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No. 1.-A little sad-looking lad of six, suffering from an abscess in the head. He hardly ever spoke or played, but seemed to enjoy himself after a very quiet fashion, and his parents were overjoyed at the improvement in his appearance when he returned to his home.
No. 2.-A weak, rickety, little boy of two. His parents, very poor people living in Westminster, put him into the train at Victoria Station, and the poor baby performed the journey to Broadstairs alone. Dreading a scene, the mother did not take leave of her little son, but told him she was going to a shop to buy him an apple. The consequence was that every time the train stopped the little fellow asked earnestly for his apple, and repeated the request to the Sister who met him on the Broadstairs platform!
No. 3.-One of the saddest cases we have ever had at our seaside home-a girl of twelve, totally blind and dumb, and partly idiotic. Her mother's account of the calamity is, that, being under treatment at some hospital for disease of the eyes, the surgeons thought well to 'take her eyes out,' and then found it was not possible to replace them. The faculty of speech is not really lost, but the shock of the fearful operation she underwent (whatever may have been its precise nature) so affected her nerves that she has never spoken since. It is thought that a sojourn at the seaside may restore the power of speech, and we gladly gave a month's free ticket to the poor afflicted creature. Perhaps some reader of this may be willing to give her another ticket, or the price of one, to enable her to prolong her stay. In her own way she shows much delight at the change, and especially enjoys being drawn about by the donkey, so kindly presented to the Home. It is a piteous sight to see her continually swaying her uplifted head backwards and forwards as if trying to catch a ray of that light which is lost for ever.
Some of our patients can best speak for themselves, as
No. 4-a delicate, over-grown girl-says: 'My name is Mary H I was born
three days after father died. He was ill a long while, but he's in heaven now. His trade was saw-piercing (?)-making them stars what the soldiers wear in front of their hats. Mother used to do the saw-piercing too, but she's too weak now. Of a Saturday she cleans out an office and gets half-acrown. That's all we've got to live on, but the Sisters in Golden Square lets us go there every night for soup. We eats the soup last thing before we goes to bed. Sometimes we wants our supper bad enough before we gets it, 'cause we ain't had no dinner. It was Sister as got me a ticket to come here. I hadn't no clothes hardly, but she lent me a hat and give me a pair of boots. Just before I come away, our landlady turned us out of doors 'cause we couldn't pay our rent. I was like a sheet to look at when I came down here, and such dreadful pains in my side I didn't know how to bear 'em. I didn't tell mother, it would have upset her so.'
No. 5.-Mary Anne D― says: 'Father's blind and paralysed. Mother supports the family of eight children by a mangle. Father used to help to turn it, but standing so long made him have fits. He was a soldier once. Yes-he do have a little pension, but mother don't like that talked about.
'I've always been weakly, but about two months ago I was took very bad indeed with pleurisy, and the pain in my left side still catches me when I breathe.
'Poor father says he'd sooner work than anything, but he can't, you see, being so afflicted. He sits there, and every now and then he burses out a-sobbin', and it do make us feel miserable. Sometimes he'll try and wash up the tea-things, but he can't do that much now, his hand shakes so.
'Mother's got to work hard, and so have I. She mangles at three-halfpence a dozen, and I helps. I do like being here, and I feel ever so much better; but I keep fretting, wondering whatever poor mother'll do without me.'
No. 6.—Emma B— tells us that she is one of a family of six children. 'Till lately we all lived in one small room in R- Street. "The baddest of all bad streets" we children
calls it, and so it is. I come here on account of my eyes; they've been bad ever since I had the measles, and I've had to lay in bed days and days. My face was white when I came here, but it ain't now.'
No. 7.-'We're eight in family, and we lives in the Models at Pimlico. Mother's a dressmaker. She has shocking bad legs, and nearly always lays abed in great pain; but she sews all the time-she's got to.
'Father had an accident, and that's been a great expense to us. He was knocked down and crushed by a cart, and it injured his head. He talks quite funny now-not sense, and sometimes he says such dreadful things.
