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treats, and sums mounting up to 25% 10s. for the Building Fund. Two quarterly payments for orphans, and 47. for the Breakfast Fund, with 57. for the Mission near the West Indian Dock.

The Daventry Working Party sends a parcel containing most useful things.

Five shillings towards the General Fund received, also a set of artificial teeth.

Another request is for a dozen penny collecting-cards for the Convalescent Home.

'I am glad to say,' a correspondent writes, 'that I believe our Vicar intends to ask our children at the children's service to give their alms to the C. E. A., once a quarter.'

July 17.-The Knitting Society have again forwarded their quarterly contribution of stockings for the Orphanage. These ladies are indefatigable in their exertions.

A box came containing an Indian outfit, with the basket and cradle of a baby who had died with its mother. These sad relics were sent by their English friends in the hope that we should make them useful.

A lady, writing from Harrogate, says :I have just ordered a copy of Our Work to be sent to the superintendent of the public baths, who has promised to place it on the tables of the waiting-rooms.'

A contribution of 10s. for one of the baths came from a correspondent, who says she well knows the great pleasure and benefit of sea-bathing, and would like to help others to enjoy it also.

July 18.-The following gifts have come to hand to-day-10s. for treats to orphans, an iron bedstead, bedding, one pair blankets, two pair sheets and a counterpane for Convalescent Home; 57. for any purpose preferred; 27. for the Poplar Mission; 17. for proposed sea-water bath; and 5s. donation to the Children's Convalescent Home.

A kind friend promises to distribute Our Work, another asks for collecting-cards 'for the 'Children's Gift.'

A large parcel has arrived from the Melksham Mission workers, with many useful garments made at their monthly meetings; another from the Garstang Guild. Two

boxes came from some old people who meet in a cottage while a lady reads to them: she proposed that they should utilise this time. by knitting, &c., for our Home, which they undertook to do with great zeal.

Two sisters, after a visit to Broadstairs, expressed their interest in all they saw and heard, both at the Temporary Convalescent Home, and at the site of the new one.

In answer to the notice in Our Work that even disused finery is acceptable, we have received a package containing a dress and some flowers.

A Post-office order for 10s. towards 'The Church Sunday School Union' was sent us to-day. Also 2s. 6d. from a reader of the Banner of Faith.

A request is sent that we will allow our van to call at a friend's house for old newspapers, dresses, and boots. The following is encouraging :

'I think your Orphanage is beautifully arranged and the children all look so well and happy. I often look back with pleasure to the day spent at Kilburn. I enclose 5s. for the extension of the Orphanage.'

One writer asks if disused gentleman's clothing is of use to us? To which we answer that we should receive it most gratefully.

45., 5s., 2s. 6d., 10s., 25., IS., il. Is., and IS. 6d., have been sent for the Convalescent Home.

The following is from a clergyman's wife :

'I will certainly with pleasure do my best to get your card filled for the Convalescent Home. I have been much interested in the publication Our Work which you have sent for some time, and should like to subscribe to it. I have wondered who sent it, and have feared each month lest it should not arrive. We think (my husband and I) that we might be able to give the proceeds of a concert next winter to the Home, which will be better than an offertory, for that does not amount to much in a country village.'

A country parson encloses 2s. 6d. from

himself and 2s. 6d. from his wife in aid of the good work.

Church Sunday-School Union, 6 Paternoster Row.-A native teacher writes from Ceylon, pleading for help for his schools. He says: 'If you will be pleased to send some books either from the Church SundaySchool Union, or from some clergyman or other Christian gentleman, kindly give them over to the Lord Bishop, who is now in England.'

Another letter says: Will you kindly send me the first of the Old Testament Lesson Notes? I have lost this one, and I value the series so much that I wish to have it complete. I consider they contain the best instruction for the purpose I ever came across-in fact, are most valuable.' Such commendation of our helps to Bible teaching is, indeed, most gratifying, as showing that our Sunday-School Depôt is supplying spiritual needs that are much felt.

