matching up, and thereby getting rid of our remnants, which might
otherwise be sold at considerable loss. Rice, Moque & Co.
Davenport, la., January 8, 1898.
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We inclose you our list of carpet remnants that it may be inserted
in your Remnant List, which has proven of great value to us in not
only disposing of many short lengths, but in securing lengths to
help us close our own remnants, A. J. Smith & Son.
Providence, R. I., December 27, 1897.
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Inclosed please find our annual remnant list, which we take pleas-
ure in sending, as we think it a benefit to us.
B. H. Gladding & Co.
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Banta. ā Wesley Banta, of the firm of Van Gaasbeek & Arkell, is
abroad on one of his long trips, during which he will spend a few
months at the carpet and rug factories of S. J. Tellery & Co. in
India. His firm are sole American agents for the rugs and carpets
made by this India house.
Bird. ā M. J. Bird, Oriental rug buyer for John Wanamaker's
establishments, was in New York on the 11th inst. looking over the.
lines of a prominent Oriental house, and with whom he closed a
large contract. Mr. Bird has the well deserved reputation of being
one of the most skillful buyers in the market.
Breslin. ā Thomas J. Breslin, of the Fries-Breslin Company, with
headquarters at the Hartford Buildmg, New York, has done a very
large trade in their Smyrnas. Mr. Breslin's genial manner, coupled
with the rare qualities of a good salesman, have made him irresist-
ible with the trade.
Carroll. ā J. M. Carroll, of the Fries-Breslin Company, paid a
welcome visit to the company's New York office on the 6th inst.
When not otherwise engaged, Mr. Carroll is planning new additions
to the plant or leasing outside quarters for this rapidly growing
Cartledge. ā John Cartledge, of Joseph Wild & Co., sailed from
Europe on Wednesday, the 12th inst. He will make only a brief
visit at home, and will return to join his family on the Continent.
Halliday ā Charlton. ā A. L, Halliday, the designer, and his
associate, A. R. Charlton, have recently returned from a ten days'
trip to Savannah, Jacksonville and St. Augustine.
Kerr. ā S. G. Kerr, the well-known carpet dealer, of Scranton,
Pa., is confined to his house by serious illness.
Keveney. ā T. J. Keveney, of T. J. Keveney &Co., while returning
from a recent trip to the West met with an unpleasant accident. He
was passing from one car to another on a train, when a sudden lurch
threw him against the side of the car and the result was a broken
collar bone. With characteristic pluck and energy he would not
allow the injury to keep him from business more than a day or two,
and he is now attending to his affairs as usual.
King. ā A. H. King, formerly of Hardenbergh & King, Brooklyn,
was seen the other day by a Review reporter studying the Alaska
outfit in the window of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He expects
to start for the Klondike in the spring, but whether to dig or start a
carpet business he was undetermined. He will make a first-class
argonaut of '98.
McNaughton. ā George B. McNaughton, one of the oldest carpet
cutters in New York city and Brooklyn, and for some time past with
Abraham & Straus, has been seriously ill for sis weeks with typhoid-
malaria. He is out again, and is speedily picking up flesh and
McNeik. ā George McNeir, of W. & J. Sloane, returned on the
13th inst. from a trip to Chicago.
Murphy. ā P. J. Murphy, of P. J. Murphy & Co., the Camden,
N. J., floor oil cloth manufacturers, was in New York last week
securing additional supplies of burlap, which indicates good spring
Percival. ā C. Percival, representing the Oriental firm of George P.
& J. Baker, London, England, will sail homeward on the 15th after
a very successful trip to the larger cities of the States.
Phillips. ā E. D. Phillips, formerly with Newcomb, Endicott &
Co., of Detroit, is now with H. G. Nergararian & Brother, who for
ten years past have been prominent leaders m Oriental goods
in that town. They are now adding a large stock of domestic
Ray. ā F. A. Ray, manager of the carpet department of Wm. M.
Whitney & Co., Albany, N. Y. , dropped in at The Review office the
other day. He thinks tilings at the Capital are all right, whatever
may be the state of affairs at the capitol.
Sadin ā Whitney. ā Miss Mabel Whitney, daughter of William M.
Whitney, of Albany, N. Y., was married, December 29, to Charles
Hamilton Sabin. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. W.
Battershall, assisted by Rt. Rev. W. C. Doane, at St. Peter's Church.
Sloane. ā W. D. Sloane, of W. & J. Sloane, has been elected a
trustee and vice-president of the Fifth Avenue Transportation Com-
SwAVNE. ā Geo. B. Swayne, of W. & J. Sloane's straw matting de-
partment, has reached Japan on his trip to that country and China.
