56 Hallelujah Lasses. By Krausz, Sigmund

Perhaps the method does not appeal to everyone, but surely the aim of these Salvation Army girls is a noble one. What the nurse in the sick room is for the body, any member of the great religious society called “Salvation Army” is for the soul. What if the use of the tambourine and the drum is ridiculed by those who do not take the trouble to look beyond the surface! The end justifies the means; and there is no denying that the Salvation Army has achieved commendable results. Go into the dingy quarters of the poor, visit the grimy streets of the tenement districts, and you will find the self-sacrificing soldier of the Lord in the thick of the battle, not only against Satan, the arch-enemy of the soul, but against those mighty foes of humanity: vice, drunkenness, filth, and other forms of moral degeneracy. Doughty warriors they are, even if frail of body, and the souls they have snatched from moral perdition, the human beings they have saved from utter despair, number in the thousands.

It is, therefore, a matter of congratulation for the world in general to see the growing influence of this Church militant in the quarters where moral improvement is most desirable. Whether they call themselves “Salvation Army” or “American Volunteers” is a matter of small importance; and if their method sometimes elicits a smile even from a sympathizer, let it not be a reason to withhold our approval of the work to which our “Hallelujah Lasses“ have bravely devoted their whole energy and life.

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