Darkest India eBook

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country, will be the least likely to despair on these points.  A group of poorer English men and women are easily led by a leader who instils regularity and order, and of whose hearty goodwill to them, they are assured.  Organisation is in the English blood; and the rougher East End crowd has orderly elements ready to respond at once to the word of command from men and women whom they know and trust.  Only the crowd must be sober; and that which its leader preaches must be hope.  As to the money, some portion has come in already; and if this is used, as it will be, in making a visible beginning, there will be plenty of people troubled in their consciences who will be ready to give more.  Let us give General Booth money, and five years for his experiment.  At the end of that time it will be clear enough whether or no the best thing which we can provide for the unemployed is a lethal chamber.

The Book has an unprecedented sale.

Up to the middle of January the book had reached a total circulation of 200,000 copies, beside running through two separate editions in America.  It is now being translated into Japanese, French, Swedish and other languages.

The Book of the year.

I do not think I say too much when I say it will not be the attitude ten per cent. after they have read from cover to cover the most remarkable volume that has been issued from the press this year.


It is a book that stands by itself.  In one sense it may be said that there is nothing new in it.  That many men are miserable, that it is the duty of all calling themselves by the name of Christian, to do their utmost to save their perishing brethren, and that if they set about the task in earnest, certain well-known methods will have to be resorted to; all this is familiar enough.  Neither can it be said that the spirit of exalted enthusiasm which breathes in every page of the book is one appears for the first time in the writings of General Booth.  It is on the contrary the abiding evidence of the presence of the Divine Spirit in men, which has never failed in this world since “the first man stood God conquered, with his face to heaven upturned.”  But the unique character of the book arises from the combination of all these elements, with others which have never hitherto been united even within the covers of a single volume.  There is a buoyant enthusiasm in every page, a sanguine optimism at which the youngest among us might marvel, combined with a familiar acquaintance with the saddest and darkest phenomena of existence.  The book deals with problems which of all others are most calculated to appal, and overwhelm the minds with the sense of desolation and despair, yet it is instinct throughout with a joyous hope and glowing confidence.  General Booth, face to face with the devil, still believes in God.


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