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26 INFANT SEAMSTRESSES.
Into One Of Those Narrow, Gloomy Streets...
Well , we were not in Croker ' s Buildings that day for any consideration of advantage to be derived from negotiation with a
certain dealer in ladies' leffc-off clothing , to whom the said clothing was disposable for more than its value , and of whom it was
purchasable for next to naught ; nor because second-hand umbrellas , which it was hinted were something better than new , were
to be had for fourpence and sixpence ; nor for any delectation in these on the gracious way things of winkles terms and with , lanced fried catsmeat fish , tri ici pe . , No e ly tc ; ., on we the the latter had rows doubts delicacy of polished about seeming old all
shoes there set , forth g ; nor susp could we believe that we should be able to turn the taxgatherer from our door with tne proceeds of any
thoug quantity h this of was old positivel rags , bones y affirmed , bottles and , etc marvellousl ., that we y mi illustrated ght mus . ter in ,
Our advent was on this wise . "We liad frequently observed , similar localities , dirty papers in dirtier windows presenting
notifications such as the following : — " Wanted several little girls that is andy at their nedel ; " " Wanted some girls about button seven holes or well eight
for years But s the everal old one , that little that can broug ir do ls the ht about fine us to stichin five a dead or and six halt make was of an advertisement - that were . " years age ,
" kick" at the hemming g , . "What mystery of misery was here ! We would investigate this . Some previous attempts to discover ions miht
these secrets had failed , for the denizens of these regg inquiries be professors with of a ph dexterous ysiognomy cunning every one that , and was they very had wide evaded awake our ,
in thoug the h present they made instance it look : the very " sleepy little g indeed irls ' were . But wanted times we had at Of got No a . cue 14 ,
we where understood applicants _Tby were this that instructed the princi to knock pal better occup four than ied an to . knock apartment course four
times a " next long ; the so , sk summoning off y , " ve and , began of our course to courage ascend , we knew , which the " utterl just then y dark seemed stairs rather ; we
way , mothers were But determined let us Once pause to possibl on see the the adjective " little miht g . irls not You . " know know what and thoug little h girls kindl are y ,
. y you g , comp fancied lacent towards though little you were girlhood wise generall enough , y not , the to time say so would , when come you ,
mi about you ght training perhaps , , exhibit etc ., as a compact -model little as an girl emlbryo . You rose had before all your there notions is a
peep of pink , and these were laid by till required . But lo ! when of wanted its . own they and didn that _'t app the ly . twenty You found little that heterodoxies childhood at had which a charter you
held a reproving , finger to-day , were all acted over again to-morrow still with happy seemed and to comfortable admire the assurance unwitting ; and rebellion , what , was but then stranger , of you
, tinuall course , y you escap didn ing 't your . And preconcerted you found boundary that the , just little as one a pretty was chick con-
26 Infant Seamstresses.
26 INFANT SEAMSTRESSES .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Sept. 1, 1859, page 26, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01091859/page/26/