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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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city, and a well-to-do class of citizens in easy circumstan-
ces had been developed, a republican spirit began in
Rome, as in the other cities of Italy, to bestir itself, and
claims for an independent burgher government, to arise ,
claims which sometimes appeared in such force, that the
pope found it safest to remove to another spot. It was
found, therefore, to agree best with the advantage of the
church, to have a Roman people divided into three classes
—priests, princes and beggars ; for Rome’s quality as cap-
ital of the Christian world could always make it possible
to live without work. Under such circumstances, and
as the new government, only a {q.\\ years old, had to
struggle with an evil that has the roots of centuries, one
must not wonder that Rome still overflows with beggars
—but rather, that poor people in numbers are to be
found, who are ashamed of this trade, and love to

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