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Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913

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Author: Evelyn Baring (Earl of Cromer)
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 97,725 / 303 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.6
LoC Category: J
Downloads: 443
Added to site: 2005.12.17
mnybks.net#: 12286
Genres: Politics, Essays
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y, perhaps, cast no wistful glances back to the time when, albeit he or his progenitors were oppressed, the oppression came from the hand of a co-religionist. Even the Central African savage may eventually learn to chant a hymn in honour of Astraea Redux, as represented by the British official who denies him gin but gives him justice. More than this, commerce will gain. It must necessarily follow in the train of civilisation, and, whilst it will speedily droop if that civilisation is spurious, it will, on the other hand, increase in volume in direct proportion to the extent to which the true principles of Western progress are assimilated by the subjects of the British king and the customers of the British trader. This latter must be taught patience at the hands, of the statesman and the moralist. It is a somewhat difficult lesson to learn. The trader not only wishes to acquire wealth; he not infrequently wishes that its acquisition should be rapid, even at the expense of morality and of the permanent

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