LIFE OF GORDON.
the neighborhood had a Debating Society, of which
Charles was a member. Charles was such a power
in argument that the young men of the lodge finally
became so apprehensive of him that it was hard to
find one willing to take the lead, if Charles Gordon
was on the opposite side. He was nominated for
the most prominent places within the gift of his com¬
panions, and was always elected without opposition.
This, however, was for his keen and penetrable un¬
derstanding and his parliamentary management, as
well as to avoid the vollies of oratorical thunder¬
bolts that he commonly dealt upon the heads of his
GORDON TN HIGH SCHOOL--HIS SPEECH IN
He was secretary of Hurtford Sunday school,
and was chosen a delegate to represent it in the
Sunday school union, or Eastern Sunday School
Convention, in 1877, which convened at Bethel.
In this convention of over two hundred delegates,
Charles Gordon was the centre of attraction. There
were prizes offered for the three best speeches to be
delivered during the sitting of the Union. There
were many contestants, two of which were Gordons.
Till now, it is not decided which was the better ora¬
tor, Charles B. W Gordon or his cousin, B. S. Gor¬
don, but this day decided the question. Charles