessed the
conversion of thirteen earnest seekers. No text was taken for
the evening, but an exhortation to impress unbelievers of all
classes to make up their minds to consecrate themselves to God
was attentively listened to. The evangelist said he had
preached the word of God, had pleaded, begged and entreated
them to turn aside from the paths of sin, and yet there were
some on the outside. "If you have not made up your minds to
come to the Saviour, God have mercy upon you. Before closing
the service a jubilee was held for the conversion of 1,900 souls.
BASTBB AND FAREWELL SERVICES.
Sunday, being Easter, a preparatory service was held on
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Saturday evening which was very well attended, and a most
gracious time was had. Prayers were offered for the conversion
of many souls on Sunday the last altar service of the greatest
revival ever held in Springfield. Christians were earnest to a
unit, and realized that God still had more reaping to be done
on the morrow. Two seekers came forward at this service and
one was converted.
Sunday morning (Easter) opened up beautifully, but to-
ward noon clouds began to appear and occasionally hid the sun.
The weather was cool but comfortable, and was favorable to a
large outpouring of the masses at the 10 o'clock service which was
held in the lecture room. The Easter service was held at 11 A.M.
The flower decorations of the church were beautiful, but not so
elaborate as to be extravagant. A large cross was attached to the
choir railing over the minister's rostrum. It was made with lovely
white blossoms, set with lilies. The words, "He is Eisen" were
set out in large letters of red. The gift was from one of the
young converts. The piano and 'Bible stand were tastefully
bedecked with cut flowers of many varieties. Large pot plants
were displayed around the edge of the rostrum, there were
about fifty pieces, and arranged so as to give the blending of
the variegated colors the best effect. The services commenced by
singing "He is a lily of the valley," followed with prayer by
Eev. Musgrove, who asked the Lord to give still greater mani-
festations of His converting powers. The choir, composed of
Mrs. Huntington Henkle, soprano; Mrs. P. Wellman, alto;
Charles Crowell, bass, and Frank Jones, tenor, rendered "Ben-
edictus," from Farmer's Mass, by Buck. The scripture lesson,
Matt, xxviii, beginning at the 16th verse, was read by Eev. Gur-
ney. Mrs. Henkle sang a solo, "Consider the Lilies," and never
did she sing sweeter than upon this occasion.
The Easter sermon was preached by Eev. Dr. Gurney,
from Matt, xxviii :6: "Ye seek Jesus, which was crusified; He is
not here; for he is risen, as He said." It was one of the most
able productions of the kind ever delivered in this city, but
space forbids further mention. The leading thought was the
"reasonableness of the resurrection."
The choir sung in sweetest strain "Eock of Ages/' after
which a large number joined the church while the 50th hymn
was being sung. In the afternoon a convert's love feast was
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held at 3 o'clock. At the evening service the crowd was very
large, many being unable to gain admission and hung around
the doors with the hope that they might be able to catch a word
as it fell from the lips of the mighty evangelist. Rev. Har-
rison said that this was next to the most remarkable meeting of
the fifteen weeks. After prayer by Eev. Gurney, Mrs. Henkle
sang No. 41. Rev. Harrison then took a text found in 1st John
ii;18: "It is the last time." When lie asked all those who de-
sir ed to be saved to arise, they arose up in all parts of the house
and began flocking to the altar. He said: ''Talk about Brother
Hobbs having a new church he will need two. The Metho-
dists are taking Springfield." The scene at the altar was won-
derful to behold, some crying out for mercy, while others were
praying, clapping their hands or singing for joy. This scene
has been surpassed only by the one on the previous Sunday
night. At this most wonderful service sixty-five came to the
altar, and forty-one were converted.
Monday night was the time previously announced for hold-
ing the farewell service of the greatest and most powerful, God-
saving revival ever witnessed in this city. Before 7 o'clock the
house of worship was filled with hearts made sad at the parting
hour, but joyful because of the successful reaping of souls for
Christ. Two or three soul-stirring hymns were sung, and then
Rev. Wood offered up an earnest prayer, which affected the
most stern and violent sinner within the hearing of- his voice.
