Life and Labour of the People in London Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...in their turn suffer even more from the wretched lives of class B. The disease from which society suffers is the unrestricted competition in industry of the needy and the helpless. Enough has been said in other chapters about the condition of class D. Though not as a rule unwholesome or unhappy, it is certainly very meagre. Nor does his low estate provide any security for the individual against changes for the worse. Below D we have B, and below B we have the workhouse. If hand or foot slip, down they must go. "Easy the descent, but to step back is difficult." Class C, too, has been sufficiently described. With the poverty due to irregular employment, it lies alongside of rather than below the regular but low-paid labour of class D. Of the part which class C plays in industry much is said in reviewing East End trades, Volume IV. Both C and D for their own sakes badly need the b'ft which I maintain is also needed for the progress of E and for tho advancement of the standard of life. It is class B that is du trop. The competition of B drags down C and D, and that of C and D hangs heavily upon E. I lave already said, and I repeat, that industrially we gain nothing from B. All that B does could be done by C and D in their now idle hours. Nor is this so impracticable as it might at first seem. At least, we might move in that direction. What I above all desire is to arouse the interest and ingenuity of the classes who are themselves so vitally concerned in this matter, as not till then shall we approach with any chance of success the solution of the problem of poverty as it is presented in England to-day. In the meantime we are face to face with the immediate difficulty of the relief of indigence, and with the fact that mere giving as a...
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