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The Prince of Evangelists

D. L. MOODY, the famous Evangelist, when eighteen
       years of age, was a boot salesman in his uncle's
store in Boston.   His Sunday School teacher was a Mr.
Kimball, and he had set his heart on winning the young
man for Christ.   After praying about the matter, he
arranged to visit him at the boot store.   "I was deter-
to use his own words, "to speak to him about
Christ and about his soul, and started down to Holton's
boot store.   When I was nearly there I began to wonder
whether I ought to go in just then during business hours.
I thought my call might embarass the boy, and that when
I went away the other clerks would ask who I was, and
taunt him with my efforts in trying to make him a good
boy.   In the meantime I had passed the store, and, dis-
covering this, I determined to make a dash for it, and have
it over at once.   I found him in the back part of the build-
ing wrapping up shoes.   I went up to him at once, and
putting my hand on his shoulder, I made what I felt
afterwards was a very weak plea for Christ.   I don't know
just what words I used, nor could Mr. Moody tell.   I
simply told him of Christ's love for him, and the love
Christ wanted in return.   That was all there was.   It
seemed the young man was just ready for the light that
then broke upon him, and there in the back of that store
in Boston, D. L. Moody gave himself and his life to

   Forty years afterwards, when preaching in Boston,
Mr. Moody himself thus described the effect of his con-
upon his life: "I can almost throw a stone from
Tremont Temple to the spot where I found God forty years
ago.   I wish I could do something to lead some of you
young men to that same God.   He has been a million times
better to me than I have been to Him.   I remember the
morning on which I came out of my room after I had first
trusted Christ.   I thought the sun shone a good deal
brighter than it ever had before.   I thought that it was
just smiling upon me, and as I walked out upon Boston
Common and heard the birds singing in the trees, I thought
they were all singing a song to me.   Do you know?   I fell

in love with the birds.   I had never cared for them before.
It seemed to me that I was in love with all creation.   I
had not a bitter feeling against any man, and I was ready
to take all men to my heart.   If a man has not the love of
God shed abroad in his heart he has not yet been re-

   Mr. Moody's experience was the same as that of the
poet who sung:

"Heaven above is softer blue,
   Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
   Christless eyes have never seen.

"Birds with gladder songs o'erflow,
   Flowers with brighter beauties shine,
Since I know, as now I know,
   I am His, and He is mine."

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