|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
timber, so he bought himself a Newfoundland dog, an antique set of carved ivory chessmen, and a dozen bottles of whisky with the remainder of the cash.
The reverend gentleman hit upon yet another means of helping the poor. He wrote a letter to the Weekly Chloroform appealing for cast-off boots for poor children. This was considered such a splendid idea that the editors of all the local papers referred to it in leading articles, and several other letters were written by prominent citizens extolling the wisdom and benevolence of the profound Bosher. Most of the boots that were sent in response to this appeal had been worn until they needed repair - in a very large proportion of instances, until they were beyond repair. The poor people to whom they were
given could not afford to have them mended before using them, and the result was that the boots generally began to fall to pieces after a few days' wear.