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-----MR. SPURGEON ON TEETOTALISM.

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MR. SPURGEON ON TEETOTALISM. The Morning Advertiser publishes the following report of a speech on total abstinence by Mr. Spurgeon at a recent conference of Baptist ministers on the subject I do not know what brethren may think of some of us, but somehow we do think ourselves that if it was a pure matter of self-sacrifice, we would not wait to be asked by brethren to go in any direction, whatever might be the consequence. I may be allowed for a moment to be slightly egotistical, and say what is my position here. It may be the posi- tion of one or two others. I may illustrate it from my brother's case. Some time ago he was an avowed teetotaller some nine months he was consistent to his pledge, but again and again he found from time to time he was literally failing, and one day, so close was he to the verge of the grave, that I said, Young man, there was one maR who went to heaven in a chariot of fire, but that is no reason why you should go to heaven in one of water,' and I went myself and fetched a glass of wine, which enabled him to finish his day's work. He said, 'What more is to be done ?" I said, I will tell you my own experience. I tried conscientiously to be a teetotaller for some nine months myself, but I found I was obliged to give it up-at least, I thought so-and determined to take what I did take in secret. I bought some wine and some medicine glasses, and I think for a year I drank no wine but out of a medicine glass, and with a locked door. But, of course, it leaked out, and I found I was doing more harm than by open drinking. I found some had got a habit of secret drinking who were confirming themselves in what I was doing; so I put the medicine glass on one side, that no one should say I was ashamed of doing publicly what I did in private.'

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