The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

By Robert Tressell
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PREFACE -- A few moreths ago a friend ashed me to look at the tmttuscript of a nonel, ' The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, ' the wor? of a socialistich ortse-paintewr, h o wrote his booh and died. f consentedw ithout enthustbsme, rpectingt o be neither intetrestecnlo r amused-and found I had chaucetl Ntpona remarhableh umand ocurnent. With griru hamortr and pitiless realism the working man has reaealedth e liaes and hearts of his mates, t heir opinion of their betters, their politrcal aieuts, their attitude towards Socialisnt. Through the busy dht. o/ the hamtner and tlu scraping hnife, the clang of the pail, the swish of thb while' zaasht, l e yell of thef oremaft) comesth et atk of the rnen, t heir rckesa nd curseqt keir leopeas nd terrors, the whirg?erhryo f their ohl people, the cry of their children. In reducinga large masso if nranuscriptto the lim'itations of book forrn, tlt has been my tash to cut away superfluous matter and repetition onl1t. The rest renrcins as it came from the pen of Robert T*ssall, kouse-paintear nd signwriter, wlto recorded kis criticism of the present schenrc of things, ttntil, weary of the struggle, Iee slipped out of it. -- CONTENTS -- GHAPTER PAGE I. AN IMPERIAL BANQUET . T IT. NIMROD: A MIGHTY HUNTER BEFORE THE LORD 18 III: THE FINANCIERS rv. THE PLACARD . 54 V. OWEN AT HOME vI. TlrE EXTERMTNATTNG MACHTNES: 76 vII; THE cAP oN THE sTAIRS . .. 88 VIII. THE. LONG HILL 97 tX. IIANDS AND BRAINS . . ., i Io4 X. THE UFPER .6, ND NETHER MILLSTONES I T I xr, THE TlloRouGH MAN . l3l xIL SUNDAY SCHOOL r3g X!II. THE LODGER; r.{8 . x r v, THE'CRICKETERS' ARMST . r 5 3 XV. THE GREAT MONEY TRICK T66 xvr. THE RErcN OF TERROR r78 XVII. THE . OPEN AIR' r 88 X V I II . R U T H: . r g 4 xlx. THE OBLONG 2og xx. THE SLAUGHTER 235 xxl. cHRrsTMAs EVE 244 xxlr. THE I PANDoRAMER' . zsr XXIII. THE BRIGANDS. 2\9 xxrv. TI{E VETERAN: . XXV. TT{E NEW TENANTS ., 72 CONTENTS cHAtTnR PAGE xxvr. THE BRIcAND'S cAvE 278 xxvrr. THE BRTGANDs AT woRK . 285 xxvIII. THE BEANO MEETTNG 293 xxrx. THE socrAlrsr vAN . "" 306 xxx. THE BEANO 3r2 xxxr. TtrE GREAT ORATToN 327 a r xxxrl. rHr srxtY rIvE' 345 xxxIII. THE GHoULS 349 xxxlv. THE wISE tlrEN or rHE EAsr 363 XXXV. THE WIDOW S SON . THE END. 388

Table of Contents
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
  • by
  • Robert Tressell
    • Preface
    • Chapter 1
    • An Imperial Banquet. A Philosophical Discussion. The Mysterious Stranger. Britons Never shall be Slaves
    • Chapter 2
    • Nimrod: a Mighty Hunter before the Lord
      • RUSHTON & CO. MUGSBOROUGH ------- Builders, Decorators, and General Contractors FUNERALS FURNISHED Estimates given for General Repairs to House Property First-class Work only at Moderate Charges
    • Chapter 3
    • The Financiers
    • Chapter 4
    • The Placard
    • Chapter 5
    • The Clock-case
    • Chapter 6
    • It is not My Crime
      • TERRIBLE DOMESTIC TRAGEDY Wife And Two Children Killed Suicide of the Murderer
    • Chapter 7
    • The Exterminating Machines
    • Chapter 8
    • The Cap on the Stairs
    • Chapter 9
    • Who is to Pay?
    • Chapter 10
    • The Long Hill
    • Chapter 11
    • Hands and Brains
    • Chapter 12
    • The Letting of the Room
    • Chapter 13
    • Penal Servitude and Death
    • Chapter 14
    • Three Children. The Wages of Intelligence
    • Chapter 15
    • The Undeserving Persons and the Upper and Nether Millstones
    • Chapter 16
    • True Freedom
    • Chapter 17
    • The Rev. John Starr
    • Chapter 18
    • The Lodger
    • Chapter 19
    • The Filling of the Tank
    • Chapter 20
    • The Forty Thieves. The Battle: Brigands versus Bandits
    • Chapter 21
    • The Reign of Terror. The Great Money Trick
    • Chapter 22
    • The Phrenologist
    • Chapter 23
    • The 'Open-air'
      • 'Be not deceived: God is not mocked!'
    • Chapter 24
    • Ruth
    • Chapter 25
    • The Oblong
    • Chapter 26
    • The Slaughter
    • Chapter 27
    • The March of the Imperialists
    • Chapter 28
    • The Week before Christmas
    • Chapter 29
    • The Pandorama
    • Chapter 30
    • The Brigands hold a Council of War
    • Chapter 31
    • The Deserter
    • Chapter 32
    • The Veteran
    • Chapter 33
    • The Soldier's Children
    • Chapter 34
    • The Beginning of the End
    • Chapter 35
    • Facing the 'Problem'
    • Chapter 36
    • The OBS
    • Chapter 37
    • A Brilliant Epigram
    • Chapter 38
    • The Brigands' Cave
    • Chapter 39
    • The Brigands at Work
    • Chapter 40
    • Vive la System!
    • Chapter 41
    • The Easter Offering. The Beano Meeting
    • Chapter 42
    • June
    • Chapter 43
    • The Good Old Summer-time
    • Chapter 44
    • The Beano
    • Chapter 45
    • The Great Oration
    • Chapter 46
    • The 'Sixty-five'
    • Chapter 47
    • The Ghouls
      • JOSEPH PHILPOT Died September 1st 19-- Aged 56 years.
      • J.L. Aged 67
    • Chapter 48
    • The Wise men of the East
      • 'Vote for Adam Sweater! The Working-man's Friend!' 'Vote for Sweater and Temperance Reform.' 'Vote for Sweater--Free Trade and Cheap Food.' or 'Vote for D'Encloseland: Tariff Reform and Plenty of Work!'
    • Chapter 49
    • The Undesired
    • Chapter 50
    • Sundered
    • Chapter 51
    • The Widow's Son
    • Chapter 52
    • 'It's a Far, Far Better Thing that I do, than I have Ever Done'
    • Chapter 53
    • Barrington Finds a Situation
    • Chapter 54
    • The End
    • Appendix
    • Mugsborough
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