The Australian Protectionist

The Australian Protectionist

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...till the erode mineral, which issued from its mother earth in its ore, is carried from the warehouse in a form all but intelligent machines! Seraing was many years coming to this gigantic proportion and perfection. It was commenced in 1819 by the sons of an ingenious individual, Verviers, an impoverished mechanic, by the impulse of whose single mind the march of manufacturing improvement and prosperity in Belgium has advanced by at least half a century. In 1819 they first raised their own coal, and iu 1824 they were enabled, by Protective laws, to work the iron, the produce of their own mines and furnaces. The beneficial and wise encouragement thus given to every species of manufacture requiring machinery or other assistance, was a source of long-continued prosperity to Seraing and the Belgians generally. This establishment gives constant employment to upwards of 2000 workmen in all the various branches tof its comprehensive system. Its productions comprehend all the whole range of English machinery for every department of industry, and its produce is exported to every manufacturing country to which it may have access--to Russia, Germany, Prussia, Spain, Italy, France, and South America. The rooms and vast walls of this gigantic structure present an ample appearance to quite startle any stranger who may not be prepared for such a sight of unusual magnitude, of a chamber fitted up with 500 vyces along the sides, and all alive with the rush of revolving wheels, and the din of machinery of every imaginable description in erection in the centre! The workmen are all natives of Belgium; not a single one from England, Ireland, or elsewhere, being employed here. There are sometimes 2800 men employed here. It is dependent on England for copper and brass, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236581040
  • 9781236581044