Insurance and Crime: A Consideration of the Effects Upon Society of the Abuses of Insurance, Together with Certain Historical Instances of Such Abuses

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G.P. Putnam's sons, 1902 - Insurance - 408 pages
 

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Page 337 - I will be bound to pay it ten times o'er, On forfeit of my hands, my head, my heart : If this will not suffice, it must appear That malice bears down truth. And I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority : To do a great right do a little wrong ; And curb this cruel devil of his will.
Page 267 - When a Mammonite mother kills her babe for a burial fee, And Timour-Mammon grins on a pile of children's bones, Is it peace or war ? better, war! loud war by land and by sea, War with a thousand battles, and shaking a hundred thrones.
Page 177 - The days of our years are threescore years and ten; And if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, Yet is their strength labour and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Page 265 - Father are arraigned and found guilty of poisoning three of their children, to defraud a "burial-society" of some 3, 8s. due on the death of each child : they are arraigned, found guilty ; and the official authorities, it is whispered, hint that perhaps the case is not solitary, that perhaps you had better not probe farther into that department of things. This is in the autumn of 1841 ; the crime itself is of the previous year or season. " Brutal savages, degraded Irish," mutters the idle reader...
Page 265 - Committees, by opening your own eyes and looking, the same sorrowful result discloses itself : you have to admit that the working body of this rich English Nation has sunk or is fast sinking into a state, to which, all sides of it considered, there was literally never any parallel.
Page 352 - I held it truth, with him who sings To one clear harp in divers tones, That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead selves to higher things. But who shall so forecast the years And find in loss a gain to match? Or reach a hand thro' time to catch The far-off interest of tears?
Page 266 - Hungertower stern things happen; best-loved little Gaddo fallen dead on his Father's knees! — The Stockport Mother and Father think and hint: Our poor little starveling Tom, who cries all day for victuals, who will see only evil and not good in this world: if he were out of misery at once; he well dead, and the rest of us perhaps kept alive? It is thought, and hinted; at last it is done. And now Tom being killed, and all spent and eaten, Is it poor little starveling Jack that must go, or poor little...
Page 213 - NEVER reared a young gazelle, (Because, you see, I never tried) ; But had it known and loved me well. No doubt the creature would have died. My rich and aged Uncle John Has known me long and loves me well But still persists in living on — I would he were a young gazelle.
Page 266 - Irish," mutters the idle reader of Newspapers ; hardly lingering on this incident. Yet it is an incident worth lingering on ; the depravity, savagery and degraded Irishism being never so well admitted. In the British land, a human Mother and Father, of white skin and professing the Christian religion, had done this thing ; they, with their Irishism and necessity and savagery, had been driven to do it. Such instances are like the highest mountain apex emerged into view ; under which lies a whole mountain...
Page 131 - no statistics would be possible to show the extent of the fire-insurance business as now practised, for those figures would need to be as large as those of all trade. There is practically no combustible property that is not insured against fire; every car of grain, every scowload of lumber, every bale of cotton, every package of manufactured goods, from the time it assumes merchantable shape until it is entirely consumed, is thus conditionally the property of insurers. Without such a system, modern...

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