THE VITAL PART

A manufacturer's first consideration in seeking a location is the question of a good water supply. No factory can bae run without some kind of power, for on this important possession the successful pursuit of the business absolutely depends. The writer formerly had occasion to pass daily through the largest brass mill in the world, and its varied processes impressed him as a wonderful application of ingenuity and thought.

At the rear end of this immense plant, in an insignificant little room, compared with the vastness of the departments, were the engines. Out of sight and knowledge of the ordinary visitor, their faint throbbings seemed but an incident in contrast to the noisy vibrations of the other machinery ; yet how valueless would all this costly machinery have been if disconnected from the engines. It might be said that the power was really the life of the machinery, which would be a wholly useless construction apart from the power plant.

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THE CITY
October 21, 1911
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