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Identifier: storiesofpersons00bene
Title: Stories of persons and places in Europe
Year: 1887 (1880s)
Authors: Benedict, E. L. [from old catalog]
Publisher: New York, London, G. Routledge and sons
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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andstarvation. If his neighbors happen to be a little better off he can beg orborrow, but when, as was the case in 1847, everybodys potatoes are bad, thenthere is no hope. For several years before this terrible time known as the famine thepotato crop had been a failure, but this year there came a sudden blightupon all in the island. At first the people did not realize the terriblecalamity that had befallen them, but it was not long before a despairing cryfor bread arose. From every miserable, damp, unhealthy hovel the lastarticle of furniture and clothing was sold to buy food, and when all was gonesickness and fever followed fast. Ireland. 157 Thealmostoff by hundreds. Poor weak wretches dropped living were too weak to bury their dead, and decaying corpses inevery hovel caused an outbreak of fever which carried the survivors dead in the streets ; halfnaked bodies layunburied by theroadside, the marketplaces were piledwith coffined corpseswhich there was noone to bury. Mothers carried

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their dead infants about intheir arms in the hope of ob-taining a little charity fromthose who had plenty; forthere were those in Irelandwho had enough and tospare in the midst of all thiswretchedness, and the suffer-ing was increased by many aheartless landlord who seizedwhat might have been sold forbread to make sure of hisrents. A gentleman who went toIreland at the time to dis-tribute food met one day twomen driving several gaunt cowstoward Letterbrick, and behind them the sorrowful half-starved owners. Heinquired the trouble and was told that the cows were being taken to the 158 Persons and Places in Europe. pound to be sold for rent, which the owners declared was not due till May;but the landlord said if he did not make sure of it the people would sellthe cows and be off to America leaving the rent unpaid. As the news of Irelands terrible distress spread abroad people every-where sent relief as fast as possible. Private individuals and associationsgave money; a cargo of food was

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