Page images
PDF
EPUB

now.

hy Parliament largely owing to the evidence furnished by a priest. 'They did not want me down there talking, and Dr. Barnardo as to the iniquitous condition of the law as it so they ran me out. Although I escaped with my life, formerly stood. Under the old law, which the judges them- it was not without many a bruise, and, occasionally, a selves condemned when they administered it, there were broken bone. Now and then the attack would be varied, twelve cases brought into court. Of these the majority and I would be overwhelmed in the midst of an openwere decided in Dr. Barnardo's favour. Only in three air address by an avalanche of slops emptied from an cases did the judges give judgment against him, and in upstairs window over my head. But there is none of that those cases the conduct of Dr. Barnardo was admitted

Believe me, the East of London is a different to be morally right although judicially it had to be place from what it was." pronounced legally wrong. He practised what he It would seem that now, as of old, it is through much described as philanthropic abduction in one case only. tribulation that men must enter the Kingdom. But A little girl, whose step-father was said to have twice Dr. Barnardo had worse enemies than the roughs. There assaulted her, was declared by the Court to have 110 seems to be a certain fatality which impels good men to option but to return again to the brute who was consider they cannot do God better service than by her legal guardian. To save that child from the worst roasting Catholics. It was, of course, quite within the outrage, which on the third attempt would probably have rules of the game that the Catholics should assail the been completed, Dr. Barnardo, at the child's urgent fervent and enthusiastic Protestant; and no one can entreaty, sent her abroad, thereby placing her outside the blame the gin-sodden savage of the slums if he occasionjurisdiction. This was, of course, extra legal conduct, ally chevied the earnest and aggressive advocate of temfor which he was held to have committed contempt of perance and civilisation.

But no one, except the devil court, but many people still think he did nothing more himself—the ingenious and indefatigable father of all than his obvious duty. Such action as he attempted in evil-can explain why, twenty years ago, the most bitter this case and in the celebrated Gossage case, can, Dr. and deadly attack on Dr. Barnardo should have émanated Barnardo says, never again be necessary, the law, which from certain earnest Evangelicals of his own particular has since been altered, being now efficient to safeguard way of thinking. It is an old story now; but it is the welfare of any child or young person in jeopardy worth remembering as a reminder that “A man's foes through evil-disposed relatives.

shall be they of his own household,” is the statement of The worst that can be charged against Dr. Barnardo a law that appears to be universal. Dr. Barnardo, being has been an excessive reluctance to give up children rudely challenged as a thief and an impostor, and for whom he has rescued from the slums to the hands of having cruelly ill-used some of his waifs, appealed to the those from whom they had been delivered, especially Courts for the vindication of his character. But under when those persons were admittedly the mere catspaws the persuasion of Lord Radstock, Mr. Thomas Stone, of the priests. Dr. Barnardo is an Irish Protestant who and men of that ilk, he consented to an arbitration. The ses the Pope through lurid spectacles, and in one or two arbitration lasted forty days, and cost Dr. Barnardo £8,000. cases he made, what seemed to me, a quite unnecessary The result, however, was a triumphant vindication of his fuss about returning the child to Catholic custody. character. How triumphant may be inferred from the Fortunately saner counsels now prevail on both sides. fact that as soon as the arbitration was over, Earl The policy adopted by Cardinal Vaughan on this Cairns, then Lord Chancellor, wrote a letter stating question deserves honourable mention, as the one soli- that he had read every word of the proceedings before tary instance in which he has shown himself wiser the arbitrators, and that he had been so thoroughly than his predecessor. There is now peace between the satisfied with the way in which every accusation had Cardinal and Dr. Barnardo, although, of course, neither been repelled, and with the information furnished as to has abated one jot or one tittle of his deep convic- the management of the Homes, that he would gladly tion as to the essentially heretical religious beliefs of accept the post of president of any committee that might the other.

be formed if Dr. Barnardo should desire his help. Thus · This is not a biography. But in passing it would be does good come out of evil, and so signally does the unpardonable to ignore the extent to which the good man accuser of the brethren succeed in establishing the has triumphed over the assaults of his enemies. When he reputation of those against whom he rages. began his missioning in East London nothing was more

