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August 23, 1896

Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 9

Logansport, Indiana
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THE LOGANSPORT JOURNAL. SUPPLEMENT, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 23, 1896. i PAGES 9 TO 12. NEW MACHINERY •<Ben Bolt" Talks Entertainingly of the Shops. TURRET HEAD-LATHE And What One of the Latest Designs Will Accomplish. O many people drawing's ot machinery and articles In regard to theni lira very dry subjects and prob- nbly they would ;l inoitictit of their attention. 1C- the same machinery was to appear before them In reality with all its ceaseless whirring, I am ciuite, confident tliat it would not fall to arouse the most disinterested. Further tliere are fen- people, the machinists Included, who appreciate the progress made in machine construction during the past' thirty or forty years. ' The writer had occasion to exchange a few remarks with a Panhandle machinist who has boon performing mechanical work a great many years. In speaking of the great progress made in constructing labor- not boys with will Chase, Jr., as foreman, arc employed lu the department. The piece work system is largely i'ol- lowed iu performing all classes of work. The system evidently is very satisfactory. The department Is a model of neatness and Is managed very systematically, and ou a plan calculated to keep all work moving with the least possible delay and for placing responsibility of failure for inferior work where it belongs. MACHINES: The shop contains -about lifty -machines iu all and ttiese arc grouped with the view of performing all Ilie operations -with the least possible handling. • The machines have a capacity of-doing repair work, tor about twelve or fifteen locomotives per month. A number of new machines! have been added recently to. the department which tends to show that in spito of low transportation rates, the burdens of unfriendly legislation, tin 1 fierceness of competition, and the injunction of the stockholders to reduce expenses, ilie Pennsylvania company does not believe in clinging to machinery that is slow, inaccurate •and an- tiiiuated and that it pays In the long run to purchase new machines. Audi in keeping with the progrcssiveuess, for which the company is noted, the old machines are being eliminated from the departments and sent to lessor points along the' divisions or else to saving machinery he said that he could not help being amused at the primitive methods formerly used in performing mechanical -work. "In fact, my son," said lie, "it was nothing for us during the yearling days of my career as a machinist, to cut square thread screws by hand tools—four threads to the inch two-Inch diameter and ten or twelve;feet -long at that. .That w.as what we called knowing the machinist' trade In tiiose days. Such machinery us you now see was unknown. Any handy man -with'the least smattering of the machinist trade can learn to do on modern machinery, in ten days, the same work .which took us ten years to learn. Not only that, but he can do It more rapidly, cheaper and do a better class of work. THE BUILDING. /The machine- and the erecting department, are under separate roofs and arc located at right arfglcs. The machine building Is a very substantial affair, being constructed of stone, slate and cement The building is about the scraps. Among the new machines which were recently placed in tbc department are a Universal Grinding machine, from the Ingersol Milling Co, one horizontal boring mill, from Miles Tool Works; one engine lathe for turning fine tools,, from the well-known flrm of Manuigan, Maxwell & Moore, and one double-head bolt cutter. \ WORTHY OF SPECIAB-XOTIpE Among the comparatively new: machines that have been received during tho past.tbree or four years, is a turret head lathe constructed by Lamson & Jones, of Springfleld, Vt. Several railroads and manufacturing firms who are fortunate enough to possess one of these machines; take great pride in it. The accompanying cut ia a perspective drawing of the machine. :It is generally known among the employes as the "Yankee lathe" probably being so called on account of its being manufactured by an eastern firm. EXTRAORDINARY PERFORM:. ' They say it will do as mucn work In feet wide and about 140 feet long, is well lighted during the '-winter by numerous Incandescent i and a number of arc lights, the Iflclty being generated by the com- i plant. The place, formerly, has [leated-by coal fires, bat it is "pod that it will bo heated dur- ^coining winter by'means of. thirty and forty men and turning out bolts, pins, studs, and similar articles as three common engine lathes. It will also take the Iron dj- rect from the rolling mill and turn out the necessary articles required. To do the same work on n, common lathe the Iron must go, In most instances, to the forging department before the work cau be performed. •The turret-lathe is an Improved type and embodies several departures from the regular practices in constructing such machinery enabling certain classes of work to be done on It that have not heretofore been attempted on turret head machines. While the ordinary turret-head or screw machine will surpass the common lathe for work for which It is adapted, it has its limitations, one of these being that there must be a comparatively large number of pieces to make that are just alike otherwise it would not pay to set the various tools and arrange ihe machine for work. The number of pieces needed to make it'pay to do this depends mainly upon their character. This difficulty the builders have attempted to overcome by arranging the tools so that they can he set with a. facility approaching that o!' a common lathe.and it is claimed by them vhat 1C there Is but U;K! piece to do, it will pay to do It on tins in;u-h_Ine. and Unit it is therefore well adapted for general machine work within its range of capacity which is for work up to two-Inches in diameter and twenty-four inches in length. DIMENSIONS. Tin- in.