A praise hymn, written by J. M. Forden, Miss Minnie Goodwin
composing the music, was sung by Mrs. Henkle, the congrega-
tion joining in the chorus.
Short addresses were then made by Elder Wood, Revs'
R. G. Hobbs, B. F. Grouse and Gurney. Their remarks were
fill filled with a warmth of love and praise to Glod for the glori-
ous results achieved in the past fifteen weeks. They expressed
the deepest love and esteem for Rev. Harrison, who has labored
so zealously for the salvation of souls. Rev. Gurney directed
his remarks principally to the press of the city for the excel-
lent reports given of the meetings, and asked God to bless
them. Rev. Musgrove's address was a flow of beautiful expres-
sions, and left no leaf unturned in thanking the elders and
others instrumental in carrying on this most remarkable revival.
His remarks to Rev. Harrison were most touching, and caused
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many to use their handkerchiefs freely to wipe away the tears
of affection. "When in the midst of his remarks, Bishop Bow-
man came walking down the aisle, conducted by Col. L. W.
Shepherd, and was heartily welcomed by the ministers and con-
gregation with a "praise the Lord" and "thank God," and like
expressions. Rev. Harrison then made his farewell address, an
account of which appeared in the Monitor of the following
morning, as follows: "From the first night of this series of
meetings until now, there has been no discouragement. To-
night our highest expectations are more than realized. The
highest flight of our imagination is more than met. I have
put down upon this paper fifteen long weeks, and every night a
blessing. This church has been crowded. The community has
been lending its ear. The whole city has been under the shock
of the revival influence. Yet, there is something wanting.
There is something wanting to make it more complete. There
are many yet to be brought in and saved. When I saw Bishop
Bowman coming in, then I underscored it almost complete. I
was so thankful when I saw that precious Bishop coming up
the aisle. I am so glad he is here, for this people love him so,
and he will give us his benediction at the close of one of the
most remarkable awakenings ever known in this part of the
country. I am so glad that Bishop Bowman is here. I am so
glad that you are here, but the best of all, as said "Wesley, God
is with us. The Saviour is giving us his best smile to-night."
Here Mrs. Henkle sang the farewell hymn written by J. M.
Bishop Bowman followed with a few brief remarks and then
Eev. Harrison continued his address as follows: "If Bro.
Musgrove is happy, how do I feel? [Smiles.] Yes, most happy.
It cannot be otherwise. See the men and women, and children
and youth, all harvested for heaven! The first evening I stood
in this pulpit and took the first text 'Have faith in God' it
was the key-note of victory. I came here comparatively a
stranger, but as soon as I was in the pulpit I found I had the
sympathy of the people with me. The first night I took a text
that I thought was appropriate 'Have faith in God.' That
language is now the expression of my heart and yours. Again,
to-night, another expression of my heart is the first verse of the
twelfth chapter of Isaiah; 'And in that day thou shalt say,
68 THE HAEBISON EEVIVAL.
Lord, I will praise Thee; though Thou wast angry with me,
Thy anger is turned away, and Thou eomfortedst me.' 'I will
praise Thee!' And many others here say that the first part of
that verse is their experience. Others say, 'though thou wast
angry with me, thine anger is turned a,way, and thou comfortedst
me.' Hundreds can say they have peace and are reconciled. I
stand here at the closing hour of this protracted meeting, dur-
ing which about 2,000 have boAved at this altar, and the expres-
sion of my heart is the language of the prophet: 'I will praise
thee.' Looking around here to-night, I see whole families with
their faces toward heaven. In households where you could
have lately taken a meal without hearing the name of God
uttered, blessing is now asked and altars have been erected.
Fathers and mothers have joined hands for glory, and brothers
and sisters have clasped hands for eternal life. When Bro.
Musgrove wrote me, he said he thought we might have four or
five hundred conversions. But here we are just closing the fif-
teenth week, and the five hundred seekers are two thousand. I
will praise Him. We have a right to have a praise meeting
to-night. These meetings have influenced this city with influ-
ences that will never fade to eternity-
It was in January that I got a dispatch that I must come at
a certain date, or I could not be here, and I -telegraphed in re-
ply that I would come. I have been from Maine to California
in national and international meetings, but Brother Musgrove,
I believe we are in some respects as Jonathan and David. Prov-
idence has been in our plans. The fifteen long weeks I have
been with you are a part of our history for destiny and eternity.
