The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1889. THE SALVATION ARMY.
Notwithstanding the outre character of its methods, whioh indeed now and then savor of the grotesque, we have a kindly feeling towards the Salvation Army, and have always willingly conceded that it haR always proved itself an engine for good. A week or two ago we drew attention to the good work done m this colony m connection with its Rescae Homes and Prison Gate Brigade which deserve the aid and support of Christians of all denominations, nay of all humanitarians, and now we have much pleasure m reproducing m the words of an excellent authority some striking testimony to the value of the Army's work m the neighboring colonies of Australia. 1 hat authority is Sir William Fox, who, m the course of on address delivered at the Auckland Barracks a few evenings ago, spoke of the rescue work as witnessed by him daring a recent tour. His address was highly eulogistic of the Army, He said "it was Melbourne that sa«v the work of tbe army at its height. Owing to the way the city was laid out originally, rights - of way had been built upon and used as streets ; the resu't was that a mass of sin and shame wi p congregated m these back slums m the very heart of the city. The scenes of demoralisation which he saw m Melbourne would never be effaced from his mind. Under the very shadow of the churches filled with clergymen thero was growing up a state cf things which was an outrage on civilisation, and the Salvation Army, and it alone, was effectively grappling with it. What Melbourne would become but for the labours of the Salvation Army m this branch of social reform he shuddered to think. He was taken by Colonel Barker, of the army, through the Chinese opiijm den, where hundreds of Furopean girls were goipg to ruiu ; and as they walked along the colonel showed him the blood-stained spot where half-a-dosen larrikins had kicked and done to death a Chinaman m pure devilment. Then Colpnel Barker took him to other quarters — thoso pf genteel viee — where he handed him over to ti}Q detectives to take him round, as the Salvationists specially devoted themselves to " gutter work." Under the guidance of the detectives he saw ecenos of luxurious vice which rivalled those of Babylon. But it was m the homes of the poor, tho outcast, the fallen that the Salvation Army laboured, and what the Victorian Government thought of that work might be seen when Colonel Barker showed him the last letter of the Colonial Secretary containing a cheque for £1000. ' Stronger testimony to the value of the wcjk of the Army could not be desired, nnd m face of such testimony it only remair $ for all well wishers of their fellow men to bid it go on ap.d prosper m the great enterprise of reclaiming tfre lost and lifting up the fallen, to which, tho earnest efforts of its officers and soldiers are directed. a'.'. 1 L „*r, ■.!,..'■ -5