As posted by Howard Brown at JTR Forums and reposted here by his permission.
October 16, 1888
Enjoyed reading that, thanks Chris,
'Many of the little fellows are as low in the social scale as they could possibly be but some have clean collars and well patched clothes and bear about them the signs of loving mothers and poor but industrious parents'
How sad is that?!
I can just imagine the audience when the volunteer singers began......if they didn't like a singer 'Chuck him out'!!
But 'Hencore, hencore' to the ragamuffin who sang the words 'Then Ireland and her sons may prove a credit to the world'.
Thanks. Yes it is sad. They were hard times. And people think they have it bad today. They don't know what absolute poverty and deprivation is.
You're right Chris, hard times indeed.
a few bits I liked..........the boy who 'set all his comrades' teeth watering by investing in a steaming 'college pudding' which seemed to be the envy of them all'.
and the quote 'as the gun fired' I suppose this was the one o' clock gun?