Vol. 2 APRIL, 1921 No. 10
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Vol. 2 APRIL 1921 No. 10
The Asbestos Built Up Roof - - - 5
Market Conditions - . - 11
“Run As Fast As You Can to Stay Where You Are.” 12
Bomb Wrecks Offices of Asbestos Plant - - 15
Editorial Comment - + - 19
Jacob A, Jacobs - * - - 23
Stick-To-Itiveness Exercised by Big Men - -
How Much Should Advertisers Spend? - -
Contractors and Distributors Page - °
Ehret’s Plant Faces Isolation - -
Canadian Asbestos Production for 1920 -
Taxes or Tariff—Which? - - -
Asbestos in Australia - .
Asbestos Deposits on Indian Reservations May Now Be
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Conditions in Various M:z arkets. - - - 47
Asbestos Production in Canada 49
More Facts About Russia and Her Asbestos Production - 51
Diatomaceous Earth - 52
Imports and Exports of As sbestos . - - 54
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News of the Industry - - - - 59
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The Asbestos Built Up Roof
By O. A. BIGLER
Among the many fields in which the use of asbestos is
increasing, the built-up roofing field is extremely important.
In the first place, the roof is the most essential part of the
building. Many shelters are constructed which do not re-
quire side walls, but every building must have a roof. The
roof is subject to much harder wear than any other exposed
surface, and the average building owner gives it the least
attention, as a rule. The reason is obvious; generally the
roof is not thought of until it begins to leak.
Since so much is expected of the roof and so little care
is given it, it is not strange that roofing manufacturers are
continually trying to produce roofings which will give the
best results with the least attention. One of the compara-
tively recent entries into the roofing field is the asbestos
built-up roof. It consists of a number of layers of asphalt
saturated asbestos paper, and the application is carried on
in exactly the same manner as used with ordinary tarred
felt and pitch built-up roofing, excepting that the layers
are bonded together with hot asphalt instead of coal tar
pitch. The felt is shipped to the job in rolls and the roof
is generally applied by the same contractor who would
apply built-up tarred roofing, or, as it is generally called,
gravel or slag roofing.
There are, however, many essential differences between
asbestos built-up roofing and gravel or slag roofing and
they all acerue to the advantage of the former. The as-
phalt used to saturate the asbestos felt and the asphalt pitch
used to combine the layers has a much higher melting
point than the coal tar pitch used to saturate and combine
the layers of built-up tarred roofing. Therefore, we find
that the asbestos built-up roof is not affected by the sum-
mer’s heat, because owing to the high melting point of the
asphalt, the materials do not soften and run. On the other
hand, the asphalt is far more flexible at low temperatures
than is coal tar pitch ; consequently, the winter season does
not have any tendency to make the asbestos built-up roof
brittle and cause breaks.
It will be seen from the foregoing that the asphalt is
April, 1927 Page Five
a very important factor in determining the merit of any
asbestos built-up roof. The truth of this is proved by the
fact that nearly all of the manufacturers of asbestos built-
up roofing materials were originally manufacturers of as-
phalt roofings, many of them now producing both lines.
These manufacturers have recognized the excellence of as-
bestos as the foundation of the fabric used in built-up roofs
and they have added to its merits the results of their years
of experience in the production of roofing asphalts.
Asbestos, being a mineral, is not affected by exposure
and hence does not need a protective coating of gravel or
slag to keep the elements from attacking it. Therefore, we
do not find gravel or slag used on asbestos built-up roofing.
MANCO ASPHALT FINISH
This euts down the cost of application, lessens the weight
on the building, and largely eliminates stopped-up down
spouts. The asbestos built-up roof is fire-retardant to a
high degree. It is practically impossible for a building s0
protected to be set afire by flames or burning brands coming
in contact with the roof. In case of fire from within the
building, the roof being practically a non-combustible
blanket, retards the spread of the fire instead of feeding it.
The fabric of any built-up roof is the strength of the
roof. Therefore, if the fabric is affected in a detrimental
way by outside influences, the roof is not only weakened,
but frequently rendered useless. Asbestos is the one fabric
which is least affected and therefore we find the asbests
built-up roof giving satisfaction when exposed to cond:
tions which would speedily result in the destruction of
other materals. Acid fumes, gases and similar destructive
agencies are best withstood by it, and that is why asbests
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YARNS, CLOTH, TAPES, FIBRES, BRAKE
LININGS AND TEXTILES GENERALLY
built-up roofing is particularly valuable for railroad round-
houses, chemical plants and like structures. Finally, as-
bestos roofing can be applied on steep surfaces as well as
flat surfaces which is not true of tar built-up roofing. Many
modern buildings use the saw-tooth form of roof construc-
tion which means a succession of relatively short, steep roof
surfaces, and while an asbestos built-up roof gives perfect
satisfaction, a roof formed of low melting point bitumen
coated with gravel or slag would not do so.
So much, then, for the construction and advantages of
the asbestos built-up roof. The next thing to consider is
what steps are being taken to build up the latent demand
for this material and what are the production facilities.
On the latter point the situation is good. Several large
manufacturers with plants located at strategic points in the
United States are engaged in the production of asbestos
saturated felts, and roofing asphalts. These manufacturers
all have their individual specifications, most of which how-
ever, are quite similar as to the number of plies, weights of
felts, amount of asphalt, ete. There has been some discus-
sion as to the advisability of adopting a standard specifica-
tion, or several of them, to fit different types of construe-
tion, and have all the producers recommend this specifica-
tion and manufacture materials to fit it. This would no
doubt be a forward step and one which would benefit the
industry a great deal. However, the present manufactur-
ing facilities are ample to take care of the development of
the business for a considerable period to come.
So far as developing the field is concerned, here again
the manufacturers are working individually. It would seem
that some co-operative work could be carried on to excel-
lent advantage to acquaint the publie generally, as well a
the architectural and contracting fields with the many aé-
vantages of asbestos built-up roofing, and possibly some
such effort will be made. The roofing field is one in whieh
the ‘‘survival of the fittest’’ is the rule and just as wood
shingles and metal roofings have been greatly encroached
upon during the last decade by composition shingles and
ready-to-lay roofings, so the opportunity is at hand for a
bestos built-up roofing to take its rightful place.
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Asbestos Fibre Spinning
North Wales, Penna.
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April, 1921 Page Nine
Magnesia Factory, Redwood City, Cal.
85% Magnesia Pipe and Boiler Coverings.
Asbestos Air Cell and Minoecel Pipe and Heater
Asbestos and Magnesia Plastic Cements.
High Temperature Furnace Linings.
Asbestos High Pressure Rod Packings.
Asbestos Braided or Twisted Valve Stem Pack-
Braiders of Square Flax Packings, and Makers
of a general line of
Ask for General Catalogue Number Six.
Main Office and Rubber Factory
San Francisco, California
Hydraulic and Low Pressure Packings;
Moulded Rubber Valves, Gaskets and Rings.
abhen2 «ah «26 «as ao as.
No worthwhile change in the mining fields can be
noted. Production is going forward in a desultory way;
at least one mine is shut down; and all the operators are
fully aware of the futility of forcing production under
The uninformed labor under the delusion that to ob-
tain Asbestos from Mother Earth, it is necessary only to
dig it out and put it on the ears. On the contrary every
bit of Asbestos is most painstakingly separated from the
useless rock and the labor required is a very large part of
the cost. Then the cost of grinding, screening and bagging
plus warehousing and the cost of money (interest) runs
the whole cost up to considerable proportions.
Consolation is had by the operators from the fact
that if the rock is left in the ground no harm comes to it
and it can be taken out when there is a market for it. Of
course, a certain amount of production must go on in or-
der that mining labor will not drift away and be unavail-
able when demand returns.
