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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 29, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LATE REV. CHAi McKILlOP Rev; A; N. dordon Tells of His Early Ufe and Worfc^ Memorial Ser- vke In Knoi Clwrcli. On Suntiay morning Uev. At. M. Gordon jmstor of Knox Church held a memorial sorWoo for Bov. Chas. McK'illop who ^laA the Monday pre-ceedii�5 and was buri�id on Thurwlay ']"ho church was fiUod with � congru-gation ajinost every moinber. of which had itry?a.surcd irioniuriiis of the do-jiartod. Of IhB dcrmrtt'fl pastor, Mr. Gordon snid: Thi� itioniing I wish to speak a words alMiiit our la'to nilnlwtflr. ortim we take characters from IScrip-tiirc, and accic to learn th� lesfionH taught us by tholr lives. Sometimes wo have only a few peforences or a wrKc or two to guido us, awl from these we nni9t fill in the rccond for ourselves. But in the present case we have more ample (lata, lor we have own cherished memories of him whom we comaneinorate this day. We have already at this service sung that grand memorial hymn. him to Canada the l>c�t traditions of the Kirk, and who was to help in doing lor Canada what tho Kirk has done lor Scotland, should bo imptis-ed by one of the nohlext ministers ever produced by the Church of Scotland, Ih: Nornmn Maclcrnl. ^Vhrcn Charles was but n, child his fwUier d'ietoi� cMitlctI, "Vciifeoance is mind;" U describes the flj^ht Ixstween ilacdoii-ttld and LoNoir. The Fnenchman lit-Bultcd the Hiighlandcr, attrl nearly killed his brother. Yet MacdonaJd coirtends hlm-sclt with hunTilinting tho FrcnchiiMjn, and did not kill him ns* ho descrvctl. More a re a couple of HentcncK^ frojii iho l secure n clinch with an unwary o|i-uncle ttlnoady settled in this country, ponent. Hut Mntttonald bad Uvn jTht! famiily mode their homo in Al-; waiting for that trick. Stopping ' montc, i�oar Ottawa. The lad's lite 1 short, ho leaned over to one �i nanw, O Jesus, be lore\"er blessed. MwiUelujah." But saints of Ood are not confined to Scripture times. Nor ere tbey all enrolled in the calendar of the minMIe ages. "Ood burial, the workmen, but carries on the work." He has done so from tht! time of Abraham and Moses until nowi. A Saint is one who dops Ood s work in the world, "one who does God's will with a heart, bee s�nse certainly our late minister has earned a place among "the saints who from thoir labours rest." Though identiliod in sympathy and interest with Canada, the land where he lived and died, Mr. McKillog was by birth a Scot. Uo belonged to that class of settlers that land needs. We in Canada are subjects of the Gnir pire. This colony of Canada is a daughter o^f the Mothdr Country. Most wielcomo of those who come to cast in their lot with us are those who come to us from the old land, and all who are hound to us by ties of blood and language. For all those Scotsnum and others who make this land their home wo can only wish that thoir lives may be as fraught with blessing to the country as was the life of hiui whom lasit Thursday we laiid to rest. Charles McKillop was born in Cainpsic, ncer Glasgow, on the 20th of June, 1848. It was most fitting that the lad who v as to bring with 'lor a fu'turo minister of the gospel, 'especially the gosiXil of peace. Yet, 'in the providence of God, thoserough cxiicrictioes through wl^ich he- passed were all Htting him for the work he !afterward.s did in tho West. In times I of peace the blood is apt to become sluggish and the thews and sinews to nuinisttr's early life. And it lots grow slack. Iliore was no slackness aeo that whatever his haml found of that figlit. McKillop liktxl Gordon's thoroughness, for he had him go through the trick over and over A'gain, until from actually seeing McKillop do it, he was able to fie.scribo how Macdonald won the dny. That scene gives us a glimpse into tho. us to or sluggishness about young McKil- , do, he did it with his might. After I lop. To all slackness and sluggish - ;� time he gave up river work, and ness he romained a stranger to the took to study. Wo ��� not surprised end. Like God's ancient people, he to learn that he w-ho.so whole life had was a Oghter. ^ Many a time, withthe been so strenuous studied hard. By psalmist, he had cause to say. ^nd by he taught school. Untortun-'Blessed he the lord my strength, ately we have' no pictures of tho which teachoth my hands to war .and school ma�ter and his school^ Wo my fingers to fight." Some of yon , may .be sure that he induood his pup-know the story of the way he learn- jUs ,to work. For ho who never spar- ed 'the "art of self-defence," and why he learned it. Mr. McKillop never told me; he was too modest. I heard it from my lather a few weeks ago, ' and respect lor Mr. McKillop, al-Ltuse he likes it." And in that � �'ea^so(l it, 'he 'Was unsaved. His life had been lived an*id rouRh surroundiivgM. In the lumlxsr shanties and on the river there waS no minister of Norman MaclecKl'a caJil)ro ut hand, to instruct and guide. JIn heard lUic name of Ood chiefly used in onthK.. And it was no gix'at wotider that Von inen whose lives WQits pure hould foil into tho habit of profanity. So it wan with Mr. JfcKillop, as ho him.McIf has tokl mo. Ilo was accu.