SERGEANT GEALE, appeared before the bench this morning, and related a very distressing case of destitution. On last evening, a poor man was passing down Clarence Street with two children on his back; and from their colour and appearance it seemed that they wre in a dying condition. Sergeant Geale was apprised of the circumstance, and found the children in a house in the neighbourhood, lying on a heap of shavings. One of them a little girl of three years old, appeared to be just dead, and, according to the Constable’s evidence, has since died; and the other a boy of six years old, was conveyed to the infirmary, where Dr. Rountree said it was almost useless to receive him, as he was also reduced to the last extremity.
The medical gentleman who had visited them gave it as his unqualified opinion that the younger child’s death had resulted from starvation, and the other would in all probability die from the same cause. Their bodies presented a most emaciated appearance, being, according to the Constable’s statement, nothing but skin and bone. The father stated he was from the neighbourhood of Bandon, where he had been unable to procure any employment, either from the farmers of the district or on the public works in the neighbourhood.
Mr. J. J. O’Brien observed that there were hundreds of similar cases of which the police had no information.