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A Saltation Lass She Must Obey Orders Even To Facing Murder In The Slums This Comes Harder To The American Than To The English Soldier--the Romance Of The Stolen Angel Which Is Expected To Come Back With A Story

A Saltation Lass She Must Obey Orders Even To Facing Murder In The Slums This Comes Harder To The American Than To The English Soldier--the Romance Of The Stolen Angel Which Is Expected To Come Back With A Story image
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" Americana take ]ess kiudly to discipline of the Arruy thao the English do," said C;;ptaiu Ebxta Vickery of the I Salvation Army. Captain Vickery is a Bostoniaii and has been confidential-1 secretary to Mrs. Mand Balliugtou Booth Bince Mrs. Booth first came to America. "Just what does 'discipline of the ! Army' mean?" was asked of her. "Doing as one is told - obedience I without question, which is the duty of every soldier iu thearmiesof theworldThis discipline is a wonderful training, as one rea li zes watehing its effect upou ' Salvationists. Of course obedience is a ' habit, like faith, that grows more and I more by extrcising it. Now, in the case ! of Ainericons we find ahvays much ! position to question. They always want to know why before they do as they are told. It becomes needful to esplain all the rea-aons very fully to theru, while ' English people accept directions without caviL Indeed they seern positively to like it. I think the Americans' tude in this respect is due to the ' pensity of all my country people to seek ' to impress themselves individually upon their environment, whatever and wherever it may happen to be. Did I feel in ! this way myself ? No, but I will tell yon why not. I had the greatest adniiration for and faith in Mrs. Booth, and as I was entirely under her direction the inflnence of her personality subjected me completely. I feit she must always be right, and so I was ready nnhesitatingly to carry out all her commands. When a Salvationist is not sustained by this strong personal feeling for the offioer whose orders must be obeyed, it is sometimes not easy to submit - when one is told to go out and cali War Crys, for instance. That is what I have to do this afternoon down in the sluins. You see, I have on my slum, ' ' an old calicó frock and a dejected looking straw bonnet. "The slum work, " continued Captain Vickery, "is our great stronghold and saf eguard. It keeps us down to the level where we feel there is most need to do God's work. Mrs. Booth says the great danger in this country for the Army lies in its tendency to work upward arnong the higher classes. We are sent to the lost sheep. To reach thern the methods often condemned and generally misunderstood are the most efficacious. " In support of these methods Captain Vickery produöed "Orders and Regula - tions For Field Officers, " the handbook of tactics which is provided for the guidance of all Salvationists in command. It is a rather ponderous volume, bound in scarlet. The contents are carefully indesed, and there seem to be instructions set down for every possible contingency. Page 258 treats of "Roughs - How to Eeach Them. " This is part of the counsel given : friendly with them. Make them feel that yon care for them. Make every meeting, as far as may be, interesting to them. Let the precise people, who want things to be condncted without noise or excitement, go elsewhere for their sermons, psalms and proprieties. Never let them (the roughs) go away without some kind word from yon. Never mind if they are bad people. The Samaritan woman at the well was a very donbtful kind of character. I ara afraid many of our field officers wonld have been ashamed to be seen speaking to her in public, but the Master was not above noticing her. " The possibility of violence at the hands of the rough element is noted in these words : "Bnt what if they kill yon?" "Well, you must die. You have often sung and said that yon would - uow here's a chance. Make up your mind to the worst ; then perhaps he that wonld lose his life shall save it. " Captain Vickery is a rather delicate looking young woman, with big, earnest eyes, a lovely smile and low, sweet voice. As she spoke of selling War Crys in the slums it was impossible not to associate her with the picture on the wall above where she was sitting. It represented a Salvation lassie coming down a dismal, narrow street in the darkness, with tae bnndle of papers which betoken her errand. Every line of the slender figure and delicate face expresses the brave constancy of the maiden. Behind her, with hands estended in protecting and blessing, f ollows an angel, the source of light in the gloom. Captain Vickery explained that the original of rhis was done in black and white by a weü known magazine illustrator, Miss Ö. A. Davis, who presented it to Mrs. Iiooth. A píate was made from the picture to be used for the eastern supplement of The War Cry. As the picture was on its way back to Mrs. Booth's office to be restored to its place above her desk it was stolen off the express wagon. A reward is now offered for its restoration, and the slum visitors are instructed to search the pawnshops. "I am convinced that our angel will come back to us with a story, ' ' said Captain Vickery. "Even a stolen angel may save souls. ' '-


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