ZiNN. ā Weareinformed that J. Phil Zinn, who has had charge of the
carpet department at Muir & Scott's, Williamsport, Pa., has resigned
to accept a similar position with the Bush & Bull Company, of the
THE REEVE COMPANY'S LINOLEUM.
rHE R. H. & B. C. Reeve Company are sending to the
trade a new linoleum pattern book, which shows
thirty-six patterns of linoleum in the exact colors of the
cloth. The book is neatly bound, arid is something which
every dealer ought to have on hand. A copy can be
obtained by addressing the company at Camden, N. J., or
at their New York office, 801 Hartford Building, 41 Union
square, where Mr. Rudolph Sherer is in charge. The
company's line of linoleum for the spring trade is replete
with novel, original and handsome designs and colorings,
which must be seen to be appreciated.
HE Oriental rug and importing firm
of Yardum Brothers will remove
to their new salesrooms, 594 and
596 Broadway and 124 to 130
Crosby street, this city, Febru-
ary 1. The new quarters are
three times as large as those
now occupied by them, being 86
feet wide and 200 feet deep, with
entrances on both Broadway and
Crosby street. Yardum Brothers
intend to carry a larger stock of
rugs and carpets than ever
before, and will also show a
very extensive assortment of
Japanese art goods. They intend
to engage also, in the near
future, in the importation of
Chinese and Japanese matting, and will conduct this
department of their business on a very extensive scale.
In their new, elegant and spacious quarters Yardum
Brothers will be enabled to display the choice and excep-
tionally extensive line of rugs and carpets carried by them
to far better advantage than ever before. See their new
advertisement on page 10 of this issue.
William L Whipple, the Providence, R. I., carpet and
furniture dealer, has been elected a director of the Atlantic
National Bank, of that city .
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SHEET FLOOR OIL CLOTHS.
THEIR MANUFACTURE AND USE IN THE UNITED STATES.
N the manufacture of wide sheet
goods the floor oil cloth makers of
this country long ago attained a
very high standard as regards
weight, appearance and durability.
So well made were these goods
that forty or fifty years ago it was
a common practice to reprint them
after the figures had been partially
worn ofl:. A mechanic in Salem,
Mass., did so much of this work
for thrifty New England house-
wives that he found it worth while
to utilize an old church as a work-
The first manufacturer of the wide sheets in this country
was a Mr. Perkins, who opened a factory at Roxbury,
Mass., in 1840. Other manufacturers soon entered the
field, and important changes were made in the process of
manufacture, one being the substitution of the kiln for the
old open air process of hardening. The Perkins goods
were a reproduction of Hare's English sheets, which at
that time were in great demand in this country. They
were very heavy, and had a coarse, ribbed surface. A
veteran Boston dealer, speaking recently about the sheet
goods of his early days in the trade, said that their hand-
ling entailed a vast amount of hard work. They were
bought in New York and shipped to Boston on the decks
of sailing vessels, as the railroads had then no facilities for
handling such unwieldy freight. The vessels would ship
seas in rough weather, and consequently the sheets, al-
though inclosed in boxes, would frequently come to hand
wet from end to end with salt water. Then came night
work for all hands in the store, the entire sheet being un-
rolled, the wet paper removed, both sides wiped dry, and
dry papers substituted for the wet ones. On a sheet 24
feet wide and 90 feet long this kind of work was no child's
Among the manufacturers who were prominent in the
manufacture of sheet goods were Albro & Hoyt, W. M.
Brasher & Co., Harvey Brothers, D. Powers & Sons, Theo.
Pomeroy, W. H. Townsend, R. C. Haskell & Co., Alden
Sampson & Sons, and Thos. Potter, vSons & Co.
R. C. Haskell & Co., of Lansingburgh, N. Y., were
especially successful in this branch of the floor oil cloth
trade, and are now the only manufacturers of the wider
sheet goods in the United States. Their business was es-
tablished by the late Robert C. Haskell, a man of liberal
education and versatile talent, who resigned a position as
professor of mathematics at Cohn College, to engage in the
manufacture of oil cloths as a partner in the firm of J. E.
Whipple & Co., Lansingburgh. Mr. Whipple died in 1866,
and Mr. Haskell continued the business at first on his own
account, and later in partnership with Mr. Charles S.
Holmes. On the death of Mr. Haskell, in May last, Mr.
Holmes became the sole proprietor of the business, but he
had been practically the head of the house for some years
previous on account of the bad health of Mr. Haskell.
