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Chicago: Deaconess Advocate, . Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-45 [46: blank] [47: illustration] [48: blank], illustrations, original buff pictorial wrappers printed in black, side stapled. First edition. "The Phebe Series, 1 January 1900, volume 1, number 4. An early work by Annie Fellows Johnston (1863–1931), American author of children's fiction who wrote the enormously popular The Little Colonel novels (a thirteen-book series beginning in 1895), which was the basis for the 1935 Shirley Temple film The Little Colonel. A fictionalized story based on factual cases, first published in the CENTRAL CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, of service by Methodists who volunteer to help the needy in the Chicago slums. Includes a photograph of Lucy Rider Meyer, the originator of the Deaconess work in the Methodist Episcopal Church in America.