III.--THE SWEET USES OF ADVERSITY. common than for him to be mobbed by a bordo of loafers and corner boys. “ There was much more One of the sayings of Henry Ward Beeclier most worthy intolerance in those days," Dr. Barnardo said to me-the to be had in continual remembrance is this, “Always other day—“much. Nowadays is the worst rough will not thank God for your enemies. At the end of your listen attentively to anything and anybody, he will at life you will find they have done a great deal more for least never assume that he ought to throw a brick at the you than your friends.” Dr. Barnardo has indeed good speaker whose doctrines strike him as novel and his reason to put up special prayers of grateful recognition appearance uncalled-for. The man in the slum, like the for the services rendered him by his ancient enemy the man in the drawing-room, has been wakened up to a dim Pope. But for the worrying prosecutions which his antibut real sense of the possibility that there may be some- papal prejudices brought about him, he wonld never have thing in it, and that it is wiser to listen to secured the pa'lic certificate of approval that resulted what is being said than to silence speech by violence. from his condemnation in Court. Before the British The increase of tolerance, which you do not appre- public will believe anything it needs to have every one ciate, is to me one of the most marked features and concerned either in the dock or in the witness-box. That the most hopeful of our times. Why, I have been is the way in which men and institutions are put under time and again hunted like a mad dog down streets the microscope. Nothing that is destined seriously to in East London where now any man can preach and teach affect the life of the nation ever escapes the ordeal of the anything he pleases without any dread of molestation.” “ Catholics?" I asked. “Not at all," he said; "the Dr. Barnardo has found himself repeaterlly before Her people who mobbed me would just as soon have mobbed Majesty's justices. Sometines they have condemned

[graphic]

nothing that yields such good returns. No one faces it Another instance of the immense service rendered by if he can help it, and therefore it is that philanthropists opposition is forthcominz from Canada. Those dogs in and reformers have always to be driven to accept that the manger, the crude and noisy spokesmen of the Labour kind of costly ad rertisement as a benediction of the gods. party in the Canadian cities, raised an outcry against the We would all be without it if we could, yet there are immigration of Dr. Barnardo's children, who are eagerly none of us but are grateful for the ordeal after it is over. suapped up in the country districts. Various charges

In like manner, the attacks made by the press upon were made which rendered it necessary for the Canadian any institutions often serve as lightning conductors of Government to undertake an exhaustive investigation. charity to the treasury of the establishment assailed. This investigation into the life history of 6,128 juvenile Of this Dr. Barnardo gives an interesting illustration immigrantssimply confounded the assailants of t!le Doctor. in his last published report. Misrepresentation and It was proved that of his 6,128 immigrants in a period calumnious attack, he says, have been increasing," but extending over twenty-seven years only fifty-two hal yet in spite of all these "-surely he might have said ever been convicted even of the smallest crime, a per“because of all these' " the course of the work has on centage probably less than that of the members of the the whole been one of steady advance":

House of Commons in a similar period. Thus out of No one has proved more certainly than I that that even the

evil cometh good, and by the mouth of the slanderer the stearly opposition of powerful organs of the press is utterly unable

truth is established. to hinder Gorl's work or stay its progress, if only the workers are IV.—THE PRAYER TELEPHONE AND ITS RESULTS IN CASH. honestly desirous of doing His will, and are eager to press forward, spite of the gainsayers, in the path of duty and

When Dr. Barnardo began thirty years ago he had only obedience. A remarkable instance is furnished in the story

the ordinary means at the disposal of any medical of the past year, during which I was assailed in the pages of a student. lie was lonely, friendless, and without welth. society journal which has often done good work by exposing Yet since he saw that apocalyptic vision of the Don'tshams. For several weeks the crusade against me was kept Live-Nowheres on the roof of the shed, he has spent in up with a vigour worthy of a better canse, while sensational the noble work to which he has dedicated his life no headlines on the weekly posters attracted public attention. Jess a sum than £1,700,00). His income to-day, money Nor was this all; extracts from these hostile articles appeared freely contributed by 80,000 subscribers scattered all in divers journals all over the kingdom, and it is quite possible

over the world, is no less than £140,000 per annum, that some donors may have in consequence felt their interest lessened, aod may even have withdrawn their support. But,

nearly equal to 3 per cent. interest on a capital sum of on the who'c, chiefly good had come out of the attack. Friends

£5,000,000.

