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THE DAY AFTER TO-MORROW
the School Board officer, in the hospital, or in the
workhouse, they have equally the occasion to ap-
preciate the hght-hearted civility of the man in
office ; and as an experimentalist in several out-of-
the-way provinces of life, I may say it has but to
be felt to be appreciated. Well, this golden age
of which we are speaking will be the golden age of
officials. In all our concerns it will be their beloved
duty to meddle, with what tact, with what obliging
words, analogy will aid us to imagine. It is likely
these gentlemen will be periodically elected ; they
will therefore have their turn of being underneath,
which does not always sweeten men's conditions.
The laws they will have to administer will be no
clearer than those we know to-day, and the body
which is to regulate their administration no wiser
than the British Parliament. So that upon all hands
we may look for a form of servitude most galling to
the blood — servitude to many and changing masters,
and for all the slights that accompany the rule of
jack-in -office. And if the Socialistic programme be
carried out with the least fulness, we shall have lost
a thing, in most respects not much to be regretted,
but as a moderator of oppression, a thing nearly
invaluable — the newspaper. For the independent
journal is a creature of capital and competition ; it
stands and falls with millionaires and railway-bonds
and all the abuses and glories of to-day ; and as soon
as the State has fairly taken its bent to authority
and philanthropy, and laid the least touch on private
property, the days of the independent journal are
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Volume 11, 1895 - Miscellanies, Volume III
DescriptionContents: Virginibus Puerisque; Later Essays: Fontainbleau, Realism*, Style*, Morality*, Books which have Influenced Me, Day after Tomorrow*, Letter to a Young Gentleman, Pulvis, Christmas Sermon, Damien.
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Dates / events: 1895 [Date published]
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Edinburgh edition, 1894-98 - Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionEdinburgh edition. Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans Green and Co, 1894-98. [28 volumes in total, only some of which NLS has digitised.]
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Person / organisation: Chatto & Windus (Firm) [Distributor]
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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Colvin, Sidney, 1845-1927 [Editor]
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Early editions of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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