is too great a task for the ability of the writer; and
even if possessed of the soul power to justly describe
him language is inadequate to express. I shall
therefore endeavor only to mention a few facts and
leave the reader to enlarge his estimate of him by
imagination. From the day on which he appeared
before the public at Bethel, N. C, and won the first
premium for the best speech delivered upon that oc¬
casion, his has been a gradual advancement toward
the summit of the mountain of greatness through
goodness, that time has not succeeded in retarding.
He is a Poet.
During Rev. Mr. Gordon's school vacation in 1882,
he travelled in the Eastern portion of North Caro¬
lina preaching and lecturing with great success.
Here he began his poetical career, during which
time he wrote and published two poems, one dedi¬
cated to the memory of the Rev. L. W. Boone, and
another entitled " The Good Shepherd," which were
read by thousands and won to him considerable poetic
reputation. Below is an extract from the latter:
An Extract from the Volume of Poems entitled "The Good
HELP THE HEATHEN.
There is a land of grief and woe,
A land far across the ocean wave,
Where heathen nations know not God,
Nor seek to find the blessed way.
This is the way the nations have gone,
Since in darkness they were born;