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Of tbe I8tb l^ear.
i£n&tnQ Septemb er 15, 1895^
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lOO EAST VAN BUREN STREET,
Wm. H. Oiktz. Printer and Stationcr.
117 Dkarborn Strict.
COIv. GEO. R. CLARKE,
Founder of the Pacific Garden Mission, Sept, 15, 1877.
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Three hundred and sixty-five days has brought
another anniversary, marking the most eventful his-
tory the Mission has ever recorded. For eighteen
years the gospel message has sounded forth to reach
some of the perishing multitude drifting aimlessly
along the great thoroughfares of our city, and the
Pacific Garden Mission has often proven a beacon
light arresting their attention, and where the wayfar-
ing mariner has found the haven of rest.
Words fail to convey the wonderful demonstra-
tion of God's power as manifested nightly in the
salvation of souls.
The skeptic who tried to find consolation in some
scientific theory of an unknown God, the drunkard
who has resorted to every remedy that human skill or
science has invented; the thief who has tried by all
the powers of his being to be an honest man; the mor-
alist who has tried to sooth his conscience that his
good deeds will avail with God; all find, when under
the convicting power of God's spirit, that nothing but
the ' 'atoning blood' ' of the I^ord Jesus Christ can save
The Mission still continues its work at loo B. Van
Buren Street. This consecrated spot has become
sacred to thousands who have found it the birth-place
to a better life, and have gone forth rejoicing, with the
consciousness of sins forgiven.
As Chicago is known to be the great cosmopolitan
city of the world, we have traveling-men, agents of all
descriptions, mechanics, clerks and employees in
various branches of business, from those who have
once been in affluence down to the most destitute and
This class nightly find their way to the Mission
from the extensive reputation it has won through the
vast number who have been saved, and like the "Eun-
uch" have gone forth to publish the glad tidings.
The question so often raised: "how to reach the
masses," has been fully answered by results of mission
work. Testimonials heard nightly are conclusive evi-
dence that a large class would never hear the Gospel
except through the instrumentality of missions.
Little did the founders think when led by the
spirit of God, to begin this humble work on Clark
Street, eighteen years ago, of the immensity it would
assume. It was the first rescue work in Chicago, and
from which other missions have been establi.shed
throughout the entire North-West. As we recall the
early days of the Mission and remember all the vicis-
situdes through which it has passed, we are profoundly
grateful to God for the blessings that have attended
the work through these many years. Eternity alone
will reveal what has been accomplished.
Every Night in the Year.
Meetings are held with an audience of from three
hundred to four hundred week day nights, and more
than the seating capacity Sunday nights. Song ser-
vice, short Gospel address, testimonies and inquiry
meeting are the order of exercises.
During the summer months, introductory to the
meeting, a song service is held at the door, attracting
large crowds, many of whom are induced to attend the
meeting. The exercises are so diversified, and the
audience so 'varied that no two meetings are alike.
About 200,000 have heard the Gospel including
all the meetings, and from 9 to 15 seekers nightly.
To convey what a Gospel meeting is in rescue
work, one must hear the thrilling testsmonies of the
redeemed men, to be convinced of the wonderful
change wrought in their lives.
Often one comes in, he thinks accidently, (yet
directed by Divine guidance;) perhaps earless and in-
different, but the stirring testimonies awakens memor-
ies of better days, and the Spirit of the Lord convicts
him of his sins and as a result he is often persuaded to
forsake his wayward life and to accept the blessed
For instance, a few nights ago an intelligent
young man, with rare business qualifications came in
the Mission, who had formerly been an only support
of an aged mother and invalid sister,but through dissi-
pation had forsaken them and drifted so far in sin that
he had lost all hope of possibility of a better life, but
by faithful counsel and earnest prayers he was brought
under the power of conviction so deeply that he could
have no peace day or night, until one night prostrat-
ing himself (on the floor) on his face before God, it
soon resulted in obtaining deliverance and now his
testimony is greatly blessed in helping others.
Every Sunday morning the converts' meeting which
for years has been a railing point for the converts, is
the brightest and best meeting of the week. At this
sen-ice the richest experiences possible to hear, thrill
the liearts of all, and the skeptical and unbelieving
would surely be persuaded that the "greater works"
that was promised by our blessed Savior is being tul-
filled ill these latter days.
i£cboc9 from a Convcrte' flDeeting.
" If I live until next Wednesday, at nine o'clock, I
shall have been a Christian for five months. When I
came here I had been a heavy drinker for twenty
years, and the night I asked God to forgive my sins I
was under the influence of liquor. But God heard my
feeble and almost inaudible cry for mercy, forgave me
for all of my sins, which were many, and since then I
have been more than conquerer. 'Thanks be to God
who giveth the victory'."