A friend who has most kindly helped us with the correspondence and accounts here for some time past, and is soon about to leave town, has written-enclosing 17. 15., and hoping that his gift may help to defray the expenses of a more professional clerk.'

For washing-up' at our Workmen's Restaurants we require a large quantity of cloths, and with constant use they are soon worn out; so we greatly welcomed this week two thoughtful presents of seven dozen new ones, of various patterns, which will set us up for some time to come in that department.

A couple of cheeses arrived, one of which was forwarded to S. Katharine's.

Welcome anonymous hampers of fruit and vegetables have diminished our greengrocer's bill in a very satisfactory manner.

July 21.-A country choir from Suffolk came to tea after a long day's sightseeing. We were much pleased by the kind satisfaction expressed by the clergyman who brought them at all the arrangements, and were especially amused and gratified at hearing the milk commented upon for its creamy, country appearance. He ended by saying that hardly a Sunday passed in which he and his

family did not think and speak about our work.

A lady from the Cape thus kindly writes: -'I enclose 10s. as my mite towards the Building Fund of the Convalescent Home. In our Sunday-School I have a class of little coloured children, and I should be very grateful if you could spare me a few pictures of the most familiar New Testament subjects, as I find it easier to teach them that way than any other.

'I hope you won't find me troublesome. I am trying to interest several people in your good work by lending them my magazines, and hope by Christmas-time to be able to send you another small donation. You have my constant prayers for your success in all your works.'

July 22.-A poor girl sent a beautifully embroidered handkerchief; she said she had long been trying to make up 10s. for a poor child's breakfast, but had not succeeded; would we sell the handkerchief and allow the profits to be devoted to this fund?

A lady who keeps a school sent for a dozen cards, that each of her girls might return with one she had filled in the holidays.

The lady's-maid who now for several years has collected for the poor people's dinners at Christmas, and in summer for our orphan's trip to Broadstairs, brought 47. 10s. this morning.

The Infant School children at Ringmer sent 5%. 10s.

This morning we had letters from a husband wishing to build a small ward in memory of his young bride, and a lady in memory of her husband. The latter adds, 'I should like his name to be remembered by your orphans and convalescents at Broadstairs.' There are many to whom it would be a satisfaction thus to connect the name and memory of their dear lost ones with some good work for the living; and though the cost of a ward may exceed the means of many, they might be able to afford the annual sum necessary to endow a free cot-viz., about 25%.

We insert the following little incident for

the children of the Guild of the Guardian Angels; it was told us by the Mother :-A little girl, herself ill, begged for a card to help the poor sick children, but being upstairs in bed she had few chances of earning or getting money to fill it. During her attacks of bronchitis, she was obliged to wear poultices for days and days together, and this made her poor little tender skin so sore and irritable that often it was a work of difficulty to change the poultice without many tears being shed. Some one happily suggested that for every poultice that was applied without a tear, she should have a penny for her card. Henceforward these remedies became a source of pleasure rather than pain, and with much delight she filled her card and transmitted the IOS.

Seven pounds ten shillings, the proceeds of a small sale of work, and 125. from the same industrious helper, came this morning; also one pound five shillings, the offertory from the Churches of Carleton Forhoe and Crownthorpe. A little boy wishes very much for some children's cards to fill up. He is saving his pennies for them.

A clergyman writes: 'I shall be very glad to become one of your Associate Priests, and to help your good work. I am going next week to Westgate, and shall hope to see your children at Broadstairs.'

Fuly 22.-At the Docks.-Our friends from the country have been so kind in sending us fruit and vegetables that we have not had any to buy this week. This is an immense boon to us, as this cold summer everything is exceptionally dear about here. We have, unfortunately, been unable to acknowledge several hampers, as there was no address given. The excellent broad beans are highly approved by our customers.

July 26.- When the van is coming down this way, would you ask them to call for an old carpet and a few odds and ends.'

