Excerpt from Publications of the Catholic Truth Society, 1897, Vol. 33
In one of the rooms of the most wretched of thes tenements lay a little girl about twelve years of age A broken staircase led up to the place, which w divided by a rough sort of boarding from the sleeping dens of the other lodgers in the house - you could no dignify such places by the names of homes! Eao room had its distinct family - its tale of woe, mise and sin; and the one which I now entered was 11 exception. Yet, in one way, all were alike; there wa always the old story. Father out of work, and continu ally drunk; mother grown reckless from despair children half naked, and more than half starved, crouch ing in the doorways, or quarrelling over some broke toy in the dirty landing-place.
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