Distress in Manchester--8,000 Destitute operatives
--The Manchester Guardian
, of the 19th, says: ‘"It is a very sad fact that the distress in this city, caused by want of work, is steadily on the increase.--The inclement weather of the winter having passed, the hopeful anticipations of the spring time have blinded many to the consideration that want of bread is as hard to bear in April as in December.
It is a fact, established — by the returns prepared under the careful superintendence of Captain Palin
, the chief constable
, that, from the 7th or January to the 8th of this present month, there has been an increase of nearly two thousand in the number of persons wholly out of employment.
The numbers were during the week ending Jannary
7th, 8,167; during the week ending April 8th, 8,059.
The latter number has been attained by a weekly increase, on an average of the thirteen, weeks of one hundread and fifty individuals But the number, --9,059, was exceeded by the number in the previous week in March, when the number of operatives dependent upon the labor of their hands for their daily bread, and having no such labor for their willing hands to do, was 8,359.
With how earnest a cry, each morning, would the words be spoken from those eight thousand heards. 'Give us this day our daily bread' ?"’