Official Guide and Album of the Cunard Steamship Company

Official Guide and Album of the Cunard Steamship Company

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ... of Marylebone is the best specimen--that the English Poor Laws are to be best seen in operation. The tendency of Poor-law Reformers is to the suppression of out-door relief altogether, and the massing of all who are unable to provide for themselves in these hopeless establishments, where men and women are punished for poverty as severely as they are for theft. Having surveyed a Workhouse, the inquirer will have a key to that dread and horror of "the house" which often leads men and women to die upon bare boards, or to destroy themselves. Between the Workhouse and the Prison there are not many steps. The temptations of poverty and the corruptions bred of drunkenness, go far towards filling gaols. A day at the Old Bailey and Clerkenwell Sessions, and in Newgate, will show a visitor of what stuff the London criminal population is made. The vagrants, the tramps, the beggars, the cheats, and the finished rogues ripe for the honours of the Old Bailey are in formidable numbers in our closely-massed population; and they are of all classes. A turn round Newgate surprises many a smug, respectable Londoner, who has imagined that the people who beg or steal in order to avoid work are all natives of Whitechapel, Seven Dials, or Drury Lane--resorts of poverty and vice, pent up in courts and alleys, no stranger, who wishes to have a whole idea of London, should neglect. I should recommend him, if he wishes to probe our body social to its uttermost depths, to put himself in the hands of an intelligent officer of the Detective Service, whose company he can secure by application to the head of the Police in Scotland Yard. With such escort I, in company with my friend Gustave Dore, have seen the policeman's bull's-eye turned on the most hideous...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787439
  • 9781236787439