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Slide set: Crown after Cross (service of song: Bamforth & Co., 26-34 slides, 1896)

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Slide 1**
Little Patty tried to console the old man
Slide 2**
These were bright, sunny, and happy times
Slide 3**
He came home night after night full of insult and abuse
Slide 3a

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Slide 4**
He took up his old violin and sang of his poor wandering boy
Slide 5**
'Mother, I am here, your wandering boy is here,' he exclaimed
Slide 6**
Little Patty, the heroine of our story, was their only child
Slide 7**
One of the great boughs struck him down and killed him
Slide 8**
'Is it up above the bright blue sky where the sun is shining?'
Slide 9**
Their home appeared a cheerless and God-forsaken place
Slide 10**
'And do you think, grandfather, that I could be happy'
Slide 10a

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Slide 11**
Most of the furniture had been sold. Indeed they became very poor
Slide 12**
Patty met the lady on the threshold
Slide 12a

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Slide 13**
'And do you think, fine lady, that I would leave my grandfather'
Slide 13a

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Slide 14**
'Patty,' said the old man, as he strokes her flowing hair
Slide 15**
As they trudged along Patty held him by the hand
Slide 16**
They sat down on a green bank. The old man began to play
Slide 17**
Several people gathered round them and listened
Slide 17a

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Slide 18**
They were passing the Anchor Inn when a sailor beckoned to them
Slide 19**
The sailors came to the window to listen
Slide 20**
During the singing of the hymn the people stood motionless
Slide 21**
'What!' cried Reuben, 'is it indeed Ralph, my long lost son?'
Slide 22**
The two walked on in silence for some time
Slide 22a

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Slide 23**
Reuben stood up and played the music through
Slide 23a

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Slide 24**
They sat together on the tombstone
Slide 25**
He became so enfeebled that he was obliged to keep his bed
Slide 25a

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Slide 26**
The instrument was put into his hands and he began to play
** there are alternative versions or views of this slide
Illustrated catalogue of magic, optical and dissolving view lanterns, lime-light apparatus and slides: season 1898-99 (London: Wrench & Son, 1898), 454

“A Sacred Service of Song, written by B.A. Kilburn.”

Catalogue of optical lantern slides (Bradford: Riley Brothers, 1905), 180
Supplementary list of lantern slides lent on hire: 1906-7 (London: UK Band of Hope Union, 1906), 3

“An aged fiddler and his granddaughter Patty are passing along a busy street in a popular seaport town. Some sailors looking out of a public house window beckon to them to stop and sing. When Patty and the old man have finished their hymn one of the sailors declares himself to be old Reuben's youngest son, who in consequence of his drinking habits left home and almost broke the old man's heart. Ralph promises and does reform. Reuben's old violin is also heard by his brother, whom he has not seen for many years, and who gives Reuben and Patty a comfortable home.”

Lantern slide catalogue (Glasgow: J. Lizars, 1909), 54
Catalogue of lanterns, slides and accessories (London: J.W. Butcher, c.1913), 284-285
Lantern and slide catalogue 1913-14 (London: Church Army, 1913), 162

“A story of privations bravely met and the love of a child for an old man. Suitable for Bands of Hope.”

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Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 9 May 2024

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