Elbert Hubbard This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: John Jacob Astor Author: Elbert Hubbard Posting Date: July 20, 2008
John Richard Jefferies (November 6, 1848 - August 14, 1887 ) was an
English nature writer, essayist and journalist. He wrote fiction mainly
based on farming and rural life. He was born at Coate, near Swindon,
Wiltshire, the son of a farmer. From early in life he showed a great love
of the countryside, but was temperamentally unsuited to follow his father
as a farmer, and in 1866 he found employment as a newspaper reporter
for the North Wiltshire Herald and the Swindon Advertiser. His birthplace
and home is a museum open to the public.
I spent six months in Paris and wrote a novel entitled They Had to See Paris. Will Rogers appeared in the screen version. It was his first talking picture. I had tempting offers to remain in Hollywood and write several of Will Rogers' pictures. But I didn't. I returned to New York. And my troubles began! It slowly dawned on me that I had great dormant abilities that I had never developed. I began to fancy myself a shrewd business man. Somebody told me that John Jacob Astor had made millions investing in vacant land in New York. Who...
The protracted struggle between science and the classics appears to be
drawing to a close, with victory about to perch on the banner of science,
as a perusal of almost any university or college catalogue shows. While a
limited knowledge of both Greek and Latin is important for the correct
use of our own language, the amount till recently required, in my judgment,
has been absurdly out of proportion to the intrinsic value of these
branches, or perhaps more correctly roots, of study.
It was 2538 years After the Year of the Son of Man. For six centuries
mankind had been developing machines. The Ear-apparatus was discovered
as early as seven hundred years before. The Eye came later, the
Brain came much later. But by 2500, the machines had been developed to
think, and act and work with perfect independence. Man lived on the
products of the machine, and the machines lived to themselves very happily,
and contentedly. Machines are designed to help and cooperate. It
was easy to do the simple duties they needed to do that men might live
well. And men had created them.