LIFE OF GORDON.
energy and perseverence, raised the most money,
and a speech was to be delivered in honor of that
lady, as well as in the furtherance of that cause.
The lady who won the prize, to-wit, Miss Clora Bar-
nett, and the managers of the entertainment, se¬
lected Mr. C. B. W Gordon as orator of the day
to deliver that speech and present the prize. When
it was known in the city that C. B. W Gordon
would speak, it was easy to foresee what a crowd of
both white and colored people would be there. At
an extraordinarily early hour the house was densely
packed with both white and colored, (notwithstand¬
ing an admission fee was charged at the door).
When the moment was up, Mr. H. Cale, who was
then the representative in the Legislature of North
Carolina from Pasquotank County, arose and intro¬
duced Mr. Gordon in the following happy style:
"■Ladies and Gentlemen : I rise to introduce to
you one of North Carolina's most promising sons;
one who, if he continues as he has started, is des¬
tined to carve his name upon the very top round of
his country's honor, ere many months go by—(ap¬
plause)—one upon whose gallant brow is wreathed
the very token of fame and approaching greatness.
(Applause.) The rural lad, the city genius, the rus¬
tic farmer, yet the polished suburban flower; in short,
I rise to introduce to you the coming orator of East¬
ern North Carolina. (Applause.) I need not say
that I refer to the right worthy Charles B. W Gor¬
don, who will address you." (Gordon—applause;