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It has been our desire to make one of Dr. C. R. Scoville's sermons available to the reading public. We have selected his delightful presentation of the Resurrection for that sample.

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Dr. Scoville comes highly recommended.

M. M. Davis of Dallas, Texas, knew Dr. Scoville and speaks in the following terms:

1. "Scoville is scholarly. He is an A. M. of Hiram College. His mind, naturally fine, has been carefully cultured, so that his language as well as his thought is chaste and elegant, and yet he is in no sense bookish or pedantic.

2. "He is Biblical. He knows the Old Book, he believes it, and he loves the message it brings to men.

3. "He is spiritual. He not only knows the truth, but it saturates his very being and makes him its author. No one can hear him and not be lifted to a higher and holier plane of living.

4. "He is zealous. He is afire with love to God and man. The burden of the lost, seems always pressing him down.

5. "He is prayerful. There was more praying in this meeting by half than we ever had before. His own prayers are frequent and fervent, and he has many others pray.

6. "He is humble. The greater his victory the deeper his humility. From first to last he hides himself behind the cross, and you lose sight of the messenger as you listen to the message.

7. "He preaches the truth in love. The distinctive teachings of our people are always prominent, and yet they are so presented that it is a rare thing for the most sensitive to take offense.

8. "He is full of pathos. His hortatory powers are wonderful. As an exhorter he is far in advance of any we ever heard. His words have tears in them, and the appeals are so touching that the audiences are often made to weep. He persuades men with an almost irresistible power, and he pleads with such pathos that it is a hard heart indeed that can resist. Scoville is a prince among evangelists. "

THE RESURRECTION
by Charles Reign Scoville

Preached at University Church, Des Moines, IA February 20, 1901. Reported by Miss Luella Nash.

From Luke's Gospel, the 24th chapter and 34th verse, we take these words: "The Lord is risen indeed. ''

From I Peter, the 1st chapter and 3rd verse: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. "

Romans 6: 3-5: "Know ye not, that as many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him bv baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. "

These three texts seem to give us the three different uses made of the resurrection of Jesus Christ by the apostles Their first use of it was as a fact. Their second use of it is given in I Peter 1: 3: They were begotten unto a live hope, a future life, a blessed estate, a blessed immortality. The third use that they made of it (which might possibly have been before even the second one) was that it spoke unto them of the form of doctrine; it told them that the sinner who leaves the world, dies, as Christ died to this world; is buried as Christ was buried from this world; rises again, as Christ rose again; and just as death never has any power over Jesus again, so the man who has risen from the Christian burial baptism, shall never, never die. "Death hath no more dominion'' over Jesus; death hath no more dominion over those who have been buried in the likeness of his death, for they shall be raised in the likeness of his resurrection.

Experience and conscience are quiet so far as our future life is concerned. Our feelings hope for it, and our reason gives forth a peradventure as did Socrates of old; but the simple senses reach their Omega, and pale lips are hushed; but no echo returns. The Egyptians embalmed their dead and built pyramids for tombs, hoping for immortality. The Persians buried horse and rider together, that the steed might serve in the great beyond; the American Indian hoped that the Great Spirit would carry him to the happy hunting grounds; and yet all these closed their eyes without any definite assurance of the life beyond. It took the Lord Jesus Christ himself to be "the first fruits from the dead. " Christ brought life and immortality to light.

Our Master called special attention to the fact of his resurrection, that he would die and rise again; for it was to be one of the fundamental proofs of his divinity. This was to be the crowning act in the divine drama, in proof of his sonship. In prophecy it was given that the Christ should die and rise again. Jesus himself, said in Matt. 12 that "like as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so the Son of Man shall be in the heart of the earth. " Then he began to tell them how the Son of Man shall die, and rise again, and be buried on the third clay, and so on; and again and again he refers to these facts. "Tell the vision to no man until the Son of Man be risen from the dead. "

We know that a great infidel said that "death is a narrow neck of land between two seas. " Mr. Ingersoll by the side of his brother's coffin said, "Hope sees a star. " The blind poet, as he stood by Robert Ingersoll's coffin and ran his hand over his cold features, while the tears strolled down his sweet, sad face, said, "Perhaps it is better with him now. "

My friends, the Christian does not rest on such words as these. John says, "We speak that we do know. " Forty times in the Epistles of John alone it says, "I know, " or "we know. " Paul says, "I know in whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. " Thomas never believed until he put his fingers into the wounded side of Jesus. Peter did not believe until he was satisfied the sepulchre was empty.

