The Dangerous Classes of New York and Twenty Years' Work Among Them

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Wynkoop & Hallenbeck, 1872 - Child welfare - 448 pages

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Page 72 - It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
Page 27 - Let but Law lift its hand from them for a season, or let the civilizing influences of American life fail to reach them, and, if the opportunity offered, we should see an explosion from this class which might leave this city in ashes and blood.
Page 87 - Where do you live?' rung in our ears — 'Don't live nowhere!' Little bootblacks, young peddlers, canal-boys, who seem to drift into the city every winter, and live a vagabond life; pickpockets and petty thieves trying to get honest work; child beggars and flower-sellers growing up to enter courses of crime — all this motley throng of infantile misery and childish guilt passed through our doors, telling their simple stories of suffering and loneliness and temptation, until our hearts became sick;...
Page xii - This minute and scrupulous care for human life and human virtue in the humblest forms, in the slave, the gladiator, the savage, or the infant, was indeed wholly foreign to the genius of Paganism. It was produced by the Christian doctrine of the inestimable value of each immortal soul. It is the distinguishing and transcendent characteristic of every society into which the spirit of Christianity has passed.
Page 222 - The workers, also, in this movement felt from the beginning that " asylum-life " is not the best training' for outcast children in preparing them for practical life. In large buildings, where a multitude of children are gathered together, the bad corrupt the good, and the good are not educated in the virtues of real life.
Page 359 - It shall be the duty of the pilots to pilot, when required, all inward bound vessels from outside of what is commonly called "the Point of the Main Reef...
Page 90 - We hope, too, especially to be the means of draining the city of these children, by communicating with farmers, manufacturers, or families in the country, who may have need of such for employment.
Page 42 - Natural Selection," in regard to the human race, is always towards temperance and virtue. That is, vice and extreme indulgence weaken the physical powers and undermine the constitution; they impair the faculties by which man struggles with adverse conditions and gets beyond the reach of poverty and want. The vicious and sensual and drunken die earlier, or they have fewer children, or their children are carried off by diseases more frequently, or they themselves are unable to resist or prevent poverty...
Page 241 - The children are not indentured, but are free to leave, if ill-treated or dissatisfied ; and the farmers can dismiss them if they find them useless or otherwise unsuitable. This apparently loose arrangement," he adds "has worked well." Mr. Brace said before this Conference in 1876 (see Proceedings, p. 139): "The employers agree to send the children to school, and, of course, to treat them kindly. Beyond this there is no agreement, and no indenture is made out. The relation is left much to the good...
Page 118 - 'I will tell you, sir. I was working out with a lady. I had to get up early and go to bed late, and I never had rest. She worked me always; and, finally, because I could not do everything, she beat me — she beat me like a dog, and I ran away; I could not bear it.' "The manner of this was wonderfully passionate and eloquent. '"But I thought you were arrested for being near a place of bad character,

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