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NEW WAY TO TRAVEL: THE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

Do you ever get sick of your slow and clunky wagon? Plus, using a boat to travel takes painstakingly long? Well you're in luck. An inventor named Peter Cooper, has built a steam locomotive, which is a machine with wheels using a steam engine for power. In order to test his new invention, Cooper drove the steam locomotive on a metal track, and had a horse run alongside the machine. When they took off, the horse quickly took the lead, leaving the machine in the dust. But as they progressed, Coopers machine caught up and surpassed the horse, reaching a top speed of 20 miles per hour! Sadly, the machine broke down near the end of the track, and lost the race. Although it broke down, Peter Cooper's invention has revolutionized a better transportation system. For example, by 1850, over 9,000 miles of railroad track had been laid throughout the US.

EXTRA! EXTRA! NEW FORM OF COMMUNICATION: THE TELEGRAPH

Samuel F. B. Morse has created a device which uses electric current for power. When You press down on the "Key," it will start buzzing with electricity. In order to Communicate clearly, you use a Morse code system, in which a small stroke is called a dot, and a long stroke is called a dash. The person at the other end of the receiver will hear clicking noises, in a series of dots and dashes. In Morse code, ...---... is symbolic for SOS, which means "Save our Souls," or "Save our Ship."

THE ONCOMING TEXTILE INDUSTRY

Before the Industrial Revolution, spinning cotton into thread took a large amount of time to complete. As a matter of fact, it took longer to spin cotton thread than it did to make cloth. Several workers So, in 1769, an Englishman by the name of Richard Arkwright created a machine called a water frame.

WORKERS WANTED!

If you are between the ages of 12 and 16, you are needed at Samuel Slater's Textile Mill in Pawtucket RI.