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A Floating Chapel

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For nine rnonths the Illinois river towns below Lacon have been treated to an innovation, and for the summer to come the towus fartlier north - Henry, Hennepin, Spring Valley, La Salie and Pera - are to have with them I. R. B. Arnold's "floating chapel. " This boat is an immense huik, 50 by 150 feet, with a seating capacity in the auditorium of 500, a small classroom, living rooms for Mr. Arnold and family and manager, C. H. Nichols. Besides this a small printing office is operated on the boat to print tracts and a photograph gallery to take pictures of scènes along the rcute. The boat is towed f rom one point to another by local packets, 6ut formerly a small steam launch did tlie wark, the boat being towed to headwaters and floated down, the launch being nsed to keep the boat in the channel and effect landings. The boat is self snstaining. Mr. Arnold expects to take south ten tons of rftligions literatura As soon as the warm weather is over the work will begin iu the sunny south. Three university students from Chicago will go with him to help spread the gospel. In the last four years Mr. Arnold has delivered 1,500 sermons and lectnres, distributed five tons of literature, visited 150 citie.s and towns and addressed 150 maas meetings in the interest of temperanoe. More than 250,000 people have passed into his boat. The chapel cost $2,000; the tngboat, $400; running expenses for four years, $7,000; recoipts from douations, $1,200; collections,


Ann Arbor Argus
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