Monday, September 20, 2010

'What wonder is it if they go into the nearest saloon and perhaps become intoxicated'

SCHRUNCHINS
A daily taste of Newfoundlandia

“Dear Sir—It seems strange that so far a cabmen’s shelter had not been erected. Our cabmen and carmen are exposed to all the changes of temperature experienced in this climate. Has it never struck those in authority that it is cruel to make no provision for these men, when by putting up a suitable shelter the whole trouble might be obviated? What wonder is it if they go into the nearest saloon and perhaps become intoxicated, as there is no other place for them to go? Such a state of things should not be. A shelter would not cost a great deal of money and it would be a great benefit. I remain, Yours truly, A White Ribboner.”

The Daily News, St. John’s, September, 1894.

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