Address of President Cleveland.
I desire to express my appreciation of the privilege of partici-
pating in this conference and of the opportunity thus afforded me
of testifying to the value and usefulness of the work undertaken
by the Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church.
My interest in this subject and my familiarity with home mis-
sionary efforts are not newly acquired. They early came to me in
the surronndings of a Christian Presbyterian home, and were
stimulated by a father's faithful labors in the cause.
My early impressions are not, however, the only basis of the
testimony I give to-night in favor of Home Missions. As your
fellow-citizen, interested, I hope, in all things that deepen the
religious sentiment of our people and enlarge Christian influence,
I fully realize the transcendent importance of this agency in its
operation upon the hearts of men for the salvation of their souls.
The long roster of those who have been led into the way of right-
eousness through the instrumentality of our Home Mission are
rich trophies of successful endeavor.
But it is not only as your fellow-citizen, but as the Chief
Executive officer of your Government that I desire to speak, for I
am entirely certain that I serve well our entire people, whose ser-
vant I am, when I here testify to the benefit our country has
received through home missionary effort, and when I join you in
an attempt to extend and strengthen that effort.
No one charged with the duties and responsibilities which
necessarily weigh upon your Chief Executive, can fail to appreci-
ate the importance of religious teaching and Christian endeavor
in the newly settled portions of our vast domain. It is there where
hot and stubborn warfare between the forces of good and evil is
constantly invited. In these days, the van-guard of occupation