This is an artificial collection, created by pulling together scans of mendicant literature and ephemera from various Center for the History of Medicine collections.
First line: Shrouded in darkness.
At head of title: To the public. Geoge W. Crawford, having become crippled, and not willing to become a burden to the public, after suffering acutely for over ten years, takes this means of gaining a livelihood, and most respectfully craves your…
"Written in the Surgical Institute, Indianapolis, Ind."
Begins: Now bards have sung and poets wrote. "Lost his leg at the battle of Fredricksburg, December 13, 1862, and his arm while firing a salute, February 22, 1869, at Harrisburg."
First line: What is my name, from whence I came. "Stranger, I know not who you be, nor whether charitably inclined, but in the name of humanity I appeal to your charity. Buy this ballad of me, and remember,
"Francis J. Burns, the author of the following poem, became almost blind from inflammation. His health being very poor, and having a large family [to] support, he takes this means of trying to make an honest livelihood. Also, he is trying to raise…
At head of title: To the public. The bearer having lost his eyesight in the pursuit of his business, and having a family depending on him for support, and not wishing to become a burden to the public, takes this means of gaining a livelihood for…
"Francis J. Burns, the author of the following lines, was born February 19, 856. He became nearly blind from inflammation when one year old. He has been a pupil for three years in the N.Y. State Institution for the Blind at Batavia, Genesee County,…
At head of title: Help the blind. Please buy a hymn from a blind man, who was made so by brain fever, and is thrown upon his own resources for a living.