Hubert Hervey, Student and Imperialist

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 88 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II DREAMS IN LONDON (1882--1892) When his eyes had recovered sufficiently to enable him to undertake consecutive work, his age excluded him from an entrance to most professions. He endeavoured to find some employment which would enable him, if possible, to live with his mother in London. Accordingly, in 1884, he acted as Assistant Secretary to the Jury Commission for the International Health Exhibition at South Kensington. He filled the same post for the Inventions Exhibition of 1885, and for the Reception Committee of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in 1886. The Colonial Exhibition particularly attracted him, for the bias of his mind, while embracing a wide range of interests, inclined specially towards political and Imperial subjects. As years went on, these assumed a more and more dominant position in his thoughts and aspirations. From his boyhood they had elicited his deepest enthusiasm. To live for the service of his country, he regarded as the noblest aim for a citizen of a great State; he placed it far above any other calling a man can have. Although, during the period of eye trouble, he was unequal to the long hours of application necessitated by regular employment, he never gave up reading in short stretches, and managed to acquire an amount of information surprising to those who were acquainted with his difficulties. His taste in literature might be called severe and classical. Rhetorical fireworks and poetry, in which the musical element predominated over the sense, bored and somewhat offended him. But he did not, of course, take his own opinions on such matters too seriously. Nothing certainly would have surprised him more than the idea of their being solemnly recorded. Besides keeping abreast of the best general literature of the day...

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