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LONDON:
RICHARD BENTLEY, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

1857.

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LONDON

Printed by Schulze and Co., 13, Poland Street.

BIBI

TO

LADY MOLESWORTH,

A TRIBUTE

TO HER SYMPATHY IN THE CAUSE OF PROGRESS

AND A MARK OF RESPECT TO THE MEMORY

OF HER HUSBAND,

THE LATE RIGHT HONOURABLE

SIR WILLIAM MOLESWORTH, BART., M.P.

BY THE AUTHORESS.

THE

SISTER OF CHARITY,

CHAPTER I.

66

The Pawnbroker's Shop—The Railway Rough" - The Gin

Palace—The Poor Parson-The Magdalen that can't be—The Starving Artist and his chef-d'œuvre.

On a bleak night of November, a few people stood round the doorway of a house in one of the most poverty-stricken neighbourhoods of London. This doorway was the entrance of sin and woe; of the latter as the frequent precursor to the former :-in fact, it was a pawnbroker's shop.

Tears now dropped on its threshold from the eyes of a young, but emaciated woman, whose shoulders were scarcely covered by a patched and faded gown. In her arms she clutched a sleeping babe; a shawl partly screened the little unconscious one from the cold wind; but the next moment it was suddenly

VOL. I.

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