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* ••"! -* T * -i One ofJSe v y]Erj > 'few"pl»cea in 'MJlwau'- > to H. C. kee where tow'e%abcfcf ore constructed is on Ntott "street, "just north-of ^Wtnne- bago. Mathias SchWalbach, a keen-eyed^ gray-haired mas is at the head" of the establishment. He is no ordinary mechanic, mechanic, as you will see tt JOB look *t the Parisian recognition of his. ability which hangs above bis working bench. To go with this diploma from p the French is a gold medal -which is treasured treasured in the house near by. . Mr. Schwabbach Schwabbach says that clock'mat- ing for towers ' and church steeples is brisk with him just now, though he complains that prices are' not what they ought to be. Still, his business is much-better than it was .last year. The city" hall tower can be seen from the vicinity ot the Jiinth street factory and the pro- f tor has his eye on the of filling up the four rotted openings near the top of it Dial* MR»«n J?e«t Acroaa. Bidders before the board of public works were at quite a disadvantage as no specifications for the tower clock were provided.' The clockmaker had to ... guess as to what the com- SJMlBBififll missioners wanted. Mr. Schwalbach went to the v tower to inspect i tbefore making his .estimate. The bricklayers bricklayers were so .free with their mortar that he had some difficulty in .sizing.up the situation. He thinks that an 8000 or 10,000-pound bell will be needed in the tower. Architect Koch has -left 'enough openings to let the sound put sa that the bell can proclaim the time to distant inhabitants of -the city.. -This -bell will not be quite as heavy as Big Ben in. St Stephen's tower of-the Parliament Parliament buildings in London and the dial will not be quite as large. Big Ben weighs twenty-three tons and can be heard in the City and .the East End: on a quiet night The Parliament clock dials are 23 feet in diameter, while that in the Architect Koch :t6wer is but 15 feet across. This makes it quite tbe largest in Milwaukee as the dials on the Pabst building-are but 10 feet 8:inches and the Union depot clock face is 10 feet across. • The bells in .the chamber of commerce tower and the Union depot tower Weigh -3000 pounds each. The largest bell in^St John's cathedral weighs 4000 pounds. Many of the big bells hung up in Milwaukee towers are not heard as well as. they should-be on account of being closed in too tightly. The most pleasing chimes in the city and those that are best heard are in St James' church on Washington square. The .bells are not especially large, but they are placed with, good judgment The clock in the Pabst building voice. A 70-pound hammer is. used to strike. a 4000-pound' bell, so that heavy weights are needed to make the clock go. Mr. Schwalbach says that, electric clocks ate not so well adapted to raising 70- pound hammers as his, which are operated operated by weights—but he is not making electric clocks. Hard to T«ll tne Tim*. The style of dial to be selected for the city clock is a very grave matter. Experience bos shown in this city that many a large dial cannot be read at any great 'distanced The. clocks -with glass faces, which, are illuminated at night are not just what people would like for either during the day or night they are not remarkably distinct Mr. Schwalbach, Schwalbach, who has mode a good many dials in his day, thinks that he has, struck the rear thing- at last in a dial with aluminum figures on a black surface and gold hands. The aluminum is almost white and .'the yellow hands show up so distinctly that the eye cannot mistake the minute hand, for the large hand as is-sometimes when both hands and figures are of gold. The three color idea has been tried considerably and it is said to be considered a very good thing. A six-foot dial of this kind in Sheboygan can be read, a mile away. In making a dial useful the relative size and proportions of hands and figures figures is an important and 'delicate matter. matter. The figures must not be too small, of course^ but if they are too large they will be so near each other as to become indistinct Where illuminated dials ore used the glass faces alone are a. large item of expense. A piece of glass for a clock face 8 feet in diameter costs $150. Inventor SehwJi7b»ch'a Diploma. Wha,t has-given-Mr. Schwalbach honor outside of his own country was the invention invention of a device which provides that there shall always be the same tension upon the pendulum. When the exposition exposition is opened this fall this invention can be studied in the west gallery, near the band stand. The certificate of membership" membership" which Mr. Schwalbach enjoys in a French society reads as follows: ney O. . at broker - of of Academic Parislenne des Inyenteurs. —Industriels et Eiposanfs.— DIplome deMedallleD'Or Grand Mldule Decerue a Mr. Mathlas Scnwal- oach. Milwaukee, Avee Le THre Da Membre d'honneur Correspondaat Paris le 3, Aout 1890. Le President:' Le Secretaire, E. Boettcher. C. Pltro. La Repnblique-protege Le.Travail. Some of the persons who bid upon the city hall ddck calculated on having a bell and others! did not It-is. not known whether the council wants a clock that strikes or nbt If the city should be Incky and get a pure, soft-toned bell there wonld probably be no objection to the noise". Bells are hot as popular as they once were and in these: modern days .men have been known to make gifts towards the erection of church buildings upon th» express express stipulation that the church should be without bells. It. is a good deal a matter matter of taste. Some ceople cannot endure the sound of bells while others will enjoy chimes as bdd as those that break your rest in the Bible hotel in the good old city of Amsterdam in Holland. It ip said that Big Ben makes the tower* on "the Parliament building, vibrate'when the hours ore struck, but there is evidently •sufficient stability to Mr. Koch's big tower to stand Ihe vibration: of many big bells. The town clock: will not only have the largest face of any clock in the city but it will also be far higher np than any other clock in Milwaukee-. The Belgian capital, Brussels, has ad'• ad'• vaneed considerably .beyond- the town clock stage of existence, .and adopted a system that ia 'convenient for persons who have no watches or who, Tiaving them, are too lazy to take them oat of their pockets. The city has placed electric electric clocks on most of the principal street corners and when one looks up to read the bine and white street signs "he is almost almost sure to find a clock right near it at

Clipped from The Weekly Wisconsin20 Jul 1895, SatPage 2

The Weekly Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)20 Jul 1895, SatPage 2
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