Don't talk to me about morality and civic
duty," he replied to a persistent interviewer.
To go on to another item--one of the necessary accompaniments of capitalism in a democracy is political corruption; and one of the consequences of civic
administration by ignorant and vicious politicians, is that preventable diseases kill off half our population.
righteousness of Carter Watson flamed up.
This crook-nosed, gross-bodied harpy'; 'this civic
sinner, this judicial highwayman'; 'possessing the morals of the Tenderloin and an honor which thieves' honor puts to shame'; 'who compounds criminality with shyster-sharks, and in atonement railroads the unfortunate and impecunious to rotting cells,'--and so forth and so forth, style sophomoric and devoid of the dignity and tone one would employ in a dissertation on 'Surplus Value,' or 'The Fallacies of Marxism,' but just the stuff the dear public likes.
Perhaps that faculty of unawareness was what gave her eyes their transparency, and her face the look of representing a type rather than a person; as if she might have been chosen to pose for a Civic
Virtue or a Greek goddess.
Municipal town and rural parish gradually made fresh threads of connection--gradually, as the old stocking gave way to the savings-bank, and the worship of the solar guinea became extinct; while squires and baronets, and even lords who had once lived blamelessly afar from the civic
mind, gathered the faultiness of closer acquaintanceship.
The presence of Tilly and his horsemen, indeed, exercised a salutary check on these civic
warriors; but by degrees they waxed more and more angry by their own shouts, and as they were not able to understand how any one could have courage without showing it by cries, they attributed the silence of the dragoons to pusillanimity, and advanced one step towards the prison, with all the turbulent mob following in their wake.
He was paying for success, too, in the demands made on his time by boards of civic
enterprise and committees of public welfare.
At all the more public pumps there is much cooling of bare feet, together with much bubbling and gurgling of drinking with hand to spout on the part of these Bedouins; the Cloisterham police meanwhile looking askant from their beats with suspicion, and manifest impatience that the intruders should depart from within the civic
bounds, and once more fry themselves on the simmering high-roads.
Ogg's and its neighborhood were there; and it would have been worth while to come even from a distance, to see the fine old hall, with its open roof and carved oaken rafters, and great oaken folding-doors, and light shed down from a height on the many-colored show beneath; a very quaint place, with broad faded stripes painted on the walls, and here and there a show of heraldic animals of a bristly, long-snouted character, the cherished emblems of a noble family once the seigniors of this now civic
Around and behind him were people in plain civic
dresses, and two or three war-worn veterans, evidently officers of rank, arrayed in a uniform of blue and buff.
But there is sometimes nothing like the imagination of these people who have none, and Newman, now and then, in an unguided stroll in a foreign city, before some lonely, sad-towered church, or some angular image of one who had rendered civic
service in an unknown past, had felt a singular inward tremor.