An Illustrated history & description Of Schools in the 18th & 19th Centurys.

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360 Old-time Schools and School-books
A plan has recently been invented for constructing roads with iron bars, or railways, on which the wheels of carriages run so easily that they may be drawn from 15 to 30 miles an hour, by means of locomotive steam engines.
Peter Parley, in one of his geographies published in 1837, says of the railroads:—
Progress of Improvement. From The Malte-Brun School Geography, 1842.
They are found so useful, that, for carrying passengers from one place to another, they have, on many routes, taken the place of stage-coaches. When the cars first began to run, it was amusing to see the astonishment of the horses and cattle, as the engines came snorting, smoking and puffing over the road. You have heard of the rail road from Bos­ton to Worcester. Near the latter place is an Insane Hospi­tal, which commands a view of the road. When the first car came into Worcester, a crazy man was looking out of the window. " Upon my word," said he, " that's a strange-looking beast and travels desperate fast for such a short-legged crittur."
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