Following the Equator: A Journey around the World - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XIII

The timid man yearns for full value and demands a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.

-- Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar.

O NE is sure to be struck by the liberal way in which Australasia spends money upon public works--such as legislative buildings, town - halls, hospitals, asylums, parks, and botanical gardens. I should say that where minor towns in America spend a hundred dollars on the town-hall and on public parks and gardens the like towns in Australasia spend a thousand. And I think that this ratio will hold good in the matter of hospitals, also. I have seen a costly and well-equipped and architecturally handsome hospital in an Australian village of fifteen hundred inhabitants. It was built by private funds furnished by the villagers and the neighboring planters, and its running expenses were drawn from the same sources. I suppose it would be hard to match this in any country. This village was about to close a contract for lighting the streets with the electric light, when I was there. That is ahead of London. London is still obscured by gas--gas pretty widely scattered, too, in some of the districts; so widely indeed, that except on moonlight nights it is difficult to find the gas-lamps.

The botanical garden of Sydney covers thirty-

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  • Chapter II 12
  • Chapter III 27
  • Chapter IV 44
  • Chapter V 56
  • Chapter VI 63
  • Chapter VII 72
  • Chapter VIII 80
  • Chapter IX 89
  • Chapter X 101
  • Chapter XI 107
  • Chapter XII 114
  • Chapter XIII 118
  • Chapter XIV 131
  • Chapter XV 137
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  • Chapter XXVII 238
  • Chapter XXVIII 250
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