Read online or download a free book: Transylvania: Its Products And Its People
Publisher: TheClassics.us (12 Sept. 2013)
By: Charles Boner (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ... cess. As soon as an iron road joins the province, on one hand, with Western Europe, and with Turkey, the Levant, and the vast East, on the other, the propitious combinations become so manifold, that evident as the result must be, one is almost inclined to believe that Fancy is here playing a part and throwing a brilliancy over the contemplated picture. But it is not so: and sober reasoning, incredulous at first, is forced to own that the colouring is real. To Transylvania, the existence of railway communication with the rest of Europe is of such vital importance, that any line, no matter which, would, one might think, have been eagerly accepted.* The Hungarians, however, were so determined on the Klausenburg line, that every nerve was strained to have it carried out. An important step was to delay a decision being come to on the Hermannstadt line, and this they effected: indeed, the energy and activity of the Magyar, on national or political questions, are not to be surpassed. He has, too, what has been called ' the faculty of will,' in a pre-eminent degree, --a power to enforce his views and carry others along with him, even against their will and conviction. In the present case this influence made itself felt: the whole matter was brought to a dead stop. I have been told that, but for this opposition and agitation in favour of the Klausenburg line, the one from Arad would already have been begun.f In the map here given, the countries adjoining Transylvania and Turkey are introduced: so that a glance is sufficient, to comprehend, at once, the bearing-s of these important works. * While, in the centre of Transylvania, maize costs Jl. 20 kr. per metzen, it was selling at Arad, only thirty German miles off, for Sfl. But the producer could...
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