After Bread; A Story of Polish Emigrant Life to America
by Henryk Sienkiewicz
ISBN 0217779190 (0-217-77919-0)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter H. in new york. Ik New York, starting from Broadway in the direction of Chatham Square and crossing several streets, the traveler meets a part of the city more and more poor, neglected, and squalid. The streets are very narrow. The houses, built, perhaps, by the Dutch colonists, have become cracked and warped with old age: the roofs have sunk in, the plaster has dropped from the walls, and the walls themselves have so settled that the cellar windows are level with the street. Strange crooked lines have taken the place of the usual straight American streets: uneven walls, and roofs crowd and terrace one upon another with their broken slates and shingles. In wet weather pools of water stand in the streets, muddy and thick. The windows of the dilapidated houses look down upon these puddles, in which can be seen pieces of paper, pasteboard, glass, wood, and clippings of tin: the streets, or rather their layers of mud, are littered with this rubbish; everywhere can be seen dirt, filth, disorder, and human misery. In these quarters are boarding-houses, where one can live for two dollars a week; also saloons, where they entice unfortunate men to go on whaling vessels; secret agents from Venezuela, Ecuador, and Brazil, who persuade people to colonize the tropics and who furnish the yellow fever with quantities of victims; restaurants, who feed their gaests on salt meat, rotten oysters and fish, that perhaps are cast up on the beach by the water; private gambling houses, Chinese laundries, mariners' rests and dens of crime, misery, hunger, tears. "And yet this part of the big city is crowded, for all emigrants who cannot find even temporary lodgings in Castle Garden gather here, dwell, live, and die. Also, it could be said, that if immigration consists of the re...
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