Reminiscences

Reminiscences

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Reminiscences

Reminiscences

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During the sixty years since my graduation from the New York University in 1853, a great Civil War has been waged; slavery has been abolished; temperance reform has been pushed forward with various experiments -- total abstinence, high license, State-wide prohibition, local option; the public school system has been extended throughout the Nation; the high school and the State University have been developed; woman's higher education has been initiated and women's colleges have been founded; industrial and vocational education has been established; the factory system has developed into an enormous industrial organization, practically superseding the old individual industries, and creating a wage-system, with gigantic combinations of capital working in competition and sometimes in hot antagonism with gigantic combinations of labor; the transcontinental railways have been built, binding together a Republic extending from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast; the candles and whale-oil lamps of my childhood have been replaced, first by kerosene oil, then by gas, then by electricity; cholera and yellow fever have been abolished; the campaign against the hookworm and against tuberculosis has been begun; sanitary engineering has been created; the use of anæSthetics has enabled surgery to accomplish the impossible; the discovery of germs as the origin of many diseases has created a new science of medicine; philosophy and theology have been revolutionized by the doctrine of evolution; the antiquity of man has been carried back thousands of years by scientific discovery; for the fall of man and his recovery has been sub-

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