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touched by the account of little Rosie, and am making her some clothes.'
September 14.-Subscriptions amounting to 177. 6s. received for the Building Fund, besides two subscriptions to the Convalescent Home, two payments for Orphans, and three IOS. contributions to the Free Breakfast Fund.
September 16.-Some very useful presents came to-day-twenty-two yards of print, a piece of blue serge, a parcel of sheets, petticoats, vests, &c. One of the senders remarks I have stuffed in everything I could. Some of the things seem great rubbish, but really you seem to have the power of turning everything to account.'
'May I trouble you to let me have a card for a dear little boy I know, who wants to help the poor children to go to the sea? He says: "I love digging in the sand and bathing so much, that I must help other little. boys to do the same.”
Several communications came this morning undated, others with the simple address, 'Brighton,' 'York,' at the head of the letter, yet the writers appeared to expect an answer!
And then another difficulty. It may seem a weak confession for a secretary to make, but really we are often in doubt as to whether a correspondent is a lady or a gentleman, and should feel grateful if strangers would give us a hint as to the title by which they ought to be addressed.
A clergyman, writing to us, observes that he obtained a few shillings by showing the photograph on the collecting-card, because his people were pleased with the little faces that could look so bright, notwithstanding scanty food and ragged garments. He adds: 'The middle class are still somewhat prejudiced against Sisters of Charity. The errors of bygone years cannot be at once eradicated. We must hope, however, that time and the teachings of common sense may induce greater confidence. Meantime, it is wonderful to see how the little leaven is doing its great work, how people are finding out for themselves that Apostolic Order does not mean Romanism.
'Happy are those who, whether in Sister
hoods or otherwise, can look back at the close of life upon years spent in the Master's service, and with a humble hope that they have helped to sow good seed which may hereafter spring up and bear fruit to the glory of GOD!'
Received: some pieces of carpet and drugget (very useful); warm curtains (also much needed); several hampers of fruit and vegetables; some old crockery, an urn, a coffee-pot, two oak tubs for washing up china, a sewing machine, a bath, an American organ, ten parcels of second-hand clothing, an inkstand, and some books and periodicals.
Broadstairs, Sept. 20.-Several parcels of useful clothing received here; also a doll's house, some curtains, a counterpane, a quantity of new and very good clothing; and, not least, hampers of fruit and vegetables sent regularly all through the summer, which help manifestly to diminish our weekly bills. Several visitors called and left donations, varying in amount from 5s. to 57. Grateful letters from the parents of little patients, who have benefited by the Home during the last few weeks, continually come in. Such as: 'Dear Sister, Please accept my and her father's greatfull thanks for all your kindness to our dear little girl. She has enjoyed very bad helth for this many months past, but now she is that changed for the best, we wouldn't hardly have took her for our own girl. Polly sends her love and respex to all the Sisters and girls, and she often wishes as she were back on the shore. The sores in her head is quite well, thank GOD, and please, Sister, would it be troubling you too much to write back the name of the stuff you put on her head to get it like this, in case it should ever get bad again ?—Your obedient servant, MR. and MRS.
September 21.-' Being very anxious to help on the Children's Gift, my brother and I got up a little bazaar by ourselves, and send you the money, which comes to 31. 75.'
A friend asks us to-day if we, cr anyone we know, can think of something for a poor respectable girl of seventeen, who has been so terribly burnt that her left hand must be
amputated. Her mother is the widow of a labourer, and very poor, and the girl is most anxious to earn her living-but how? We mention the matter in the hope that some of our readers may have a practical suggestion to make.
An old gentleman, meeting the children on the sands at Broadstairs, put many questions to them, and ended by giving the Sister 15. 'for the sake of our dear Church of England.'
The orphans at Broadstairs greatly enjoyed their visit there, and several, whose pale looks rather distressed the Sisters, gained a healthy red and brown colour. Through the kindness of several friends, they were able to enjoy a pic-nic tea together, with some donkey-riding.
