Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1927

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Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA) online yearbook collection, 1927 Edition, Page 10
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Page 6 THE ORIOLE unknown to the average Englishman or Virginian, and its com- ing sharply defined the man of that age from the man of all preceding ages. It set a new standard of taste. Some have attributed the paralysis which attended Chinese civilization to the use of the chop-stick. Of course, the development of our own country has for us the greater interest. At the beginning of 1776 the United States was a small confederacy of about 3,000,000 people, and in 1920, according to the census of that year, the population, not including its outlying dependencies, was 105,710,620. The extent of its territory in 1790 was 892,135 square miles and in 1920 it was 3,026,789 square miles. At the beginning of the period there were no railroads, no steamboats, no telegraph or telephone lines, no automobiles, and indeed few of the ac- companiments that render modern life so agreeable. The Mississippi bounded on the west territory of the United States, but beyond the Alleghany Mountains the population was scant and scattered. We naturally think of the part played by Virginia in this great development. Democracy, immigration and territorial aggrandizement have been the keynotes of the American ex- pansion, and it was Virginia that led the way in sounding these notes. Under the guidance of Jefferson and the great Repub- lican party, of which Virginia was the headquarters, the prin- ciples of expatriation and democracy were infused into the soul of the country, and it was owing to her pioneers, led by her Washington and her George Rogers Clark, that the gateway of the West was thrown open, and the march of the country begun overland to the Pacific. At the head of the great pro- cession went the spirit of the Virginia Presidents — Jefferson, Monroe and Tyler. Thus the area of the United States was increased, and thousands of the hardy population of Europe came to swell the population of this country. Nor has science felt hardly less the exacting touch of \ ir- ginia’s plastic hand. It was James Rumsey, of Shepherds- town, Virginia, that first successfully applied steam to river navigation in 1786. It was Henry Draper, of Prince Edward County, who discovered oxygen in the sun by photography, pronounced by many the most brilliant discovery of his day. It was Cyrus II. McCormick, of Rockbridge County, \ irginia, who revolutionized the agriculture of the world by his invention of the reaper which gave a stimulus to all other agricultural

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