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Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows. A Knocker-up (sometimes known as a knocker-upper) was a profession in England and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution and at least as late as the 1920s, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. A knocker-up’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. The knocker-up used a truncheon or short, heavy stick to knock on the cl
East London had the most well-known slums of that time. The upper crust of society referred to the east side as the “darkest London”. London had slums in other areas also. The different slums were given names such as Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Bethnal Green and Old Nichol. It was the general opinion of many of the wealthy Victorian families that the slums were brought on because of laziness, sin and lack of principle and self-discipline among the people who lived there.
The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11 – March 14, 1888) was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the USA. "The Great White Hurricane", paralyzed the East Coast, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Streets in New York City as the storm hit. Many overhead wires broke and presented a hazard to city dwellers.