'How kind everybody is!' exclaimed one of the children, when, coming out of Broadstairs Church one Sunday in the pouring rain, several persons most kindly came forward to press umbrellas on our little ones, one gentleman going out of his way in order to shelter them. Dear children! may it be long before this innocent faith receives a shock! May they long hold the belief that ' every one is kind!'
'By goods train I am sending you a parcel containing four old frontals, a velvet superfrontal, two texts, and the fringe from some hangings; they have been used in this small village church for nearly twenty years, but still you may find some use for them.' There is no doubt we can!
September 22. That little pamphlet "Little Sufferers by the Seaside" is quite sufficient to make any one that loves CHRIST'S poor long to help. Please send me six more, as I should like to enclose one with each of the cards I am forwarding to my friends.' Such a number of parcels came in! One contained sheets, another an altar-cloth, a third some toys and books, and so on.
September 23.-The result of a general turn-out was sent us, and we would willingly have more of the same sort; also five altarkneelers, a pall, a travelling bath full of toys, and a picture which a little girl had taken down out of her own bedroom.
'Although my time is greatly occupied, I always manage to give half an hour to the reading of your magazine, which some kind friend has forwarded to me the last few months. At our Children's Service yesterday I tried to interest our young people, and the collection amounted to 17. 13s. 8d., which I gladly forward, with a prayer that our Heavenly Father may prosper your work. Allow me to say that our offertory at the Flower Service every year will in future be sent to you. I hope others will follow my example.'
September 25.-Five pounds came in a registered letter, with the words-' Please apply this to your greatest need;' 1. 1s. taken out of the savings-box of a little one who has gone home,' sent to us with the words 'We feel it could not be better expended.'
'What a delightful spot has been chosen at Broadstairs for the Convalescent Home! I was one of those who took advantage of the special train from Victoria, and a more happy and delightful day I never spent. Such perfect unity, such kindness, and perfect order I have never witnessed. May GOD, who has so blessed you, more and more bless you-easing your anxieties in this world, and giving you a crown of glory in the next!'
September 26.—A 'little girl' says: 'Will you kindly send me a penny card for one of my Sunday scholars? I hope soon to return my own card for The Children's Ward. I think it is very nice for us to build a ward all by ourselves, and I shall do all I can.'
We begin to have hope for our sea-water bath, for one friend writes: The other day, in looking over the September number of Our Work, I noticed that you require fifty ten-guinea subscribers in order to build a bath for your Seaside Home. You may put down my name as one of the fifty.'
Another equally generous benefactor says: 'We have just returned from Broadstairs, and can testify to the happy looks and ways of your children there. I send you a cheque for 10%. 10s.'
A lady writes: "The girls in my Sundayschool are so much interested in what they read about your Convalescent Home in The Banner of Faith that they have asked for a penny collecting-card. I am glad to take this opportunity of telling you how very much The Banner is liked here. It is, indeed, refreshing to have a magazine with so much. real life in it, and no poor pictures.
'I return the card you so kindly sent, and 145. for the Free Sunday Breakfasts. It is not very much; but, since your appeal reached us, I do think that, for some in our Church, the Litany has been changed from mere words to a real prayer. That dear, dirtstained little card has been to more than one a first-rate lesson in giving. We thank you very much for trying to teach us such a beautiful lesson.'
A lady writes: 'It is my opinion that the best way of doing good now is to help children to grow up respectable and healthy.
'We have sent off to-day,' writes a vicar's wife, 'two hampers containing fruit, flowers, biscuits, sweets, and eggs-offerings from our village children at the Harvest Festival. I often think one of the prettiest features of that Thanksgiving is our Children's Service, when they all bring an offering of fruit, or some little thing to be sent to children poorer and less blessed than themselves.
