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we have taught them, the street-singers by trade shouting in rather a distressing manner. We try, on the plan of precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little, to give them religious instruction, but it is very difficult to get their attention. They nearly all bring babies with them, either their own sisters and brothers, or their employers' children, which is a great hindrance, notwithstanding the sugar-plums with which we try to keep them quiet. We try all we can to give the girls advice, sympathy, and individual attention; in fact, to civilise them as much as possible, and educate that higher part of them which has so little chance of development.
It has seemed to them that nothing would be so suitable, or fall in so entirely with what he would have wished, as to bring help, and comfort, and rest to invalid priests.
It is proposed that any money given for this object should be vested in trustees; the interest to be applied towards defraying the cost of the residence of invalid priests for a certain number of weeks at the Clergy House of Rest, West Malvern.
Those who know how sorely rest, and the refreshment of thoroughly good air and food, are often needed by priests out of health who cannot afford them, will feel how great a blessing such a foundation would prove to many. There is this advantage in such a memorial, that no definite sum would be required, such as would be needed for a building.
The whole cost for board and lodging at the Clergy House of Rest is 27. a week. It
would be arranged that if this House were ever given up, the interest of the money should still be spent in affording rest to sick priests.
Reference permitted to
Rev. T. T. CARTER,
Warden of the House of Mercy, Clewer. Rev. ROBT. LIDDELL,
Late Vicar of St. Paul's, Knightsbridge.
Rev. G. C. WHITE,
Vicar of Newland, Malvern.
Rev. W. NEVINS,
Late Rector of Miningsbye.
Rev. T. HUMPHRIES CLARK,
Warden of St. Lucy's Home, Gloucester.
Rev. A. BABINGTON,
Late Rector of Wanlip.
Subscriptions will be received by the Treasurer, the Rev. WILLIAM NEVINS, The Birches, Malvern Links.
No more fitting memorial could be imagined for him whose loss we deeply mourn.
In the Worcestershire plain, on the road from Malvern to the village of Madresfield, there is a group of buildings which is entered from Newland Common, through a large arched gateway. Passing through it, we find ourselves in a fair turfed quadrangle, shaded by noble elms, and surrounded on three sides by buildings-almshouses for aged labourers, and the exquisite Church of S. Leonard's, Newland, connected by a cloister with the Warden's house. The fourth side of the quadrangle is open to the Malvern Hills.
The buildings are so covered with creepers as to give them almost the look of age, but this earthly paradise has been erected within the last twenty years, and the Rev. James Skinner was the first Warden of the Beauchamp Almshouses.
Under his fostering care it grew to its present perfection of beauty, and, what is far more, became a centre of Church teaching and Church life and work to the whole of the Malvern district. Broken down in health by hard London work, Mr. Skinner spent
the last fifteen years of his life of labour at Newland. Then came four years of suffering after leaving that beloved home, and thenall through the night preceding the eve of last Epiphany-dwellers on the Malvern Hills could see the lights in Newland Church, where faithful friends, working men who loved him and others, prayed and watched while he lay in his coffin before the altar of his own beautiful Church.
Of all the works in which he had taken a leading part, none was probably so dear to his heart as the Clergy House of Rest. He was its Warden when it first began in some houses close to Newland. Now, with its offshoot, S. Edward's Orphanage for Boys, it has been removed to the more bracing air of West Malvern, and there the valuable theological library of the late Warden has just been removed-a noble gift from Mrs. Skinner. Is it too much to hope that, by means of this memorial, the Home may become a true House of Rest to many an overworked Priest, who would otherwise be unable to profit by it?
Every hundred pounds subscribed will give at least a fortnight's rest to some sick or overworked Clergyman, long after the present generation of workers has passed away.
We may be sure that there are few things that would have brought more comfort to the heart of one who wore out his own strength in work for the English Church, and who, in Canon Carter's touching words, 'devoted himself with especial singleness of heart to deepen, to develop, and to guide the spiritual life of her children.'
OME weeks ago, Mr. Powell, the Secretary of the C. E. Working Men's Society, called at our City Restaurant to inquire whether we would undertake to provide not only Sunday breakfast for the delegates assembled for their annual meeting, but any meals required during the three days' gathering. We very gladly promised to do our best, though feeling somewhat diffident as to our powers of catering satisfactorily for so many. However, with written lists of the probable numbers at each meal, and the hours at which they would be required, we trusted that all would go off well, and much looked forward to two days of real work for those who do so much for our Church, and her rights and doctrines.
