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THREE CHIEF ALLIES OF AMERICAN CIl'ILZA- T1ON?THE PRINTING PRESS;
THE PUB- LIC SCHOOL: AND THE RAILROAD. BY ALEXANDER HO(Ki, EDITOR
OF THE TEXAS PACIFIC JOURNAL. Mr. Chairman: While we are told that
the whole economy of nature and art is comprised under the three
heads?transmutation, transformation, and transportation?the
printing press alone embraces two of these forms. The conception,
by transmutation, becomes an idea, by transformation becomes a
word, and the printing press fixes the entity and identity of the
word, and we have the spoken transformed into the written language.
Not to go too far back, nor too much into historic detail, we find
that stamping on playing cards, by means of blocks, antedates
printing?that this was practiced by the Chinese, the authors of so
many other useful inventions: that in 1 I'.'O Lawrence Caster, of
Harlem, produced the first entire hook from wooden blocks, each
page being a single engraving. To John Gutenburg, of Mayence,
belongs the honor of having invented movable types and casting them
in metal. The invention of the printing press follows close after
that of movable type (1440). In 1457 the first printed book from
movable type, a Latin Psalter, appeared: in 14(il a Latin Bible,
and in 14(3 a German Mible. were given to the world. Adolph, of
Nassau, seeing the influence that would be wielded by this new
engine. destroyed the printing establishment of Mayence in. 14(2.
But "the art of all arts preservative" survived. "Thus," says
Ridpath, "in the middle of the fifteenth century were the means
provided for the emancipation of thought and the universal
enlightenment of men. To the trembling Bel- shazzar of
Superstition, the shadow of the printing press was the handwriting
on the wall which foretokened the subversion of t...
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