How has this miracle been achieved? We had better were thereby raised up to help who never helped before. One reader of the journal in question perused a hostile article let the man who worked it give us his explanation. It while sitting in the Reform Club. He had never sent me a

is in one word –Prayer. Strange though it may seem, shilling previously, but he was moved to send me there and this man believe in God as a kind of Telephone then £500, and he was only one of many who offered sympathy Exchange of the universe, who graciously allows Him. and aid. As the result, the donations for the twelve months, self to be rung up whenever any of His creatures need which in 1893 had amounted to £131,000 (the largest sum anything to carry on His work. Dr. Barnardo, like ever previously contributed in one year), now rapidly rose to

George Muller of Bristol, prays, and the Divine Manager £150,000, being £16,000 more than in 1893.

at the Central Celestial svitches on Barnarlo or Muller Nor is that the only guin. It is by the attacks of the to any number of subscribers, who hear the cry as a adversary that weak places are discovered and invaluable voice from God, and send the money in accordingly. hints gained as to how to circunvent. Dr. Barnardo, Fantastic, is it not ? Quite mal? Of course; but the despite all his uncompromising Protestantism and his cash comes in and is coming in to-day. Listen to what repugnance to denominationalism, has been driven to the good Doctor says :hold a candle to the Devil-and a very good thing too wher

My first Home was opened in defiance of all the rules of it is the only way of saving little children from his

worldly prudence. It had no capital : not a penny in the clutches. For instance, he has started a Church of bank, nor the promise of a shilling. It was simply and solely England Children's Fund, to receive the subscriptions of a tiny effort made by an altogether insignificant individual to those who will only give to help Church children. A follow what he then strongly felt to be the manifest leadings beginning thus made opens up vistas. In time to come of the Holy Spirit. But the prayers of Christian friends were I hope to hear that Dr. Barnardo has started a Roman

around it like an atmosphere. Catholic Children's Fund, with a whole apparatus of

I think I may clain for our Homes a high place on the list Papist teachers and matrons, devised, endowed and

of Christian evidences, as I am sure that it is unto the conducted solely for the benefit of the poor waifs who,

answered prayer of faith that all their real progress is to be

ascribed. being born of Catholic parents, must not be snatched

Often the last shilling was expended, but always the from the devils of vice and wretchedness except by coffers were replenished from our Lord's own inexhaustible exclusively Catholic tongs. Of course Dr. Barnardo will treasury. Thus it has been even unto this day; and now, my not listen to such a proposal now. Still he is getting on. large family of nearly 5,000 children, saved by God's help from He sends all Catholic children to their priests, and only the direst evils, is still, as ever, dependent upon supplies sent in case the Catholic Church will not or cannot give them down from heaven, as literally as if an angel brought them, any help des he receive them :

in direct response to the petitions of Christian helpers, which I could not allow any question of sect or creed to close my

ascend as daily incense to Our Father's footstool from every doors in the face of a really destitute and homeless applicant.

country throughout the world. The fact that our extremity But the admission was in every case on the ground of destitu

has been God's opportunity, is well fitted to stimulate every

Christian's faith in the gracious promises and providential tion or of grave moral danger alone, and in no single instance with a view to proselytism.

guidance of Our Father, and to put to rout the armies of

those aliens who would deny the Lord out of His own Still as a matter of fact the question of sect or creed universo. does in very real fashion narrow the entrance to his ever In 1894, 77,171 separate donations were received;

of these 74,971, or 97 per cent., subscribed under £5 58.,

open doors.

67 per cent. were of £l and under; 6,028 anonymous not incur debt; and so again that day I spread before Him, donors sent nearly £8,000. Decidedly the number of whose work it was, the pressing needs of the case. subscribers to the Divine Telephone Exchange must be numerous, and their addresses are only known at the Central. The average per subscriber has risen from 28:. 20. in 1889 to 38s. 11d. in 1894; but the number of subscribers curiously enough remained almost stationary till last year, when there was an increase in donors of 5,913. On one exceptional day no less a sum than £1,116 was received in 698 separate donations. The highest gift was £100 from a Scotch lady, the lowest was six penny stamps from a six year old English child. Sixty of that day's gifts were from beyond the four seas. Of these twenty-eight came fronı Australia, twenty-six from India, two from Africa, and one each from Russia, the United States, China and Switzerland. On another day more recently still the highest gift was also £100, but the lowest was two pence. That day there were forty-six donations from abroad-twenty-two from Australia, fifteen from Africa, four from India, three from the United States, one from Malta and one from Germany.

