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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 29, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LATE REV. CHAS. McKllLOP Sftry.11 Yiiil tonttmbei* the Clia|rtcs�* jio fJlidlifA entitled, ''Y'eftboaftod Is mine*'* I-fc describes the tight between Atnctlon-aid and LeNolr. The Frenchman Ll|U f Rev. A. M. Gordon Tells of Mis Eiriy Lift and WorK'-Memorlil Sir- Imntod the it.iRhiandcr, and nearly killed JiIb brother. Yet Maodonalrt contends -hluwelf with bunvillal-iti^ tlu* Frenchman, and did not kilt hhn um i him to Canada the be�t traditions of he dewrved. Hero nro a couple f On Sunday morning Hev. M. M. Cordon pastor of Knox Church held it memorial Hprvico for lie v. Chan, AlclClilon who died the Monday pre* ceedittg and was buried on Thursday The church was filled with a congrtv Ration itjinoftt every menyber of which hatl ut our lute minister. Often wo lake characters from 'Scripture, aw! Meek to learn the lessons taught us by their lives. Sometimes wo have only a few references or a verse or two to gntdo us, and from these we must (III In the record for ourselves. Hut in the present ease wr the Mother Country. Most welcome of those w*ho 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 Scotsmen ami others who make this land their home we can only wish that their lives may *�o as fraught with hloSHins to the country as was thi' life of him whom last Thursday w�� la-id to reaU Cluirlos McKillop wua born in Campsio. near Ulnsgow. on t�H� 20th of June, IH'18. U was most fitting that the lad who v as to bring with that were all fitting hi in for the work he 1 afterwards did In thu West. In times , of jwace the blood Is apt to become sluggish and the thews and sinews to grow stack. There was no slackness or sluggishness about young McKillop. To all slackness and sluggish -ncss he remained a stranger to the end. hike Ood's ancient people, ho was a ftghtcr. Many a time, with the psalmist, he had cause to say, *'Hlesscd be -the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war,and my fingers to fight." Some of you know the story of the way he learned the "art of self-defence," and why fie learned It. Mr. McKillop never told me; ho was too modest. I heard it from my father a few week* ago, and my real wot for Mr. McKillop, ul-ready great, Increased still, further. I hero. Hut this 1 may say. The lad learned e day. That scene gives us a glimpse intr> the minister's early life. And it lots us see that whatever his ha ml found to do, he did it with his might. After a time he gave up river work, and took to study. We are not surprised to learn that he whose whole HTo hivd been so strenuous studied hard. Hy nnd by he taught school. Unfortunately we hove- no pictures of the school master and his school,. We may 'ta sure that he Induced his pupils to work. For ho who never spared himself would not pcrmiit laziness in them. But we may also bo. sure that study was made attractive. Hoys have an instinctive reverence for a mon with McKIUop's record. ,For him the keeping of order, oven wKh the roughest and toughest lads, was no problem. He was the active patron of their S|K>rts as well as work. Ho could teach them all they rexmirad to know. Ami then with all his strength, he had a heart tender as a woman's. "O, 'tis excellent to have a giant's strength Hut lyrrnnts to like a giant." Mr. McKillop was ny> tyrant. All 'the vials of his wrath and the artillery of his right arm were reserved for the tyrant and the bully. To his pupils, as to his friends and to all that dkl well, ho was always gentle. Ami. be it romemljcml. gentleness means strength under control. True gentleness belongs only to the strong For u time Mr. McKillop taught with out-Normal School training, for that was perintssahle in those -days. Hut as noon as he had earned money enough, lie attended Normal, in imlor or* the higher* teaching posts; \Viih it view ultimately Of stiKlyltlg for the law. All this tlihc, as he himself might have expressed it, lie -was unsaved. His life had I wen lived nmUl rough surrourtdlngs. In the lumlxir shanties and on tho river there w^s no minister of Norman Macleotl's cnllbiv at hand, to instruct and guide. M*�n