The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 75

The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 75

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...a double significance. The laying of the "all British cable" has advanced one important stage. When completed it will connect Australia and New Zealand with Vancouver by a line passing through the Norfolk, the Fiji, and the Fanning islands, the points at which the cable will emerge. The connexion of Queensland and New Zealand with Norfolk Island was completed this week and has been the occasion of an interchange of compliments between the Postmaster of New Zealand and Mr. Chamberlain. There is room for mutual congratulations. The scheme appeals to the imagination in an admirably concrete manner and the stimulus of the idea will work well. Soon a circle of cables will be completed, for when at the end of the year that line has been finished, South Africa and Australia are to be joined by a cable passing over Mauritius. A Parliamentary paper, which should be of immense value to British manufacturers, has just been issued. For a year or more at the instigation of Lord Cromer careful experiments have been made as to the merits of British Belgian and American engines. In quality the British engines were found to equal the American and greatly to excel the Belgian; and as compared with the American they scored from 25 to 50 per cent, in coal consumption, a degree of superiority which astonished the investigators. The one point in which our manufacturers are outdone in competition is time. The Americans would turn out any standard engine in one-fourth of the time required by ours and in case of any special pattern in one-third of the time. Some part of this superiority may be due to conditions of the country; but the chief reasons are the scientific precision with which the different parts are "standardised " and a greater...show more

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  • Paperback | 824 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,442g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236940075
  • 9781236940070