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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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the skill with which every discovery in natural
philosophy is here converted and applied to the
public advantage. Your discovery of electro-magnetic
power, which led to the invention of the
electric telegraph, cannot be made more use of
anywhere than in this country. Everywhere along
the lines of railroad, from city to city, and from
state to state, runs the electric telegraph. Distant
cities, persons living in New York and New Orleans,
converse with each other by means of the
electric wire, transact affairs of business—even
affairs of marriage, I have heard—and every day
are attempted new developments, new applications
of those powers, the relationship between
which were made known by you. The Americans
seem to be particularly attracted by motive
powers—by any method of expediting movement and
accelerating communication. Anything which can
give life and action goes most rapidly “ahead,” as
the phrase is, that is to say, finds most favor with
them. . . .

Innumerable rivers and streams flow through
this country in all directions, and give a greater
facility to the circulation of life than in most other
countries. Locomotives are here like pulses,
which impel the blood through the veins and arteries
of the body to every part of the system.
Nothing is so invariably a characteristic of life

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