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Ashes – with all other refuse are cleared away by the carts of the regular dust contractors. If the carts do not pass often enough, or you have any difficulty with them, write to the Vestry Clerk. If still unsuccessful. Apply at the police-court. No vegetable or animal refuse ought, under any circumstances, to be thrown into the dust-bin. It should all be first dried under the kitchen fire and then burned. N.B. – Dust contractors are not bound to receive trade refuse, for which a special arrangement must be made.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879