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Slide set: The roll call: a service of sacred song (service of song: Bamforth & Co., 35-53 slides, 1894)

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Slide 1
In a little house on the edge of a forest, lived an old woman
Slide 2
'Mother,' he said, 'the civil war has broken out'
Slide 3
One of the officers stepped up to him and began talking
Slide 4
She met him at the cottage door, and saw that something was wrong
Slide 5
Tom bent over his unconscious mother
Slide 6
'May His divine word be a lamp to your feet'
Slide 7
The few days were spent by the widow and her son in seclusion
Slide 8
'You must keep this flower in the Bible in remembrance of me'
Slide 9
'You must keep the good book close to your heart, Tom'
Slide 10
Looking up at his pet bird in its cage, his bundle on his shoulder
Slide 11
The old woman was in tears, and the deacon's son spoke gently to her
Slide 12
The bitter partings are over, the train speeds away
Slide 13
As Deacon Owen and his daughter sat at tea
Slide 14 *
She peeped in at the clematis-fringed window
Slide 15
'May the Lord comfort you and bless your noble-hearted brother'
Slide 16

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Slide 16a

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Slide 17
She breathed a prayer as she beheld the gold and crimson sky
Slide 18
'Tis night! one young soldier is sitting before the camp fire
Slide 18a
(Effect) He fancies he sees a rough-cast cottage far away over the mountains
Slide 19 *
(Effect) He sees his old mother sitting in her cottage alone
Slide 19a
(Effect) Where a noble-hearted soldier is keeping watch and guard
Slide 19b
Tom read from his little book by the ruddy glare of the fire
Slide 20
The soldiers start to their feet and seize their arms
Slide 20a
He has been found sleeping at his post, and the punishment is death
Slide 21
'No, no,' he cried, throwing his arms about Frank Owen's neck
Slide 21a
We must now be parted until we meet in heaven
Slide 21b
The friends were forcibly but kindly separated
Slide 22
'Dinna be cast doon, laddie,' said Donald Cameron
Slide 22a
Tom drew forth the Testament and read
Slide 23 *
Tom grasped the hand of the honest Scotchman
Slide 24
On receipt of the news the joy of the camp was complete
Slide 24a
(Effect) His little sister begged piteously for her brother's life
Slide 25
They observed the Confederate troops taking up their positions
Slide 26 *
The Roll was called, and Tom and his comrades answered to their names
Slide 26a
He fancied he could see his home and his mother looking for her soldier laddie
Slide 27
The Confederate lines opened fire. Several soldiers were killed
Slide 28
A desperate and long-continued battle was fought
Slide 29
He found the ground strewn with dead and wounded
Slide 30
Tom could go no further, and fell fainting on the ground
Slide 31
The full moon poured down her silvery beams through the branches
Slide 32
He dragged himself down to the water
Slide 33
The little drummer-boy was the first to receive attention
Slide 33a
Several times he had to rest by the way
Slide 34 *
'May God bless you for a brave and good fellow,' said he to Tom
Slide 34a
He bathed his face and staunched his bleeding wounds
Slide 35
Once more poor Tom lay insensible under the shadow of a pine
Slide 36
They had come to look upon one they were proud to call their friend
Slide 37
Tom took the Testament from under his pillow and handed it to him
Slide 38
Frank Owen congratulated Tom on the honours he had won
Slide 39
He limped along by his mother's side supported by the Deacon
Slide 40 *
Tom was happy in his village home
Slide 41
If on an evening you could have looked in the cottage window
Other related organisations

in stock of James Broadbent & Son, dates unknown

in stock of H. Luscombe Toms, dates unknown

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1894-1914 (item ref. 731)

in stock of Wrench & Son, 1898

in stock of Peter Feathers, 1901

in stock of North of England Temperance League, 1906 (item ref. 122)

in stock of Walter Tyler, 1909 (item ref. 516)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

in stock of Church Army, 1913 (item ref. LM 61)

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

B.A. Kilburn and John Rinder, The roll call: a service of sacred song (Leeds: James Broadbent, n.d.)

Related slide sets

see also Little Minnie: a tale of the American Civil War (service of song: Bamforth & Co., 37 slides, 1895)

see generic title The roll call (generic set title – 2 different versions are known)

Events where this set was shown

[Magic lantern service] (lantern service, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England, 1908)


Sequel to 'Little Minnie'.

The Tyler catalogue lists 41 slides, omitting the 'a' and 'b' optional slides but including those marked with an asterisk in the Bamforth catalogue list.

The 1906 North of England Temperance League catalogue also mentions 41 slides, without listing individual titles.

Lucerna ID  3002631

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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