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heir own physical nature;and I showed them how wrong it was to break the social lawsthat bind society together, and also the laws of God, and soforth. I considered that my conversation with them for twoor three hours had had a great effect; and I provided them withwholesome food, and I gave them clothes to wear, and I surrounded them with as many comforts as I possibly could. 29 Mr. Fundi s History of Modern England The Birmingham Institution, under tlie same management, hasalso succeeded to such an extent that it is in contemplation toestablisli another there on a larger scale; which, no doubt, will mostseriously tend to impair the utility of those magnificent edifices, ourgaols and bridewells, which everywhere afford such vast but by nomeans empty accommodation. A meeting has been held, LordCalthorpe in the chair, to carry out the desired object, which willtend to throw so many turnkeys out of employment, and to whichall persons are asked to subscribe who desire to rob Jack Ketch of
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SERVANTGALISM CoOK: Well, to be sure, Mum! Last place I were in Missis always knockedat the door afore she come into the kitchen!! his livelihood, and the Government of convict labour, by substitutingprevention for cure—superseding prison discipline by reformation. The relations of masters, mistresses and servants is a neverending theme in the pages of Punch. His attitude wasgoverned by the broad principles that the labourer was worthyof his hire, and that those who offered inadequate wages mustexp>ect neither character nor efficiency. But he draws a cleardistinction between the domestic slave and the flunkey, hold- 30 High Life Below Stairs ing that snobbery in employers was the chief cause of itsprevalence amongst highly paid servants. Punch was thechampion of theslavey — immor-talized in Dickenss Marchioness —even of the much-ma 1 i g n e d char-woman ; the relent-less critic ofJeames, his plushand powder andcalves. As earlyas 1847 we findhim supporting areversal of the ol
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