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" Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along a railroad at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that a cow were to stray upon the line and get in the way of the engine ; would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance ? "  "
Tait's Edinburgh magazine - Page 459
1857
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Great Englishmen, short lives

Dorothea Beale - 1881
...Commons to Stephenson, " Suppose now, one of these engines to be going along the railroad at the rate of ten miles an hour, and that a cow were to stray upon...and get in the way of the engine ; would not that be very awkward ? " "Yes," replied Stephenson, in his broad dialect, with a twinkle of his eye, "very...
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Chambers's Cyclopędia of English Literature: A History ..., Volumes 7-8

Robert Chambers - Authors, American - 1881
...himeelf to ten miles an hour. ' But assuming this speed,' snid a member of the committee, ' suppose that a cow were to stray upon the line and get in the way of the engine; would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance?' 'Yes,' replied the witness, with his strong Northumberland burr,...
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The Stephenson Centenary: Containing the Proceedings of the Day, the ...

Newcastle upon Tyne (England) - 1881 - 118 pages
...a fiery ordeal of questions, but he was equal to the occasion. " Suppose now," said an hon. member, "one of these , engines to be going along a railroad at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, aud that a cow were to etray upon the line and get in the way of the engine, would not that, think...
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The Three Americas Railway: An International and Intercontinental Enterprise ...

Hinton Rowan Helper - Pan-American Railway - 1881 - 473 pages
...delusion." One pressed him a little closer, asking, " Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that a cow were to stray on the line and get in the way, would not that be a very awkward circumstance ?" " Yes," replied Stephenson,...
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Great Movements, and Those who Achieved Them, Volume 20

Henry James Nicoll - Great Britain - 1882 - 487 pages
...examination before the committee that Stephenson, when asked, " Suppose, now, one of your engines to be going at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that...line, and get in the way of the engine, would not that be a very awkward circumstance?" replied, "Yes, very awkward — for the coo." In the course of the...
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Building the Nation: Events in the History of the United States from the ...

Charles Carleton Coffin - Indians of North America - 1882 - 485 pages
...Congreve's rockets as to trust themselves to the mercy of such a machine going at such a rate." " If a cow were to stray upon the line and get in the way of the engine, would not that be a very awkward circumstance ?" asked a member of Parliament of George Stcphenson. " Yes, very awkward...
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The world at home, a new ser. of geographical readers. 6 standards. [With ...

Nelson Thomas and sons, ltd - 1883
...to him to show that his plan could not be worked. 6. " Well," asked one, " suppose now one of those engines to be going along a railroad at the rate of...get in the way of the engine, would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance ?" — "Yes," answered Stephenson, with a droll twinkle in his...
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The Great Inventions: Their History, from the Earliest Period to the Present ...

Franc Bangs Wilkie - Inventions - 1883 - 671 pages
...which has become famous. " Suppose, now," asked one of the committee, "that one of these engines should be going along a railroad at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and a cow were to stray on the track ; would not that, think you, be a very awkward circumstance !" " Yes,"...
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Lights of Two Centuries

Edward Everett Hale - Artists - 1887 - 603 pages
...during the passing of this act. On one occasion, a member, desiring to throw ridicule upon him, asked, "Suppose, now, one of these engines to be going along a railroad at the rate of nine or ton miles an hour [the maximum speed at that time generally imagined], and that a cow were to stray...
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The American Decisions: Containing All the Cases of General Value ..., Volume 85

Law reports, digests, etc - 1887
...suit was brought to recover damages. The engineer of the freight train testified that it was going at the rate of nine or ten miles an hour, and that the whistle was blown, and the bell rung, in the manner usual when approaching the station. The plaintiff...
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