John Trew Dickson

Chapter 12 More Trophies Of Grace

Soon after the first baptism another one was announced to take place at the same spot. Crowds came from far and near filling the bridge and all around that part of the river. Wild rumors and threats of violence against Mr. McEwen if he dared to baptize any more went around, but Miss Margaret King, Miss Emma Copp, and others obeyed the Lord and were full of joy. The minister who opposed the baptism came along in his buggy and had to sit on the bridge because of the throng while the service wa...

Chapter 11 Port Howe

Mr. McEwen began meetings in Port Howe school house and the work took a real hold as the place was packed nightly. The community was divided. Many said as of old, “He is a good man.” “Nay,” others said, “but he deceiveth the people.” The presence of God was so felt that hard and prejudiced sinners were broken down under the power of the gospel and they trusted Christ. Mr. McEwen left Port Howe, but returned later on. Dan Kennedy was growing in grace but could find no christian...

Recollections

by W. P. Douglas Cleveland, Ohio My recollection of our first meeting was at Cannington, Ontario, in 1884. He was 26, I, 24 years of age. He had but recently left his employment with the Deering Harvester Company to devote his entire time to the Lord’s service. For some time prior to his leaving Chicago, he, in company with other young men (among them Mr. Robert Telfer) had been under the tuition of that faithful and honored servant of Christ, Mr. Donald Ross of Chicago. After our ...

Poems by William J. McClure

The One Who Took “The Lowest Room” Creation (Job 38:4-7) By faith we scan the universe, And see Thee on the throne; The heavenly host, adoring, All Thy high glories own. The Cherubim and Seraphim Proclaim Thy might, O Lord The Holy, Holy, Holy One, For evermore adored. Such was Thy majesty divine When sang “the sons of God,” While gazing on that universe Brought forth by Thine own word. Incarnation (Luke 2:9-14) And when again they sang with joy ...

Chapter 14 Pacific Coast (1893)

After about nine years of happy and fruitful service spent in Ontario, where a number of assemblies were planted through his activities, Mr. McClure became exercised about the Far West, his brother Simpson, and sister Elizabeth, the only surviving members of his immediate family, having gone to California. This was one reason why he felt constrained to go there, to meet them again, but stronger still was the desire to carry the gospel to those parts. Starting West, he visited Chicago, fro...

Chapter 13 Andrew Fraser

Mr. James W. Smith, whose ministry had been owned of God in the North of Ireland, was called home to Heaven in 1878 at the early age of thirty-one. In the nine short- years following his conversion he had woven much for God into his life. After his death, Mr. William Matthews of Belfast, in the spring of 1879, joined up in the gospel work with brother Smith’s coworker, Mr. James Campbell, and was a true yokefellow. They labored together for eleven years and were much used of God both in Ir...

Chapter 12 Reminiscences By W. H. Hunter

My first meeting with Brother McClure was in June, 1890, during a visit he and Brother Telfer made to New Bedford, Mass., on their way back to Peterboro, Ontario, to continue tent work in that neighborhood, where they had seen blessing the year before. I accompanied them to Ontario, having been three months along with brethren James Campbell and William Matthews in tent work in Providence, R. I. and being much exercised as to the Lord’s work I was invited by Thomas Black and Cyril Bird to ...

Chapter 11 The Year of Jubilee

The year 1887 was very important in Canada as well as in the British Isles, being the Jubilee of Queen Victoria, marking the fiftieth year of her reign over the vast Empire of Great Britain. Much excitement prevailed and a spirit of holiday making was seen all over the land giving good opportunities to energetic young Christians for tract distribution and open air work for the Lord. These opportunities were embraced by the evangelists laboring in Northern Ontario. In February, brethren Mc...

Chapter 9 Family Sorrow

Early in the spring word reached Mr. McClure that his favorite sister, Caroline, was dying in Belfast, Ireland. This news was a shock to him, and he longed to see her again, but ordinarily it seemed impossible. Pioneer preachers had usually very little money, but just then a cheap excursion fare was advertized by a Canadian Company—only a few dollars return traveling third class. After waiting on the Lord in prayer the way was opened, and the cheap fare became within his reach. Willing to ...

Chapter 8 Breaking Up New Ground

Orillia, the largest town in that part of Northern Ontario and only 35 miles from Balsom Lake, Kirkfield and Victoria Road, had become an important center like Antioch of old, for Gospel activity. Mr. Alexander Marshall from Scotland and Mr. Richard Irving were prominent in the work. They were both young, vigorous men with one object before them, the salvation of the lost. No difficulties were too great, and no opposition was too strong to dampen the ardor of these enthusiastic evangelists. ...
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