Illiteracy is a blot on the face of democracy

You cannot see very far, because the fog of coal dust throws back the beam of your lamp, but you can see on either side of you the line of half-naked kneeling men, one to every four or five yards, driving their shovels under the fallen coal and flinging it swiftly over their left shoulders.

A Fabian tract of declared: Pay, and if you went in with money which is against the law God help you.

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That was the shot that did for him. The Burmese sub-inspector and some Indian constables were waiting for me in the quarter where the elephant had been seen. I am sincerely anxious for educational progress and I believe we shall best secure this by the maintenance of the compromise of It seemed to me that it would be murder to shoot him.

I keep screwing up [ie improving] the quality of education and insist on the quantity being ample, and all this makes increased and increasing demands upon the voluntary system, and brings the poorer school gradually in the hands of the board.

For at that moment, with the crowd watching me, I was not afraid in the ordinary sense, as I would have been if I had been alone.

It is a silly piece of cruelty to confine an ignorant man all day with nothing to do; it is like chaining a dog in a barrel, only an educated man, who has consolations within himself, can endure confinement.

To the left an interminable vista of factory chimneys, chimney beyond chimney, fading away into a dim blackish haze. When I arrived twenty tramps had already washed their faces. One spent the night in turning from side to side, falling asleep for ten minutes and waking half frozen, and watching for dawn.

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But the beauty or ugliness of industrialism hardly matters. They really do look like iron hammered iron statues—under the smooth coat of coal dust which clings to them from head to foot.

It was a very poor quarter, a labyrinth of squalid bamboo huts, thatched with palm-leaf, winding all over a steep hillside.

You come upon monstrous clay chasms hundreds of feet across and almost as deep, with little rusty tubs creeping on chain railways up one side, and on the other workmen clinging like samphire-gatherers and cutting into the face of the cliff with their picks.

I had halted on the road. It is only when you get a little further north, to the pottery towns and beyond, that you begin to encounter the real ugliness of industrialism—an ugliness so frightful and so arresting that you are obliged, as it were, to come to terms with it.

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