Science of Railways Financing Building and Maintaining By Marshall Kirkman

Science of Railways Financing Building and Maintaining By Marshall Kirkman

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Science of Railways Financing Building and Maintaining By Marshall Kirkman
 
The Science of Railways Financing Building and Maintaining By Marshall Kirkman Hard Cover 1894, 1896.  548 Pages
The illustrations of primitive carriage contained in this, and the accompanying books will excite various degrees of interest. But in regard to one phase of the subject I think there will, in the end, be no difference of opinion, namely, that in picturesqueness and variety of method the carriers of India surpass all others of the world; the architecture of the country; the peculiar character of the people, their dress, habits and picturesque means of transportation, make India a never ending panorama of beauty and variedness. The magnificence of the elephant as a carrier adds to the beauty and impressiveness of the scene. The camel, while less impressive, in his trappings and leonine aspect divides with the elephant our admiration and never ending interest. Even the cattle used in India as carriers are different from others in conformation and stature; they vie with the horse not only in size but as travelers, being able to draw the same load as he and keep pace with him on the public highway. From whatever standpoint we view the native of India, he is interesting, picturesque and unique.
Directly the reverse of India, Africa is the least varied in its methods of carriage; there primitive forms peculiar to savage peoples still generally predominate, and it is to Africa, consequently, that we must go to find in its most perfect state the germ of transportation. Here the labors of carriage that are elsewhere performed by animals or the mechanical contrivances of man, are ,still borne by men and women. In every country, however, it will be observed, primitive methods of transportation are still more or less practiced; but the burdens are light and the service local. In the interior of Africa, however, all the drudgery connected with the carriage of passengers and goods, far and near, is borne by men and women.
In the ten volumes that succeed this, the reader will find the Illustrations of Primitive Carriage to grow in number and interest. Nearly a third of a century has been occupied in making the collection of these beautiful pictures.

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