A Tour in the States & Canada; Out and Home in Six Weeks

A Tour in the States & Canada; Out and Home in Six Weeks

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...lines, many of the vacant spaces have been built upon with either private residences or places of business, but there is still plenty of breathing room in and around the city. Its site is an admirable one, and was selected through the agency of General Washington, who laid the corner stone of the Capitol on 18th Sept., 1793. The population is put down at 150,000; this, however, is largely increased when Congress is in session, and the interest in the visit of the tourist would be greatly enhanced if he were in Washington at such a time. The Congressmen and Senators, being paid for their services, can afford to spend the business part of the day in the work of the country; and so in both Houses the sittings commence at noon and do not very often extend into the night, as they do at St. Stephen's. Members of Congress receive 1000 per annum, and senators 2500, and, in addition to this, they are allowed mileage expenses, according to the distance which they travel to and from their homes to Washington, in order to attend to their parliamentary duties. It can scarcely be wondered at, with this incentive, that politics should be so much in the hands of professional politicians who make a living thereby. There is no difficulty in strangers obtaining access to the galleries, and there are few of the "male persuasion," at least, on a visit to America who would not desire to spend as much time as possible in the precincts of Congress, in order to see for themselves something of the legislative proceedings of the country. The Capitol and other public buildings, I may here mention, are open to the public every day, Sundays excepted, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no fixed fee for being shown over them, but I never yet discovered an...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650905
  • 9781236650900