Hindi Magazines

Had a most interesting Christmas Day. I was camped in Bijnor. When passing the barracks on my morning stroll, I found an extraordinary assembly on the grounds: Europeans in native dress, the men in kurtas and dhotis, the women in sarees. My orderly informed me that they were the ‘soldiers of the Muktifauj’. I hastened to make their acquaintance, and was welcomed by a tall, blond man wearing a dhoti, tied high, ending above his ankles, with one end going over his shoulder as in a saree. He also had on a red jacket and a grand turban that made him look like a Sikh. He introduced himself as Frederick Booth-Tucker, the guiding light behind the ‘Muktifauj’, which is what the Salvation Army calls itself in India. He is an unusual man: gave up a career in the ICS, married William Booth’s daughter, Emma, who was tragically killed six years ago in a train accident in the USA, and ‘invaded’ India as part of the Salvation Army’s first mission outside England. Booth- Tucker has since remarried, and his wife Minnie Read was also at hand, dressed in a saree wrapped artlessly around her and her hair tied in a tight bun. Together, Fakir Singh and Dutini Bai—those are their Indian names— spend their days bringing the gospel to the poor and the unfortunate. I believe Government did not approve of Booth-Tucker’s activities when he first