'The morning I came away poor mother was sitting on the floor a-crying; for, if you'll believe me, there wasn't a bite of bread in the house. No, nor a halfpenny to buy it with. Mother'd got to finish off a dress before she could buy the little children anything for dinner.
'I'm twelve, and there's five younger than me. I do hope she got that dress finished, but how ever she'd manage for the machine part I can't think; it's me as always does this, and I cleans the room, and dresses the children, and cooks the dinner. How ever she'll get along without me I don't know. (Here the narrator began to sob bitterly, but the promise of some wool which she could knit up into a shawl for her mother soon consoled her, and she went on)—
'I've been ill about four months. It's debility and rheumatics, the doctor says.'
No. 8.-'I do like being here in the country. I like the flowers, and the shells, and all the toys in the Home. We have such a lot here, and we can't get anything to make ourselves happy with at home. I'm ill after measles, but I'll soon be better now. It is nice to have breakfast, and lunch, and dinner, and tea, and these nice things Sister's lent me to wear. Perhaps she'll let me take some of them home with me--I don't know!'
No. 9.-Little Edith W looks six, but says she is eleven. Very weak and sickly, with glandular swellings. Never had
any father that she knows of. Her mother went into the workhouse, with her, about four months ago and died soon after. We have kept her now ten weeks, as her neck is not cured, and she begs not to be sent back to the workhouse 'because they beats the children they've never hit me yet, but I'm always afraid they will.'
Do these cases touch your heart? Do they make you say, 'I, too, will try to do something to promote God's glory, and peace and goodwill among my fellow-men, so long as I live upon this earth; and, to begin with, I will put my hand to this great work for the tender lambs of the fold, which is now brought before me, and for which the human pity, God has implanted in my heart, tells me there is such sore need.
May this indeed be one result of the words of Christmas greeting which we send from our partly built Home.
It may seem but little that each well-wisher is able to do or to give in aid of so great a project; but
'One brick upon another and the highest wall is made;
One flake upon another and the thickest snow is laid.'
Be content to add your brick to those needed to build a wall; to increase with your flake the snow, which the earth wants to give it warmth and make it fruitful in due season.
'Glory to GOD! goodwill to men.' So long as the principle of these heart-inspiriting words is the motive power of those who are giving themselves to this great work, so long will they be encouraged and supported by a sense of God's approving love and sustaining grace.
'Glory to GOD; peace and goodwill on earth!'
Therefore help to
'Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
CTOBER 9.-The friendly and sympathetic band of workmen who are building the Broadstairs Home have again sent round a collecting-box for the Orphanage-thus raising the sum of 8s. 3d. We are much touched by this mark of their desire to co-operate with us in our works of mercy.
An Indian correspondent begs us to forward collecting-cards for the Children's Gift. She says 'I should like to try to interest some of the schools here in your Convalescent Home. Please send me, besides the cards, some leaflets for distribution. If you have not anything suitable, perhaps you could write a short description of the Institution, and I would have it printed out here.
A clergyman sends 27. 10s. contributed for the society at the Harvest Thanksgiving service; and another friend promises to send us a case of ship's biscuit every fortnight.
'I shall be glad,' writes a parent,' if you will let this 5 go towards the Holy Innocents' Ward, in memory of one of our dear children.
October 10.-Twenty-five pounds come from a lady for the 'Winter Relief Fund'a thank-offering for the return of a dearly loved son from a long voyage.
The following words were written on a piece of paper which inclosed 57.: 'I send you a small antidote to the good wishes of your teetotal friend! More will follow.' The name of the kind sender was withheld, so we can only avail ourselves of the medium of the Magazine to convey to him our warm thanks.
My little lame girl has filled up the card more quicky than I thought possible. She collected the whole sum, and 9d. over, in a few hours, to her very great delight.'
A friend, removing to a new house, desired that the Orphanage van should call ; and sent it back to us filled with most useful thingsold furniture, &c. Another lady, also leaving her house, sent us a box full of a miscellaneous collection, including an old altar
cloth, two cot-counterpanes, some children's clothing, and surgical instruments.
A dear little boy, having been mercifully spared to his mother, she sends 10s. to provide some 'little Harry' with a Sunday breakfast throughout the year.
