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Slide set: A terrible Christmas Eve (recitation: W. Rider & Co., 24 slides, 1894)

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Slide 1
And on this night fast fall her scalding tears
Slide 2
So with fond kisses and words tenderer still
Slide 3
Stands by the door, her baby on her arm
Slide 4
The mother shudders, hope has almost fled
Slide 5
And oft she gazes from the cottage door
Slide 6
But 'when the night is darkest comes the dawn'
Slide 7
And, joyful morn! the postman brings a greeting
Slide 8
'Tis Christmas Eve, Nellie makes up the fire
Slide 9
One awful moment of suspense and doubt
Slide 10
Swiftly she lays her little sleepy boy
Slide 11
No thought of any covering for her head
Slide 12
But staggers back, e'en at the very porch
Slide 13
Yet, on she goes, so fragile, yet so brave
Slide 14
She stops and manages her torch to light
Slide 15
She waves the torch -- her strength is almost past
Slide 16
The cold takes hold of her, the cruel snow
Slide 17
The coastguard and the village folk are near
Slide 18
But someone cries 'Where is the hand that waved?'
Slide 19
One of them has found the slender figure in the snow
Slide 20
The torch beside her black and smoking lies
Slide 21
Home to the humble cottage gently borne
Slide 22
''T's Jack,' and now indeed the young wife wakes
Slide 23
Oh, joy! to think she saved his precious life
Slide 24
'Tis Christmas morn! all hearts are filled with joy
Catalogue entries (5)
Catalogue of lantern slides: season 1901-2 (Dundee: Peter Feathers, 1901), 49

“24 Slides from Life Models. With Reading.

It is Christmas Eve and a wild night at sea. A sailor’s wife is sitting thinking of her husband, who is expected home soon. She suddenly espies from her cottage window a ship in distress, and leaving her baby, she does not hesitate, but stumbles on toward the shore, climbs a rocky eminence, and succeeds in lighting a torch, but she falls in a swoon. Her warning light has happily been observed, and the Coastguard arrive in time to save all on board the vessel. A search is made for their unknown deliverer, and at length she is found buried beneath the snow. She is recognised and carried to her cottage. On regaining consciousness she finds she has succeeded in saving, amongst the rest, her husband.”

Lantern slide catalogue (Glasgow: J. Lizars, 1909), 64
Catalogue of lanterns, slides and accessories (London: J.W. Butcher, c.1913), 266
Other reference
2 May 1896
Lucerna ID  3004216

Record created by Richard Crangle. Last updated 5 May 2024

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