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THE SALVATION ARMY.

. + Although the manner m whioh the Salvation Army carries on its work is Calculated to shock the prejudices of those who have been accustomed' to regard a quiet peacefulness as inseparably associated with the worship of God, and while there are many to whom the beating of drums, the blare of trumpets and loud-voiced preaching and praying m the public streets seem wellnigh, irreverent, and altogether incon gruous with their interpretation of the Apoßtolic command, " Let all things be done decently and m order," it is nevertheless, we think, undeniable that the work of the Army — strange as its methods may seem — has resulted m the doing of a great deal of good. True those methods are rough and ready, but even if rough, the readiness of the Army to help m the lifting-up of the fallen is evidenced wherever it carries on its operations, and-; especially m our large cities. The fact is that there has been too much kid-gloved Christianity, and there have been and arc only too. many professing Christians who take for their, exemplars the Priest and Levite of the parable rather than the Good Samaritan, and are prone to pass on the other side when they see a brother and sister m the mire lest they soil their garments by contact with the fallen one, and it is to the credit of the soldiers of the banner of blood and fire that no matter how besmirched the fallen ones may be, they will and do go right into the slough of despond and try to lift them out of the mud. And — whether because their rough and ready methods are better suited to the ideas and feelings of those with whom they have to deal than are those of an educated priesthood, or whether because .they are more earnest matters not — suffice it to know that the Army succeeds m reclaiming many who but for its operations would otherwise be utterly lost. This is beginning to be recognised m all classes of society, among the clergy of the various denominations, by the magistrates, and by the police, and it is now not at all an infrequent thing for those m authority to invoke the good offices of the Army on behalf of those who have fallen into svii ways. Evidence of this is^given m an article headed \ l Some ■ of th« Fruits of our Rescue Work," which appears m the Christmas number of the " War Cry" wherein several instances are detailed showing the success of the Army m the rescue of the almost utterly lost. We extract one of these as an example : — " Take ' another case. The mother died when the baby was born, owing to being kicked down the stairs by the father. As soon as the isliiia guv co Jtnow wliat ~tne~fj&ther Jbiaß 3one, she vowed that she would pay him out m his own coin. W lien .eleven years Df age she soaped a flight of stairs— thirteen m number— bo that her father might fal] down. This had the desired Bffect— he fell from top to bottom, broke two of his ribs, and received other injuries. Owing to tbia conduct, the girl was sent to the asylum for ten weeks, it was thought she was out of her mind. She always seems to have been a naughty girl, went on the streets when nineteen, and lived m that way for nine years. She has been m prison four years and nine months, for vagrancy j and is the only woman ever known to have been put m irons m New Zealand. She gave the woman gaoler a thrashing, and tried to drown the warder with a bucket of swill. She came to the Home once, with a child, which was committed to Burnham. We got her a situation, and she did well for three months, and then went back to her old life. Returning to the Home about 10 months ago, she said, she was tired of life and sick of everything ; shame was gone, and there was no good m anything at all She would put an end to herself if it wasn't for the Judgment, her child was dead, and she had nothing to live for." We took her m, and a few days afterwards she got converted, and has done well ever since, She haß had two situations, and has returned to the Home on account of ill-healtb, but with a good character from each place. She is giving every proof of a change of heart." The foregoing circumstances appear to have occurred m Christchurch, and the case is only one of several which are cited, and which probably can be multiplied by hundreds m connection with the work of the Army all over the world. An 4}f that be bo, then this curious and to many somewhat; obnoxious organisation — obnoxious at least as to its methods — must be recognised as a power for good, and if so it deserves something more than mere toleration. Indeed whilewe have bo many heathen m our midst, especially m our large cities, so many sunk m the very depths of misery and crime, any missionary enterprise, no matter how oulr'c its mode of operations, which is successful m their reclamation Is entitled to the support of every true philanthropist, not to say of every Christian. In saying this we do not proclaim our approval of all the Army's eccentricities, or of its carrying on its work m a manner calculated to annoy or endanger anyone, but while m soine respects its methods might, we think, be very easily improved, we oordially rocognise its usefulness m its Rescue Homes, its Prison Gate Brigade and other branches of its wcrk, and commend these to the aid of our read ore of all denominations, and even to those who are of no denomination at all. We may here add that the Army has three Rescue Homes— one m Cliristchurch, one m Dunedin, and one m Auckland^ m which last-named city there is also c Prison Gate Brigade, all supported by voluntary contributions. Gifts of clothing or money may be forwarded to eithei of the Homeß, or to Colonel J. P. Taylor, Manchester street, Christchurch, and will be thankfully received.

" Rough on Itch. ~ •« Rough on Itch " cures skin humors, eruptions, ring worm, tetter, salt rheum, frosted feet, chilblains, itch, ivy jpwon, burtai 1 tohj $ (

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THE SALVATION ARMY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2022, 27 December 1888

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THE SALVATION ARMY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2022, 27 December 1888

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