A number of the clergy have written lately, offering to be Priests-Associate of the Society. The chief responsibility incurred by a Priest-Associate is to remember the work continually in his prayers. This is, of course, the very highest and surest way in which any one can help us, so we are truly grateful for the support and encouragement derived from this accession to our numbers.
Kind Words.-'I will gladly give you an annual offertory, though the amount is sure to be small. Yet what is given will go with prayers for, and blessings on, your work. I always read with deepest interest the monthly numbers of Our Work, and have long wished I had the ability to help. However, I now think you have struck upon an admirable plan.'
(Anon.)-'I inclose 5% towards the General Fund, and hope to send more very soon."
'Please let me keep your card. I should like to be allowed to put a few bricks into your Convalescent Home, and I will try to collect the sum.'
'Our Work strikes me as one of the most delightful things of its kind. The bright spirit which runs through it makes me feel quite cheery, though it does also speak of so much trouble and so many difficulties.'
'I must write a few lines to tell you how pleased I am to become an Associate priest. Next Sunday will be the first time that your work will be remembered by me at the Holy Communion. I am also going to try to get the permission of another priest to plead your cause before his parishioners.'
'Our smallest choir boy has brought me inclosed Is. 7d. for the Children's Hospital.
'I send back two of the cards quite full. The children wish me to tell you how much prettier they think their cards look, now they are full, than when they were clean and new.'
'I suppose the fact of my being chaplain to a religious house caused me to feel a live
lier interest in your doings than I should otherwise have done. I sincerely trust that GOD will soon find me a way of helping you. I am literally burning with the desire to send you something. I am very poor, but my good wishes and all my hearty prayers are yours.'
October 11.-Received: a barrel of fruit and vegetables, ten parcels of disused clothing and finery, some jewellery, a hamper of apples, and a sack of onions. We hear many busy fingers are employed in knitting counterpanes for our future orphans and convalescents. This is good news, for we could not have too many of these warm coverings.
A Parish Priest writes that he will persuade his people to allow the Christmas morning offerings to be devoted to the Convalescent Home. This is indeed kind, for the congregation is but small, and consists only of tenant-farmers and their labourers.
The work at this Coffee-house, as well as at the Church Extension Book-store adjoining, is going on steadily and well. A large order for books has lately been received from a Canadian clergyman, another from Calcutta, and a third from Gibraltar; so our little publications are scattered far and wide. A correspondent says: 'I think those "Stories on the Sacred Rites of the Church" are the very nicest I ever read.' At the end of an order for Catechisms was written, 'God bless your noble work.' (We thank the writer for his good wishes.)
A lady, ordering a number of our little sketch entitled 'Orphans, indeed!' to be sent to her, informs us that she intends to send out a copy with each Christmas card. Might not this be a good suggestion for some of our well-wishers, who want to help us and don't know how?
Last month we had the pleasure of entertaining many choirs at our Workmen's Restaurant. One party numbered seventy. The Sisters, &c., stopped their work to listen to the effective manner in which grace was sung. A letter came afterwards from the Vicar, who had presided, inclosing a present of 10s., with the words, 'My best thanks for the capital dinner you gave us, and my hearty
good wishes that you may be abundantly prospered in your good work.'
Pleasant little incidents continue to brighten up the work in 'the Row,' which in itself is hard enough. An aged man came up the other day to one of the Sisters and said earnestly: This dining-room is, indeed, a boon to working-men.' Another customer remarked: Your soup has a great deal of nourishment in it.' One satisfactory proof that the viands are acceptable is that the 'takings' weekly, in the Paternoster Row Restaurant alone, are between 50%. and 60%. a week.
Many acceptable presents of fruit, flowers, &c., have been made through the summer and autumn, but perhaps none which gave us more gratification than a gift of cauliflowers from a market-seller. The Sister housekeeper was just putting the money for the said vegetables into his hand, when he observed, 'I always like to help Sisters,' and returned it to her.
October 14-A friend, in sending 5s. for the Convalescent Home, says: 'Such homes as the one you are building are sadly needed, for it is grievous to think how much unnecessary pain poor children have to endure.'
