It was not until 693, long after the destruction of their supremacy in the south of France, and but little prior to their overthrow in Spain by the Saracens, that King Egiza, with the sanction of a Council of Toledo, issued an edict commanding the employment of the _?neum_ or ordeal of boiling water.[875] Various…

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There is no reason, of course, why libraries should not rent out these rooms in the same way as other public rooms, but it is usual to limit their use to educational purposes and generally to free public entertainments. The best-tempered house-dog becomes savage by being constantly chained. In 1219, near Cologne, a man was…

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If indeed it were possible for the human mind to alter the present or the past, so as either to recal what was done, or, to give it a still greater reality, to make it exist over again and in some more emphatical sense, then man might with some pretence of reason be supposed naturally…

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Another objection to the fine, which is, curiously enough, also the chief reason why it is almost hopeless to look for its abolition, is the fact that wherever fines have been applied they have become a source of revenue that cannot well be neglected. The erroneous and false impressions, concerning the character and state of…

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In fine, do we not see how hard certain early impressions, or prejudices acquired later, are to overcome? His wishes, his exertions are always excited by ‘an airy, notional good,’ by the idea of good, not the reality. (4) We may pass to a group of laughable presentations in which the feature specially fixated by…

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Further, it seems desirable to study the utterances of the spirit of fun through the whole gamut of its expression. What a rustling of silks! Footnote 65: I have said before that this is a study, not a perfect demonstration. It illustrates her most lively and agile gait, and is characterised by readiness of mind,…

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The establishment of the A.L.A. The proud man fancies that there is no one worth regarding but himself: he might as well fancy there is no other being but himself. for _inspire_, read _inspires_. Our sorrow at a funeral generally amounts to no more than an affected gravity; but our mirth at a christening or…

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The miracles wrought by the newcomer speedily caused a large influx of oblations which the strangers took to themselves. This is really museum material, but if no museum takes it up, I should like to see the Public Library begin the work. Till they are able to fly they are fed by the joint labour…

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In all other private misfortunes which affect ourselves immediately and directly, we can very seldom offend by appearing to be too little affected. These are people who do not believe in the circulating library–and there are still such. To attain this conveniency he voluntarily puts himself to more trouble than all he could have suffered…

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In truth, I am out of the way of it: for the only pretension, of which I am tenacious, is that of being a metaphysician; and there is so little attention paid to this subject to pamper one’s vanity, and so little fear of losing that little from competition, that there is scarcely any room…

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