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^g^^^gNa^F^a 5^t&2i The Abstainer The Monthly Magazine of the Cardiff & District Temperance and Band of Hone Union. ~Q^ TfP kD Vol. XI. No. 12. Communications for the Editor should be addressed to the Offices of the Union. 35, Windsor Place, Cardiff. DECEMBER. 1900. ^ JBf^AVE £jlRL. Photo by A. W. Sargeant, 12, Albany Road, Cardiff. At the request of the friends down Splott way, we insert the block of Susan Charlotte Hinton, whom the South Wales Echo rightly describes as " a Cardiff heroine." Susan belongs to the Splott Wesleyan Band of Hope, and up to the time of her leaving home Tor service some six months ago, she was a regular attendant and enthusiastic member. The circumstances of the case which gave Susan the above title are described as follows : "In August last, Maud Mary Hinton, aged seven, living with her parents at 285, Railway Street, Cardiff, when playing with other children who had made a fire near her home, ignited her clothes, with the result that she was badly burned on the arms and back. She was promptly conveyed to the Infirmary, but the nature of the burns was so severe that the doctors expressed the opinion that the child's flesh would never heal entirely until skin from one of Maud's sisters was taken and grafted, so to speak, on that of the little sufferer. When Susan heard of the gravity of her little sister's condition and understood that she could help to bring about her recovery, she at once volunteered to go to the Infirmary and undergo the operation. Portions of skin were removed from her legs and placed upon the back of her younger sister. The operation on the plucky girl was repeated three or four times, and was of so serious a nature that she herself had to remain in the Infirmary for three weeks. The treatment of Maud has met with entire success, although she is still detained at the Infirmary. The Mayor of Cardiff hearing of Susan's brave act decided to fitly mark the occasion, and on Sunday, November 4th, he presided at an open meeting of the Splott Wesleyan Sunday School, and after speaking of the numerous acts of courage displayed recently on the battlefield, questioned whether any of them eclipsed the noble example of courage and self- sacrifice of Susan Hinton. It was with the keenest pleasure that he handed Susan a Gold Watch on which was inscribed : " Presented to Susan Charlotte Hinton in recognition of her courage and sisterly devotion, August, 1900," Susan is only 15 years of age, but she has clearly proved that Teetotalers are not the wishy-washy, mamby-pamby, back boneless creatures, some drinkers make them out to be. But when occasion serves they are to be found foremost amongst those ready to dis¬ play courage and self-sacrifice, cost what it may. "AT HOME" AT CORY HALL. A very cordial and encouraging meeting of Tem¬ perance Workers took place at the Cory Hall, on Wednesday, November 21st, when the President and Officers of the Union held an "At Home." The chair was taken by the Rev. Principal Edwards. D.D., and after an interchange of greeting and sociable talk, it soon became evident that a capital programme had been provided. The Cardiff Blue Ribbon Choir led the way with some choice selections. After a fervent prayer offered by the Rev. Caleb Joshua the chairman referred in feeling terms to the regrettable absence of the President (Aiderman W. Sanders, J.P.) through illness and called upon Mr. David Shepherd to read letters from him and from that long-tried and ever true friend of the cause, Mr. Thomas Owen. After a few words of racy and jocular welcome from Mr. Shepherd, the Chairman delivered his address. The present war, he said, had been, he considered, very regrettable. Even just wars depleted the country of that vigour and enthusiasm which was ever necessary to the march of Temperance and other reforms, and this war had proved no exception. It had left all matters of reform