Days Of The Past; A Medley Of Memories

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byAlexander Innes Shand

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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. 1905. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI THE LAST OF THE ROAD I Saw the last of the road before it was superseded by the rail. Each year the pace has been growing faster; flying Scotchmen and flying Irishmen with few stoppages have been accelerated; now you may take your meals leisurely in Pulman diningcars, and the blood horse, the pride and boast of England, is giving way to the motor car, the abomination of the road. I have been gradually converted from a progressive Conservative into a reactionary old Tory. The pace has been getting too fast to last, and must surely result in crash and catastrophe. Telegraph, telephone, and wireless telegraphy have intensified the hard struggle for life, while Krupp and Whitehead, Vickers, Maxim and Company, with all the inventors of explosives, scattering mutilation broadcast, have added immeasurably to the horrors of death. But I grow rhapsodical and sentimental. Nevertheless, sentiment will come in, when I recall, in the rosecoloured lights of old memories, the glories of the old coaching days. As 'Nimrod' remarks in his famous Quarterly article, roads and coaching had come to perfection just as the latter ceased to exist. MM Some forty years ago, when shooting in Staffordshire, I remember being struck by a vast range of empty stabling, with an imposing pile of Georgian building, which had once been a busy posting centre, giving occupation to hundreds and enriching the farmers far and near. A small tenant lived in a corner of the old mansion, the roofs of the stabling were falling in, though owned by one of the most liberal of noblemen, and silence reigned in the weed-grown yard, which used to be vociferous with the shout of 'first pair out.' Almost as pathetic are the memories of the old London coaching houses. Where and what are the hostelri...

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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. 1905. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI THE LAST OF THE ROAD I Saw the last of the road before it was superseded by the rail. Each year the pace has been ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217198732

ISBN - 13:9780217198738

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