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THREE CHIEF ALLIES Of AMERICAN CIVILZA- TION?THE PRINTING PRESS;
THE PUB- LIC SCHOOL; AND THE RAILROAD. BY ALEXANDER HOGG, 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 1420 Lawrence Caster, of
Harlem, produced the first entire book 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 1461 a Latin Bible, and
in 1463 a German Bible, 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 1462. 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 the anci...
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