In Darkest England and the Way Out

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International Headquarters of the Salvation Army, 1890 - Agricultural colonies - 285 pages
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An analysis of the causes of poverty in England, with some proposed solutions, from the founder of the Salvation Army. The title is a deliberate reference to Stanley's "In darkest Africa," which was published the same year.
 

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Page 2 - Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Page xxv - Our little isle is grown too narrow for us, but the world is wide enough yet for another six thousand years. England's sure markets will be among new colonies of Englishmen in all quarters of the globe.
Page xxvii - Not a May-game is this man's life ; but a battle and a march, a warfare with principalities and powers. No idle promenade through fragrant orange-groves and green flowery spaces, waited on by the choral Muses and the rosy Hours : it is a stern pilgrimage through burning sandy solitudes, through regions of thick-ribbed ice. He walks among men ; loves men, with inexpressible soft pity, — as they cannot love him : but his soul dwells in solitude, in the uttermost parts of Creation. In green oases...
Page xxvii - And yet observe there too: Freedom, not nomad's or ape's Freedom, but man's Freedom; this is indispensable. We must have it, and will have it! To reconcile Despotism with Freedom: — well, is that such a mystery? Do you not already know the way? It is to make your Despotism just. Rigorous as Destiny; but just too, as Destiny and its Laws. The Laws of God : all men obey these, and have no "Freedom
Page xxvi - So that it become, in practical result, what in essential fact and justice it ever is, a joint enterprise; all men, from the Chief Master down to the lowest Overseer and Operative, economically as well as loyally concerned for it ? — Which question I do not answer. The answer, near or else far, is perhaps, Yes; — and yet one knows the difficulties, despotism is essential in most enterprises; I am told, they do not tolerate "freedom of debate
Page xxv - Harz-Rock," arriving, in select samples, from the Antipodes and elsewhere, by steam and otherwise, to the " season " here ! — What a Future ; wide as the world, if we have the heart and heroism for it, — which, by Heaven's blessing, we shall : ' ' Keep not standing fixed and rooted, Briskly venture, briskly roam ; 1 Herodotus, i.
Page xxv - Keep not standing fixed and rooted, Briskly venture, briskly roam ; Head and hand, where'er thou foot it, And stout heart are still at home. " In what land the sun does visit, Brisk are we, whate'er betide : To give space for wandering is it That the world was made so wide.
Page 19 - ... England, able and willing to work, but has due food and lodging ; and goes about sleek-coated, satisfied in heart. And you say, It is impossible. Brothers, I answer, if for you it be impossible, what is to become of you ? It is impossible for us to believe it to be impossible. The human brain, looking at these sleek English horses, refuses to believe in such impossibility for English men.
Page xxv - Government.—The main substance of this immense Problem of Organising Labour, and first of all of Managing the Working Classes, will, it is very clear, have to be solved by those who stand practically in the middle of it; by those who themselves work and preside over work.

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