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The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 27. The Management The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 27. The Management

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 27. The Management
CHAPTER XXVII. THE MANAGEMENTIn this final chapter it were well to look at the Social Abyss in its widest aspect, and to put certain questions to Civilisation, by the answers to which Civilisation must stand or fall. For instance, has Civilisation bettered the lot of man? "Man," I use in its democratic sense, meaning the average man. So the question re-shapes itself: _Has Civilisation bettered the lot of the average man_? Let us see. In Alaska, along the banks of the Yukon River, near its mouth, live the Innuit folk. They are a very primitive people,... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1413

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 23. The Children The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 23. The Children

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 23. The Children
CHAPTER XXIII. THE CHILDREN"Where home is a hovel, and dull we grovel, Forgetting the world is fair."There is one beautiful sight in the East End, and only one, and it is the children dancing in the street when the organ-grinder goes his round. It is fascinating to watch them, the new-born, the next generation, swaying and stepping, with pretty little mimicries and graceful inventions all their own, with muscles that move swiftly and easily, and bodies that leap airily, weaving rhythms never taught in dancing school. I have talked with these children, here, there, and everywhere, and they... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 2815

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 22. Suicide The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 22. Suicide

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 22. Suicide
CHAPTER XXII. SUICIDEWith life so precarious, and opportunity for the happiness of life so remote, it is inevitable that life shall be cheap and suicide common. So common is it, that one cannot pick up a daily paper without running across it; while an attempt-at-suicide case in a police court excites no more interest than an ordinary "drunk," and is handled with the same rapidity and unconcern. I remember such a case in the Thames Police Court. I pride myself that I have good eyes and ears, and a fair working knowledge of men and things; but I confess,... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 573

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 21. The Precariousness Of Life The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 21. The Precariousness Of Life

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 21. The Precariousness Of Life
CHAPTER XXI. THE PRECARIOUSNESS OF LIFEI was talking with a very vindictive man. In his opinion, his wife had wronged him and the law had wronged him. The merits and morals of the case are immaterial. The meat of the matter is that she had obtained a separation, and he was compelled to pay ten shillings each week for the support of her and the five children. "But look you," said he to me, "wot'll 'appen to 'er if I don't py up the ten shillings? S'posin', now, just s'posin' a accident 'appens to me, so... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 3157

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 20. Coffee-Houses And Doss-Houses The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 20. Coffee-Houses And Doss-Houses

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 20. Coffee-Houses And Doss-Houses
CHAPTER XX. COFFEE-HOUSES AND DOSS-HOUSESAnother phrase gone glimmering, shorn of romance and tradition and all that goes to make phrases worth keeping! For me, henceforth, "coffee- house" will possess anything but an agreeable connotation. Over on the other side of the world, the mere mention of the word was sufficient to conjure up whole crowds of its historic frequenters, and to send trooping through my imagination endless groups of wits and dandies, pamphleteers and bravos, and bohemians of Grub Street. But here, on this side of the world, alas and alack, the very name is a misnomer. Coffee-house:... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 3320

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 19. The Ghetto The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 19. The Ghetto

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 19. The Ghetto
CHAPTER XIX. THE GHETTOIs it well that while we range with Science, glorying in the time, City children soak and blacken soul and sense in city slime? There among the gloomy alleys Progress halts on palsied feet; Crime and hunger cast out maidens by the thousand on the street; There the master scrimps his haggard seamstress of her daily bread; There the single sordid attic holds the living and the dead; There the smouldering fire of fever creeps across the rotted floor, And the crowded couch of... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1172

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 18. Wages The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 18. Wages

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 18. Wages
CHAPTER XVIII. WAGESWhen I learned that in Lesser London there were 1,292,737 people who received twenty-one shillings or less a week per family, I became interested as to how the wages could best be spent in order to maintain the physical efficiency of such families. Families of six, seven, eight or ten being beyond consideration, I have based the following table upon a family of five--a father, mother, and three children; while I have made twenty-one shillings equivalent to $5.25, though actually, twenty-one shillings are equivalent to about $5.11. Rent $1.50... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 2361

