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OF THE WORK
Pacific (jarden Mission
Ending September 15th, 1896.
100 EAST VAN BUREN STREET.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
-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.
"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
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. ' '
**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.
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."
'•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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Carpenter, Mrs. C 2.00
Cash, per friends $1.00 each 4.00
Cash 5. no
Campbell Chas :>4.i>0
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.
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
Dinning, Mr. and Mrs. W 150.00
Date, Henry 25.00
De Woolf, Mrs. Calvin 10.00
DiETz, Wm. H 10.00
Dudley, H. \V 5.00
De Golyer, Watts 10.00
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
Five Friends, $1.00 each 5.00
FuRBER. Wm. a 5.00
Foreman, Ed 2.00
Green, O. B 100.00
Gage, Lyman J 25.00
Garev C. X 25.00
German, Dr. \V. H 3.50
Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co 100.00
Hoffman, Geo. W 20.00
Haskett Bros 5.00
Holt, D. K 10.00
His Servant 5.00
Ives, Dr 5.00
Jacobs, W. B 25.00
Jacobs, Miss Anna 11.00
Johnson, Miss Alta 10.50
Kright, Rev. M. G 50.00
Kerkhoff, W. H 50.00
Kfnna Wm 2.00
Kane, Thos 5.00
IvAwsoN, Victor F 100.00
IvORD, Thos 10.00
Linden, M. J 10.00
McCoRMiCK, Mrs. C. H 100 00
Moore, N. G 25.00
Morrison, Pi^uMMER & Co 5.00
OviATT, Frank 5.00
Packard, S. W 50.00
PheivPS, Dodge, Pai^mer & Co 40.00
PenfieIvD, H. D 5.00
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
Stone, Daniei. 10.00
Stevens, L. F 10.00
Squires, Miss Carrie 5.00
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
Thomson, Mrs. L 10.00
Thacker Bros 5.00
Turner, J. Y 5.00
Veeder, a. H 5.00
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
Young, W. S 10.00
Mrs. Geo. R. Clarke, Supt $1,522 26
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
Sundry Expenses 553.22
ReHef for Poor 516.62
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.
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
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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