News of The Death of Alexander Gordon
CAREER Of Great Success In Industry Is Recalled, By Demise of Gordon. Opened the First Western Tool Works in Queen City, - Founded on His Wonderful Talent as a Salesman. Holland" Hears That Year's Cotton Crop Will Be Larger Than Predicted By Experts. rti lit Diir.rra to tii bsqvibib. Xew Tork. September 13. Diapatchaa re- 1 ceived from London yesterday, report tha death there of Alexander Oordon. But It Is probable that in England, and to vary few in the United States, does the name of Alexander Oordon bring to mind one of the most successful of American business careers. It mas a romantic career aa wall, and with Hi waa associated the beginning of what is now recognized as one of the greatest and most widely known of American Industrial corporations. A little niore than forty years ago ttiare was no manufactory of machine tools and various tool apparatus west of Philadelphia, until the establishment of a factory of that kind at Hamilton, Ohio. Tha establishment of this manufactory waa due to a curioua accident or chance, with which Alexander Gordon was associated. When a young man. Mr. Gordon was in business at Cincinnati, lie gamed the r epilation as an expert salesman. It was said of him that ha was able frequently to sell when othere, who were deemed capable as salesmen, had failed, in a little machine shop at Cincinnati a contract waa taken for the construction of a certain piece of machinery of a rather peculiar character. Found Something Wrong. No order of that kind had aver been taken west of Philadelphia, until this one waa given. After he machine was manufactured and delivered to those who bad made the contract for it, they professed to find something wrong about it, or at leaat Claimed that it waa not entirely satisfactory. Therefore, they returned the machine, and the makers of It mere greatly embarrassed, since the construction of it had abjsorbed much of their rather limited means. What mere they to do with the machine? This question was at last an-ewared by the suggestion that they summon Aleaander Oordon. and aak him to try to sell the machine. Young Gordon did not seem at all timid or doubtful about his ability to market this unusual piece of machinery. He went forth seeking a customer, and at laat found one. After the customer had aet up and operated the machine, he reported that it was more than satisfactory, for it was the best apparatus of the kind he had ever seen. Thereupon it waa decided to make another machine of this kind, and commission Alexander Gordon to sell it. He had little difficulty in marketing the second machine, and the success was so great that there came a decision to form a partnership for the manufacture of this and other tools. They Make Fortunes. In this way the partnership of Gray. Gaff at Gordon was formed and the company began the manufacture of machines, lirstat Cincinnati and a little later at Hamilton, Ohio, thus identifying this flourishing city as one of the largest of the manufacturing towns occupied with the making of steam pumps, machinery, tools and like products. After a time the partnership was dis solved, and upon Its remains waa organised what became widely known as the Niles Tool Werks, a corporation which has now-passed 6ut of existence, having been absorbed by a greater. Mr. Gray, one of the original partners, continued the manufacturing busineas by himself, and ao did Mr. Gaff. And in this way the great Gaff fortune, one of the most princely of Western fortunes, was begun. Alexander Gordon remained with the Niles Tool Company, following it through the various expansions and combinations which have at last made It the greatest of American industries engaged in the manufacture of machine tools, and an industrial combination wblch, although far-reaching In its scope, has never.beless met with '.he reproaches of those who have found much to object to in what are called trust organizations. It is the industry which recently won the great triumph in Kngland In competition with British manufacturers for the equipment of the great arsenal with gun-making machinery which Is now being eatabltsned by the colonial Government at Melbourne, Australia. And much of the increase in the export of American machinery which has bean noticed within tha paat Ave years has been due to the energy of this Industry which began In the unexpected and almost accidental manner above described. Waa Twice Married. Mr. Gordon waa about 75 years of age. He was twice married, having married his second wife about two years ago. He went to London on a pleasure excursion some months ago, and must have been taken 111 there, although no details of his Illness or of his death have as yet been received. Ha was a multimillionaire, so-called, and he gained hla great fortune through the growth of an Industry which he traced back to tha day when he was summoned by anxious manufacturers at Cincinnati to ell what was regarded aa an unmarketable machine.