Chamber's Encyclopaedia; A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People Volume 6

Chamber's Encyclopaedia; A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People Volume 6

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...of all anxiety about markets and prices, he admits that a metayer peasantry never advance beyond the humble, happy, and contented lot which immediately falls to them. It is a system, therefore, inconsistent with the application of large capital to cultivation, and consequently with the extraction of the highest value which the soil can yield. A tenant will hesitate to lay 50 worth of guano on his fields if half the additional crop it will bring goes to his Landlord. To those who maintain that the moral effect of the system is beneficial, this will be no argument against it, but to the political economist it is an argument against the practicability of the system in a rich money-making agricultural country. Where there is an enterprising peasantry without capital it is a valuable resource; a great portion of the valuable a_g1'iciiltura.l districts of Scotland were thus brought into cultivation by improvers whose rent was a portion of the crop. But while these very districts in a great measure owe their present prosperity and the existence of a set of capitalist-farmers to such a system of cultivation pursued with more energy t an M. Sisinondi considers natural to it, there is no doubt that the substitution of such an arniiigemeiit for money-rent would now be a' very serious waste. METELLUS, the name of a Roman family of the plebeian gens Csecilia, which rose to be one of the first families of the Roman nobility.--One of the most distinguished members of the family was QUXNTUS CASCILIUS M. lllscnnouicvs, who received his surname from his victory over Andriscns, an aspirant to the throne of Macedonia (148 B.c.). His life was considered _by ancient writers an example of the greatest felicity. He died ll5 B.c.--Another was QUINTUS...show more

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  • Paperback | 896 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 45mm | 1,565g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236897196
  • 9781236897190