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A trap to catch a sunbeam.

A set of 15 magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England, c. 1888, after the story of Matilda Mackarness. A trap to catch a sunbeam is a brightly written little tale with a moral, and it is on this production that her reputation chiefly rests. It was composed some three years before the date of publication, had gone through forty-two editions, by 1882, and has been translated into many foreign languages.

Popular passage:

Are you ill and suffering? By your gentle patience be an example to those who are suffering too. It is the selfish manner in which we live, engrossed by our own troubles, which renders us unmindful of those of others; we hurry through the streets, intent on some business of our own, heeding not the many little acts of kindness we could do for one another which would send us home with a light heart.
  1. David smoking and ruminating.
2. David starting to his feet in terror. 3. The spirit.
These two slides show to full advantage when they are used as a dissolving view. Some catalogs describe #3 as 'Effect', suggesting that this slide also existed as a black slide with only the woman on the canvas visible. This effect slide could then be projected over slide #2.
4. David's visit to Mrs Dennis. 5. You're my son, ain't you my blessing.
6. Bless you, this is real charity. 7. The rescue.
8. David's astonishment. 9. David and Mrs Dennis shaking hands.
10. I think he's lost. 11. Good David.
12. The Mother clasped her lost treasure. 13. David in church.
14. The visit to David. 15. The Bible read to David.
 
Found at last.
A 'service of song' set of 16 magic lantern slides made by York & Son, England, around 1895.

Slide titles:
1. 'Well, I do ache with pain,' she said.
2. She held an infant in her arms.
3. 'Poor, helpless bairnie'.
4. Robert Sawyer, the policeman, passed.
5. They went boldly to the door.
6. She knelt beside the basket.
7. A little knitted shoe.

 
8. A private interview with the doctor.
9. He found this note upon the table.
10. It came, a tender, manly letter.
11. 'Directly, Miss, anything in it?'.
12. She saw Margaret crouching before her.
13. 'If you please, is Granny Toney living here?'
14. They knelt round the bed in prayer.
15. Margaret was folded to her husband's breast.
16. Little Dora's home-coming was a great joy.
 
     
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