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WHOSeverael Is greater by far than any that was
commanded by Alexander or Hannibal
or Napoleon or Grant. It Is the big
jgest army that ever happened, and its
battle front and firing line are longer
than all the battle fronts and firing
lines of the past put together. The line
reaches around the world, penetrates
and crisscrosses forty-nine nations and
has hopes of reaching Into Russia, the
Now, it is no small honor to com
mand an army of this magnitude. Gen
eral Booth himself is well aware of
that, yet he takes care to point out just
wherein his honor differs from that of
the other great generals mentioned. A
few years ago at San Francisco Mayor
Schmitz was eloquently welcoming the
Salvation commander to the city. He
spoke of the worldwide welcome ac
corded to the venerable general, who
"It is not the honor accorded to a
man who has achieved pre-eminence in
the slaughter of his fellows."
That is true, and it is exactly why
some of us regard General Booth as
I the greatest of the world's command
ers. His is the Salvation Armyits
mission is to save rather than to slay.
It slays a devil wherever one's head
pops np, but it saves men and women
millions of them saves them not only
spiritually, according to the orthodox
creeds of all Christendom, but saves
ithem physically saves them from
themselves and from society, which
has negatively neglected them or posi
tively ground them underfoot.
General Booth's "Muck Raking."
General Booth is a great muck rnker.
He has taken his rake and gone down
into the muck of the "submerse.!
General William Booth,
The Christian Colossus.
Commander In Chief of the Salvation Army on
Another Campaign Across This Country.
Career of "the Greatest Practical Philanthropist of His Time"Sociological
Side of the SalvationistsWorldwide Movement For the Raising
of the Submerged TenthThree Big New Projects
at the Age of Seventy-eight.
is th greatest general in
the history of the world?
millions of men and
women throughout the world,
If asked that question, would reply in
"General William Booth, founder and
commander in chief of the Salvation
Most of these millions of enthusiasts
no doubt are soldiers duly enlisted and
enrolled in General Booth's army. But
there are many outsidersearnest, stu
dious, observing, intelligent and intel
lectual men and womenwho would
make the same reply to the question.
They believe that General Booth is the
most useful man on earth.
It may be taken for granted, then,
that the present visit of General Booth
to the United States, to Canada and
thence across the ocean to Japan is a
matter of vital news interest. The
general proposes to spend his seventy
eighth birthday, April 10, aboard ship
somewhere on the Pacific. Seventy
eight and still fighting hard against the
hosts of sin and the demons of de
The time has passed when newspa
pers put quotation marks around the
military title of William Booth. This
title, this rank, of course was not con
ferred by any nation and is not govern
mentally official. Nor did the Rev. Mr.
Booth assume it himself. It was con
ferred upon him by his army, and he
has justified It by his work. He is a
full general. The army he commands
tenth," the outcast, the criminal, the
pauperized, the drunken, the despair
bag, the helpless and hopeless people
of God's world, and he has raked
them up into the light of day, given
them soap to wash off the muck, given
them soup to feed their starving stom
achs and then talked spiritual salva
tion to them. Judging from what we
know of tfce character and teachings
of Christ, the Man of Galilee would
do pretty much likewise if on earth
The mighty armies of north and
south in the United States were just
melting away after four years of fear
ful slaughter when a Methodist
preacher in England began the or
ganization of the Salvation Army.
Booth had been preaching since he at
tained his majority. He was always
an evangelist A man of education,
an enthusiast, a student and observer,
his wanderings in that part of London
which our American Jack London
calls the abyss impressed him with
the profound conviction that it was his
duty to do something toward reclaim
ing the outcast.
Began In a Graveyard.
In 1865 this Methodist preacher held
his first mission meeting for helping
the bitterly poor and the criminal un
fortunates. In a tent in an old desert
ed Quaker graveyard this meeting was
held, and out of it grew the Salvation
Army. At first the movement was
called the Christian mission. It was
not until thirteen years later that the
name Salvation Army was applied to
the organization and military uniforms
and titles were adopted. From that
time forward the movement spread
tremendously. In 1880 it reached the
United States. Now the Salvation Ar
my is fighting on the five continents of
the sphere, there are 7,000 army corps
and 16,000 officers, and the orders of
the commanding general are delivered
in thirty-one languages. There are fif
ty-eight magazine and weekly publi
cations controlled by the army In twen
ty-four tongues, including our familiar
old friend the War Cry.
And General Booth is the supreme
boss of the whole establishmentnext
to the Lord Almighty.
But this is not allnot by half. Gen
eral Booth is yet unsatisfied. He
comes to the United States with still
bigger notions. Three vast projects,
siew things, he has in mind. One is
already well advancedthat of reliev
ing the congestion of great cities by
establishing colonization centers not
far away to which fit families and in
dividuals from the submerged tenth
may be sent and where they may be
helped into buying little homes for
themselves and making a living out of
the soil. One of these colonies is in
full blast in the south of England.
Others are likely to spring up near the
big cities of the United States.
Vast Colony Plan In Africa.
