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The Daily Dispatch: March 4, 1865., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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been augmented into a seventy-two-fold ratio. The augmentation of their machinery of public instruction is indicated by the extent of their public libraries, which have increased in a thirty-two fold ratio, and by the creation of school libraries, amounting to 2,000,000 volumes. "They have completed a system of canal navigation which, placed in a continuous link, would extend from London to Calcutta, and a system of railways which, continuously extended, would stretch from London to Van Dicman's Land, and have provided locomotive machinery by which that distance would by traveled over in three weeks, at the cost of one and a half pence per mile. They have created a system of inland navigation, the aggregate tonnage of which is probably not inferior in amount to the collective inland tonnage of all the other countries in the world; and they possess many hundreds of river steamers, which import to the roads of water the marvellous celerity of roads of iron. They have, in fine,