How Brother Hobbs has labored. How Brother Wood has led
on the seekers into the light. How Brothers Grouse and Gur-
ney have helped and how other denominations and ministers
have bidden us Godspeed. To-night we have reason to praise
God. As I stand here to-night, I am sure what was said by Dr.
Gurney was greatly in place. For what the press have done
for this meeting will never be known. I believe nothing has
been said directly against this work in the papers from the first
night until now. That is most unparallelled. The Monitor.,
the Register, the Journal, the News all have done well. One
of these papers has done more than its part almost. Their in-
fluence will never be known until the books are opened. The
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papers of this capital city have helped us on in the work of
saving men from eternal death. I especially thank Captain
Kidd for all the kindly words that he has said for me. I meet
a good deal of rebuff, and when I find a man that will
say a word that will cheer me, I appreciate it, and I say
all praise to Captain Kidd, and may the Lord save
him with an everlasting salvation. It is not often in my history
that I have been so favored. From the first day until now, I
believe this church and official board have been united in this
glorious work. Other harvests are ripe, and it is time for me
to depart, and I am sure that this city cannot blame this church
for not giving the gospel invitation. For fifteen weeks they
have said, 'Come, and we will do thee good.' I take the train
and go for a few days' rest, and then return to other fields of
labor. Through all this, the church has stood right by me. Sel-
domin any place have I been so favored with singing. Here we
have had the best of singing. In some places I have found
some almost as good. Mrs. Henkle has sang here until she
made herself sick. Many on the last clay will rise up and call
her songs blessed. Her songs have melted hearts that were
hard, and subdued hearts that were stubborn. And then I praise
God for Bro. Anthony. I believe God has called him, for this
special work, for he has sung us right into the kingdom. He
is so enthusiastic and methodistic that he is just suited for the
work. I praise God for another thing. I praise God from the
bottom of my heart for those who have ushered the people.
Oh, how they have had to take rebuffs, but these men have done
it so kindly and charitably. We have a right to praise God for
Avhat he has been doing for us. Then how faithfully Miss Lizzie
Kidd has stood around this altar, watching so eagerly until on her
roll about 2,000 names are written. And so, Bro. Musgrove,
not a discordant note in all the weeks; not a jar in all the ser-
vices. Everything has been going on successfully and power-
fully. Every night some one has found the Saviour. Then
we'll praise God for all these things that we name and others
unmentioned. We will praise God to-night for about 2,000 that
have bowed at this alter, and when we stand in the New Jeru-
salem we will praise God for this great awakening and its far-
reaching and at this time unknown results. I have had an
eventful life, as Bishop Bowman knows. I have had a good
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time at every place, but here I am closing the most successful
revival of all my career. Oh, how God has been with me, and
as I stand here, I will praise him." [Mr. Harrison here refer-
red to a happy death bed scene of a convert, of a few weeks
since.] "My clear friend, will you and I meet her there in that
better land? I pray that not one convert, will be lost. Young
convert, do not let the enemy make you to stray, for by and by
you will be like that young convert gasping in death. May you
then be able to say, 'my peace is made with God.' Coming down
from this pulpit, I am going to join hands with the young con-
verts, and take their pledge to meet me in heaven. And then
I will ask who are unconverted to start with us for heaven to-
night. I want some one to come in at this last service. It is
secondary to shake hands and say farewell. The point is to get
some one to come to Jesus. Oh, I want to get down to this al-
tar. In the days and months and years to come you will want
to look right to this altar because there is where you found
Christ. You will never forget it. I am going to other fields
of labor, but this evening as I stand by this altar three words
come to me death, heaven, hell and before God and angels,
and men, I promise you by the Grace of God, I will meet you
in heaven." When he asked all who would meet him in heaven,
to arise to their feet, it looked as though almost everyone gladly
The revival work began, and sinners rushed to the altar,
feeling it was their last chance to be among the number saved
at this series of meetings. A most happy and eventful scene
followed. One after another came to the altar, and an earnest
effort was made to lead all the seekers into the light. So greatly
was this meeting blessed by the Holy Ghost that it continued
until 1 o'clock in the morning, and at which time forty-six had
been forward and thirty-two converted. This did not look
much like closing revival work, but seemed as though it had
only firmly began. It was decided to have the grand jubilee
over the conversion of 2,000 souls the next evening. This late
hour of going home from church was unparalleled in the his-
tory of the oldest inhabitant.
