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THE CHURCH AND REFORM.

"SWINE, PAUPERS, AND THE DEAD."

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"SWINE, PAUPERS, AND THE DEAD." AN almost incredible story of squalor, immo- rality, misery, and overcrowding, has just come to light at Elham, where is located Folkestone Union. Thither professional tramps, worthless fellows, penn:less workmen, women, and children have to proceed, if desirous of resting beneath a roof- The casual ward there is a small, badly ventilated stable, and these unfortunate creatures are com- pelled to make their beds with a horse, a pigsty being on one side and a dead-house on the other! The sanitation consists of an open drain running at the feet of these helpless people. The most re- markable and astounding fact in connection with this hovel is that the Local Government Board have actually certified it as fit to accommodate 26 human beings Mr H. H. FOWLER was told that the casuals slept on raised platforms spe- cially prepared." In truth, the bed consists of two pieces of rough board nailed together by four lengths of quartering, which raises them three inches from the stone floor of the stable Only a dozen of these beds (?) are provided, and the remaining inhabitants have to lay on the cold stones. Even the coaimon decencies of life are disallowed, and in this kennel men, women, and children are forced to lie together like swine. For the privilege of sleeping in this den the casual has to remain two days, and he passes his time in a cell breaking stones. In order to ensure the com- plete fulfilment of this task the broken stones have to be separately passed through a sort of wire netting. The horrors of Russian cruelty can hardly beat this degradation inflictea in Christian England. In prison the worst vagabond is kept clean; he is housed in a sanitary and decent ward, and he works under infinitely better conditions than the poverty-stricken wretches who fall into the clutches of Folkestone Guardians. Thousands of rich men's animals are better cared for, and yet the House has a chaplain who teaches men that human life is of more value than a sparrow.

A CRUMBLING ESTABLISHMENT.

THE CLERICAL CANVASS.

--PAUPERISM IN MONTGOMERYSHIRE.

A RETROGRADE MOVEMENT. )

MONTGOMERY STANDING JOINT…

KERRY & LLANMEREWIG SUMMER…

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