[Boston: n. p., 1878]. First edition. Broadside handbill, approx. 8 x 5.25 inches. Some light wear and toning; in very good condition. Item #16884
"Whereas, in consequence of the long continued prostration of business and lack of employment of the working classes . . . in as much as hundreds of deserving poor people of both sexes are nightly turned away from the various police stations in this city, because of a lack of accommodation, and are compelled to wander sleepless through the streets at night." Testimony to the human cost of the Long Depression (which began with the Financial Panic of 1873 and hung on through the labor strikes of 1877 and beyond), this an appeal dated January 1, 1878 for additional subscribers to "The Shelter"--a heated shelter on Hanover Street, and an early example of a city trying to find an answer to the problems of urban homelessness. An appeal is also made for donations of bedding and clothing.