Cosmopolitan Volume 43

Cosmopolitan Volume 43

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...there was more land east of the Alleghanies than the American people would ever be able to cultivate. The departure into the wilderness out of which Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and other states were carved was deplored as a fatal step. Subsequent statesmanship rejoiced that the god Terminus had erected for all time a barrier in the shape of the Stony Mountains. Beyond was a desolation of sand and despair. The news of Madison's election was three weeks in reaching the citizens of Kentucky. It looked, indeed, as if the terms of Pacific senators would expire before they could report at the national capital. The people of little faith doubted the possibility of a continental republic. The element of cohesion had not yet appeared. Then steam came and fused the continent, and electricity carried light and power along wires to show the way and quicken the pace of a new era. To-day there is no warrant for forebodings. Here and there showers do not fall in keeping with the forecasts, but the continent is wide, and when the harvest comes we find that it is greater in its prodigal total than all that has been gathered before. Annually our crops now exceed in value all the gold stored in all the banks and vaults in the world. The faith that is called for now is confidence in our fellows--a belief that they will join with us in the common cause of our nation's prosperity and make their credit good. True, there is much waste. Progress as it passes is burning many of its bridges. There is the grim estimate that with the coming of the middle of this century, the coalmeasures of America will be found wanting. Meanwhile, in electric furnaces, at the falls of Niagara, engineers are reproducing the temperatures that prevailed when creative fires burned. In...show more

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  • Paperback | 362 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236857801
  • 9781236857804