Glasgow, Bridgeton Cross - Salvation Army. (1879)

This is a monthly report from the Salvation army station here.

FOLLOWING up the glorious success at the Victoria Music Hall, which, it will be rmembered, was opened some six months ago, we secured a hll on the other side of Glasgow, in the district known as Bridgeton Cross. The hall, capable of seating some 600 persons, was no sooner opened than it filled, ad every night since it has been filled to overflowing. Aisles, platforms, window-ledges, passages and every available inch of space has been crowded and could have been filled three or four times over. 

In the first instance, Captain Boyce was appointed to take charge, and right gloriously has the work gone forward.

Three or four policemen (and here let us mention the kindness and assistance of the City Police) have been in attendance every night to keep back the crowds wishing to gain admission.

...As yet there has been any quantity of people in attendance. Some glorious trophies of God's saving grace may be seen and heard, singing and speaking in the streets, as well as testifying in the workshops, and this is but the beginning of what God is going to do.

From, 'The Salvationist', November 1879, page 291/2.

The fame of Christ's wonderful doings, through our sisters at this Corps, has really seemed to spread through all Glasgow. On stepping off the train at Bridgeton Cross one night we found an immense crowd waiting the appearance of the Hallelujah Lasses and their comrades.

"We have come several miles every night this week, sir, to hear these lasses; but the crowd has been so great we have been unable to get in," said two men who were determined to hear all they could from them outside.

Standing at that ring we saw tears and smiles and heard loud amens, and shouts of praise, as one after another, amid breathless attention, told us of the wonderful change in their hearts and lives and homes.
"I will announce the service inside." "No, sir, we have nowhere to put the people," Captain Boyce replied, "the hall is crammed, it has been so half an hour before the time every night since we commenced. So after telling all to be there early for a seat the following night, we marched for the 'Salvation Mill', where, with the passage full, the stairs crowded and the hall packed, I spent one of the happiest nights of my life. 

From, 'The Salvationist', November 1879, page 300-1.

For future reports see 'The War Cry', which began in January 1880.

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