The History Of England From The Year 1830-1874 Volume 3

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byWilliam Nassau Molesworth

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...These outrages were committed not in dark lanes or sequestered places, but in Oxford-street, in Piccadilly, in places over which the gas shed a flood of light, and policemen made regular rounds. Such was the panic that these street-robberies caused, that people living in the most frequented part of London were afraid to leave their houses after dark, or, sallied forth armed with revolvers or other means of defence. London was as unsafe in the winter of 1862 as it had been in the days of Charles the Second; and the public fear exaggerated the danger, so that at night the streets were nearly empty, the places of amusement deserted, and every man as he walked along eyed his fellow-passengers with suspicion, and prepared himself for a life-and-death struggle. The papers exhorted the public to defend themselves without scruple or hesitation against these assaults. The art of boxing was revived, and became a part of fashionable education; life-preservers, sword-sticks, daggers, revolvers, and large fierce dogs, were in great request. The blame of this state of things was cast on ticket-of-leave men aud the ticket-of-leave system. It was urged that our treatment of convicts was much too indulgent; that the lot of the criminal was far preferable to that of the pauper and of the honest labourer; and so the question, 'What is to be done with our criminals?' which had been asked some years before, was now again asked, with increased earnestness and alarm. It was a question discussed in every journal and in every society. But it was a question more easy to be asked than to be answered. Our criminals must be kept, they must be fed; they could no longer be transported; the prisons would not contain all who were sent to them. Some such expedient as that...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...These outrages were committed not in dark lanes or sequestered places, but in Oxford-street, in Piccadilly, in ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217388353

ISBN - 13:9780217388351

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