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From: "Geo." <>
Subject: Newspaper snippets
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 23:35:48 +0800

From the Carlisle Patriot Sept 20, 1844 posted with permission of the transcriber, Laura J.

Something strange about this, why didn't they go to the workhouse? I know many people were too proud to do so but one would think pride would have taken a back seat in these circumstances. One has to wonder what became of the wife and children - they must surely have ended up in the workhouse anyway.



On Wednesday a poor man named JAMES PEMBERTON, blacksmith, residing at
Baines's-lane, in this town, and formerly of Gateshead, put an end to his
existence by poison. He had a wife and four children, and had been out of
employment since January last. During that time he and his family had
subsisted by disposing of their clothes, furniture, &c., until they had
nothing left upon which a single farthing could be procured. For several
days past they had nothing to eat but what was given by their neighbours,
who being poor, had but little to spare. After he had taken the fatal
draught, he communicated to his wife what he had done. Mr. EMBLETON was
sent for, who applied the stomach-pump, after which he rallied, and
conversed very sensibly with his wife and others; he requested something to
eat, but his wife had nothing to give him. Mr. TAYLOR, the relieving
officer, promptly visited the residence, which presented an indescribable
picture of destitution. PEMBERTON was lying on a straw bed in a corner,
without an article of bedding to cover him,until one of the neighbours
brought a covering, nor was there any furniture in the room but an old table
and a stool. Mr. TAYLOR gave an order for some provisions for their
immediate relief, but by that time the sufferer was too far gone to make any
use of it. He soon after expired. - Sunderland Herald

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