And so, my friends, Christian evidence is not filled with dreams, nor with a peradventure or perhaps; but "we speak that we do know. " Faith is founded upon well approved and well attested facts.

There are many historical facts in the world that were not attended by one-tenth as many witnesses as the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As an example, I might speak of the birth of princes, the signing of treaties, the remarks of Cabinet officers, the projects of conspirators, or the deeds of assassins. I say, these great events that men receive upon testimony and accept as facts these things have not had one-tenth the number of witnesses that the resurrection of Jesus Christ had; and, therefore, I wish to stand here to-night, saying, that as a Christian man I need not put my Bible under my arm any more, I need not beg anybody's pardon for what I believe; for I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is risen indeed. I believe, my dear friends, that he was seen by six hundred and forty-one different witnesses. I believe that he was seen eleven different times, by men of different vocations. If he had only been seen once, then it might have been something like these little circles that they have in this day and age of the world, in which they gather around a table in a dark room and play hands, and then after awhile some one begins to knock on the table.

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is not founded on any such facts as these. The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is not made up of things that happened in the night. When Paul saw a light he saw it at mid-day, under the open, serene sky; and I suppose Paul saw a light brighter than any ever witnessed by any other man, because its brightness was above that of the mid-day sun.

Therefore, I say, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I propose to show you in this sermon, before I have finished to-night, that he repeatedly appeared to the witnesses, that he ate with them, that he drank with them, that he moved with them, that he conversed with them, that they handled Him; as John said, "And many other signs did Jesus truly in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. " Therefore, I wish to prove to you clearly, beyond the least possibility of a doubt, that "the Lord is risen as He said. "

There are certain points upon which the Christian and infidel agree. First, as to the place of His birth. Second, as to the time of His birth. Third, as to His mother. Fourth, as to the manner of His life without error in word, look or deed. They agree also not only as to the manner of His life, but that He died. I want you to notice this, because if you don't, somebody will hurl it back at me: Infidel and Christian must agree upon one point: that He is dead.

Was He dead? Ask the rending rocks and darkening sky; for when Christ expired the rocks were rent, the sun veiled its face as a mother would veil her face when her child was dying. Nature went into mourning, for her child was dying. Was He dead? Ask the Roman officers, who sealed His tomb; for the seal of the Roman government was upon that sepulcher. Was he dead? Ask the men who brake the bones in the legs of the thieves, but who, when they came to Jesus, brake not His bones, because He was already dead. Was He dead? Ask Pilate; for when they came to him and asked for the body of Jesus he asked the centurion if Jesus was surely dead, and when he had been assured that Christ was really dead he told them to take the body and bury it. Was He dead? Ask the sixty or sixty-four Roman soldiers who were placed around the sepulchre to guard it, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away.

So, I say, that is one thing we agree upon that He was dead. We agree upon just one more point, and that is, He was missed. We agree that there was an empty sepulchre; that the body of the Lord Jesus Christ was missed. The Christian says he lived; the infidel says He was stolen. Now, then, if I were a lawyer, and you people represented the jury, my case would be stated. So to-night, then, my case for discussion is simply this: Did Jesus arise, or was He stolen?

Before I begin my argument some one says: "I am going to impeach your witnesses, because I am not going to accept your four Gospels, with their miracles. Higher criticism can't take them. " You say, "Higher criticism is the result of deep, careful research, wonderful investigation to the minutest detail, by scholarly minds. And you say you will impeach my witnesses, do you? I will let you, if you please, but I will bring before you four books that not even the most ardent critic has ever impeached.

And so, my friend, here stands Romans; here stand First and Second Corinthians; here stands Galatians. And so, if you will please lay these four upon the one hand, and with them the book of Acts, which has passed through the crucible and stood the test, I shall have evidence in abundance. Therefore, it is impossible for you to throw the whole case aside at the beginning.

