|Title||The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|
had found that no fewer than six hundred and seventy-two were deserving of being allowed to work for their living. The Committee would probably have given these six hundred and seventy-two the necessary permission, but it was somewhat handicapped by the fact that the funds at its disposal were
only sufficient to enable that number of Brethren to be employed for about three days. However, by adopting a policy of temporizing, delay, and general artful dodging, the Committee managed to create the impression that they were Dealing with the Problem.
If it had not been for a cunning device invented by Brother Rushton, a much larger number of the Brethren would have succeeded in registering
themselves as unemployed on the books of the Committee. In previous years it had been the practice to issue an application form called a `Record Paper' to any Brother who asked for one,