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Touching, remarkable, but emotionally manipulative
An example: on page 34, this poor, dear child whose mother had died and whose father forced him to steal. He's found hiding in an abandoned tenement house. He had decided to stop stealing food having heard "thou shalt not steal" at a mission school, and was hiding from his father who would beat him. He says "'Thank you sit; but please, sir, would you like to hear me sing a little hymn?' Bruised, battered forlorn, friendless, motherless, hiding away from an infuriated father, he had a little hymn to sing." I can imagine matronly Christian women reading this with tears in their eyes - the poor little dear! And if that weren't heart-wrenching enough, here's the end of that story (spoiler alert): The benefactor goes away to find a place for this poor fellow to stay: "The gentleman went away, came back again in less than two hours, and climbed the ladder. There were the chips, and there was the little boy with one hand by his side, and the other tucked in his bosom, underneath the little ragged shirt -- dead." Emotoinally manipulative, but if you are a person who believes God can and does actually heal people, like I do, then you'll find some of the stories living up to the title.