--Rev. J. C. Hiden
delivered a very interesting lecture at the 1st Baptist Church, Wednesday evening, in regard to the destitution of religious reading among the soldiers in Western Virginia
He said that being the only commissioned Chaplain
in the Wise Legion
, he found it impossible to do one half that ought to be done for the three or four thousand men for whose souls he had to labor; that many would read
who would not hear; that almost every Sabbath there was something to interfere with religious service, and thus the circulation of Bibles, Testaments and Tracts was probably the best way to reach and save the soldier.
He represented even the most ungodly as being anxious
to secure Tracts and Testaments, and when secured they were read with deep, and, sometimes soul-saving interest.
Oftentimes had the speaker's. heart been sad as one after another would come and say, ‘"Chaplain
, can't you give us a Testament,"’ and he would have to answer in the negative.
The Colportage Board of this city had promised to appropriate $133 worth of reading matter for every $100 he might send them.
Hon, J. L. M. Curry
, of Ala.
, proposed to be one of twenty to raise $100, and in a few moments the amount was placed upon the table.
We are glad to see that the souls of our soldiers are being cared for by all classes of the community.