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REPORT 



OF THE WORK 



OF THE 



OF THE 



Pacific (jarden Mission 



Ending September 15th, 1896. 



100 EAST VAN BUREN STREET. 



CHICAGO, ILLS. 




COL. GEO. R. CLARKE, 

Founder of the Pacific Garden ^Mission, 
September 15th, 1877. 



"And their works do follow them."— Rev. 14: 13. 



OUR 19th YEAR. 



September loth closes anotlier chapter in the 
history' of Pacific Garden Mission. Three hundred 
and. sixty-five days have brought us to another anni- 
versary, v^'hich marks the most wonderful record since 
the work began. Pen would fail to describe, or words 
express, the saving grace of God that has been 
manifested nightly, and the thousands of souls that 
have been rescued, and gone on their way rejoicing. 

As we review the work, and the goodness of God 
another year, our hearts are melted into tenderest 
gratitude, for His manifest presence, for continued 
heahh, and unabated prosperity. We enter upon the 
new year with large expectations, claiming His 
promises for our heritage. 

Perhaps only an eye witness could be convinced 
of the vast number of strangers that are passing 
thr.iugh our cit}', coming and going to the four 
quarters of the earth. Letters from Alaska, Mexico, 
South Africa, the extreme East and West are bound- 
aries from whence we are receiving communications. 
From an audience of from 400 to 500 perhaps one- 
fourth are strangers who are passing through the city, 
or are among the wanderers who are going they know 
not where. 

We want to say, to the praise of God, that not a 
single night during the past year, has the interest 
abated vithout regard to temperature or surroundings. 
At thf first peal of the organ there is an ingathering 
that lingers until the latest moment. 



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The question so often discussed, "How to Reach 
the Masses," is no longer an unsolved problem. If for 
nineteen years, and 365 nights in the year, one theme 
has been presented, "Christ and Him Crucified," 
which has never failed to draw the masses, and with 
spell-bound interest an audience can be held for hours, 
eager to hear the Gospel ; when the skeptic, the 
agnostic, the infidel, as well as the conscience striken 
sinner are attracted nightly to listen to the story of 
the Cross ; it is fulh' demonstrated how to reach, as 
well as to hold the masses. 

We never review this work without contrasting 
each year with its beginning, and as we see how its 
borders have been enlarged, how its influence is being 
felt on the community, what a power for good has 
radiated from this humble center, we feel "that it 
has been a vine planted in a good soil, bv great 
waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it 
might bear fruit " — Ezk. 17: 8, 

Not a meeting has been held during all these years 
without some professed conversion. 

The midnight toil, the self denial, the sur= 
render of all, yea, the giving up of ONE PRECIOUS 
LIFE may not be regarded too great a sacrifice 
for the multitude of souls that have found 
ETERNAL life. 

THE AUDIENCES. 

The attendance during tlie past year has far 
exceeded in numbers any previous year. More than 
200,000 persons having heard the Gospel. The testi- 
monies of the converts, who radiate to all sections of 
the globe, have so advertised the Mission that strangers, 



passing through our city, deem it a great privilege to 
attend the meetings, and pronounce the work as one 
of the " greatest wonders of the nineteenth 
century." 

ORDER OF EXERCISES. 

From the praj^er circle in the upper room, we 
have a song service at the door during the summer 
months, attracting large crowds, many of whom are 
induced to attend the meetings within. The song 
service is one of the most attractive features, enlivened 
by organ, cornet and piano accompanyment. Impres- 
sions made in early life are often revived, and 
memories awakened through this medium. Prayer, 
reading and repeating of the Scripture, followed by a 
short Gospel address, then the thrilling testimonies 
from the redeemed, all result in inspiring hope and 
preparing the way for an alter service, where thousands 
have passed from death unto life. 

SKETCHES FROn REAL LIFE. 

The converts' meetings Sunday mornings are a 
thermometer, by which we indicate the spiritual 
power of the meetings. 

