Philadelphia and Its Manufactures: A Hand-book Exhibiting the Development, Variety, and Statistics of the Manufacturing Industry of Philadelphia in 1857 : Together with Sketches of Remarkable Manufactories and a List of Articles Now Made in Philadelphia

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E. Young, 1858 - 500 pages

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Page 23 - In my own time," says Seneca, "there have been inventions of this sort, transparent windows, tubes for diffusing warmth equally through all parts of a building, short-hand, which has been carried to such a perfection that a writer can keep pace with the most rapid speaker. But the inventing of such things is drudgery for the lowest slaves; philosophy lies deeper. It is not her office to teach men how to use their hands. The object of her lessons is to form the soul.
Page 365 - The quantity of soap consumed by a nation would be no inaccurate measure whereby to estimate its wealth and civilization.
Page 32 - ... multitude of valuable horses would have been worn out in doing the service of these machines ! and what a vast quantity of grain would they have consumed ! Had British industry not been aided by Watt's invention, it must have gone on with a retarding pace, in consequence of the increasing cost of motive power, and would long ere now, have experienced, in the price of horses, and scarcity of water-falls, an insurmountable barrier to further advancement ; could horses, even at the low prices to...
Page 99 - ... may at times be of the utmost importance in concealing the movements of the vessel ; and also the almost, if not altogether entire freedom from spontaneous combustion. The results of the experiments made last spring on the United States steamer
Page 272 - BOTTLES, by the ancients, were made of skins and leather : they are now chiefly made of thick glass, of the cheapest kind, and formed of the most ordinary materials. It is composed of sand, with lime, and sometimes clay, and alkaline ashes of any kind, such as kelp, barilla, or even wood ashes. The green color is owing partly to the impurities in the ashes, but chiefly to oxyde of iron.
Page 163 - ... feature" material, forerunners of modern syndicate copy. Samuel Keimer of The Universal Instructor in all Arts and Sciences; and Pennsylvania Gazette...
Page 99 - Alleghany," the boilers for all of which were designed with a special view to the use of anthracite, and with the approval of that bureau. The " Fulton's" bunkers are now filled with anthracite, and the consumptions referred to in the engineer's report on that steamer show, during the short time she has been at sea, that the anticipated iconomy has been fully realized.
Page 184 - In addition to these there are a large number whose operations, though in the aggregate important, cannot easily be ascertained. They are known by a term more expressive than euphonious, 'garret bosses...
Page 79 - Pottsville,) for gentlemen in trouble. Capiases, securities, and bail-pieces became as familiar as your garter. The play was over, and the farce of " The Devil to Pay" was the after-piece. There was but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous, and Pottsville saw it taken ! Gay gallants, who had but a few months before rolled up the turnpike, swelling with hope, and flushed with expectation, now betook themselves, in the gray of the morn, and then the haze of the evening, with bundle on back —...
Page 100 - Bureau to make such investigations as my duties will permit, with regard to the experience of the durability of copper boilers, when used with bituminous or anthracite coal ; which can be done without any specific expenditure. The inquiry may prove highly important to the Navy Department, as the use of anthracite under copper boilers has been heretofore generally considered as more injurious than bituminous coal, and is consequently not used by government in vessels having copper boilers. Respectfully...

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