The Medford Historical Register Volume 12

The Medford Historical Register Volume 12

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car; Or on wide waving wing expanded bear The flying chariot through the fields of air, --Fair crews triumphant, leaning from above, Shall wave their fluttering kerchiefs as they move, Or warrior bands alarm the gaping crowd, And armies shrink beneath the shadowy cloud." Several years ago it was my pleasure to read before this society a paper upon an " Eighteenth Century Enterprise," and to call therein especial attention to the attempt made to utilize the power of steam in dragging the slow barges along the placid waters of the Middlesex Canal in 1818-19. Before the first steamboat had made its trips in Boston Harbor, a steam canal boat had been propelled through our ancient town of Medford. The following season, while the steamboat Eagle was making her daily trips from Boston to Hingham, the same steam canal-boat, Merrimack, made trips from Boston to Chelmsford, and thence up the Merrimack river to Concord, N. H. While this particular attempt was not continued as a permanent arrangement, as was then hoped it would be, it proved that the thing could be done. Under more favorable circumstances, steam does "drag the slow barge," and the great ocean greyhounds seem not to have reached their utmost limit, either in size or fleetness. But how about the driving of the rapid car? Did I hear some one whisper, "Automobiles now?" Well they belong to the Twentieth Century, though I do remember seeing a steam buggy moving along the street in 1868. A few years ago "horseless carriages" were spoken of, but now the new word is written short, Auto. The " rapid car " alluded to above is a Nineteeth Century product, antedating what we once knew more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768221
  • 9781236768223