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Excerpt from The Childs Story of the Greatest CenturyIf any of my young friends are newspaper readers, they must have seen a great deal said in the beginning of the year 1900 about the Nineteenth Century. Thus there was quite a dispute about whenMoreExcerpt from The Childs Story of the Greatest CenturyIf any of my young friends are newspaper readers, they must have seen a great deal said in the beginning of the year 1900 about the Nineteenth Century. Thus there was quite a dispute about when it began and when it ended. Some said it began with the year 1800 and ended with the year 1899. Others said it began January 1, 1801, and ended at the close of December, 1900. Nearly everybody thought the last dates to be the right ones, for they said that the first century began on the first day of the year 1, the second century on the first day of the year 101, and all other centuries in the same way, till the nineteenth century, which began with the year 1801.I do not think we need trouble ourselves much about this. I am not writing this book to tell when the nineteenth century be an and ended, but what it was like and what great things took place in it. There have been many important centuries since the world began, but most men say that the nineteenth century was the most important of them all. It did more for man and for civilization than any two centuries that had gone before it.No one can know what history means, or what the progress of the world has been, unless he knows a great deal about this wonderful century. It has been the century of invention. When it began men did the most of their work with their hands- now they do the most of it with machines. It has been the century of science.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.