To hear "the man w^ho was once a hopeless 
inebriate, now a sober man, restored to family and 
respectability ; the thief, now honest and industrious, 
with calloused hands, earning an honorable living ; 
the gambler no longer seeking a victim as his prey, 
but pursuing a legitimate calling ; the hypocrit, the 
fraud, the liar, the unclean, all compare to Paul's 
description 1 Cor. 6:11 " Such were some of you, 
but ye are washed." Thanks be to God that the 
blood of Jesus Christ has not lost its cleansing power 



SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES. 

If one could look in on a gathering of from 7') to 
100 every Sunday afternoon, they would be impressed 
with the eagerness with which the converts are seek- 
ing knowledge through the Word, which has been a 
'* sealed boOk " to many for years. 

This important branch of the work is a source of 
great strength in establishing them in the Christian 
hfe. 

THE GOSPEL WAGONS. 

The most practical medium of carrying the Gospel 
to the masses, the present day, is by Gospel wagons. 
It is a fact that thousands of people in this great city 
never come under the sound of the Gospel, many of 
whom in early life were surrounded with Christian 
influences, but the allurements of a great city has 
caused them to forget their early instructions, and 
through this medium they are brought face to face 
with facts that they cannot resist, and are led to 
" think upon their way." 

Two wagons, equipped with consecrated men,herald 
the glorious Gospel to the nmltitude that gather at 
various points, numbering from 300 to 400, and while 
the songs and testimonies are being given, others are 
distributing tracts and cards of invitation for the 
evening service. It is not uncommon to see many a 
tear, trickling down cheeks that speak of a misspent 
life, or of the more respectable man, with silk hat and 
kid gloves, as he listens to the wonderful testimonies 
of God's great deliverance. Eternity alone will dis- 
close the fruitage of this seed sowing. 

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-I WAS IN PRISON AND YE VISITED ME/' 

Perhaps no year in the annals of history has 
recorded more crime, more suicides, more murders 
than the present. Sometimes the question is asked, 
is sin on the increase? A careful observer of the 
statistics of crime can readily answer the question. 

As I look into the faces of nearl}- 6,000 annually 
and see the once innocent youth that has fallen a 
victim to the intrigues of the evil one ; the middle 
aged man who has yielded in an unguarded moment to 
some unlawful ambition ; the gray-haired man who 
has been living without God, and with little thought 
for the future; the once beautiful young girl, the pride 
of a mother's heart, lost to honor and virtue ; as well 
as the boys, who have early listened to the tempter's 
call ; all these speak of an unseen power, silently 
claiming victims from all ages and classes of the 
human race. We speak in general terms — not every 
one sitting behind prison bars are proven guilt}', or 
are professional criminals. INIany a man has been 
driven to desperation, the last few years, through 
hunger, for want of employment, and, if the circum- 
stances leading up to their unfortunate condition 
were fully known, charity instead of law would be 
the better discipline. 

Does work among this class pay? It is not always 
professions made behind prison bars that encourage 
us, but lives that tell when released from bondage. 

For nineteen j^ears we have found that an encourag- 
ing word, a tract, a Testament, or a prayer, has 
reached many a heart, who has not only been led to 
become an honest citizen, but a consistant Christian. 



AMONG THE SICK. 

Those who have never visited a hospital where 
hundreds are languishing on beds of pain, can hardly 
appreciate how much a kind shake of the hand, or a 
word of cheer means to the homeless and friendless, 
when it is prompted by a sympathizing heart. 

Our faithful missionary performs this office of love, 
and as this evangel goes from cot to cot, carrying 
the glad tidings of a Savior's love, many a sad heart 
has been comforted and found consolation through 
His atoning grace. 

REHARKABLE EXPERIENCES. 

"Thank God I am saved at last. Little did I ever 
think, when I came to Chicago, that 1 would be found 
in this dear old ^Mission. 

