A Letter to the Chief of the Bureau of Statistics of the United States: Being a Fagot of Yankee Sticks, Tough, If Not Telling, Consisting of Quotations, Opinions, Free-trade Fancies, Etc
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1885 Excerpt: ... Tjndall, Sir William Thompson, &c, &c, are men of great scientific ability, those that are alive, but such men are rare. The Germans are scientific but they are not as practical as the English. The Americans have the blood of both, and are fast becoming eminent in both science and practice in the useful arts, while they are backed by an inventive capacity and mechanical instinct truly wonderful. When I speak of mechanical instinct, I mean something that does not grow out of education; it is a gift which some men of no education possess in an eminent degree. George Stephenson the great father of the whole railway system of the world, was a man of no education, not even that of a skilled mechanic, but he had great mechanical instinct, and made his engine triumph in spite of all the opposition and learning of scientists. I have often told my friends in England that they owed him a Dukedom more than they ever owed it to any other man. We here in addition to great mechanical ability owe much of our rapid progress to the excellence of our Technical Schools. I am one of the oldest living graduates of one of these schools. (The Rensselaer Polytechnic of Tioy), and I rejoice in the celebrity it has attained since I left it near half a century ago. At the dinner in London, in March last, of the Institution of Civil Engineers of England (of which I have the honor to be a member), The Rt. Hon. Sir Lyon Playfair, K. C. B., M. P., Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, was called on to make a speech on technical education; in the course of his remarks he said: "I have visited, probably, every technical school in Eu"rope as well as many in America. I spend every Autumn in "America. America knows that it must compete with us before "long with regard to our industry; they...
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