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 : Tyburn Dick

Statement of boy to London society, aim of which to rescue juvenile criminals, demonstrating pernicious influence of penny dreadfuls: Charley reads penny dreadfuls to his brother Bill from the shop window almost every week; one of the serials they read each week is "Tyburn Dick", which gets Bill particularly worked up; They went to the shop, but couldn't find out the conclusion to the serial without purchasing it; therefore they stole the penny number to read at home. Charley concludes to the society: "That was the commencement of it; and so it went on and growed bigger".

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Charley ?      Print: Serial / periodical, penny dreadful


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