'My father had an offertory for Home Missions at a Harvest Thanksgiving Service, and sends you half the proceeds (37. 10s.) for the Orphanage. He thinks highly of your works of mercy among those poor neglected children out of the Union, and the East End of London. The money was chiefly given by the labouring class in our parish, who cheerfully contribute their little to help people so much worse off than themselves.' Several most encouraging letters were received to-day; one friend sending a cheque for 167. 125., 10. of which she desires may be devoted to the Sea-water Bath. Several clergymen have also written in very kind terms, consenting to be enrolled as Associate Priests. One says: 'I shall be very grateful if you will number me among
your Associates, and will do my little possible for the good cause.' Another: 'In reply to your letter I shall be most happy to join you. You are devoted to a grand work, and will have your reward. In a month or two I shall be in town, and will then gladly avail myself of your invitation to go over the Orphanage, in which I feel so deep an interest.' A third: 'I will readily join the roll of Associate Priests, and mingle my thanks and prayers with those of others who are labouring so unweariedly to advance the work of CHRIST.'
An offertory for the Orphanage was sent us all the way from New Zealand.
From a country parish in England we are told that 'If all is well, we purpose giving part of an offertory during the month of October to your Convalescent Home.'
Very pleasant intelligence has reached us from Broadstairs; the men engaged on the building there procured a savings-box, and presented it to the Sister in charge of the Workmen's Hut, informing her, at the same time, that they had made a gathering among themselves for the orphans, and she would find the result inside.' Upon unlocking the box, 3s. 9d. was found, chiefly in copper. As this was their own unsolicited idea, it is indeed most gratifying. The men intend to collect for us every month. Might not collecting-boxes be instituted at other 'Works' throughout the country? Englishmen are proverbially liberal when their sympathies are touched.
We receive many cheering tokens that we are gradually gaining the confidence of those who are called the 'working men' of our country. For instance, the following letter received from the Church of England Working Men's Society at Nottingham, expressing such faith both in the practical ability and willingness to help of our Sisters of Mercy, would not have been written a few years since :
'Dear Sister,-Would you kindly give this letter your best consideration?
'We are very anxious to do some work for the Church; and, having taken a house
in a poor part of this town, are desirous to open it as a Working Men's Coffee and News Room, with games, &c.
'We shall endeavour to make it a centre for our Mission work, and hope shortly to commence a Men's Night School, Free Breakfasts for Destitute Children on Sunday Mornings, and other works of charity, as our funds will allow.
'The work is entirely taken in hand and managed by working men.
'Now I am coming to a point of begging. When at our anniversary in London, I was so pleased with the Restaurant in Paternoster Row and the management of it, that I want to ask you-Is it possible for us to have two Sisters here to take charge of the house? It is of the utmost importance that we should have some one who would do the work cheerfully, and have the cause at heart.
'It would entail a deal of labour, as we want to have five o'clock breakfasts and be open until 10 P.M.; so we should require two to do the work and take it in turns.
'There is a vast field for mission work. The fields are white with the harvest, and the Sisters would be a great blessing to the
'I do not know if it is usual to send Sisters to a work like this; but we are working men, and in securing the services of Sisters we should then have an additional blessing. I am, yours faithfully,' &c.
'I find the Banner of Faith (writes a clergyman) a universal favourite. I hope it will continue to be as great a success as it has been during its first year. One man told me he found each number more interesting than the last.'
October 3.-'I send my card filled up. I shall be glad to have another. I may be a long time getting it filled, but as long as there is anything to be done for the Home, I may as well go on collecting the little I can.'
From a priest: 'I have great pleasure in inclosing you a cheque for 27. towards the Convalescent Home fund. The sum of Il. 14s. 2d. was collected at a service of thanksgiving for the victory yesterday, from a
congregation almost entirely of poor people. It is a gift from the poor to the poor.'
'You will like to know that the soldiers of the Garrison of Fort William, Calcutta, out of a number of periodicals given them to choose from, selected Our Work and The Banner of Faith to take in for their own reading-room-two copies of each.'