(This man had for years led a sporting life, fol-
lowing the races and other games of chance. He is
now working at hard manual labor, SLt$g. per week, out
of which he contributes ^^4.65 weekly towards his aged
mother's support. Does rescue work in "Darkest
Chicago'' pay ? "
"For twent)'-five years I was a hard drinker,
losing position after position because of my uncontrol-
able appetite for liquor. When a boy I had been in-
structed iu the way of the Lord, but I wandered away
from my mother's God and became a poor lost sinner,
surrounded by shame, misery and want, my lodging
house an empty box car. About eighteen months ago
I asked God to forgive my sins and remove from
me this terrible appetite for whisky, and He heard
and answered my prayer. I am now a new creature
in Jesus Christ, and if any x^l you my brothers, are
bound in the same manner that I was, I want to tell
you Christ is willing and able to do for you what He
has done for me."
(This man is now a sober, industrious workman,
a plumber by t rade, an almost nightly attendant at the
Mission, beloved by all who know him. )
"Praise the Lord, I have been redeemed now for
seventeen weeks. My father was a wealthy saloon-
keeper, and my home was a luxurious one. On my
twenty -first birthday I was given $20,000., and I lead
a earless, sporting life, traveling all over the world.
During this period I inherited an additional $30,000.,
all of which was spent in the same style of living.
Finally the passion for drink became so strong with
me as to alarm my friends. I simply could not quit
drinking. I was gold-cured at White Plains, N. Y. ,
and afterward Pierce-cured, all to no effect. However,
after all other remedies had proven ineffectual, in-
duced by testimonies of redeemed men, I tried the
"blood cure" of Jesus Christ, and I have had no desire
for liquor since that night. I have found the service
of Christ a very happy one, and I advise all of you
who do hot know Christ as your personal Savior, to
get acquainted with him at once."
(This young man is now a good faithful work-
man, intent upon helping others into the pool in which
he was cleansed, and bids fair to become a useful in-
strument in God's hands in spreadng the gospel of
our Lord and Savior. )
Right at this point of the meeting a man arose
and made the following confession and request.
" I am not saved, but I would like to be. Whisky
controls my life, and I want deliverence from it. Pray
"Twenty months a Christian. What a wonderful
change in my life : formerly so steeped in whisky
and beer that my family was compelled to leave me,
after I had had the delirium tremens on three differ-
ent occasions; now a sober God-fearing man, reunited
to my family, and enjoying a good, comfortable home,
in which, instead of a beer can, the Bible occupies the
most prominent place, and all that I did to obtain this
peace and happiness was to ask God to forgive me for
Christ's sake, and to trust Him for daily strength to
lead a life in accordance with his will."
(Does rescue work pay ? Ask this man's wife and
three bright children. )
"About the latter part of the Mouth of May '94 I
found myself visiting nightly the Mission. For five
nights I heard the testimonies and I knew I ought to
give my heart to God, but I knew it was impossible
for me to stop drinking, because it kept me alive as I
believed, and to stop gambling shut off my only re-
source for a living, but on the night of the 24th when
I went forward and knelt I thought of nothing but
" Lord be merciful to me a sinner," and I said from
this day I will serve the Lord, then I felt relieved of
the load. I left the appetite for drink, the desire or
habit of gambling and all those sins right there. From
that day until the present time, I have never once
wanted a drink nor touched a drop. All those old
sinful habits and desires have left me. I feel that God
has wrought a miracle in my life, and securely kept
me faithful for fifteen months."
(This man is a wonderful trophy of God's grace.)
• 'Last night I came into the Mission scarcely know-
ing what I was doing, but having within me the sure
determination to go to the lake front and end this
miserable existence. I heard that man there tell from
what depths God had saved him, and, wretched as I was
I asked God to have mercy upon me for Christ's sake,
and He did. This morning I awoke without that
craving for liquor which only he experiences who has
been on a prolonged debauch. Pray for me."
(Does it pay to save a human life ?)
(The man, who gave that testimony is more to be
envied than the President of the United States, for it
was God's means of saving a soul from hell.)
"A poor discouraged man, I asked God to forgive
me, save me from my sins, and for nine years I have
been enabled by the mighty power of God to lead a
Christian life, while plying my vocation as a hack
driver. Bless His Holy Name !"
