McCRORY, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, APR
IL 15, I'JO'J.
GEN. BOOTH ON EIGHTIETH
BIRTHDAY STARTS NEW PLAN
Veteran Founder of Salvation Army Launches
Scheme for “University of Humanity” in the
United States—All the World Celebrates
Anniversary of His Birth.
New York.—Gen. William Booth,
founder and commander-in-chief of the
Salvation Army, celebrated his eight
ieth birthday on Saturday, April 10,
and the event was made the occasion
of rejoicing all over the civilized
world. The Army itself held big meet
ings in every city and town where it
is established, and these were partici
pated rn by hundreds of thousands of
other citizens who were glad to do
honor to the distinguished philan
Gen. Booth himself presided over
several monster mass meetings in
London. His advanced age and the
fact that he was operated cn recently
lor cataract did not deter him from
taking part in the celebrations held by |
his devoted soldiers.
University of Humanity Launched.
In America the day was marked
especially by the launching of another
of Gen. Booth’s original schemes for
social reform in the United States.
At every post of the army was an
nounced the beginning of work to
found a University of Humanity, a
great institute for the training of
workers in social service. The uni
versity will be divided between New
York and Chicago, and it is expected
to begin with a fund of $1,000,000. The
gathering of this fund is the work
that the army now enters upon in
commemoration of its famous leader's
completion of his eightieth year.
As a much-needed stone in the great
organizational structure that William
Booth has been building during the
past 47 years, this idea of a school
for the systematic training of his
workers has been in his mind for sev
eral years. On his last visit to the
United States the general made his
fl"st tentative announcement of the
plan. Since then he has worked out
many of the details and he has just
consented to the beginning of pre
liminary work in this country where
the need for trained workers has been
No other religious organization in
the world's history has branched out
into so many departments of philan
thopic effort and absorbed them ns
part of its religious duties.
Need of Trained Workers.
The scheme for a University of Hu
manity grew naturally out of the de
velopment of the 20 other depart
ments. With a field as wide as the
world itself the work of the Salvation
Army Is only limited by the number
°f workers that can be secured and
its effectiveness by the understanding
and earnestness of these workers. As
Uplift work lias grown from local ef
forts to help a few into a great in
clusive movement which must miss
none, the problems of organization
have grown greater. Charity has be
come a science and its application an
art requiring the highest development
of personal qualities of insight and
altruism. There is thus pressing need
for workers of quite exceptional qual
ification. These qualifications must
first of all be inherent and must then
be developed by experience and spe
This Is the new work planned by
Gen. Booth. Those women, for in
stance, who are to go among the
slums of the big cities must not only
have the desire to help but must know
how real helpfulness can best be se
cured. They must understand by a
study of practical sociology some
thing of the social forces that create
this poverty and crime and wretched
ness. They must understand the dan
ger of the unwise charity that merely
increases dependence and understand
the value of belter living conditions
in raising the moral courage of those
to whom fate has been unkind. They
must be able not only to correct home
conditions themselves but to impart
their knowledge and to inspire with
a desire for betterment.
Value of the Organization.
This will be but a small part of the
university's training in social service
as planned by the patriarchal evangel
ist, but it serves to show of what
value such an organization will be.
Of the general's plan for the uni
versity be himself said recently: "I
want to train men and women to deal
with mlsioitune. 1 want them in
structed to combat with the weak
nesses and sins of the drunkard, the
criminal, the pauper and the would-be
At 80 years of age the head of the
Salvation Army, after more than half a
century of almost unceasing activity,
Is as vigorous and untiring as at any
lime in his career. The inexhaustible
vitality and intellectual and physical
activity of this social reformer, philan
thropist, preacher, author and traveler
are marvelous. At fourscore he is
traveling many thousands of miles
aver the world every year, controlling
tile destinies of his more than 7,000
corps of Salvation soldiery with their
18,000 commissioned officers, distribu
ted among every civilized country,
preaching constantly to vast audiences
and doing an amount of literary work
that would be a factor to many a
professional author with no other oc
William Booth was born on April
10, lts-a, in Nottingham, England, and
was trained lor the Methodist minis
try which he entered and became one
of the strongest evangelistic forces in
that church. He grew dissatisfied,
however, at reaching only those with
some religious training and convic
tion. He felt that there were thou
sands wdiose need was far greater and
he gravitated to the East end of Lon
don where wretchedness of all kinds
was the rule.
