Saturday Review; Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 5

Saturday Review; Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...for dismembering the great Indian Corporation, he would be moreprudent if he were to lay aside his operating knife, at least for the present. He has not yet declared what the mischiefs are which he desires to cure, nor in what particulars his Council is likely to be an improvement on the present Board. He has even admitted that the Company is all that could be desired, and he proposes to pull it to pieces to show how cleverly he can put it together again. But the serious objection to the scheme is not the merely negative one that it is a change without an object. Whether the intention of its authors is what appears on the face of the Bill, or something revealed only to the initiated of the party, it is clear that the operation of the measure would not be to reproduce an effective working body, such as we now have in the Board of Directors. The very life of the Company's rule is founded on historical associations. The Company is efiieient even under the shadow of Mr. VERNON Sm'rn--not because it has any independent powers which would stand the brunt of a conflict with the Board of Control, but from the prestige and the policy which it has inherited from the past. By law, it is even now a mere puppet in the hands of a Minister; but, in fact, it has proved the real governing power of India, to which the reins are resigned the instant that the team becomes unruly. But this would not be so if a new body were created, with absolutely the same degree of authority which the Directors are in theory entitled to claim. Once destroy the associations which connect the Board with the past glories of the Company, and, without any other change, you would sap the foundation of its strength. Even assuming that the new Council would be composed of men of the same...show more

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  • Paperback | 1024 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 51mm | 1,787g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236620496
  • 9781236620491