In order to be present at the jubilee Eev. Harrison gave up
his vacation of a few clays, which he so much desired to spend
at home, and really needed the rest. . He said at the opening of
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the service that he was anxious to bring more souls within the
fold, that they, too, might participate in the joyous blessings of
the evening. His exhortation to the unconverted was brief, and
he said, "We are going to have a harvest-home service before
the jubilee." Thirty-four accepted the invitation to come to
Christ, and twenty-two were gloriously saved, thus swelling the
number to 2,020. The jubilee began by singing "Praise God
from whom all blessings ^ flow." The large organ was brought
into -requisition to help send the praises home to glory. Mrs.
Nelson Allyn presided. The doxology was sung and played
very low at first, and each successive time with a little greater
volume, until every stop was pulled out, and the "praise" had
been repeated seven times. This was a hallelujah time, and so
good was it "to be there" that people were loath to go home
after being dismissed. A few seekers still lingered at the altar
wrestling, like Jacob, not willing to let go of Jesus until He
saved them. At the close of this service, sheaves were still in the
field ready to be garnered and it was unanimously decided to
continue the meetings through the week and close the long pro-
tracted revival on Sunday night, May 2, 1886;. but the farewell
service has been held; the jubilee over the conversion of 2,000
souls has taken place, the number looked forward to with so
much anxiety. With the music of the great jubilee being wafted
to the heavenly throne, this seems to be the most fitting time to
bring a brief history of the revival to a finis.
In a retrospection of the past fifteen weeks it will not be
improper to make mention of the ones who have been instru-
mental in bringing about this signal victory. With the valiant,
unswerving devotee, Harrison at the helm, and Revs. Musgrove,
Hobbs, Wood and Grouse as his main supporters in the work
God called him. to perform in our midst, defeat was impossible
and success assured. These godly dispensers of the gospel
have been true to their trust, and by their strong faith have
come out more than conquerors. Those who have so arduously
labored at the altar, pointing sinners to the cross and aiding
them, by divine instruction, to lay their burdens at the feet of
Jesus, deserve no less praise. Those who have labored night after
night seeking out from among the hundreds, poor, dying souls and
asking them to bow at the mercy seat, will find a crown of glory
awaiting them when called to the home above. In this connec-
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tion all the members of these churches have done well their
part and will receive many blessings from Christ's never-failing
fountain for their untiring zeal. The faithful, indefatigable
A. Anthony deserves especial mention for the performance of
his duty as leader of the choir. As Eev. Harrison says, "he is
not only capable and faithful, but he leads in the old-fashioned
Methodist way." His faithful co-workers were Mrs. T. C.
Henkle, Mrs. Nelson Allyn, Mrs. F. Wellman and Mrs. George
Hofferkanap; Misses Lillie Mooney, Hattie Hamer, Maude Cole,
Ella Kiniber, Jennie and Sarah German, Mamie Moorehead
and Julia Billiard; Messrs. S. A. Bullard, Ed Chambers, K. F.
Gailey, C. P. Duff and "W. J. Thompson. There were others
who sang in the choir, but were not regular attendants, though
deserving of credit for voluntary assistance.
Very little sympathy is sometimes given the organists on
occasions like this, but they, too, are among the number doing
work to the glory and honor of God. Surely no one has been
more faithful than Miss Minnie Goodwin; and many will re-
member how the music from the gentle touch of the ivory keys
have thrilled their aching souls, and struck the key-note of their
deplorable condition. Miss Minnie was lelieved at times by
Misses Jennie German, Ella Kelchner or Mrs. Nelson Allyn,
whose musical abilities are well known. Perhaps none have
occupied more undesirable positions, during these long weeks,
than the ushers. They have been as impartial as they could be
and have accommodated as long as there was any room. They
have treated every body courteously, and have performed
their part of the work in God's vineyard to the best of their
In regard to the conversions we might say that during all
the time the meetings have been in progress there was not a day
passed without some soul being saved. The average number
converted in a day was twenty-two; the least number in one
day, one; the greatest number, fifty-two. Of the great number
of converts, 460 have joined the First M. E. Church, 250 the
Second Methodist, and the English Lutheran has been blessed
with a liberal number. Some have united with various other
churches in the city, and many are residents in the surrounding
country and united with the churches at home. Four of the
converts have already been called from earth to dwell in that
blessed home prepared for them.
