London at the End of the Century:A Book of Gossip
a Beckett, Arthur William
ENTERTAINING THE WORKING MAN.
WHEN the Season is commencing in the West-end of town it becomes the fashion to consider the claims of the East. It is the mode to assume that Mr. and his friends, relatives, and acquaintances, are in need of recreation. The object we have in view is No doubt a very excellent idea, but rather suggestive of patronage. I am not quite sure that we would feel greatly complimented were the costers of Shoreditch and Hackney to organise a society to provide the upper classes with amusements suitable to their station. If they suddenly took the Westminster Town Hall, or the rooms belonging to the Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and invited the cultured classes to or I fancy the said cultured classes would smile contemptuously at the impertinence. The smile would not become more respectful if the Coster Committee
|explained that their object was to keep I refer to the practice as is one of the fads left in London at the end of the century.|