Another colonization scheme, calcu
lated to make even the late Cecil
Rhodes breathe faster, is just taking
root in South Africa. Cecil Rhodes
himself, in fact, helped the general to
ward this project by providing him
with a vast tract of land in Rhodesia
several million acres. It is proposed to
ccIonize in Rhodesia the human under
dog by the thousands, eventually by
the millions, and make self supporting
and home owning in time these sub
merged stragglers of the urban abyss
es whom everybody but God and Gen
eral Booth seems to have forgotten. A
proposition of that sort a few years
ago would have been greeted with
sniffs of contempt. But not so now.
Booth has shown that he can do things.
Then there is what General Booth
calls "the University of Humanity."
He proposes to establish one branch of
it in London and another in New York.
The purpose Is to teach the doctrine
and science of human brotherhood. All
other sciences and doctrines have their
great schools, says General Booth, and
why not human brotherhood?
Personal Description of Booth.
Whatever may result from these new
plans, this is quite a programme for a
man seventy-eight years old. Let us
consider the man himself, as I saw
him the other day in the national head
quarters building of the Salvation
Army, in New York, just after his ar
rival in this country. He is tall and
straight. He is not spare, though
somewhat angular. His frame is big.
His shoulders are broad. His head is
long, and the white hair rises almost
perpendicularly from his crown. The
long beard is still whiter. The eyes
are a gray blue, soft and humorous in
their perpetual twinkle. The nose
now there is the distinguishing feature
of General Booth. To appreciate that
nose properly you must see it. Photo
graphs don't show it all. It is some
thing like an eagle's beak. The tip end
of it extends down an Inch or so below
the nostrils. It is a wonderful nose,
the most wonderful I ever saw, and
perhaps in that nose lies the Samso
nlan power of this great organizer and
commander. Lord Wolseley, himself a
great soldier and organizer, called
Booth "the greatest organizer In the
General Booth is a vegetarian,
though not a radical one. He subsists
chiefly upon rice, toast, tea, milk and
light vegetables. He works ten hours
a day, whether at home or abroad.
His staff travels with him, working
hard to keep the pace. At his home in
London the old general has a work
shop in a plain room. From there he
directs his world wide army. On the
wall is a huge map of the world. Lit
tle flags stuck In the map indicate the
location of the corps. A red flag
means that work is going on all right.
A blue flag means that the corps needs
prodding by orders from headquarters.
A yellow flag is a call for the com
mander to visit that corps right off
and look into things, and the general
buttons up his long military coat and
takes the fastest conveyance.
Some years ago General Booth was
being entertained in an American
household where there were no serv
ants. In the manner of the English
man at home he put his boots outside
the door when he retired at night. His
host saw them there. Some time later
he said to Ballington Booth, the gen
eral's son, then in command of the ar
my in America:
"I did for your father what I would
not do for the Prince of Wales. I
blacked his boots."
Ballington Booth fell upon the neck
of the man and hugged him. That was
before Ballington and his wife seceded
from the Salvation Army In 1896 and
formed an Independent organization
called the Volunteers of America. This
secession has been the old general's
one great sorrow. It is well known
that he brought up all his children to
take high commands, subordinate to
himself, in his army. Commander Bal
lington Booth and his wife were order
ed to transfer themselves to India.
They loved America and rebelled
against going. The commander stood
out for discipline hence the split.
An Autocrat In His Army.
General Booth is an autocrat in his
army, just as any real commander
must be. What he says goes. He is
the general. Insubordination he will
not tolerate. His is the great execu
tive brain that rules the ranch. "A
dozen such executive energies," says
the London Mail, "would evangelize
the world in a lifetime." If there
must be autocrats it is fortunate for
the world that this one Is no charla
tan, but an orthodox Christian with
the central idea of applying Christian
ity where it will do the most good.
General Booth, it should be remem
bered, has not set up any new reli
gion, such as the late Dowte and per
sons of that ilk have tried to do.
Booth's religion Is the aid homespun
John Wesley Christianity, his creed
practically the same as those now
held by all the churches of Christen
In the final analysis General Booth
Is a sociologist To the thinking world
therein lies his value. We may not
fancy his methods, the army methods,
but let us not overlook the results.
Since Booth published his book, "In
Darkest England and the Way Out,"
Blxteen years ago, the thinking world
has accepted his ideas for social ame
lioration. He deals with four classes
chieflydrunkards, criminals, paupers
and fallen women. These he aids to
get on their feet and walk erect. That
Is the Salvation Army's mission boiled
Quite recently the general has opened
anti-suicide bureaus In London and
New York, with excellent results. He
proposes to help the despairing and
Bhow them that life Is worth living.
The municipality of London has pre
sented .General Booth with the freedom
of the city for "earnest and conscien
tious exertions for the moral and so
cial advancement of the subjects of
Great Britain and other races and
peoples throughout the world."
Recently somebody has pronounced
William Booth "the greatest practical
philanthropist of his time." Somebody
else has called him "the Christian
Separated From His Mind.
Rufus Choate once tried to get a
Boston, witness to give his idea of ab
sent-mindedness. "Well," said the
witness, who was a typical New Eng
land Yankee, I should say that a
man who thought he'd left his watch
to hum, and took it outen his pocket
to see if he'd time to go hum and get
it, was a leetle absent-minded."
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Records 35c, 60c and $1.00.
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