Page:The Outline of History Vol 1.djvu/131

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page has been proofread, but needs to be validated.

Page 107 (Vol. 1 - The Outline of History, H.G. Wells).png

earlier in Asia Minor, men began to smelt iron. Once smelting was known to men, there is no great marvel in the finding of iron. They smelted iron by blowing up a charcoal fire, and wrought it by heating and hammering. They produced it at first in comparatively small pieces;[1] its appearance worked a gradual rev-

  1. In connection with iron, note the distinction of ornamental and useful iron. Ornamental iron, a rarity, perhaps meteoric, as jewellery or magical stuff, occurs in