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The work throughout has been harmouious. All the good
resulting from this the greatest religious awakening Spring-
field ever felt will not be known until time is no more.
THE OFFICIAL LIST.
The following is the official list of the names on record
in the First M. E. Church. Great credit is due Miss Lizzie G.
Kidd and Mr. Luther Irwin for the faithful manner in which
they labored to secure the names of all who bowed at the altar,
and those who were brought into the light:
A. Armster, Henry Bedell, Charles
Anderson, David Anthony, Eobert Bartlett, Ida
Anderson, Lulu Anthony, Kalph Ball, Robert
Anderson, Emma Anthony, Maude Bernard, Mr.
Anderson, Geo. Allsberry, J. "W. Balser, Miss
Barrick, E. B.
Anderson, Quint Averitt, Susie
Anderson, Geo. Albertson, Mr.
Anderson, L. S.
Arnold, Edward Brown, Abbie
Ayer, May Buck, Fannie
Armstrong, J. M. Brown, William
Armstrong, A. Barnett, Anna
Aldrich, W. B.
Allen, W. B.
Alkire, Albertha Baird, Tena
Alkire, Anna Berry, Willie
Ashbrook, Mr. Beard, Fannie
Ashbrook, Aaron Brown, Emma
Allyn, Mrs. Bolin, Emma
Amos, J. J. Barber, Ed
Burkhart, Jennie Buck, William
Burr, Mrs. Barber, James
Bernard, Nina Beekman, Harry
Bandy, Sadie Barber, Ella
Borne, Catherine Berry, Ella
Bolin, Emma Baird, Emma
Bolin ger, George Barker, A. M.
Burgess, Nellie Baum, Willie,
Brittin, W. A.
Ball, J. W.
Bolles, C. H.
Burnett, Mrs. A. Barnes, Arthur
Bussing, 1 ' Albert
Belli d, Norman
Barlow, William Barnes, Mary
Barlow, Mary E. Burkhart, Henry
Bickes, Katie Beaumont, Bertie
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Beam, Mrs. John
Barnes, H. G.
Beam, Willie .
Bourn, Mrs. L. P.
Buckley, May R.
Clark, C. H.
Chapman, Lizzie Coylas, Eddie
Crabb, Essie Carnachan, Mary
Chapman, A. Cummings, J.
Crossman, Mrs J. Coleman, H.
Creighton, Jennie Cumboth, C. H.
Cummings, M. 61emmens,W.
Carver, Mrs. G.
Colling wood, L. Clay well, Laura
Carver, Mrs. G.
Courtney, Lizzie Connelly, Geo. S.
Colson, Myrtle Cochran, Mrs. A.
Can field, Harry
Cumberworth, A. Crowder, Mrs.
Craft, V. L. Clay, Mary A.
Crites, William Coon, George
Cumberworth, J. Cully, Laura .
Coke, Miss Chrisline, Allie
Coulter, Emily Cruzer, Mabel
Campbell, G. W. Cannon, Mrs. N.
Crissey, Allen Cobbs, Maggie
Coats, Ralph Cackley, Nellie
Carrier, Flora Crowell, Walter.
Crocker, Eugene Cackley, Fannie
Curry, Con Coon, Mrs.
Conover, Charles Cartwright, Miss
Conover, Alva Conrey, Mr.
Crossman, Mrs. Chapman, Geo.
Crowder, Charlie Crum, Robert
Carrier, Mrs. Carman, Ella
Canning, R. J. Crummer, Mrs.
