A large, well built man visited the local St. Vincent de Paul and asked to see the person in charge, who was well known for her charity.
As he spoke to her he said in a voice breaking with emotion, ‘I’d like to draw your attention to the terrible plight of a poor family in this district. The father is dead, the mother is too ill to work, and the nine children are starving. They are about to be turned out into the cold streets unless someone pays their £400 rent arrears.’
‘How frightful!’ exclaimed the woman. ‘May I ask who you are?’