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some great personalities have exercised, and the occasion of which I speak was the more striking owing to the absence of concurrent pomp. It was on Garibaldi's arrival in London, where he was hailed as a hero. I was standing in Trafalgar Square when he reached it, driving up Parliament Street. His vehicle was a shabby open carriage, stuffed with Italians, regardless of style in dress ; Garibaldi alone was standing. I had not been in a greatly excited or exalted mood, but the simplicity, goodness, and nobility impressed on every lineament of Garibaldi's face and person quite overcame me. I realised then what I never did before or after, something of the impression that Jesus seems to have exercised on multitudes on more than one occasion. I am grateful to that experience for revealing to me the heroworshipping potentialities of my nature.
When the late Mr.. Spurgeon first made his reputation, I went, as many others did, to hear him. I was in the gallery of his " Tabernacle," which was said to hold i 1,ooo persons, and in which certainly 9000 were then present, as roughly counted by myself. The men had their hats on, and conversation was unchecked. Suddenly there was a slight stir that travelled through the crowd, and the almost childlike features of the young preacher came into view as he rose from below and mounted the platform. He simply raised his hand ; there was a simultaneous removal of hats and agreat hush, and then the words began. I t was a marvellous instance of the commanding power of a simple gesture.
One more instance, and I have done. It occurred towards the close of my undergraduate days at