30 JUNE 1866, Page 2

Mr. Farnall is holding another inquiry, this time in Paddington

Workhouse, where it appears they have a habit of taking the pillows from under the heads of the dying, from motives of humanity, to make them "go quicker." It has occurred to in-

quisitive persons to ask why Mr. Farnall as metropolitan inspector has not discovered these horrors, and on Friday week he made a little speech in explanation. He was inspector, but nobody gave him information. There "were sixteen thousand persons in the London workhouses who rarely got out of bed," and how was he to know -what went on among them all ? It was the duty of the paid officers -to tell him of their own misdoings, a thoroughly na'if suggestion. Mr. Farnall is an able man, but he wears official spectacles, and so of course is blind. He took them off for an hour one day to accompany Mr. Ernest Hat to Whitechapel, and in that hour learnt more than in his whole official experience. Suppose Mr. Farnall's salary had depended on his visiting every workhouse un- expectedly once a month. He says one inspector is too few, which is just, but has he asked for colleagues, or assistants, or even -questioned the scores of volunteer nurses of his own grade, who have no interest in concealment ?