Cumberworth MrsCarver, Bertha
Carson, Dick Cade, Mollie
Craft, L. Campbell, Annie
Con way, Mrs. A. Coleman,
Grossman, John Crites, John
Culver, Ross Converse, Jennie
Curry, John Curry, May
Cooper, Hattie Cooper, Fred
Constant, Nellie Covington, J.
Cross, Julia Cruser, Mrs.
Carman, Frances Clark, David
Cross, Julia Camp, Ella
Carver, Carrie Conslider, P.
Conger, Miss Crissey, Mr.
Creighton, Ada Conson, Maria S.
Carter, J. A.
Canfleld, W. S.
Canfleld, J. H.
Canfield, F. L.
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Denton, Thomas DeLong, Ed Foster, Mrs.
Derastos, Mrs. Durbin, Una Fox, Millie
Dressendorf er, M. DeLong, Cha'ncy Farling, Sallie
Duncan, W. G. E. Friedman, Julius
Dubois, Carrie Eisenhouth, Miss Foreman, John
Defrates, Dennie Evans, Florence Filson, Plattie
Druell, Louisa Eaton, Will
Deyheimer, J. E. Elliott, Mrs.
Drury, Annie Ellis, Alfred
Deyault, Nettie Edwards, Wirt
Delig, Mrs. E.
Devault, F. S.
Fisher, Mrs. P. M.
Enfielcl, Richard Ferret,' Emma
Ennis, Maggie Funderburk, N.
Endicott, Rufus Forrester, Jas.
Early, Maggie Foster, S.
Dougherty, Alice Evans, Florence Ford, Emma
Drake, Mr. Enbank, Oda Fratsher, Sam
F. Forsythe, Mrs.
Findley, Wm. Fleming, Mrs.
Defrates, James Frank, Cora
Douglas, Willie Fossett, Miss
Davenport, Clara Fortney, Ella
Fundeberg, Nellie Funderburg, E.
Fagan, Herbert Floyd, JVIrs. J. A.
Dockurn, Russell Fowkes, Geo.
Davis, Nora, Foley, Walter
Flemming, Lillie Ford, Jno. jr.
Fish, C. E.
Flannigan, Oils Frew, Isaac
Forsythe, Stella Forden, Miss
Forsythe, Lottie Foley, Walter
Darry, Mavin Foster. Henry Fisher, Jennie
Dixon, Dr. Ferry, Mrs. C. II. Felten, George
Dunnick, Fannie Fisher, Samuel Foster, Bennie
Dunnick, Linnie Fox, Miss Foley, Mrs.
Duff, Albert Foltz, Henrietta Failing, Nina
Davenport, Clara Ferantie, Allie Fee, L. M.
Davis, Nora Fox, Luella Foster, Homer
, Gomes, Mary
Grant, Mrs. Lou
Gough, F. W.
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Gray, T. E.
Hprne, Mrs. Geo.
Heller, Mrs. I.
Howard, Mrs. W.
Heinniick, J. E.
Howe, Mrs. Bob
Hunder, C. G.
Hofl, S. M.
Huff, J. W.
Henkle, Thos. C.
Herring, J. A. S.
Houston, W. H.
Ho watt, Olive
Hall, C. M.
Hays, Mrs. S.
Howe, Mrs. J. E.
Hendricks, W. H.
Holly, W. H.
House, Mrs. E. P.
Harris, Mrs. M.
Irwin, Mrs. J. D.
Irwin, J. D.
Jennings, M. E.
Jurger, J. A.
Jones, Mrs. C.
Jones, C. C.
James, E. A.
Jerome, Mrs. L.
Kuhl, Helen '
Kalb, Mrs. C. E.
King, W. J.
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Kent, J. A. S.
Keyes, Mrs. Noah
Kimble, B. F.
Lowry, Clara J.
Mischroitz, J. E.
Mowery, Ida M.
McCoy, G. E.
Myers, S. C.
Mills, Mrs. S. S.
Myers, Emma McGrue, George
McDaniel, Harry Mayol, Eleanor
McGuire, Nellie Mplley, Mrs.
Mayhew, Fred Milton, Mr.
McDan,!, Bertha Mclntosh, Geo.
Morwitz, Walter Maulter, James
Miller, Joe Matheny, Sarn'l
McCarthy. Ida Milton, W. E.
