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The Salvation Army

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Robert Van Brunt, lately a prominent member of tho Salvation Arniy, is under sentence of death at Rochester for the murder of young Roy. From an interview with a reporter of the Democrat this extract is made: "Van Brunt, you seem to place little reliance upon the final result oí this hoped-for appeal to the higher courts, and you seem toclearly realize that your life is nearly ended, and that the dreadful event can at most be postponed but a little. Now, with tli ese grave convictions in your mind, I wlsn you would teil me something about the true inwardness of this Salvation Arniy to wbich youbelonged." Van Brunt, who is only 23 years of age, medit.ated a moment, eyed his quèstioner curiously, and Uien laughed a bit in a peculiar inanner to himself. "I (hink," he said, after a little, "I think I here are a few cood people yet in llii.s army; I mean people who really want to benefit mankind, but I teil you most of the soldiers, and oflïcers, are thinking more of woman-kina," and the face of the man, who in due course of the la'w had less tban ten days before liis death on the gallows, took on a wicked leer, which startled even the experienced viewer, who was mentally, but none the lesa unorrinaly, nothing the testimony of one who knew tiiat he v;is faeint; almost certain if notimmediate death. "I ought to know this Salvation Army," continuad the condemncd murderer, his telltale face adding etrange emphasis to lus cundid words. "I ought to kno"w them; I have been there myself and the officers have talked with me about it. "There is a class of young girls drawn into the meetings," he went on, "who are easily enough iniluenced by the ollicers, and aro controlled by the ofïicera and men for their own purposes, and those are the girls they are after. I don't know as I can just exaclly describe the influence they have over them, but it just controls them, and lots öf them have this influence." ! "Perhaps they mesmeri.e them," quiotly suggested the newspaper man. "Yes," said the slayer of Itoy and the suitor of his sister, "I put it all down as something like that." "You know this is the general character of thtí.e soldiere you associated with, then?" persisted the newspaper man. "Yes," I know it f rom niy ownexperience, and I have talked it all over with the officers. " "I imagine you mcnn your observation, not your personal experience." "Yes, I mean my observation," and again the uncanny, salacious expression stole over the features of the man, and the visitor did not recret that his disagreeable task was nearly ended. "Van Brunt," said he, "from what you know of this army, and from the position in which you find yourself, what do youthink of thegeneral effect of the practices of this Salvation Army?" The witness was a competent one, and it was the last question the interviewer ever expected to addrcss to Robret Van Brunt, and the answer carne with a rapidity that carried conviction with it: "I told you sonifcROod people get into the Salvation Army, but the enthusiam wears off in two or three weeks, and they get to be as bad as the rest. If the Salvation Army altogether was swept from the earth it would be betterjbetterforeverybody."


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