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SALVATION ARMY.

OPENING OF SAMARITAN HOME. Ydstatdfty afternoon, in the presence of a lai-gv* gathering of citizens, Commissioner Iviohards, commander of the Salvation Army in New Zealand, opened the Samaritan home, "The Haven," in Carnarvon street. Colonel Powley, Chief Secretary, presided • over the proceedings, which were of a happy nature. After the singjiig of "0 God, our help in ages past,"' prayer by Mts Richards and Scripture 'reading by Brigadier Bray (socfal work secretary.), Colonel Powley called on Major Dennison, who, he said, had had a lengthy experience ill the Salvation Army social work, and was in charge of the maternity homo in Wellington. ' ■ • - . Majo3 Dennison said it- had- been a uveat joy to. her to labor in that portion of the Master's vineyard. If time permitted she could 'give cases ' .where broken-hearted "women" had be'etf' assisted and lifted up on to the platform of rsspect-ability, and sent out to work and do better in future. Since the begintiinsr '„f the year 32 cases had been helped. She felt the Samaritan home in Gisborne would- also, be a haven of rest for lonely, : \veary., sad and broken-heai'toiF women,' ■; arid? ; was sure God was going to help them in this work, and give them tho joy of seeing many weeping their way to the feet of the' Saviour. ' . ... A number of apologies were received, .including letters Trom his* Worship the Mayor (filr W. G. .Sherratt}",- Mr Justice 1 Cooper, Dr Cole, Messrs W. A. Barton, H. de Lautour, and others, who expressed .their approval of the movement and sympathy with the work of the Army. In calling on Adjutant MeHne, who has been appointed to take? charge' of the home, Colonel Powley said' the' adjutant was well fitted in every way for the- work! Adjutant Meline said she-, was-, very, thankful tor the experience' she 'had, had. During the four .years she ''hJUjT been at Auckland about iff? cases '"Bad passed through her hands, : and ' she hoped : she 'would be of - seme'^assistance in this place. Tlie Rev. Robert Raine -expressed, hiinself thoroughly hi sympathy with the movement. Tlie Salvation! 'Army stood for the good of those who were inclined to be neglected. He hoped the home would bring brightness' and hap^pittess to many lives. It also stood for the expausion of the Gospel. One of the great problems was the social problem^, and the Gospel- of\Jesus7' Christ could meet that as well as any of 'the problems. ■ 3 ■•'-••. 1_) s - :■■"■■- "f The Commissioner was received with applause. He said the' raith'incathms'of the social work throughout the world were such that he could not touch upjon the subject there. He quoted from a speech on a, similar- occasion given by Sir H. Gv Adams, who , was Governor of the South African cblqfces' When the Commissioner? was" in chaffs? of thev'Balvation Army there.. . The -.Governor said .he hoped the plaice' w6ul'd,'reniain empty. " r The Government' .were' •subiscrioing £300 and * the •'■•.'■ municipality £100 towards it> but they' would reaailyi Bubscf ibe that" amount-' -yeaatfby ■■ year,. even if it was only ■to "keepj 'the* 1 place open, and if riot filled with'finrhates- so much the better. This hpine- was (-rather different. - It was a : l triangular ihstitu* •tion. '; They were ■ ndt -hound .^down 7 to a special line df: y€uns'-:-w6h*n.' !i It would receive all kinds. ' Tn*ey'"w6hld take chikircji" and 'wbmen'^rfrSfh -Ihe magistrate, and keep t^ny* until they went to another home or* got~wdrk. ■■$&> . was a receiving home through -*which girls could pass to the maternity homes, and it would be a maternity home proper. The officer in .. .charge was a certificated nursed -^,nd she would go about, and where- she found poor women in distress "and'^unable* to pay high fees for hospitals or nursing, would bring them to "The Haven.*" ' It was not a very big; place, but knowing the town apd its moral tone, he thought there would be no reason for enlargement fer a considerable time. Regarding the cost of the home; he said the property cost £545, legal ex-' , penses £8 2s 7d, additions £402 12s lid, furhißhing £190, making a | total of £114$ 15s; 6d: Towards, 'this ?£io72 had b«in collected, leaving. £73*^ 3.5s 6& "I am not going tb"aSk you" lor' the balance," he remarked, "but I ,am confident that you are not going 5 to -allow the .credit of GiEborne to go down for a paltry sum like £73 15s 6d. (Laughter.) Therefore we shall see within -a very short tiiri«L aboutl a fortnight^ "the whole thing*' wiped off.*' > Sneaking' of the furnishings the Commissioner said they did not go; in for anythrVgAelab*--orate. They behoved hi solidity and something nice that appealed tor v 'the eyes of the inmates. They tried^ to make the environments pleasing} -.^lt <is with great pleasure that I open- this door/' declared the Commissioner, turning the key. "I open *i£ in ; tlie name of the Father, of the Son and Holy Spirit . fbr the*, -Bleissing and the helping, and for the amelioration,of tho woes and sufferings and distress, of all the women -who' com I©''1 ©'' in here, and who may be unfortunate enough to be in need of such -a, home. May God make it a sour e'er of great blessing, and may there geV forth from it women who shall be a credit to this town and blessing to others. whOin they meet.^ (Applause.); ,; " An inspection was then made of the premises, which wero;. favpraWy-a com* mented upon. . ''The Haven" ' is^a conipact little home, containing nine rooms, including a sitting room . and . office, matron's bedroom. " assistant' V'b'fficerV bedroom/ intaates' 1 dressing' /arid ' bath room, dining room, kitchen"" and bathroom. There are also a dormitory containing sji beds and a hospital room with # two beds. Although there is nothing of . a pretentious nature .in the way 'of furnishing- everything^ lo' new] cheery, and good;- characteristic, of', the organisation under- which' it 'lias been established." There is a spacious ;yard, and upC-to-date sanitary arrangements.' The bathrooms are suppli^ with hoi and cold water, and the electric light has been installed thrOughouti' '%' The general appearance^ of 'the home^is one , of comfort and cheerf ulrtes^'-'' and -ap- / jpropriate texts attract > attention 'artd impress- the observer. . . - i» ? UPLE&TING. THEuEALLEN. \-\ There" was a largo' attendance'; at; the Scottish Hall last ni|ght; 'whan : Commissioner Richards deliveredMh'in,Wrefe^ ing lecture on the social of the Salvation Army. His -> Worship' the Mayor presided 'after- Coli - Powley' had opened the meeting. In addition 'i6.'„th,e visiting officers, there were also on the platform Messrs W. A. Barton anii R: S.< Florance, S.M.'s.- The Mayor,\in .formally introducing the . Commissioner, took the opportunity of welcoraitig him back from his visit to England, and hoped lie Would lon^' epfitimie^to :db the good work of the Salvalioh ArttiyT* x ' : The Commissioner, who is an able and entertaining speaker, kept ; the audience interested -for upwards, of an gave a gr&phic account of the various operations, and related # numerous inei- ' dents to illustrate the good work^thafc \vas done. He said he felt like' heing up against abrick wall "when he : started to speak about the- Army's social .work, because of its ramifications. Thirty-six years ago when ho joined * the Arniy/ there wero not more, .member* than could be held in that hall, and no bands. Now they bad 1100 different institutions and 1674 bands, some of them with as many as 50 instrumentalists^ "And the Gisborne band," he added, "is not one of 'the least ..of- these bands' by nny means." (Applausei) , He; spoke in appreciative terms of the good services rendered by the -local band,-' He said that, out of a total of 25,313, bandsmen not one of them received any., payment. Furthermore, • they bought, their ■•;wn uniforms and turned out whenever required. The Salvation Army, ;.; con-; tinned the Commissioner, was. the -largest evangelical body in the world. - But- he wished to talk about vthei social"-'' side. They had found .it- was no use' talking to a man about his soul if he had an empty stomach. So they decided to give them a basin of soup and a piece of bread, and then they could sit comfortably and listen to what was to be said.'. They had- 559 different schools, with an average of 40 scholars in each ;■ 161 hotels of different kinds throughout the world, including nine hotels for women. In the different agencies^ tihey had 2860 devoted

