THE TRUTH OF THE SPURGEON INCIDENT
The "B'ltlsh Weekly " of Jans 28 h , „«— W«th *eg«d to the paragraph, .bout the Bey Charles Spurgeon, of | Cfeanwteh, which ha B been «ton.irely ; circulated/we ate able to rty, on the beat ■ ntlioritv tbat it is considered by b!s "th? 7ia Wend, at the Metropol tan Tabernac a too abeotd to bo contradicted. We m&y add that the gentleman who wes B »fd to have committed the assault wys- " Th* *hole thing i* j i«t making * 'molehill !n<o a mountain.' Omlnilwar.Y*nh Mr Bpor^eon and Wa friend Me Hollidge watt moat cordial, bat In the free-wd-eeay life en board *Wp msny things . cour wh.oh In ihemßelvea »re trivial, and ao not at ell sffect the moral oh*r«ctet of those concerned, and yet»re wffiolent to lead to ooolneH or e 3 trangement. This was the c bo withua, and it wa B thoroughly my mU. n nd e r*t»ndlng Mr Spurgeon's explaoat on that the op»et waa caused. I did cot strike h'm. I was not arrested, and I was not jaaloai.Tho thing wa%af ler w atds Batlofaototily explained, and nonld never have .been heard of but foe that love of eenß»tlonalhmon vhloh a portion of the American press I am norry to Bay, depends for an Ltetmce. Tae^eport In the O*Worntan ( p*per contains no Uev than 66 Inaccuracies and faisehoode. Mr Spurgeon preached to a crowded congregation In S»n Francisco the .day »fter the «rt!cle • rpeared, and gave an explanation i bat .be paper, while giving an ample repor cf his sermon, suppreaeed every word of bis .xolanatlon. I bave been very forcibly s'trnck with the freedom w.th which the A-neiloan preß» dUcuases the home life and individual oharacter of the people, and the numerous sensational items cne c*n read on these BQtj-Ots d*y by day. Of course Americans know how to d.scount thesa stories, but *itb our own people they are taken more seriously. 1 bopl ftha day Is far distant here when the office of reporter will Include director, «py, fabricator, romancer, i-eKS*tionallßt, etc.
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