Review of Reviews,  5 (1892), 435–44.

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    Notes that 'Society, for the moment terrorised, reads with dismay the telegrams arriving every day which tell of explosions, arrests, incendiary fires, and stolen dynamite' (436). Despite this 'epidemic of explosive crime' (435), 'London omnibuses kill more people every year than the assassins have killed with dynamite since it was invented'. Dynamite, however, is 'comparatively new' and 'affects the imagination', and 'society has not yet learnt to regard an Anarchist with the composure with which it contemplates the approach of the 'bus'. (436)

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