By Claude August Crommelin
No longer lengthy after the tip of the yank Civil warfare, a prosperous younger Dutchman via the identify of Claude August Crommelin launched into a journey of the younger nation, traveling New England, the center Atlantic States, the higher Mississippi Valley, and the war-ravaged South. His relatives connections allowed him to fulfill vital humans, and his pursuits in undefined, politics, and public associations led him to monitor what others will possibly not have spotted. His meticulously saved magazine finds an inquisitive visitor with a prepared eye for element and a genial writing sort. to be had in English for the 1st time, Crommelin’s booklet presents an illuminating outsider's account of the us at a pivotal aspect in its background.
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The steam engine delivers about 400 horsepower, and has two sets of cylinders, one high-Â�and one low-Â�pressure. The power is transferred to the waterwheel by means of cogwheels on the outside of the large wheel. At the point where the water that has been raised is being thrown out into the canal, a heavy gate is installed, which rotates on hinges at the bottom. Water is let out, but any backwash that would hinder the movement of the wheel is prevented by the automatic closure of the gate. When built in 1848 this installation cost $55,000, the renewal in 1860 $45,000.
10 Saturday 9 June 1866 Arrived at 8 in the morning at La Crosse, where we had to wait for the upriver boat, the Key City, until 1 pm. At long last she arrives and puts an end to our impatience. The first section of our journey is pretty, mountains on both sides heavily wooded, with the river wriggling through a large number of small and bigger islands. 11 Sunday 10 June 1866 Instead of 8 am we arrive only at 7 pm in St. Paul. Now a town of some 15,000, St. Paul has existed only since 1848. Before that year there was nothing more than a little chapel dedicated to Saint Paul and founded some forty years From Chicago through Illinois and Northward to Minnesota 43 ago.
Utinam ita sit! 31 On leaving the harbor of Queenstown we soon feel the waves of the ocean, although the first night is still fairly smooth. The next day—Monday—the move- From Amsterdam through Belgium and Great Britain to New York 27 ment really starts and continues all through the journey until Friday. Then the conversation of the passengers chiefly concerns the rolling and pitching of the vessel and which one of the two is worse. On deck I don’t care and I even like to see a big wave coming on and rolling away under the ship.
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