He said, "Considering who the disciples were, it would be absurd to conceive the doctrine of generosity, or giving alms, to have been preached to them.
Mr Allworthy answered, "He could not dispute with the captain in the Greek language, and therefore could say nothing as to the true sense of the word which is translated charity; but that he had always thought it was interpreted to consist in action, and that giving alms constituted at least one branch of that virtue.
"A plain and simple beggar, as I have said, my lord, who asks for alms, as he gives holy water; a practice he has carried on for six years on the steps of St.
"Hum!" said Gondy, laughing; "I was not aware my alms were so well invested."
The mendicant received both the alms
and the sarcasm without wincing, and continued, in lamentable tones,--
For not unfrequently it happens that, for some reason or another, one feels abased, and inclined to value oneself at nothing, and to account oneself lower than a dishclout; but this merely arises from the fact that at the time one is feeling harassed and depressed, like the poor boy who today asked of me alms
. Let me tell you an allegory, dearest, and do you hearken to it.
It is true that this people has a natural disposition to goodness; they are very liberal of their alms
, they much frequent their churches, and are very studious to adorn them; they practise fasting and other mortifications, and notwithstanding their separation from the Roman Church, and the corruptions which have crept into their faith, yet retain in a great measure the devout fervour of the primitive Christians.
The poor gentleman has no way of showing that he is a gentleman but by virtue, by being affable, well-bred, courteous, gentle-mannered, and kindly, not haughty, arrogant, or censorious, but above all by being charitable; for by two maravedis given with a cheerful heart to the poor, he will show himself as generous as he who distributes alms
with bell-ringing, and no one that perceives him to be endowed with the virtues I have named, even though he know him not, will fail to recognise and set him down as one of good blood; and it would be strange were it not so; praise has ever been the reward of virtue, and those who are virtuous cannot fail to receive commendation.
Two days after there came by a travelling fiddler, who began to play under the window and beg alms
; and when the king heard him, he said,
Sultan Khan a resident of G-7 said that most of these women were professional beggars and they come in groups and than scattered for alms
Requesting not to be named, he said a good number of beggars were young women, who were seen seeking alms
even in government offices.
He said children were paid more alms
that is why less than ten years of age were preferred to be made an attractive tool of business to gain public sympathy.