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“A letter came from M. A. C—, a workhouse girl and an orphan, stating she had been wrongfully accused in her last place of stealing her mistress's muslin sleeves, and she feared if she had come to the Home Matron would not have taken her in, as she had been to the Home several times before, and while there very troublesome. She was now lodging with a woman, who, like herself, was almost starving, the landlord having tal:en her few things for rent ; and would the Matron take her in ; at the same time a letter came from a lady who was willing to help her once more with the hope she would do better ; she having been helped by several ladies before. She was taken in, looking dirty and ill, with few clothes to cover her. On being asked what she had done with them, she said they were sold and pledged for food. “ After her being thoroughly washed, and clean things given her to put
with a basin of gruel, she was sent to bed, and the next mornirg (Saturday) she was sent to King's College Hospital to see the doctor ; on her return, she said he told her if she was no better on Monday he would take her in. She remained in bed nearly the whole of the day on Sunday, being much worse, but on Monday morning, to Matron's surprise, she was up early, saying she was much better. About twelve o'clock, Matron gave her a tidy waterproof cloak and a warm cravat, with a note for the doctor, and sent her to the Hospital ; not returning, Matron concluded she was taken in. Two days after, the butcher sent a bill for 2s. 6d., for meat that was fetched by a girl from the Home ; on his being
ked to describe her, the description he gave evidently was Mary Ann. Matron never having sent her, immediately went to the hospital and found she was not there, neither had applied. Age about twenty. She once lived servant at the “Mother House" for a short time.
“On Saturday, October 26, M. A. C. comes into the Home, saying she was just discharged from the hospital, being much better. The butcher was sent for, and recognised her to be the girl who came for the meat. A policeman was sent for, and he took her to Bow-street. The inspector knew her, and told the Matron that only a week or two before she had been brought there for getting drunk. The butcher, not wishing to prosecute her, she was let go, the inspector telling her if she committed the least similar offence she would get two years' imprisonment, and Matron recommending her to go to Mr. T—'s Reformatory.”
When our liabilities for these two useful Houses are met this November, we shall have actually no balance in hand for them. Their financial details for previous years
are given in “God's MESSAGE IN Low LONDON,” pp. 26 and 27, up to 1870 inclusive.
Fees for Servants and Sale of Beds.
Rent from Inmates.
Board Loss made from
up by DoInmates. nations.
House Inmates. Year.
From 1861 to 1870. 362 9 11 1,416 2 10 546 0 1 436 5 4 2,760 18 2 196 9 10 189 18 8 599 16 3 227 5 5 1594 2 11 538 12 3 114 12 10 2,760 18 2
£416 16 9 1,769 13 0 795 8 0 528 18 4 3,510 16 1 621 3 0 233 4 8 1704 2 8 249 15 5 1756 15 3 831 2 3 114 12 10 3,510 16 1
Number of inmates admitted from 1861 to 1872 :-Parker-street, 6,430 ; Dudley-street, 2,222. 1872–Parker-street, inmates admitted, 720; sent to service, 520. Dudley-street, admitted 235 inmates; sent to
A LETTER FROM MR. MOON.
“ MY DEAR FRIEND,
“It is now a quarter of a century since it was first my privilege to hang up the lamp of Divine truth in the world of darkness, to such as are deprived of sight.
“Since then the Gospel rays, through our embossed Bible, have gradually extended wider and further to the remotest countries of our globe. Many of the blind of China, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, as well as others in the East and West of Africa, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, and not less than 5,000 in Great Britain and Ireland, have participated in the blessings and comforts this embossed Bible is able to bestow. I delight to think that the sun never sets upon the pages that have gone forth. .
“ About eighty thousand volumes of the Bible and other books have been circulated, independently of those sent out by the British and Foreign Bible Society, since the commencement of the work.
“I would desire to thank those Christian friends, who, through your medium and in various other ways, have so kindly assisted me in this important work. My alphabet has been applied to emboss portions of the Word of God in eighty languages.
