Modern Wonder Workers by Waldemar Kaempffert Hard Cover Over 300 illustrations

Modern Wonder Workers by Waldemar Kaempffert Hard Cover Over 300 illustrations

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Modern Wonder Workers by Waldemar Kaempffert Hard Cover Over 300 illustrations
 
Modern Wonder Workers by Waldemar Kaempffert Hard Cover Over 300 illustrations 1924 575 pages
BEFORE the invention of the railway, the principal manufacturing towns both of Great Britain and the United
States were situated on or near the coast-line or navigable streams. This was natural enough, for in the development of commerce sailing vessels were the chief, and perhaps the only, progressive means of transportation. Inland, goods and foodstuffs had to be carried or hauled over the wretched roads.
According to Lardner, the eminent British historian of the early nineteenth century, "the internal transport of goods in England was performed by wagon, and was not only intolerably slow, but so expensive as to exclude every object except manufactured articles, and such as-being of light weight and small bulk in proportion to their value-would allow of a high rate of transport." Lardner found that the charge for carriage by wagon from London to Leeds was at the rate of about $63.31 a ton, being 27 cents per ton-mile. Between Liverpool and Manchester it was $9.6o a ton, or 30 cents per ton-mile. "Heavy materials such as coal could only be available for commerce where their position favored transport by sea, and consequently, many of the richest districts of the kingdom remained unproductive, awaiting the tardy advancement of the art of transport." Not until 1833 was a daily mail established between London and Paris, and the charge on foreign letters, in addition to the ship's postage and the expense in foreign countries, varied from twenty-eight to eighty-four cents. The postage on a letter sent from one point in England to another amounted to about twenty cents a sheet. Hence letters were usually in, trusted to some person bound for the city in which the addressee I lived.

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