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THE SALVATION ARMY-OPENING OF A NEW CONGRESS HALL. The second triennial Congress of the Salvation Army was commenced on Saturday afternoon last in the National barracks and Congress-hall, Lower Clapton, which were then first opened to the Army and the public. â At a cost of £15,000 for parchase-money, and of 27,873 expended upon alterations, additions, and fit- tings, the disused London Orphan Asylum, founded by the late Rev. Dr. Andrew Reed, father of the late Sir Charles Reed, has been acquired and adapted to the purposes of the Army, the edifice originally cost- ing JE60,000, apart from its Bite of two freehold acres of ground, now estimated to be worth jB8,500 for build- ing purposes. The Congress-hall, designed to seat 4,700 persons, has been formed by the demolition of the cbapelry of the orphanage, by excavating the quadrangle to a depth of six feet, and by covering the central space 143ft. by 108ft.âwith a roof constructed of wood and iron, suppoited on feur iron columns. The ceiling is mostly of glass, which imparts to the hall a light- some aspectâan appearance that is enhanced by the light-tinted painting of this part of the building. The centre portion of the floor of the hall is 75ft. by 40ft., and from this rises a surrounding gallery. There are eight entrances, connected with a fireproof concrete corridor. The right wing is appropriated as training barracks for men, and the left for women. On the ground floor are large rooms fitted for classes, dining rooms, offices, ko. Beneath these are ample rooms suitable for drill, washing, baking, and other work while on tha upper flo»r are bedrooms for cadets' â that is, students for the work of the army, and the ataff. At the opening service on Saturday afternoon leveral hundreds of "lieutenants," "majors," and privatef, from all parts of the country, congregated on the platform, and the hall was crowded with an audienee that must have considerably exceeded 5,000, while in the evening hundreds were unable to obtain admittance. The officers, from General Booth, who presided, downwards, wore full uniform, with medals, and deoarationa. Flags were held aloft in different parts of the hall, and were waved along with the hand- kerchiefs of the general assemblage, when the songs sung-mostly to popular tunes-reached the choruses. The vocal music was accompanied by a brass band some hundred instruments strong, besides which stringed instruments served further to swell the volume of sound. In prayer, as well as praise, the Salvationists joined with remarkable vigour, earnestness, and unanimity, their religious fervour finding frequent vent in ejaculations of. "Halleujah," "I do believe," and "Amen." General Booth, in his opening remarks, reviewed the work and development of the army since its last war congress "in 1878. They had now 645 officers at work as against 88 then 304 stations as against 50 in 1878 and 15,393 speakers as against 1,086, while the weekly circulation of the War Cry and Little Soldier was 320,000. Their training homes had sent out 262 officers, and they hoped to send a much greater number when their new home was fairly got into working order. He added that they were very fortunate in obtaining that building, and that the necessary altera- tions, additions, and fittings had been executed with the greatest care and economy mainly by Salvation Army labourers. Not at) oath had been heard during the progress of the works, and not a single acci- dent had happened. The General appealed earnestly to the audience for subscriptions to clear uff the debt of 7,000 which existed on the building that they were met to dedicate to the cause of Christ, and in response Mr. T. A. Denny offered a subscription of 1,000 guineas, which was followed with another of 500 guineas from Mr. E. Denny, another donation of JE500 was promised, and amidst immense enthusiasmâ evinced in waving of banners and handkerchiefs, and in cheers and shouts of "Hallelujah," other sums were subscribed in amounts from JS100 downwards, till in the course of an hour £4,500 had been either paid or promised, leaving only £ 2,500 to leave the building clear of debt. At the evening meeting, which was described as a Great Musical Festival and Exhibition of Trophies," the greater part of the proceedings was occupied with solo and chorus singing to the accompaniment of the band. An address was delivered by Mr. S. A. Blackwood, in which he stated that the Salvation Army was teaching many useful lessons to the churches. They were, he thought, learning a great deal about female ministry which had been left out of sight for some time, they were learning a good deal about a happier religion, and about a free and easy religion. The religion of many people was like Lazarus when he was bound hand and foot in grave clothes; they could not serve God except by stereotyped forms. He did not see why, if it was right to have processions in God's service two thousand years ago, it should be wrong to have them now. He had seen, an old sermon lately from the text- These that have turned the world upside down, have come hither also and the preacher had divided it into three heads. 1. The world must be turned upside down, for it was wrong side uppermost. 2. The world must be turned, for it cannot turn itself. 3. The world must be turned, and we are the men to do it. That was the Salvation Army exactly. (Cries of "Hallelujah," in response to the General's command to fire a volley.") As long as the army was true to its motto, The Blood of the Lamb and the Fire of the Holy Ghost" God would honour it. Throughout Sunday, with slight intermission, services were held, conducted by the General and Mrs, Booth, in the presence of vast congregations.


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