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Slide set: The two watchers (story: Bamforth & Co., 23 slides, 1897)

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Slide 1
How she shivers and trembles as she waits for her husband
Slide 2
She ventured timidly to peep within the public-house door
Slide 3
'Jamie,' urged the wife again, 'won't you come home to the children and me?'
Slide 4
And there on the wet pavement she lies a crushed and huddled mass
Slide 5
And again the laugh arose inside. But the woman, what of her?
Slide 6
She settled herself again under the window ledge and listened
Slide 7
She thought of her mother's words: 'Can I trust him with my only child'
Slide 6 (rpt)
Oh Jamie! Is that your wife crouching beneath that window in the wet and cold?
Slide 8
The policeman turned his lantern upon her face
Slide 9
He looked sadly after her, saying to himself: 'What a life! what a life!'
Slide 10
'You cannot see her, she must be kept quiet'
Slide 11
'My Susie at the point of death!' he sobbed, 'and all my doing'
Slide 12
He looked round and saw how much of the furniture had gone for drink
Slide 13
Every quick step on the floor above seemed to speak to him of death
Slide 14
The clergyman comforted him by his kind words
Slide 15
Jamie had learned to pray
Slide 16
His fellow fishermen found him with his Bible open before him
Slide 17
'My curse, my heaviest curse, be on the drink!'
Slide 18
He still watched and waited, his ear ever on the listen
Slide 19
Hiding his face in the bedclothes and sobbing
Slide 20
Susie told him a great secret
Slide 21
The nurse came and ruthlessly cut their words short
Slide 22
The little pale woman and the great rough man -- he reading and she listening
Slide 23
The corner public-house is there still, alas! but Jamie never goes there now
Other related organisations

in stock of P.T. M'Rostie, dates unknown

in stock of William C. Muir, dates unknown

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 281)

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

Charles Courtenay, The two watchers (London: Jarrold & Sons, n.d.)


24 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3002228

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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