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ART AND INDUSTRY AS REPRESENTED IN THE EXHIBITION AT THE CRYSTAL PALLACE (1853)

ART AND INDUSTRY AS REPRESENTED IN THE EXHIBITION AT THE CRYSTAL PALLACE (1853)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...prefer an indictment against the offender. Even this evil, however, will be attended with its advantages; as ladies will now be unable to possess themselves of these " counterfeits " of the objects of their desires without compromising themselves in their eyes by asking for them. To persons who dislike being disturbed by troublesome visitors, the benefit arising from the new system will be incalculable. By an inspection of the hats in our hall, we can at once determine whether it would be either agreeable or convenient for us to make our appearance in the parlor. If our space permitted it, we might cite a hundred other instances to prove that this invention entitles Messrs. RafFerty & Leask to rank among the benefactors of humanity. What elaborate inscription is that which we see crowding the base of that tall show-case, which bears on its summit the triumphal flourish, Leary & Co., Leaders " and introducers of Fashions for Gentlemen's Hats?" A bold preface that! But, after all, there is nothing like being one's own trumpeter. None but fools will, in this age of smartness and progress, be content to await the verdict of a dull and undiscerning public. Man must now clear at a bound the path to Fame--that difficult and thorny steep, which used to cost so much toil and patience to ascend, or he will be left behind like a miserable laggard, to plod on and sweat and die in his harness. There is no danger that your modesty will keep you back in the race, Messrs. Leary! You comprehend the spirit of the age; and you seem determined not only to be on a level with it, but to rise above it. Let us now look at the inscription: " These hats are entered for exhibition and " competition, and are samples of our manufactures in silk and " fur. We have affixed to...