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DR. NEALE AND ST. MARGARET'S                   211
all classes of the inhabitants, and many a stricken home has been brightened and many a weary sufferer cheered by the presence of one of the self-sacrificing, kindly ladies of St. Margaret's.
The work has long reached beyond the confines, not only of Sussex, but of England. There are to-day branch Orphanages in Hitchin, Worcester and Burton-on-Trent; Missions in Cardiff, Sunderland, Dundee, Newcastle and Chichester; a Home for Consumptives at Ventnor; a Convalescent Home for Ladies at Kingsand; a Cottage Hospital and Nursing Home at Saltash; a Home of Rest at Shincliffe; a Free Home for the Dying at Clapham Common; and a number of branch works in Ceylon and Johannesburg. There are daughter houses, each with several branch works of her own, known as St. Margaret's of Scotland, Aberdeen; St. Saviour's Priory, London, E.; and St. Margaret's Home, Boston, U.S.A. These three daughter houses are governed by the same rules, but they elect their own Superiors and are dependent on their own friends and resources for income.
A lady who feels disposed to devote herself to the work of St. Margaret's must first enter as a postulant for six months, during which time she is bound by no engage­ment, but lives in the House, shares the life and keeps the rules of the Sisters, in order that a judgment may be formed on both sides as to her fitness for the community. If the judgment be mutually favourable she stands for election as a novice, and must be elected as such by a majority of the Sisters. The novitiate lasts not less than two years, and the votes of a majority of two-thirds of the professed Sisters of the House is necessary in order to admit a novice to full profession, by which act she devotes herself to God and the service of the poor for life as a Sister of Charity. How well this work is performed is recognised and appreciated wherever the name of St. Margaret's is known.
Dr. Neale was succeeded in the chaplaincy of St. Margaret's by the Rev. Laughton Alison, M.A., who, coming of a family settled at Chorley, in Lancashire, and in enjoyment of an honourable record in that county,
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