The City Wilderness: A Settlement Study

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Robert Archey Woods
Houghton Mifflin, 1898 - Boston (Mass.) - 319 pages
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Page 115 - To begin with, every gang has a " corner " where its members meet. This " hang out," as it is sometimes called, may be in the centre of a block, but still the gang speak of it as the "corner." The size of a gang varies : it may number five or forty. As a rule, all the boys composing it come from the immediate vicinity of the corner. Every gang has one or more leaders...
Page 289 - The individual does not have in himself the main cause of difficulty. In the great majority of cases the trend of his physical and moral existence is practically determined for him by his outward conditions.
Page 12 - At some points along the beach there was a good depth of water, and Gibben's shipyard was located on the easterly side a short distance north of Dover Street as early as 1722, and as late as 1777. Other...
Page 235 - ... boys' gangs. The jokes, the horseplay, the tendency to ridicule and make light of everything, which are the life of the gang, issue in an essentially lawless disposition. This includes restlessness under restraint, low indulgence, carelessness, oftentimes cruelty. These are the predominating traits of many street children. In some it is so marked that they become incorrigible truants or develop criminal tendencies. A small minority of these children manage to keep an obedient, law-abiding spirit,...
Page 117 - About thirty young men belonging to one of the gangs I know, meet every Sunday afternoon at their corner. Of this number, fully half are fellows who live in the Highlands, at the edge of Roxbury. I know a boy in the High School — he will graduate next year — who moved to Dorchester, but comes regularly to the old corner on Sunday afternoon. No new friends can supplant the gang. It is little wonder. The life of the gang is...
Page 234 - street children" is used advisedly, for as a matter of fact most of the children of this locality live on the street when they are not asleep. The streets educate with fatal precision. Sometimes in a little side street, you will see a hundred children at play. In this promiscuous street life, there is often every sort of license that can evade police authority. Juvenile rowdyism thrives. Disrespect for decency and order is the result. The same thing is revealed by a study of boys
Page 137 - In each ward of such a section as this, it is safe to say that there are five or six hundred men who are more or less influenced by the political talk of the saloon.
Page iii - The House is designed to stand for the single idea of resident study and work in the neighborhood where it may be located. The whole aim and motive is religious, but the method is educational rather than evangelistic. A second, though hardly secondary object. will be to create a center, for those within reach, of social study, discussion and organization.
Page 116 - Nightly after supper the boys drift to their " corner," not by appointment, but naturally. Then ensue idle talk, " jawing matches," as one boy expressed it, rough jokes, and horse-play. No eccentric individual gets by the gang without insult. Nearly every gang has " talent " : one or two members who can sing, perhaps a quartette ; also a buck-dancer, one or two who can play on the jew's-harp, and a
Page 230 - ... buried life, which does not get free. In old days it got free through old forms of religion, and then men had peace and were not afraid of anybody or anything. We cannot go back to the old forms — they are gone with the old times and in the presence of the new learning of our days. Many therefore have given up religion altogether and carry about a buried life. It is buried but it is not dead. When it really hears God's voice it will rise.

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