So I ask the first question: Was Jesus stolen? and my answer is a positive one: No! For four reasons.

I am going to talk tonight, if I can, like a lawyer I mean a good lawyer, one that tells "the truth, the whole truth, " and not the truth with a hole in it.

You know the story about the Irishman who came into the cemetery and saw on a tombstone these words: "Here lies a lawyer and an honest man; " and he says, "Come here, Pat; I want to show you where two men are buried in one grave. "

Was Jesus Christ stolen? No! I shall give four reasons why he was not stolen. (Write them down, please. ) The first one is this: It was not a good time for the stealing of a body, because three Jewish feasts came at one time. At any one of these the Feast of the Passover, the Feast of the First Fruits, and the Feast of the Full Moon, the Jew's attendance was compulsory. Therefore, the streets of Jerusalem were thronged at the very time the body would have been stolen. These feasts coming at one time would assure us of this fact; that the sun would not be quite up in the eastern horizon, and the moon not quite down in the western horizon, at the very time Jesus Christ is supposed to have risen from the dead; and don't forget that His enemies knew he was to rise; for they said to Pilate, "This Deceiver said that on the third day he would arise. Command, therefore, that it be made sure until the third day. " Hence, it would be impossible for Him to deceive them, for they were especially guarding against this very day. So, I say, it was not a good time for stealing the body. The second reason is that there were five penalties of death attached to the stealing of that body:

1st. Allowing the seal to be broken, which was so placed that a part of it would be upon the sepulchre and a part upon the round stone. The opening to the sepulchre is something like this: Here is a round stone, like a mill stone, in a loop-shaped opening.

This round stone is rolled back in the loop, that leaves the door into the sepulchre open at this lower end. The opening is long upon the outside, and so that is what the Marys meant when they said, ''Who will roll back the stone from the door?" So the seal was sealed in such a manner that one part would be upon the sepulchre and one part upon the round stone that filled the door to the sepulchre This Roman seal was the bust of Julius Caesar, so arranged that if the seal was broken the head would be severed from the body.

Now note: The Roman government said that death is the penalty for breaking the seal. If that seal was broken under any circumstances, it meant, according to their law, death to the man who broke it. You go and break open an express package that belongs to me. You well know what the penalty of the law is in our country not so strenuous, however, as it was in Rome; Rome said death.

But, someone says, "The Roman law didn't amount to anything. " I don't pretend to know all about it, but I do know something, for I have spent some time in studying law; and I know, my friend, that if there was any one thing above another for which Rome did stand, it was law. Each nation has represented a particular national idea. For instance, Germany has stood for education; England for wealth; America for liberty; France for power; Greece for perfection; but Rome, first, last and always, for law; and if the Roman law said a man should die, that was his penalty.

According to the Roman law there were five penalties of death attached to the stealing of that body.

First, allowing the seal to be broken. Second, breaking the seal. Third, stealing the body. Fourth, allowing the body to be stolen. Fifth, going to sleep on duty. Were these penalties carried out? Not at all. Was there any transgression of the law? Yes; transgression of the law in five different cases, and yet no penalty. What is the reason? Now I will tell you. The reason is simply because sixty-four great, big, Roman men had their choice between life and death; and if this is not the truth, I defy (if that is the right word to use in the pulpit; if not, I challenge) any man to answer this. "Jesus Christ is gone, " they say; "His disciples stole His body. " But they said the first time the angels came and stole the body. What if they did?

The point is, sixty-four Roman soldiers were put there to watch that sepulchre; and the law virtually said to them, It is your business to keep that body; it is your business not to allow anybody to take it; it is your business not to go to sleep. But something happened; and they immediately ran and told the Sanhedrim. As soon as they heard it, they said, "Well, what difference? Suppose the angels did drive you away; suppose the angels did break the seal; suppose the angels did cause Him to come forth; don't you see you must die? For the seal is broken; you have allowed it to be broken; you have allowed the sepulchre to be opened; the body is gone; and, therefore, death is your penalty. Now, if you will say that you went to sleep on duty, and that His disciples came and stole His body while you slept, we will secure you from the penalty. " "But, " said the sixty-four soldiers, "Death is the penalty for going to sleep on duty. Hence we must die anyhow. " "But if you will say that you went to sleep, we will see that you don't die for it; but if you will not say this, then death for you is certain. " Hence, it simply meant lie or die. So, they just simply told sixty-four big, Roman lies; that is all there was to it. If that is not true, I just say to you again, I challenge any man to tell me what is true about it.

