and in winter are warmer than third-class carriages in England
Luxuries are, as I have said, very dear — above all, European
luxuries; but a working-man's clothing is nearly as cheap as in England
, and plain food is on the whole cheaper.
Even luxuries of a certain kind are within a laboring man's easy reach.
I have mentioned ice; I will mention fruit also.
The abundance and cheapness of fruit is a great boon to people of small incomes in America
Do not believe the Americans
when they extol their peaches as equal to any in the world, or better than any in the world; they are not to be compared to peaches grown under glass.
Do not believe that the American Newtown
pippins appear in the New York and Boston
fruit-shops as they appear in those of London
; or that the Americans
have any pear to give you like the Marie Louise
But what laborer, or artisan, or small clerk, ever gets hot-house peaches, or Newtown
pippins, or Marie Louise
Not such good pears, apples, and peaches as those, but pears, apples, and peaches by no means to be despised, such people and their families do in America
get in plenty.
Well, now, what would a philosopher or a philanthropist say in this case?
which would he