Excerpt from Legends and Stories of the Holy Child Jesus From Many Lands
Charlie's father, old Nanny's son, had married when he was quite young. His wife had died When Charlie was born: she had been weak and ailing for some time, and her husband had not money enough to buy her food and nourishing things to keep her alive. For he had no trade; the little money he earned was for selling white mice and rats, of which he had always a great number in cages at home - in the one room in which they lived. Perhaps living in the stiﬂing atmosphere with so many animals helped to kill the mother, as it certainly did Charlie's father, who, stricken with a fever, for want of pure air, good nursing, medicine, and nourishment, died when Charlie was only twelve years old.
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