The Financial Head of a Great Railroad System

December 1 1909

The Financial Head of a Great Railroad System

December 1 1909

The Financial Head of a Great Railroad System

Born in the village of Cold Springs, Texas, the son of a planter, Robert S. Lovett left home at the age of fifteen to work on a farm. There, one day, he saw something that made him sit up ahd take notice. It was a construction train on a new railroad. He went and applied for a job and got it. In time he was promoted to the job of cutting out and hauling ties. He lived with the construction gang, ate coarse food, wore coarse clothes and did coarse work. But he saved his money, kept his eyes open, used his brains as well as his hands—thirty years later he was made president of the road. With the money he saved on the construction work he went to school and ultimately became a lawyer. At the age of 29 he became general attorney for Texas of the Texas and Pacific Railway. That was the open sesame for many things. In 1901, when Harriman got control of the Southern Pacific, Lovett was a specialist in railway law and Harriman was not long in finding it out. He called Lovett to New York in 1904, and here he stands now on the topmost rung of the financial ladder.

The Flexotype

'rhe Flexotype is ODe of the most valuable ad dltions to the list of modern office appliances It makes the office absolutely independent of the printer for all kinds of forms, letterheads, cir cular letters, etc. In such work it effects a saving of 50 per cent.

It makes perfect typewritten letters in any quantity at a cost of 15c a thousand. The type is set up in a flexible steel form. Set up a dozen letters if you wish—run what you want of one. then slip on another. Matter may be left standing and filed in vertical files for future usu. The three operations of setting, running, and distributing, may be carried on simultan eouely.

The ribbon is 17 inches long, and costs 75c It is used until the cloth is worn out. It never becomes faint, as it is automatically inked while in use, with absolute uniformity, by the ink rolls. The last copy is the same as the first.

The type-setting device is entirely separate from the printing machine. The type is noi picked up by hand. Matter may be set up or distributed at the rate of a line a minute after an hour’s practice. The style of type may br changed in an instant.

No adjustment is necessary for direct print ing—simply remove the ribbon. It is possible to print 1,000 letters, 40 each of 25 different let ters, in one hour. Names and addresses are filled in on the typewriter with an absolutely perfect match in color and impression. The Flexotype is sold in Canada by the United Typewriter Company. Full particulars may be had upon application to their head office. 9 Adelaide St. West. Toronto.

Flainer Bookkeeping Machine

Among the many labor-saving appliances which of recent years have been introduced, the Hainer Bookkeeping Machine, illustrated in cut. marks a most comprehensive advance in accurate and speedy accounting by mechanical means. The machine is at once a cash register, an autographic register, an account register and a time recorder. It will not get flurried during rush hours of business, and it will bring every customer’s account up-to-date and keep it. with automatic precision. There is nothing at all complicated about the operation of the "Hainer” Machine, and any one of ordinary intelligence can use it with but a moment's instruction. The Bookkeeping Machines, Limited, Toronto. 424 Spadina Avenue, will send full descriptive booklet of this wonderful machine on request.

The " Elastic Bookcase

Among the variety of combinations possible with the Globe Wernicke "Elastic'’ Bookcase, that shown in the accompanying cut is perhaps one of the most attractive and affords an opportunity for artistic display of bric-a-brac. The distinguishing feature of the Globe-Wernickc is the inconspicuous metal interlocking strip, the importance of which merits special comment. It is this strip which gives superiority to the Globe-Wernicke. for it assures perfect stability and alignment when two or more tiers, each containing three or more units are placed side by side. These cases are also dust proof and doors are fitted with a patent equalizer which makes thd%n run back freely and absolutely nonbinding.

There is moreover opportunity with the Globe-Wernicke to satisfy individual taste, as they are now made in a large range of styles. Messrs. Benson Johnston Co., Ltd., their agents. 8 John St. N., Hamilton, will send you their fully illustrated booklet on request.

L. E. B. Shock Absorber

The necessity of having a resilient element underneath the typewriter has been recognized for a long time, and rubber cushions, felt pads and other devices for placing a "give" have been invented and placed on the market with considerable success. The latest development along the line of inventions for reducing wear and vibration is the "L. E. B. Shock Absorber,”

consisting of two band springs which are fastened to the desk on which the typewriter rests in a manner allowing a give in all directions.

This resilience absorbs all the destructive vibration caused by the action of the type-bars,

shift keys and tabulators, and it is claimed will add years to the life of the typewriter, preserv-

ing it in all its original efficiency. The springsalso allow the platen to give under the type-bar blow, preventing the cutting of the ribbon and making it last longer. The metal bands arc durable and lasting, and the elasticity softens the touch, quickens the action and prevents the desk from acting as a sounding board, thereby eliminating the annoying drum-like reverberation. Aside from being a shock absorber it is also a device for instantly attaching a typewriter to a desk or removing it without the use of tools. II. G. Bellew, the Witness Building, Montreal, is Canadian agent for this unique device.

Onward Sliding Shoe

Until the Sliding Furniture Shoe came on the market the ordinary furniture castor was con-

sidered a necessity. Even though it left its unsightly mark on our polished floors and continued to wrinkle our carpets and rugs, yet it was indispensible. The invention of the Sliding Furniture Shoe did away with these defects, at the same time doing everything a castor can do and doing it better. The accompanying illustration shows its construction. The spreading of the steel springs prevents its falling out at the same time being easily removed. The base is made of glass or Mott Metal.

The Mott Metal Shoes are non-rustable, and are highly polished, can be used on any kind of floor, marble, tiled, or rough surface. Both the glass and metal shoes are made to suit all kinds of house and office furniture, and can be supplied with furniture at no extra cost. The Onward Mfg. Co., of Berlin, will gladly forward full particulars concerning the Sliding Furniture Shoes.

The New Century Display Counter

The accompanying illustrations show one of the most convenient fixture either for office or store, that Busy Man's has ever had the opportunity of examining. It is called The New Century Display Counter and is manufactured by Jones Bros. & Co.. Ltd.. 30 and 32 Adelaide St. West. Toronto.

Originally designed for a counter for grocery and drug ßtores its uses have multiplied until

out from the back, beneath which are a number of drawers subdivided to suit the uses for which they are required.

Its uses are almost beyond number ; Stationers and Printers use it as a sample cabinet : Manufacturers' Agents for the same purpose : Wholesale Houses in all lines for displaying special lines of samples ; Photographers use it as a complete office showing their samples in

it is now almost, an indispensable article of furniture for any office or any business.

Tt consists of a cabinet made of rich and beautifully finished wood, three feet high and in standard lengths of 4. 6 and 8 feet, with a shallow display compartment in front with plate glass doors and fitted with plate glass shelves and a mirror back. The top is also clear plate glass also covering a shallow display space, consisting of polished wood drawers, nulling 114

the top. frames in the front and goods ready to deliver in the back : Dentists as a stock cabinet ; Mining Brokers for specimens and stationery ; and all classes of Retail Stores as a means of displaying and storing small goods with the greatest amount of Display Space and the least lost space.

Space does not permit a full descriptior., which can be obtained from the manufacturers. Jones Bros. & Co.. Ltd.. 31 Adelaide St. West. Toronto.