Idiot and Mother


“The wretched mendicant, with her idiot boy, is an object of deep commiseration. The poorest wretch to whom his mother appeals in his behalf would be almost afraid, in the sight of Heaven, to refuse to divide a handful of meal or potatoes with him. From morning till night his eternal ‘pal, la! pal la!’ is heard, unless when he stops the cravings of hunger with the offals that are thrown to him by the hand of poverty-stricken charity.”

Illustrated London News, August 12, 1843