(Can anything demonstrate more forcibly God's
keeping power ? )
" I want to thank God this morning for His good-
ness to me. Sin ruined my life, it cost me everything
that was dear. Lost my business to gratify the-
propensity for gambling, would take the clothes off
my back and pawn them to indulge this passion,
caused my wife to leave me, and finally things looked
so black that I took poison to end my life, but God
interposed and one Sunday when speaking from the
Gospel wagon, the Doctor who attended me came up
and shook hands with me and said; "My boy this is
quite a contrast from the time I was called to save
your life. ' '
"Three weeks a Christian by the grace of God :
reared in a christian home, had one of the best of
mothers God ever gave a boy, I knew what was right
but failed to do it. A few years ago I got into bad
company began gambling and playing the races, spent
my own money, and then took money belonging to
others, intending 'to do the west', but the western
sports 'did me', I went out in a pullmax and came
back in a box car. I was attracted to the Mission by
the singing, was so facinated b}- the magnetic power
of the meeting that I conld not stay away, finally
gave my heart to God. I intend to make restitution
to those whom I have wronged, have just received a
beautiful letter of forgiveness and encouragement
from my dear mother, and the future is full of hope."
* ' I love to come back to this dear old Mission
where I first saw the light, twenty months ago. Little
did I think the night I came in here all broken up, a
would-be murderer, having tried that afternoon to kill
my wife and failing determined to take my own life
with poison in my pocket. I heard the cornet, came
in and thank God the usher gave me that chair in the
front row. A man testifying on the platform exactly
told my story, and I believed that if God could save
him, he could save me. When the invitation was
given I raised my trembling hand and soon found my-
self on bended knee, crying God to have "mercy on me
a sinner. — The Lord reconciled my domestic relations,
we have consecrated our .\ij< to Him and He has called
us into His service.
(This man is now superintendent and manager
of a prosperous rescue work in Chicago. )
(The following are testimonies in song.)
With drooping eyes, the sad outcast
Before her Lord remained;
But not a stone at her was cast
For all by sin were stained.
Since thou art not by man condemned,
Thou shalt not be by me.
" Go, sin no more," the sinners Friend
Hath freely pardoned thee.
Can such as I, the poor thief cried.
As on the cross he hung,
* 'Forgiveness find ? With Thee abide ?
And hear Thy praises sung ?' '
To-day with me in heaven be,
Forgiving Love replied,
^nd there, through all eternity,
Thou shalt w4th me reside.
And thus did I, with falling tear.
Kneel down at Jesus feet;
And there, o'erwhelmed with doubt and fear,
I heard these words so sweet :
I want thy love. Whate'er betide
Thy heart my own should be.
Dear Lord, I will in thee confide.
I give myself to thee.
He Touched Me and Thus Made me Whole.
To the feet of my Savior in trembling and fear,
A penitent sinner I came.
He saw and in mercy He bade me draw near,
All glory and praise to His name.
He touched me and thus made me whole,
Bringing comfort and rest to my soul.
Oh! glad happy day, all my sins rolled away,
For He touched me and thus made me whole.
I knew not the tender compassion and love,
That Jesus my Savior had shown.
Tho' burd'n'd with grief, His dear hand br'ught re-
He healed me and called me His owe. [lief,
"My grace is sufficient," I heard His dear voice.
Oh, come and 6nd rest for your soul.
From sin you to save, my life freely I gave,
I died that 3'ou might be made whole.
Oh! come, my dear brother. He's waiting for you.
Your sin-burdened heart to console.
Your weary head rest on His dear loving breast,
He suffered and died for your soul.
What becomes of the converts? is the question so
often asked. The Pacific Garden Mission is only a
center from which radiate workese all over the land.
We receive communications from Alaska to the South
Sea Islands, and from the Pacific, across the waters.
Other Missions have been started and not a few have
been called to preach the Gospel.
What means this in these latter days, when God
is raising up those steeped in the deepest dye of sin,
and calling them to go forth to proclaim their deliver-
ance and the power of the Gospel : is he not taking
the "weak things to confound the mighty?"
We raention with pleasure this important branch of
the work. Every Sabbath at 3 o'clock a large adult
Bible class comes together to search the scriptures.
The eagerness with which they listen to the ex-
pounding of the Word, is an evidence of their intense
desire to know more of Him who has said: " I am the
way the truth and the life."
" I was in prison and ye visited me." These touching
words have always been an inspiration to visit this
neglected class. As we come in touch with them and
learn the circumstances that has surrounded their lives
and often led to their incarceration, our hearts are
touched with pity for them, and we see the great need
of having the Gospel presented to them.
The question is often asked "does it pay? " As
for years we have passed through this great city,
and see here and there, those who have heard the
Gospel behind prison bars, and are now saved, once
criminals; now law abiding citizens, pursuing legiti-
mate business, we can readily say that no space of
time spent in christian work, has accomplished more,
than time spent with this abandoned class.
