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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... XXIX. (1865.) ODD WAYS OF GETTING A
LIVING IN PARIS A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AGO. Paris under the second
empire furnished innumerable curious subjects for study, and one of
the most singular of them which early attracted my attention was
the numerous odd ways its more indigent inhabitants had of getting
a living. I was first led to interest myself in this strange phase
of Parisian life by the reports of some eminent statisticians who
had made the social condition of the capital their study, and had
come to the astonishing conclusion that every day upwards of five
per cent, of the population neither knew how to procure a meal nor
where they would sleep at night, and yet nearly the whole of them
contrived to fare, after a fashion, before the day was over. "How,"
it may be asked, "did they manage?" With many this was their own
secret, and too frequently a terrible one, divulged only before the
police tribunals. Of those who got their living honestly, though
none the less precariously, there were many thousands, the mere
names of whose pursuits were known to few beside themselves. Even
when you heard them you were scarcely the wiser, and had to ask for
an explanation, which the chances were you would not comprehend,
until more precise details were furnished. Supposing you were told,
for instance, that such a person was a "guardian angel," that
another "let out meat on hire," or "made soup bubbles," that others
were "contractors for harlequins," "dealers in secondhand bread,"
"painters of turkeys' feet," and "retailers of lighted fuel," you
would be puzzled to know the objects of these various callings, and
what possible need there could be for their exercise; and yet more
or less comfortable livings were being made from them all. Privat
d'Anglemont, I found, ...
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