Again, Was Jesus stolen? No, for a third reason. Go with me down to the court-room to-morrow here in your capital. I am on as a witness. A lawyer fires questions at me, and I answer them just as fast as he gives them to me. When he gets through he turns me over to the man who cross-questions me, and I begin to change my answers. I see that they are going to get me implicated in this crime, hence, for this reason my answers are not the same. I hesitate and meditate before I answer. The first was unpremeditated testimony; the latter plainly is premeditated. Now, listen. When the judge instructs the jury, will he tell them to receive the premeditated or the unpremeditated testimony? Every man understands that the value of the unpremeditated testimony is always the greatest.

As soon as the angels come and roll away the stone these soldiers are scattered, and they run to the scribes and Pharisees, and tell them that the angels rolled back the stone and scattered them, and Jesus arose. This was unpremeditated testimony. These men say: "If you tell them that, you will die; but if you say you were asleep, we will save you. " Hence, to save their lives they change their story, and give in the premeditated testimony. Therefore, I say to you the third reason Jesus was not stolen is because of the comparative value of premeditated testimony.

Last, was Jesus Christ stolen? No! For the fourth reason why he was not stolen is that there is only one book in all the earth that says they went to sleep, and the same chapter and almost the same verse says also that they were hired to tell an untruth about it. I would like to know how much that is worth. That Bible is the infidels' only authority for saying they went to sleep; and that Bible says that they were bribed to falsify about it.

Therefore, for these four reasons I say to you that Jesus Christ was not stolen from the sepulcher.

Now, then, I come to five things that infidels must believe, in order to believe that Christ's body was stolen. You say, I feel secure in saying this before this audience of Christians; I know that nearly every one here is a believer. And yet, if I knew there were twenty-five unbelievers here, I would say to you exactly the same things that I am about to say; for I have had many unbelieving men to come up to me and grasp my hand and say, "Mr. Scoville, I am thankful that you stand upon what you believe, and that you dare to tell me the truth as you believe it. "

So, then, please, in the second place, let us look at five things infidels must believe. They affirm nothing, but they deny everything. But listen: they must believe that all what the negative of this subject implies. They must believe that 64 Roman soldiers slept at once. You can't make any man on the earth inside of the church believe that. One night during the great meeting at Cleveland, Ohio, where 205 came into the Franklin Circle church, two infidels from the Franklin Club came up to me after church and began to talk about this thing, which was so inconsistent, and that, which was so inconsistent, that the church's demands were inconsistent, etc., until I was heartily tired, and wound them up on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Of this I may tell you some night later. "Inconsistent" was their one great word.

Suppose sixty-four boys from Drake University are all led out by their professor in the Spanish-American war. Suppose that sixty of them are placed here in Cuba to watch a certain bridge. Suppose that death is the penalty for going to sleep on duty. Suppose twenty of these boys go to sleep: will the other forty let them sleep on? Suppose that forty, fifty, fifty-nine of the boys have gone to sleep; do you think that that other one boy, who is a special friend or chum of all these other fifty-nine boys who loves the boys as he loves his own life, and who understands that if a sentinel comes around and discovers them, those fifty-nine boys from Drake University must all die will let them sleep on? You can't make any Christian believe that if sixty-three Roman soldiers would all go to sleep, the one who was awake would let them sleep right on, when he knew that he was the last one awake, when death was the penalty for going to sleep. '"Inconsistent!" I should think so!

The next point they must believe is that the body was stolen when they were asleep, and accept the testimony of the sleepers as to who took it. Suppose that my pocket-book was stolen last night from my room, at Prof. Bell's home, and I go before the officers, and swear that Bro. McCash and Bro. Burton stole it. They ask me if I saw them, and I tell them, no, I didn't. Well, how did you know them when they were there ? I say, 'I didn't know them at all. They just came and stole it while I was asleep. ' You would laugh me out of court.