To-day arrived a letter from the first of that numerous band of [Maries who will, we hope, build the Mary Ward.
'It is a happy suggestion,' she writes, 'and I hope it will be carried out-furniture and all. I think it will; we must do all we can.'
October 4.-The idea of a Christmas number of Our Work has been well received, and orders are coming in fast. To-day we have letters securing six, eight, and a dozen copies, besides smaller orders.
A 'thank-offering' of 27. was sent for our Seaside Home.
A correspondent asks if we should like 30 lbs. of fresh picked blackberries. Of course we should !
A very complete orphan's outfit was brought us to-day. Any one desiring to help by clothing a child for one year can have a list and measurements sent her on application.
Received: 57. for the Mary Ward; 5s. for the Holy Innocents' Ward, in memory of A. G. F.; 54, which the sender says she should like to be divided between our two Building Funds-'they are both such good works, and appeal so strongly to one's sympathies that one does not know which to help, so the best way out of the difficulty is to let them share alike.'
October 7.-'Veritas' writes to express hearty approval of the plan mooted in our last number-that ladies possessed of zeal and aptitude for the work should band themselves together, under the Sisters of the Church, to give personal help in Missions in different parts of England. We have had other communications in the same strain.
The children of West Pennard Schools sent their annual offering for the support of
an orphan. This is now the third year that they have paid the whole of this sum themselves. I wish,' says the priest who writes, 'that you could have seen the bright, happy faces of our children, when the boxes were opened and the money counted out on the Feast of S. Michael and All Angels. The joy these little hearts feel in doing good is laying the foundation, we hope, for a life of self-denial.'
Several offerings came for the new wing of the Orphanage.
This afternoon the children had an entertainment in their playroom-a kind friend having volunteered to show off some conjuring tricks, &c.—which they much enjoyed. The capital way in which he imitated the cries of different animals called forth peals of laughter.
October 10.-On Sunday last, many young eyes brightened at the Orphanage dinnertable when the whisper went round-Blackberry Tart!' Yes; the first hamper of 'berries' had been sent a day or two before, and those who took the trouble to pick and pack them would have been repaid if they could have seen the keen enjoyment with. which they were partaken of.
A lady writes: 'I have received a hundred birthday presents, which will save me some outlay, so I very gladly send you 1 for the Convalescent Home, and 1/. for the Orphanage Extension.'
'We think the idea of "The Holy Innocents' Ward" is a beautiful one, and are glad we may have a share in it-each of us remembering lovingly a baby brother long since in Paradise.'
From a Mother whose little ones have derived much benefit from change of air'
October 12.-Received 5, part of a harvest thanksgiving; some bedding; ten parcels of very good clothes, mostly second-hand; a bath; a Brussels carpet, in very good repair; and so many generous presents of fruit and vegetables from harvest festivals, that the Working Boys' Home, and other institutions, have benefited as well as our own.
A clergyman, writing to us, begs most earnestly for prayers for the poor convicts to whom he has been for some time ministering. He says that in the performance of this duty he has seen two things more clearly than ever before: one is the power of God's grace to subdue the roughest and coldest hearts; the other, how small is the effort made by our Church to reclaim these outcasts. How little are they spiritually cared for! How little are they prayed for! There are 13,000 convicts. May I entreat your prayers for them ?'
Kind Words.-'I am very glad to see that you are going to enlarge your Orphanage, but I expect that it will require adding to continually, if it is at all to keep pace with the demands made upon it.'
'I am intensely interested in Our Work. I do wish some wealthy friends would send large sums to ease your minds of the money burden, but I suppose you must be content with small accumulations. I have sent off to-day a box containing some shirts, for which I have no doubt that you will find worthy recipients.'
(From a Clergyman in India.) Please accept the offertory I send as a slight token of our gratitude for the help we have received from you in the way of Church needlework, and also to show our sympathy with the good work which finds its centre in the Sisters of the Church.'