'Could you send the van on Friday morning for two sacks of potatoes and some old clothes?'

'Would you think it worth while to send your cart here for some plants, geraniums,

&c.? I am afraid they are hardly worth accepting, but they are still flowering and may be welcome. We have also some old chairs we would send, which would require mending, but might be of use.'

Such inquiries as the above we gladly answer in the affirmative, for a system of fetching and carrying from the houses of our friends is regularly organised, and we would gladly know of other doors at which to call on the same errand.

At Poplar.-One of the Sisters, calling on an old woman who was confirmed last Sunday, found her crying with pain in her leg. 'It's been wuss again,' she said. 'I think getting in and out of the chair that I was took to church in strained it a bit. But there, I don't mind; I'm that happy, and I do thank God for sending the Sisters to me.' The same old friend made her first Communion a week later, and to the Sister who visited her afterwards she thus expressed her feelings 'Oh, Sister, it was beautiful; it was just like angels !'

Here are some of the humorous sayings of our customers on Tower Hill:-'Let's have a penn'orth o' your soup, miss.' 'What, you?' cries a comrade standing by. 'Yes, I've 'eard so much talk about it that I've come to see for myself.' 'Don't you give him too much, miss; he'll only find fault.' 'I reckon I don't, now; and a ha'porth of pudding too, please.' After demolishing them They ain't bad tackle, either of them.'

One man bought 3d. worth of pudding for his little ones; another secured 2d. worth for his wife, remarking as he took it 'My missus'll wonder what I've got, for I'm taking home more than I brought away.'

August 1.-Contributions amounting to 33. came for the Convalescent Home, 40%. for the extension of the Orphanage, 31. for the General Fund, and an application to receive five poor children into the Orphanage. The case is as follows :-A poor widow, aged forty-one, died a few weeks back, leaving five children between the ages of thirteen and two. She had been a strong,

cheerful, active woman. Two years since, her husband died, about three months before the birth of her last child. She made a hard struggle to keep her home together and her children from the Union. The Guardians gave her the liberal allowance of 35. a week and three loaves, which she had to fetch from a cottage two miles distant from her home. Gradually the struggle for life became too hard for her, and she died, worn out with work and poor food. The Guardians immediately stopped the allowance, and sent a message to say the children must go to the Workhouse. There is one elder brother, but he has just married a young wife who nursed his mother with tender care to the last, and his wages are but 145. a week, so he can help them but little.

'I am sending you to-day, carriage paid, a box of children's clothing; some of it I have hoarded for years on account of the tender memories associated with it, but I shall now like to think that it is of service to

some of your little ones. I take a great interest in all your labours, and, by sharing in them, hope to share in the blessings they must draw down. I shall send you a contribution as soon as I can.'

A white satin dress, the wedding dress of a dear deceased sister, came for us to make use of for some Church work. Doubtless the owners parted with it with some regret, yet were content that it should be relinquished for a good work.

'The card you sent me I have great pleasure in returning filled up. I took it into my Sunday-school in the morning and explained the object to my youngsters, asking all who felt inclined to bring me a penny in the afternoon. They responded most cheerfully, and it was a treat to see little ones of three and four toddling up to my table, beaming with delight when they gave the penny. The teachers also gave 6d. each. I was much pleased at this, as they are all poor people. I enclose a cheque for 27, 18s. 6d. from my Sunday-school, and the balance I add.

'I am glad to see the foundation-stone of

the Convalescent Home is going to be laid. I cannot be there, but I send you two guineas, and wish I could send a great deal more.'

'I send you a few stamps for your Kilburn Orphanage-all I can,' writes another friend. I hope you will soon get enough for the new wing, it is so sad to hear the words "No room." Will you please send me another card to collect pence for the Convalescent Hospital? I want one to make excursions amongst my friends whilst the other remains with me.' We know by experience that this plan of excursionising answers well.