McCord, Mrs. E. Milton, Mrs.
Miller, Jennie Myers, L.
McCord, Ealph Miller, Allen
May, Gussie Mayer, Miss
Miles, Avery Martin, Nellie
Milton Paul Munson, Mrs.
McCowen, Annie McKee, Mrs.
Miller, Dora Miller, Sophia
Miles, 0. McCloud, Mrs.
Matthews, Lizzie Myers, John
Monahan, Mag'ie Myers, Carrie
McCowen, Annie Marcy, Mary
Monahan, Miss Masters, Bertie-
Matthews, Lizzie Myers, Miss
McDaniel, Harry Myers, Miss
Melton, Willie Murdock, Katie
Mann, Johnnie Mills, Harvey
Mason, Lottie Myers, Lizzie
McDaniel,Mrs. E. Miller, J. H.
McCabe, Minnie Mendonsa, Louis
Mashburn, Chas. Mller, Charles
Millington, Min'e Montgomery, W.
McClernand.Hel' McKinney, Marg't
Myers, Mr. Myer, Matilda
Myers Bertha McKinney, Marg't
Marshall, Mrs. McDermott,Mrs.E
McEoberts, Mrs, Milton, Ealph
Munson, J. S.
Montgomery, G. .
McMurry, George Mowery, Mrs.
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Nolan, Mrs. J.
Olson, N. 0.
Perkins, J. P.
Palmer, Geo. E.
Palmer, Mrs. Chs.
Priinm, Alice '
Page, A. N.
Patterson, J. W.
Palmer, Mrs. J.B.
Phillips, Mrs. S.J.
Perer, Mrs. Win.
Patterson, W. B.
Peters, Mrs. J. T.
Rogers, J. E.
Rpgerson, A. M.
Riley, W. S.
Rainey , Lizzie
Ridgely, Mrs. R'k
Reilly, Charles '
Swent, Mrs. '
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Stretch, Mrs. .
Seward, E. B.
Sherman, Mrs. J.
Smith, W. J.
Short, E. D.
Scott, Frank C.
Simms, Wm., jr.
Simms, Win., jr.
Smith, H. R.
Stafford, Lucy .
Snuirr, J. H.
Smurr, J. W.
Smurr, Mrs. W.
Todd, J. W.
Todd, J. H.
Truitt, M. E.
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Taylor, Una Wellinan, Mrs.
Tracy, Mrs. Wallace, Ward
Tobin, Lucy Williams, Lizzie
Thorpe, Birdie Wielies, Arthur
Tanner, Minnie Wright, Mrs.
Twyman, Eobert Woods, Emma
Twyman, Mrs. E. Wilson, Wildon
Tobin, Jessie Whitley, Mrs.
Thompson, Miss Wright, E. A.
Throop, Florence Watts, Mrs, Lucy
Tisdale, Mrs. Wisner, Mr.
Trimble, Angie Woodruff, Ida
Todd, Nettie Wood, Mrs. Ida
Thornberry,G.W. Williams, Clara
U. & V. Williams, Lizzie
Underwood, Clar Warren, Mrs.
Vancil, Estella Willett, Harry
Vandewalker, . AVelsh, Henry
Vandewalker, Es. Wing, Edward
Vrennie, Ella Watts, Mrs.
Village, Mr. - Watts, Mr.
Village, Mrs. Wersen. Louis
Vaneben, Minnie Woodward, Miss
Vasconcelles, Ida Woodward, Miss
Vaughn, Eannie Wood, Mrs. Sen'a
Vandewalker, . Williams, Lime
Vandeventer, . Willis, Mrs.
VanGundy, Guss White, Mrs. Sar'h
Vancil, W. M. Watts, Mrs.
W. Walter, John
Wiley, John Withrow, Mna
Welsh, Mrs. Woods, Emma
Witherspoon, . Wallace, Mrs.
Webb, Susie Wood, Albert
Ward, Miss Wing, Ed.
Williamson, Grac Wright, Mr.
Wood, James Whipple, Clar'ce
Werner, Louis Winchell, Miss
Wood, J. W.
Watson, Mrs. Th.
AA r i]liams, Henry
Wilson, W. G.
