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The Land of Contrasts

A Briton's View of His American Kin

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Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 82,601 / 246 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.7
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 248
Added to site: 2006.02.01
mnybks.net#: 12222
Genre: Travel
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French Canada if you want to see Old France, so, for many things, if you wish to see Old England you must go to New England.

Thus America may easily be abreast or ahead of us in such matters as the latest applications of electricity, while retaining in its legal uses certain cumbersome devices that we have long since discarded. Americans still have "Courts of Oyer and Terminer" and still insist on the unanimity of the jury, though their judges wear no robes and their counsel apply to the cuspidor as often as to the code. So, too, the extension of municipal powers accomplished in Great Britain still seems a formidable innovation in the United States.

The general feeling of power and scope is probably another fruitful source of the inconsistencies of American life. Emerson has well said that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds; and no doubt the largeness, the illimitable outlook, of the national mind of the United States makes it disregard surface discrepancies that would grate horribly

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