|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
|Chapter||The Easter Offering. The Beano Meeting|
able to keep almost regularly at work, except in wet weather.
The difference between a good and bad spring and summer is that in good years it is sometimes possible to make a little overtime, and the periods of unemployment are shorter and less frequent than in bad years. It is rare even in good years for one of the casual hands to be employed by one firm for more than one, two or three months without a break. It is usual for them to put in a month with one firm, then a fortnight with another, then perhaps six weeks somewhere else, and
often between there are two or three days or even weeks of enforced idleness. This sort of thing goes on all through spring, summer and autumn.
By the beginning of April, Rushton & Co. were again working nine hours a day, from seven in the morning till five-thirty at night, and after Easter they started working full time from 6 A.M. till 5.30 P.M., eleven