London: J.F. Shaw & Co.
Softcover. Near fine. Undated, ca. 1885. 8 x 11 cm, 16 pp, in original stapled wrappers. Near fine, with minor handling wear. Thomas John Barnardo (1845-1905) was an evangelist and founder of Dr. Barnardo's Homes for Orphan & Destitute Children. Born in Ireland, he became convinced at an early age that he was destined to do God's work, and at the age of 21 he moved to London to work among the poor. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, "The discovery of Jim Jarvis, a homeless child, and the realization of the scale of child destitution and homelessness in the East End of London changed the focus of Barnardo's work. Originally concerned for the children's spiritual welfare, he saw the equal need to care for their material and physical well-being." By 1870, he had raised enough money to open his first home for boys. A girls' home followed within a few years, and Barnardo's network of charitable institutions continued to spread for the next three decades, financed by collections at speaking engagements, donations from wealthy supporters, and the sale of publications such as this one, which tells of a young girl saved from a life of prostitution and the eventual salvation of her older sister. The back cover offers details of many other ways to aid "the deeply important work among orphans and homeless street children," including the amount of money needed to support a child for a year, maintain a hospital bed, allow a child to emigrate to a home or industrial farm in Canada, and more. One copy located in OCLC, at the University of Newcastle, Australia.