The operators treat workers with full consideration
and keep under way as actively as possible.
Shipments have been in larger volume. Prices are
firm and will doubtless stay so for the reason that, with
one exception, the mines have all contracted for the 1921
Rhodesian chrysotile has established a place in this
country second only to Canadian in the manufacture of
The supply of Rhodesian for 1921 is limited be-
cause of reduced production and the fact that all pros-
pective output is sold.
The supply of Blue African seems plentiful but, as
yet, the crocidolites have not been accepted on a parity
with the chrysotiles.
Markets for all classes of finished goods continue
dull. The only exception to this may be in high pressure
April, 1921 Page Eleven
steam packings where trade appears fairly good.
Prices generally rule about as of the past several
months, recessions of an unimportant amount being made
by one or two manufacturers, doubtless due to a commen-
dable desire to keep plants working, partially, at least.
Reliable information from Detroit is to the effect that
the automobile trade is resuming activity and expects a
good season. The rubber industry is picking up fast and,
while many complain of slackness in the building trades,
a study of the figures of the past ten years, convinces us
that building is far from inactive.
Every underlying condition points to early indus-
trial improvement and the Asbestos trades should be up
and at it to get their full share.
If every man in the Asbestos Industry would go out
and dig for business, promote new uses and really hustle
things would be different within ten days.
We will never have good business if we are content
to sit by and wait for other industries to do it.
What are you doing?
**Run As Fast As You Can To
Stay Where You Are’”’
Mr. Curtis, of the Curtis Publishing Company, sug-
gests the above as a title for an editorial at this time.
‘*All my business life’’ he said, ‘‘I have spent more
money for advertising whenever a business slump came
along than in normal times, and if I didn’t get ahead in the
race, | kept from slipping back and was in a position to
shoot ahead of my competitors the moment conditions
Logical? Of course it is.
Strong men breast the current. Weak ones are ear-
ried down the stream by it.
If you have goods to sell, tell the people. They'll buy
if the goods are right and the price right.
‘*Run as fast as you can to stay where you are’’ will
pay big even if it doesn’t pay immediate dividends.
It pays to advertise.
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controlled by Textile Manufac-
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Canadian Crude Asbestos
and Fibre Corporation
THETFORD MINES, CANADA
Sole Selling Agents For
Maple Leaf Asbestos Co., Limited
Thetford Mines, CANADA
Asbestos Crude & Fibre Mining Corp., Limited
For prices, apply to
ASBESTOS & MINERAL CORPORATION
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Bomb Wrecks Offices of
On March 9th, about ten o’clock P. M., the inhabitants
of Norristown, Penna., were startled by a heavy explosion.
The explosion occurred in the office building, adjoining the
plant of the Norristown Magnesia & Asbestos Company,
shattered windows in houses several blocks away and was
distinctly felt at a distance of five miles or more.
The cause of the explosion, while not definitely known,
is supposed to have been a bomb, planted on or near the
desk of A. K. Burgstresser, Superintendent of the Plant.
Fortunately no one was in the building, the watchman
having made his rounds a short time before and finding
everything in order.
The officials of the Company are puzzled to know the
reason for the planting of the bomb. They have had no
labor troubles and while the plant has been partially shut
April, 1921 Page Fifteen
MINES OFFICE at
Thetford Mines, P. Q., Canada
SALES OFFICE at
Ambler, Penna., U.S. A.
Miners and Shippers of
CRUDE AND FIBRE
Page Sixteen April, 1921
down for repairs and due to lack of business, no complaints
have been heard.
Other theories for the cause of the explosion aside
from the bomb have been advanced but fail to hold water.
It was thought possible that robbery of the safes had been
contemplated and the thieves might have accidentally
dropped the explosive. Since the safes are intact and no
dead bodies found in the wreckage however, this theory
has been given up.
Another thought was that the steam testing device in
the basement of the building might have caused the ex-
plosion, but after the wreckage had been cleared away the
device was found to be in perfect condition.
Whatever the cause, the office is in a fine mess as will
be seen by the pictures on pages four and _ fifteen.
Office furniture has been practically demolished, files scat-
tered, and all soaked with water from the sprinkler sys-
tem. The loss is estimated at about $15,000.
Temporary office quarters have been taken by the Com-
pany in the business section of Norristown.
WANTED—High Grade Salesman, live wire and thoroly
experienced in Asbestos Textile line. Address N-2, “AS-
BESTOS,” 721 Bulletin Bldg., Philadelphia, Pa.
LESS THAN CARLOADS
PennsyLvaniA AssBestos Co. |
John A. Hovey, President
NORTH WALES, PA. |
April, 1921 Page Seventeen
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For Prices or Graded Samples
Apply to Burlington Office
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Packing manufacturers and salesmen would do well to
study the claims being made for certain types of metallic
In one case a pamphlet describing metallic packings
says that the only way to prevent stuffing box friction is to
have the box packed with a plentifully lubricated packing.
Then, in the next few paragraphs, it is truly stated that
suitable and efficient boxes have no friction.
Next the statement is made that the packing must
carry its own lubricant and then—that the only way to
have a packing lubricated is to pass the lubrication
through the packing.
This particular metallic packing is claimed to have
self lubricating qualities.
On the other hand, it is generally admitted that no
packing is made or can be made which, under the action of
heat, can render lubrication of itself or its contents, after
having been submitted to high temperature.
The real lubrication of packing in a gland is supplied
by the oil saturated steam which is fed into the cylinders.
Fibre packings will absorb, as stated by our metallic
friend, steam and oil; and, after all, this is exactly what is
wanted above everything else. The great advantage of
fibre packing is, that it contains more open spaces in
which steam and oil may be absorbed and contained, than
does any other type of packing, metallic or otherwise.
Analysis of the specious arguments exployed by pat-
ented or trademarked brands of metallic packings, will re-
sult in the more intelligent selling of fibre packings by
their manufacturers and handlers.
Undoubtedly there is a logical market for metallic
packings but where such packings undertake to encroach
upon the equally logical market for fibre packings the fibre
people should take notice.
Doubtless every reader of this publication has been
observing the work being done by the American Federation
of Labor Bureau at Washington.
The platform adopted by the American Federation of
April, 1921 Page Nineteen
Labor, and reproduced in all the newspapers and principal
magazines, is one which every American citizen should
make it his business to know something about.
We have no quarrel with either labor or capital, but if
any group or convention of business men had the temerity
to undertake the putting thru of a bill of rights such as has
been prepared by the American Federation of Labor, public
opinion would annihilate the proposal.
The good judgment and common horse sense of the
American people will never permit any class, be it labor,
agriculture, business, clergy, or whatnot, to dominate con-
ditions to the disadvantage of all other classes
It is interesting to note in this bill of rights that it is
desired to exempt labor from all the anti-trust, conspiracy
and other laws which the rest of the American Public
must abide by.
The American Federation of Labor has just as much
chance of getting by with this latest piece of propaganda
as had the celluloid dog that chased the Asbestos cat thru
Judge Wilfred Bolster, of the Supreme Court of
Massachusetts, was asked to act as an arbitrator between
Publishers and Union Printers in Boston.
Clearly stating his early leaning toward the Union
eause, he sets forth in a written statement his reasons for
declining to serve, closing with,—
‘I will not arbitrate your demand for a minimum
wage until you supplement it with an agreement for mini-
mum production. I deny your right as against the public
to set up half an issue for settlement. I deny the right of
the publishers to join issue with you on your one-sided de-
mand as you have formulated it. I will not stultify myself
by saying what is a fair share for you to take out of the
community wealth as wages when there is no stipulation as
to what you will put back by your labor. I regret the de-
lay which this conclusion will cause, but it is a delay of
your own making. Since the conclusion rests upon funda-
mentals which cannot be waived or altered, it is fairer to
state it now than at the end of a protracted series of meet-
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Ready to consider prompt
contracts for several grades.
promptly to cabled enquiries.