Saturday, August 5, was the first day, and our usually quiet little breakfast was much enlivened by a good sprinkling of delegates. One brought in a most beautiful bouquet, so fresh that even two evenings of gaseous atmosphere did little to fade it; and this first instalment was followed by many other gifts of flowers from kird friends to adorn the rooms.
Tea-time brought a large number on their way to the meeting in Cannon Street Hotel, after which we prepared for supper, and then with some difficulty prevailed on our muchexcited little waitresses to go and lie down till 10.15, when the meeting would be over. Sleep, of course, was impossible, and long before it was necessary they were up and about again, and eagerly they announced the first supper guests. Punctually enough the whole party poured in, and rapidly, we fear, they had to demolish their supper, for the Secretary was quite inexorable in dismissing his company by 10.45, out of kind consideration for our early habits. One
verse of Faith of our fathers' was sung before leaving; and as the whole party went out into the streets, instead of the ribald sounds which, alas! are too often audible at that nocturnal hour, the inspiriting strain was again raised, swelling out in manly, earnest tones till it died away in the quiet city.
Next morning the delegates again assembled at the Restaurant after the eight o'clock service at S. Paul's, this time in large numbers. Just as breakfast began, the Dean was introduced by Mr. Powell, and said a few kindly words both in the upper and lower dining-rooms. After the meal was over, the whole party adjourned to our little chapel, which-in spite of clearing out all chairs and desks-was not large enough to contain everyone, so that many had to stand in the passage and on the stairs. The hymn 'Soldiers of the Church of England,' written especially for the Society, was sung to a most spirited tune, also composed specially for them. It is a fine hymn of some length, and few, we think, could fail on hearing it to catch somewhat of the loyal ardour which it breathes towards our dear Mother Church.
Our friends had then to hurry off to catch the boat for S. Peter's, London Docks, where there was a special celebration for the Society, returning about two o'clock for dinner. Several priests were their guests at this midday meal, and after dinner, the President, Mr. Inglis, and Mr. Powell, thanked them in the name of the delegates for their company on the occasion, mentioning especially Dr. Belcher and Mr. Kirkpatrick, the latter having sacrificed part of his holiday rest on purpose to be present.
'These are the Priests,' said Mr. Inglis, 'who have raised the Church of England out of the mire and slough into which she had sunk in our fathers' days. These are the Priests who have made working-men into the Church of England W. M. Society, and we need more of such to raise her up to be a shining light instead of a butt for the finger of scorn.' Many very kind and grateful words were spoken for the use of our 'Work
ing Men's Restaurant'; much satisfaction expressed both at the convenience thus afforded, and at the arrangements made for refreshment. Nor were our little waitresses forgotten, in praise of whom it was said. -much to their delight-that they had waited 'like little ladies,' so quietly, civilly, and deftly had their serving been performed.
Nor was this all; for during dinner one of the delegates rose and said that he knew the Sisters of the Church had an Orphanage at Kilburn, and that he was sure every one present would like to contribute to it. Accordingly a hat was sent round the room, and a collection of 17. 7s. was handed over to the Sisters, coupled with the most unnecessary apology for the small amount, and pleading the fact of its being the offering of poor men.
It would have been a pleasure could we have expressed then and there our gratification at being able to minister, however humbly, to the needs of a Society which works so well and so zealously for the Church we all love so dearly, and whose loyal enthusiasm should be a pattern for us all to copy.
On the last morning, for over an hour we were busy frying bacon and eggs for those members still remaining in town; and, finally, about ten o'clock we said good-bye to the last of our friendly customers, looking forward to a similar meeting at their next annual gathering.
be omeless and Friendless.
WHO WILL HELP US TO GIVE THEM A HAPPY CHRISTIAN HOME?
ND when will the new wing of your Orphanage be completed?' is a question that is daily put to us by visitors, as they stop to watch the work
men who are so busily engaged in laying deep the foundations of this extension of our Home.
'Next year, we hope,' is our reply, though, of course, it must depend greatly on the amount of the funds we are able to raise for the purpose. We may have to stop halfway.'
