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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 13, November, 1858 is a collection of essays, stories, and poems from various authors during that time period. The wide range of subjects covered in this volume provides a fascinating glimpse into the cultural and intellectual landscape of the mid-19th century.

One of the standout pieces in this volume is a thought-provoking essay on the future of America by a prominent political thinker of the time. The author's insights into the potential challenges and opportunities facing the young nation are both prescient and reflective of the time in which it was written.

Additionally, the short stories included in this volume are engaging and beautifully written, offering readers a glimpse into the lives and experiences of people from different walks of life. From tales of love and loss to humorous anecdotes, these stories showcase the diversity and richness of human experience.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 13, November, 1858 is a captivating read that offers a window into the past and a reflection of the concerns, hopes, and dreams of the people of that era. It is a valuable historical document that provides valuable insights into the social, political, and cultural landscape of mid-19th century America.

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THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY.

A MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE, ART, AND POLITICS.

VOL. II. NOVEMBER, 1858. NO. XIII.

RAILWAY ENGINEERING IN THE UNITED STATES.[1]

Though our country can boast of no Watt, Brindley, Smeaton, Rennie, Telford, Brunel, Stephenson, or Fairbairn, and lacks such experimenters as Tredgold, Barlow, Hodgkinson, and Clark, yet we have our Evans and Fulton, our Whistler, Latrobe, Roebling, Haupt, Ellet, Adams, and Morris, engineers who yield to none in professional skill, and whose work will bear comparison with the best of that of Great Britain or the Continent; and if America does not show a Thames Tunnel, a Conway or Menai Tubular Bridge, or a monster steamer, yet she has a railroad bridge of eight hundred feet clear span, hung two hundred and fifty feet above one of the wildest rivers in the world, locomotive engines climbing the Alleghanies at an ascent of five hundred feet per mile, and twenty five thousand miles of railroad, employing upwards of five thousand locomotives and eighty thousand cars, costing over a thousand millions of dollars, and transporting annually one hundred and thirty millions of passengers and thirty million tons of freight, and all this in a manner peculiarly adapted to our country, both financially and mechanically.

In England the amount of money bears a high proportion to the amount of territory; in America the reverse is the case; and the engineers of the two countries quickly recognized the fact: for we find our railroads costing from thirty thousand to forty thousand dollars per mile, while in England, to surmount much easier natural obstacles, the cost varies from seventy five to one hundred thousand dollars per mile... Continue reading book >>


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