It is an amusing predicament, and it serves as an illuminating commentary upon the modern sit nation. As with the hero of the story, the exact connection of steam power with motion is as a closed book to the majority of those who are most dependent upon its actual working. A natural habit of indolence has been reinforced by an educational system which can hardly be said to encourage independent thought. At any rate the early inquisitiveness of youth, with its perpetual questioning, becomes almost entirely submerged. Facts as they are seem to give promise of values more immediate; reasons seem to involve an extra worry with no Obvious return.