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"And I should have no dinners but for my gratuities" :-Tips were essential extra income for porters. In 1888 in an article entitled "Life on a Guinea a Week" in The Nineteenth Century (1888), Four years after the publication of this song, the Average weekly expenditure of a family was £1-10 shillings and 6 pence ; so even if Dan earned the £1 per week he claimed, he had much less to spend than did the average family. [Ref: The Victorian Web http://www.victorianweb.org/economics/wages4.html]

 

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