Thursday, February 7, 1867

Poor Law Chronicle

Location: London, Middlesex

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Poor Law Chronicle (Newspaper) - February 7, 1867, London, Middlesex A JOURNAL OF INTERCOMMUNICATION FOR THE OFFICERS ADMINISTERING THE POOR LAW IN ENGLAND AND Published on the 7th and 21st of every L PEICE EQUALIZATION OF THE POOR causes of one of them sufficient to A create suffering taken overwhelming recently borne down the East of and weather of exceeding When causes are beyond mens we must submit and alone seek to alleviate the misery which human agency has had no hand in it under all circum the first duty to relieve and to inquire afterwards into the The impulses of the heart are sudden and instantaneous the action of the head more de liberate and As in the case of the cotton every body knows how munificently the foremost in the land contributed to and nobody knows what some popular leaders did or did not it is now most gratifying to see how all truly charitable persons come forward to aid distress in the East of London at the same we ought and must inquire why and whence has this distress Is it true that the agencies are beyond our control and why especially is chief seat of wealth and mart of peculiarly liable to these sudden and violent ever calling so soon for aid from Even disease or the cause of cholera is quite within our The death rate on the first visitation was far heavier than on the next and on the many localities which had been careful to improve their drainage and purify wholly and are the causes of the disease and the disease our great cause of is under human Winter comes every It does require much forethought to be prepared for its advent and though the frost was and froze the it did not last and that may happen any If people were thrown out of they perhaps have earned wages before hand suffi cient to lay by a if they had been so inclined but the fact is that operatives and artizans who earn the highest wages are often the most improvident and with much inde pendence of one sort do not possess the spirit of independence that scorns to be dependent on public or private Those who gain low wages often lay aside for a rainy day more than those who obtain twice the weekly It did much credit to the aimable humanity of the Marquis of Townshend to illustrate the low wages of dock labourers by John Down but we cannot accept per week as the type of the average weekly wage of a dock We are quite disposed at once to relieve their distress at but we would feel inclined to act with the natural impulse towards these men as was done to another marquis well known in a metropolitan When a child he set his bed on fire by reading at Frightened at the but still more at the he rushed out and hid himself in the Believing him a his mother on recovering so overjoyed that she first hugged and kissed him all equally proper instantly afterwards laying him over her administered tliat sound parental castigation which some may and which is so wholesome to Singularly the mother herself died from the same It is rather quick to be in abject poverty with a weeks but then there was the third triple Hunger is hard to It is ill talking with an empty Wolves the other day even attacked a railway train in scarcely farther diftant than York is from London and when the wolf is at the door it is not the time to reason with with symptoms of bread riots and meat we when this hunger is inquire also whether this destitution arises from want of remunerative and whether the men themselves are not the cause of want of we are are ship Can it be true refusing a they have struck for If though their wives and may not they deserve little sympathy at our It may not be the case that they refused it yesterday or the day before but is it the fact earning high they struck for and drove their work away from themselves We fear On the 25th a numerous deputation waited on the President of the Poor Law and pointed in forcible the amount of destitution existing in many parishes in the East of One gentleman in particular we will not say the case of the sufferers in these parishes for the case requires further but their wretched condition he was perfectly prepared with the proper which the President ought to endeavour to apply without inquiry and without a general poor rate applicable to perhaps he was prudent in not stating the whole

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