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THE MORAL of SOUTH AFRICA

30 A WEEK MINIMUM.

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30 A WEEK MINIMUM. MR VvILL CROOKS ON THE HARD- SHIPS OF THE POOR Mr. Will Crooks. M.P.. has been ad- dressing a meeting of the An coats Brotherhood in Islington Hall, Man- chester, on "How to Rear a British Family on 30s. a Week or Less." The address really consisted of "a series of pathetic and humorous stories, descriptive of slum life in London. He described the perpetual struggle against poverty which his own mother had— his father being maimed—to bring up a family of seven, all of whom lived in one room. The hungry tramping through the country in search of work of his early manhood he also detailed, and he gave a. touching picture of his hungry wife and children waiting at home for the postal order which he could no chance of earning. A Cabinet Minister whom he had shown the slums expressed surprise that people living so were as good as they were. Mr. Crooks pleaded especially that the nation should do something to improve the lot of the little children of the slums. It should do in its own interest, for the nation depended on its little children. Nowhere on arth was there such noble heroism, devotion, and philan- thropy as there was among the poor women—mothers who worked night and day to keep their offspring in food. People said the nation was not suffi- ciently well off to deal properly with all these children. He denied that. It was wealthy enough to care adequately for all of them. They saw the results of the present system in the overfilled asylums, hospitals, workhouses, and prisons. In workhouses the average cost of food for children was 2s. 4d. a week, and for adults 4s. 8d.If it cost that feeding people on wholesale lines, it must cost more outside. At least it must cost 24s. 8d. a week for food a.nd rent, without counting anything for ooal, light, and clothes, and therefore he claimed that no working man should be asked to work for less than 30s. ft week in this country.

D. A.

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THE MORAL of SOUTH AFRICA

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