|Any one who had read "The
Greatest Thing in the World" could not help but desire to see and
hear its author; and, when Professor Drummond visited Boston in the
spring of 1893, the capacity of lecture halls was taxed to the utmost.
To accommodate thousands turned away, he repeated some of his lectures
in the Lowell Institute Course, Boston. It was a crowded Boylston Hall
or Appleton Chapel that invariably faced him when he addressed the
students of Harvard University. He drew young men as few men can. He
loved life and nature. He studied and knew men. He had read much. He had
travelled in Europe, America, Africa, Australia and the New Hebrides,
with eyes and ears wide open. With a charming personality and a rare
grace of manner, he was a most attractive speaker and character, whether
on the platform or in the quiet hour.
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The student, the evangelist and pastor, the professor and lecturer, the traveller and writer, has passed away; but his words, his writing and his influence cannot. He willingly gave his life to help others. Many a soul was brought into a higher life. Many a life was led into the top flat. Many a one was shown his part in the Kingdom of God. Many a man who was down was set upon his feet. Many a stone of difficulty was rolled away.
The addresses here given to the public in permanent form for the first time, as they have already helped some, may yet help many more.
The first four were delivered to students of Harvard University, in April, 1893. The remaining three addresses were delivered at the World's Bible Students' Conference, Northfield, Mass., in July, 1893.
LUTHER HESS WARING.