National Geographic : 1920 Apr
AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE SALVATION ARMY BY EVANGELINE BOOTH COMMANDER SALVATION ARMY FOR more than half a century the historic banner of the Salvation Army has been raised over the bat tered towers and broken gates of despair ing, wounded humanity, but half of the world never knew about it. It took the blood and agony of a great war to dem onstrate the fire of a faith which has planted its standards in every country on the earth. "Around the world with the Salvation Army" is not a challenge or a prophecy; it is an accomplished fact. The Army is working in sixty-three countries and colonies, preaching the gospel in forty languages. Our periodi cals, printed in thirty-nine different lan guages, reach a circulation of 1,184,000oo a week. More than 23,000 officers and cadets plan and execute our strategy against insidious foes-poverty, sin, sick ness, and despair. It was for that we were called an army. Wherever there is an earthquake, a fire, a world war, or any great human need, there you will find the Salvation Army. It seems quite natural to report that more than 105,oo000 Salvationists fought in the different armies on the Al lied fronts. So, step by step, the Army is marching on. It has crossed lances with Buddha and Confucius. Offering ministration to the forgotten ones in desolate places, Salvation Army lassies and men have gone into leper colonies and planted the Cross on pagan soil. INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR SALVATION ARMY OFFICERS Few have even a remote idea of the extensive training given to all Salvation Army officers by our military system of education, that covers all the tactics of the particular warfare to which they have consecrated their lives-the service of humanity. We have in the Salvation Army thirty-nine training schools in which our men and women, both for our missionary and home fields, receive intel ligent tuition and practical training in the minutest details of their service. They are trained in the finest and most intricate of all the arts, the art of dealing ably with human life. It is a wonderful art which transfig ures a sheet of cold, gray canvas into a throbbing vitality, and on its inanimate spread visualizes a living picture. It is a wonderful art which takes a rugged block of marble, standing upon a wooden bench, and cuts out of its un comely crudeness-as I saw it done-the face of my father, with its every feature illumined with prophetic light, so true to life that I felt that to my touch it surely must respond. But even such arts as these crumble: they are as dust under our feet compared with that much greater art, the art of dealing ably with human life in all its varying conditions and phases. Itisinthisartthatweseekbyamost careful culture and training to perfect our officers. They are trained in those expert meas ures which enable them to handle satis factorily those who cannot handle them selves; those who have lost their grip on things, and who, if unaided, go down under the high, rough tides. Trained to meet emergencies of every character; to leap into the breach ; to span the gulf; to do it without waiting to be told how. Trained to press at every cost for the desired end. Trained to obey orders willingly and gladly and wholly, not in part. Trained to give no quarter to the enemy, no matter what the character, nor in what form he may present himself. Trained in the art of the winsome, at tractive coquetries of the round, brown doughnut! And all her kindred.