heainJ -the naim* of God chiefly tisinl in oaths. And It was no great wonder that von men whose lives wore pure houhl fall Into the habit of profanity. So It was with Mr. McKillop, as ho himself has told me. Mo was aecus'tomed Mo look lurk with regret ( n those early days us wasted, nnd worse -thnn wasted. Hut he Judged 'himsfdf harnhly. It Is not nearer the trii'th to say that, while, some of I ho men -associated with him were 'busy working out their damnation, ho w^s wurMug out his own salvation? And God was working in him. At tlmt time he Culled himself an atheist, there was i*>t ninth in his surroundings to suggest a God of power and ipurity ami love. Anil our creed Is i largely the outcome of our surroundings and olir upbringing. McKillop wns too honest to say, "1 1 nil love in God the Father Almighty when nil his mi ml was eloudVd with a doulrt." He was too seriously-minded tos|>euk or think flippanyly of God. And so it came to pass, that to this earnest student, this seeker after truth, the imcstlon at last came home, "What if there be a God after all? Ami if there is n God, what is going to hap-|k�n to tne?" He duUnt his conversion from that hour. It \h told of Augustine, the great Church father, that after his mind had 'boon turned to higher thoughts amlhe was praying in an agony, he kcuied to hear a voice calling upon him, "Take up ami read. Take up and road. Ho j obeyed, took up the New Tostitmwt ami vmvX, "Not in rioting ami drunkenness, not In clambering ami wantonness, not in strife und envying. Hut put yo on the I-ord Jesus, ami make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil tho lusts thoivo.'." Augustine, as u young man had lived nn evil life As it is emphomls-ilrnlly put nowadays, ho hatl sown his wild oats, ho hatl "gotv the puce." Tlmt Mr. Me KilJuP. own before his conversion, had nover done. Hut. like the great Augustine before him, he was for a time without God. Like him, he hoard tho divine voice speaking to him. Like him. he otwyed. Ami like he could say after that "Thou bust converted mo No sooner had ho given God thun. again like Aug-resolved to dedicate himself to the work of the ministry. He had a haw I struggle. First of ail. he hod t me it was u real joy to 1h� the �Itenivr of greetings Udween such men. j)uring the sumim*r vueu-tions, Mr. McKillop usually taught. Soiiii*toolleve�l to i*e the truth, nml spolto it without fear or favor. Hut he al w^ays spoke the truth In love. Ono'-^ other day of that seven yimnrs, ^rtifc" MM countrv congregmtinn he s|>enL S4jven yenrs. Om .ImrncU-HsUc incident of ifl,,cr vay aimi H0VT" "^S? lh,u ministry ,|,*ervcH ,�H�on. Ho ^ out promlnont y. !33wl of .luno 1881. Mo used to  mat M" was calkfil on to coiKtuct the funeral of a notoriously blasphemous and wlok��d woman It. was the custom io givo a funeral address. He saw it was mi tlm�� for platitudes or for flattery; he novor indulgi'd in those things. Ho said to tho assembled ;company. ''There is no need to mtneo |iunttcrs. We know where this wo  man's soul is. We cannot help things now or make matters any lietter. I He used to say that on that dat he did tho !>_.._ v days work of his life, for on that day ^ morrlexl F.llzalK�th Fisher. Miiny. ' �^f you renicmW the early olghtlei; r the o))oning up of the west, ami tifi-pointmcnt of Dr. Uohcrtson, then Hev. dames Itoltertsnn of Winnipeg* to -the posi-Hon of Suporintemlcnb of h% Missions for the country from tho : i (Continued on Next rage.) Royal Crown Shaving Stick requires less effort, saves time, means less wear on the soap, because the new shaving stick lathers so freely almost instantaneously. A lather so generously rich and creamy that it will not dry on the face. Makes shaving quick and pleasant. Every stick in a dust * proof, sanitary nickel box. Same price as others. Mas* only by THft HOYAL CHOWM. kuaitoa wiNwrao f \ 1. 4 k. jt i 1 + PA > 1 -'"ft <-yY - J i WHOLESALE AND RETAIL Consists of Wild Lands, from $5.50 to 9.00 per acre en bloc, and 7.50 to 15.00 per acre at retail. Land near railway 9.00 per acre and up. Improved Farms $15 to $35 per Now is the time to make selection, if you want good land near railway. CALL ON US FOR INFORMATION 7 I OLIVER BLOCK, LETHBRIDCE ;