Letter No. 1.
Gentlemen : We-desire to-call-your attention to-an improved process for galvanizing we-are putting on-the market. It-is of special value in galvanizing lengths such-as are used in constructing wind mills. A plant can-be operated as required, which-is a decided improvement on-the old method. The cost of galvanizing is materially reduced and-the manufacturer with-a limited amount of work can do it at-a less cost than to send it away.
If you-are interested we-shall-be-glad to-hear from-you and to-make-you a proposition for installing one-of these plants. Letters-of inquiry should state size of largest pieces to-be galvanized, with general description of-the work and approximate estimate of quantity to-be done. Hoping to-hear from-you, we-are
Letter No. 2. Dear-Sir: Yours-of October 8th at-hand. In-reply would-say that we-should-be pleased to-have-an agent in-that part-of New-York where you-are, as we-have no-one-there now. Our goods are very-much improved since Dr. Bronson of-your city had his set. Our method of doing business will-be thoroughly explained by copy-of contract which we send-you under separate cover. We-also send-you one of-our circulars. We-have agents that-are doing exceedingly well with-the goods and making money. Prices, etc., we-will quote you, providing you wish to-go into-the details of-the business. Kindly let-us hear from-you again, and oblige,
Letter No. 3.
Superintendent : Replying to-yours of-the 10th instant regarding damage to-Pullman Company's car No. 745, June 10, and car No. 755. July 4, please note that no-one in-this department seems-to-have any knowledge of-the alleged damage. I-would call-your-attention to-the fact that if-the platform of car No. 745 was broken-off by starting an engine, or by-a dead pull, which-is-the same thing, it-would indicate that-the platform of-the car was in bad condition, as in ordinary service the draft gear would-be expected to start many-times the weight of-an engine (which they-claim was coupled to rear of train but not assisting). If-this-is-the case the Pullman Car Company would themselves be responsible for-the repairs, as-the car received no unusual usage. Mr. Barton's statement would seem to indicate the correctness of-their claim that car No. 755 was derailed, but the attention of no-one in-this department seems-to-have-been directed to-the derailment and damage. It appears to-me that in-accordance with-the usual custom of-the Pullman Car Company their porter should-have called-the attention of-the persons handling the car to-the derailment at-the-time it occurred. It-is-not customary in-this department to-authorize repairs of-this-kind, as you-are-aware.
Letter No. 4.
Gentlemen : We-have your favor of-the 16th inst. before-us and carefully note contents of same. Regarding enclosure of data concerning roofing, as per understanding with-the writer, would-say that we-find same correct, except that portion of-it referring to-the roofing consisting of felt soaked in and covered with " Maltha,"as-the latter is-an arbitrary trade name. We-think it-would-be better to-say that-the roofing consists of-a wool felt thoroughly saturated with-a water, alkali, and acid proof compound, and-is then coated with-a harder material of-the same composition, which-is intended to protect and keep the interior of-the roofing tacky and sticky, thus making it impossible to-dry out, become brittle, or crack. We suggest this change to-you, as-there are so-many different materials, some-of-which are of very-little account, and for-which the trade has appropriated the name "Maltha." Trusting that we-have made ourselves clear in-this-matter, and soliciting your future orders when in need of anything in-our line,
Letter No. 5.
Dear-Sir : Enclosed herewith I-send-you blue-prints showing-the results of calculations made for net hauling capacity of class "R" locomotive on-the Eastern Division. This-is based on using-the latest type class "R" engine, weighing about 130,000 pounds, tender weighing 72,000 pounds loaded - making-the weight of-the engine about 100 tons.
In working this matter up it occurred to-me that as-the resistance due to grade was purely a question of gravitation, its value could-not-be decreased by-the fact that we-had hauled 2300 tons on-the Western Division, but that-the decrease in total train resistance was due to-decreased rolling friction ; or it-is probable that Wellington's figure of 8 pounds for rolling friction is too-high. I-have therefore assumed for-the Pennsylvania Company test coefficient a rolling friction of 6 1/2 pounds per ton, with-the proper allowance for grade resistance and-the usual allowance for curve resistance.
Letter No. 6. Dear-Sir : Yours-of-the 30th ult. to-hand enclosing-your check for $32.84 covering items referred to, receipts for-which find enclosed. If-you-will kindly turn to-the second page of-your policy you-will-find the conditions (347, 348) very-clearly set out in large type. According to-the terms-of-your policy there-is-no cash surrender value until after it-has-been in-force ten-years. However, the difference between-the premium you-are paying with-us and what-you-would have to-pay in-a level premium company is in itself a large profit, and-your knowledge of life insurance is sufficient to-tell-you that it-is very difficult to-give(177) profits both ways. I-hope to-see-you personally in-a-short-time, and will-be-able-to explain the matter more fully 15 personally than by letter. With kind regards, and hoping yourself and family are-all in good health,
Letter No. 7.
