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Yet the heroic, but tender-hearted Strachan took from himself his life-buoy and gave it to a boy. Not his own boy; not a friends boy, but nobody's boy, a stowaway. Stowaways are generally punished, but the captain though he had a young wife at home, and aged father too, yet took almost his only chance of salvation, and handed it to the stowaway. This large and noble-hearted man was drowned, while the stowaway was saved. If those saved, each had a life-buoy. We hear of sailors' vices, but let us speak of their virtues, Well nigh in every wreck, and their number, O! how great, there are deeds of heroism, of generous conduct, of devotion to duty, of utter and absolute self-sacrifice, of unexampled bravery, of persistent battle against the mightiest elements, of the grandest qualities, which ever beautifies, yea glorifies this sin-battered humanity of ours, that if these same deeds were witnessed on the field of battle, they would be lauded by nations, and decorated by kings. In view of the trial and triumph, peril and privilege of a sailor's life, of the responsibilities of this nation and of all Christians to our seamen; in view of this Society's work, which is educational, moral, and religious, the Directors invite all present and those who shall come or hear of this bazaar effort, to help us with no common feelings, imitating the Saviour of men, who chose fishermen to be His companions, and afterwards His ambassadors to all nations.
The Right Rev. Bishop Claughton briefly welcomed Lady Brassey. The work of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society could not, he said, be carried out without great exertions and great expense, and they were very much dependent upon such a bazaar as that which they were then attending. It was sometimes thought that all sailors were very depraved, but it was not so, for they saw the works of the Lord in the deep," and had a great deal of real religious feeling. In a very appreciative address he warmly commended the Society to the general support of all who owe responsibilities to our seamen, and who have kindly feelings towards them.
The Rev.Dr. Clemance said, my Lord Bishop, ladies and gentlemen, it is not always easy to do three things and to sustain three characters at once. Yet, such is my task now, even to represent the congregation with which this lecture hall is connected, the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, and its Camberwell and South London Auxiliaries. In the name of the congregation which I have the honour to represent, I welcome the Society to this lecture hall; in the name of the Auxiliaries, I welcome it to South London ; while we, the Auxiliaries, and the Society, all join in giving Lady Brassey a very hearty welcome to Camberwell. Her ladyship's name and fame have long been spread abroad, not only by the visits she has
LADY BRASSEY OPENING OUR SAILORS' BAZAAR.
paid to shores far and near, but by her charming record of the time when, with so many members of her family circle, her home was on the deep. And it does seem to us all peculiarly appropriate that one who, by reason of much special experience, knows the perils of a sea-faring life, should thus publicly express her abiding interest in those that are afar off upon the sea. We think ourselves, moreover, peculiarly happy that just when we are so perilously near the November fogs, we should have such bright “Sunbeams" without, and so many sunbeams within this room, of which, not the least cheery and kindly, is Lady Brassey herself. Nor do we think ourselves too daring in expressing the hope that the words and deeds of this day may be read of by many sons of the ocean, and prove like a cheering "sunbeam' to them in dark and cloudy days. We hope also that the efforts of this Society to benefit the sailor, may prove far more effective and more widely helpful than
How much need there is for such effort needs no proof now, or here. If any one thought otherwise, the Times of this very day would surely convince him to the contrary. In twenty-six years, 51,840 vessels have been lost at sea, and 18,550 lives, being nearly as many in number as those that man the British fleet! Who would not do all that can be done to ensure that the sailor may carry the gospel with him on any vessel, and find it awaiting him in every port? We are thankful to God for giving us this opportunity of helping the British and Foreign Sailors' Society, and we all rejoice that we are permitted now to welcome Lady Brassey on so glad an occasion; and, in the name of the Society, I now ask her Ladyship to be so kind as to fulfil her engagement, and to open this Bazaar. Lady Brassey then said: I have to thank you
much for the kind words I have heard since I came into the room. husband had not arrived, I had felt great anxiety lest you might expect a speech, or, at any rate, a few words from me; but Sir Thomas is now here, and will speak for me. All I can say is, how heartily I wish this Society success, and that God will pour out his choicest blessings, not only on those who “ go down to the sea in ships, and do business in the great waters,” but on those who are dependent on them, who have to sit at home and wait for those at sea amidst the howling of the wind, as on last Thursday, and fear lest those who are near and dear to them should be at that moment in the depths of the ocean. I have now great pleasure in declaring the bazaar open, and in asking you all—and I am sure you will all do so-to render it a great success. (Loud cheering.).
