In the Land of the Midnight Sun

In the harbor at Tromsöe, Norway, lay the America, a vessel fitted for an expedition to the North Pole, with a crew of wide-awake, earnest young men aboard. The day before sailing, a large excursion steamer, laden with American and German tourists, dropped anchor in the same port. With characteristic hospitality the American college men invited the adventurers to a farewell dinner, which was accepted by them with joy.

On the deck, in the bright evening sunlight of that region, sat a Christian Scientist, who thought, "Will Love open a way to place our Leader's book with these seekers?" An earnest prayer arose that Love would open the way.

Soon they came on deck and laughter and gaiety prevailed. A young artist came from the crowd towards the Scientist, and asked, "May I make a sketch for you? If we find the North Pole it will be a pleasant souvenir." Underneath the animated conversation which followed, flowed the silent current of thought, "Are you to be Love's messenger?" Another joins the couple, another, a small group gathers. In the course of conversation the subject of freedom is introduced. A young Hollander spoke with much sympathy of the deplorable condition of the Boers, and an earnest, impulsive voice cried out, "I wrote a poem on the subject the other day; shall I give it?" On receiving unanimous assent, he recited from memory.

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Proofs of God's Power
December 12, 1901

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