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Old 06-25-2010, 07:02 AM
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Default Deaths

The "death" of overnight river passenger service is but one that I have witnessed in nearly 90 years. Here are some: the steam locomotive, the mechanical calculator, the adding machine, railroad passenger service, true airline service, hand-drafting of plans, sticky tape, true postal service, inner tubes, telegrams, line shafts and belts, the cash register, packet boats, telephone party lines, elevator operators, the year 'round three-piece suit, derbies and silk tophats.
There are many more and some are still in the final throes of resistance. Many are unmourned, quite a few are welcomed suicides and a couple of them such as the Queen steamboats are murders. It is hard to accept the finality of these, but final it is. They will be mourned, but they will not return.
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