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 17. Inefficiency The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 17. Inefficiency

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 17. Inefficiency
CHAPTER XVII. INEFFICIENCYI stopped a moment to listen to an argument on the Mile End Waste. It was night-time, and they were all workmen of the better class. They had surrounded one of their number, a pleasant-faced man of thirty, and were giving it to him rather heatedly. "But 'ow about this 'ere cheap immigration?" one of them demanded. "The Jews of Whitechapel, say, a-cutting our throats right along?" "You can't blame them," was the answer. "They're just like us, and they've got to live. Don't blame the man who offers to work cheaper than you... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1205

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 13. Dan Cullen, Docker The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 13. Dan Cullen, Docker

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 13. Dan Cullen, Docker
CHAPTER XIII. DAN CULLEN, DOCKERI stood, yesterday, in a room in one of the "Municipal Dwellings," not far from Leman Street. If I looked into a dreary future and saw that I would have to live in such a room until I died, I should immediately go down, plump into the Thames, and cut the tenancy short. It was not a room. Courtesy to the language will no more permit it to be called a room than it will permit a hovel to be called a mansion. It was a den, a lair. Seven feet by eight... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1572

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 12. Coronation Day The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 12. Coronation Day

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 12. Coronation Day
CHAPTER XII. CORONATION DAYO thou that sea-walls sever From lands unwalled by seas! Wilt thou endure forever, O Milton's England, these? Thou that wast his Republic, Wilt thou clasp their knees? These royalties rust-eaten, These worm-corroded lies That keep thy head storm-beaten, And sun-like strength of eyes From the open air and heaven Of intercepted skies! SWINBURNE.Vivat Rex Eduardus! They crowned a king this day, and there has been great rejoicing and elaborate tomfoolery, and I... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1315

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 11. The Peg The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 11. The Peg

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 11. The Peg
CHAPTER XI. THE PEGBut, after carrying the banner all night, I did not sleep in Green Park when morning dawned. I was wet to the skin, it is true, and I had had no sleep for twenty-four hours; but, still adventuring as a penniless man looking for work, I had to look about me, first for a breakfast, and next for the work. During the night I had heard of a place over on the Surrey side of the Thames the Salvation Army every Sunday morning gave away a breakfast to the unwashed. (And, by the way, the... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1107

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 10. Carrying The Banner The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 10. Carrying The Banner

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 10. Carrying The Banner
CHAPTER X. CARRYING THE BANNER"To carry the banner" means to walk the streets all night; and I, with the figurative emblem hoisted, went out to see what I could see. Men and women walk the streets at night all over this great city, but I selected the West End, making Leicester Square my base, and scouting about from the Thames Embankment to Hyde Park. The rain was falling heavily when the theatres let out, and the brilliant throng which poured from the places of amusement was hard put to find cabs. The streets were so many wild rivers of... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 2896

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 9. The Spike The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 9. The Spike

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 9. The Spike
CHAPTER IX. THE SPIKEFirst of all, I must beg forgiveness of my body for the vileness through which I have dragged it, and forgiveness of my stomach for the vileness which I have thrust into it. I have been to the spike, and slept in the spike, and eaten in the spike; also, I have run away from the spike. After my two unsuccessful attempts to penetrate the Whitechapel casual ward, I started early, and joined the desolate line before three o'clock in the afternoon. They did not "let in" till six, but at that early hour I was... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1409

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 8. The Carter And The Carpenter The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 8. The Carter And The Carpenter

