By Michael Newton
A guide of the Scottish Gaelic global focuses upon Gaelic cultural survival from the twelfth to the 18th centuries.
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But there was no such shilly-shallying when it came to other races: ‘And the rest, those swarms of black and brown, and dirty white, and yellow people, who do not come into the new needs of efficiency? Well, the world is a world, not a charitable institute, and I take it they will have to go. The whole tenor and meaning of the world is, they have to go . . ’ It is only fair to add that Wells revised his views on race a few years later, but the eugenics remained unapologetic when it came to drunkards, gluttons and others with inherited diseases.
Husband not quite steady, wife delicate-looking. Respectable: one boy sent to truant school . . Father has lost an eye. House not very dirty . . Disreputable old woman. Hawks when able. House very dirty, probably used as a house of ill-fame . . Four boys, three girls (young). Very poor, little work. House dirty, very little furniture . . Nine young children. Had parish relief stopped for illegitimate child. Children dirty and unruly. ’ As the investigators homed in on housing conditions, again street by street, the descriptions become more detailed, and horrifying.
Its rigid class distinctions, its imperial pride, its strange ideas – from theosophy to racial purity – are the vivid coral of a lost world. Few of us would feel at home there for any length of time. Every town had places where the children were literally shoeless and where people were withering (not growing fatter) from malnutrition. The smells of the town included human excrement and unwashed bodies, along with tobacco, beer, coal smoke and the rich reek of horse. Child prostitutes were readily available on busy streets.
A handbook of the Scottish Gaelic world by Michael Newton