DISCOVERIES OF THE AGE.
Some of the most wonderful results of human intellect
have been witnessed in the last fifty years. It is remarkable how the
mind of the world has run into scientific investigation, and what achievements
it has effected in that short period.
Fulton launched the first
steamboat in 1807; now there are three thousand steamboats traversing
the waters of America alone.
In 1825 the first
railroad was put into operation in Massachusetts.
In 1800 there was not a single railroad in the world.
In the United States alone there are now twenty-four thousand five hundred
miles of railroad; in Europe, twenty-four thousand two hundred and three;
and in the whole world, fifty-one thousand two hundred and sixty-six.
telegraph had its beginning in 1843.
The electro-magnet was discovered in 1821; and electrotyping is a later invention.
press, capable of printing 10,000 copies an hour, is a very recent
light was unknown in 1800; now every city and town of any pretense
is lighted with it, and we have the announcement of a still greater discovery,
by which light, heat, motive power, may all be produced from water, with
scarcely any cost.
Daguerre communicated to the world his beautiful invention in 1839.
Gun-cotton and chloroform are discoveries but a few years old.
Astronomy has added a number of new planets to the solar system.