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The Coming Metal

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At tlie scientific meetiug iu this city last August iiluminum received its flrsl scientilic rucognition as a metal suitablt for manufacturiug purposes. The difllculty in the manufacture of tliis metal luis been to find a ineans of produclng it at a cost low enough to ailmit of lts adoptiou for cominon utensils. It is now stated in eastern papers tliat extensive works are to be erecteii at Fiudlay, Ohio, using natural gas, wliicb abouiuls there for fuel; aml New York parties havo formed a oomptny for the purpose of utilizing the Infinite power of Niágara Falls la its production. Under the increused facilities for BMBBfMtartag and the advantage of cheap fuel and power the cost of production will receive the almost ncrcdible reduction of thirtyeight (tollars per pound, lts estimate cost to be two per pound, promislng to be placed in the market as the lirst rival iron and stoel ever had. The metal which is of a brilliant white or beautiful gold color iu proportiou as an alloy of zinc or copper is used is a productiou by means of fusión of clay, silica and other elementsbutclay is the principal of these, and that from which tliis metal is to be extiacted will be taken from West Virginia as it returns a far richer yield than ordinary clay, but great bed of it exist in all parts of the world. Though for centunes clay has been knowu to contain thls metal it is only within a few years that a could be produced at a less cost than that of RolfL Electricity upon which so many great and wonderful Iiiventions depend, is the sole dependence also of aluminum production so far as is known. The inventor by inoans of his wonderful electrical furniice, has been uble to produce the intense heat which is necess.iry to fuse the clay and other elementa formiiiíf the metal and has alreadv ufactured Uljle-knives and forks.journala for shafting and other smull articles of it. The metal is very ductlle, liever corrodes nor turnishes and is mueb stronger, liarder, and at the saine time lichter than steel. A bioycle can be made of it of a color not easy to dtetl&fruUh frora gold or silver, stroner than the strougest and lighter than the lightest steel machine ever made, whieh can be exposed to the wc.itber the year round without injury. By Igarea alom; can a comprehension of the metal be had. A bicycle weighing ten pounds can be manufactured of aluminiim brouw-, whieh the metal is calleil when au alloy is used, and be a gtroiiger machina than the steel bicycle now made whieh weijrbs forty-five pouiuU. A Brooklyn suspension bridge could be built of this liglit and ilncLile metal to wetfh Iwo-thirds lesn than the present striictuie and still be one-third stronjfer; and thecabics and rods would never need the attention of a coat of paint to protect them frora rust or to add to thelr appearance. In wet and dry weather, in snmnicr or in winter a bridge built of filia il i 1 1 1 r i 't I 1 1 1 i I , I i.ri.wini f ¦¦ ii ¦ ¦¦-.. b_ anee BOt unlike that of silver or gold. Tilt; inventor stated before the Hcientilc Associiilion last August l luit with Ihh metal tt ten dolían p'T poond lx: conld ñire a line of telegraph oles from New 7 Vork to Cliicaro is clienply as any otlicr knowu wire wonld cost it iifty cents ]er pound, fnrnishing a beller conductor of electricity, tour-iifllis lichter lor Ihe polea to carry and a strooger wire tlian tliat, in present use. The utillzing of naton] g:m and the falla ol Niágara to ruu the huge lyuamos (the Urgest ever constructel) will shorten the process of production as well as reduce the{ eost to a wonderful extent. It is not, therefore, improbable that at an early day, this ideal metal wliicli is tougher, stronger and lij;titer tlian ron, barder than cast steel and as beauttful and as indestructible as gold and silviT wUl begin a new era in metal architecture, aud the íron age will pass lulo h story. An Ypsilaiitt politician in an Interview in tlio Detroit Journal expressed fear tliat "Ann Arbor jealousy " of his city would leail us to have a candidato of our owu for Coqgjm. As a refutation of the jealousy charge we have only to ]oint to the enthusiastic way la which Capt. Allen was : supporled in tuis city at the last Congressional clection when Cleveland received 7G more votes than lilaine, but Mr. Allen's friends not only wiptd mit tiat phindity but put ivnfour ahead at Kldredge. That does uot look like jealousy or even indifference for the Ypnil;inti candidate. Now as to the coming cunpaiffn, We an: reatly to recojrnize and to ure Capt. Allen's claims to the nomination il he will acceptk. He made u j;allant tiglit before ud Midi anotlier one will win lliig time. IiiusiDiicli as tin; otlicr counties in the dtetrioC liave had ]ri)rcfutiitive8 e?er since they llave tx-en wich Waslitenaw and we have had none, our claim is a lust and a stronr one for our candidato. We helieve it will readily be recognized bj the couvention. Tbere is little doubt but tliat Eldredpe - ill be rrnoinimitedand evcry other candidate ia the democratie party crowded out. Captain Allen will make lm mark in Washington soouer or later, for he must get there. Before Ann Arbor's common council geU tlirough dealing with these shrewd Vanki-es on the Water works they will have learned severiil points, probably. 8aid points may come hiífh, but they will le thoroughly learned, just the same.


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