The Autobiography of a Working Man


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75 ページ - I was in the quarry cutting the blocks from the rock when the tide was out ; and when the tide was in, I went and scutched with some of the hewers,— chiefly with my friend Alick. One day, when we had been reading in the newspapers a great deal about the tyranny of the Tories, and the tyranny of the aristocracy in general, and some of the hewers had been, as usual, wordy and loud in denouncing all tyrants, and exclaiming, ' Down with them for ever !' one of them took up a long wooden straight-edge,...
173 ページ - And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell upon his neck, and kissed him.
122 ページ - June, 186g, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke in favour of the Bill, and against an amendment proposed by Lord Harrowby and seconded by the Duke of Rutland.
157 ページ - November, 1864, or as soon thereafter as practicable, for the trial of such prisoners as may be brought before it.
123 ページ - ... in the Committee that my objections might be removed, I would not divide the House in this stage. But I am so fully convinced that no alteration which would not seem insupportable to my honorable and learned friend, could render his measure supportable to me, that I must move, though with regret, that this bill be read a second time this day six months.
130 ページ - Schedule marked (C.) 1 to this Act annexed, (that is to say,) Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Greenwich, Sheffield, Sunderland, Devonport, Wolverhampton, Tower Hamlets, Finsbury, Mary-le-bone, Lambeth, Bolton, Bradford, Blackburn, Brighton, Halifax, Macclesfield, Oldham, Stockport, Stoke-upon-Trent, and Stroud, shall for the Purposes of this Act be a Borough, and shall as such Borough include the Place or Places respectively which shall be comprehended within the Boundaries of such Borough, as such...
75 ページ - The labourers gathered around me ; the masons conferred together. One of them said, speaking for the rest, that he must put a stop to this ; the privileges of masons were not to be questioned by labourers, and I must either submit to that reproof or punishment which they thought fit to inflict, or leave the works ; if not, they must all leave the works. The punishment hinted at, was, to submit to be held over one of the blocks of stone, face downward, the feet held down on one side, the head and...
169 ページ - He came on a second time, a few inches lower, and then I thought the former stroke was sweet and agreeable when compared with that one. The sergeant-major counted
169 ページ - I put my tongue between my teeth, held it there, and bit it almost in two pieces. What with the blood from my tongue and my lips, which I had also bitten, and the blood from my lungs or some other internal part, ruptured by the writhing agony, I was almost choked and became black in the face.