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A PITEOUS CASE.

WOMAN'S HOME BROKEN UP.

REFERENCE IN THE LORDS

LONDON, March 3

As' a result of a charge laid by the Society for the Protection of Children, a widow, a charwoman, was sentenced to sis months' imprisonment. 1

She occupied a stinking, dark, and fireless room at Clerkenwell, with three barely-clobhcd and starving children. They were bordoring on idiocy, and were'fed on broken victuals -which, the woman took home.

The Magistrate described the case as one of mediaeval barbarity.

Referring to the- matter in the House of Lords', Lord Selborne said he was informed that, the children were well fed. The mother was earning 10s weekly,i but could not buy clothes and send them to school. She knew that discovery meant prosecution for overcrowding, and separation from the children, of whom she was fond. If the facts were true, it was a most piteous case. The Archbishop of Canterbury contended that the law did not compel the Board of Guardians to break up jiomes.

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A PITEOUS CASE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8810, 5 March 1914

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A PITEOUS CASE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8810, 5 March 1914

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