Harper's New Monthly Magazine,  11 (1885–86), 561–83.

The City of Cleveland

Edmund Kirke, pseud.  [James R Gilmore]


Essay, Travelogue

Relevant illustrations:

eng. [3]


Industry, Manufactories, Mining, Metallurgy, Commerce

People mentioned:

Henry Chisholm , Henry Bessemer

    Remarks that with its position 'midway between the iron mines of Lake Superior and the coal fields of Ohio and Pennsylvania', Cleveland has emerged as a 'great manufacturing city' and the 'great iron centre of the West' (573). Also proclaims that the 'Standard Oil Company [...] is a marvel of commercial enterprise' which now handles 'nine-tenths of the oil product that goes to Europe', and its distinctive 'blue barrels are to be seen all over Europe'. Some of the 'mammoth corporation['s] [...] business methods have been criticised; but however unscrupulous they may have been, the company is a wonderful exhibition of what business energy and sagacity may accomplish in this country'. (575)

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