Some Conditions of Child Life in England

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Author: Benjamin Waugh
Published: 1889
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,116 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.3
LoC Categories: HN, HV
Downloads: 300
Added to site: 2010.04.05
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Genre: Non-fiction
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as pleas for their mercy. And from every quarter to which children have been sent, the same testimony comes as to the untruthfulness of the charges their parents made in Court, against the children and for themselves.

III.

There are many other things yet to be changed, both in the laws and in the customs of this country, before child life in it will be what it ought to be.

1. The shops of England abound with poisons specially prepared for children. "Syrups" and "foods" as unsuitable for a baby's stomach, and as fatal, as a bullet would be to its brain or a knife to its throat, are sold to all comers. In some cities, coroners and medical men have a hundred times denounced things in common use as poison to babies; and the Press a hundred times has carried their denunciations into every street, with absolutely no effect on the extent of their use. Boiled bread, corn-flour, sago, "tops and bottoms," these soon make a strong, week-old baby a sight to see.

2. Still further. Where inhuman

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