I-"Lived Three Months on Five Cents a Day" - Charles H. Garrett - New York Evening World

I-"Lived Three Months on Five Cents a Day" - Charles H. Garrett - New York Evening World

Strange Experiences of Charles H. Garrett, Who Was Forced to Live in New York Cheaply; Nickel a Day for Three Months; A Wonderful Story of Local Life Simply told -- What the Unemployed May Have to Endure

by: Charles H. Garrett | publication date: July 18, 1898 | Publication: New York Evening World | pages: 1

"Have you ever been starving? Have you ever been so faint from lack of food that your brain swam and your mind refused to respond to even the simplest demands made upon it? Have you ever been so poor that you were forced to make twenty-five cents worth of food last for a week? Have you seen the time when a fifteen cent meal was a luxury and a restaurant lunch which cost twenty cents was the wildest extravagance?

" I have. For the last six months I have lived this way . . . "

Garrett's description of how he experienced life on an actual budget of a nickel a day. His series ran in the Evening World in tandem with Catherine King's report on trying to get a job at a living wage in the city.

Public domain.