My life for forty years was crooked. It seemed 
there was no place for me on earth, being driven out 
of three cities in one day — Davenport. Rock Island 
and Muscatine, and when I landed in Chicago, fearing 
I might be picked up again, I went to the central 
station to get permis.sion to stay in the city. The 
chief of detectives shook his head and said, ' you have 
been such a hard case I don't think you had better 
try to stay here.' So I sought protection from an 
influential man, through whom I obtained employment. 
One night shortly after, while passing the Mission, I 
heard the singing and came in, and who should I 
hear testify from the platform, but an old-time prison 
friend. And it struck me. if the Lord could do .so 
nnich for him, there was hope for me, and that night 
I gave my heart to God, and since then I have lived 

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a square life, working hard every day. Why, this 
thing is such a surprise to me; I can't heheve I am the 
same man. I used to hate work. An old friend told me 
I was the laziest ipan he ever saw. "When I was in prison 
I used to shift around until I got a soft snap. Now I 
love to work, and have the confidence of my employer 
and a multitude of friends, but the best friend is Jesus. 
My conversion surprises everyone. When the 
news reached Muscatine that I was a saved man, they 
could not believe it, and one of the pastors came to 
Chicago and found it was a reality, and invited me to 
come and speak in his church. The announcement 
that an ex-convict would relate his experience drew 
more than a house full. Where the authorities had 
formerly ordered me out, now the hearts and homes of 
the best people were open to receive me. ' ' 

ANOTHER. 

**I never drank a drop of liquor in my life, but I 
was a perfect slave to the passion of gambling. To 
gratify this propensity it cost me my business and my 
all. My wife got discouraged and left me. After 
trying my best to quit the fearful curse, I became 
hopeles, and concluded my life was not worth living. 
I took a dose of poison to end my miserable existence, 
but the hand of God interposed, and I was given one 
more chance ; then I came to Chicago, and one Sun- 
day I saw the Gospel wagon, followed it up, and on 
hearing the testimonies of men who had been delivered 
from the same curse that had wrecked my life, I 
came to this sacred spot where I gave my heart to 
God. That night I didn't have a vest to my name, 
but now, thank God, T have good employment and 
plenty of clothes. 

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I tell you, there has been a great change in my 
life. One day, when I was speaking from the Gospel 
wagon, the physician, who attended me when I tried 
to destroy m3'self, came up and shook hands with me 
and said, ' this is quite a contrast from the time when 
I was summoned to save your life'." 



"I am a very happy man when I think how merciful 
the Almight}- has been to me in sparing me all these 
years. I was raised in the north of Ireland, and was 
a prosperous business man, was a manufacturer, made 
a large fortune, mayor of the city in which I lived, 
and honored by her majesty (Queen Victoria), as one 
of her officials. For many years I was a sanctimonious 
elder in the church, making a great display with my 
livery and attendants every Sunday morning, and as I 
passed up the isle with my family, hear it whispered, 

' there goes the Hon. Mr ' But my ! my ! What a 

hypocrite I was, 'having the form of godliness, but 
denying the power thereof.' Alas ! the dark day 
came, and my business went. Then I came to 
America, and was prospered only to fall again. 
Finally I came to Chicago, where I secured an official 
position, getting a large salary, but the d'vil got it all, 
and I found myself on Clarke Street, a poor old bum. 
Many a night I came in here and heard the testi- 
monies, and they made me mad, but there was always 
a welcome for me, and one night, more dead than 
alive, I bowed my knee to that alter, and, thank God, 
it was the pool of Siloam to me. 

After being a church member and hypocrite forty 
5'ears, I had to come 4,000 miles across the water to 
find my Savior. I know now what it is to have the 
grace of God in my heart and his sweet love, and I am 
growing younger every day." 

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'•I An CONVINCED." 