In a disused burial ground on Mile
End road he pitched an old tent and
the first Salvationist meeting was
held in that tent =n 1S61. The fiery
eloquenco of the earnest young
preacher caught the attention of a
crowd of poor Whitechapelers and be
fore that first meeting was over he
had made several conversions, a per
formance that he has been repeating
throughout the world for 47 years.
This first meeting resulted in the
formation of the Christian mission,
from which it was the evangelist's
custom to send his converts to the ex
isting churches of the locality, but
finding that they were not welcomed
and were in danger of slipping back
from sheer want of comradeship and
oversight, he set about forming so
cieties of the converted. These he
found to be a potent agency for bring
ing in more, as the heedless East
ender could be impressed by the
words of a former "pal" when he
would not listen to a minister. So
was created the central idea of the
The need of organization becomes
apparent, but several methods were
tried with little success before Gen.
Booth hit upon the military idea and
named his organization the Salvation
Army. From that, lime on rne move
ment grew amazingly and it 1ms con
tinued to grow without ceasing to
Spread Over the World.
The movement began spreading to
other countries of the world in 1SS1
when it first reached the United
States through the influence of a silk
weaver who had emigrated from Cov
entry, England, bringing with him the
Salvation Army idea and a strong de
sire to continue in the work. It
reached Australia in the same year
through a milk dealer from Stepney,
and soon afterwards the first Canadian
corps was organized in a similar
Five years later, in 1886, the gen
eral made the first of man; visits to
the American branches of the army
and he has seen them grow from a
few small corps into a veritable army
of tremendous influence and unsur
passed efficiency. His first great
world-tour was made in 1891, when he
visited South Africa, Australia and
India. Since then he has visited the
United States, Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and India four times, South
Africa tw’ice and Japan and the Holy
Land each once.
During all these travels the actual
executive responsibility for the gov
ernment of the army has never been
lifted from his shoulders. Even on
shipboard he is an indefatigable work
er, planning and writing through the
laen. Booth Honored.
One of the most remarkable of the
many tributes paid to the general by
the great of the world was that of the
mikado of Japan during the visit to
that country. The mikado personally
I received the general with great
J warmth and he was accorded remark
able ovations in Yokohama. Tokyo.
Sendai and Kyoto, a circumstance of
I strange import when it is realized
! that Japan is not a Christian country.
Another interesting distinction given
| Gen. Booth was the conferring on him
: of the degree of doctor of civil law by
j Oxford university. The significance
of this honor will be better under
‘ stood when It is stated those who re
I ceived universitv honors with him at
! the time were Prince Arthur of Con
, naught, the prime minister of Eng
I land, the lord chancellor, the speaker
Sir E. Grey, the archbishop o
Armagh, Sir Evelyn Wood, the Ameri
can ambassador, Mark Twain and
As a writer Gen. Booth Is remark
able, both as a stylist, as a thinker
and as a producer. He has written in
all 21 volumes, besides Innumerable
articles for the army publications.
His best-known book is "In Darkest
England and the Way Out,” in which
he outlined his scheme for social re
form by means of colonization. "The
Training of Children,” "Love, Mar
riage and the Home." and his books
on reform are among the others of
the general's best-known literary pro
Of his creed the general has written
very beautifully. He says:
"The simplicity of our creed has
been, as I believe it will remain, one
of the principal helps to our unity.
We stand for the old truths. The
faith which can be interpreted in
terms of duty, of unselfishness, of
purity, of love to God and man, is the
only faith we really care about. What
ever may be the case with the select
minority, the consciousness of sin,
the force of evil habit and the con
sciousness of sin and the influence of
passion, are all vivid realities with
the great masses of the population.'
