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Editor’s wartime appeal

20 January 2017

January 19th, 1917.

WE MAKE to the charity of our readers an earnest appeal which, by reason of the case, cannot be accompanied by a full statement of the attendant circumstances. In one district of the country a vast area has suddenly been revolutionized; from being a sparsely populated countryside it has become a thronged industrial district. It is one of the necessities of warfare: the safety and honour of our country depends upon such revolutions. To this district thousands of workers have come. They are of varied classes, a large proportion are young women, and brave efforts have been made to provide for their comfort and their recreation. But in respect of their spiritual welfare it has not been possible to make proper provision. The Bishop in whose very poor diocese it is situated has done all in his power. He has spent himself in urging the authorities to take action. They are trying to do so, though on a scale which will not permit adequate spiritual provision to be made, and time is pressing. Recreation is provided for; there are dancing-halls and a good cinema. But the church and the necessary adjuncts are needed. A second priest is needed at once for a work which is glorious in its opportunities — a man of strong physique, ready to rough it, a lover of the industrial people, a thorough and wide-minded Churchman. . . All contributions entrusted to us will be sent to the Bishop, to whom we are ready to send also the name of the volunteering priest. But we must ask to be trusted. . . A sum of £500 is needed at once and a minimum of £2,000 is what will be required. . .


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