The cigar-box which the European calls a "lift" needs but to be compared with our elevators to be appreciated. The lift stops to reflect between floors. That is all right in a hearse, but not in elevators. The American elevator acts like the man's patent purge—it works
Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910), U.S. author. speech, December 6, 1900, to the St. Nicholas Society, New York. "Municipal Government," Mark Twain's Speeches, ed. William Dean Howells, Harpers (1910).