From the American Scene: The Jewish Spirit in the Machine Age The Technical Expert
The ship, a steamer of 7,000 tons, carried 1,100 passengers. Hardly any had ever seen the sea before. For fourteen days the ship danced on the waves. Most of the passengers found this hard to endure. The blue of the sea or its beauty, so celebrated by the poets, was little in evidence. The water looked gray, mean, and hostile.
And then a day came when land was sighted. The passengers felt like the sailors on Columbus ships. When the cry of “Land!” rang out, sickness was forgotten, the weak became strong, and new hope arose.
Several hours later one found oneself on board an immigrants’ train that was crossing the northern and middle-western part of the United States at a not excessive speed and depositing the newcomers at every station.
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