A woman of extraordinary courage and tenacity of purpose, Miss Olive Christian Malvery, when she came from India to this country and studied at the Royal College of Music, was so appalled . at what she saw of the lives and homes of the poor that she determined to do what she could to interest those who might help to alleviate the' distress amongst the masses. She therefore disguised herself - as a factory girl, a coster, a barmaid, and, an organ-grinder - and lived in the East End and among girl - workers whose lives seemed to be one long struggle against poverty. And what terrible stories she has to tell of the underworld in her books "Thirteen Nights" and "The Soul Market." She has rendered splendid service to the poor; so much so that when she married the late Mr. Mackirdy the Bishop of London officiated at the ceremony. In addition to earning much fame by her journalistic work, Mrs. Mackirdy has distinguished herself as a singer and reciter.

Mrs. Archibald Mackirdy Photo, Downey

Mrs. Archibald Mackirdy Photo, Downey