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THE

THREE CRIPPLES.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF

THE COMMITTEE OF GENERAL LITERATURE AND EDUCATION,

LONDON:
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THE

THREE CRIPPLES.

CHAPTER I.

THERE are streets in London where not only every floor, but every room, is tenanted by a separate family. These streets were once the abodes of fashionable inhabitants, who have long since gone to their last long home, the few that remain having betaken themselves to other quarters of the metropolis, where, according as their taste may lie, there is more grandeur, or fresh air. The street to which we now invite our reader's attention was one of these. Its progress downward had been slow but sure, and from having been at one time the scene of many a festivity, it had become the haunt, in some cases, of the profligate, but in all, of the poor. Its very name had undergone a change; and from having been called Chetland street, it became known as Hawthorn street, in all modern directories and maps. A street such

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