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to be kept in order — something that must be avoided. At this stage, things looked as if there was trouble ahead, and something had to be done, mechanicaUy or otherwise.
I now took into consideration that the variation in the distance between the driving and the driven points was short, say about eight feet, and I at once concluded to put a pulley on the engine and one on the horizontal shaft on the table which drove the roUers, and connect them with a belt, and put a tightener on the belt to keep it uniformly taut. The arrangement was so complete and so satis¬ factory that I felt somewhat abashed to think I had spent so much time over what seemed to be such a difficult problem, and yet in the end was so perfectly simple. But I remembered that Mr. HoUey and my brother George, both able men, had each of them built a blooming mfll, and had doubtless given the same problem much thought; and yet, since they used a compUcated scheme for the same purpose, they coifld not have thought of anything so per¬ fectly simple. This was, in a measure, a panacea for my wounded feeUngs, as one of them was a dear friend and the other a brother. In the next miU that Mr. HoUey buflt, he used a geared device so arranged as to accommodate the variable distance between the engine and the table, in place of belt and tightener; this answered the purpose equaUy weU, and was much more mechanical.
Tliis blooming miU was a complete success and was ca¬ pable of doing a very large amount of work with moderate- sized ingots, such as were being used at the time it was built. But for large ingots and a great variety of work such as is being called for at this time, the reversing mill with adjustable top roU is preferable.