The precarious position of the province on the borders of the country doubtless militated against an earlier industrial development, but since the separation from Belgium and the construction of roads, railways and canals there has been a general improvement, Tilburg, Eindhoven and Helmond all having risen into prominence in modern times as industrial centres.
A ship now and again put into the bay, but the dangerous bar at its entrance militated against its frequent use.
He was not a judge of evidence, and seems to have been unwilling to admit the force of any argument or the authority of any statement which militated against his case.
To the archbishops, militated against lay teachers in secondary and primary schools, and set them Papacy under clerical control, made it ominously easy for members of religious congregations to become instructors of youth, and cut the nerve of the communal school system.
But he only appointed a commander to take charge of both columns at the last moment, and the want of a clear understanding as to what was to be done militated against success from the first.
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