“ Among thousands of cases I might mention, in which our embossed Bible has proved a source of solace and delight, is the following. An aged man in a workhouse, who had been twenty years deaf, as well as blind, and cut off from all instruction and consolation, quickly learned to read, and now delights in the Word of God, which bursts upon his mind with all the freshness of a new as well as a Divine book; and he not only enjoys it for himself, but reads it to the sick and aged around him. Another case is that of a poor woman who recently learned to read ; she is in raptures, and says the Word of the Lord goes through her fingers to her heart, as she reads it in the night.
“To the blind poor, through the liberality of one of my Christian friends, my books are sold at the cost of the materials only ; and to none are the books sold with profit.
“If still larger means were supplied, much greater good could be done. It has frequently appeared wonderful when we have been in straitened circumstances, as regards the funds for our work, how graciously our Heavenly Father has heard and answered prayer. “I remain, yours faithfully,
“ WILLIAM Moon.''
A PRAYER FOR JAMAICA.
“ MY DEAR MRS. R--,
“You sent us the money for a Bible-woman last year, and you will be glad to hear that we are doing what we can in Bible-work, and trust the Divine blessing has rested on the efforts of our two agents. There are, however, many hindrances here, and the habits of the lower class tend to keep them very degraded
Our poor are not hidden in up-stair houses as in England, but crowd together in what are called yards. These yards have generally a number of rooms built round them, and for the most part are filled with wretched and miserable inmates. Many of them are named from London localities–Love-lane, Orange-street, Prince's-street, High Holborn, Bond-street, Regent-street, Maiden-lane, James-street, Oxford-street, Fleetstreet, &c., &c.
“ The following are extracts from weekly reports :
« Visited seven yards. Found many young people from the country. Some say “they have no clothes in which to be seen at public worship,” though what they are wearing are quite good enough. Some listened attentively when I read ; such will, I hope, return to their parents and friends.
“ The people are, in general, very careless and hardened, spending their time in drinking and drumming. Some of them listened while I read, but said “They must have their pleasure now.” Many of the soldiers are here, and lead a bad life. They will not allow me to read. I found one young man in consumption. He was thankful to have me read and pray. Some
of his friends who were with him promised to attend the house of God.
“ Visited five yards to-day. Saw a large number of people in a most deplorable condition, some of them half-naked. Swearing, Sabbath-breaking, and every abomination is practised by them. It was with difficulty I got in to read the Scriptures, but not one would remain when I attempted to pray with them. Only in one house the people listened very attentively, and asked me to come again.
66 Some Roman Catholics were quite willing to have me read the Scriptures, which seemed quite new to them, and they were interested, and allowed me to pray for them.
“ “In one place I found ten gamblers; they mocked and made fun. I was obliged to go away.
Many people say they do not want the Bible, but after a while I get some of them to listen, and now and then one seems impressed. Sometimes I notice that the people behave much better than when I last visited them, and paid attention. Most of them do not know one letter from another. In one place I met a good many fishermen, most of them very ignorant, but eight or nine listened attentively while I read from St. Matthew's Gospel. In another yard the people began to curse and swear as soon as they saw me, and I was obliged to go away at once. A Catholic who had been ill would not hear me. She said “the priest had forbidden her."'?" The Lady Superintendent continues :
Large numbers of our people live unmarried. Some will not marry who might, and say that, while they remain as they are, the men behave well to them, but, if they are married, can treat them as they please. We are very anxious to increase our Cottage Meetings, but find it difficult to get rooms in localities most desirable.
“ Our hearts have been cheered, however, by the willingness with which some have subscribed for Bibles. 17 of the larger size, sold at 2s. 6d. in England, are already paid for; 3 of the Reference Bibles, at 6s.; and I have a list of subscribers still. Pray for us, that the Holy Spirit may cause living springs to water this desert land. During this year about 2,000 visits