Report of the Meetings Volume 51

Report of the Meetings Volume 51

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...170 elevate the human race, and it has done so in this manner. S0 long as it is competent for a man to earn a living by a more unintelligent exercise of his muscles he is very likely so to do. You may see in the old London Docks the crane-heads covered by structures that look like paddle-boxes; if'y011 go up to them you will find, I am glad to say, there is nothing now to occupy them; but at the date when the British Association first met, these paddle-boxes covered large tread-wheels, in which the men trod so as to raise a weight. Now, although I know that, in fact, there is nothing more objectionable in a man turning a wheel by treading inside of it, than there is if he turn it round by a winch-handle, yet somehow it strikes one more as being merely the work of an animal, a turnspit or a squirrel, or indeed as being the task imposed on the criminal. Nevertheless, in this way there were a large number of persons getting their living by the mere exercise of their muscles, but, as might be expected, a very poor living, derived as it was from unintelligent labour. That work, since the introduction of Sir William's hydraulic system, is no longer possible, and is not so for the powerful reason that it does not pay. Those persons, therefore, who would formerly have been thus occupied are compelled to elevate themselves, and to become competent to earn their living in a manner which is more worthy of an intelligent human being. It is on these grounds that I say we owe very much the elevation of the working classes--especially of the class below the artizan--to this excellent invention of our distinguished President. ' In addition to the modes of transmission I have already mentioned, there is the Transmission of Power by means of Gas. I...show more

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  • Paperback | 446 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236798864
  • 9781236798862