The Victoria District Industries, Ltd.
Are Mine Owners, operators, and dealers.
Now open to consider “forward contracts.”
African Base Metals Export Co., Ltd.
Are Mine Owners, operators aad dealers. ‘
CABLES:—Both companies use Broomhall’s Imperial
Combination, and Bentley’s Codes, and will respond
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Jacob A. Jacobs
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—— ASBESTOS —
Jacob A. Jacobs
Jacob A. Jacobs is well known in Asbestos Mining
His first experience in the mining industry, however,
was connected with the Kerr Lake Silver Property, which
he purchased in 1905. He tells us that he purchased this
claim after personally inspecting it, that being the first
mining claim he had ever visited.
The price of the Kerr Lake property was $30,000,
$5000 of which was paid in 30 days, the balance of $25,000
being due in 90 days. The productiveness of this mine is
shown by the fact that the $25,000 was paid at the end of
ninety days from the earnings of the mine. In 1906 Mr.
Jacobs sold this property for $3,000,000 and in 1908 pur-
chased the Jacobs Mine (Asbestos).
Mr. Jacobs was the original President and General Man-
ager of the Jacobs Asbestos Mining Company of Thetford,
but sold his interest in this Company in 1919 to Sir Mor-
timer Davis, the operating company being known as Con-
solidated Asbestos Limited.
In 1920 Mr. Jacobs purchased the Boston Mine at East
Broughton, operating it under the name Asbestos Mines
Limited. An aerial tramway, described in previous issues
of ASBESTOS is now being completed at this mine.
While the Boston Mine gives promise of large produc-
tion, it contains no Crude. It was therefore natural for
Mr. Jacobs to look around for a property containing Crude
and the Black Lake Asbestos & Chrome Company appealed
to him as offering large possibilities for development.
The recent struggle for control of the Black Lake As-
bestos & Chrome Company has excited quite a bit of inter-
est in Asbestos Mining and Manufacturing circles.
Originally, it was Mr. Jacobs’ intention to purchase
the Black Lake Asbestos & Chrome Company, acquiring
control by the purchase of sufficient stock in the open mar-
ket. He soon found however, that the Asbestos Corpora-
tion of Canada had the same end in view. Naturally, the
competition of the two for the stock increased the price
and both buyers finally decided, very sensibly, to get to-
gether and endeavor to make some basis of settlement.
Consequently a contract was drawn up between Mr.
April, 1921 Page Twenty-three
THE ORIGINATORS and
LARGEST MANUFACTURERS of
“IF IT’S MADE OF ASBESTOS
WE’ VE GOT IT’’
Keasbey & Mattison Company
Page Twenty-four April, 1921
Jacobs and the Asbestos Corporation, in which each named
the price at which they would sell. Finally, Mr. Jacobs
purchased sufficient stock from the Asbestos Corporation to
give him control, Messrs. Anado, Newman and Schinasi,
of New York City, being associated with him in the trans-
It is Mr. Jacobs’ intention to confine himself to the
mining operations, and the New York interests will take
eare of the distribution end.
Naturally, there is the thought of the amalgamation of
Asbestos Mines, Limited with the Black Lake Asbestos &
Chrome Company. Plans for the development of these
two mines, with the assistance of the engineers who have
been employed, promise active development along construec-
tive lines; in fact the program is a very ambitious one.
The success previously attained by Mr. Jacobs indi-
eates a promising future for the two properties.
Canadian South African Russian
Crude Rhodesian Asbestos
and Blue as soon as
Fib and Railway Traffic
1ores White will be
Asbestos Asbestos Opened
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April, 1921 Page Twenty-five
of Asbestos Products and
Mechanical Rubber Goods
Industrial, Marine, Mill,
Railroad, Mine, Automehite
throughout the United
States and every country
in the civilized world.
Dominion Asbestos and Rubber
154 Nassau Street, New York
Albany Indianapolis Richmond
Baltimore Los Angeles San Francisco
Cincinnati Norfolk Seattle
Detroit Philadelphia St. Louis
The Hague, Holland
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Stick-To-Itiveness Exercised by
‘““We Shall Reap If We Faint Not’’
Reprinted from “Forbes.”
Diamonds are chunks of coal that stuck to their job.
If it has taken millions of years to develop mankind,
must we fret if it takes us a few years to rise above the
rank and file of mankind?
Must we quit if we don’t get there quickly?
Note this: There is not one major figure in American
financial, industrial or commercial life today under forty.
And what of the past?
The original J. P. Morgan, though born rich and rear-
ed as an international banker, was sixty before he did his
greatest work and nearer seventy before Wall Street, in
its hour of trouble, acknowledged him as its undisputed
Harriman at fifty was an obseure broker with a pen-
chant for railroading.
Hill’s hair was gray before he became Empire Build-
er of the Northwest.
At fifty Woodrow Wilson was a little-known college
Washington was no youngster when he won the im-
mortal title of ‘‘Father of His Country.’’
Lineoln midway through life was in the coal, not the
diamond class, and was fifty-two before he loomed up as
Presidential calibre. He was fifty-four when he made his
imperishable address at Gettysburg.
But all were stickers. They conceived their goal and
pressed on courageously, unflinchingly, unswervingly,
hurdling more obstacles than you or I are ever likely to
Most people show more persistency in their _ first
twelve months than they show later in twelve years; did
they not, they never would have learned to walk.
Robert the Bruce six times failed to free Scotland, but
a struggling spider on the wall which climbed up success-
fully after six falls revived his courage, and at the seventh
attempt Bruce won a crown and undying glory.
Charles M. Schwab was president of the world’s first
billion-dollar corporation before he was thirty-five, lost his
steel throne, dropped from the limelight for a decade, but
during this time he redoubled his efforts and he has done
his greatest work since he crossed the half-century mark.
He did not quit. He stuck.
The three bankers who were the most influential in
America, James Stillman, Jacob H. Schiff and George F.
Baker, averaged seventy years of age, when the first two
died; while the three leaders of the ‘‘ younger school,”’
Henry P. Davison, Frank A. Vanderlip and Otto H. Kahn,
have all lived half-a-hundred years or more.
There is not a leading railroad president in the whole
land not old enough to be a grandfather.
Ninety per cent. of America’s business leaders began
at the bottom—of the fifty men voted the greatest business
stalwarts in the country not half a score were born to lux-
At least forty of them sweated blood before they gain-
ed a foothold on the ladder, sweated and toiled with brain
and often with body from early morning to late at night,
many times all night, tasting defeat but never despair.
Employers today shun shifters.
There is no market for rolling-stones.
Life is so specialized that jack-of-all trades are want-
ed by none.
To last, a man must stick to his last—he cannot hope
to be a good shoemaker today and a capable plumber to-
The pace today calls for men of red blood, not of white
livers, men of grit, not grouch.
Stickers, not sticklers, are wanted.
‘‘Tenacity is the only key that will open the door of
success,’’ recently declared Daniel Guggenheim, head of
the greatest mining and smelting family America has ever
Even a postage stamp knows enough to stick till it
It is stick-to-itiveness that has made both nations and
Page Twenty-eight April, 1921
Not Only Does
One Ton of 85% Magnesia
One Ton of Coal Per Day
But it also prevents
the condensation of
EIGHT TONS OF STEAM PER DAY
r And thereby increases
: by that amount
THE EFFECTIVE BOILER CAPACITY
ANY A A
The Franklin Mfg. Company
April, 1921 Page Twenty-nine
Decay and decline come only when nations or indi-
viduals relax, when they become slack, slothful and shift-
‘*The moment a man feels he ean rest on his laurels,
that moment he begins to slide back; he must stick at it
and at it,’’ says Thomas E. Wilson, the former penniless
stockyard clerk who recently became a national figure
through displacing by his own firm name that of Sulzber-
ger & Sons Company after a career the very embodiment
Is it not the literal truth that America, as we know
it, owed its discovery by Christopher Columbus to this very
virtue of stick-to-itiveness ?
