It seems likely to be a lively week at Oakland Hall. Last Sabbath a delegation from the New Bedford corps of the Salvation Army held three services. They arrived on the last boat Saturday and marched with flag, drum and tambourines to their temporary barracks. On Sabbath they marched the streets previous to each service, and held short open air services. A large audience, numbering not less than two hundred, attended the 8 o’clock service at the Mission. It was held on the lovely lawn, the Army using the spacious piazza for their platform. The evening service nearly filled the Mission chapel. To the credit of Cottage City, let it be written that not the slightest disrespect was shown to the soldiers. They marched to the morning boat with colors flying, bearing an invitation to their captain to favor us with their presence as soon as he can arrange to do so.
Several christian Portuguese people from Truro are to hold a gospel meeting at the Mission Wednesday evening. They were former residents of Edgartown. They will be accompanied by Rev. G. B. Nind, pastor of a Portuguese M. E. church in New Bedford. An ice cream social will precede the meeting.
Mr. S. W. Armstrong, of Worcester, is expected to speak next Sabbath. He has charge of a mission and is editor of a paper. As there is no other afternoon service in town, it is hoped that he will have a good audience. He has labored five years in the Salvation Army, and is a ready speaker.
S. C. B.
Sept. 9, 1895.