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We have received the following letter from our London Groups who are supplying food and clothing to the poor children of London.

For the Children

Dear Friends,

To us at present is presented a great physical necessity—one wherein theories play no part, but where human sympathy is the greatest aid. We speak of poor childrens' need; and kind sympathetic thoughts work their way, when driven home by deeds, to permanent good.

The Winter is upon us once more—joyousness will soon reign for a number of days in comfortable households—but misery reigns in more than we care to think of—ceaseless as long as chill days last.

Help us therefore to extend our operations over more ground than was covered last year. Let us give to the children food and raiment, and last but not least, good cheer in all its meaning.

Help us to bring reality to their visions and dreams of Christmas, to impress vividly upon them that human interest is not dead to their existence, so that it may weigh well with them in some hour of need or temptation. Let our kindness revive their hope, and let the influence of our thoughts be accompanied by the necessary practical good—during this season of bitter want.

Ye who are isolated in small towns and outlying hamlets, desiring that your good intentions might be fulfilled,—let us be your channel of expression where the crying need is greatest.

The Children‘s ‘Xmas treat will this year be held at the L.C.C. School, Devons Road, Bromley-by-Bow, on Wednesday evening, December 13th. 100 of the poorest children will be entertained to tea at 6 p.m., and 320 will be invited to an entertainment at 7:30 p.m. A ‘Xmas Tree would be very welcome if any country reader could send one, and gifts of clothes, &c., suitable for children up to 14 years of age would also be welcome. And should be sent addressed:—H.J. Stone, c/o Miss Coad, L.C.C. School. Devons Road, Bromley-by-Bow, London, E. Money should be sent to Miss M. Walker, 10. Torrington Park, N. Finehley, London, N.

North London Group—At a well attended meeting held on October 21st, we were fortunate enough to have Mr. and Mrs. Allen, and Rev. R. Tuckwell and Mrs. Tuckwell present. Mr. Tuckwell addressed the meeting first on the subject of “Atonement." The growth of man and the growth of the idea of “Atonement" had been parallel, he said. The Bible could be taken as a history of man's development, or the development of the idea of Atonement. In a brief, but very instructive survey, the speaker then took us over the principal events, showing the unfoldment of the idea in Old Testament times, and gradually led up to the consideration of Atonement as a cosmic principle, manifesting as a consciousness of Oneness with the Divine, a state towards which all humanity is, and always had been, moving.—Henry J. Stone, Secretary

West London Group—This Group met on November 1st. Mrs. Northesk Wilson gave one of her interesting lectures on “Vibration and Color." The meeting closed with hearty thanks to the Lecturer. — Louise Clow, Hon. Secretary.

Liverpool and Birkenhead Group—On Wednesday, November 1st, owing to heavy rains and other causes very few members were present. As desired, the Secretary read the rules for admission to the Brotherhood, after which they were the subject of profitable conversation by those present.—A. C. Duckworth, Secretary.

Home Group, Ilfracombe—On October 27th we had a social evening, also a short but interesting address from Mrs. Allen, giving an account of the Editor's Tour. The good work that is being done by the different Groups, and the earnestness manifested generally, also the intelligent inquiries from newly interested people, were eloquently dealt with. And so graphic was the report of the meetings—which Mrs. Allen also attended—and of the work that is being done in some cases by individual members, that we felt as it we also, to some extent, shared in the pleasure and profit of the Tour.— A. S. Wormall, Secretary.

November 3rd. Our Secretary read an unpublished poem by Lord Lytton, entitled “The Boatman," which was listened to with deep interest, and led to n pleasant and profitable conversation.—J.A.

Mr. H. Bertiolia, 10, Cazenove Road, Stamford Hill, London, N., informs us that he has opened a Higher Life Lending Library for the purpose of lending out Reform Literature, which cannot be obtained at the ordinary circulating libraries, at the small charge of one penny weekly.

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James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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