Cornhill Magazine,  2 (1860), 242–51.

On Holidays. A Rhapsody for August

[John W Kaye]




Health, Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Human Species, Railways, Class

    In arguing for the necessity of regular holidays in order to get 'the largest possible amount of yearly work out of a human machine' (245), expresses surprise 'that men, who in their dealings with the brute creation have so clear an understanding of this matter, should in their transactions with what horse-doctors somewhat disparagingly call "the human subject", exhibit so great a deficiency of common sense'. To illustrate the point, recounts the concern of some Welsh farmers for an over-worked 'fast-trotting mare'. (246) Notes that railways have made trips to the coast possible for even the 'toil-worn artisan', and observes that 'There is nothing pleasanter than the sight of a railway train freighted with excursionists outward-bound' (248).

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