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An Economic History and Practical
PETER TRACY DONDLINGER, Ph. D.
Formerly Professor of Mathematics in Fairmount College
ORANGE JUDD COMPANY
Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science
in Yale University,
THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED
for his guiding instruction and the encouragement received from his friendship and sterling character link the volume with the hon
ored name of one of the greatest lights of our generation
In additior to individual acknowledgments made throughout the volume, I wish to express my gratitude to those who have aided in the work by many kindnesses in the way of advice and suggestion, and by the furnishing of various data. My acknowledgments are due primarily and chiefly to Professor W. G. Sumner and Dr. J. Pease Norton-to the former for that general aid and counsel that can be offered only after wide historical research, and for reading and criticising a large pou tion of the work; to the latter for his indefatigable kindness in giving continuous aid in obtaining material, and in giving help, of a technical nature. Much assistance and encouragement was given by Mr. M. A. Carleton, Cerealist of the United States Department of Agriculture; by Mr. Wm. Saunders, Director of the Central Experimental Farm, Canada; and by Mr. W. M. Hays, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture of the United States.
One of the most important of the several institutions which are now expending considerable financial resources in economic and industrial research is the Carnegie Institution of Washington, from which financial aid has been received in some of the investigations necessitated by the preparation of this volume. Through the kind offices of Mr. P. B. Smith, President of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, material encouragement has also been received from the St. Anthony and Dakota Elevator Company and from the Washburn-Crosby Company.
For carefully reading over the typewritten manuscript of the book and suggesting many improvements in diction and phraseology, I am indebted to my former pupil, Miss Elizabeth Hodg
She is not to be held responsible, however, for any imperfections in language that may yet remain, inasmuch as I made all final corrections and changes.- [The Author.