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abondism of the neigh-bourhood or to swell the number of paupersand heighten the rates of the adjacent parishes. Cheap Lodging-Houses. I NOW come to the class of cheap lodging-houses usually frequented by the casual labour-ers at the docks. It will be remembered, per-haps, that I described one of these places, aswell as the kind of characters to be foimdthere. Since then I have directed my attentionparticularly to this subject; not because itcame first in order according to the course ofinvestigation I had marked out for myself, butbecause it presented so many pecuHar featuresthat I thought it better, even at the risk ofbeing unmethodical, to avail myself of thechannels of information opened to me ratherthan defer the matter to its proper place, andso lose the freshness of the impression it hadmade upon my mind. On my first visit, the want and misery thatI saw were such, that, in consulting -n-ith thegentleman who led me to the spot, it wasaiTanged that a dinner should be given on the
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o;^ ao I—It—I < < I—I LOl^nON LABOUR AND THE LONDON POOS. 313 following Sunday to all those who were presenton the evening of my first interview ; and, ac-cordingly, enough beef, potatoes, and materialsfor a suet-pudding, were sent in from theneighbom-ing market to feed them eveiy one.I parted with ray guide, arranging to be withhim the next Sunday at half-past one. Wemet at the time appointed, and set out on ourway to the cheap lodging-house. The streetswere alive with sailors, and bonnetless andcapless women. The Jews shops and public-houses were all open, and parties of jollytars reeled past us, singing and bawling ontheir way. Had it not been that here andthere a stray shop was closed, it would havebeen impossible to have guessed it was Sunday.We dived down a narrow court, at the entranceof which lolled Irish labourers smoking shortpipes. Across the court hung lines, fromwhich dangled dirty-white clothes to dry; andas we walked on, ragged, unwashed, shoelesschildren sc
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