SALVATION ARMY IN WANGANUI.
STORY OF STEADY PROGRESS.
OPENING OP NEW CITIDEL,
The local corps of the Salvation Army has been doing good work in Wanganui. Its band, under Mr. Wilson, has made wonderful progress, and it hais amongst its members some good players. The Army's meetings have been crowded lately. Another advance move has been jpade by the erection of a fine new citadel and young people's school in Wicksteed Street, near the intersection with Guyton Street. The premises are finished and rea.dy for occupation, and they will he opened by His Worship the .Mayor, assisted by iprominent officers of the Army in New Zealand, to-morrow afternoon. The citadel is built of brick, and the ma4n hall,has a floor space of 2000 square feet. The main entrance faces Wicksted Street, and this leads Into a vestibule... At the end of the hall is a rostrum to accommodate the band, while in a convenient position, a speaker's platform is erected. The floor is given a slope of one foot towards the vestiblue, so that, as the architect puts it, "the bonnets of the ladies in the front row won't interfere with the men's vision from, behind." On each side of the hall are annexes, each provided with, entrance doors from outside.- The right side room has a ground floor of - 260 square feet, anil .this.-la-to be ; utilisea as a band practice room. The annex on the left is divided into two apartments, one for the ladies, and- the. other for the officers. At the rear all modern conveniences are pFOvidec> The front elevation is artistically and effective-designed and tuck-pointed brick-work and concrete enrichments. The request of a deputation to the Borough Council that two plane trees in front of the building be removed has been given effect to, and with a good light the building should show up well at night, while in the day-time the unique design of the front elevation gives the building prominence. Mr. T. H. Battle designed the citidel, and Messrs. Britton and Turvy were the contractors.
At the rear of the citadel is a commodious young people's Sunday -School. The building has been erected by the - Salvation Army workers themselves, and the job reflects credit upon them. It will be entirely devoted to the teaching of young children on Sundays. There is ample seating accommodation in one room for over a hundred children. Through a means of folding doors and patent hygienic curtains, the classes can be divided, and taught separately. In the e/fecond apartment there are blackboards, and material and facilities provided for explaining Bible stories to the younger children on the lines of a kindergarten system. The local corps, under Adjutant Walker, is to be congratulated on its acnievement, and to-mor-row's ceremony suoulu attract a large crowj^ to show their interest in the good work the Army is doing, and to evince their appreciation of the efforts of the "local branch of that institution.