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Harry's pint: or, threepence a day

A short story by Mark Guy Pearse, teaching how much difference it makes in the family income when a very moderate drinker becomes a total abstainer.
Harry spends threepence a day in beer. Through a sermon he hears at an open air meeting he resolves to sign the pledge. Some short time after his wife is surprised to have the miller call with a sack of flour, which she maintains is not for her. The poor woman is still more perplexed when a man arrives with a ton of coal. A few moments later the husband comes in and explains that the coals and flour are the result of his having saved threepence a day.

Mark Guy Pearse was a Methodist preacher, lecturer and author who, during the last quarter of the 19th century and the first of the 20th, was a household name throughout Britain and beyond.
1. Harry was the ostler at the Green Man Inn 2. It was market-day that was the making of the place 3. Carts and gigs crowded the yard
4. Sunday was a sleeper species of the same class 5. Harry was a good steady man; quiet, obliging and industrious 6. My first acquaintance with him was when preaching in the open air
7. 'Excuse me, sir', said Harry, 'but I thought I must come down and tell you!' 8. We kneeled together and gave thanks to God 9. His chin rested on his hands; his elbows were propped up by his knees
10. 'What's that you're going to do?' asked his wife 11. Well he is a poor critter that can't keep his own promise 12. The poor woman was never so bothered before
13. She deposited him in the cradle 14. She looked out though the slightly open door 15. It's all right, missus', said the man carrying the flour
16. Harry's wife turned in again to work at the bread 17. 'Brought you a ton of coals, mum!' said the dusky driver 18. She reflected about it as she finished her bread
This set consists of 20 square magic lantern slides of 8 x 8 cm made by Bamforth & Co., England.
19. 'O, Harry! the miller's man has brought the sack of flour'
20. 'You see, dear, I've saved my threepence a day'
A Drunkard, yet a man
A life model set of 12 magic lantern slides, one of which is repeated three times. The manufacturer is Bamforth & Co. The set is based on the temperance song of the same name by W. Vause and Joseph W. Garland.
1. Introduction 2. A drunkard stood in his cheerless home, in deep distress he seemed 3. At their hungry cry he turned around, their slender forms to scan
4. Remember, when he sorrows thus, he is a brother and a man 5. The mother wept, as well she might to see her husband's grief 6. 'Oh, Father! who in heaven above hast all things in Thy span'
4 (rpt). Remember, when he sorrows thus, he is a brother and a man 7. Her drooping head he sadly raised, he called her by her name 8. 'Oh, God, this drink will drive me mad, I long to be set free'
9. 'Be brave, my lad,' she faintly cried, 'You yet will be a man' 4 (rpt). Remember, when he sorrows thus, he is a brother and a man 10. That good resolve was heard on high, and when the pledge was signed
11. And in temptation's darkest hour God's strengthening hand was near 12. 'Dear Lord! keep near -- no drink I'll fear -- once more I am a man! 4 (rpt). Remember, when he sorrows thus, he is a brother and a man 
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