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MORAL OF THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS.

The "London Morning Tost," the organ of the Conservative pasty, In an (irtiole en the oonditlon of tho poor In Whiteohapel, s»ys : — Tbe veil has baeu drawn asldo that oovered up the hldoous oonditlon Id whloh thousands, tens of thousands, of oar fellow oreatares livej m this boasted nlueteenth oentui'y, end m tho very beart cf the wealthiest, tbe healthiest, the moat civilised city m tho world. The daily tins, the nightly agonies, the hourly Borrows, that haunt and poison and oorro.pt the ill-fated tenants and eojourneri m theee homei of degradation and disease have boen again and again dtßcribed with mure or Kbi troth and force by our popaiar writers ; but it is when some crime or acoldent, m or.) than usually horrible, has givvii vividness and reality to the previously unrealised ploture, that we aro brought to ask why Bleeps the thunder, acd how tbeae things can be? The answer is m tho facts dicc'.osed. Take tho latest bb a Bampls of the rest. A wretched back street is crowded with houses of the moat miserable olass. Nearly all of them are lot oat m lodgings of a single room, or part of a room. The honao wboro the murder was committed had no leas than six families, all toilers for dally bread-— some of questionable honesty or sobriety — »nd all, we may be Bare, contaminated m greater or less degree by the vioioas surroundings of th ir distressful home. Loose women have as free run m the«e abodes as rabbits m a warren. Tftere is a continual oomlDg and going. Preoepts of decency are not observed, the standard of propriety is low, the whole moral atmosphere is pestilential. Poverty m its direst form haunts some dweliluga, ghastly pre fllgaoy denies othere, and this In itreet tfter street, alley aftoj alley, cul de sac after cul desac, garret after garret, and collar after cellar. Amid Bach gross surroundings who oan bo good ? With this atrocious miasma oontlnually brooding ovit them, and settling dowu among them, who oan rise to anything bettor 1 Morally, these people are notonlylost — they are dead and burlod. This la the part of the eubjeot thtit olamorß for immediate consideration, these are miseries that need immediate remedy, these aro tbe lamentable conditions of human existence, whtoh may well tax tho widest counsels and the most philanthrope consideration of the best men and women of the day. Side by aldo with all the luxury, the ease, the magci&cenoa, and abounding plenty of our vast metropolis, ; are all those pitiable ground-down p9oj,le bowed with misery aud eteeped with crime. It Is not go much the truncheon of the policeman that is wanted as the wand, magical m its power and healing io its tonoh, of higher moral ministries — some centres at -Intervals m their very midst where the gentle ministrations of Christian love shall never be sought by^ the weary and heavy laden la v»ld, where the veriest outcast may knock and feel that there at least are pitying hearts and open bands, the instruments of God m the recovery of man.

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MORAL OF THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1989, 7 November 1888

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MORAL OF THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1989, 7 November 1888

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