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Grimmy Tune Req: Cotton Famine Road, The (27) RE: Tune Req: Cotton Famine Road, The 23 Mar 07

For those who want further info, there is a Project Gutenberg copy of Waugh's "Home-Life of the Lancashire Factory Folk during the Cotton Famine" here.
WARNING: it makes harrowing reading. Eg:

"This family had been driven from house to house, by increasing necessity, till they had sunk at last into a dingy little hovel, up a dark court, in one of the poorest parts of the town, where they huddled together about a fireless grate to keep one another warm. They had nothing left of the wreck of their home but two rickety chairs, and a little deal table reared against the wall, because one of the legs was gone. In this miserable hole which I saw afterwards her husband died of sheer starvation, as was declared by the jury on the inquest. The dark, damp hovel where they had crept to was scarcely four yards square; and the poor woman pointed to one corner of the floor, saying, "He dee'd i' that nook." He died there, with nothing to lie upon but the ground, and nothing to cover him, in that fireless hovel. His wife and children crept about him, there, to watch him die; and to keep him as warm as they could. When the relief committee first found this family out, the entire clothing of the family of seven persons weighed eight pounds, and sold for fivepence, as rags."

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