"At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time.
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The article is entitled Destitute and Desperate in the Land of Plenty.
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.