Distress and Destitution in Europe
--The want of employments cresting serious distress in Europe
It is stated that in the manufacturing towns of Belgium
, and principally at Ghent
, over 5,000 workmen are out of employment, and much suffering for want of food prevails.
The town of Blackburn, England
, contains 68,000 people, nearly one-fourth of whom are now suffering privation from the scarcity of food, clothing, bedding and fuel.
When the mills are in full operation 20, persons are employed, but at the present time upwards of one-third, or nearly 7,000, are wholly unemployed, at a loss to the workers of about £6.000 a week in wages.
during the last week in March, no less than 359 persons, dependent upon the labor of her hands for their daily bread, were idle and unable to obtain employment.
In many places in France
, also, there is similar distress.