The Rev. George Wilkins (association secretary), in a few words expressed the thanks of the Society to Lady Brassey for her sympathy and help on the present occasion, and then introduced
his grandaughter, Miss Davis, who presented her ladyship with a very handsome bouquet.
Sir T. Brassey, K.C.B., M.P., thanked the company very heartily for the reception accorded to his wife and himself. Lady Brassey had, he said, delivered a most touching speech, to which he had nothing to add, except to enforce upon them that the sailor had to endure all manner of exposure and peril. In the Psalms, they were told how the wonders of the Lord were seen in the deep. The sailor was in a great measure deprived of the religious consolations. which they on shore enjoyed, and this want the British and Foreign Sailors' Society in a great degree supplied. He himself had often witnessed its work in distant ports, and it was well worthy of their support, for be knew it did its work with sincerity, ability, and zeal. (Cheers.)
66 AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT GARFIELD."
Was e'er such honour paid to man not regal born ?
Of deep condolence breathed, the noisy voice of scorn
As flash'd the electric words with alternate hopes and fears,
The world which lay in deep suspense, became a world of tears.
Yet long and wonderful endurance marked a man so strong,
A grand example to mankind, and foe to every wrong.
In the “ White House" where congregate the leaders of the day,
dare gainsay ?
Survives to bear her widowhood, bereft of her heart's joy,
Whose touching words brimfill'd all eyes, “Oh, who would hurt my boy?
And kith grasp'd firm the hand of kin, two giant powers were seen,
Foremost among the mourners wept Old England's noble Queen.
EDITOR'S JOTTINGS ABOUT BAZAAR. LADY BRASSEY's exhibition of Shetland curiosities was a beautiful addition to the bazaar. Her ladyship's maid and Mr. Potter, her private secretary, arranged the room most tastefully, while Miss Brassey and her sisters soon sold off a number of EDITOR'S JOTTINGS ABOUT BAZAAR.
Sunbeams, made the best of bargains, and we observed some of their parents' energy and enthusiasm. If Miss Brassey could have stayed a little longer she would have been worth a pound a minute. We hear of golden opportunities, these were golden minutes.
All the London and most of the Provincial Press, including Scotland and Ireland, gave accounts of our Sailors' Bazaar. The Daily Chronicle said:“There was a large and distinguished assemblage, and the hall was beautifully decorated with flags and pictures, amongst which a large painting of the celebrated “Sunbeam” in full sail was conspicuous. A marine flavour indeed pervaded the whole arrangements, the boys of the training-ship “Shaftesbury” being present in strong force; and the Daily News said :-“ The Shaftesbury boys, in addition to playing instrumental music, rendered some part songs and hymns in very creditable style."
Captain Scriven might well be proud of the “Shaftesbury” Band, for it is certainly one of the best in the whole fleet of training-ships. Yes, and the School Board of London and the City of London, and the Port of London, might be proud of the “ Shaftesbury” training-ship. The inhabitants of Camberwell will long remember the visit of this noble band. Their thoroughly nautical bearing, discipline, as well as their mastery of their instruments, with the suitable hymns and pieces which they sung, added much interest to our Sailors' Bazaar.
Miss Pattisson, with her well-trained voice and treasures of classic music, including her gifted volunteer helpers, and Master Harry Such, who, no doubt, will have a brilliant, and I trust useful future, rendered most valuable assistance, by her special concerts, which were much appreciated.
The names of stalls and stall-holders were :—“Sunbeam,” Mrs. Clemance, Miss Allport, Miss Jones, Miss Lloyd, and Miss Spicer; • Osborne,” Mrs. Howatt, Mrs. Hayman, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Goodwin, and Miss Choat;“ Southern Cross,” Miss Pattisson and friends; “Lively," Miss Chubb, Miss Hiatt, Miss Newlands, and Miss Stevens; “May-Flower,” Mrs. Oram, Mrs. Collin, and Mrs. Norman; “Bethel,” Mrs. Davis and friends; “Flora,” Mrs. and Miss Jackson, and Miss Daythorn; “Herald,” Mrs. Langridge and friends ; “Shaftesbury.' Captain Custard; Refreshment Rooms, Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Newlands, and Mrs. Stanger; Tea stall, Mrs. Edwards.
