The million-peopled city
The Yearly Deaths.
The magazine just quoted from stated further :- "About 300 of the pensioners die annually. During the last 19 years, 5,755 have died, being an average of 302 each year. At particularly trying seasons the mortality is
|especially great. All who die are interred within 48 hours.|
Whether, therefore, we consider the age and physical condition of these men, or the national debt we owe them, as having exposed their lives for the safety of their country, they have, we had almost said, a stronger claim on our Christian sympathy than any other body of individuals.- Very soon they will ALL be in eternity."
Last year was a year of less mortality than usual in the Hospital. Yet 291 pensioners died at in , and the average of deaths there for the last 10 years is 308, which exceeds the previous average by 6. The following is the exact record:-
Pensioners. Died in . . . 316 Died in . . . 307 Died in . . . 277 Died in . . . 286 Died in . . . 369 Died in . . . 270 Died in . . . 355 Died in . . 301 Died in . . .311 Died in . . .291 3,083
In one of these years (), therefore, it will be seen there was actually more than one death of a pensioner occurring every day throughout the year.