At Paternoster Row.-Church SundaySchool Union.-'I have just come out of my Sunday-school thoroughly disheartened at the want of some systematic course of teaching. Can you help me by any suggestions, by sending me any books or leaflets I can choose from? There are scholars, from young men and women down to infants, in the school, and the whole time seems wasted. There is a book called "The Systematic Bible Teacher," but I cannot put it in the teachers' hands, there being no good definite Church teaching. Can you give me something better? I have only just come into this parish, and it is a good opportunity for introducing something in the way of good Church teaching.'

So writes one priest. A post or two later brings another similar appeal :

'I have just come into charge of this parish, and find that it will be necessary to begin afresh to organise a Sunday-school. Will you kindly send me specimens of leaflets, which I believe you publish (not your Catechisms, which I have); also, if you publish them, specimen pages of register-books, &c., with any hints you may be able to give me as to starting such a school in a scattered country parish.' We trust that the leaflets which we have forwarded may be found useful in supplying the instruction required in both of these parishes.

'A splendid hamperful of beans, flowers, cabbages, black currants, &c., arrived-so

large, that the bearer with difficulty carried it downstairs.

'I am leaving for Tasmania to-day, whence I hope to write for more copies of some of your publications, which seem very excellent,' says a priest.

A short time ago we sent a parcel of tracts, periodicals, &c., for the navvies now working near East Grinsted, and to-day we received a visit from the lady who had distributed them. She said we should be glad to hear how very acceptable they were; she thought that they had saved many an hour's swearing, by giving occupation in bad weather or in sick


A hamper of lettuces came, very useful for our salads-two large dishes of which, and sometimes more, are consumed daily at dinner-time. We also received a letter offering us black currants at a low price, the writer very kindly offering to pay the carriage. We gladly closed with the proposal, as black currant pudding is quite the favourite food here at this time.

One of the Sisters was standing at a corner, waiting for an omnibus, a few days ago, when a respectable-looking woman stopped close by, and, after some trouble in putting down her parcels, &c., produced 2d., which she put into the Sister's hand, saying, 'Excuse a trifle, it all helps the cause, you know,' and hastened away without waiting for any thanks.

We had another proof of good feeling this evening, when half a basketful of strawberries was given to a Sister by one of the market women, with the remark, 'Perhaps your little girls would like some of them ;' and so they did, and enjoyed their feast extremely!

A country choir came; unfortunately they arrived at our very busiest time, when it was quite impossible to receive them, our regular customers filling all the three rooms. We were therefore obliged to ask them to come back later, which they did, and we provided. them with tea.

S. Peter's Orphanage and Convalescent Home, Isle of Albanet.

AINT MARY'S CONVALESCENT HOME! we hear our friends exclaim, as they read the title of our opening article, 'why S. Mary's?' Would it not suffice to call it The Broadstairs Convalescent Home?' Perhaps so, if it could in fairness lay claim to that titlethat is, if it were the only institution of the sort in the neighbourhood, or even the oldest.

This, however, is not the case, as everyone in the neighbourhood knows very well. And for the enlightenment of friends at a distance, we must explain that not half a mile from our new site stands the handsome building called S. Peter's Orphan Home-better known, perhaps, by the more familiar title of 'Mrs. Tait's Orphanage'-and close by, in the Orphanage grounds, stands a Convalescent Home, where not only women, but a few children also, are received for a small weekly payment.

When, therefore, the Archbishop of Canterbury-to the great gratification of all concerned-was pleased to express his approval and to give his sanction to the work we now have in hand, he made the suggestion that the new Convalescent Home should receive some distinctive name, some special dedication which would mark it as separate from the already existing institution of S. Peter's.

In this proposal we most gladly acquiesced, and with his Grace's consent have decided that our Home at Broadstairs shall be known for the future as-'S. Mary's Convalescent Home for the Children of the Poor.'

We trust this may entirely prevent any confusion being made between the two Homes, or any inconvenience arising from our proximity to those who have so kindly welcomed us as near neighbours.

And here it may not be out of place to give a few details respecting the elder insti

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