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THE very large increase in the number of pauper inmates of the Cardiff Workhouse would naturally lead us to the conclusion that there is a great deal of poverty in the town at the present time. An increase of 101 on the corresponding week of last year, when the number of inmates was 512, is at the rate of nearly 20 per cent., and it behoves the guardians to institute some inquiry into what is in some degree unaccountable. If we had had several weeks' hard frost, thowing out of employment those en- gaged in building and other outdoor occupations, we could understand the large amount of increased pauperism. But the weather, so far, has been in every re- spect highly favourable to work out of doors. True the work at the docks has been far from brisk, and many labourers have thus been thrown idle but this fact will scarcely of itself account for 101 extra paupera in the workhouse. It has been noted that pauperism is sure to increase in any town in the neighbourhood of which large public works are being carried on; and without actually knowing such to be the case, we believe that the presence of some hun- dred of navvies in Cardiff and its immediate vicinity, has something to do with the in- crease of 101 inthe indoor pauper list. Navvies are, of all classes of workmen, the most prone to give up work and go on tramp, leaving their wives and children to the workhouse until the tramping husband and father has got another job. But whatever the cause, it requires the attention of the guardians.

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