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"MERRIE ENGLAND."

"HOW, THE'POOR LIVE.'*. A remarkable BtO.ry of poverty was told at a London Coroner's on February 3rd, at, ah influest on Jane Alice Noble' aged three, the daughter of an unemployed bookbinder, of' Sydney-grove. Goswell-road, Clerl-pnweil. The mother said that she was put to buy a little coal, and upon her return found her daughter In ilaines. The child was un,derclothi#g, and, she .could hot a aregnairdi Sic, her tj-nd chlldre.p came "put. of the workhouse a few weeks, beiore,'c_r_itmas' ,since wMn l-\er hpsban'd" _a# been doing "a il.lttle hawking, " "'• ~ TJC**- Cor<?ne'r (T»r. Waldo): How. nraph does he earn on, an average"? *— Last Ve.ei ■tje only 2/j, sir. . The Cproner: How can ypu Rye? I mip:Ppse\ Ton get outdoor, relief?, — No, elr, wmanage, as besl; we can. We. haye, a pennyworth of br,eas and a pennyworth; of coal. ■ Continuing, the fitness said that she, ;hpr husband, and three children lived in ope rjoom. a.t the rent of 2/ a week, Th-}, Coroner. That only leaves yoja 6_<-to ;Uv.p an? — Tes. sir. ™ j The witness added that on one occasion a lady _a.re.-h_t. 1/6. • T i The coroner's officer said that he found j'the room vary clean. There was, however, tairdly a scrap" of anything in the iroom, -with the exception ot a box, whlcli j.was used a» a cot, phd, a table. The latter was used by the man and woman as a bed, the covering being a' blanket and, a rug. He found not a scrap ot food in the place. In summing up, the coroner said It was in the world such a case as this existed! ■very sad to know that in the largest city How these poor people existed, he did not know, but there were many such cases in Southwark. He would give this poor woman 10/ out of, the poor box, and 1/6 to buy a fireguard. (''Hear, hear!" from the jury.) The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."

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"MERRIE ENGLAND." Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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