The Consensus Volume 1-2

The Consensus Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...will do a thing that is hard to accomplish unless he has to. Just so long as you pamper and pet your shipbuilders and ship operators, and tell them they do not have to enter competition, they will sit back, but when you tell them they are full-grown and must get out and compete for success, then America will again build ships and sail them for herself and for the world. Applause. So long as our builders can charge the highest price in the world for ships, and yet furnish them for seven-eighths of our trade, they will do it. I wish you could all read Mr. Redfield's testimony before our committee. There is a condition now like that on railroads when a new motive power is found, and the old locomotives have to be put into the discard. It is a condition similar to that of 1855 to '60, when the iron and steel ship began to replace the old wooden ship, and when England began to take the lead of us with her new ships. You know many an invention has failed to find acceptance because it would displace something already in use. The old world, the world that has been carrying the foreign commerce of the United States, has on hand old-style ships, old machinery and small ships. They will cling to them. They will hate to scrap them. We must build a new class of ships, and the material and opportunity is present at our hands. I know little about machinery, but if you will read the testimony of Secretary Redfield, you will find that by standardizing; by using our great steel and iron factories to make wholesale the separate parts which can be assembled and put together where wanted, and by using the internal combustion engine, by using oil instead of coal for fuel, by economizing space in the new construction and by the use of modern apparatus for...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 531g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236855043
  • 9781236855046