Ragged Life in Egypt

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 100 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. LETTER ADDRESSED TO A FRIEND SINCE THE AUTHOR'S RETURN TO CAIRO. Bah-el-Bahar, Cairo, November 28th, 1862. My Dear Friend, --You will be anxious to know if I have succeeded in reopening the Ragged School here, and collecting the scattered flock, and you shall have the details with as little delay as the inconvenient arrangement of these posts will allow. I came under somewhat discouraging circumstances, as you are aware. I came, knowing that the door I had opened with so much labour was closed, and that the children I had brought out of the lanes and streets were dispersed, and of course I could not be sure that they would return. However, the Lord has dealt most graciously with me, and has showed that the power is of Him who can work by many or by few, as He thinks fit. When our matron and superintendent had both left Cairo, the school was still kept up for some time by a truly Christian and benevolent Syrian lady, who, from no motive but a sincere wish to do good, went daily from her home to teach the little troop of girls, in the p hottest time of the year. But her age and want of strong health made the occupation (to which she had never before been accustomed) too much for her, and at last she fairly sank under an attack of fever; and the schoolhouse was closed. My dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. R., however, assured me on my arrival, that I should find the scholars ready to leturn when once my coming was known. I went to see the house as soon as possible, though it was not in a fit state to inhabit at once, and looked around to try and discover some familiar face: presently two little girls came up and peeped half shyly at me out of the corners of their eyes, as if partially recognising an old friend, and yet not quite sure (a year and a half is ...

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