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Slide set: A prodigal's return (service of song: Bamforth & Co., 30 slides, 1912)

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Slide 1
'Mother,' said Harry Everest, 'I'm going to the Ragged School this evening'
Slide 2
Hiding her face in her hands, she burst into a passionate flood of tears
Slide 3
For a few years all went well, and life seemed just a pleasant dream
Slide 4
He tasted brandy for the first time in his life
Slide 5
The cruel craving that alcohol alone can create had taken possession of him
Slide 6
When he found his wife in tears his temper was roused
Slide 7
'Oh! mother,' he said, I've had my name put down in the book'
Slide 8
Oh! mother, how dreadful to think the drink has spoiled father so
Slide 9
'Oh! mother,' said Harry, 'there is one thing I forgot to tell you'
Slide 10
His mother sat thinking about the things they had been talking of
Slide 11
Quietly sinking to her knees she prayed
Slide 12
Why, Nell, I must have been dreaming; I thought I heard you praying
Slide 13
They sat down together, and talked far on into the night
Slide 14
He spoke a few kindly words, especially to those who were anxious to lead a better life
Slide 15
I expect you remember that stormy night, Nell, when I came home wet through
Slide 16
Harry saw his father actually washing himself
Slide 17
I've made up my mind to give up the drink
Slide 18
Suppose you wash yourself, my boy, and try to clean your boots
Slide 19
Harry returned carrying a hamper with a card attached
Slide 20
When he opened his cottage door he saw a smiling wife and son
Slide 21
It was indeed a happy party that sat around the table that day
Slide 22
John started for home in a happy mood
Slide 23
He quietly walked up to Mr Trevelyan, opening the door for him to pass in
Slide 24
By the help of God I promise to abstain from all intoxicating drink
Slide 25
I'll sign too, dad; I've promised mother I'll never touch the beastly stuff
Slide 26
Mr Trevelyan could scarcely believe it was the same pretty young wife
Slide 27
My father promised me he would try you again if you would sign the pledge
Slide 28

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Slide 29
John gave his wife a few coppers whch he had been saving
Slide 30
They had once more a comfortable and happy home
Other related organisations

in stock of Riley Brothers, 1912-1914 (item ref. 1768)

in stock of J.W. Butcher, 1913

Main type of image
life model
Main usage of set
service of song
Date of first manufacture
1912  (latest possible 1912)
Reading or song

Fanny Burnham, A prodigal's return: a service of song (London: W. Nicholson & Sons, n.d.)

Related slide set

see generic title The prodigal's return (generic set title – 2 different versions are known)


29 slides known to exist in private collection

Lucerna ID  3003161

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 1 December 2008

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