Bill Nye's Comic History of England

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Author: Bill Nye (Edgar Wilson Nye)
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 27,009 / 89 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.8
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 3,707
Added to site: 2004.06.30
mnybks.net#: 8155
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Humor, History, Audiobook
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g of customs and regulated the formation of corporations, the mining and smelting of iron were extensively carried on and the "walking delegate" was invented. The accompanying illustration shows an ancient strike.

[Illustration: DISCOMFORTS OF THE EARLY LABOR AGITATOR.]

Rome no doubt did much for England, for at that time the Imperial City had 384 streets, 56,567 palaces, 80 golden statues, 2785 bronze statues of former emperors and officers, 41 theatres, 2291 prisons, and 2300 perfumery stores. She was in the full flood of her prosperity, and had about 4,000,000 inhabitants.

In those days a Roman Senator could not live on less than $80,000 per year, and Marcus Antonius, who owed $1,500,000 on his inaugural, March 15, paid it up March 17, and afterwards cleared $720,000,000. This he did by the strictest economy, which he managed to have attended to by the peasantry.

Even a literary man in Rome could amass property, and Seneca died worth $12,000,000. Those were the flush times in Ro

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***

I was delighted to find this here; an original copy resides in the master section in Cardiff and I never got the chance to view it. Ill enjoy reading it here.
Bill Nye (Name he wrote under) wrote and illustrated extensively for punch and at one time was summoned to Queen Victoria as she was amused.
Unfortunately Bill's work was within government and his admission to this writing was felt to be; well better to kindly decline the invite; hence his reference to disguises and moustaches in the first few paragraphs.
Well thatís as I was told the tale, who knows.


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