-ichino has a length of ti.f'eet. 8 liH-hes; working length twenty-four inches; sixteen indies swing over, bod, "and weighs 2,(!00 pounds. NEW TOOL ROOM. This department is also undr.- the control ot the foreman of the ninchlne department. A new tool room has recently been built and when completed it will be one of the best equipped ;n tho west. It is being Qtted with the best tool machines which adds very much to the making of line tools as generally found iu a first class tool room. Almost all the small tools used iu tlit 1 boiler, machine and locomotive departments' are made here except such as twist drills, stay bolts, taps, and machine taps. The management undoubtedly believing that these can be purchased cheaper than they can be made by their own machines and at the same time getting a better class of workmanship from those who make these tools a speciality. All other tools for this shop use such as taps, dies, reamers etc., are made here and many are also manufactured for the use of employes along the division.- A PLACE FOR EVERY TOOL. Near tho door from which the em- ployes receive tools which they ask for, is a revolving, rack with a series of shelves on which tools of various kinds are arranged in an orderly manlier, Tho same order of arrangement is observed throughout the room. CHECK SYSTEM. The check system Is used here in letting out tools to the employes. Every machinist apprentice who wishes to use any of the tools kept in this room has three pass checks given him. These checks are numbered each man having a certain number. On drawing out a tool, he deposits a check which is placed on a peg around which are names or characters denoting the tools he has taken. On returning the tool the check is returned to the depositor. By this arrangement it cau be seen at' a glance if a tool is not in place. AN OLD EMPLOYE. Mr. John Foster has had charge of the tool room for twenty-eight years. During that time about twenty-nine apprentices have graduated from, his RACING_TALK The Fast Riders and Those Who Are Not So Fast. THE LAST CLUB RACE Next One Will Be Still Better -Wheel Talk. Tlio regular monthly race meet of the Riverside Cycle Club, which wns held Thursday afternoon, was not so well attended as the character of the sport would warrant, still the club is well satisfied and will no doubt have a' larger crowd out in September, at the next monthly meet. .The racing Thursday .was remarkable In one respect, there was not a suspicion of unfairness in any of the events and there w.-is but one rider who ' (VII from his wheel. In bicycle racing the riders :ire quick to take any little advantage, and sometimes they are no' 1 , always careful that it is not an unfair one. But in the races Thursday there was nothing that looked as though one rider was trying to giro .another the, worst of it. Clare Ray nnd George Riddle will have another try at the half-mile distance at the next* meet Bay is not satisfied that Riddle can out ride him. and the latter is willing to give him another chance,' Charley Ferguson demonstrated the fact that he is still the swiftest rider In this part of the country. He is not riding up to the form of his last year's performances, but last fall he rode some extraordinary races and it Is hoped that before the season closes he will again be in his best trim. Charley Grant, Charley Ferguson and Frank Skinner expect to ride to Frankfort this morning, if there Is not too much rain in the clouds. The Delphi cyclists have a. sanction for two days of races, beginning September ,10 and eonUnuing over the .17th. There .will be a number of entries from this city, among them Dave Morehart. Frank Skinner, Charley Grant and Charley Ferguson. ditures for the street repairing gang. is a big item of expense. Pick] up the- loose stones in the street front ing your residence and raking Uip loose gravel and dirt into such chuck holes a.s may have been dug there by heavy wagons running over the rough surface. You will be surprised at the effect. The street will soon become smooth and the surface hard; thn water will drniu off more easily and when the dry days come the dust, will not form so iiuickly. SK1KNER AND GRANT. Will Try for a Rich Prize Over iu Ohio. —Road Ratio at Dayton. A circular has been received by Frank Skinner from the Zanesville Bicycle Club of Zanesvillo, Ohio, descriptive of the annual road race to be run from Dayton to Zanesvllle, September 5, 1S9G. The distance is one hundred a.nd twenty-live imk-s, and ihe list of prix.es accompanying tho entry hl.-ink foots up the value of -SI,000. Skinner and Charley Grant will probably on tor in this race. The lirst prize is a diamond valued at ijaoo, with a. jSlOO-Mon- arch wheel for second prize. First place prize is a Dayton tandem wheel valued at 9.150, and the list of prizes goes on down to a i.hroe dollar sweater. If firanl and Skinner enter in this race, (hey will make some of the swift road raours hunt the track in fast time, even if they don't win. RACES AT ROCFIE-STER. J'.ogausport Riders Capture a Number of Prizes. A RACING MEET. The cyclists up' at Wabash have a new race track which they are anxious to try in a racing meet. They are talking of a racing meet to be held the first week in September and if they want some foreign talent, and are willing to put up prizes which will make it interesting for the Logansport cracks to try for. we can send them some sprinters to make their races interesting. En; FAILED TO LOWER IT. tarie Tate Could Not Make Time, Kokonio to Peru. Fast Eugene Tate of Kokorno, who made a record of one hour, thirteen minutes which he made on tho occasion of'the relay race some weeks since on the twenty-two miles between Kotomo and Peru, had a trial against his own record Wednesday over the same department, threo'of whom have be- I course, but