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AT THE OLD MEN'S HOME.

His Lordship paid a visit this morning . to th<? Old Men's Home. He was accom* *

; I Pi™ 1 oy Key. E. A. Scott, Mr W. C /Walker, M.H.R., Dr. Trevor, and M i George Jameson. Previously to thi visit, His Lordship had made an inspec tion of Messrs Friedlanders' handsomi ■ grain store, and was much interested ii the elaborate and costly machinery foi grain grading, .the giant lift, etc. At the Home the Bishop was receivec hy Mrs Fox, and Mr Fox having called ir the old men from the potato patch, assembled them in the dining room! There was but little time to spend before the midday train went south, which was to take his Lordship to Geraldine, and «. dW> Ct Walkerat °nee introduced the Bishop to the old men and said that he was sure they would welcome his Lordship, in whom they had a true friend and adviser. His Lordship, addressing the inmates, said he had great pleasure in coming there to meet' them. He did not know that morning that he would have the pleasure of seeing so many of the old pioneers of the Colony, a colony in which much Avonderful work had been done. They had now laid down the tools of their pioneer work, and had left it to be carried on by younger hands. He himself had come in as a youngster to follow the dear old Bishop who had just gone into a well earned rest, and had left his work to be taken up and carried on by himself. He was a Cockney, and no doubt many there were,also Cockneys, and brought with them old recollections of the Great City, He remembered a story of a young curate, who, addressing the old people in a Union workhouse, said he was "very glad to see them all there." That was a a very doubtful compliment, and one he (the speaker) would qualify before he paid it. He was glad to meet them, and trusted they were all comfortable in the Old Men's Home. Old men lived much in the past. Doubtless he would do the same 'when he became an old man, but he trusted they lived in the light of the Son of God, which would cheer and illumine their declining years' just as the rays of the setting sun shed a halo of glory over the departing day. He had but a few minutes to spare. He liked a pipe when he could get one, but he had been done out of his pipe that morning. He knew that most of them liked a pipe, too, and as he had not had one himself, he would take his revenge by asking Mr Fox to spend a little money Ppr him,, and let each of them have a little " baccy," so that while they were enjoying their whiff they might think of it to breathe a prayer for the poor young "ellow who had a big work to do. His Lordship closed with a feeling "God sless you." After a short, chatty, cheery " confab " *dth old Neil Campbell, the centenarian, Efts Lordship left for the station with his riends. At the railway station a hearty cheer ras raised for His Lordship as the train noved off.

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AT THE OLD MEN'S HOME., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2433, 19 May 1890

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AT THE OLD MEN'S HOME. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2433, 19 May 1890

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