(' ' Ly ttelton Times. ") On Monday *t the Salvation Army Barrack?, Viotorla attest, there was a very large- eoßgregation to witness the wedding of "SUflO.ptalu Allan Fisher" an* "Captain Kellie Barnard," the former deioribed ai ' * one of toe war-office warriors," and the latter •■ "an old Ohrletcharoh Otptaln. The building had not been tpeoially decorated for the ocojblod, bat on the plaiform and gallery behind it were the membert of the Salvation Band. The eremoDy wsi oondnoted by * 'Colonel Taylor." On the appearance of the soon* to-be united pair, the Colonel called for all "to fire a volley, " and thla oall was responded to with moon energy. The bride was dreased In the ordinary ooatome of a "Salvation lasa," and wore no orange i bloaioma, or even • white ribbon, to j symbolise her condition ; the bridegroom, too, waaintbe Army uniform belonging to hit rasa*. He bid no "beat man," bat there wit one bridesmaid, who, however, like tbe bride, wore only the regulation costume. A special selection of hymns waa oitoolated m tbe barracks, and the tones to which the bymna were set alternated grave to gay, typioal In this retpect, probably of married II c. Prayer was offered op, cne of those who prayed being a lady who invoked with great earneitnetfs a blessing on those who wera about to be " united for war '' — a phrase not without significance other than that primarily intended. A chapter from the Bible read with a running oommeutary by Colonel Taylor followed ; and after • • bymn with a lively ohorus — "Won't You Come" — had been sung, to the aoompanimentof an accordlan, the articles of marriage were read. The Salvation banner was brought and held over the bride and bridegroom whilst the oeremouy of marriage was preformed. A most comprehensive queatlon was pat to each of the contracting parties, but the one answer, "I wiU,"aeemed to Inolude everything. Some Uttle delay was occasioned while tbe bride took off her glove, to enable the groom to pat tbe ring on her fioger. The niaal exclamations were given by the members of tbe Army present, and Mr and Mra Fisher were duly declared to be " man and wife j" the hoiband at once asset tlug bis poalttou by pnblioly kissing his lifepartner. More bymn singing and a collection concluded the ceremony. The "happy pair" were driven aw*y from tbe barracks m a carriage drawn by a pair of whita horses, the driver wearing the Salvation Army uniform, with a handsome orange scati thrown over his right shoulder, and fastened at his left hip. They went to Timaru, tn route fot Melbourne, where they will work together In the cause ef tbe Army.
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SALVATION WEDDING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2128, 7 May 1889
SALVATION WEDDING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2128, 7 May 1889
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