A Poor Prospect for the Year 1900, from June 1869

MANUFACTURER AND BUILDER
THE Boston Journal of Chemistry lately gave us a
glowing account of the wonders which were to be
brought to light ere the year 1900 shall appear as the
date of our letters and periodicals. All our old sys-
tems of lighting, heating, and producing power are to
be modified, or superseded by different and far supe-
rior methods. And yet, in a recent number, the editor
gravely tells us that “there is not, nor can there be”
any oil or liquid substance devised, suited to house-
hold illumination, which is cheaper, safer, or better
than well manufactured kerosene of legal standard.
The italics are his own.

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