The goods manufactured by R. C. Haskell & Co. are
sheets 9, 12, 15 and 18 feet wide, and in quality of fabric
and patterns they are undoubtedly superior to any others
now or ever manufactured. They are in large demand,
and are likely to become even more in request, for the call
for a floor covering made in one piece without seam is
steadily increasing, and the goods of Haskell & Co. in 12,
15 and 18 feet widths meet this demand perfectly, and are
in durability and appearance equal to the best linoleum.
JAMES W. BARKER FOUND.
As announced by the Philadelphia Press of the 8th inst.,
James W. Barker, of the Norristown (Pa.) Carpet
Mills, who disappeared about four vi'eeks ago, has been
found. The Press said that his son, Arthur Barker,
received on the 7th inst. a letter written by a friend of
the elder Barker, in which the writer states that Mr.
Barker is alive and well. The letter states that when
Mr. Barker left home his mind was unbalanced, and when
his recovery so far progressed that he was able to compre-
hend what was transpiring, he found himself several
hundred miles from Norristown. The letter seemed to
indicate that the writer had received word directly from
Mr. Barker or had seen him in person. It was also stated
that Mr. Barker is very solicitous for fear that his de-
parture might be attributed to improper motives. The
letter was postmarked East Hampton. Arthur Barker
in a letter to The Review, dated the 13th inst., says that
he has telegraphed for explicit directions of his father's
The writer of the letter is Samuel Brown, of East
Hampton, Mass., a former resident of Germantown. Ac-
cording to the letter, Mr. Barker since his disappearance
has assured Mr. Brown that he will pay all creditors dollar
The writer refuses to make known at present Mr.
Barker's residence, but assures the family that it is remote
from East Hampton. It is supposed by other persons
here that the remote place Mr. Brown refers to is Mon-
treal, Canada, in which city, it is said, Mr. Barker is
being treated in a hospital.
The bondholders will probably sell or lease the mill.
Two offers have already been made for it.
The most useful and attractive memorandum book and
case issued by any firm in the carpet trade for the year
1898 is that sent out by Costikyan Frferes, the Oriental
rug importers of 139 Broadway, New York. The case is
of leather, and contains a booklet of time tables of rail-
roads running out of New York, and other generally
valuable information. It is an excellent illustration of the
enterprising methods of this concern.
The cut order business in Whittall Wiltons, which has
been carried on for the past few years by Boyd Brothers
& Co., of Philadelphia, is now being done directly by M.
J, Whittall from his mill in Worcester, Mass. The samples
of these cut Wiltons are being sold to the trade by T. B.
Shoaff & Co. , sole agents for Mr. Whittall, and the latter
firm's representatives have successfully placed the lines for
the spring season. Boyd Brothers & Co. have retired
altogether from the carpet business.
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The pleasant face of C. H. Rankin now welcomes
customers at W. H. Chipman & Co. 's store. Mr. Rankin
has been out of business for a couple of years,
having retired from the firm of Bailey &
Rankin on account of poor health. Having
regained some of his old-time vigor, he is again in the
Hugh Keveney was a recent visitor to the " Hub."
T. B. Shoaff, of New York, made a social visit to Bos.
ton the past week.
Mr. Matlock, from the Ivins, Dietz & Metzger Company,
is here with a line of Bundhar Wilton rugs.
In my rounds this morning I had the pleasure of meet-
ing Mr. Fries, of the Fries-Breslin Company.
Paul Huebner, the head of the carpet department of
W. & J. Sloane, has been in the city for a few days.
Augustus Ridgeway, a carpet salesman in Boston for
many years, has gone to Europe as traveling companion
of Dr. Bowen.
Among trade solicitors here the past week was a repre-
sentative of the New York and Amsterdam Carpet Com-
pany, of New York.
It is reported that Eldridge & Peabody are to succeed
Wm. G. Harris & Co. in the carpet and furniture business
at 116 Tremont street.
The Hodges Fiber Carpet Company, of 50 Essex street,
is showing some handsome new patterns in carpets and
rugs of fibre manufacture.
C. C. Bailey & Co., who keep close up to the times, if
not a little ahead, in both jobbing and retail departments,
are looking for a good spring trade.
William C. Langley, Jr., has purchased the interest of
the late William G. Harris in the Bay State Carpet and
Furniture Company, 66 Hanover street.
R. H. White & Co. have bought the rug stock of George
N. Seaman & Co., the Hamilton place importers, who
have dropped this line in their business.
Frothingham, Heffernan & Co. say business opens well
with the new year. They have made some changes in
their store to give them a better window display.