Orders for the 'Christmas number' of Our Work are pouring in. Many of our friends are going to take a dozen copies, others four, six, eight, and so on. Earl Nelson, who, it will be remembered, so kindly laid our foundation - stone last summer, has most generously bespoken 100 Christmas numbers. We venture to beg that all those who are in the habit of perusing our little magazine with pleasure and interest (and we are kindly assured that this is the case with many) will invest in at least one copy of this our first Christmas number.
We are still novices in the science of publishing, and, if our friends could be behind the scenes a little, they would smile to see the amount of labour and anxiety which this little book has cost us. However, we have, as usual, received much kind and unexpected help-especially from that good business friend, before referred to as
having watched over and advised us in our first beginnings in printing, &c.—and we trust the result may be a volume which will be greeted in many a home as a welcome addition to our Christmas literature.
May we once more suggest that it might be widely used as a pretty and seasonable Christmas gift?
October 18.-'E. L. N.' sends us eleven quarts of blackberries, to the great delight of our orphans. A lady says: 'I have just had a very handsome birthday present, and, as this will save me some personal outlay, I send you 1. for the Broadstairs, and 17. for the Kilburn Building.'
Received a box of old ball-dresses, some toys, a quantity of rice, a hamper of boots, shoes, and boys' caps, some scarves knitted by a poor cripple. Also a brooch and ring, to be sold for the benefit of the society.
October 20.-A friend sends 30s. from herself and her husband towards the Holy Innocents' Ward. 'We think the idea a beautiful one,' she says; 'and are glad to have a share in the work each of us remembering lovingly a baby-brother, long since in Paradise.'
Five pounds came from a priest, who cannot promise an offertory; also 77. 10s. from the members of a Bible-class. They wish the sum to be devoted to the 'Mary Ward,' as many of them own that name. A visitor going through the Home this afternoon remarked on our great need of a suitable chapel. She said: 'Surely the time is not far distant when some benefactor will come forward and help in, at least, starting the work.'
'I beg to inclose 5s. for the Holy Innocents' Ward. It is a beautiful, touching idea, and will surely move the hearts of many whose little ones are with GOD.'
'I rejoice to see that the Mary Ward is started, and I inclose with the greatest pleasure my contribution of 57. I will do my best to stir up all the Maries of my acquaintance, and may GOD prosper the good cause!' October 23.-A box containing a most bountiful supply of clothing has arrived from Mrs. Hanning Lee's Work Society. It contains no less than 356 articles, and is there
fore the largest contribution of the sort we have yet received.
A friend, who not long ago applied for 12 30s. collecting cards, returned them to-day with a cheque for 187. Such success could only have been achieved by really hard work.
We have had a second order for 100 copies of our Christmas number, and another friend promises to take twelve copies, on condition that it is out in time for her to make use of as a Christmas present.
Received: one dozen blankets for the Broadstairs Home; twelve aprons; a large parcel from S. John Baptist's Guild; 9s. from a little 'Mary,' who says she must help to build her own ward, and has sent us all the money she has; a parcel of twenty-one red cloaks for our ragged schools; a 10%. cheque for the sea-water bath-this is the ninth similar contribution towards the 500l. required; and 57. towards the Holy Innocents' Ward.
October 25.-The proprietor of some large refreshment-rooms has written for two collecting-boxes to place in his rooms. He kindly adds that, should any of the Sisters be working in the neighbourhood, they will be most cordially welcome to any refreshment he has to offer. It would be difficult to say how cheering and gratifying are such assurances of sympathy!
Seven large packages arrived from Ranskill, containing the offerings from a harvest festival. Such a famous supply of flowers, fruit, and vegetables !
£30 came for Winter Relief' from one who has for several years past sent us this welcome sum; also several postal orders for 10s. to pay for a poor child's Sunday breakfast throughout the year.
Received: a large parcel of clothing, made chiefly by farmers' daughters; a knittingmachine; a parcel containing cassock, gown, surplice, and Oxford hood; another with fifty small shawls for the Shoreditch poor, and some scarves made by a cripple; a quantity of old church furniture, altar frontals, and texts; some linen and crockery.
October 26.-A lady sends 17. which she