Testiments, tracts and religious reading is sought
for when perhaps under other circumstances they
would not be induced to read. Every description of
humanity, from the once prosperous business man
down to the professional crook, are alike consigned
within those dismal walls. From 450 to 500 has been es-
timated to be the average number in the men's depart-
ment, from 15 to 20 in the women's department,
among whom may be found those who have graced
better society , down to the professional shoplifter.
It is heartrending sometimes to see the bright
beautiful young girls so early beguiled b}^ the tempt-
If the o'd, old story of how they were victimized
could be placed in flaming letters as a warning to
others how much of sorrow could be prevented.
After years of experience reformation has been
made in the boys' department, it not admitting those
under 10 years. From 20 to 25 is the average number
of boys, from 10 to 15 years of age. Sabbath -school
and day-school is held in this department.
One of the great factors for good connected with
the Mission is the Gospel wagon.
Through this instrumentality, thousands who are
thronging our thoroughfares, and congregating along
the levee district, are attracted by the singing and in-
strumental music and induced to listen to the thrilling
testimonies of men "annointed with the Holy Ghost
and with fire," who would never otherwise be brought
under the sound of the Gospel.
Permit us to cite just one case. About the first
trip our new wagon made, a physician of eminence,
was attracted, and so impressed that he attended the
meeting that night, gave his heart to God, and the fol-
lowing day related his sad story, how he had been
separated from his family for four years, etc. After
diligent search traces of them were found in a distant
city, he is now reunited, and a happy home is once
The fund to purchase the new Gospel wagon and
the expense of running it has mostly been met by the
Crime Preventing Agency.
When we consider the thousands that are making their
living by preying upon the masses, and if it were
known what a large number of this class the Mission
has reached, the work would commend itself most
favorably for what has been accomplished in this
We are greatly indebted to Chief Badenoch for the
courtesy he has extended in favoring us with privi-
lages for street services.
Hospital w^ork and visiting the sick and poor are
branches of the work to which is given special
We ar& greatly indebted to the many friends of the
Mission for their continued donations, for their hearty
sympathy, and words of encouragement.
Contributions have often been given in place of
money, we have received donations of paper from the
different Paper houses, and reductions in Printing
which has been greatly appreciated. Tracks from the
American Track Society, amounting to many thou-
sands, about looo Testiments from the Bible Society at
half price, contribution of the use of piano by Kimball
Piano Co., favors from Mr. Leroy Payne for horses for
Gospel wagon and clothing for the poor which we are
very thankful for.
We are indebted to various Evangelists and Pas-
tors for their assistance in leading meetings, to brother
and sister Elderkin who have rendered us such valu-
able assistance on Sunday evenings and favored us
with their sweet songs, and for a large corps of workers
from Mr. Moody's Bible Institute whose services have
been greatly blessed, and to whom we extend our sin-
Too much cannot be said in behalf of our faithful
co-laborers ; Bro. Trotter as organist and missionary,
Bro. Grandburg,cornetist, and Bro. Wendall as janitor,
and all the converts who have rendered most valuable
assistance in promoting the interest of the meetings.
Fred Shore, Miss Alice Hawley and Mrs. John J.
Clarke have given gratuituous service on the piano.
Thanksgiving is rendered to our Heavenly Father
for the blessings that has attended every service, and
for continued health enabling us to be present at all
the meetings another year.
Adams, Mrs. N. M $ 20.00
Ai^ivKN, W. D 2.00
Mary F 10.00
Atwood, F. M 5.00
Baker, Mrs. Ai^FRED ly. 100.00
Bi,ACK, John C 25.00
Buckingham, E 25.00
Beviere, O. D 22.45
Bali,, Mrs. Gardner... 6.00
Beach, E. KeIvI^ogg 50.00
BuRHANS, J. A 15.00
Baker, Samuei, 5.00
Burr, Mission 10.00
BAI.L, Miss Etta 5.00
Bishop, J. C 5.00
Brown, Ths. Jr 10.00
Berry, Geo 20.00
BissEi/i., Geo. E 10.00
Coi,. Pacific Garden
Cummings, E. a. & Co. 250.00
Carson Pierie & Scott 200.00
Coi.. South Congreg'i.
Coiv. Cai^very Baptist
Coiv. Second Presby'n
Coi.. New EngivAnd
Coiv. CoNG'iv. Church,
Col. Cong. S. S. Mor-
Coiv. Betheny Union
Coiv. 1ST Cong. Church,
Chandler & Co
Carpenter, Mrs. El-
Curtis, Mrs. L. W
Col. Hyde Park Pres.