R. H. White & Co. have secured the lease of buildings
on Norfolk place, which will permit the extension of their
structure so that it will occupy a whole block on Washing-
A good story is told at the expense of a carpet salesman
who was born in the Green Mountain State, and recently
made a visit to his native town, which has taken new life,
among other improvements being the putting in of con-
crete walks in some places. The salesman in dilating
recently on these changes to a friend declared that the
whole open space in front of the post office had been
" consecrated! "
Mr. Solis, of the wool stock department of the Union
Carpet Lining Company, is for the present the best tem-
pered man in Boston. Mr. Damon, treasurer, had suc-
cessful New England grouse shooting in December, but
has given up his contemplated Southern trip. Mr. J. G.
Witham will make his usual trips on linings and com-
fortables. Mr. F. E Hubbard will be the Western manager
for 1898 with his headquarters at 124 Market street,
Chicago, 111., and Mr. Miner Smith will look after the
New England trade.
The Union Carpet Lining Company move their New
York office to 39 Union square, February 1, where they
will show their linings and comfortables. They have
leased with Sperry & Beale the first loft in the Jacot
Building. Mr. Beale will look after the New York trade
as usual for the Union Carpet Lining Company, assisted
by Mr. J. R. Wilmer. Contracts have been made this
week at their mill for a new storehouse 200 feet long by
100 feet wide. F. J. B.
Morton M. Curry withdrew December 31 from the firm of
O. W. Richardson & Co. His place has been taken by
_ . Luther S. Tiffany, and the style of the firm
remains the same. The other members of
ā the firm are Orlo W. Richardson and
Edwin C. Richardson.
W. K. Smith, who represents Dornan Brothers in the
West and Northwest, has established himself in larger
qtiarters in the Lees Building.
The carpet and furniture stock of the Martin Ruettner
Furniture Company, at 248 West Madison street, was
damaged to the extent of $2,000 by fire on December 29.
F. L. Hardcastle, of W. & J. Sloane's Chicago office, re-
ports a good business. He says buyers showed eagerness
to get Moquettes, and that his orders in this line were
larger than ever before.
The roadmen are returning from the field, and their
reports seem to be satisfactory. With few exceptions it is
said that the dealers bought liberally in spite of the ad-
vance. James A. Flanigan, of Evoy & Flanigan, says
their business is very satisfactory.
J. F. Norman, of the E. S. Higgins Carpet Company,
says his business exceeded his expectations, and he looks
for a .still better fall season. M. E. McHale, of Higgins'
Chicago office, was in the city yesterday, but will leave
again soon for a short trip before closing his season.
A. L. Carpenter, who travels in Michigan and Indiana
for J. & J. Dobson, has closed his office on the fourth floor
of the Champlain Building. He is still on the road, and
where his future headquarters will be is unknown here. It
is rumored that hereafter he will travel from New York.
Wabash avenue carpet and furniture houses are to have
a new competitor March 1. The old Eden Musee Build-
ing, opposite the Wellington Hotel, near the corner of
Jackson street, is now being remodeled for the new firm,
the Hartman Furniture and Carpet Company. M. L.
Hartman, now manager of Moore Brothers Furniture
Company, at 289 West Madison street, will manage the
new house. The building will be four stories high. The
new store will be the second of the downtown time pay-
ment carpet and furniture houses.
Notes from the Northwest.
The Jorgensen - Blesch Company, Green Bay, Wis.,
dealers in carpets and dry goods, are now occupying their
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recently enlarged building. A story has been added to
the old two story structure. Increased space will now be
given to carpets.
The Wyman-Rand Company, of Keokuk, la., January 1,
opened a cut order department, and sent two men through
Iowa., Illinois and Missouri. The travelers are M. Jewett
and O. J. Devaney.
The Meiss-Barr Dry Goods Company succeeds the
Addel & Brown Company at Danville, 111. A full line of
carpets is kept in stock.
Frank Boody has become a partner in the Hamilton
Furniture Company, of Lafayette, Ind. He will keep the
firm's large line of carpetings in shape to please all buyers.
Mr. Boody was formerly with W. V. Sto}^ of the same
place. R. H. H.
C. Millhiser, of the Millhiser Company, Richmond, Va.,
spent several days in Philadelphia and New York last
The Kelly Furniture, Carpet and Hard-
' ware Company, Dallas, Tex., has been
incorporated by Wm. Kelly, F. B. Ingram and A. Kelly.
The capital stock is $10,000.
The steamer Emma Giles, of the Tolchester Beach
Compan}', will be remodeled and refurnished.
