TO THE EDITOR OF THE CORK EXAMINER.
SIR– I was greatly surprised to find that the committals to our city prisons were so numerous, and that the crimes attributed to the parties were, for street begging. –We are bound by the present law to give out-door relief when the workhouse is full– not before– but surely it ought to be taken into consideration the difference in charge between the gaol and the workhouse. All persons committed for street begging to gaol, must be fed on gaol allowance– at the exclusive charge of the over-taxed citizens of Cork, while those sent to the workhouse would have the cost charged half to the landlord and half to the ratepayer; and again, the cost per head, would be much less in the workhouse to what is paid for gaol allowance.
If beggars are to be imprisoned let them be sent to the workhouse, not sent to gaol, where the allowance given acts as a premium rather than a punishment. Our Magistrates should look to this, and not add to our present taxation, which many will shortly be unable to pay.
Your obedient servant,