AA r ilson, Maria
AA r aggy, Hattie
Young, Geo., jr.
Young, Jessie C.
Young, G. W.
York, Mary Ann
Yocom, Mrs. Sam
As the following names were omitted, this appendix is
made and completes the entire list, as found recorded in the
book at the pastor's study:
Arkless, Lena Forclen J. M. New, Chris.
Aaron, Jessie Gray, Albert New, John
Bowen, Mary Ingram, Geo. Pearce, Alice
Bussing, Carrie Jackson, Miss E. ' Sawyer, Carrie
Bell, Mrs. Virginia Johnson, Jnlia Sharp, Hattie
Barber, Katie Kelley, W. P. Sweet Jennie
Cobbs, John Kelley, LAV. St. John, Mary
Chatham, Alvin Kelley, Mrs. I. W. Thorpe, Ella '
Cressy, Mrs. E. Munson, Etta Throop, Miss
Derry, Cassie New, Edith Underwood, Cora
Day, Mrs. C. W. Nelch, Henry Vancleventer, Minnie
Erindley, Mrs. Nichwitz, J. E. "Webb, Lillie
Sho'ukl the meetings continue three or four weeks, a second
volume will be issued.
THE CLOSING HOURS,
The interest was so great on Sunday night, May 2d, that it
was decided to continue the meetings indefinitely. They
continued with most gratifying results until Wednesday, when
Rev. McChesney, of Topeka, Kan., appeared most unexpectedly
and urged the importance of Rev. Harrison beginning his work
in that city at once, as warm weather was fast approaching
which would render indoor services almost intolerable. In view
of this fact, the revivalist thought it best to close on Friday
night, May 7, 1886. Although it was not generally known this
would be the closing night, yet a large congregation assembled.
The parting hour was one of the saddest ever witnessed by a
Springfield congregation. After a season of song and prayer,
Rev. Musgrove spoke a few words in regard to the end of this
wonderful revival unparalleled perhaps, in the history of church
work anywhere. Mr. Harrison followed with a brief farewell.
He spoke of the happy times all had experienced during the
weeks past; of the wonderful power God had displayed in the
conversion of souls and of the marvelous success attending the
entire series of meetings, in fact the most fruitful he had
conducted during his evangelistic career. As he spoke of the
time which had arrived, when he must go to another field of
labor and leave the people and converts, some of whom he
never expected to meet till that great day at the judgment,
sympathetic tears coursed down his cheeks and his humane
heart was too full to audibly express the deep regret at parting.
He could only stand and look into the faces of the beloved
people who were weeping their fa
not be restrained. He closed wit]
and then standing in front of the
good bye to over one thousand
promised, by the grace of God, to
The following additional nan
Ansel, Miss Alice
Adams, Miss Agnes
Allen, John E.
Brown, D. A.
Bolt, P. M.
Chapman, J. C.
Crane, John M.
Drake, Mrs. Frank
Elliott, Ora -
Evans, J. W.'
Ellis, liichard Y.
Funk, Mrs. M. Z.
Grubb, Mrs. K
Hays, J. Is T .
Holland, C. "
Jones, E. L.
Johnson, Mrs. ^
Lee, Mrs. Lou T
LeGrand, Dr. G
LeGrand, Mrs. i
Leil ! , Emma
Meer, B. F.
Moore, Miss Eli
heir farewell with tears that could
sed with an earnest, touching prayer,
of the pulpit he gave his hand in
rasand persons Avho had previously
God, to meet him in heaven.
.ial names have been placed on the
>, Mrs. Richard
id, Mrs. Charles
ad, C. "
[n, Mrs. W. F.
, Charles '
no, Geo. F.
rs. Lou IT.
Qd, Dr. G. W.
ad, Mrs. G. W.
McConnell, Andrew .
Pyle, 0. Z.
Palmer, John Mayo
Patton, Mrs. Joe
Powell, Geo. L.
Ragland, Mrs. IT.
Spakes, T. F.
Stuart, J. M.
Shaver, Mrs. Dr.
Simpson, J. T.
Troxell, Mrs. W.
Workman, Mrs. Lenora
History of the Harrison
revival, at tne First