Prisoners of Poverty
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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...after the fever, when the children died and I had n't but two left, it seemed as if we 'd be more sensible to all go in together and see if we could n't be more comfortable. We'd have left anyway, and tried for a better place, but for one thing, --we had n't time to move; and for another, queer as it seems, you get used to even the worst places and feel as if you couldn't change. "We'll have to, if the landlord does n't do something about the closets. It's no good telling the agent, and I don't know as anybody in the house knows just who the landlord is. Anyway, the smell's enough to kill you sometimes, and it's a burning disgrace that human beings have to live in such a pig-pen. It's cheap rent. We pay five dollars a month for this place. When I came here it was from a neck-tie place over on Allen Street, that's moved now, and my husband was mate on a tug and earned well. But he took to drink and sold off everything I 'd brought with me, and at last he was hurt in a fight round the corner, and died in hospital of gangrene. Mary's husband there was a bricklayer and had big wages, but he drank them fast as he made them, and he was ugly when the drink was in, which mine was n't. But there's hardly one in this house, man or woman, that don't take a drop to keep off the fever; and even I, that hate the sight or smell of it, I wake up in the morning with an awful kind o' goneness that seems as if a taste might help it. The tea stops that, though. Tea's the best friend we 've got. We 'd never stand it if it was n't for tea." "Are overalls steady pay through the year?" "There's nothing that's steady, so far as I can find out, but want and misery. Just now overalls are up; the Lord only knows why, for you never can tell...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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