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 8. The Carter And The Carpenter
CHAPTER VIII. THE CARTER AND THE CARPENTERThe Carter, with his clean-cut face, chin beard, and shaved upper lip, I should have taken in the United States for anything from a master workman to a well-to-do farmer. The Carpenter--well, I should have taken him for a carpenter. He looked it, lean and wiry, with shrewd, observant eyes, and hands that had grown twisted to the handles of tools through forty- seven years' work at the trade. The chief difficulty with these men was that they were old, and that their children, instead of growing up to take care of... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 2435

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 7. A Winner Of The Victoria Cross The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 7. A Winner Of The Victoria Cross

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 7. A Winner Of The Victoria Cross
CHAPTER VII. A WINNER OF THE VICTORIA CROSSI have found that it is not easy to get into the casual ward of the workhouse. I have made two attempts now, and I shall shortly make a third. The first time I started out at seven o'clock in the evening with four shillings in my pocket. Herein I committed two errors. In the first place, the applicant for admission to the casual ward must be destitute, and as he is subjected to a rigorous search, he must really be destitute; and fourpence, much less four shillings, is sufficient... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1111

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 3. My Lodging And Some Others The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 3. My Lodging And Some Others

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 3. My Lodging And Some Others
CHAPTER III. MY LODGING AND SOME OTHERSFrom an East London standpoint, the room I rented for six shillings, or a dollar and a half, per week, was a most comfortable affair. From the American standpoint, on the other hand, it was rudely furnished, uncomfortable, and small. By the time I had added an ordinary typewriter table to its scanty furnishing, I was hard put to turn around; at the best, I managed to navigate it by a sort of vermicular progression requiring great dexterity and presence of mind. Having settled myself, or my property rather, I put on my... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1898

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 2. Johnny Upright The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 2. Johnny Upright

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 2. Johnny Upright
CHAPTER II. JOHNNY UPRIGHTI shall not give you the address of Johnny Upright. Let it suffice that he lives in the most respectable street in the East End--a street that would be considered very mean in America, but a veritable oasis in the desert of East London. It is surrounded on every side by close-packed squalor and streets jammed by a young and vile and dirty generation; but its own pavements are comparatively bare of the children who have no other place to play, while it has an air of desertion, so few are the people that come and... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1577

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 1. The Descent The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 1. The Descent

The People Of The Abyss - Chapter 1. The Descent
CHAPTER I. THE DESCENT"But you can't do it, you know," friends said, to whom I applied for assistance in the matter of sinking myself down into the East End of London. "You had better see the police for a guide," they added, on second thought, painfully endeavouring to adjust themselves to the psychological processes of a madman who had come to them with better credentials than brains. "But I don't want to see the police," I protested. "What I wish to do is to go down into the East End and see things for myself. I wish to... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 1703

The People Of The Abyss - Preface The People Of The Abyss - Preface

The People Of The Abyss - Preface
The chief priests and rulers cry:- "O Lord and Master, not ours the guilt, We build but as our fathers built; Behold thine images how they stand Sovereign and sole through all our land. "Our task is hard--with sword and flame, To hold thine earth forever the same, And with sharp crooks of steel to keep, Still as thou leftest them, thy sheep." Then Christ sought out an artisan, A low-browed, stunted, haggard man, And a motherless girl whose... Nonfictions - Post by : CHRISDAVIES - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 3089

The Mutiny Of The Elsinore - Chapter 50 The Mutiny Of The Elsinore - Chapter 50

The Mutiny Of The Elsinore - Chapter 50
CHAPTER LIn the past twenty-four hours many things have happened. To begin with, we nearly lost the steward in the second dog-watch last evening. Through the slits in the ventilator some man thrust a knife into the sacks of flour and cut them wide open from top to bottom. In the dark the flour poured to the deck unobserved. Of course, the man behind could not see through the screen of empty sacks, but he took a blind pot-shot at point-blank range when the steward went by, slip-sloppily dragging the heels of his slippers. Fortunately it was... Long Stories - Post by : pbrandtnews - Date : May 2012 - Author : Jack London - Read : 605