Of late years the Manilla rope has in the American fishery almost entirely superseded hemp as a material for whale-lines; for, though not so durable as hemp, it is stronger, and far more soft and elastic; and I will add (since there is an aesthetics in all things), is much more handsome and becoming to the boat, than hemp.
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Engineers used slide rules before they were superseded by calculators.
No method nor discipline can supersede the necessity of being forever on the alert.
Thoreau, Henry David -- Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience