out of every hundred,--nearly one half of the population of the peninsula, in ten years pass through the station-house or jail.
Now go with me to Berkshire
, less than two men out of a hundred are subject to the same imprisonment in that county.
Do you suppose that a county like this can rule itself with the same facility and earnestness that Berkshire
Of course not.
The criminal classes, banded together, rich, massed up, are too strong for democratic institutions.
I avow my belief, derived from the experience of San Francisco
, New Orleans, Cincinnati
, New York
, that it will be found in the next hundred years, that great cities cannot be ruled by municipal governments based on democratic foundations.
The votes of the streets cannot execute the laws.
You may be astonished, indignant, incredulous; but the history of all great cities proves it. San Francisco
flung herself out of a government into the hands of private citizens to save herself from anarchy.
did the same, New Orleans did the same.
New York, wise by experience, saved herself from the same lot by going to Albany
, and invoking the shelter of the State
, the capital of the civilized world, in the time of Sir Robert Peel
, found herself unable to deal with the criminal classes of the city, and she invoked the aid of Parliament and the whole realm to govern her territory.
has grown within ten years so much into the resemblance of a crowded capital that the same result is reached here.
Why, ladies and gentlemen, we relieve every year the poverty of fifty thousand persons on this peninsula, forty thousand of them, according to the testimony of benevolent societies and the overseers of the poor, reduced to claim our assistance by the habits of intoxication of the head of the family.
Forty thousand persons kneel to your overseers of the poor every year, in