Living London; its work and its play, its humour and and its pathos, its sights and its scenes; . d from thedebris of the repairing operations. Occasion-ally the children are warned off, and the oldwood blocks become the property of grown-up men, who take them away on donkey cartsand hand-carts. The children are the mostinteresting adventurers to watch. Havingsecured their wood, they occasionally retirewith it to a convenient dead wall, and therethey proceed to chop it up into pieces ofsmaller size. The tradespeople of the thoroughfareswhich are the favourites of the road-makingoperators are l

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Living London; its work and its play, its humour and and its pathos, its sights and its scenes; . d from thedebris of the repairing operations. Occasion-ally the children are warned off, and the oldwood blocks become the property of grown-up men, who take them away on donkey cartsand hand-carts. The children are the mostinteresting adventurers to watch. Havingsecured their wood, they occasionally retirewith it to a convenient dead wall, and therethey proceed to chop it up into pieces ofsmaller size. The tradespeople of the thoroughfareswhich are the favourites of the road-makingoperators are l
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Living London; its work and its play, its humour and and its pathos, its sights and its scenes; . d from thedebris of the repairing operations. Occasion-ally the children are warned off, and the oldwood blocks become the property of grown-up men, who take them away on donkey cartsand hand-carts. The children are the mostinteresting adventurers to watch. Havingsecured their wood, they occasionally retirewith it to a convenient dead wall, and therethey proceed to chop it up into pieces ofsmaller size. The tradespeople of the thoroughfareswhich are the favourites of the road-makingoperators are long-suffering folk. Thevendure something which is an unhapp_\-compromise between a siege and a blockadefor long periods with despair in their hearts,but the despair only rises to their lips whenthe state of thing.s is continued until itdenudes the thoroughfare of those passers-by on whom thev- depend for custom. Allclasses suffer alike. The little ready-moneyshop loses its cash customer ; the bigestablishments suffer because no cab orcarriage can come within several hundred I88 LIVING LONDON.. WATCHMKX. yards of their doors. Sometimes tiiere arepublic meetings of protest, but, as a rule,the indignation finds a safety valve in lettersto the newspapers. Of late years, however, somany parts of London have suffered fromthe roadways being made impassable by theworks in progress on them that Londonershave ceased to write to the Times andhave begun to recognise the grim humour ufthe thing. London Up presents its romantic sidein the winter da)-s when a hea\y fog suddenlyconverts the inhabitants of the capital intoa people groping their way through a cityover which has been spread the mantle ofinvisibility. Then does the passage ofLudgate Hill, the crossing of Berkeley Square,the navigation of Holborn become asdangerous as the Alpine trip of the touristwhose proud motto was Excelsior.Humanity is not dead, even in the heartof the contractors for road repairs, andso, when a black fog come

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