Hints to country bumpkins, by a country bumpkin

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London, 1885 - Radicalism - 126 pages

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Page 88 - Rome, in the height of her glory, is not to be compared ; a power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drum-beat, following the sun, and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England.
Page 116 - And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely : for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Page 76 - What is a Communist ? One who hath yearnings For equal division of unequal earnings. Idler or bungler, or both, he is willing To fork out his penny and pocket your shilling.
Page 44 - THE TRUMPETER TAKEN PRISONER A Trumpeter being taken prisoner in a battle, begged hard for quarter. " Spare me, good sirs, I beseech you," said he, "and put me not to death without cause, for I have killed no one myself, nor have I any arms but this trumpet only." "For that very reason," said they who had seized him, "shall you the sooner die, for without the spirit to fight, yourself, you stir up others to warfare and bloodshed.
Page 113 - A country cannot be expected to renounce the power of taxing foreigners, unless foreigners will in return practise towards itself the same forbearance. The only mode in which a country can save itself from being a loser by the revenue duties imposed by other countries on its commodities, is to impose corresponding revenue duties on theirs.
Page 99 - Revolution, will see that that tremendous catastrophe came about from so excessive a regulation of men's actions in all their details, and such an enormous drafting away of the products of their actions to maintain the regulating organization, that life was fast becoming impracticable.
Page 80 - I tell you, candidly, that no people were ever yet elevated except through their own advancing wealth, morality, and intelligence ; and any one who tells the working men of this country, that they may be raised in the social scale, by any other process than that of reformation in themselves, is interested either in flattering or deceiving them.
Page 69 - ... losing popularity. In America the Chinese are far more peaceable and well-behaved than the Irish, and yet laws are being made to keep them out of the country. Perhaps the only reason they do not pass corresponding laws about the Irish is that the Chinese having yellow skins are more recognisable. One sure indication of low type in a race is the disposition to sympathise with crime, and shield the criminal in opposition to the law. A superior race, even at its roughest, always insists on law of...
Page 18 - ... finger to save them. What is the British public about, the respectable artizan class, that is, who elected these men to govern for them ? We all know that the English working man is comparatively ignorant, inasmuch as a man who gains his livelihood by manual labour has not time to become anything else ; but he is not dishonest, he is not heartless, he is not a money-embezzler, he is not like the low-type West Irish and all savages, a sympathiser with crime and against law ; he is not incapable...
Page 70 - Jury returned a verdict of Guilty, but recommended the prisoner to mercy on account of his extreme youth, and the profligate aud unnatural manner iu which it appeared that he had been brought up.

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