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. m . The ulerease of the lation of the city of Berlin is all together unpaxalled in the history of capitals. In ÜStiO its population" was 528,900, while, acr-onling to the census taken the otber day, it nowcontains 1,118,630, an inerease of more than tvvotold in twenty years. There are towns, indeed which in a similar time have sprang from ten nhabitaiïts to a hundrcil tnousand, but not one which has gtfMra from half a million to a million. This inerease in the size of Berlin is the more singular inasnmch as Berlin possesses no natural advantages whatever. It is not a port, or a great centre of trade, or a gieat manufacturing city. It lies in a flat, ugly country, and its river is only a streain of the third class. Berlin owes its inerease to the immense, though temporary, prosperity induecd by a plethora of money after the wave of conquest on the crest of which the Germans swept through Frame. People Uocked thero from the proinces after the war, because they bèïieved - as people in rural district s once believed of London - that the st reets were almost paved with gold. For a time all went well: specuiation of every kind was rampant; building operations atïorded employment to immense hosts of laboréis; factories sprang up. ;mil immigrants llocked in. The reaetion ciune in due time, and it is probable that for years paat the position of the average workingman at Berlin lias been worse than that of bis fellow in any other capital in Europe, with the exeeption of St. Petersburg.


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