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SERIOUS ACCIDENT IN THE HHONDDA.

A TRAMP ACROSS WALES.

"THE CAUSE OF THE NEGLECTED."

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"THE CAUSE OF THE NEGLECTED." TO THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH WALES STAR. Sir,—The letter of Albericus" in your last number is important, not for its sarcastic re- flections on the Churches but for its calling atten- tion to the need of work among the sailors, and for its offer of personal service. Let me make the practical suggestion he asks for. There is already in existence a commodious sailors' institute at the docks, under the superintendence of Captain Sharpies, and all that is required to make this a powerful agency in benefitting the sailors is the co-operation of a few" willing and eager workers, such as" Albericus." Let him go either alone or with Captain Sharpies each Sunday morning on board the vessels in dock, speaking with brotherli- ness and sympathy to the seamen. He will find a hearty welcome I do not doubt. And, further, if he is still eager and willing he may do much to entertain the sailors at the institute after inviting them to avail themselves of its reading-room and its services. Captain Sharpies is at present some- what out of health, and would be specially grateful, I believe, for any help in connection with his work. Also let Albericus collect from all his friends good literature in the form of magazines and books that can be presented to the sailors on leaving port to while away the tedium of their long voyages, and save them, it may be, from that mental and spiritual starvation which is the real cause of their frequent excesses when on shore. Then I would make one more suggestion. There are scores of ships' apprentices from sixteen to twenty years of age, many of whom come from refined and Christian homes, spending weeks amidst the soares and temptations of the town, friendless, and idle. Can "Albericus" find no oppor- tunity to-make the acquaintance of these youths? I know of some six or seven ladies who have offered to give a welcome at their own home to these lads on certain days of the week. There are very few apprentices, I should think, who would not highly appreciate an invitation to spend an hour or two and take a cup of tea, say on a Sunday afternoon, at the house of any hospitable Christian, Such practical religion as the invita- tion would show would prove the most effective preaching, for sailors are perhaps of all men the most responsive to kindness. The best way to reproach the churches for their apathy would be for Albericus to set a good individual example at any rate in the above or similar lines of work example is the best reproach. As for the letter of Christian Worker," I am sorry she is disheartened at having to work single- handed for the poor and needy, for I am beginning to find out that it is single-handed work that is most effective, and that it is the neglect of single- handed work that is at the root of general failure. A church, after all, is composed of indi- viduals, and the moment these individuals begin to tire and wish to merge their personal burdens in the general responsibility, the spiritual life of the church flags., Would to God there were more hard workers among Christians but let not the few faithful ones tire and begin to complain of their loneliness. No one was more lonely than the Master. My general reflection on reading these two interesting letters from your correspondents is that their offer of service, which is so difficult to sustain with genuine zeal and sincerity, is much more important than their tone of complaint, which is temptingly en,syat all times.—I am, &c. August 12th, 1892. J. H. STOWELL.

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