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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter viii. condition of the jews in the pale of settlement. In the vast Ghetto, which is known as the "Jewish Pale," the situation of the Israelites has always been lamentable; but now it has become so utterly unbearable, that only an immediate order for a wholesale massacre could in any way aggravate the condition of things there. We have already seen that the Jews cannot acquire or rent any landed property, and that they must all reside in the cities and townlets. In these places the population has increased to perfectly alarming proportions, owing to the continual crowding-in of the Jews. As the immense majority of them are destitute (to an extent absolutely unknown in Eastern Europe), there could be no question of building new quarters in which to lodge the immigrants, who are forcibly ejected from the villages and congested in the cities; the result being a condition of overcrowding, which to-day constitutes a formidable and permanent danger to the public health, of all nations throughout Europe. The Jews are so closely packed into these towns, in which they form the majority of the population, that three of them are compelled to occupy the same amount of space as would suffice for one Christian and "corners of rooms" are let out to entire families! As is frequently the case, extreme want is exceedingly prolific, and this starving nation multiplies to an alarming degree, notwithstanding the illnesses and the hunger by which it is decimated. Where it is possible to find any work at all, the rate of wage is continually lessening, in consequence of the enforced competition amongst the Jews; even clever and industrious workmen can hardly gain twelve shillings a week, and are out o...
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