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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 them, rivalling [sic] Dublin in rags and dirt. We flattened ourselves
into doorways but they would jam against us, and Alice’s
sensitive nose received a stifling dose. A merchant explained
that this was the first instance of their closing stores for a procession
in several years, fearful of a mob from so great a gathering.
Cork is not an interesting city. The streets generally have
a reasonable width but are quite irregularly laid out and the
architecture of the buildings is of the plainest style. “Cork” is
derived from the Irish word “Corrach” a marrsh. Part of the city
is built on the hillside, but the larger part is on an island be-
tween two branches of the river Lee-
Shopping in Ireland is always disagreable, [sic] but particularly
so in Cork. “Half price” and “reduced prices” are conspicuously
advertised at every turn. The “gab” of the clerks is intolerable
They know just what you want, praise everything incessantly,
and the goods (however coarse) are “the finest thats made”.
Ragged barefooted customers jostle you in every store and native
blarneying and bantering incessantly annoying-
In the streets the beggars and legion, children, women with
babes, with several babes, but the greater number are ^old^ women, bare-
footed and ragged- An astounding number of dirty old hags,
frequently in groups, a dozen more or less- One morning as
I was hastily turning a corner I met a drove of them, and as
they made no effort to give me room I passed quite close to one
who was singing, but her tune quickly changed into “Jasus the
divil! Thats my toe” which reminded me that I had slightly
touched something soft-

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