Without stick-to-itiveness no man is likely to climb to
the top of the ladder—and stick.
How Much Should Advertisers Spend?
As Answered by the Alexander Hamilton Institute
Per Cent Per Cent
of Gross Sales of Gross Sales
Asrow CORIArS...ccccess 3% Northern Pacific R. R... 1.9
Baker-Vawter System... 3% Old Dutch Cleanser..... 10
Berry Brothers’ Varnish 4 Packard Automobile.... 1.1
Cadillac Automobile.... 1 PROMOSTADAS .....c000% 5
Champion Spark-Plugs.. 7 Reo Motor-Cars........ 1
Cloth-craft Clothes..... 1% Ruud Heaters....2% to 3%
Colgate’s Preparation... 2 Santa Fe Railroad...... 2%
DePree Chemical Co.... 6 Saxon Automobile...... 2.6
Evinrude Motors....... 8 Sears, Roebuck & Co....10
Fatima Cigarettes...... 5 Sherwin-Williams Paint. 3%
Globe-Wernicke Cabinets 3 Stromberg Carburetors. 3%
Great Northern Railroad 1.83 Studebaker Automobiles.2
Hudson Automobile..... 1.3 Union Pacific Railroad.. 2%
eee 3 Universal Portland
Kewanee Boilers....... 2% SER necnceesaeie 2
I fired aa des eal 3 Velvet Tobacco......... 6
McCray Refrigerators... 7% Welch’s Grape Juice....10
Markham Air-Rifles..... 5 Wooltex Clothes........ 2
The above figures are several years old. If such a
table were compiled today, the figures would be much
higher, for manufacturers are at present spending more
for advertising than ever before, knowing that it will pay
them big returns, and help bring their business back to
Page Thirty April, 1921
_ ASBESTOS TEXTILE Co.
; MILLS GENERAL OFFICES
NorkTH BROOKFIELD, Mass.
AND WootwortH BUILDING
PENNA. NEW YORK.
Tape Plain Cloth Metallic Cloth Listing
Bushings Sheet Packing Gaskets
Theatre Curtains Gloves Clothing Packing
*‘Quality and Service’’
ASBESTOS TEXTILE Co.
. MILLS GENERAL OFFICES
NortH BROOKFIELD, Mass.
AND Woo.twortH BUILDING
PENNA. NEW YORK
April, 1921 Page Thirty-one
Contractors and Distributors Page
No greater problem confronts the building trades contract-
or than that of labor. Unyielding and obstinate, labor refuses
to accept wage reductions whether business will stand for the
payroll or not. This attitude of labor will undoubtedly do much
to prolong the period of readjustment. Ultimately, however,
when Employers must pay labor with money not earned by
their own production, wages will have a drastic revision. Indi-
cations point to labor as exacting the last pound of flesh be
Conspicuous in this point among the building trades in our
large cities is the Union of pipe coverers. They profess to be
skilled mechanics tho their work, in the main, is unskilled. A
three year apprenticeship is supposed to be necessary for a
mechanic's rating, but shifting from city to city and shop to
shop under union regulations breeds so-called mechanics often
much earlier than the allotted period. At any rate’ they take
down skilled mechanic's pay and are most concerned with limit-
ing production to the duration of the job. An overall National
Organization of Employers would do a great deal toward rec-
tifying the Union’s pet method of constantly exchanging men as
between the different cities, often under the same Employer.
The pipe covering union in Boston has been on strike since
January 20th, refusing the Employer’s ninety cent offer. The
dispute is being arbitrated and the Employers are NOW stand-
ing on the EIGHTY cent level.
Wage rates and dates of expiration of pipe covering agree-
CIty ANICS HELPERS EXPIRATIONS OVERTIME
Cleveland $1.1244'70—-80-90 May Ist, 1921 Time & half-time
St. Louis . 1.00 60-60-65 Dec. 31st, 1921Time & half-time
Buffalo ... 1.00 50-6244-70 Apr. 30th, 1921Double time
Pittsburgh 1.00 °5.00-5.75-6.50 May 31st, 1921°Time & h2lf-time
Boston... .90 60-60-60 Strike— Time & half-time
New York 1.12%4874%4-871%4-87% Dec. 31st, 1921 Double time
Phila’d’a. 1.00 60-60-60 May 3ist, 1921Double time
‘Cincinnati .95 ........ On notice None
1First, second and third year helpers respectively.
3Double time after twelve P. M.
4*New agreement December Ist, 1920.
Page Thirty-two April, 1921
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Mines: Black Lake, Que.
Crudes and Spinning Fibres
Specializing in Shingle Stocks
Union Asbestos Mines
Imperial Asbestos Mines
Black Lake Chrome Mines
Coleraine Chrome Mines
4) Best 85% Magnesia
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A BLUE ASBESTOS
The “Magnesia eAssociation of -America, on page IO
of their latest booklet, ‘Defend Your Steam,” say—
1. The following table showed the heat /oss
from a pipe lagged with various materials
each 13" thick, with steam at 400 degrees F.,
and an outside temperature of 68 degrees F.:
B. T. U's per sq. ft. per hr.
MAGNESIA........... 118 7
BLUE ASBESTOS.... 121 a
Mica (best only) ..... 12 i
Wuire ASBESTOS...... 126
Prastics, Ere. (best) .. 133
Prastic, Ere. (inferior). 143
Therefore, Blue Asbestos is more effi-
cient for insulation than White Asbes-
tos. It also gives increased strength to
the finished product and costs no more
than White Asbestos.
We specialize in preparing Blue Asbestos.
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Ehret’s Plant Faces Isolation
Recently a bill was introduced into the Pennsylvania
State Legislature, appropriating $500,000. for the purchase
of properties within the boundaries of the original en-
campment of the Revolutionary Army under Washington,
at Valley Forge
The State has in the past several years greatly im-
proved the land surrounding Washington’s Headquarters
at Valley Forge, making it into a Park with winding
drives, observatory, monuments, ete. The additional ap-
propriation is for the purchase of additional land.
It is most praiseworthy of Pennsylvania to endeavor
to preserve and beautify the scene of the great crisis in our
history, but consideration should be given to the effect
which the purchase of this additional land will have on a
nearby industrial plant, that of the Ehret Magnesia Manu-
facturing Company at Port Kennedy.
If the purchase included the plant, the Ehret Com-
pany would not object to enlargement of the Park, but the
present idea seems to be the purchase of houses occupied by
the employees of the Ehret Company, which would result
in a seareity of labor for the Company, make it necessary
for the employees to live at a considerable distance from
the plant, and, in fact, reduce the value of the plant.
Rey. Herbert W. Burk, rector of the Washington
Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge, and a lifelong worker
for the park, has characterized as ‘‘outrageous’’ the de-
struction of about twenty-five houses in Port Kennedy
which would be made necessary by the contemplated pur-
chase. He does not mind stating his opinion that ‘‘the ul-
timate object of the State Commission is to stifle the Ehret
Company’s business by isolating them from their em-
ployees, until the State can buy the plant for a song,’’ and
adds that other land near the original site of the encamp-
ment could be purchased at a very much lower price, has
quite as much sentimental value and would in no way dis-
turb the industrial development of Port Kennedy.