There came to the converts' meeting one Sunday 
morning a man seeking rest. He was attracted by 
one of the testimonies, and so much impressed that 
he purposed, in his heart, to watch that man and see 
if his life demonstrated what he professed. Unbe- 
known to anyone, he acted the part of a private 
detective, followed him during the noon hours, and 
at the Bible study at 3 o'clock, saw him go on the 
Gospel wagon at 4, heard him testify from different 
points, followed him to the evening service where 
again he heard his testimony. He was then persuaded 
to come to the alter at the close of the service, where 
he found the same Savior, and, as he gave his exper- 
ience, said he was a drover from Mexico, came to the 
city yesterday, took in the sights, was out on a 
debauch all night, spent his money and came in here 
this morning to rest. " I was convinced through that 
man's testimony that there was a reality in the Chris- 
tian religion, and I have now found the same Savior. 
I have been with a hard crowd all my life, but I am 
going back to-morrow to say good-bye to my old 
associates, and from this time lead a Christian life. ' ' 



Another man arose and said, "Why, you tell about 
* modern miracles,' a short time ago the devil got his 
eyes off from me for a few moments, and I passed by 
that door three times before I dare come in. I hadn't 
been inside a church in 26 years, but I was so 
impressed with the testimonies that I gave my heart 
to God that night, and the last few days have been 
the happiest of all my life, and I now intend to be as 
faithful in serving God as I have been in serving the 
devil." 

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Letters from converts all over the land and from 
the penitentiary, would be of exceeding interest if 
space would permit. 

BUREAU OF INFORMATION. 

The correspondence of the Mission has become a 
time- absorbing feature. Information regarding absent 
husbands, lost sons and erring daughters, is a constant 
occurrence. The appeals from the poor, caring 
for the sick, and aiding them to become admitted 
to the hospitals, and numerous other things that 
somebody has to do in a large city, usually falls upon 
mission workers. 

The appeals that come to our door daily for aid 
and counsel, are often heart-rending, and beyond our 
power to alleviate, but timely advise and temporary 
relief, has often been a God send to many a stricken 
heart. 

CRIME PREVENTING AGENCY. 

When we consider the thousands that are making 
their living by preying upon the masses, and the large 
number that have been reached through the Mission, 
we regard this good work as a great blessing to the 
community, as well as to individuals rescued. 

We appreciate the favor of Chief Badenoch for 
the privilege of holding street services, and other 
courtesies extended to us by this department. 

THANKS. 

W^e are greatly indebted to the many friends of the 
Mission for their contimied donations, their manifest 
interest, and words of encouragement. 

Contributions have been given us in ]>lace of money 

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from different Paper Houses, printing at reduced 
prices, tracts for distribution from American Tract 
Society and others, for use of piano from Mr. A. 
Branch, clothing for the poor, reading matter for 
distribution, and' other favors, all for which our 
appreciation can hardly be expressed, but their reward 
will be from Him, for Whose cause it has been given. 
2»340 Testaments have been given to the poor, 
at half price, from the Bible Society, and thousands 
and thousands of tracts, the seed sowing of which 
has already brought an abundant harvest. 

We are indebted to various pastors and evangelists 
for their assistance in leading meetings; to Brother 
and Sister Elderkin, who have favored us with their 
sweet songs, and rendered other valuable service ; for 
a large corps of workers from Mr. Moody's Bible 
Institute and Theological Seminaries ; for the faith- 
fulness of Bro. Berkey, contributing time and tracts ; 
for Sister Plowes gratuitous service on the piano, also 
Bro. Rex; for the watch-care of our faithful janitor; for 
Brother Grandburg as our cornetist ; Brother Trotter, 
as missionary and organist ; the faithfulness of the 
converts in standing by the work, rendering most 
valuable assistance ; and many other favors, all of 
which are greatly appreciated. 

Now, to our Heavenly Father, Whose loving bene- 
diction has hovered over us another year, we acknowl- 
edge all His goodness and mercy in the thousands of 
souls that have been saved, for continued health, and 
for the privilege of service. 



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CONTRIBUTIONS. 



