Social Wreckage: A Review of the Laws of England as They Affect the Poor, Volume 1

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Page 263 - Now them that are such we command and exhort, by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
Page 263 - Let him that stole steal no more : but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Page 153 - Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Page 202 - we must be here to work; And men who work can only work for men, And, not to work in vain, must comprehend Humanity and so work humanly, And raise men's bodies still by raising souls, \ As God did first.
Page 262 - ... that of the honest, toiling poor, and so to increase, rather than decrease, the ranks of offenders. Hence, notwithstanding the progress of the age in many important movements, there has been comparatively little sustained adoption of a system combining, effectually, deterrence with reformation, by making it the basis of prison discipline to compel every offender to render both amends and restitution, so far as possible, to the state, or to those whom he has injured, and at the same time, by a...
Page 43 - And yet it never was in my soul To play so ill a part : But evil is wrought by want of Thought, As well as want of Heart...
Page 216 - A girl is not necessarily a better woman because she knows the height of all the mountains of Europe, and can work out a fraction in her head; but she is decidedly better fitted for the duties she will be called upon to perform in life, if she knows how to wash and tend a child, cook simple food well, and thoroughly clean a house. To do these duties really well, needs not only intelligence, but special training.
Page 262 - England. There are two opposite extremes, each mischievous to all parties concerned, toward which systems of criminal treatment are in turn liable to tend. Either, with a narrow heedlessness of the causes of crime, they are apt to aim at mere vindictive chastisement, almost always proved by the results to be ineffectual even for deterrence; or, with humane intentions, they permit such relaxations of needful stringency as to render the condition of the criminal more comfortable and desirable than...
Page 171 - The importance of selecting good officers for prison duties cannot be overrated. The officer who is in charge of prisoners has such power for good or evil over his fellow-men, that I do not think there are many positions more responsible than that which he occupies ; nor on the whole are there, I think, many in which the officer is exposed to more temptations to neglect his duty or abuse his trust...
Page 65 - Retailers of gin were accustomed to hang out painted boards announcing that their customers could be made drunk for a penny, and dead drunk for twopence, and should have straw for nothing ; and cellars strewn with straw were accordingly provided, into which those who had become insensible were dragged, and where they remained till they had sufficiently recovered to renew their orgies.

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