The Governor of Pennsylvania has frankly stated that
he is not in sympathy with the destruction of the work-
men’s houses and does not feel justified in approving the
April, 192 Page Thirty-seven
Canadian Asbestos Production for 1920
The shipments of asbestos from the mines and mills
of the Province of Quebee during the year 1920 amounted
to 177,605 tons valued at $14,674,572. This is the highest
production ever recorded, both in quantity and value, be-
ing an increase of 30% in tonnage, and 34% in value, as
compared with the previous year when the production
amounted to 135,862 tons, valued at $10,932,289. See de-
tailed figures below.
PRODUCTION OF ASBESTOS IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC FOR 1920.
SHIPMENTS AND SALES AVERAGE STOCK ON HAND
VALUE Dec. 31st 1920
DESIGNATION OF GRADE! TONS | VALUE PER TON) ToNS VALUE
Crude No. 1 ........ 1,026; $1,513,457, $1,475.10 446|$ 659,259
Crude No. 2 ........ 2,830, 2,295,927| 811.28 854; 829,438
Spinning Fibre ....) 13,983) 3,915,562) 280.02); 1,929) 653,115
Shingle Fibre ..... 16,784) 1,852,210 110.36); 1,306; 172,476
and others ..'142,982| 5,097,416 35.65/|18,826; 118,060
177,605) 14,674,572 82.62, 23,361) 2,432,348
rrr ee 19,716 43,559 2.20 125 27
DE araeess 197,321|/$14,718,131|........ 23,336 $2,432,622
Quantity of rock mined during the year, 3,099,122 tons.
Reprinted from Preliminary Statement of Bureau of Mines.
P. Q., Canada.
of Asbestos, Crude and
Inspector Fibre. Reports on As-
bestos Minesand Mills.
THETFORD MINES - QUEBEC, CANADA
GOOD ASBESTOS FIBRE which now adheres to rock
and is wasted can be reclaimed by the use of my patented
machine. Will consider outright sale of machine and patent
or will do business on royalty basis. Address P-l, “ASBES-
TOS,” 721 Bulletin Bldg., Philadelphia, Pa.
Page Thirty-eight April, 1921
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Taxes Or Tariff-Which?
Last November the people of the United States, by an
overwhelming vote, returned to power the Republican
Party—the party of protection.
Recent inquiry as to what is planned to be done to-
ward giving the United States adequate protection against
importation of foreign made, low priced goods elicits very
little useful information.
Much time is being used by legislators in wondering
whether to take up first at the next session of Congress,
which convenes on April 11th, the question of taxes or the
question of tariff.
In the meantime, tremendous quantities of raw ma-
terial and manufactured goods from foreign sources are
being brought into this country under the present low tar-
iff laws, and high exchange rates, these goods to be held
until American Industry revives somewhat, when they will
be sold in competition with American products.
We are not referring particularly to Asbestos-Mag-
nesia products, because activity in those lines depends en-
tirely upon the major industries—agriculture, steel and
building trades. It is, nevertheless, the plain duty of every-
body connected with this Industry to give serious thought
to the effect on the Asbestos-Magnesia Industry which will
follow if the major industries of the country are forced to
compete with these extra low-priced foreign products.
Every reader of this publication whose livelihood is
wholly or partially dependent upon the Asbestos-Magnes-
ia Industry, should, in justice to himself and to his coun-
try, write his Congressmen and United States Senators urg-
ing the importance of Congress giving first and immediate
attention to the matter of tariff protection.
It is obvious that unless American Industry can be
revived to the point where profits can be made, there will
be nothing for the Government to tax, except capital, and
—what would follow if we were obliged to tax capital.
Hence it would appear that as between taxes and tar-
iff, there is no sense in the world of considering taxes until
adequate tariffs have been imposed.
Edward H. Garcin & Co. Inc.
Long Acre, W. C. 2
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Asbestos In Australia
Asbestos has been known to exist in Australia since the
days of early exploration, but at that time the demand was
for long fibre only and such fibre was found in regions dif-
ficult to work, as for example in the hot Pilbarra district of
West Australia. Of late years, however, new uses have de-
veloped for the shorter fibres and with the increased de-
mand for such grades there is a growing tendency to de-
velop the domestic deposits rather than import material
necessary for home consumption.
In the November 1920 number of Aspestos a descrip-
tion was given of the asbestos deposits of Tasmania. A brief
review of the occurrences and operations in other parts of
the Commonwealth follows:
Asbestos has been noted in many localities in Queens-
land, mainly within the serpentine belt northeast and north
of Rockhampton extending from Balnagowan near the Fitz-
roy River to Marlborough. The deposits at Princhester
and Marlborough appear to be the most important tho
little is yet known either of their quality or extent. A
small amount of asbestos has been mined, and it is reported
that it sold for $25 per ton. On Marlborough Creek near
its junction with the Fitzroy River, well-defined veins hav-
ing a maximum fibre length of 14% inches are reported.
For slates and sheeting Queensland asbestos is reported to
be inferior as it lacks strength. It is however well adapted
for asbestos magnesite flooring, boiler covering and as an
ingredient in ground form in refrigerating paint.
Asbestos has been found in many localities in South
Australia but few of them give promise of successful devel-
opment. The most promising discoveries include that of
erocidolite or blue asbestos occurring in limestone at Rob-
ertstown, and chrysotile of good quality in Minbrie near
Cowell. The latter deposit is said to contain about 14 of
1 per cent crude, and about 15 or 20% of milling fibre.
This is a content of fibre much higher than the average of
- deposits now worked.
April, 1921 Page Forty-one
Two exposures of short fibre asbestos of good quality
have been reported at Soanesville in the Pilbarra District.
The asbestos occurs in cross-fibre veins in serpentine. In
the early days of exploration long fibre of high quality was
reported near Marble Bar in the same district.
New South Wales:
Asbestos has been worked at Gundagai, but the quality
of the product does not seem to have justified development.
The Durabestos Company of Sydney operated for some
time in the Beaconsfield District of Tasmania, but found
the deposits so pockety and uncertain, and so lacking in
continuity that they were forced to suspend operations, and
seek new deposits. The most promising deposits were
found at Woodsreef about 10 miles east of Barraba in the
New England District of New South Wales. Quarries had
been opened by Messrs Wanderlich and Messrs. James
Hardie & Co., of Sydney, and active operations were con-
ducted during 1919 and 1920. The former company had an
interest in the Durabestos Company and finally took full
control of the company. The deposits at Woodsreef are
similar to those of Tasmania, being irregular and of uncer-
tain extent, but the fibre veins are more closely spaced and
the deposit larger than in the Beaconsfield area. The as-
bestos oceurs in fairly closely spaced veins having a maxi-
mum thickness of about one inch. It is claimed that one
difficulty with the New South Wales asbestos deposits is the
presence of numerous faults, a fault being a geological
term for the slipping of one mass of rock with respect to
another along a fracture plane. Thus in following a good
ore deposit the miner may suddenly come upon a wall of
barren rock, and it is difficult to find the continuation of
the ore body. To insure operation for a considerable
period over a dozen quarries have been opened and con-
nected by tram with the mill. As the fuel problem is diffi-
cult a Diesel engine is employed to operate the mill.
As in Canada the mill is equipped with crusher, rolls,
disintegrators, screens and suction jars. Beaters as are used
in Canada are found to be too severe with the Australian
fibre causing an excessive loss of fines, and a machine lately
built at Sydney has been installed with the expectation
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that a greater fibre recovery will result. South African
erocidolite is mixed with the Barraba fibre in the manu-
facture of sheets. It seems probable that operations will
continue for some years at least, and may develop into a
permanent industry which will supply Australia with a
large share of necessary short fibre.
