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STREET NUISANCES. 339
noisy kinds of music. The proprietors of such establishments find it a yery successful means of attracting customers. Music is kept up for a longer time, and at later hours, before the public-house, than under any other circumstances. It not un£requently gives rise to a dance by little ragged urchins, and sometimes by half-intoxicated men, who occa- sionally accompany the noise with their own discordant voices.
Servants and children are great admirers of street music ; also people from the country, who, coming up to town for a short time, often encourage it
Another class who are great supporters of street music, consists of ladies of elastic virtue and cosmopolitan tendencies, to whom it affords a decent excuse for displaying their fitscinations at their own open windows. Most ladies resident in London are aware of this peculiarity, but occasionally some few to whom it is not known have found very unpleasant inferences drawn, in consequence of thus gratifying their musical taste.
Italians . Organa
Germans . Brass banda
Natives of India • . Tom-toms.
English . . . Brass bands, fiddles, &c.
The lowest class of dubs Bands with double drum.
The most numerous of these classes, the organ-grinders, are natives of Italy, chiefly from the mountainous district, whose language is a rude pabiSy and who are entirely un- acquainted with any other. It is said that there are above a thousand of these foreigners usually in London em- ployed in tormenting the natives. They mostly reside in