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produced by the American plant of two five-ton converters will be as follows:

Pig Iron       
Wages                     $35.00
Fuel                      5.50
Spiegel Eisen                      5.00
Repairs and materials                      2.00
At seven per cent, the interest on capital invested added to the sinking fund would be nearly $10.00 per ton, or a total of $67.50, which, even at present prices of steel rails, would leave a margin of two dollars and a half per ton. Crucible steel works containing a Siemens and blister furnace, producers, etc., are now successfully operated in Cumberland, producing a superior article at less cost than in Pittsburgh; thus enabling manufacturers of springs, shovel, hoe, cultivator and plow steel, files, rasps, axes, and every description of edge tools, to establish themselves profitably.

Thus it will be seen that nature has bountifully supplied Cumberland with those gifts which will, in the near future, give it the importance to which, by its resources and position, it is entitled. The manufactures of iron and steel are yet in their infancy, but not many years will elapse ere what now is but a country town, will hear the hum and stir of busy workers, and will see the tall stacks of many mills belching forth their clouds of smoke, speaking in fiery tongues of the energy and prosperity of their founders. And then in truth the Cumberland manufacturer may point with pride to his native town, and call it "The Queen City."

NOTE.—The analyses in the foregoing article were made by Prof. C. F. Chandler, Ph. D. School of Mines, New York, and J. Blodgett Britton, Philadelphia.


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C.J. Orrick


Collection Location:
Allegany County Public Library

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21 x 14 cms

Board of Trade of the City of Cumberland

Mines and mineral resources, Maryland, Cumberland

Cumberland, Md., 1870s

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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