The million-peopled city
Their Temptations to Drink.
The temptation to drink to which omnibus-men are exposed, is another serious peril in their path, and which, with proper care on the part of proprietors, might most easily be avoided, to the advantage of themselves as well as their men. How much force is there in the following extract from " Silverpen:"-
" Why is it that almost all omnibuses start from public- houses ? From any convenience which may arise from this custom, the proprietors pay nothing to the landlords, though it is not likely that landlords would allow their several pave- ments to be blocked up without some source or other of remuneration. This, therefore, consists in the custom of omnibus servants, who are only too apt, from exhaustion of body, consequent on long hours and the laborious nature of their work, to spend all, or nearly all, their earnings in stimulating drinks. A proprietary that would employ, and would estimate the services of a respectable body of men, would not place such a form of continuous temptation in their way; whilst, as to the public themselves, particularly females, this plan has long been strongly objected to. Why should not a rich proprietary have for their omnibuses
|termini-houses of their own? Therein a large part might be made to pay their own expenses by affording, at a cheap rate, tea and coffee, and even dining accommodation, to the proprietary servants, whilst rooms enough would remain for passengers to shelter and wait in, for the purposes of offices, and as a look-out for the time-keepers, whose weather-bear- ing capabilities seem now to be on a par with a church vane or barn weathercock. Harshness gives no facility to labour, and that the world may depend upon. What an improve- ment such houses would be over existing circumstances! Instead of the gin-shop bar, and the public-house tap-room, the men would have a place for decent rest, for purposes of cleanliness and for chaning clothes in wet and bad weather, instead of being, as now, compelled to sit or stand the day through in the same soddened clothes. We scarcely need a registrar-general, or a physiologist, to point out the physical benefits which would arise out of such improvements. But whilst the gin-shop and the tavern are made any part of the connecting link between the public and their accommodation, many of the evils complained of, both by servants and masters, must still exist." |
 "Working Man's Friend," August 3,1850.