The Philadelphia Sunday World says: Lewis, of the St. Louis Club, is now a member of the Salvation army, and he just looks too cute for anything in his little red cap with a gold band bearing the inscription: "Salvation Army," and his natty little blue bow on the lapel of his coat. As he walks through the streets the ladies all exclaim: "Oh, how sweet Freddie looks since he has signed the pledge." They chuck him under the chin, pat him on the back and encourage him in his good work.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 30, 1884
It's interesting to think of the Salvation Army as something other than the organization that stands outside my grocery store and begs for money during the holidays or the group that runs the thrift store. In 1884, the Salvation Army had only been operating in the United States for four years and was, and still is, a Protestant church. When Lewis joined them, the Salvation Army was, essentially, a missionary organization focused on ministering to the poor, offering soup, soap and salvation.
And regardless of how this video is titled, the song was recorded by Lone Justice. Now Marie McKee, who is all kinds of awesome, was the lead singer but the song is by Lone Justice. Just wanted to be clear about that. And I might as well give you a little more Lone Justice, from way back when:
From an article about Fred Lewis joining the Salvation Army to Marie McKee singing about being wicked, all in one post. Who else is going to give you that?