Ask the Roman soldiers: ''Did you see the apostles when they stole the body?" "No. " "Which of them broke the seal, and which carried the body from the tomb?" "We don't know; you see they stole it while we were asleep. " "How do you know, then, that it was stolen, or who stole it ? How do you know but that the angels rolled back the stone and that the Lord Jesus came forth ?"

Why not open up your Bibles and say to the soldier, "Did you see Peter as he came. in and unwrapped the body ? Didn't you hear Peter and James and John talking ? Didn't you see which one of the apostles it was that broke the seal on the sepulchre ?" The answer is: "No, sir, we didn't see anything of the kind. " "Well, how do know that they took it, then?" "Because while we were asleep they came and stole it. "

There is no court on earth that would accept the testimony of these sleepers. But infidels must believe it. Then they must believe again.

In the third place that the disciples who were once so afraid, all at once become tremendously bold. Peter stole away and denied Jesus Christ three times when he was in his trial and there was no especial danger at all. The other apostles stole away, and possibly John alone saw the Master in His last moments. Now, then, when the sixty-four Roman soldiers are armed to the teeth what is the result? My infidel friend says, all the disciples all at once became bold. Inconsistent.

Once more, they must believe that the thieves took plenty of time, to fold up the grave clothes and place them neatly to one side. Is that the way thieves do here in Des Moines ? When I was holding a meeting in an eastern city some thieves went through the houses in one community pretty generally. They tore up carpets, cut the beds and pillows, emptied bureau drawers, etc.; but I did not hear of a single place where they carefully folded and placed the clothing to one side. Thieves don't do things that way. But infidelity must believe that those who stole the body of Jesus did this very thing. Again I say, "inconsistent. "

In the next place, infidels must believe that the apostles would risk their lives for a dead impostor, when they would not for a living Saviour. In other words, when they had a chance to rush forward and take Jesus Christ from the mob that was gathering around him, you remember that they did not do it; but as soon as Jesus is dead and buried away they jeopardize their lives to secure his body. Infidels would have us believe that these apostles would risk more and attempt more for a dead imposter than a living Redeemer. For if Jesus did not rise from the dead, he was an imposter. Falsehood does not beget heroes, but truth does. I wish to make this point plain, because it is a strong point. The disciples were really timid men; they followed afar off at the trial, and stood aloof from the cross. They were not the men to run any risks with the Roman guard. They knew nothing of the removal of the body; and therefore they were not in a position to receive it readily, and when the news came that Jesus was risen, they would not accept it at once. But the infidel must believe that the disciples, who were so fearfully afraid in Jesus' trial and crucifixion, all at once become tremendously bold!

And here is the last point: If the disciples did steal the body of Jesus Christ, how did they put life into it ? You can submit the whole case upon that point. Jesus after this was alive, as I shall presently show.

But pause a moment, and behold another miracle; for while infidels are trying to prove to us that the great God who made this earth did not have power to even open the tomb, behold, not only the earth, but the heavens, burst open, and God says: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. " The manger cradled a baby, the cross upheld a man, but the grave opened unto God, Jesus Christ arose, and because he lives, we shall live with him. "0 death, where is thy sting ? 0 grave, where is thy victory ?" "But thanks be unto God, "Who giveth us the victory through our Lord. Jesus Christ. " Oh! "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according unto his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. "