To them we bring the promise of de
liverance by Jesus Christ.”
AT COTTON PLANT
Cotton Plant.—This city felt the
strong hand of a tornado on the 7th
and suffered a loss of several thou
sand dollars’ worth of property, which
was destroyed. The negro Presbyte
rian church was completely demol
The opera house, a two-story struc
ture, was unroofed, and rain beat
into the building, badly damaging the
stocks of goods in the stores on the
These were a hardware and grocery
store owned by J. R. Boon and a dry
goods establishment owned by J. R.
Sheldon; a seed storage house used
by James & Co. was blown down; a
number of small houses were blown
down. The electric light and tele
phone companies suffered extensively
because of damage to wires. A negro
woman living near here may die from
injuries received during the storm.
Escapes From Detention Camp.
Fort Smith.—Several nights ago Wil
liam Jolinsion, charged with robbery,
escaped frbm the detention camp,
where he was confined as a smallpox
patient. In order to prevent his get
ting away he was shackled, but by
some means he secured a file and cut
himself loose from the iron. Recently
his mother, who has been a charge
upon the corn ^r, made minute in
cxuiries of County Plnysician King as
to the conditions at the camp, the
identity. It is now thought that she
went to the camp and gave her son
the file while the guard was asleep.
Johnston would have been returned
to the county jail within a day or
A Fatal Drink of Alcohol.
Harrison.—Bland baton is dead and
two companions, Pat Phillips and Ho
mer Rogers, all from the nearby coun
try, had close escapes from death
as the result of drinking wood alco
hol. Arrests have been made in con
nection with the case.
Prosecuting Attorney Reeves exam
ined the two minors who made affi
davit that a young man by the name
of Watkins had purchased the alcohol
for them. Watkins was arrested and
he in turn made affidavit that he
bought the stuff from L, A. Saffer, a
druggist. Saffer was placed under ar
rest and fined $50. It is believed that
the United States authorities will take
chage of Saffer.
$40.C00 Damages Wanted.
Conway.—J. H. Plant, administrator
of the estate of C. T. Plant, has filed
an action against the St. Louis, Iron
Mountain and Southern Railway Com
pany for $-10,000 damages arising out
of the death of C. T, Plant, who,
while a passenger on a train of the
defendant, between Bradford and Hig
ginson, was injured in a collision near
Judsonia and died October 2b, 100S.
For the pain and-vuffering of deceased
the sum of $25,000 is asked and for
his five minor children the sum of
$15,000 is claimed. This is one of the
the largest damage suits filed in this
county, and will be set for trial at
the July term of court.
Five New Steel Bridges.
Conway.—The five new steel bridg
es contracted for by Faulkner county
will be completed by July 31, accord
ing to a statement made by County
Judge J- A. Lea. A contract was en
tered int;) with die Moravia Construc
tion Company last summer, and the
bridges were to have been completed
by February 15, but so far nothing
has been done on the work. It is as
serted now that all obstacles in the
way of the completion of the con
tract have been removed, and the
work will proceed without delay.
Dice Very buclceniy.
Eureka Springs.—J. C. Farley of
Eureka Springs died suddenly a few
days ago. Mr. Farley ate a hearty
supper and was sitting on the perch
when first attacked. Leaning ever
the banisters, he felt a rush of blood
to his heed, but ihought it was a
kind of hemorrhage of the throat.
Blindness followed and he asked to
be taken to his room, where death
followed almost immediately.
Force's Kick is Fatal,
Conway. The young child of H C.
Manley, who was kicked in the head
by a horse several weeks ago, has
died ftom the injury. Although the
child’s skull was crushed by the blow
from the horse’s hoof, and a portion
of the brain was forced through the
fracture, the wound apparently began
to heal, and the doctor, who was at
tending the child, expressed (he be
lief that it would recover without an
Cousins Cut Each Other.