>*tomi.'d. to look lark wi'th reigwt' in those wirly days as wnsUwl, and worse tlinn wastoil. isn't ho judged hiniKelt har.iwlod tos|>Oak or think flipfKUi.s'ly of Owl. And so 'i't cnmo to pass, that to this earnest student, tliis scoki'r af't-cr truth, the ({uc.vtion at last came homo, "What if thoTO be a Ood after all? And if t'lvorc is a Ood, what is going to hap-jwn to mc?" Ho dattfd his conversion �from 'that hour. It is told of Augusitine", tho great Church lather, that aft�r his nviwl had been turned to higher thoughts andho was praying in an agoivy, he seemed to hear tt voice aiJling upon him, "Take up and road. Take up and road. Hie obeyed, took up the New Testaniorrt, and read, "Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in clamboring and wan-tonne.ss, not in strife and envying. But put yo on the Lonl .fesus, ami niak'a not provision for the fteah, to fulfd tho luots thoivoi." Augustine, as a young man had live.| luind. Yet to him n'uuh for a time i-omained dark. But he romair�yl (xir-si.tly tri>o to Chri�t, and in the and w^htt't had .bc-on dark wan all made clear. So it was in Mr. McKillop's ca.sc. He had his dillicuHies, as wu all hove. But ho had ChrLst, ami that wos surtlciont. Then, agniu we can haivJly imagine Mr. McKillop j studj-ing for the iministry wiUiout �having to light down doubts n.s to his own fitness for the ofiite. Hp ai,-ways mode little of his own attain -imjnts, ond no doubt he wouljd fain have served Ood along some other lino. But ho wisely saw that while; "dare I undertake this task'.>" As a solonm question, so too i,s this, "Bare I let this task go past mc? Am I pi-oparLd for tho resptmsibil  ity of allowing it to drift into weaker hun'tls? Ho sa%y that God had �boon fi'tting him for task. Ho, thoir old a.ssociutc, could gain tho ear of tho lumiberinon and others liko thoui as few aiort could, just 'because ho k'new 'their life so thoroughly and had alroady, along other lines, gained thoir respect. So he dotenninoout this time. My father was minisrtor of St. Andrew's Church in Ottawa. Mr. Mc-McKiilop ha^d resolved to .ok-.sthcmous and wick'od woman. It was the custom to givo a funernl address. Ho sow it was no time for platitudes or for flattery; he never indulged in these things. Ho said to the assembled comi>any, "There is no need to minoo mnt'tcrs. Wu know whore this wo -man's soul is. We cannot help things now or make matters any 'Ijotter. I the love of God to sinful men and women so clearly that those ;wihot>' heard him never could forgct.^^^1^ evening he was visiting one of the ' houses In his parish, Mr. Flsherts when a message was brought that the fiS| son. of the dead woman v-anted to ilsco;& " him at once. At once he took'a(|Rjfih �! horso and drove to see the manr.Hb^, � srient tho i^ight with him, and thai night tho man w;"" converted:wEveirai'l Rftcrwanrls he was one of the nrinis^si, tor's �taunch�!st friends. No wonder'ijjfii Mr. McKillop Ijolievod in bcinfC' ottt-\ spoken. Flo olwnjs spoko who* ' he believwl to tie the truth; ami 'SpotoMi,, it without fear or favor. But he^Ht �iays spoke the truth in lovc; ., One other day of that seven yonrs tnitt-Istry stands nut prominently, ;^the asrd of June 1S81. He use(i;td'il�y that on that dat ho did the. best; days work of his life, for on that dajrj ho marrkxl Klixatteth ]try iromMtHo^ (ContimK?d on N�!Xt V-asi.) � j Royal Crown HAZEL requires less effort, saves tinw, means less wear on the soap, because the �m shaving stick lathers so freely - almost instantaneously. A lather so generously rich and creamy that it will not dry on the face. Makes sh a vine quick and pleasant. Every stick in a dust-proof, sanitary nickel box. Same price as oth�n. ati�*��if �f TNB HOVAi. CKOWII, uaUtad WIMNIWO I WHOLESALE AND RETAIL OUR LIST Consists of Wild Lands, from $5.50 to 9.00 per acre en bloc, and ^.50 to 15.00 per acre at retail. Land near railway 9.00 per acre and up. Improved Farms $15 to $35 per acre. Now is the time to make selection, if you want good land near railway. CALL ON US FOR INFORMATION. OLIVER BLOCK. LETHBRIDCE ;