Living Age Volume 258

Living Age Volume 258

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...signor inglese, 'L' Itaiia fa do se.' " An act of penance may sometimes be agreeable; it is so in this case. It is with the greatest pleasure that I give the Senator and all his brother peers who may think me worthy of their attention the fullest permission to "gridermi in barba 'L' Italia fa da se."' Not that there was a word to withdraw in the article; but there was much to add if any one had known it. Nor was the Senator right in praying for a heaven-born financier. Italy needed no miracles, as we shall see; but it would not be possible to arrive at the present conclusion without a good many years of study, observation, and reflection. Those conditions being fulfilled it remains to state the conclusion, and at the risk of being wenrisome, to give reasons for that conclusion. Bankrupt municipalities, ruinous finances, an emigrant population, languishing trade, aburd adventures abroad, a disordered currency, an unsound legal system, railways idioticaliy mismanaged, an enormous army, grinding taxes, a wholly unnecessary quarrel abroad, and a wholly unprofitable aliiance to balance it--these things, combined with a notable lack of discernible capacity in public life, spell ruin. At least they would have spelt ruin in any other country but Italy at the close of the nineteenth century. In that country and period all these symptoms, which appeared to be so grave in 1892, were hardly more than the process of desquamatlon after the fever of 1848-70. We may profltably begin with matters of detail; and, through them, approach more serious reflections. One well-kept horse does not imply much, but a thousand well-kept horses imply a good deal. If one never sees an ill-kept horse, or one with a ore, or...show more

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  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 826g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236834178
  • 9781236834171