Bad Times; An Essay on the Present Depression of Trade, Tracing It to Its Sources in Enormous…

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byAlfred Russell Wallace

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. PAUPERISM IN ENGLAND AND IN IRELAND. If the facts and inferences set forth in some detail in the last chapter are correct it necessarily follows that the masses of the people are on the whole worse off than they were ten years ago; in other words, that poverty and destitution are increasing, in extent if not in intensity. It is, however, continually asserted that pauperism is diminishing over the whole country as well as in London, and that the working classes have never been so well off. But if this is really the case there should be no diminution in the demand for manufactured goods, and depression of the home trade ought not to exist. It Is therefore necessary to examine this assertion and the grounds on which it rests. Our public writers and speakers, including members of parliament and of the government, continually adduce the official Poor Law statistics as proving that pauperism has diminished; but I venture to assert that the conclusion is altogether erroneous, because officiallyrelieved paupers form but a part, and perhaps only a small part, of the whole number of individuals who depend upon extraneous relief for some portion of their subsistence. Official paupers are either outdoor or indoor. The former have greatly diminished during the last ten or fifteen years, while the latter have increased at as great a rate as the population (see Diagram, p. 49). But it is well known that during this period outdoor relief has been steadily discouraged by the Poor Law authorities, and to such an extent that it has been almost abolished in many unions. In Whitechapel, Stepney, and St. George's-in-the-East, outdoor paupers have diminished from many thousands to a few hundreds or even less. In Stepney they were reduced from...

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. PAUPERISM IN ENGLAND AND IN IRELAND. If the facts and inferences set forth in some detail in the ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217788769

ISBN - 13:9780217788762

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