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Slide set: Matt Stubbs' dream: or, Christmas Eve at the Blue Boar (story: Bamforth & Co., 40 slides, 1897)

Known references to this set (listed below slide images)
Slide 1**
Christmas Eve was always a good time for the 'Blue Boar'
Slide 2**
In front of the counter there had been thirsty groups since morning
Slide 3**
Desperately she drank off the fiery liquor
Slide 4**
Most prominent of all stood the landlord of the 'Blue Boar'
Slide 5**
Terrified, as staggering steps were heard at the door
Slide 6**
'Christmas Eve once more!' he sighed very sorrowfully
Slide 7**
'How well I remember it!' Matt whispered to himself
Slide 8**
Matt was trudging home with his carpenter's bag on his shoulder
Slide 9**
And a welcome greeting he always had in those happy days
Slide 10**
He was in a hurry to get dressed up
Slide 11**
The new arrival was Matt's wife's sister
Slide 12**
It was a picture worth looking at, that happy group about the table
Slide 13**
How strange that she should have read just that chapter
Slide 14**
Beside the bed stood Matt
Slide 15**
He saw himself bending over that wasted form
Slide 16**
He puts back the hair from the fair forehead of his orphan child
Slide 17**
Matt's eyes grew heavy and he fell asleep
Slide 18**
He stood in a place -- it certainly was the bar of the Blue Boar
Slide 19**
The barrels and glasses begun to reel to and fro
Slide 20**
The seat jumped up of its own accord
Slide 21**
Matt had never seen such a sight before
Slide 22**
The door opened and in marched the motley crew
Slide 23**
The King sat at the head of the table
Slide 24**
The figure glided noiselessly towards the table
Slide 25**
She held the baby out from her until the light fell on it
Slide 26**
All had gone. Matt was in his parlour again
Slide 27**
Matt hurried through the snowy street
Slide 28**
Matt stopped, horrified; 'My lad,' he said, tenderly
Slide 29**
'I thought as you was a bobby,' he shivered
Slide 30**
'Well, here's a shilling for you,' and Matt spoke to him tenderly
Slide 31**
A real bob -- blowed if it aint!'
Slide 32**
He thawed himself with a basin of smoking broth
Slide 33**
He was passing along narrow streets
Slide 34**
Matt stood and listened, 'Am I too late,' he groaned
Slide 35**
He whispered, 'Lill! poor Lill!'
Slide 36**
Her chubby fingers were sticking currants into a bit of dough
Slide 37**
The little tyrant shrieks with laughter from 'Tal's' arms
Slide 38**
Matt Stubbs lifts the tiny tyrant into his arms
Slide 39**
'God bless you, dear master, for ever and ever!'
Slide 40**
She flung her arms around his neck, and said 'Me loves you, untle'
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Catalogue of optical lantern slides (Bradford: Riley Brothers, 1905), 200-201
Supplementary list of lantern slides lent on hire: 1906-7 (London: UK Band of Hope Union, 1906), 2

“Christmas Eve was always a good time for the Blue Boar. They had been doing a roaring trade all day long. Now it is closing time and the last lingerers have been turned into the street. The landlord sits dozing before the fire, but his sleep is disturbed by visions of the terrible havoc the drink fiend makes of humanity. This story has a happy ending. Matt leaves the Blue Boar and settles down to a simple country life, and in his home are found those whom he has rescued from sin and darkness.”

Catalogue of lanterns, slides and accessories (London: J.W. Butcher, c.1913), 302
Lantern and slide catalogue 1913-14 (London: Church Army, 1913), 168

“An honest publican dreams dreams of a happy innocent past, of a terrible present; only too true he wakes up to make the past a reality again by severing his connection with the Drink Traffic. A long story, but full of interest. By Mark Guy Pearse.”

Lucerna ID  3002235

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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