Industrial Biography; Iron Workers and Tool Makers Volume 20

Industrial Biography; Iron Workers and Tool Makers Volume 20

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...distributed amongst the workmen may readily be computed from the fact that, under the most favourable circumstances, the cost of making iron in wages alone amounts to 36s. a-ton.' An immense additional value was given to all land in which the Black Band was found. Mr. Mushet mentions that in 1839 the proprietor of the Airdrie estate derived a royalty of 16,500l. from the mineral, which had not before its discovery yielded him one farthing. At the same time, many fortunes have been made by pushing and energetic men who have of late years entered upon this new branch of industry. Amongst these may be mentioned the Bairds of Gartsherrie, who vie with the Guests and Crawshays of South Wales, and have advanced themselves in the course of a very few years from the station of small farmers to that of great capitalists owning estates in many counties, holding the highest character as commercial men, and ranking among the largest employers of labour in the kingdom. It is stated in the North British is now above a million tons of pig-iron Review for Nov. 1845, that "As in a year, the above figures will have to Scotland every furnace--with the ex-be multiplied by 2% to give the present ception of one at Carron---now uses annual savings. the hot blast, the saving on our present 1' Papers read by Mr. Ralph Moore, produce of 400,000 tons of pig-iron is Mining Engineer, Glasgow, before the 2,000,000 tons of coals, 200,000 tons Royal Scottish Society of Arts, Edin. of limestone, and 650,000 sterling per 1861, pp. 13, 14. annum." But as the Scotch produce "L'invention n'est-elle pas la poe'sie de la science?... Toutes les grandes decouvertes portent avec elles la trace ineffacable d'une pensee poetique. ll more

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  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779924
  • 9781236779922