You saw an orphan on the street when you were in the city? He was begging?
Hmmm. Let's see what information I can give you about orphans in the 19th century.
Some authors such as Charles Dickens have already written before your time in 1867 about the conditions in which orphans have to survive in England. The novel "Oliver Twist", is an example. It is unfortunately thought by many during this time that orphans are not to be trusted; they have the reputation of being involved in criminal activities.
Yes, perhaps they were only stealing things, even food, in order to survive. More often than not though, they are being forced to work at a very young age, perhaps as servants.
In 1867, the year you live in, nearly all states in the United States have orphanages. But in 1909 President Theodore Roosevelt will declare that it is better for children to live in foster homes.
Starting in the 1920's many orphanages will close down.
And now you know.