by Jean Little
The Home Child Diary of Victoria Cope, Guelph, Ontario, 1897
Saturday, May 28, 1897, Bedtime - We went and got our Home Girl. She is very small and shy. Her name is Mary Anna Wilson and she is twelve years old. She looks as though she's ten.
There were just four children on the station platform. Only one of them was a girl. All four wore labels with their names written on them, and each of them had a trunk - a big, wooden one with brass corners.
I could tell Father was displeased about something. "We need someone strong to help my wife," he told the woman waiting with the children. "That girl is nothing but a child. A sickly youngster wouldn't be worth her keep."