Charlie is another of the children sleeping rough at Billingsgate Market. He explains how he started out at Covent Garden, where his father was a street act with a special trick - allowing bystanders to break a stone on his chest with a sledge hammer.
But one day it all goes wrong...and Charlie is left an orphan.
Charlie spends a final night in the cramped lodging house where he lived with his father. A boy there offers to help Charlie find a job as a sweeper, only to steal Charlie's jacket. Then a passing sweep spots Charlie and seeing that he's about the right size to become a 'climbing boy' offers Charlie a job working with him.
Charlie then recounts his early experiences as a chimney sweep - the constant choking from soot, the cramped spaces, the painful knees and elbows, the fear of being trapped...
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