Punch,  50 (1866), 34.

Expensive Brutality of a Railway Company





Railways, Industry, Education, Universities, Aesthetics

    Discusses a letter in The Times from an Oxford don who emphasises the high cost to be incurred by the Great Western Railway Company in building their factory in a meadow in Oxford that is so swampy as to be unfit for building construction. Angrily surmises that the company's reasons for choosing this site are not financial but arise from its wish to 'assert the superiority of material interests to those of spirituality and intelligence'. Lambasts the company for desecrating the university and asks whether company shareholders will accept financial arguments for building the factory elsewhere.

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