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Commissioner Hoddcr, recently arrived in New Zealand wilh Mrs Hodder to take charge of the Salvation Army operations in the Dominion, reached Dunedin by the second express from the North yesterday, accompanied by Colonel Powley (chief secretary for New Zealand) and Brigadier Bray (social secretary for New Zealand). The Commissioner will make a rapid tour of inspection of the Army work in tho chief centres. Salvationists and their friends assembled in force at the local barracks last night to extend a welcome to Commissioner and Mrs Hodder. Banners bearing messages of welcome hung in the hall, and the heartiness of tho “ volleys ” from the audience, and tha handshakes from the various speakers must surely have made the newcomers feel thoroughly at home. The. rone of the meeting throughout was that of heartiness and cheeriness, and, led by one or other of the officers on the platform, and accompanied I?;- the band, those present burst into Army songs ot praise at- intervals throughout the. -evening. Tho new Commissioner impressed his hearers with an earnest address, and Mrs Hodder quickly found her way into tho affections of everyone, present by tho bright and cheerful maimer which .covered her undoubted zeal for the cause.

Colonel Powley presided, and on the platform were His Worship the Mayor (Mr J. B. Shaddock) and a number of leading Salvation Array officers.

The Chairman briefly introduced the Commissioner and Mrs Hoddor, after which Ser-geant-major Manley (for tho soldiers and local officers), Sergeant-major Hewfon (for the younq- people of the corps). Adjutant Tweed (for the. social workers), Adjutant Lawler (Oaraaru), and Major Toomor (commanding tho Otago and Southland divison) each extended a hearty welcome in a few appropriate words, the Rev. F. G. Camming doing the same on bithalf of the friends of the Army.

The Mayor said that ho represented tho citizens of Dunedin, and on their behalf offered a warm welcome to the newcomers. The Dunedin people-, who knew the value of Iho Army’s work, might not he so demonstrative us those in other centres, but their welcome. was none tho less hearty. He hoped that the. Commissioner on the various visits which he would no doubt he paying to Dunedin would make himself conversant, with the City and surroundings, which, said His ■Worship, would compare favorably in every way wiih anv oilier ehv of its size in the world.

Mrs Hodder, in the course of a happy little speech punctuated with anecdotes often of a humorous nature, said that she had been looking forward to her visit to Dunedin because she had been told she would meet Scotch people hero, and she, had a- warm heart- for Scotland. In Japan, where she and her husband had until recently been working, they had been amongst people whose faces, whose garments, and whose, speech had been different to their own, and they were glad to be with those whose tongue they understood. They had come with a deep determination to do all they could to bless and cheer and to inspire others, and sho trusted that. God would help them to proclaim the glorious Gospel of Liberty. Commissioner Hodder said (hat ho could not Iml be, struck by (to warmth of their reception to New Zealand. He, felt-that there was going to be the heartiest, co-operation between him and tho Salvationists of the Dominion, who would rise and march forward with greater strength than ever. Tire speaker went on to urge the ned of Divine strength, and related instances of conversions which had come under his notice. Ho concluded an earnest address by stating that he hoped to accomplish great work in the direction of soul-saving, and that he pledged himself to them all to help in tho onward march of the Kingdom of God in this country.

During the evening Captain and Mrs Fraser sang a duct in Maori and Airs Powley an Army song, and tho meeting terminated with ‘ All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name,’ sung by everybody. Major Toomor intimated that Adjutant Middlemass, of Invercargill, was to take charge of the work in Dunedin, and would Ire here on Thursday of nest week.

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SALVATION ARMY, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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SALVATION ARMY Issue 15693, 6 January 1915

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