A 

ATWOOD, F. W I oU.oO 

Andrews, Miss Anna 50.(H» 

Arnold, D. O 10.00 

Andrews, H. W 5.00 

Azui., W 2.00 

B 

Buckingham, E 25.00 

Bi,AiR, Wm 2^5.00 

Brown, Chas 10.00 

Beach, E. Keli^ogg 25.00 

Bi,ACK, John C 25.00 

BAI.DY, F. S 5.00 

burhans, j. a 5.00 

Buckingham, C 25.00 

Barker, J. N 5.00 

Brisco, C. C 1.00 

Bacon, Mr. and Mrs. H. M 10.00 

Ballos .S: Rogers 5.00 

Buss, Miss Fannie 10.00 

Brunner, Rev. A l.oo 

Brown, J. H 25 . oo 

C 

CUMMINGS, E. A. cS: Co 659.12 

Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co 200. oo 

Chicago Forge and Bolt Co lo.oo 

Clarke, Geo. M. & Co 10 OO 

Chilcott, Miss Ethel R lO.oo 

Curtis, Mrs. h. W lo.oo 

Contribution 15.25 

Carpenter, Mrs. C 2.00 

Cash 2.(K» 

Cash, per friends $1.00 each 4.00 

Cash 5. no 

Campbell Chas :>4.i>0 

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6th Presbyterian Church — Dr. S. IvEavitt 
1100.00, Mr. L. McWii,i,iams $100.00, Sam- 

