Fifty Years of Failure; Confessions of an Optimist

Fifty Years of Failure; Confessions of an Optimist

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...a paper after dinner on some subject with which he was intimately acquainted, and that should this paper be approved of by the general consensus of the members of the club, the reader thereof was entitled to the further privilege of printing and illustrating his paper at his own expense in a size uniform with those previously produced. He was expected to print only a limited edition, and to distribute numbered copies to the members of the club and to their guests at a succeeding dinner. Some of these opuscula have become exceedingly scarce, and a complete set of the publications is of considerable value. The club still exists, and, I believe, flourishes; but I, together with a good many others, resigned my membership when certain elections to the club took place of which we did not approve. I had the honour of reading a paper before the club and of printing and illustrating it. It is possible that I may quote therefrom later on in this important work. In 1890 I was witness of a curious incident, which attracted considerable attention at the time. As a humble Volunteer officer I was going through a course of instruction at Wellington Barracks, and arriving there one morning I found that something was wrong. It was not my business to interfere with the proceedings of the Grenadier Guards, but on going to our lecture room I noticed that some of the barrack-rooms were barricaded, and that one or two of the privates were running about with ball cartridges stuck between the buttons of their tunic. All the world knows now that discontent had been simmering in the battalion, and that it had found vent in something like mutiny. I heard the speech made to the battalion a day or two afterwards by the Duke of Cambridge. He was more moved by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123677955X
  • 9781236779557