Joseph Sandman, general merchandise and carpeting,
St. Denis, Md., is one of the newly elected members of
the Maryland Legislature.
The carpet and furniture store of Frank Eirich, No.
1631 Light street, was damaged by fire the 31st ult.
Loss covered by insurance.
Irwin Froehlich, son of G. Froehlich, proprietor of the
double department stores Nos. 207 to 311 North Eutaw
street, has been admitted into the firm.
The store of Alfred B. Turpin, dry goods, carpeting,
&c. , Kingston, Md., was totally wrecked by fire the 7th
inst. Loss several thousand dollars; covered by insur-
A fire in North Wilkesboro, N. C, the 4th inst.,
destroyed the stores of A. M. McGee and Stafford Broth-
ers, carpet dealers, furniture, &c. Loss, $14,000; insur-
Col. J. Thompson Frieze, of Havre de Grace, Md.,
died of heart disease the 2d inst. in the seventy-third year
of his age. He was a member of the old firm of A. &
G. T. Lyon & Co. , general merchandise and carpeting, but
retired from business a few years ago.
The store of John Whitely, general merchandise and
carpeting, Parmele, N. C, was burned the 4th inst. The
body of Mr. Whitely was found in the ruins. It is thought
that he was murdered bj' thieves, who set the building on
fire to cover up evidence.
Sixtj' merchants of York, Pa., engaged in the dn,^ goods,
carpet, upholstery and other branches, held a meeting the
7th inst. for the purpose of effecting an organization for
their mutual protection. L^pon motion the chairman ap-
pointed a committee of five to draft a constitution and
Isadore I. Wolf, one of the firm of Bernheimer Brothers,
dry goods, carpets, upholstery, &c., and M. Kuselle, one
of the managers, tendered a reception to the employees
the 6th inst. at Lafayette Hall. An elaborate supper was
served, and the evening was spent in merrj-making,
recitations and other diversions.
Frederick C. Koehler, the carpet, upholstery and furni-
ture dealer, was presented with a pair of fancy driving
blankets by his employees on New Year's Eve.
New Buildings.ā The congregation of West Liberty (Md.)
Methodist Episcopal Church will erect a new edifice.
Mount Chatern Hotel, on the Cheat River, near Morgan-
town, W. Va., has been purchased by A. M. Voight, of
Pittsburg, Pa., who will remodel it and erect additional
buildings. A large addition is being built to the lecture
room of the Second Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Va.,
which will be fitted up with carpeting and furniture.
Stuart Lodge of Odd Fellows, Manchester, Va., are to
have a new hall. The owners of the Olympic Hotel, New
Orleans, La., will erect a new hotel building, 70x160 feet
in size, 40 feet in height, and constructed of brick and
iron; address James J. Corcoran, manager, No. 3047
Royal street, New Orleans. The Commercial Hotel Com-
pany, New Orleans, La., has been incorporated to conduct
a hotel; the capital stock is $10,000; Angelo Steele is
the secretary-treasurer. The Union Congregational So-
ciet}', Jacksonville, Fla., will erect a new church building;
address A. J. Wakefield. A new Protestant Episcopal
Church will be built at Colonial Beach, Va. It is stated
that a costly hotel will be built in Washington, D. C. ;
Eugene M. Early, of New York, and E. K. Sonborn, of
Chamberlin's, Washington, are interested. The Presby-
terians will build a new church in Jacksonville, Fla. ; ad-
dress J. C. McLawrin, secretary. R. L. E.
SAMUEL HECHT, JR., & SONS.
THE ofiEerings of Samuel Hecht, Jr., & Sons for the spring
season embrace an exceptionally extensive assort-
ment of carpets, straw mattings, floor oil cloths, linoleum,
&c. The Messrs. Hecht & Co. are extensive and direct
importers of Chinese and Japanese mattings and have be-
come very prominent in this line of trade. Their samples
for the season of 1898 are now ready for inspection at their
store, 310 West Lexington street, Baltimore. Their offer-
ings of carpets, floor oil cloths and linoleum comprise judi-
cious selections from all the leading manufacturers of
these goods, and the lines are well calculated to meet the
demands of every class of trade.
A PORTRAIT RUG,
ANGiNG on the wall of the Fries-Breslin
Company's salesroom in New York is a
unique banner which at once attracts the
visitor. It is composed of an Oriental
rug having in the centre a finely painted
portrait of a Moor, executed on canvas
and neatly fastened to the rug.
Mr. T. J. Breslin found the banner
on sale at the store of L. S. Ayres &