To all these ladies and friends the Directors of the British and Foreign Sailors' Society tender their thanks for such generous services; as also to the friends, for their parcels and gifts, as given on another page.
Lady Brassey, on driving up, received a right royal salute from the “Shaftesbury” Band. After which the Secretary of the Society introduced to her ladyship (in Dr. Clemance's Vestry) Bishop Claughton, Rev. Dr. Clemance, Captain Scriven (Shaftesbury), with several of the Directors—Messrs. Samuel Linder, Branston, Rev. J. W. Atkinson, Rev. George Wilkins, and other friends. After the presentation, the procession formed and made its way to the platform. Her ladyship was accompanied by Miss Brassey, Miss Muriel, Agnes Brassey, and Miss Marie Adelaide Brassey. Among the other ladies and gentlemen present were-Mrs. Wrench, Mrs. Telford Field, Mrs. Harrison, Miss Harrison, Mr. H. Percy Potter, F.R.G.S., Mr. Samuel Osborn, F.R. G.S., Captain H. Paul, Mr. E. Hume, Rev. A. Bell, Rev. A. Harbourne, Mrs. Mowbray Henderson, Mrs. Linder, Miss Edwards, Mrs. Atkinson, Mrs. Alexander Scrutton.
“Star of Peace” having been sung by the Shaftesbury boys, prayer was offered by the Rev. Mr. Turquand.
The following sums were handed to Lady Brassey, for the Society,
by Master Simpson Matthews and others, save those taken at the bazaar:
£ s. d. Brunswick Square Sunday
38 10 6 School, Miss E. Spiers. I 5 3 Per Mr. E.R. HoskinMr. J. Ham
Rev. E. W. Matthews Mrs. Norman 9
05 Capt. E. Davies
Mr. S. Westbrook o Mr. J. Telfer
Mr. A. J. Lloyd o 5 S. Robinson, Esq.
Mr. D. Griffin.
5 H. Robinson O IO o Mr. T. Allisson.
5 Mr. H. V. Bailey
8 0 Smaller Sunis I II Mrs. S. Packett 3 3
2 16 17 Mrs. Beckett
Miss F. B. Wilson
6 Miss Brewer
Ο 1ο Thomson Hankey, Esq. (Trea.) 5 0 Per Mrs. NormanMiss Titchmarsh .
N. Powell, J.P. Mr. Morpeth
Mrs. Suckling ο 1ο
Mr. A. Lark o O
O 3 John Holman, Esq.
I O The Hon. Etheldred Dillon . Ι Ο Ο Sailors' Institute Sunday School, Shadwell o 10 5
46 15 Latimer Sunday School,
54 10 John Elkin, Esq.
32 6 6 Camberwell Green, Miss A.
36 18 7 M. Turner
8 S. Kennedy O IO Doulton Ware
21 12 Burdett Road, Congre.
42 9 5 gational Sunday School O IO o Toy
I II 9 Miss Potts 5 0 Lively
13 10 Per Mrs. Boase
15 15 Mr. Bigg :
5 2 Mr. J. Boase
16 16 Mr. W. H. Boase o 10
4. I 7 6 Tea Stall Mrs. Gilpin
5 0 Lady Brassey's Exhibition Capt. Piprell, per Capt.
4 10 Custard O IO O Sales of Tickets
2 9 Capt. E. C. Hore
or Sale of
2 14 8
Parcels acknowledged with thanks, but our friends must excuse any omission.
Mrs. Boase, Mrs. Austin, Mr. J. Lance, Mrs. Lyons, Miss Westrope, Miss Brewer, J. W. Janson, S. Linder, S. Unwin, H.V. Bailey, Miss E. A. Tichmarsh, Captain E. Davis, Miss M. E. Miller (Wycliff Chapel), Mrs. Beckett, Mrs. Sackett, Miss Gilbert, Miss Black, Mr. J. Ham, Mr. Hitchins, Mrs. Norman, Miss M. Moore, Miss R. M. Sharp, Mr. Gilpin, Mr. E. White, Mr. J. Telfer, Mrs. W.C. Beetham, E. Haslett, Miss Austin, Mrs. Adlington, Miss J. Steel, Miss Casson, Mrs. Rist, Mrs. Hoskin, Mrs. Mahy, Miss Grosvenor, Rev. W. Ma rshall, Mrs