Journal of the Statistical Society of London, Volume 29

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Statistical Society., 1866 - Electronic journals
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Page 263 - In Scotland the lowest point of the circulation is in March, and the highest in November. The advance, however, between these two points is not uniform — for the highest of the intervening months is May, after which there is a slight reaction ; but it increases again until November, and falls off in December. The reason of the great increase in May and November is, that these are the seasons of making payments. The interest due on mortgages is then settled, annuities are then paid, the country...
Page 11 - Christmas day a premature posthumous son was born in England of such an extremely diminutive size, and apparently of so perishable a frame, that two women who were sent to Lady Pakenham at North Witham, to bring some medicine to strengthen him, did not expect to find him alive on their return.
Page 610 - English landowners, in the lirst vehement opposition to railways, acquired the habit of being bought off at high prices, and of exacting immense sums for imaginary damages. The first Eastern Counties line was said to have paid 12,000?. per mile for land through an agricultural country, being about ten times its real value. This habit of exaction has been perpetuated to our own day. As an...
Page 228 - The immense wealth of the Italian clergy has been greatly reduced since the year 1850, when the bill of Siccardi, annihilating ecclesiastical jurisdiction and the privileges of the clergy, passed the Sardinian chambers. This law was extended, in 1861, over the whole of the kingdom, and had the effect of rapidly diminishing the numbers as well as the incomes of the clergy.
Page 263 - July. A complete explanation of all these variations, pointing out how much is due to each particular cause, could only be founded on a wide basis of statistics, which do not exist. Much might, indeed...
Page 643 - Belgium and the United States. If the latter country is objected to on account of its rapid growth in population by immigration, still Belgium remains, exceeding the English rate of increase by 36 per cent. Look at the argument by induction. Here are four countries under the same conditions of civilization, and having access to the same mechanical powers and inventions, which far outstrip contemporary nations. It is a probable conclusion that the same great cause was the foundation of their success....
Page 312 - What capital does for production, is to afford the shelter, protection, tools and materials which the work requires, and to feed and otherwise maintain the labourers during the process.
Page 643 - I find, from the investigation through which we have travelled, that in every one of these four great examples, the rapid development of commerce has synchronised with an equal rapid development of railways — nay, that the development of commerce has been singularly in proportion to the increased mileage of railways— so that each expansion of the railway system has been immediately followed, as if by its shadow, by a great expansion of exports and imports.
Page 599 - ... would have been recounted as proofs of Roman energy and magnificence, and as introducing a new instrument of civilization, and creating a new epoch in the history of mankind. A similar triumph may fairly be claimed by Great Britain. The Romans were the great Road-makers of the ancient world — the English are the great Railroad-makers of the modern world. The tramway was an English invention, the locomotive was the production of English genius, and the first railways were constructed and carried...
Page 610 - ... probably have saved something like 20,000 per mile, or 8,000,000 sterling. The Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Company, even after deducting 1,000,000 for the docks of Grimsby, have spent 53,000 per mile. A flat country might have saved them a similar sum per mile, or 5,000,000 sterling. 4. England, as the inventor of railways, had to buy experience in their construction. Other nations have profited by it. There is no doubt that our present system of lines could now be made at...

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