A. The Salvation Army as a Threat
To think that sensible men and women will leave their homes and firesides, to attend the performances of three or four girls, whose chief musical ability consists in hammering away on a tambourine ... shows a very bad taste on their part; more particularly when they can attend any of our local concerts, theatricals, bonnet hops, etc., by paying the small amount of twenty cents. Besides, we are of opinion, that more lively and interesting music could be performed, on a tin whistle, or the time-honoured jewsharp than on any tambourine in existence, except in the hands of a bona fide nigger, who made the instrument his chief study from infancy. We advise our people, if they have a thirst that way, to invest in a tinwhistle or jewsharp - failing that, to purchase a tambourine for themselves, and then "whack away" to their heart's content. There is not so much art required.
From The Terra Nova Advocate, 14 August 1886.
We understand that several gentlemen have decided to watch these proceedings, and ascertain the names of Roman Catholics, if any, who attend these performances, and hand the names along for publication. We hope to hear no more of the matter as far as our people are concerned.
An Orderly Procession
Great Attraction at the Salvation Army Barrack
Editor, Evening Telegram
The Salvation Army workers had quite a lively time here yesterday. Their "march," in which over fifty couples joined, was an orderly and unmolested one. A large number of disorderly young people, however, who seem to imagine that they can lay claim to every street - and to every street corner in the town - followed the Army by the side-walk and endeavoured to promote disorder by shouts and obscene songs, that certainly does not reflect creditably upon the persons from whom they proceeded. At the evening service the Barrack was densely packed with an attentive audience. The whole service was quite a lively one. Short speaking, short praying and short singing was the order of the meeting and over eighty persons gave "testimonies," I believe, within the space of only one hour. Before the meeting closed there was a general "shaking amongst the dry bones," and the question: "Can those bones live?" was satisfactorily answered by twenty-seven persons - mostly young men and young women - who were drawn to the "penitent form" during the meeting.
A little more vigilance and energy on the part of the policemen who stand outside the Barrack may possibly be the means of preventing injury to some person. I trust the right men will be sent here in the future, and not those who only come to look on with stoical indifference. Surely three or four policemen could keep the barrack door accessible to orderly persons at all times, but some of them make no effort in this direction.