A Manual of the Sea-Anemones Commonly Found on the English Coast

A Manual of the Sea-Anemones Commonly Found on the English Coast

by George Tugwell


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The book has no illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website (GeneralBooksClub.com). You can also preview excerpts of the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Publisher: London : J. Van Voorst; Publication date: 1856; Subjects: Actinidae; Sea anemones; Sea-anemones; History / General; Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / General;

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ISBN-13: 9780526123513
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 02/27/2019
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

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CHAPTER IV. HOW SHALL I KEEP IT ALIVE ? Were you ever led, reader, by chance or by choice, into one of the plague-courts of London ? I do not speak of the Black Death of the fourteenth century, but of that pestilence which is hardly less fatal in our own times, the plague of neglected poverty, starving on mouldy crusts and fiery gin, choking in a poisoned atmosphere, wallowing in the accumulated filth of countless years. Have you ever trodden those crowded, mouldering lanes and alleys, where open sewers witches' cauldrons of festering filth seethe and welter by the open doors, nay, roll their rank pollution through the very heart of the poor man's home; where vermin, unnamed and unknown in civilized life, creep and writhe, and die and rot, on wall and floor and roof a moving, mortifying crust of life and death the mockery and bathos of the decorative art; where the sickly glare and the wearied smile of consumption ape the glance and the laughter of health; where thestrong grow weak, and the weakly bow the head and die; where the innocence of the child is taught to curse, and lie, and steal; where the pride of manhood is quenched in the imbecile leer of the sot; where the fair honour of womanhood is sullied like the snow which falls in those infernal regions; where God is as unknown as the pure air of His own heaven ? I do not pen these words for writing's sake, and I have not exaggerated a fact to point an antithesis or construct a climax. You may find all and more than this verified in the records of the past summer of 1855 ; but I speak of things as they have been, and are, and should not be, and I lay them now before you in order to draw out the causes whence so much misery andcrime originate. Man, taking him in the lowest point of view, is an animal. B...

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