The Life of Joseph Locke, Civil Engineer, M.P., F.R.S., Etc., Etc

The Life of Joseph Locke, Civil Engineer, M.P., F.R.S., Etc., Etc

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...land which lay between the foot of the hills and the sea was very narrow, the railway was first regarded as a sad infringement of their rights. During the construction of the works, Mr. Locke resided at Barcelona, and went over the line when half finished in 1817. During that period Spain was in a state of political disorganization. The effects of the rebellion consequent upon the exclusion of Don Carlos from the throne in favour of Donna Maria, had not yet disappeared. Every vagrant freebooter put forward the cause of the brother of the late king as a pretext for his misdeeds, and deprived the traveller of his purse in the name of legitimacy. One of these assumed Carlist chiefs, during the construction of the works, sent a letter to the railway company, calling upon them for about 1,200 as their contribution to the State. The document stated that a proper receipt would be given by this self-constituted authority. It also fixed the time and manner of payment, and held out a threat that if the request was not complied with, the company would suffer for it. No notice was taken of this summons; and the matter appeared to have passed off quietly. But about a week previous to the opening of the railway being announced, news came one morning that one of the timber bridges had been burnt down by the emissaries of this rascal in the night. But a bolder stroke was made to get at the booty which had eluded their grasp. A few weeks after the opening of the line, the first morning train from Barcelona was stopped by an armed force of 200 hrigands. The engine-driver--an Englishman--had orders to unhook his engine. The passengers were made to alight and relieved of what spare cash and jewels they had upon their persons. The chiefs made polite...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236567021
  • 9781236567024