But you say: "Bro. Scoville, you are simply making statements; please give us facts. " Let us do so. I wish to contrast the sixty-four Roman soldiers with sixty-four eye witnesses, on the side of righteousness. As the women were coming into the sepulchre they said: "Who will roll away the stone?" and they saw one whom they supposed was the gardener, and they said unto him, "Sir, tell us where you have laid Him, and we will take care of Him. " Mary's eyes no doubt were filled with tears, and it was in the early morning twilight, hence she did not recognize the Saviour. You remember then the Master said to her, ''Mary, " and she recognized him. Oh! if we could only have heard him say that one sweet word. The next two witnesses are angels, one sitting at the head of the sepulcher and the other at the foot. "Ye seek Jesus who was crucified, he is not here, but is risen; come see the place where the Lord lay, and go tell his disciples. " Then came Peter and John. John looked into the sepulchre, but Peter would not be satisfied until he had gone inside and unfolded the grave clothes. That makes seven who say, "The Lord is risen, as he said. " Two are walking on the way to Emmaus which is six miles from Jerusalem, and when they are overtaken by the Master, although they know him not, he expounds unto them the scriptures showing how the Christ was to die, be buried and rise again. They invite Him into their home to dine, and he returns thanks unto the Father, and thus they know him. Hence, these go to the upper room in Jerusalem: ten are there, and the Lord Jesus Christ appears in their midst. Ten and nine make nineteen. Then Thomas comes in. He says, "What is wrong? Have you just had a good meeting ? Why are you so excited?" They all declare unto him the good tidings. The Lord is risen as he said. But Thomas said. "I don't believe it. " But Peter, James and John in turn assure him that Christ has just been in that very room. But Thomas says. "I can't believe it. " Well might John

have said, "Thomas, have we ever deceived you?" and perhaps quickly would have come the response, "No, but I will not believe until I have put my fingers in his sides and in the prints of his hands. "

Friends, I thank God for these little staccato notes in the Bible. I thank God that Thomas didn't believe until he knew. He knew well that his Master's side and hands had been pierced; and the Christian world may well thank God for what some call a "doubting Thomas." Faith is founded upon facts, and our God has never asked men or nations to believe in him until he has vindicated himself. The Saviour did not elude Thomas. Jesus came in again and said, "Thomas, reach forth thy hand, "and when he had seen, the marks made upon the cross, and touched them with his own fingers, Thomas fell on his knees and said, "My Lord and my Master." And so we have twenty who say the Lord is risen, as he said. Next he appears unto James. And then he appears to "Five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part," Paul said to the Corinthians, "are alive unto this day. " Then again at the seaside he appears to a large number.

Then, again at his ascension he appears to one hundred and twenty; making in all, six hundred and forty-one witnesses that say the Lord is risen as he said.

Now during forty days he has appeared to different men under different circumstances, at various places, without and within. He ate with them, walked with them, talked with them, drank with them, and they handled him. Therefore I say that they positively could not have been deceived. Such deception would be without a parallel in history, and without an analogy in all the annals of men.

Don't you know that about seven-tenths I believe it is nine-tenths -- of all criminals confess their crimes upon their death beds ? And yet every one of these apostles died saying that Jesus Christ lived. Yea, they were put to death because they preached a living regnant Saviour. Their dying testimony was, "Lord Jesus receive my spirit. " or "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day. " Paul says, "Have I not seen Jesus?" So, counting Paul, you would have six hundred and forty-two that say the Lord is risen as he said.

Go to your infidel friend and ask him: How old is the earth ? How long since Napoleon or Caesar was born ? And he will not be able to tell you. How long since Jesus was born? Nineteen hundred and one years, he will say to you readily. The little child says that. The infidel writes a book and dates it from the birth of Jesus. Why does he do this? Because Divine Humanity stood upon the edge of an open grave and with his nail-pierced hand reached up and turned the clock of ages, four thousand years ahead, and from that and unto that event all things date. It is the center of all ages, the supreme theme of the universe, and of the hallelujah chorus to be sung by heavenly choirs throughout eternity.

And now in conclusion, compare if you will, the six hundred and forty-two living witnesses with sixty-four Roman soldiers, who, as we proved positively to you, falsified about it; and I ask you to decide: Was Jesus stolen, or is he risen as he said? We have Sunday School children enough to march three feet apart, marching four abreast, to reach from Plymouth Rock to the Golden Gate and back to Salt Lake City. We have missionaries enough with their converts to cross the dark continent. The Christian Endeavor hosts would extend across the mighty Pacific, and we have Christians enough to encircle the rest of the earth. Just imagine them belting the globe and marching as they sing

All hail the power of Jesus' name,
Let angels prostrate fall,
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all.

Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all.

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