Madame Darmesteter (better known to English readers as Miss Mary Robinson) has an article m the " Fortnightly " upon the condition of the French workman of the 14i!>h century, as compared with his position m the present. She shows conclusively that as far as the working man is concerned, the "good old times" is strictly appropriate, and entirely confirms, m respect to France the conclusion at which Professor Thorold Rogers arrived m respect to England-^-namely, that the second half of the 14th century and the first twenty years of the 15th were years of a prosperity for working people that have never been equalled since. Madame Darmesteter shows that the modern Parisian workman earns about £73 12s a year; arid spends it all. The mediaeval man earned £45 a year, and spent (including heavy direct taxes and subscription *6 his confraternity) £15 16s 6d, leaving a surplus of £28 11s 7d. Etis "food and lighting" cost £7 14s 8d as against £12'; his clothing 7s lOd, as against £6. The modern working man will do well to observe how strong an organisation, of industry accompanied this prosperity. The organisation died out, and, as Professor Rogers says, " Everything is dearer since then—everything except the price of labor.
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French Workmen., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890
French Workmen. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890
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