'Oh, but what a pity that would be,' is the rejoinder,' when so many orphaned little ones are waiting for you to rescue them from want and misery. How we wish that we were wealthy enough to write you a large cheque, for all your children look so bright and happy, it makes us long to gather many more under your care.'
As our friends know, we are given to hope, and we do not therefore for a moment allow ourselves to believe that the Orphanage building will be brought to a sudden stop for lack of L. s. d.
We have so often gauged the kind heartedness of our countrymen, and never yet found it wanting, that we feel sure, when it is known that for the sum of 5,000l. one hundred of the most destitute and helpless little orphan girls in England will be received and provided for entirely free, funds will somehow or other be forthcoming.
It is not for us to say whence these funds will come. As we said last month, we are far from wishing to divert sympathy and help from the Convalescent Home now building at Broadstairs. We should be sorry if even one person who is busy collecting for this were to set to work instead with a view to the benefit of the Orphanage fund.
But are there not hundreds-nay, thousands of persons, with ample means in their power, who have not yet given to eithernay, who have not so much as heard of the undertakings which are the cause of so much anxiety to us?
This is certain; for the 'Church Extension Association' and its works are known within a limited circle only.
What, then, we would ask our friends to do is not so much to give of their own store -for we believe they are already doing their utmost; but to set themselves to bring this most deserving object forcibly before their wealthy friends. We entreat them to impress
upon such of their relations, friends, or acquaintances, as have it in their power to help, the urgent claims which the fatherless and motherless children of England have upon all their more fortunate countrymen, and the absolute necessity which exists for a perfectly free Orphanage, where the entirely destitute can be at once received without payment, or votes, or interest of any sort.
The rich are often deprived of the blessing of giving because they are, from their position, kept in ignorance of sad facts that are patent to everybody else. We firmly believe that if the upper classes of England could but see the things which we see, and hear the afflicting tales that we hear, there would not remain a want unrelieved in the country. It is, then, a real charity and kindness to bring before them-to force upon their notice-the cause which is so often pleaded for in the pages of this Magazine, and we trust that the friends of the Orphanage of Mercy will be bold to speak and write upon this subject until the desired object is attained.
If they do this perseveringly, the question 'Who will help?' will soon be answered in the most satisfactory way, and the burden of anxiety and responsibility now laid upon us will be lightened.
Since our article in the August number was written we have received about 80/. in aid of this special object-337. of which was begged from door to door by two of the Sisters. And though this may seem but a mere drop towards the 5,000l. required, yet the kind expressions of good-will that have accompanied the gifts have encouraged us greatly.
The Sisters who made this personal appeal for funds give the following account of their little expedition :
'We reached our destination without any idea where we were to pass the night. However, after some hours of successful begging, a kind lady made room for us by taking her daughter to share her own bedroom for the night. We had still many houses to call at when the offer was made, and promised to
return. This, however, was easier said than done. It was quite dark by the time our day's begging was ended, and how to find the house where we were to rest for the night was a difficulty. However, a kind escort was happily found, who did not leave us till we had reached the friendly shelter.
'The usual remark one hears in begging is-"You have come just at the wrong time of year." But this time people said instead "I am so glad you have come this particular week, as I am just about to leave home, and should have been so sorry to have missed you."
'One gentleman who takes great interest in all philanthropic works, when he heard that we are building in two places at once, said "Well, I like progress; things should never stand still," and immediately doubled his subscription. He added a friendly word of advice that he hoped when our Orphanage was enlarged we should not mass our girls together so that they would not have sufficient individual training; but we assured him this was not at all our plan, as our children are brought up on the family system.
Several remarked to us-" You are doing a wonderful work by your Workmen's Restaurants." And great surprise was expressed when they learnt that one Sister and an orphan on some days last winter served three or four hundred men on the Dock with dinner.
'A father, whose child had just recovered from scarlatina, gave us 10l. for the Convalescent Home; but most of the gifts were for the enlargement of the Orphanage.
'Two little girls gave 6d. of their own pocket-money. A lady, a Roman Catholic, made us leave our little circular-" Orphans Indeed"-to show to her husband; and in the afternoon he called and left 10s. for us. An old gentleman invited us into his hall, and made us have a cup of tea while his wife found some money for us. It was a very hot afternoon, and this refreshed us greatly. The same evening we were returning very tired, and rather disappointed at having found so many people out, when a