Ireland's Disease by Philippe Daryl [Pseud.]

Ireland's Disease by Philippe Daryl [Pseud.]

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...he is unwilling to depreciate beforehand the value of his property, which is always valued according to its rent. Lastly, the holdings, being too often mere plots of ground, are hardly sufiicient to keep the peasant and his family occupied, and do not always give him a sufiiciency of food. And just because it is so, the unlucky wretch does not find work outside sufficient for the equilibrium of his poor finances. The class of agricultural labourers can hardly be said to exist in numerous districts, because everyone is a small farmer. The tenant then becomes completelyh sunk in his inaction; he becomes apathetic, and from a sluggard too often turns into a drunkard. His wife is ignorant and careless. She can neither sew, nor is she able to give a palatable taste to his monotonous fare. His children are pallid and dirty. Everything is sad, everything is unlovely around him; and, like a dagger festering in the wound, the thought that all his misery is due to the English usurper ever makes his heart bleed. To all these causes of poverty anddespair must be added the general difficulties that weigh on agriculture in all countries of Europe, the lowered prices of transport, the clearings of land in America and Australia, the awful transatlantic competition, the 'disease of potatoes.... The picture being finished, one thing only surprises--it is to find one single Irish farmer left in the country. These explanations, with many others, were given me by a person that it is time I should introduce to the reader; for he is the incarnation of one of the essential wheels-in the machinery of Irish landed property--Captain Pembroke Stockton, lana' agent. The captain is a small fair man, of slim figure, of military aspect, who received me this...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236964829
  • 9781236964823