The Englishwoman In America By Isabella Lucy Bird

 -  The evil may be distinctly traced to the wretched
system of politics which prevails at the election of the municipal - Page 350
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The Evil May Be Distinctly Traced To The Wretched System Of Politics Which Prevails At The Election Of The Municipal Officers, Who Are Often Literally Chosen From The Lowest Of The People, And Are Venal And Corrupt In The Highest Degree.

During my visit to New York a candidate for one of these offices stabbed a policeman, who died of the wound.

If I might judge from the tone of the public prints, and from conversations on the subject, public feeling was not much outraged by the act itself, but it was a convenient stalking- horse for the other side, and the policeman's funeral procession, which went down Broadway, was nearly a mile in length.

The principal stores are situated in Broadway; and although they attempt very little in the way of window display, the interiors are spacious, and arranged with the greatest taste. An American store is generally a very extensive apartment, handsomely decorated, the roof frequently supported on marble pillars. The owner or clerk is seen seated by his goods, absorbed in the morning paper - probably balancing himself on one leg of his chair, with a spittoon by his side. He deigns to answer your inquiries, but, in place of the pertinacious perseverance with which an English shop man displays his wares, it seems a matter of perfect indifference to the American whether you purchase or no. The drapers' and mercers' shops, which go by the name of "dry goods" stores, are filled with the costliest productions of the world.

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