British Architect Volume 8

British Architect Volume 8

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...but neglected outlying property of an absentee proprietor, cuts it up into some four or five properties, with a natural accompaniment of small crofters, and after laying out say 10,000 on its improvements and beautification, sells it, we shall say, in a few years for 40,000, with good and tasteful dwellings for persons who reside on the ground, thus adding the grateful spectacle of a happy human activity to the physical beauty of the scene, and acting with a strong remedial force against the unsocial tendencies of those landlords who improve the land chiefly by improving the population clean out of it, and where they make a solitude, calling it progress." Here follows the sketch which runs thus: --"What man is he that walks the mountain-side, With lordly front and arm of brawny sway, Who ploughs his way in glory and in pride Through tangled wood, rough dell, and shaggy brae? I know him well; oft hath he crossed my path On the green slope of some high-shouldered Ben, Where with swift eye he scanned the fruitful strath, And mapped the brae for homes of happy men. As when a great commander lifts his mace And signs the way through danger to a crown, And mows down giant foes at every pace, And from the brow of Fortune plucks the frown, So he, most like a god, with conquering skill, Subdues the glens, and moulds them to his will." In a recent letter addressed to the Manchester Examiner and Times, "C. H. C." (in whom we recognise a scholarly and original thinker) raises the question of the facilities for higher education in England. "To see," he says, "how things really stand with us, I will, by way of contrast, turn to Germany. For this purpose I cannot do better than quote from an article on 'German...show more

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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,152g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663814X
  • 9781236638144