Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1927

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THE ORIOLE Page 5 (The Class of 1927 of the Pulaski High School hereby expresses its appreciation of the following contribution for The Oriole from the Hon. Lyon G. Tyler, Presi- dent Emeritus of William and Mary College, and son of the late John Tyler, ex-President of the United States.) AN ERA OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS 1776-1926 NE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS what a flood of thoughts these words suggest! During that time what changes in society and government have taken place throughout the world! What progress in science has occurred, what inventions have revolutionized agriculture, surgery, engineering, and all the other arts! Not always has man worked steadily and honestly to this end. Oftentimes his ways have been crooked and directly opposed. Unjust wars have set back the world and the im- mediate results have been sometimes lamentable. But some- how the onrushing tide of civilization, however obstructed, has swept over all impediments to higher and nobler conditions. There can be no doubt that the happiness of the human race, the security of private property, and the safety of mankind everywhere have been enormously increased. Only one great Hand could be capable of accomplishing this glorious result — “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.” The previous one hundred and fifty years had, of course, its changes and developments, but outside of the accumulation of stock and personal property the conditions ot the individual life in 1776 were not greatly different from the conditions in 1626. The domestic and farming utensils were practically the same. Plows had been known in Virginia from the earliest days but they were little more than a point of hard wood or iron which tore up the ground. We are told that in Virginia, as late as 1770, nearly all of the work done in the fields was with the hoe, and transportation on the farms was done, not by carts, but by casks rolled about on the land. Man was not idle, however. The nature of gravity and electricity was explained and the power of steam was demonstrated. Chemistry was cultivated and made great advances. Some have claimed that the master invention of this period was the table fork. Till late in the 17th century that humble but useful instrument was

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