Religion: Democrat for Autocrat

Since 1878 the Salvation Army has been practicing street-corner soul-saving. On the theory of its founder, hot-eyed, white-bearded General William Booth, that you cannot save a man's soul when his feet are cold and his stomach empty, it adds soup and soap to the salvation. Thanks also to Founder Booth, the Army's General long occupied the most autocratic throne of charity on earth, armed with a set of rules which gave him dictatorial powers, even to naming his successor. Son Bramwell was so named when General William Booth died in 1912.

As Bramwell Booth aged, the Army grew more prosperous but...

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