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The story of corn and the westward migration (1916) (14804315543)


The story of corn and the westward migration (1916) (14804315543)



Identifier: storyofcornwestw01broo (find matches)
Title: The story of corn and the westward migration
Year: 1916 (1910s)
Authors: Brooks, Eugene Clyde, 1871-
Subjects: Corn
Publisher: Chicago : Rand, McNally
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress

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together and that made Indian corn the greatnational grain of America. This great inventor was born in a small coal-mining village near Newcastle, England. His father,Robert Stephenson, was fireman of one of thepumping engines at the mines. George carried hisfathers dinner and helped his mother take care ofhis younger brothers and sisters. His highestambition was to work with his father at the mines,and as soon as he was large enough he was employedas picker, to clear the coal of stones and dross.Within a short time he had become a fireman likehis father. At the age of seventeen he became amaster engineer, and thus passed his father in hisprofession. In 1804 he went to live at Killingsworth wherehe acquired his reputation as an engineer and wherehe invented the locomotive. An engine known as the Blenkensop engine hadalready been operated. It communicated the powerto cog wheels which acted on cog rails, independentof the four wheels that supported the engine. This i86 The Story of Corn
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Copyright by Underwood & Underwood, N. Y. Stephensons locomotive, the model for all the locomotives that havebeen constructed, is still preserved at Canterbury, England was in accordance with the old ideas concerningsteam railways. Stephenson studied this engine,and experimented with it. He beHeved that theadhcvsion of the wheels to the rails would be sufficientto pull the train without the cogs. On July 25, 1814,he gave to the world his locomotive with smoothwheels rolling on smooth rails. It was a success Railroads and the Corn Country i8y from the beginning. The experiment was no soonermade than the capacity of his engine was doubled,and by 1815 he had so improved his engine that itreally became the model of all that have since beenconstructed. This wonderful invention had been in use atKillingsworth many years before it excited anyinterest. Stephenson had no means of bringing itto the notice of the public, and it was not until 1821,when a horse-car road was proposed from Liver

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