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Slide set: Rhoda: or, the gipsy girl's mission of love (service of song: Bamforth & Co., 40-46 slides, 1894)

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Slide 1
An encampment of gipsies was pitched on the outskirts
Slide 2
Day after day she wandered on the sands, offering her baskets for sale
Slide 3
'Is your husband fond of them?' she asked
Slide 4
'That child is the very image of mine'
Slide 5
The gipsy made no reply, but hung down her head
Slide 6
The woman squatted on the beach and the conversation commenced
Slide 7
The gipsy rose and with emphasis said 'Good lady, I never can'
Slide 8
They sat together on the sands while they discussed the project
Slide 9
He jumped to his feet, and looking her full in the face
Slide 10
He was shown into Mrs Clavering's room. 'My name is Simon Smith'
Slide 11
He arranged with the man to steal the child and bring him the money
Slide 12 *
The mother put the children to bed in the caravan
Slide 13
She found that little Rhoda was missing
Slide 14
On reaching the house she inquired of the landlady
Slide 15
The tiny blue eye of the wee thing thawed the phlegmatic nature
Slide 16 *
The death of the child sent into his heart a chill which froze
Slide 17
'What little black urchin have you got there?' he inquired
Slide 18
'To tell me that that limb of a gipsy is like our child'
Slide 19
Mrs Clavering felt sure the child would win him over
Slide 20
The little girl became the sunshine of his life
Slide 21
Leaning on his crutches, he met Miss Rhoda
Slide 22
The children when they met her in the street hung round her
Slide 23
She read and sang and laughed with him, and he was happy
Slide 24
One morning Miss Rhoda met a gipsy woman
Slide 25
On the way she inquired of the woman and was informed
Slide 26
'I have come to see if I can be of any service to you,' she said
Slide 27
Rhoda then read the Bible to him
Slide 28
'Does the Bible say that?' said the gipsy, quickly
Slide 29

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Slide 30
'I want you to go see a poor gipsy man'
Slide 31
'I believe I have found out my own father and mother,' she exclaimed, excitedly
Slide 32 *
'I can never think of leaving you as long as I live'
Slide 33
The doctor saw the sick man in the gipsy tent
Slide 34
'If you please, sir, I want to see Miss Clavering,' said the gipsy woman
Slide 35
When Mrs Clavering entered, the gipsy sprang to her feet exclaiming
Slide 36
The gipsy mother pressed her to her breast
Slide 37 *
'His love of money was the cause of it all'
Slide 38
When Rhoda's mother reached the tent, all were eager
Slide 39 *
'Tell father these are from his daughter, Rhoda,' she said
Slide 40
The doctor, on examining her, shook his head
Slide 41
He wept bitterly as he sat outside the tent
Slide 42
She stretched out her arms to welcome her father
Slide 43
Taking his big hand into her delicate one, she said
Slide 44 *
The gipsy tried to reply, but was choked with sobs
Slide 45
He fell upon his knees and prayed at the bedside
Slide 46
Her anxious watchers were full of sorrow
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1894-1914 (item ref. 737)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 123)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 521)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

in stock of Church Army, 1913 (item ref. LM 112)

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

D. Newton (arr. George Bell), Rhoda: or the gipsy girl's mission of love (London and Leeds: A. Weekes & Co. and James Broadbent, n.d.)

Related slide set

see generic title Rhoda (generic set title – 2 different versions are known)

People appearing in slides

BAMFORTH, James  (1842-1911) – slide 30

BAMFORTH, Mrs Martha  (1843-1894) – slides 1, 11, 38

Lucerna ID  3001046

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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