failed to better the time, come foremen namely, Mike Corridon, He had pacemakers on the record- Will CttssWy and Robt. B. Weaver. : Baking attempt but was thirteen There arc few men who have better minutes behind the time he made on his first ride. His first performance was done without pacemakers, and the twenty-two miles was covered at an average speed of a mile in 3.19'. There is no finer stretch of road anywhere than that between Kokomo and Peru, and It; is fit- nt almost any time for a record-breaking performance. That Tate shouUMmve failed in bis attempt is ascribed to the fact that the dust health than Mr. Foster and Judging from-TtppoaraJWics-hc is .good for twenty-eight years more. • I5ENBOLT.' CAN'T GET A RACE. ShauUeuberger Can Make a Match .With Logansport Riders. The race against time recently made by Ed Sharikenberger of Frankfort, from Indianapolis to Chicago is claimed to be a record breaker. He rode the distance claimed to bo one hundred •and ninety-five miles, in sixteen hours, nineteen minutes. Some 'of the newspaper .reports make the distance two hundred and ninety-five miles, but In fact it is less than the first named figure. If Shankenberger really thinks he Is capable of ; cuttlng a deep gash ,in the record for two hundred miles, why don't he put out a challenge to either Grant or "Skinner to race that distance, either over roads or on the track. .Either of these gentlemen will be.glad to accommodate him with the job, and if there is any money to be put upon the result, it Is probable that a sura could be found in an old stocking here In Logansport to wager on the Logansport boys. Both of these riders, Grant and Skinner, hare a record, for end.uranee which they are not ashamed. >of, and they would be willing to try the mettle of .the Frankfort man in'a long distance race. . •''... '. was deep and the dny windy, with the breeze unfavorable to the rider. . . PICK UP THE STONES. Streets Free From Such Obstructions Last Much Longer. Some of the citizens nave .taken the suggestion wade by The Journal, to pick up the loose boulders and stones .lying In the stre'ts, and have cleared these obstructions to travel of all sorts away. Others have'not cared to take the small amount of trouble Involved, and prefer to howl at the street commissioner and the city government for not keeping the streets 'fronting their property smooth and free rrom annoying ruts and chuck holes. The street commissioner is a hard-worked Individual, and cannot properly attend to all such matters. It would take but little effort and uo expenditure of money on the part of the property owner to keep the street In fine condition, and besides there' would be a -great-'saving' to • the taxpayers in the way of reduced expen- The merchants and bicycle enthusiasts of Rochester gave a race meet Friday afternoon and If a crowd is any measure of success, the affair was a huge one. Wheelmen were there from all the towns about and the entries in all. the classes were numerous. Three Loiransport riders captured prizes. Frank Skinner, Charles Enyart, and Dn.ve Morehart. A dozen or more wheelmen rode over from here, among thorn .Tolm Johnston. Hal Vlney, Stanley Kulil. Mart Morehart Charley Shan! RosenthtU, Charley Enyart. Frank Skinner and Dave Morehart. Skinner, Dave Morehart and Charley Enyart were entered in the first race a mile novice. A novice race is supposed to be for riders who have never ridden a race, yet there were men on the line who had the latest improved racing wheels and wore the latest racing togs. It was a sprint from tape to tape and Skinner finished third. Ho also won second prize in the mile open -against a rider from Disco named Zimmerman, .who is ^aid to resemble the mighty A. A. Zimmerman very much' and to have a great future before him on the cinder path. Morehart took second .prize in the one-half mile open, and third in the one-fourth mile open. Enyart finished second in the two and one-half mile handicap, and third in the one-half | mile open. Both MOrebart and Enyart had three hundred yards in the handicap race, a four-hundred-yard man finished. Skinner brought back a very pretty medal for taking second place in the mile open, and the others had all sorts of bric-a-brac as their share of the prizes in tho other races. Morehart and Enyart were mixed up, in a spill In the mile handicap and Morehart's wheel was disabled. He had to come home oil the train. Luckily neither of th»m wore hurt seriously. .On-the return trip the Logansport wheelmen had hard sledding. The roads were something terrific, the sand making riding all but impossible. Seven miles from this city Charley Shaft broke a pedal and rode the distance Into town with one arm and one leg on duty. One Dollar WILL NOT BUY A . House and Lot Bui It Will Purchase Something Just as Valuable BUGABOO STORY. Wabash Tribune: A warning to all wheelmen against the very injudicious practice of riding long distances during the hot weather should be found in tho sad fate of a young man from Delphi who passed through this city yesterday on his way to an Eastern mad house a raving maniac. Starting from Delphi he rode to a small town named Brookston near Logansport, and It is supposed became overheated. At nil events by the time the latter place wns reached he had lost his mind and tvas violently raging. He was taken to his friends in Delphi and yesterday - removed to a lunatic asylum, as before stated. Had he been working iu the cornfield or on the .section it is very probable that this, accident would never have happened to him. It should serve as a warning to all wheelmen, one to be heeded and'remembered. A-Delphi paper says that the case is a mythical one, as no young man from that place has rad such an 'experience. *• Sunday Journal Will Be Delivered at Your House for $1 Per Year IN ADVANCE, [IF!, llli A DROP a POSTAL CARD Giving;-. Name and Street Number:,

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