Parson And People; Or, Incidents In The Every-Day Life Of A Clergyman

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CHAPTER III. A SUBURBAN PARISH. OUR INSTITUTIONS. In a previous page the question suggested itself â?”How could we aid our suffering and destitute poor ? This, of course, was a difficult and delicate question. We were not ...
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CHAPTER III. A SUBURBAN PARISH. OUR INSTITUTIONS. In a previous page the question suggested itself â?”How could we aid our suffering and destitute poor ? This, of course, was a difficult and delicate question. We were not relieving-officers, and we had not the rates to depend upon; there was the vast machinery of the Poor-law for them to fall back upon, and it was not desirable that private charity should in any way rival it ; but then there were the thousand and one cases which the Poor-law did not touch ; the thousand and one cases where a little relief in sickness, a little aid in temporal but severe distress, would save a family from an amazing amount of misery, and save them also from the pauperizing habit of running " to the Board" every time they cut their little fingers. Proper pride is a comparative question, and grounds itself upon very differentstarting points. A little while ago a poor woman, very rough, very ignorant, living in a very rough and ignorant neighbourhood, said to me, " I've had a deal of trouble, Sir, for I've brought up ten children, but thank God a policeman never laid his fist on one of them yet." Here I saw what was, under her circumstances, the foundation of a proper pride; and the same kind of proper pride comes out in many of our poor, when they thank God " that they never troubled the parish yet; " and was evinced by an old man who said to me a little while ago, " Well, Sir, as long as I can get a bit of cabbage from the garden, boil it and sprinkle it with salt, I can gobble it up, and be as happy as a king without troubling the parish." To help such a person would be a real pleasure to any thoughtful mind, and can be done without in any way destroying their independence of character; but this requires considerable care. Our system of helpin...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781458838872
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Pages: 50
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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