Conway.—Near Kimball, a small
town north of the city, Walter Thomas
and A. A. Moore engaged in an atgu
nf.nt with Hanip Wiley. The use of
knives was freely resorted to and
Thon as will likely die as the result.
Arkadelphia Expects Railroad.
Arkadelphia.—Following the receipt
of a letter from President Brown of
the Memphis, Paris and Gulf Rail
wCompany, which they consider
an indication that the proposed ex
tension of the line to Hot Springs
from Murfreesboro will run through
this place, the people of Arkadelphia
are doing all in their power to secure
a definite assurance that the road will
A decision as to the proposed route
is expected within a few weeks, as the
grading of the road has been complet
ed to Murfreesboro and the laying of
steel is reported to be in progress.
It is said to be practically assured
that the Hot Springs extension will
be built in the immediate future.
A bonus is being raised here as an
inducement to get the line, and it is
possible that large amounts will be
raised at Malvern and Graysonia.
Limit the Saloons.
Texarkana.—The council of Texar
kana, Tex., has passed an ordinance
restraining the sale of liquors to the
territory between State Line avenue
and Elm street, and from Third street
to First street. It will go into effect
August 1, and as fast as the licenses
expire they will be renewed only with
in the prescribed district.
It has been the policy of the county
judges of Miller county, Arkansas, to
grant licenses on Broad street in
Texarkana only, and at no other place
in the county, which rendered the
county dry except a few blocks in
this city, where police were on duty
day and night.
Offers to Present Old Flag.
Little Rock.—Mrs. Crozier of Fay
etteville has offered to present the
state of Ohio with a beautiful silken
banner, five by six feet, made by the
Whig women of Dayton for the “Tip
pecanoe Club” for the presidential
campaign of 1840, when William Hen
ry Harrison was elected chief execu
tive of the nation. The banner was
bequeathed to her by her parents, who
were Ohioans. While she treasures
it highly, she is willing to donate it
to the state.
Purity Campaign Opened.
Arkadelphia.—There is being launch
ed here a campaign for a purifying
of social conditions by women of Ar
kadelphia. An elevation of mora
standards and suppression of insid
ious forms of vice will be aimed at.
Sins of the individual which ulti
mately effect the community and
which corrupt the morals of the young
and ignorant will be the target of
the ladies who are all members of
the W. C. T. U.
Property of Bank Sold.
Winthrop.—The building and fix
tures of the Winthrop bank at Win
throp has been sold by the receiver.
W. D. Stephens purchased nearly all
the property, the amount paid for it
not exceeding $600. The depositors
will be paid in full and the stockhold
ers will receive about 50 per cent of
the stock paid in.
Early Morning Robber Busy.
Van Buren.—Several business hous
es of this city have cause to regret
an early morning call paid them last
Thursday by an enterprising burglar.
Three different stores were visited
and report losses totaling $260. The
office of a general contractor was
broken into but nothing was missed
by the owner.
Is Accidentally Drowned.
Texarkana.—J. H. Works, a fisher- !
man, was drowned in Sulphur river, j
near his home ai Watson's Spur, on
the Kansas City Southern, 10 miles
south of here. He was 2S years old
and leaves a wife and two small chil
dren. Being subject to epileptic fits,
it is thought that this probably ac
counts for the accident.
Accused of Taking Stamps.
Texarkana.—L. R. Word, a young
white man, was brought here by a
deputy United States marshal on a
warrant issued by the Federal court
charging him with embezzling stamps
from the postoffice at Pine Bluff about
a year ago while he was employed as
a clerk in that office.
Democratic Candidate Wins.
Little Rock.—Mayor Duley, the
Democratic candidate for re-election
to the office of mayor of Little Rock,
was successful in defeating his oppo
nent. J. F. Hammett, the independ
ent candidate, received only 530 votes,
while Duley had 2,471.
Over the 1C0 Mark.
