Cosmopolitan Volume 9

Cosmopolitan Volume 9

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... and strikers, and the public business is subordinate to deals. The more we pay for cleaning the streets the dirtier they become. Money is muddled away in a miscellany of profiigacy and sharper-work. Even the boodlers are cheated out of their-' hard earnings"; and ifwe have a ruling class it is in the saloons protected by an alliance between prohibition and free whiskey politics until there is an evolution of pandemonium and we pay for it handsomely---giving the pickpockets tips and pour boire while reform has become a byword and a jest, and the greatest scoundrels profess righteousness with the wildest enthusiasm in words, --and even the lambs play that they are real old wolves! Behind this we see looming the conditions of investigation that demonstrate the inevitable increase of population in the great centres. Florida, South Carolina and Georgia are our vegetable gardens. Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas are our corn and wheat fields. We have stores of timber in Alaska, and the Oregon is our salmon river, while we find ourselves in oysters and mannfacture terrapin stew. We have railroads whose capacity for transportation exceeds the rivers; and bungling legislation interfering with "long hauls," though a longing for the presidency, has not yet impaired their enormous efliciency. We talk around the world, wiring everybody everywhere, and London and New York are familiar as two villages on opposite sides ofa mill stream. Steamers of ten thousand tons carry a thousand people and run five hundred miles aday. It is not half as far between England and America as it was from Rome to Carthage. The greater Mediterranean, the Atlantic, has become practically the smaller sea, and the millions flock together. Vithin the time of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236976258
  • 9781236976253