General Booth at Ashburton.
A Hearty Beception-
General Booth, Commander-in-chief of the Salvation Army, was a passenger for Chrietchurch per the 3.15 express this afternoon. There was a large crowd on the railway platform aa the train drew in and the General was welcomed by His Worship the Mayor (Mr H. Davis) aad a number of local clergymen. His Worship the Mayor, in a few well chosen remarks, extended a hearty welcome to General Booth, whose noble work, the speaker said, was recognised at its full value right throughout the whole world. General Booth was a man among men, and for the far reaching schemes he bad adopted to raise fallen humanity, he (General Booth) commanded the admiration aud esteem of all nations and creeds. In the course of his remark?, General Booth said that he wus pleased indeed to have an opportunity of again meeting the people of Ashburton, but he felt somewhat run down in health, on account of the heavy strain of work. It would have given him infinite pleasure to have delivered an address on the working of the Salvation Army, but time would not permit him to do so. (Applause.) In the course of his career he had been introduced to His Majesty King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, President McKinley and also to the various primates and cabinets in these British colonies over the sens. His whole energy had been devoted during the pastßO years to upraise the fallen and cheer the despondent by preaching the word of God. He could assure them that it afforded him no little amount of pride to note on his travels, that the work-of the Salvation Army was being fully appreciated. With the limited time at his disposal he would urge every one to get right with God. It had been said that ho was done as far as his physical condition was concerned, but those present oonl<i rest assured that ho was stronger spiritually than ever. His farewell note to the people of Ashburton was *• Be righteous unto all things for Godliness profiteth all men." His Worship the Mayor then called for cheers for General Booth, which were given in a most hearty and enthusiastic manner. Prior to the train leaving, General Booth called for cheers for his Worship tho Mayor, and if he wan not given an opportunity of meeting the people of Ashburton in this sphere of lfe, he trusted he would meet them on the right hand of God.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6552, 22 April 1905
General Booth at Ashburton. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6552, 22 April 1905
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