Poor people experience the greatest difficulty in obtaining the needful for it,
whilst those a bit better off are content to stay in their own country and
put up with the inconveniences of bad trade.
Knots of men continue to find street corners a fitting place for discussion
of the question of their forced idleness. Employers of labour, large and
small, are practicing economy in its strictest form to allow of a small margin of
Mine owners hardly seem disposed to sign contracts for the purchase of iron
ore produce over lengthened periods, and the price remains about the same -
10s 6d per ton at works.
There is a deal of poverty in the district at the present time, and various
devices are being resorted to to get a living.