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Slide set: Catterina: a pathetic story (story: Bamforth & Co., 49 slides, 1893)

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Slide 1
The blind girl at his side attracted many a pitying glance
Slide 2
In a moment the boy sprang forward, and took her in his arms
Slide 3
'Go and fetch a candle,' he said, peremptorily
Slide 4
'A jolly world for organ grinders and blind brats, a fine world to live in isn't it'
Slide 5
'Thy hair will fetch something, child,' he went on recklessly
Slide 6
'There, get thee to bed: don't trouble thy brains about me,' he replied
Slide 7
He was leaving the room, but Catterina held him fast
Slide 8
The child stood still, straining every nerve to listen
Slide 9
'Will Sandy take Catterina to father?' said the child
Slide 10
Sandy pushed open the door and peeped furtively in
Slide 11
'What do you want?' said a rough voice as she entered the gin shop
Slide 12
'What! my lady daughter!' cried Michael, striking an attitude
Slide 13
'Father, what am I to say?' said the poor child, after he had placed her on the table
Slide 14
'Shame on you, Michael, to let such a mite go hungry'
Slide 15
'Quick, quick!' he whispered, pulling her towards the door
Slide 16
'O mother, don't; she's blind,' said a gentle voice
Slide 17
Standing at the door, the young woman watched them out of sight
Slide 18
At first the organ had attracted, and he had followed for the pleasure of hearing the music
Slide 19
A lady had stopped to speak pitying words to the little one
Slide 20
The people in the court stood aside to let her pass
Slide 21
'Catterina! child, awake! your father is in prison again'
Slide 22
'Catterina's heart is full!' replied the child
Slide 23
Catterina knew the voice: it was the same that had spoken to her in the public-house
Slide 24
He walked on, still holding the little hand in his
Slide 25
Catterina felt that she was in the midst of a crowd
Slide 26
'Eh? What? Blind? Is the child blind?'
Slide 27
'Well, Catterina, I'm in prison you see, what will thou do now?'
Slide 28
'Now, on my faith! convicted by thine own lips, brother fool,' said Michael
Slide 29
Catterina clung silently to her father
Slide 30
At first Catterina was confused and bewildered by the constant noise and tumult
Slide 31
Catterina heard a voice beside her slowly spelling out words from the Bible
Slide 32
'Are you blind now?' said the child, creeping nearer
Slide 33
With unconscious imitation of her father's tone, the child began
Slide 34
'You ask your mother to read you about Jesus curing the blind'
Slide 35
They walked home in silence
Slide 36
They sat down on the steps of an old grey church
Slide 37
Where she had learnt the attitude of prayer God only knew
Slide 38
'So you are glad your old father is out of prison'
Slide 39
He walked on, morose and sullen, Catterina beside him
Slide 40
The old man sat in his place by the wall, spelling out the wondrous words
Slide 41
(Effect) Christ Blessing little children
Slide 42
(Effect) The nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
Slide 43
(Effect) Gethsemane
Slide 44
(Effect) The Crucifixion
Slide 45
Bowed with age the old man sat in his lonely garret
Slide 46
One day a stranger came into the garret
Slide 47
He sat and listened. By his side two men were talking
Slide 48
A low voice broke on the silence
Slide 49
He heard a voice which woke strange memories
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1893-1914 (item ref. 568)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
Date of first manufacture
Reading or song

‘Ruth Elliott’, ‘Catterina’ in Auriel and other stories (1883)

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slide 46

BAMFORTH, Mrs Martha  (1843-1894) – slide 49

CHRIST, Jesus  (fl. C1st) – slides 41-44


Slides 47 and 48 show a single life model character pasted onto a drawn background.

The 1909 Walter Tyler catalogue only lists slides 1-43.

Lucerna ID  3000881

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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