A Trip to America, Lects

A Trip to America, Lects

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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. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...mine, who has a number of blast furnaces in Pennsylvania, told me that he had all but an unlimited supply of ore. The estate being 40,000 acres, he had fuel (wood) in abundance, as it grew faster than his furnaces could consume it. He was extending his works; the situation was so good and the demand so great that they might be extended almost indefinitely. I was offered a share in the concern if I would go over and join him; but although the offer was tempting the old English maxim, "Let well alone," prevailed. Before I had been in the country a month, I came to the conclusion that America, would ere many years, produce all the iron needed for her own wants at her own furnaces. I could say much about the agricultural wealth of the country, also about its production in cotton, fruits, wine, timber, precious metals, and oil--that " striking ile " is a wonderful thing. Instead, however, of dwelling upon these subjects, it will probably be more interesting if I tell you what I saw of the country, its people, and its institutions. RAILWAYS AND THE PEOPLE. Railways are so important a feature in any civilized country that I cannot pass the subject over. The American railways and railway systems present many differences to those we are accustomed to. The most notable difference is the ease with which promoters of railways obtain authority from the legislature to construct lines. There is nothing of our own absurd system of trying to strangle them in their birth; of fighting for a Bill in the House of Commons Committee, and then fighting the same battle over again in the House of Lords. The people of the district through which a proposed line is to pass, have only to approve of the project in a public meeting, and the State...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674537X
  • 9781236745378