CoL. S.S. M.E. Church,
Col. Rigeland Cong.
Col. 6th Presby'n^
Iv. W. Mc-WiL-
Col. 1ST Cong. Church,
Col. Kenwood Evan.
Un. Church... iii.io
Dinning, Mr. & Mrs.
Date, Henry 25.00
DeWoolf,Mrs. Calvin 10.00
Dietz, Wm. H 10.00
Elderkin, Mr. & Mrs.
Geo. D 100.00
Eddy, Mr 2.00
FiNLEv, Miss Maggie E
Herring. Rev. H. C... 600
Hancock, Miss Edith C 2.00
Hoffman, Geo. W 20.00
Holt, D. K 10.00
Hamlin. Mrs. M. J 5.00
Halvertson, Henry... 2,00
Hutchinson, Chas. L... 25,00
Jacobs, Wm. B 25.00
Jacobs, B. F 25.00
Knight. Rev. M. G 100.00
King. Henry W 50.00
Kane, Thos 10.00
Kennett, Hopkins &
Kohlsatt, H. H 20.00
Kenna, W. J 4.00
Leiter, Levi Z 100.00
Leavitt, Dr. S 100.00
Lansingh, K. V. R 10.00
Lawson, Victor F 50.00
Lewis, H 5.00
Lees, Mrs. S. P 50.00
Lewis, Miss C. T 5 00
Green, O. B 200.00
Bartiett & Co 100.00
Henderson, C. M 50.00
McCoRMicK, :\Irs. Cy-
Middler, W. J 25.00
McMillan, Mrs. N 5.00
Mathews, Miss S. S 5.00
McChesney Bros 5.00
McKane, John 5.00
Moore, N. G 25.00
OSBORNK, H. S. & F. S. 25.00
OviATT, Frank 5.00
Packard, S. W * 150.00
PheIvPS, Dodgk, Pai.-
MER & Co 40.00
Pennfield, H. D 5.00
Potter, D. W 25.00
Peck, Miss 2.00
Pratt, Mrs. K. M 30.00
rosenbaum, j 20. co
Rogers & Bros., H. W 10.00
Reed & LiNDSEY 5.00
Riddle, Mrs. Ai^thea.. 10.00
redfie1.d, a. p 5,00
Rowi<AND, R. E.. 6.00
Sniffen, E. D 25.00
Smai.i<ey, Rev. a. L 5.00
Symenswa, G. R 5.00
Smith, Frank 5.00
Savage, Rev. G. S. F... 5.0a
SheIvDon, G. B 6.66
Sargent, W. F 5.00
Swift, Mrs. H. E 17.00
Thornton, G. W 5.00
Turner, J. T 5.00
Thomas, N. D 5.00
Veeder, Albert H 50.00
Veeder, Henry 5.00
Walker, Mr. & Mrs.
Geo. C 100.00
Webb, Mrs. Geo. D 5.00
Webb, Frank i.oo
Wagner, Btrtha 5.00
Wheeler, C. W 10,00
Whitlock, J. L 5.00
Wood Bros 10.00
Washborne, Mrs. W. W i . 10
WiSSWALL, A 5.0Q
Waller, Mrs. Lucy 25.00
Wells, Frank i.oo
Mrs. Geo. R. Clarke,
Expenses of the Mission for the i8th year ending
September 15th, 1895 have been as follows :
Rent of Mission hall $2,059,23
Salary- of Janitor and all the assistance... 2.057.00
Electric Light and Gas 408.00
Sundry' expenses of Mission including
The outlook for the future of this work, was never
more encouraging. The attendance and results each
year are constantly increasing and we believe there
are still GREATER Bi^ESSiNGS in store for us.
May we not have your prayers and aid for its
Mrs. GEO. R. CLARK, Supt.
Mr. HARRY MONROE, Asst. Supt.
The Pacific Garden Mission is a corporation reg-
ularly organized under the laws of Illinois, and can
receive and hold property by will and otherwise.
FORM OF BEQUEST TO BE USED
IN A WILL.
I give to the Pacific Garden Mis-
Gifts of money, clothing, coal or other requisits
for the work can be sent to the Supt., loo E. Van
Buren Street, Chicago.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
Mr. Samuei. W. Packard, Mr. B. F. Jacobs,
" D.W.Potter, " Samuel, W. Pike,
Dr. Shei^don Leavitt, " Geo. D. Kilderkin,
Mr. Harry Monroe,
Mrs. Geo. R. Ci^arke.