Spanish Life in Town and Country

Spanish Life in Town and Country

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Spanish Life in Town and Country

Spanish Life in Town and Country

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Mr. Higgin has presented in this volume graceful and picturesque sketches showing the life of to-day in a country which during a century or more has been struggling upward out of the abyss into which it had been sunk by despotism, bigotry, and bad government. During the later years, under more enlightened rulers, many important reforms, social, educational, and administrative, have been undertaken, and wise and far-reaching plans of regeneration are in train for the furthering of the welfare of a people which, while submissive and loyal, is apathetic and ignorant. The present rulers of Spain take the ground that orderly liberty must follow, and not precede, enlightenment.

It is the misfortune of Spain that the seeptre of Charles III. passed into the hands of an amiable fool at a most critical period of modern times, when half civilisation was crazy with the new conviction that the face of society, and even the laws of nature, could be suddenly altered by changes in the form of governments. In England . . .

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