officers whose salaries wero nothing in comparison with their work. The margin between* the salary they received and what they deserved was their amount of devotion to God and their love for the people in distress and in need of help. (Applause.) In Java, they bad leper homes. The Dutch Government had given over to tho Salvation Army two-thirds of the lepers, of whom there were 22,000. His son was chief secretary to the SalvatieJ Army in that country,, 'where there were numerous corps with bands. They also had in Java an institution for the weak-minded. His son told him the Government there was remarkably liberal in providing money for the work. There were 35,000,000 people in Java. They had a doctor there who treated 20,000 natives per annum, and they were starting a new hospital at a cost of £20,000, of which the Government was giving £12,---000. In Colombo they took charge of all the vagrants, who they put to some industry. In India they had criminal homes,, and had taken over whole tribes of criminals with whom the Government •had not known what to do. In New Zealand they had the same class of institutions in miniature as in Great Britain, excepting the. extraordinary places. Last year in the two workmen's homes in the Dominion 56,098 beds were let, some as low as Id. and 6144 beds were given free, whilst 87,637 meals were supplied at a low price and 10,056 were given free. They also had orphanages tor children. In the boys' homes they had 57 inmates, 19 having been sent out last* year t° situations' or to friends. There wero 113 girls, 28 having been sent: out during the year, some t*> situations" in ''families and others in offices. The children were drilled and educated up to the top notch. In tho rescue homes 119 women had been deajt with, with good results. They had two inebriate's islands, to which last year .were aditiitted 135 patients and 141 were discharged. He was pleased to say that 40 per cent, of those who go to tho islands 1 remained cured. There were maternity hospitals and prison gate honfes which were doing a splendid -work. '■'■ In connection with the' latter institutions 546 men were admitted, over "500 were discharged and 68 remained, and they could put their hands on almost every one who had left. They also had a . kind of detective department, about which they did not give figures, ••bUt: they had beeri instrumental in finding - many piissing • friends. In conclusion, the Commissioner said he was de-lighted-to say that the homes in this; country were being well looked after by the people, and whenever they wanted help it was forthcoming. "I thank you Tor - : your assistance, for the sympathy you have vouchsafed to us, for the blessings that have come to us through you, and I trust have come to you through ■us-.*' • (Applause.) At the instance of Mr Florance a hearty vote, of thanks was accorded the Commissioner for his excellent address, •ami on the motion of Brigadier Bray a similar compliment was paid the Mayor for presiding. In returning thanks the Mayor reminded the people that selfdenial week had come round, and urged a hearty response. He said sie would be only too pleased to do what he could for the Salvation Army at any time.

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SALVATION ARMY., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13492, 22 September 1914

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SALVATION ARMY. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13492, 22 September 1914

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