The American Engineer Volume 8

The American Engineer Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...they are held in the Cirque d' Hiver, on one of the main boulevards of Paris, an immense building into which from 6,000 to 7,000 shareholders and several hundred newspaper reporters crowd whenever Count De Lesseps desires to make a "report" or to ask the shareholders to "come down with some more dust." Count de Lesseps, who is a wonderfully vigorous and well-preserved man for hid advanced years, stands up in the midst of a group of bankers, capitalists and speculative contractors (like Couvreaux flls & Hersant!) all of whom are making an uncommonly "fat thing" out of the prolongation of the work upon the canal and secretly wish that it may last forever, or at least during the entire period of their natural lives. M. De Lesseps, elevated on a rostrum, reads in clear ringing tones a report, and a "discourse" previously carefully prepared, and all glowing with enthusiastic piotures of the future prosperity certain to come to the "Interoceanic Canal Company" and the enormous profits destined to flow into its treasury and, ultimately, to the pockets of the shareholders. Count De Lesseps possesses a wonderful power of "enthusing" his hearers, especially if the latter be Frenchmen. During the reading of his report and speech, he is frequently interrupted by applause, and when the great man sits down smiling benignly upon his auditors, the latter spring up, wave their handkerchiefs, brandish their umbrellas, throw up their hats, shout, hurrah, yell, and then go home to dream each one of being a millionaire, providing his (or her) daughter a dot of half a million or so and marrying her off to a prince or a duke, or at least a noble barron. In conclusion, it may truthfully be said, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 28mm | 953g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780949
  • 9781236780942