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A New Motive Power.

The development of the practical application of electricity has proceeded so rapidly of late years that we cease to express surprise at any results accomplished by its aid. it cures people of all sorts of ailments that never would be cured by drugs, and bye and bye it will probably do all the work, and leave us merely to superintend the wires. The latest idea—an American one, we need scarcely say —is to pave the streets with iron blocks in sections, and to charge them with electricity in such a manner that carts, wagons, fire-engines, &c. —especially &c. —will be able to dispense with horses, for they will merely carry an electric engine, and, taking the current from the road on which they run, will move about in any desired direction. Horses may, it seems, still be available, but nothing is said as to the effects of a thunderstorm while they are travelling over the ironcoated roads.

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A New Motive Power. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 166, 14 October 1880

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