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BARRY MYSTEKY.

BARRY DOCK DISASTER,

CHILD DKUNKENNESS IN OUR CITIES.

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CHILD DKUNKENNESS IN OUR CITIES. Mr Robert Vincent, writing to the Temple Magazine for September, gives a most interesting account of the Children's Home started by Dr Stephenson. With reference to the terrible condi- tion of child life in our great cities, he says Dr Gregory gives a startling picture of the crying need for the vigorous prostcution of the work among the children of our slums. It is quite a mistake to suppose, as many do, that the School Boards have completed the deliverence of the street children, and the Home constantly takes in cases quite as bad as those received 25 years ago. The worst cases are found among the children of criminals and drunkards these poor little mites when rescued from their inhuman parents being often physically injured by the effects of drink. From their baby- hood thev are kept in a state of intoxication, and the results are pitable to see. One little fellow of six, on admittance to the Home, possessed the physical and mental development of a child of two. He could not 8pek intelligibly, but mnde his wants known pretty clearly in an inarticulate way—his craving for rum. The extent of child drunkenness is, perhaps, the most appalling feature of life in great cities. A lady the other day brought a girl of 13 to the Home she was a confirmed drunkard, and nothing could be done to keep her outside the public-house."

IT HAPPENED IN CARDIFF.