A Library of Universal Literature, in Four Parts; Comprising Science, Biography, Fiction and the Great Orations. Part Three

A Library of Universal Literature, in Four Parts; Comprising Science, Biography, Fiction and the Great Orations. Part Three : Orations Volume 3

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...has, of course, been met by loans, and the public debt has consequently been considerably increased. Next come our great public works, an excellent employment for the country's savings in time of peace, as every sensible man will acknowledge; but we ought to proceed prudently. It is a mistake to suppose, as some do, that there need be no limit to the application of our savings to public works; agriculture and manufactures ought to have their share, and if only a portion should be employed by the State in improving roads, canals, and other means of communication, still less should be devoted to the mere embellishment of towns. It is certainly necessary to widen the streets and improve the salubrity of cities, but there is no necessity for such vast changes as have been operated in Paris, where, as I think, all reasonable limits have been exceeded. The contagion of example is to be feared. The proverb says that he who commits one folly is wise. If Paris only were to be rebuilt, I should not have much to say against it, but you know what La Fontaine wittily says: "Tout bourgeois veut batir comme le grand seigneur, Tout petit prince a des ambassadeurs, Tout marquis veut avoir des pages. " The glory of the Prefect of the Seine has troubled the repose of all the prefects. The Prefect of the Seine has rebuilt the Tuileries, and the Prefect of the Bouches-duRhone wants to have his Tuileries also. Last year the Minister of State answered me that only a trifling expenditure was intended, not more than six millions; but it appears from the debates of the Council-General that the expense will be twelve or fourteen millions, and some per ' sons say as much as twenty millions. I know that the Pre fect of the Bouches-du-Rhone is a...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236865219
  • 9781236865212