Asbestos Deposits On Indian
Reservations May Now Be
(Information supplied by courtesy of the Arizona Mining
Frequent mention has been made in ASBESTOS con-
cerning deposits of Asbestos on Indian Reservations.
Many of these deposits were valuable but up until recently
the legal right to work them could not be obtained.
For years the director of the Arizona Bureau of
Mines has been endeavoring to secure the passage of laws
that would make it possible to develop the coal and mineral
deposits existing on Indian Reservations. Almost two
years ago legislation was secured that made it possible to
lease deposits of metallic minerals on these reservations,
but it was still impossible to mine coal or non-metallic
minerals, such as potassium, asbestos, precious stones, ete.
About a year ago bills were introduced into Congress
reorganizing the Indian Service, and providing for the de-
velopment of asbestos and other mines on Indian Reserva-
tions. The bills were passed at the last session of Congress,
are now laws, and will doubtless lead to much mining ac-
tivity on Indian Reserves. We hope to print in the May
issue the regulations of the Seeretary of the Interior rela-
tive to prospecting in the Indian Reservations.
“Ducky Oil Cans’’ are made of 22-gage cold-rolled
steel with a brass cap, and a three-ply close-twisted steel
cable, asbestos packed, flexible tube spout, and are so con-
structed that liquids as light as gasoline can be used with-
out leaking thru the tubing. This can is used to oil any
place that is hard to get at or which an ordinary rigid
spout will not reach.
April, 1921 Page Forty-five
Benjamin Franklin said, “A penny
saved is a penny earned.”
If it costs you $10,000 to put Carey pipe
and beiler coverings in your plant, they
will save you $10,000 in fuel in less than
a year and make you a $10,000 yearly
Is that an expense or an investment?
All your Building material and insulat-
ing material requirements that call for
asbestos can be met from the comprehen-
sive line of
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Page Forty-sia April, 1921
Conditions In Various Markets
The Standard Underground Cable Company, in com-
menting on the copper situation as affecting fine brass and
copper wire, says:
In anticipation of more drastic curtailment of mine
operations, copper prices have advanced fractionally in the
last ten days, the total gain thus far (to April Ist) being
approximately three quarter cent per pound.
Definite announcements of practically complete shut-
down were made on March 29th by Utah, Ray, Chino, Ne-
vada and Anaconda Copper Companies and partial shut-
down by other producers, because of the low price and
large stock of unsold copper in this country. It seems
likely, therefore, that prices will have some further ad-
vance rather than decline in the immediate future.
The Ritter Can & Specialty Company have consented
to give us each month information as to conditions in the
pipe covering band market. Under date of March 10th,
In view of present market conditions in our industry,
we would not advise the purchase of any great quantity of
Pipe Covering Bands, since there is a possibility of a de-
cline in the market price of tin plate and other sheet me-
tals within the next thirty to sixty days. Buyers who are
able to make purchases of quantities on a differential basis,
however, are more or less protected.
Later, on April 1st, we receive the following report:
The market price of $7.00 per base box for tin plate
still prevails. Just at present, the sentiment among the
steel men is toward strengthening the market. Our opinion
is that volume purchases should be made on a differential
basis, as indications point to a decline in the market price
the second half.
April, 1921 Page Forty-seven
_ Asbestos Susman
of Canada, Limited
The Largest Producers of
Raw Asbestos in the World
Kings Mines, Thetford Mines,
B. C. Mines,
260 St. James St., Montreal
Fraser Mines, E. Broughton,
es supplied by the
Asbestos Production in Canada.
2.870 | 14,056
2,812 | 10,485
2,885 | 11,768
3,603 | 13,197
1,896 | 13,559
| 69,868 |
may have them,
ference at any
of our readers may have seen the figures
we publish them so that all our
you will have them for ready re
1909 vo 1919 INCLUSIVE
1—Known as Long or Spinning Fibres.
2—Known as Shingle and Magnesia
8—Known 2aper Stock and Short Fibi
Asbestos & Mineral
given in the following
publication in ASBESTOS
| 2 291,087
is one of the most important accessories in
preparing your asbestos.
Have you tried our special woven foundation
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The mills using it say it is far superior to any
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Page Fifty April, 1921
More Facts About Russia and
Her Asbestos Production
The Russian Economie Bulletin, the official organ of
the American Russian Chamber of Commerce, gives us a
few very interesting facts concerning the Russian Asbes-
Asbestos was discovered in Russia in 1720, and a fac-
tory for the making of asbestos products was in operation
in the Urals in the days of Peter the Great. Want of a
market for its output, however, kept this venture from be-
ing a success. With the beginning of Canada’s asbestos in-
dustry, the industry revived in Russia, about 1800. Prac-
tically the entire Russian asbestos output was exported to
Comparison of Russia’s output with that of other as-
bestos producing countries over a period of 17 years is
very interesting. It follows:
Output in Metric tons
from 1902 to 1919
Re rere ree 1,425,568
ERE ne ere 170,856
IN a aie oie 39,667
ee MD no ck ccewrcase 34,626
Cape of Good Hope ....... 25,182
BMG SUOMUUEE oi ccccccsccs 3,378
0 eee ere 2,542
i stitcceiebcnwaheb eee 1,456
DE. cewceeustcckeoueww ast 84
I ee ee a oe eee 40
this table showing that in normal times Russia ranked see-
With the beginning of the war Russia’s production
decreased rapidly, her place as second in annual produe-
tion being taken by Africa, and at present, under the Bol-
shevik regime her industry is at a standstill.
Competent observers are of the opinion that the treaty
negotiated between England and the Lenines Russian Gov-
ernment indicates that Russia will be back in the Asbestos
market intelligently within a year or two.
Mr. Fedor F. Foss of the Russian Embassy, Wash-
April, 1921 Page Fifty-one
ington, has, at our request given us a few very interesting
thoughts on the subject. He says:
‘*Production of Asbestos in Russia was on the increase
until 1913, when the export to foreign countries (mostly
Germany and England) was available. In 1914 the export
practically stopped and the mining decreased, as asbestos
was not a first class essential for the war.
‘*In 1915 and 1916 the mines were running to half
capacity and in 1917 came to a standstill when the revolu-
tion broke out. As far as I can see from the publications
issued in Soviet Russia, about the economic and industrial
life, there are no signs of the revival of the Industry.
‘*To make it easier to understand such an outcome
with this second class, so to speak, industry, I quote the
figures of production:
‘**For coal in 1920—about four million tons instead of
forty-four million tons in 1913.
**For pig iron 70,000 tons instead of 4,200,000 tons in
‘*For copper, none, instead of forty thousand tons in
‘‘New locomotives, none, instead of 1800 in 1912.
**Salt, twenty-six thousand tons in 1920 instead of two
million tons in 1914.
‘‘These figures will show you that in the ‘socialistic
paradise’ there is no time to think about such unessentials
Much is heard from time to time of the use
of Diatomaceous Earth for heat insulation purposes.
The United States Bureau of Mines describes Diatoma-
ceous Earth in the following manner: It is a soft, white,
porous rock, composed of the siliceous skeletons of small
aquatic plants called diatoms. There are a very large num-
ber of types and varieties of diatoms, over 4,000 distinct
forms having been noted and described. These may vary
in size from as much as the head of a pin to such minute
proportions as to be distinguished only with the aid of the
highest powered microscope.