It is easy to sneer at this telephonic theory of prayer, but Dr. Barnardo has a great deal to say for himself. In fact, except upon some such

GOZDON WARD IN HIER MAJESTY'S HOSPITAL AT STEPNEY. hypothesis, to which, of course, the modern discovery of telepathy adds no little support, it is Next morning at breakfast the first letter he opened almost, if not quite, impossible to account for the was from a clergyman in the South of England with a inflow of the money and the extraordinary coinci- cheqne for £100" to provide additional clothing needed dences which Dr. Barnardo is compelled to note between in consequence of the inclement weather.” Who rang the prayer and the answer. Although it costs £149 that clergyman up? per day to find bread and meat for his immense family, Still more remarkable as a case of coincidence or test lie has no means for meeting the daily bill except was the founding of the Ilford Girls' Homes. Dr. what he can get in by this Prayer Telephone of his. Barnardo, like other zealous people, is con'inually Elijah with his ravens was not a circumstance to Muller projecting more than he can execute. As a rule he of Bristol and Barnardo. Muller is a more remarkable does not attempt to carry out his schemes till he sees casc, because he sticks to the Telephone of Prayer, whereas his way clear. But on this occasion he was so impressed Dr. Barnardo supplements his Telephone by judicious with a sense of the need for the Girls' Homes that he advertisement, for which he has quite a genius. But wrote a letter to the Christiun announcing his desire and wien hard pressed it is the Tulephone he relies on. He intention to build cottages at Ilford for neglecteil girls. says in one of his reports:

No soner had his letter appeared than he was filled There have been, for example, times this year—many times with misgiving, not to say remorse. Had he walked in Then I have had literally not one shilling in the bank—no, advance of God's guidance, or had he not? A friend not one—and when the daily receipts were so low that if Ihal met him, and hearing of his trouble proposed to prut the espended everything received in food alone, it would not have matter to a crucial time-test. Dr. Barnardo was at that Bufjiced to supply a single meal for all my larg: family. To make time going down to Oxford, so the two of them agree ! the cloud of those dark days darker still, sickness broke out to pray that if it was God's will that he should go aheul, among my little ones in scveral Homes, and that involved the immediate hire of fresh nurses, the use of expensive medicines,

He should give them a clear sign like Gideon's fleece and the employment of curative agencies which at once doubled

before he returned to towa. If no sign were given the the cat of living. These things might well dismay the heart

Home would be abandoned. They prayed, and a reed to of any one whose shoulders bor: his own burdens.

abide by the result. In such straits Prayer is his only resource. Anl

The very morning after they arrived at Oxford a total explain it how we may it has never failed him yet.

stranger put his heal into the room. “You are Dr. True he has often been in a very tight place.

Barnardo ?” “ Yes.” “ You are proposing to found some As, for instance, when in the early days a sudden

homes for neglected girls ? ” “ Yes,” said Dr. Barnarlu.

"Put me down for the first cottage,” said the stranger, incoming of bitter cold wintry weather found him with and departed. Dr. Barnardo hurried after him, and after children shivering in their cots and not a penny to buy praise and prayer he learnt his story. He had lost a blankets with :

daughter, and had resolvel on reading the letter in the Earnestly I besought the Lord for help. He who sent that

Christian to build a Girls' Home as a means of combitterly icy wind could surely protect our poor wee bairns from

memorating his child. He had said nothing about it to its trying influences! So I asked the Lord to send blankets for my family. But no money came that day; and next day,

any one, intending to communicate with Dr. Barnardo unable any longer to bear the thought of the little ones being

on his return to London. By an unexpected chance (?) cold, I went to the house of business at which I habitually

he found Dr. Barnardo's name among the new arrivals deal, and selected the kind and quantity of blankets required.

at the hotel in Oxford, and first thing next mornThey came to close upon £100 ;' but as I had not the money, ing promised the £330 needed for the Home. Need I simply selected them, and did not buy. I felt that I must I say that Dr. Barnardo with this dew on his fleece

[graphic]
[graphic][subsumed][merged small]
« PreviousContinue »