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The Dynamiter - Robert Louis & Fanny VDG Stevenson

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The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van De Grift Stevenson 

TO MESSRS. COLE AND COX, POLICE OFFICERS



GENTLEMEN, - In the volume now in your hands, the authors 
have touched upon that ugly devil of crime, with which it is 
your glory to have contended.  It were a  waste of ink to do 
so in a serious spirit.  Let us dedicate our horror to acts 
of a more mingled strain, where crime preserves some features 
of nobility, and where reason and humanity can still relish 
the temptation.  Horror, in this case, is due to Mr. Parnell:  
he sits before posterity silent, Mr. Forster's appeal echoing 
down the ages.  Horror is due to ourselves, in that we have 
so long coquetted with political crime; not seriously 
weighing, not acutely following it from cause to consequence; 
but with a generous, unfounded heat of sentiment, like the 
schoolboy with the penny tale, applauding what was specious.  
When it touched ourselves (truly in a vile shape), we proved 
false to the imaginations; discovered, in a clap, that crime 
was no less cruel and no less ugly under sounding names; and 
recoiled from our false deities.

But seriousness comes most in place when we are to speak of 
our defenders.  Whoever be in the right in this great and 
confused war of politics; whatever elements of greed, 
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