North and West London Groups—On Saturday, January 28th, the London Groups gave a tea and entertainment to about 60 poor children at the Lamb and Flag Mission, Clerkenwell. The pleasure of the gathering was greatly increased by the presence of the Editor.
This is our first experience in this particular form of work, and it has proved to us how easy it is to make these little children happy for at least an hour or two, and send them home with a toy and some warm garment that will help to brighten a little the awful conditions under which they live. Whatever happiness we find in the work of helping others to lift themselves above these conditions by spiritual unfoldment, nothing can be more gratifying than to watch the face of a pale slum-child light up in the joy of possessing a real sleeping dolly, or a picture book.
Our gratitude goes out to those readers and friends who sent clothes and toys. To Miss Nicholson and the Vegetarian Association our best praise and thanks are due for the thorough and orderly manner in which they carried out all the arrangements in connection with the tea; also to our friends of the Lamb and Flag Mission for the use of their Hall. —Harry J. Stone, Secretary.
Home Group, Ilfracombe—On January 13th, Mr. Stephens read an essay on "The Absentmindedness of Great People." It gave rise to quite a lively discussion, especially on the psychological aspect of the subject.
On January 20th, Mrs. Allen spoke for a short time on "The Importance of Little Things in Daily Life." She remarked how apt we were to forget the need for care in the smaller duties and events in life, and that the way we encountered what may be termed the "pin-pricks," often revealed the true character.
On account of the Editor's absence the meetings were discontinued for a few weeks, but will be resumed on the 17th inst, when Mr. Allen will give an address on his "Tour."—A. S. Wormall, Secretary
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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.