The chemical analysis of diatomaceous earth from the
Page Fifty-two April, 1921
FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF
High Temperature Cements
Asbestos Shingles and Lumber
THE QUEBEC ASBESTOS
Office and Mines
East Broughton, Province of Quebec
April, 1921 Page Fifty-three
Lompoc, California, district, is given as follows:
Silica (SiO2) 88.78
Alumina (Al2Qs3) 2.68
Iron Oxide (Fe2Qs) trace
Lime (CaQ) 1.61
Potash (K20) a 4
Magnesia (MgO) 1.30
Titanium oxide (TiO:z) 0.10
Water (He) 5.54
Imports and Exports of Asbestos
Imports of Crude Asbestos for January, 1921 were
England 121 tons $20,159
Br. South Africa 152 tons 22.854
Port. South Afriea 134 tons 72,162
407 tons $115,175
excluding, of course, those from Canada.
Imports of manufactured goods amounted to $23,347,
divided among the following countries:
ee rere $1,029
I so doeeiitginy Sartre 2,897
Switzerland .......... 1,155
er ee 14,455
Pep Saar 3,811
It is interesting to note that the imports of manufac-
tured goods in January, 1920 amounted to $39,775, of
which $39,397 came from England and $378 from Seotland.
Exports of Manufactured Goods for January 1921 to-
talled $367,247, as against $97,852, last year. An item of
interest in this year’s January exports is $11,000 to Ger-
many. England took $18,372, Belgium - $262, Sweden
$10,112. Comparison of these figures with imports as
given above shows some interesting contrasts.
Page Fifty-four April, 1921
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Page Fifty-six April, 1921
| News of General Interest
The annual meeting of the Western Society of Engineers
will be held in Chicago in June.
The Proprietary Association, composed of more than 200
manufacturers of proprietary medicines, are planning to drive
from the market the manufacturers of medicines of such high
alcoholic percentage that they are used as beverages.
Paul M. Tyler of the U. S. Tariff Commission, sailed on
March 10th for England, where he expects to spend about two
months, thence going to France, Belgium and Germany. The
main object of Mr. Tyler’s mission is in connection with various
metal manufactures, but it is probable that he will devote
some little time to investigation of the asbestos industry.
Automobiles registered in the United States in 1920, ac-
cording to the American Automobile Association, totalled 9,180,-
316, an increase of 2,114,870 over 1919. Passenger cars number-
ed 8.234.490 and motor trucks 945,826.
Chief Justice White of the Supreme Court, under date of
February 28th, ordered a reargument of the bill of the Ameri-
can Hardwood Lumber Association from the lower court de-
cree, which granted an injunction restraining certain activities
in which the Association engaged.
The American Bureau of Shipping states at the present
time 445 ships having 1,742,590 gross tons, are under construct-
ion divided as follows: 380 ships, 1,253,184 tons, on private ac-
count, and 65 ships, 507,415 tons, on Government account. It is
also encouraging to note that several of the leading steamship
companies such as the Munson Steamship Lines, The Inter-
national Mercantile Marine Company and the Pacific Steamship
Company have plans already drawn for new passenger ships
and it is expected that with the reorganization of the Shipping
Board, March 4, and the consequent formation of a sane and
farsighted policy, contracts for these ships as well as for
others now contemplated, will be placed.
Merchandising consists in selling people more than they
think they want for more than they expect to pay.
To Mr. Edison, who is trying to make an instrument so
delicate and responsive that it may be manipulated by the
Spirits of the departed, Fred Hirschfeld makes the helpful sug-
gestion that it consist largely of asbestos.
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| News of the Industry
R. P. Doucet, General Sales Manager of the Asbestos Cor-
poration of Canada, Limited, who recently suffered an attack of
pleurisy, has recovered and has sailed for Europe.
“ASBESTOS” recently had the pleasure of welcoming to its
office, George C. Williamson of the National Magnesia Mfg.
Company, San Francisco.
Our readers will be glad to hear that Sir John W. Carson,
is slowly but surely improving.
The Sterling Asbestos Company, 406 Main St., Camden, N.
J., is starting in the manufacture of a combination copper and
asbestos gasket. C. Hettinger is manager of this Company.
The Gillett Asbestos Company has been incorporated with
$50,000 capital, offices at 2735 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, and will
specialize in insulating materials. Harry Gillett is President of
S. A. Halpern, formerly with the Binger Company, in charge
of sales promotion, window trim department, is now with the
National Asbestos Mfg. Company, Jersey City, having charge of
sales promotion in the pipe covering division.
Major N. E. Newman, President of Asbestos Limited, sailed
on April 7th for a three month’s trip to Europe.
John O. Bigelow of Newark, has been appointed receiver for
the Asbestos Air Brake Company by Vice-Chancellor Buchanan
of New Jersey.
The American Insulation Company of Philadelphia, had a
very attractive exhibit at the American Marine Exposition held
in Philadelphia from March 14th to 19th. An attractive pamph-
let under the title “The American Way—Supreme in Service”
was given to inquirers, and would no doubt prove of interest to
many of our readers.
H. H. Robertson, President of the H. H. Robertson Company
of Pittsburg, sailed on March 22nd, for England. Mr. Robertson
expects to spend about six weeks in England and France.
The Asbestos Corporation of Canada has declared the usual
quarterly dividends of 1%% on the common and 1%% on the
Preferred stocks, both payable April 15 to holders of record
Jacob A. Jacobs, President of Asbestos Mines Limited, has
April, 1921 Page Fifty-nine
recovered from an attack of pneumonia and spent the Easter
holidays in Atlantic City, N. J.
Glenn R. Lassiter of the Conneross Yarn Mill, Anderson, §.
C., recently visited the offices of “ASBESTOS”, but unfortun-
ately, both the Editor and his Associates were out of the office
at the time. We hope Mr. Lassiter will try again with better
“ASBESTOS” was honored a few days ago by a visit from
A. S. Farmer, President of the Conneross Yarn Mill at Ander-
son, S. C.
The Black Lake Asbestos & Chrome Company is now con-
trolled by Jacob A. Jacobs, his associates in the enterprise being
Leon Schinasi, Maurice Amado and N. E. Newman, all of New
York City. Further details concerning this arrangement will be
found on page 23.
Regular six per cent dividend, interest on Second Mortgage
income bonds of the Black Lake Asbestos & Chrome Company,
due for the six months ending December 31st, is reported ready
A Canadian newspaper recently carried the following item:
An important commercial case has been decided in the Superior
Court by Mr. Justice Pouliot. C. H. Chouillou ordered asbestos
from Johnson & Co. on an agreement that there should be
prompt delivery. The asbestos was to have been shipped to
France. Johnson & Co. found that there would be delay so con-
sidered their contract annulled. The court ruled that the com-
pany had taken too much responsibility on themselves. Judg-
ment was given plaintiff with $22,280 damages.
The Asbestos Installation Corporation, 24 Albany St., New
York City, which Corporation was formed last November by the
firm of Fowler & Martin of Brooklyn, reports a steady increase
in business. Their operations at present are confined principally
to shipyard work in the New York Harbor, but will probably
branch out to other insulation work before long. Theo. V. Mar-
tin is superintendent of the concern.
The Sall Mountain Company of Chicago, will have an ex-
hibit in the Home Beautiful Exposition, Mechanics Building,
Boston, to be held from April 16th to 30th. The readers of
“ASBESTOS” will be cordially welcomed.
Paul J. Krez & Company, leading Chicago contractors and
dealers in all kinds of insulating materials, pipe and boiler cov-
erings, asbestos shingles, asbestos lumber, asbestos paper and
millboards, etc., have reorganized under the name Paul J. Krez
Company, under the charter laws of Illinois, with a large cap
italization. Paul J. Krez is President and Treasurer of the new
company, and John J. Krez, son of Paul J., is Secretary. The
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If You Were Asked to Pay $2.50:
for This Book You Would
It is a practical, popular treatise on the proper insulat-
ing of pipes, boilers, tanks, filters and all other high-pres-
sure steam equipment. The book is freely illustrated
with views of a great variety of applications, has numer-
ous charts, tables, etc. Your request for a complimen-
tary copy puts you under no obligation whatever, but the
expense of preparing this practical volume has been such
that a copy should be asked for only by those really in-
terested in power and heating economy.