Waldron.—Giles Pettit died near
Parks in this county last week. At
the time of his death he was 102
years of age, according to the mar
riage record. He was buried at the
Will Build Sewers.
Monticello.--The city council, at a
recent meeting, resolved upon the
construction of seven miles of sewer
at a cost of $35,000.
Little Rock.—It is reported that the
officials of the Memphis, Paris and
Gulf railroad are contemplating ex
tending the line into this city. This
road is now operating regular trains
on their line between Ashdown, this
state, and Atoka, Okla. The road is
said to be well built and to be using
the best of equipment. If completed
into Little Rock would become a verfcy
important factor in the development
of the southwestern portion of the
state. This road, which is popularly
known as the Diamond Line, passes
through the celebrated Arkansas dia
mond fields, and is now making ar
rangements to open up the territory
for passenger travel.
To Trim Water Charges.
Pine Bluff.—City Attorney W. B.
Sorrells has been instructed by the
city council to prepare an ordinance
defining the franchise of the Pine
Bluff Corporation relative to the con
necting of water mains to property
of consumers. This action was taken
by the city council after Attorney
Sorrells had made a speech, in which
he declared that the corporation was
charging outrageous prices for mak
ing water main connections. He as
serted that the water company was
charging ?13.50 for a connection which
ought to cost from 80 cents to not
Only Six Buildings Lost.
Pine Bluff.—The annual report oi
Chief A. S. Breiner of the Pine Bluff
fire department, which has been made
to the city council, shows that dur
ing the year ending March 31, 1909,
the department responded to 137 fire
alarms with a total loss of $45,644.99,
on which $41,349.99 in insurance was
paid. The total value of buildings
and contents at risk in the fires
amounted to $341,595, which shows
that the fire department did good
work in saving property. During the
year only six buildings were destroy
ed, and these were small buildings
in the outskirts of the city.
Large Plant to Be Built.
Dermott.—A new lumber plant will
soon be erected at a point about two
miles west of here on the Warren
branch by the Ebbitt Lumber Compa
ny. Between 25 and 30 miles of rail
road penetrating the forests owned
by the company, which cover several
thousand acres between here and Til
lar, will be built. It is understood
that the plant will be one of the larg
est and most complete in Southeast
Want Men For Civil Service.
Little Koek.—The United States
Civil Service Commission will exam
ine applicants at Little Rock as fol
lows: Craftman instructor, bureau
of printing. Manila, P. I.; food and
drug inspectors, chemistry; assistant
chemist in the office of the public
roads, department of agriculture; me
chanical assistant in field investiga
tions, bureau of plant industry.
Encourage Outside Buyers.
Pine Bluff.—At a meeting of the
merchants of this city held at the
Ketail Merchants’ Association head
quarters, the Pine Bluff Business
League was organized with a large
The object of the new organization
is to encourage local trading among
non-residents in this section of the
Two Election Fatalities.
McGehee.—As a result of an argu
ment over the city election here two
are dead from gunshot wounds. H. K.
McDermott shot and fatally wounded
Walter McKinnon, a saloon keeper,
after they had come to blows over
election question. .McDermott attempt
ed to escape and while resisting ar
rest was shot dead.
Shot Through Mistake.
Paragould.—E. M. Goodrum of Hec
tor is at the Paragould sanitarium
under treatment for a wound accident
ally inflicted by Sheriff R. L. Camp,
who mistook him for an escaped pris
oner and attempted to arrest him.
Goodrum thought he was in the hands
of a robber and resisted.
Church Cornerstone Laid.
Junction City.—The cornerstone of
the new Methodist church at Junction
City was laid with appropriate cere
monies last week, Presiding Elder Mc
Kay being master of ceremonies.
The Glee Club of the State Univer
sity gave a successful entertainment
at Little Rock recently.
In the recent municipal election at
Argent a the Democratic candidate was
detested by an independent in the
race for mayor.
The Black Sprigs Lumber Compa
ny plant w«(p b^yiifed ^recently, caus
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