The bitter cry of outcast London, an inquiry into the condition of the abject poor [by A. Mearns].

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1883
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Стр. 1 - In another, nine brothers and sisters, from 29 years of age downwards, live, eat, and sleep together. Here is a mother who turns her children into the street in the early evening because she lets her room for immoral purposes until long after midnight, when the poor little wretches creep back again if they have not found some miserable shelter elsewhere. "Where there are beds they are simply heaps of dirty rags, ' shavings, or straw, but for the most part these miserable beings find rest only upon...
Стр. 1 - Every room in these rotten and reeking tenements houses a family, often two. In one cellar a sanitary inspector reports finding a father, mother, three children, and four pigs...
Стр. 4 - Then should we stand appalled to know, that where we generate disease to strike our children down and entail itself on unborn generations, there also we breed, by the same certain process, infancy that knows no innocence, youth without modesty or shame, maturity that is mature in nothing but in suffering and guilt, blasted old age that is a scandal on the form we bear.
Стр. 2 - ... in these habitations. Here you are choked as you enter by the air laden with particles of the superfluous fur pulled from the skins of rabbits, rats, dogs, and other animals in their preparation for the furrier. Here the smell of paste...
Стр. 5 - Jd. a gross is paid, the maker having to find his own fire for drying the boxes, and his own paste and string? Before he can gain as much as the young thief he must make 56 gross of match-boxes a week, or 1,296 a day. It is needless to say that this is impossible, for even adults can rarely make more than an average of half that number. How long then must the little hands toil before they can earn the price of the scantiest meal ! Women, for the work of trousers...
Стр. 5 - ... a pair, and have to find their own thread. " We ask a woman who is making tweed trousers, how much she can earn in a day. and are told one shilling. But what does a day mean to this poor soul? Seventeen hours 1 From five in the morning to ten at night — no pause for meals.
Стр. 5 - From five in the morning to ten at night — no pause for meals. She eats her crust and drinks a little tea as she works, making in very truth with her needle and thread not her living only, but her shroud. For making men's shirts these women are paid lOii. a dozen; lawn-tennis aprons, 3d. a dozen; and babies
Стр. 1 - Another apartment contains father, mother, and six children, two of whom are ill with scarlet fever. In another, nine brothers and sisters, from 29 years of age downwards, live, eat, and sleep together.
Стр. 9 - The child-misery that one beholds is the most heart-rending and appalling element in these discoveries ; and of this not the least is the misery inherited from the vice of drunken and dissolute parents, and manifest in the stunted, misshapen, and often loathsome objects that we constantly meet in these localities. From the beginning of their lives they are utterly neglected ; their bodies and rags are alive with vermin ; they are subjected to the most cruel treatment ; many of them have never seen...
Стр. 11 - State must make short work of this iniquitous traffic, and secure for the poorest the rights of citizenship ; the right to live in something better than fever dens ; the right to live as something better than the uncleanest of brute beasts.

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