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Excerpt from Engineering in the United States: A Report to the Electors to the Gartside Scholarships on the Result of a Tour in the United States in 1904-05
This Report is the outcome of twelve months recently spent in the United States as Gartside Scholar of the University of Manchester.
As an engineer, the writer naturally devoted most atten tion to engineering, and in particular to mechanical and electrical engineering. In order to come to close quarters with American engineering, the writer thought it desirable to spend some time as a worker in a manufacturing works and'in a power station. The remainder of the time was spent in visiting works and educational institutions, inter viewing business men, attending engineering meetings and general study connected with the business on hand.
No reference is made in the body of the Report to the St. Louis Exhibition, which the writer visited early on 'his tour. To attempt a description of it would take up too much space. Perhaps the most enduring impression was that of size: it was distractingly big.
In general the writer was received with kindness by American business people, and freely shown those things which one could legitimately expect to see. The idea, however, that an American will Show the outsider every thing is quite erroneous. He has no more desire than the Englishman to give the results of his Special study and experience to the world at large.
Some firms were kind enough to exhibit to the writer their systems of cost-keeping, and several firms very kindly supplied sample forms, cards, etc. For various reasons it has been decided not to reproduce these forms.
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