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change was made in order to secure the advantages of the cor-
porate entity, and will doubtless result in a more widely extend-
U. G. Funk, Treasurer of the Keasbey & Mattison company,
Ambler, Pa., has just recovered from a rather severe attack of
The United Asbestos & Packing Company, Chicago, has
been merged with the United States Asbestos Comwpany, the
successful textile manufacturing institution at Lancaster pro-
ducing the Usaco brand of Asbestos Textiles and Packings. The
Chicago Branch will be operated as a separate corporation un-
der the title United States Asbestos Company of Illinois.
George L. Hammons, whose twenty years active experience
in the marketing of Asbestos Products is well and favorably
known, will be President and Treasurer of the new company.
The board of Directors consists of S. R. Zimmerman, Chester
L. Hill and George L. Hammons.
The personnel of the company, James G. Ross, W. L. Griffin
and A. F. Morrison, and other heads of departments, sales and
office assistants, will continue their respective positions.
The change is a notable one and primarily due to the fact
that the Asbestos business of Chicago and the West has grown
to such an extent that this amalgamation is necessary in order
to better serve the trade and market the standard products of
the United States Asbestos Company.
The directors of Consolidated Asbestos Limited have de-
clared the regular quarterly dividend of 1-%4%, payable April
15th to holders of record March 31st.
Announcement is made by the Asbestos Shingle, Slate &
Sheathing Company, Ambler, Pa., to the effect that it has taken
over the sale of its own products, viz: Ambler Asbestos “Cen-
tury” Shingles, Asbestos Corrugated Sheathing, Asbestos Build-
ing Lumber and Linabestos Wall Board, these materials having
been previously marketed thru the Keasbey & Mattison Com:
The March issue neglected to state the name of the moving
picture prepared by the pipe and boiler covering manufacturers.
It is being shown under the title “A Dollar Saved is a Dollar
Earned” and shows in a very attractive manner the saving
which results from insulating pipes and boilers.
The Asbestos Shingle, Slate & Sheathing Company of Am-
bler, Pa., had a very attractive exhibit at the Real Estate &
Building Exposition held in Philadelphia from Mar 28 to Apr. 2.
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THETFORD MINES, QUEBEC, CANADA
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Miners of all Grades
Dominion Express Building
145 St. James St.
A very valuable little book has just been issued by the
General Asbestos & Rubber Company of Charleston, S. C. The
Garco Data Book on Brake Lining and Clutch Facing, after
briefly describing Garco materials, gives explicit directions for
relining brakes and two very useful tables, the first table listing
alphabetically cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles, and giv-
ing brake and clutch facing specifications for models not over
six years old, while the second one shows the various sizes of
brake linings and disc clutch facings, and under each size lists
cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles which can be fitted with
that size. The immense amount of work necessary to compile
such a book will undoubtedly be repaid by the material apprec-
iation of repairers, garagemen, dealers and jobbers, who will
find it invaluable.
W. E. Steelman Company, dealers in Asbestos and Magnes-
ia materials, have just issued a very attractive pamphlet on
“Wesco” Fireproof Products.
A. S. Farmer, President of Conneross Yarn Mill at Ander-
son, S. C., has returned to his business activities after a year
and a half spent in Florida and California for the benefit of his
The Quebec Asbestos Corporation at East Broughton has
closed the No. 2 Mill, formerly the Asbestos Fibre Mining Com-
pany property, but are operating the No. 1 Mill.
Royal Mattison, Vice President of the Asbestos Shingle,
Slate & Sheathing Company, Ambler, Pa., has returned after
spending some time in Florida.
The Asbestos Insulation & Roofing Company, Philadelphia,
has been incorporated with a capital of $25,000 to manufacture
asbestos products. W. G. Dickinson, 4229 North Sixth St., Phila-
delphia, is treasurer.
Johnson’s Asbestos Company has closed the Black Lake
pit entirely, and is operating the Thetford mine under capacity.
The marriage of Miss Beatrice Minor, Drexel Hill, Pa., to
Maurice J. Hoover, on April 12th, is announced. Mr. Hoover is
Secretary of Keasbey & Mattison Company, Ambler, Pa.
The Martin-Bennett Company is still entirely closed down,
Mr. Bennett having returned from Europe and Mr. Martin from
his southern trip.
Last minute reports from Thetford indicate that the Asbes-
tos Corporation of Canada has ceased nightwork at the King’s,
Beaver and British Canadian pits, while the Fraser Mine, which
has been under repair since last November is closed down en-
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ELWOOD J. WILSON
76 CORTLANDT STREET
New York City
Asbestos Crude and
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Thetford Crudes, Rhodesian Crudes
Rhodesian Carded Crudes
for immediate shipment, ex warehouse N. Y.
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Will Examine and Report on
Asbestos Mines and Prospects
Correspondence desired with Owners of
Asbestos Mines with a view of Purchase
1921 Page Sixty-five
The other day a gentleman in sending his renewal to
ASBESTOS and a dollar bill in payment, mentioned that he
was sending ‘‘real money for a real magazine.”’
We get a little rose like that every once in a while and
—confidentially, once in a greater while we get an egg. We
appreciate both, however, altho perhaps we do not enthuse
quite as much over the latter as the former. But if people do
throw eggs once in a while, we have the satisfaction of
knowing that they read Aspestos and are interested in it,
else the complaint or criticism would not come. Send them
along, friends, both eggs and roses—they both help.
As we glance over the proof this month it seems to us
that April’s issue is brimful of information, some merely
interesting, other of importance.
The article concerning Mr. Jacobs will, we know, be
read with a great deal of interest. We would have liked to
have had more information about Mr. Jacobs’ early life,
but he seems to be unusually modest for it was impossible
to learn even the name of his birthplace. A great many
heads of Asbestos Companies are evidently afflicted with the
same disease—modesty—for we have tried times without
number to secure biographical information concerning cer-
tain gentlemen who are prominent in the Industry but
without success. A biographical sketch each month would be
quite an improvement to the magazine; the next time we
write you for such a sketch, please don’t turn us down.
The short article on Russia will help us to better un-
derstand conditions in that field.
Next month we have a real treat for you. An engineer,
well qualified for the task has prepared for us a most able
paper on ‘‘ Past and Present Methods of Mining and Milling
Asbestos.’’ Because of limited space it will be necessary to
run the article in three sections, but it will be broken in
such a way that each section will constitute an article in it-
And finally, we hope you will enjoy reading the April
issue as much as we have enjoyed preparing it. It is a con-
stant source of pleasure to dig up facts and figures of in-
terest—and every day we learn something about Asbestos
or the Asbestos Industry which we never knew before.
Page Sixty-sir April, 1921
United States Ashestos Company
General Office: Danraster, Pa.
Mills at Manheim, Pa.
Manufacturers of asbestos yarns and
fabrics, also packings and friction fac-
Sold exclusively to manufacturers of
rubber goods, packings, and brake lin-
ings, and to distributors of asbestos
materials on a quantity basis.
Nem York Boston
April, 1921 Page Sixty-seven
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(From an old tombstone).
He died the year the locusts came—
The land with blight was saddened ;
He fell from th: roof of the old barn frame—
He’d starved to death if he hadn’t.
(From Everybody’s Diary).
He lived the year of reconstruction,
Cancellations, slumps and general reduction—
Over half he had went up the flue,
But, thank the Lord—he did come through.