Never make Army music an end in itself; always make it a means to an end. Remember always that the founder’s one aim in recruiting music to assist in the Army’s great warfare was ‘souls first, and last, and all the time’


The military authorities sent word to the Salvation Army hut one day that fifty Frenchmen would be going through from the trenches at five a.m. who would have had no opportunity to get anything to eat. The Salvation Army people went to work and baked up a lot of biscuits and doughnuts and cakes, and got hot coffee ready. The Red Cross canteen was better situated to serve the men and had more conveniences, so they took the things over there, and the R.C. supplied hot chocolate, and when the men came they were well served. This is a example of the spirit of cooperation which prevailed. One Sunday night they were just starting the evening service when word came from the military authorities that there were a hundred men coming through the town who were hungry and ought to be fed. They must be out of town by 9:30 as they were going over the top that night. Could the Salvation Army do anything? The woman officer who was in charge was perplexed. She had nothing cooked ready to eat, the fire was out, her detailed helpers all gone, and she was just beginning a meeting and hated to disappoint the men already gathered, but she told the messenger that if she might have a couple of soldiers to help her she would do what she could. The soldiers were supplied and the fire was started. At ten minutes to 9 the meeting was closed and the earnest young preacher went to work making biscuits and chocolate with the help of her two soldier boys. By 10pm all the men were fed and gone. That is the way the Salvation Army does things. They never say “I can’t.” They always CAN.” – The War Romance of The Salvation Army