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THE DAY AFTER TO-MORIIOW
numbered. State railways may be good things and
so may State bakeries ; but a State newspaper
will never be a very trenchant critic of the State
officials.
But again, these officials would have no sinecure.
Crime would perhaps be less, for some of the motives
of crime we may suppose would pass away. But if
Socialism were carried out with any fulness, there
would be more contraventions. We see already
new sins springing up hke mustard — School Board
sins, factory sins. Merchant Shipping Act sins — none
of which I would be thought to except against in
particular, but all of which, taken together, show us
that Socialism can be a hard master even in the
beginning. If it go on to such heights as we hear
proposed and lauded, if it come actually to its ideal
of the ant-heap, ruled with iron justice, the number
of new contraventions will be out of all proportion
multiplied. Take the case of work alone. Man is
an idle animal. He is at least as intelligent as the
ant ; but generations of advisers have in vain recom-
mended him the ant's example. Of those who are
found truly indefatigable in business, some are
misers ; some are the practisers of delightful indus-
tries, like gardening; some are students, artists,
inventors, or discoverers, men lured forward by suc-
cessive hopes ; and the rest are those who live by
games of skill or hazard — financiers, billiard-players,
gamblers, and the like. But in unloved toils, even
under the prick of necessity, no man is continually
sedulous. Once eliminate the fear of starvation,
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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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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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Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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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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