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What is described as “ The first annual Scottish congress and thanksgiving festival ” in connection with the Salvation Army was commenced on Saturday, x6th September, in Glasgow. A great procession of the Army through the main thoroughfares of the city took place in the afternoon, there being over 1,000 soldiers, consisting of the Glasgow corps and contingents from the districts, headed by standard-bearers and bands of music. Mrs Booth, accompanied by several officers, occupied an open carriage, drawn by two admirable greys, Major Edmonds, of the Scotch division, being in attendance, accompanied by a mounted aide-de-camp. Arrived at the West End Temperance Hall, the soldiers were entertained at “ a fruit and cake banquet,” followed by a jubilant thanksgiving service. On Sunday Mrs Booth preached to a large gathering of soldiers in the City Hall, and was listened to with attention. A collection was taken in the course of the service for the Scottish division. Major Edmonds, in his appeal, remarked that they had only two shillings and a penny in hand towards next year, but they had tried to steer clear of debt. They wanted a good collection, to carry out large plans. Preceded by two “ holiness conventions,” a service was held on Monday in the City Hall. There was a great parade of soldiers, as well as a large attendance of the general public as spectators. The spacious platform was occupied by a large number of staff officers, accompanied by the band and colors of the division, as well as several fiddlers, trumpeters,and a bagpiper dressed in Highland costume. Eor an hour the interest was sustained by the chanting of hymns to familiar music. Excitement reached its height on the arrival of Mrs General Booth, who was received with three cheers. The service proceeded with the usual forms, a soldier declaring that he was saved “ inside, outside, and all over.” Mr J. L. Learmouth, of Polmont, once prejudiced against the Array, now certified to its good work, and, rejoicing in the capture of so many trophies, gave a cheque for Lioo. A great outburst of enthusiasm ensued. Major Edmonds remarked that the donation followed Li,ooo just given to Clapton-. (Loud cheers and waving of handkerchiefs.) Appealing for a liberal collection “to carry on the war,” he read his first annual report, showing an advance all

along the line. Mrs Booth afterwards addressed the meeting, and received an attentive and respectful hearing. Replying with much cogency to adverse criticism, she was prepared, she said, to justify it in the face of any company of divines from the Word of God, and she challenged anybody to show her that they had more authority for their silent, monotonous, uninteresting service than she had for her noisy, demonstrative, interesting, powerful service. (Applause.) Bailie Selkirk, Glasgow, as a sympathiser with the ceremony, thought that sufficient had been shown of its work to justify its existence. His experience of the criticism had been that it was sharpest in those quarters where the Army was least known. Other speakers followed, and individual donations of as much as Lao and Lro were announced. These, coupled with others, the price of admission to the gallery, and the general collection, would amount, in the aggregate, to a handsome sum. The first annual thanksgiving service of the Scottish division of the Salvation Army has resulted in the collection of nearly Laoo.

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THE SALVATION ARMY AT GLASGOW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 822, 19 December 1882

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THE SALVATION ARMY AT GLASGOW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 822, 19 December 1882