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Regeneration   By: (1856-1925)

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[Illustration: GENERAL BOOTH]

REGENERATION

Being an Account of the Social Work of The Salvation Army in Great Britain.

H. RIDER HAGGARD

1910

DEDICATION

I dedicate these pages to the Officers and Soldiers of the Salvation Army, in token of my admiration of the self sacrificing work by which it is their privilege to aid the poor and wretched throughout the world.

H. RIDER HAGGARD.

DITCHINGHAM,

November, 1910

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTORY

MEN'S SOCIAL WORK, LONDON

SPA ROAD ELEVATOR

GREAT PETER STREET SHELTER

FREE BREAKFAST SERVICE

EX CRIMINALS

MEN'S WORKSHOP: HANBURY STREET, WHITECHAPEL

STURGE HOUSE, BOW ROAD

CENTRAL LABOUR BUREAU

INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION DEPARTMENT

EMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

WOMEN'S SOCIAL WORK IN LONDON

HEADQUARTERS OF THE WOMEN'S SOCIAL WORK

HILLSBOROUGH HOUSE INEBRIATES' HOME

MATERNITY NURSING HOME

MATERNITY RECEIVING HOME

MATERNITY HOSPITAL

'THE NEST,' CLAPTON

TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN'S SOCIAL WORK

WOMEN'S INDUSTRIAL HOME, HACKNEY

INEBRIATES' HOME

WOMEN'S INDUSTRIAL HOME, SOUTHWOOD

WOMEN'S SHELTER, WHITECHAPEL

SLUM SETTLEMENT, HACKNEY ROAD

PICCADILLY MIDNIGHT WORK

ANTI SUICIDE BUREAU

WORK IN THE PROVINCES, LIVERPOOL

MEN'S SOCIAL WORK, MANCHESTER

OAKHILL HOUSE, MANCHESTER

MEN'S SOCIAL WORK, GLASGOW

ARDENSHAW WOMEN'S HOME

WOMEN'S LODGING HOUSE, GLASGOW

LAND AND INDUSTRIAL COLONY, HADLEIGH

SMALL HOLDINGS SETTLEMENT, BOXTED

IMPRESSIONS OF GENERAL BOOTH

THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF

NOTE ON THE RELIGION OF THE SALVATION ARMY

APPENDICES

AUTHOR'S NOTE

The author desires to thank Mr. D.R. DANIEL for the kind and valuable assistance he has given him in his researches into the Social Work of the Salvation Army.

He takes this occasion to make it clear that this book does no more than set out the results of his investigations into some of that vast Social Work, and his personal conclusions as to it and those by whom it is prosecuted.

To obviate any possible misunderstanding as to the reason of its writing, he wishes to state further that it has not been compiled by him as a matter of literary business.

INTRODUCTORY

WHAT IS THE SALVATION ARMY?

If this question were put to the ordinary person of fashion or leisure, how would it be answered?

In many cases thus: 'The Salvation Army is a body of people dressed up in a semi military uniform, or those of them who are women, in unbecoming poke bonnets, who go about the streets making a noise in the name of God and frightening horses with brass bands. It is under the rule of an arbitrary old gentleman named Booth, who calls himself a General, and whose principal trade assets consist in a handsome and unusual face, and an inexhaustible flow of language, which he generally delivers from a white motor car wherever he finds that he can attract the most attention. He is a clever actor in his way, who has got a great number of people under his thumb, and I am told that he has made a large fortune out of the business, like the late prophet Dowie, and others of the same sort. The newspapers are always exposing him; but he knows which side his bread is buttered and does not care. When he is gone no doubt his family will divide up the cash, and we shall hear no more of the Salvation Army!'

Such are still the honest beliefs of thousands of our instructed fellow countrymen, and of hundreds of thousands of others of less degree belonging to the classes which are generally typified under the synonym of 'the man in the street,' by which most people understand one who knows little, and of that little nothing accurately, but who decides the fate of political elections.

Let us suppose, however, that the questioner should succeed in interesting an intelligent and fair minded individual holder of these views sufficiently to induce him to make inquiry into the facts concerning this Salvation Army... Continue reading book >>




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