The Secret of Success (1879)

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General Books, 2009 - 220 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Bank conferred on Mr. Cotton the unprecedented honor of a third election as governor, in order that he might carry to its conclusion the work which had been begun under his auspices. It was at this period also that the mechanical bent of his mind showed itself in full power. The necessity of weighing all the gold coinage of the kingdom, much of which had become light through use, led him to consider the possibility of doing this by an automatic weighing-machine. The result was the present self-acting weighing-machine, far exceeding, not only in rapidity, but in accuracy, the steadiest and most practiced hand, and it is still at work at the Bank, at the Mint, and in many local establishments, just as it was at first designed by the governor of the Bank. "It was exhibited at the Exhibition of 1851, and of it one of the profoundest reasoners of our day declared that it seemed to him the perfection of mechanical ingenuity, --that the machine itself seemed almost to think during the pause which ensued between the reception of the sovereign into the scale and its delivery into its appropriate place, either as a light or full weight coin. The machine has been appropriately named 'The Governor.'" This was one and a notable aspect of his life. But far' brighter was that other aspect in which he was seen as the Christian philanthropist untiring in all good works. Hospitals, and churches, and schools, --all were indebted to his splendid and well-directed liberality. To the great charitable societies he gave of his time, his talents, and his substance. From the outset of his career he devoted a tenth of his profits to pious and benevolent objects; and as his gains increased he rejoiced to think that his " commission fund " also increased. Such men as...

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