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ITHE TREATMENT OF OUR PAUPERS.

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I THE TREATMENT OF OUR PAUPERS. We visited the Workhouse the other day, an d was struck with the great Improvements which have taken place in the treatment of our rn-door paupers. It has been pointed out as a remarkable fact that the maintenance of each pauper costs five times as much now than it did in the year the battle of Waterloo was fought. We have progressed in other directions, and why should we stand still in this ? Wo should like to see further con- cessions made to alleviate the pauper's lot, and these could be granted without making our workhouses too comfortable to attract all that numerous class whoso one aim is to get through life doing the smallest quantity of work, and to be fed and clothed by the labour of others. There is, for instance, an opening for reform in the regulations for the separation of husbands and wives, the visits of relatives, and the matter of costume, which would help to soothe the declining years of a class which does not enjoy a superfluity of indulgences. Here is scope for the brightening influences of progress. Crabte, writing not a hundred yeara ago, protested against the needless harshness to which the system of giant pauper institutions seemed to lead and he pleaded for out-door relief in a sentimental strain which would horrify the more stern of our modern race of Guardians "You place the poor," he exclaims, In one house throughout their lives to be, The pauper-palace, whicu.

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