Dear-Sir : We-have your valued favor of-the 21st inst., ordering one-of our No. 1 Self-feeding Rip Saws, for-which we-thank you. We note that-you specify four 16 inch 15 gauge, and with-reference thereto, beg to-say that 15 gauge saws are-not a standard size. We-have 14 gauge saws in-stock, and if these will answer-your purpose, wire us on-receipt-of this-letter, and-the machine, together with-the saws, will go forward at-once. We-have some 15 gauge saws ordered, which-we expect to-arrive within four days, at-which time we-could fill your order as specified. Kindly let-us hear from-you at-once, and we-will govern ourselves according to-your instructions.
Letter No. 8.
Gentlemen : A-short-time-ago I-sent to-your dock a propeller wheel for-the yacht "Hazelton." I-trust this will-not-be in-your-way nor interfere with any arrangement of yours, but if-such is-the case, you-may move it back at-my expense. I-wish that you-would find out whether you-can purchase for me from James Carney & Son a propeller wheel of-the same size and dimensions as-that of-the tugboat " Kate Williams," at-which we-were looking when-it-was on-your dock last summer. If-you find that-you-can get this wheel from Carney, will-you kindly get for me the price and a-general description of-the same ? I-should like to-purchase this through you, as-I-have reason to-think I-cannot buy it direct. Will-you also please let me know whether-the machine shop situated next to-your place is properly equipped and able-to bore a wheel for-an 8" shaft and fit the key? If-you-will kindly let me know about-the wheel as-early-as-possible, I-shall-be greatly obliged to-you. In-the meantime I-beg to remain, Very-truly-yours,
Letter No. 9.
Gentlemen : We-are in-receipt-of yours-of-the 8th inst, and note contents. Replying to-the same would-say that-we billed you this coal at-our regular price for first quality coal, and-this price is as low as we-have sold coal to any person for-the last six weeks. We-are very-much surprised to-hear that you-are offered stove coal at $4.75, f. o. b. cars at shipping points, and cannot understand it at-all, as that-is considerably lower than-the lowest quotation we-have heard-of since-the advance in-the price of coal. If-it-is-not asking too-much we-should like to-inquire what port this was to-be shipped from. None of-our people has known of-this-kind of coal being offered lower-than $4.95, and if-you-would-be so kind as-to furnish it, the above information would-be greatly appreciated. We-do-not intend to-ask any-more for our coals than-the current prices for-the same grades and kinds, but we certainly have-not sold a ton for-some time at less-than the price at-which this is billed to-you, and we-cannot-see how anyone-else can-do-so at-the present market price of coal. Awaiting-your pleasure in-this-matter, we remain,
Letter No. 10.
Dear-Sir : We hope you-will-not think it presumptuous, and-that it-will-not-be of great trouble to-you to-listen to-our complaint. We-have customers at Union, Omaha, McLendon, Pittsboro, and Jerni-gan who-have placed their cotton at-the depots fully a week ago, and it-has-not-been moved. In-fact, this condition of affairs exists, and has existed, very nearly all-the season, at-all stations along-the road, and it-is working a-great hardship on-us and our customers. We-had one customer at McLendon or Jernigan Crossing who had 40 bales of cotton that stayed on-the platform over two weeks before it-was moved, during-which time cotton went-down fully one-half ct. a pound. It-is a difficult matter for-us to-handle business during these days of sharp competition, and unless we-can get shipments from our customers promptly, we necessarily lose the business. We-trust that-you-will remedy this evil and place us under renewed obligations.
Letter No. II.. Dear-Sir: The 1st section from Susp. Bridge which arrived DeWitt 3.20 A.M. was made up of 28 refrigerators and 12 box, of-which four were high-class freight, necessitating good-time, leaving-a balance of only eight dead cars. The 2nd section from the Bridge arriving DeWitt 5.05 A.M. was made up of 19 refrigerators, 5 highclass and protected, and 12 dead. From this you-will please note that we-had an unusual run of refrigerators on these trains both from Buffalo and-the Bridge. As first stated we-cannot, on-account-of time, make any change in-the first section out-of Buffalo, but it-is-the intention when we-have a second section out-of Buffalo and only-a limited number-of refrigerators or high-class freight on-the Bridge section, to-make a transfer at East Rochester and have only-one train from-that point covering both Lake Shore and Michigan Central business, provided it does-not exceed the limit of-the train, but-there will-be times, as on Dec. 6th, when-the amount of-the refrigerator business running was so heavy that-this could-not-be done and make the time expected. Yours-truly,