UEi. Pike $25.00, Cash $83.84 308.84 

1st Presbyterian Church 53.00 

JoiivET M. E. Church 5.50 

JoiivET Centrai, Presbyterian Church 30.08 

8th Presbyterian Church 5.00 

Bi,uE Isi,AND M. E. Church 9.33 

1st CONGREGATIONAI, ChURCH 7.00 

Auburn Park M. E. Church 14.42 

Morgan Park Union, (thanksgiving offering) 7.14 

Normal, Park Presbyterian Church 16.90 

Austin Presbyterian Church 6.0u 

Morgan Park Union 4.74 

GrANVII,I,E CONGREGATIONAI, ChURCH 11.19 

Ravenswood United Presby'n Church 8.25 

Jefferson Park Presbyterian Church 13.38 

Cai^very Presbyterian Church 2.00 

TabernacIvE South Side Church 5.00 

NoRMAi, Park Baptist Church 34.85 

Washington Heights Bethany Union 30.00 

Wheaton Baptist Church 7.00 

Kenwood Evange'i, Union 55.39 

Oak Park Union Coi,.. amount collected up 

to date 51.07 

Drexei, Boui.. M. E. Church 15.85 

Hyde Park Presbyterian Church 28.88 

S. S. Class 1st Presby'n Church pr J. U. 

Jones 20.00 

C. E. S. JoiivET Centrai, Presby'n Church 5.00 

S. S. Coi.. Oak Park M. E. Church 4.30 

Y. M. C. A. Stewart Av.... 2.56 

Y. P. S. C. E. Cai^vary Presby'n Church... 3.00 

Burr Mission Sunday School 10.00 

Pacific Garden flission Collection 792.00 



D 

Dinning, Mr. and Mrs. W 150.00 

Date, Henry 25.00 

De Woolf, Mrs. Calvin 10.00 

DiETz, Wm. H 10.00 



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Dudley, H. \V 5.00 

De Golyer, Watts 10.00 

E 

Elderkin ,Mr. and Mrs. Geo. E 240.00 

Earl, Joseph E 35.00 

ExcELL, E. O 25.00 

Eberhart, John F 5.00 



Ford. J. S 5.00 

Friend 2.50 

3.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

2.50 

Five Friends, $1.00 each 5.00 

FuRBER. Wm. a 5.00 

Foreman, Ed 2.00 

G 

Green, O. B 100.00 

Gage, Lyman J 25.00 

Garev C. X 25.00 

German, Dr. \V. H 3.50 

H 

Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co 100.00 

Hoffman, Geo. W 20.00 

Haskett Bros 5.00 

Holt, D. K 10.00 

His Servant 5.00 

I 

Ives, Dr 5.00 

J 

Jacobs, W. B 25.00 

Jacobs, Miss Anna 11.00 

Johnson, Miss Alta 10.50 

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K 

Kright, Rev. M. G 50.00 

Kerkhoff, W. H 50.00 

Kfnna Wm 2.00 

Kane, Thos 5.00 

L 

IvAwsoN, Victor F 100.00 

IvORD, Thos 10.00 

Linden, M. J 10.00 

M 

McCoRMiCK, Mrs. C. H 100 00 

Moore, N. G 25.00 

Morrison, Pi^uMMER & Co 5.00 

O 

OviATT, Frank 5.00 

P 

Packard, S. W 50.00 

PheivPS, Dodge, Pai^mer & Co 40.00 

PenfieIvD, H. D 5.00 

R 

ROCKFEI.I.OW, F. W 32.00 

RIDDI.E, Mrs. Ai^thea 25.00 

Rai^ston, Mr. and Mrs. H. M 25.00 

Rosenbaum, J 20.00 

Remington, Mrs 5.00 

RoBINSON,*W. J 10.00 

Rogers, S. S 25.00 

Roberts, Mrs. Mary A 15.00 

Ramey, R. B 5.00 

REYNOI.DS, W. C 25.00 

S 

Stone, Daniei. 10.00 

Stevens, L. F 10.00 

Squires, Miss Carrie 5.00 

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Salzer, Miss E o.OO 

Sniffen, E. D 81.50 

Swift, Mrs. H. N 7.50 

SVMENSMA, G. R 2 00 

Sherwood, H. M 5.00 

Sprague, Warner & Co 5.00 

Sheldon, G. B 4.30 

T 

Thomson, Mrs. L 10.00 

Thacker Bros 5.00 

Turner, J. Y 5.00 

V 

Veeder, a. H 5.00 

W 

Webster. Lewis D KiO 00 

WAI.I.ER, Mrs. Lucy 50.00 

Wilson Bros in.OO 

Wood Bros 10.00 

Whitlock, J. L 5.00 

Washborne, Mrs. W. W 1.00 

Webb, Geo. D 10.00 

Wells, J. R 10.00 

Y 

Young, W. S 10.00 

Mrs. Geo. R. Clarke, Supt $1,522 26 

$6,217.70 



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EXPENSES. 



Expenses for the Mission for the 19th year, ending 
September 15th, 1896 have been as viz : 

Rent for Mission Hall |2,328.61 

Salaries of Ass't Sup't, Missionary and 

Organist, Cornetist and Janitor 2,470.60 

Electric Ivight and Gas 234.31 

Printing 114.84 

Sundry Expenses 553.22 

ReHef for Poor 516.62 

16,217.70 



PROSPECTIVE. 



The outlook for the future of this work was never 
more encouraging. The attendance and results each 
year are constanily increasing and we believe there 
are still greater bi^ESSINGS in store for us. 

May we not have your prayers and aid for its 
future prosperity ? 

MRS. GEO. R. CLARKE, Supt, 
MR. HARRY MONROE, Asst. Supt. 



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The Pacific Garden Mission is a corporation reg- 
ularly organized under the laws of Illinois, and can 
receive and hold property by will and otherAvise. 



FORM OF BEQUEST TO BE USED IN 
A WILL. 

I give to the Pacific Garden 
Is/l issiori Dollars. 



Gifts of money, clothing coal or other requisits 
for the work can be sent to the Superintendent, 100 
E. Van Buren Street, Chicago. 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 

Mr. Samuei, W. P.\ck.\rd, Mr. B. I', Jacobs, 
Mr. D. \V. Potter, Mr. Samuel W. Pike, 

Dr. Sheldon Leavitt, Mr. Geo. D. Elderkin. 

Mr. Harry Monroe, 

Mrs. Geo. R. Clarke. 



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