Ridpath's History of the World; Being an Account of the Principal Events in the Career of the Human Race from the Beginnings of Civilization to the Present Time, Comprising the Development of Social Institutions and the Story of Volume 8

Ridpath's History of the World; Being an Account of the Principal Events in the Career of the Human Race from the Beginnings of Civilization to the Present Time, Comprising the Development of Social Institutions and the Story of Volume 8

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...and the party which he represented, were the enemies of the German Government, and that Bismarck would not carry messages between them and their sympathizers in foreign lands. The appearance of cholera in the South of Europe in the early summer of 1884 led to a general alarm throughout Europe and America. The news was borne abroad that at Marseilles the people were falling by hundreds from the dreadful malady. For the past two years it had been known that the disease was making its stealthy way from port to port, in its course to the West. Hitherto such an advance of the disease had always been the premonition of a campaign of death in almost all the cities of Europe and the New World. More than once already the cholera had crept from our own sea-board westward across the mountains, along the rivers and other thoroughfares of the Mississippi Valley, until the backwoods villages of Indiana and the slave-quarters of Missouri plantations were smitten with the scourge. The same thing was now expected to occur; but fortunately for the destinies of mankind, a new order had supervened, a new element been introduced into the bosom of civilization. Science had come--a belief in the beneficent reign of law, and the possibility of defeating the invisible enemy at his own chosen method of warfare. Cholera could no longer be preached as the scourge and visitation of an offended Power on high. It was met, on the contrary, simply as a poison, disseminated by natural means, infesting the water and the air, and thus assailing the citadel of life. All the countries of Europe, and the more enlightened Governments of America set themselves against the scourge. Instead of flying, as they had been wont to do, the people everywhere faced their foe. In Germany, ..show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915925
  • 9781236915924