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1931: A Glance at the Twentieth Century

Henry Hartshorne

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .House of Lords in their government; or even, before that, so completely to disestablish the once powerful Church of England. But the monarchy! What seemed so permanent as that? Who would have thought, fifty years ago, in good[Pg 11] Queen Victoria's reign, that some persons then living might come to know of her throne being as vacant, nay, as utterly overturned, as the Palace of the Cæsars!

It is one evidence of the old conservatism of the British nation, so terribly shattered now, that the rank, titles, and estates of the nobility are still left to them; with the qualification, that the eldest son is entitled by law to only twice the share of each of the other heirs of the estate; and the whole of any property may be sequestered, by legal process, for debt.

Probably, now, the exodus of British nobles to this country, as well as to the continent of Europe, so active already during the last decade or two, will increase considerably. Marriage of American. . . Read More

Community Reviews

When I picked up this book, there was no summary, so I relied on guessing that this was a piece written in 1931, looking back through 1901, the beginning of the twentieth century.

Not so. Not quite.

This 26-page novelette was published