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SLIP II.—FROM HIS OWN COUNTRY.

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SLIP II.—FROM HIS OWN COUNTRY. As Mr. Symons will be paying us periodical visits, and re- porting upon the state of the poorest and most defenceless amongst us, an occasional delineation of the same class as to poverty, in his own country, may assist his descriptive facul- ties within the range of truth. We find the following most deplorable and pitiful account in a book lately published by Mr. Ferguson :—• There are hamlets in Oxfordshire, at which the poor people bote no other water to drink than what they draw from the stag- ant ponds at A,h.ch horses and cows drink, and in which ducks and g ese swim. We have been informed by a highly-respectable mtdical gentleman that numbers cf the inhabitants of these ham- •i"lets die annualiy of a fever which is the effect of the water they -iual y of a i are forced to drink, and of the bad quality and short quantify of their food." Such is the systematic poverty of the working classes in the mare southern, counties, that if a poor woman were to be seen going to the baker's with a few pounds of mutton, she would at once be suspecied of theft, and might expect a visit from the official searchers. Very few of ilie peasantry are able to feed a small pig auij those who do feed one are in general compeil.d to part with it. in order that they may have the means of purchasing a few ar- ticles of clothing a:id shoes for their feet." It is a great mistake to suppose that certain sins to which we Reed no more particularly allude here, are more extensively en- couraged and practised in our large towns and cities than they are in th obs .'ure villages and small towns of our rural districts." Every village has its quota of loose characters, and these are more Ï:1 number than pecple are in general aware of. In many of the villages within twenty miles of the Universities, there are certain places called '-Th^ College."

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