4th March 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in a red brick farm worker’s cottage in Knapton, Norfolk, England – Walter Pardon, “one of the best singers of traditional folk- songs in England” who was “discovered” at the age of 59, and spent his full 84 years living in the cottage where he was born.

http://folkopedia.efdss.org/Walter_Pardon

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-walter-pardon-1336792.html

Society and culture: In Dunedin, New Zealand, Earl Grey comments on  the existence of “slumdom” in New Zealand, informing the government and the people of the “urgent necessity for immediately adopting remedial legislation…[to]…absolutely extirpate such a foul canker on the body politic” [ The Melbourne “Argus”].

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/7283462

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