To George William Childs, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, America, unostentatious friend of the sick and suffering; of those bowed down with business distress; of the stricken author; of the struggling artist; of the poor clergyman; of the indigent student striving for an education; of her who is bereaved of her all; of those who for the first time have been brought face to face with poverty and calamity, and who, nurtured in the lap of wealth, have been suddenly forced to encounter life in a form so appalling as to be but faintly realized by those who have been more or less used to adversity: to that great and good man, as one of the best friends of Ireland and the Irish Race, this volume is respectfully dedicated, by his grateful and faithful servant, John O’Hart.

Ringsend School, Ringsend, Dublin, Nov, 1888.

(See p. ix, infra)