William Driver with a 'City Arab' [street boy] and reformed young boys at his Belvedere Crescent Reformatory near Waterloo. Driver was a former ragged school master who founded an 'industrial home for outcast boys'. Although the home was capable of accommodating 60 inmates, due to lack of funds only 19 boys resided there at the time of this article, which noted: 'The once filthy, vagrant, emaciated, idle, reckless and obscene should not only present an appearance of cleanliness and comfort, but actually come to be industrious, prudent and moral.' The boys worked 9 hours a day making boxes.Engraving from the Illustrated London News dated 1st March 1856.
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