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  • The West Dulwich man who struck a rate-collector on the head with a telephone claims credit for finding some use for these instruments.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, August 25th, 1920

  • I might go further and say that in the city I lived to work for other people, for my brains were daily exploited that my master might maintain a house at Kensington, and when the landlord, the water-lord, the light-lord, and the rate-collector had all had their dues from me there was little enough left that I could call my own.

    The Quest of the Simple Life

  • He is not earning fifty pounds for himself but fifty pounds for the landlord, the rate-collector, the gas-man, the restaurant proprietor, the omnibus and railway companies.

    The Quest of the Simple Life

  • Deceased was a rate-collector and insurance agent.

    The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories

  • My house, though in the eyes of the rate-collector fully occupied, has now for several weeks stood with an unmistakably vacant stare.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 147, August 12, 1914

  • "Jaded Householder" writes to say that when this becomes law anybody can have the name of his rate-collector.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, November 24, 1920

  • It consisted of statements of the part played in social life by the rate-collector, the policeman, and so on, accompanied by a moral for each section, such as 'serving personal interest is not enough,' 'need of public spirit and intelligence for good Government,' 'need of honesty in giving a vote,' 'the vote a trust as well as a right.'

    Human Nature in Politics Third Edition

  • In the census returns it is not quite unusual to see the names of women returned as parish clerks, and we have many who discharge the duties of churchwarden, overseer, rate-collector, and other parochial offices.

    The Parish Clerk

  • If these people had really meant to do what they pretended, they would not have cared whether they paid the money to a rate-collector or to the secretary of a charity society and they would have preferred to accomplish their object in the most efficient and economical way.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

  • Imagine Mr. Langham interviewed by a rate-collector or troubled about coals!

    Robert Elsmere


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