Cosmopolitan Volume 14

Cosmopolitan Volume 14

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...he is the owner of this island. Backed by a piece of paper, bearing an official seal two hundred years old, he actually holds in subjection twenty-five human beings! And so strong is the force of early prejudices that not one of us really dares to dispute his right to do so. All we can do is to protest against the manner of enforcing it. Then, does that give him alone the right to live here? If so, what is to become of us? Work for him? Pay him for the privilege of existing?" He was deeply affected. The position which Hiram had assumed had appealed strongly to his sense of justice. He took two rapid strides and resumed: "The analogy is perfect. This island and the world. The great mass of beings born into the world are in just the same condition as we are here on this island. They grow to manhood and are told that they must work for someone for the privilege of living on the earth and eating the fruits thereof which nature has provided for the use of all!" He stood still and looked over the great waters before slowly resuming: "I haven't thought it all out yet, but you know in all reason, as well as I do, that we should have as much interest in this island as Slawker. And I don't know how an old Spanish captain, dead or alive, is going to have anything to say in the matter. Do you?" There was no use in answering him at that moment. "The whole system is wrong," he cried, "monstrous! It is a libel on the Almighty to think that some men have for their private gain what we can see was meant for the benefit of all." "WHAT I PROPOSE IS, THAT WE ALL GO TO WORE AND IMPROVE THE ISLAND.' Chapter IX. In all the proposed endeavors of the islanders for leaving the place, Slawker had never opposed...show more

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 671g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236932897
  • 9781236932891