River, Mass.; Theo. Legler, of Legler, Barlow & Co.,
Dayton, Ohio; L. S. Good, of L. S Good & Co., Wheel-
ing, W. Va. ; E. L. Douglas, of Douglas & Davison, At-
The Caspet akd Upholstery Trade RE\nEw.
lanta. Ga. : A. H. Curtis, of S. C. Curtis, Son & Co.,
Lafayette, Ind. ; H. Johnstone, for Brown, Thomson &
Co., Hartford, Conn.; Edward H. Brennan. Wilmington,
Del. : E. W. Warsop, for Daniels & Fisher, Denver; Wm.
P. Hodnett, DanviUe, W. Va. ; J. D. Crook, of Crook,
Record & Co., Paris, Tex.
J. C. O'Brien, Fulton, N. Y.; R. Brown, of Brown &
Keller, Stroudsburg, Pa.; J. A. Gault, of J. A. Gault &
Co , Kittanning, Pa. ; Isaac Long, Wilkesbarre, Pa ; Arthur
B. Lovejoy, for John Wanamaker, Philadelphia and New
York; Charles R. Hart and G.W. Curtis, of Charles R. Hart
& Co., Hartford, Conn.; J. Harris, of J. Harris & Sons,
Homellsville, N. Y. ; S. Mayer, of Mayer & Schmidt,
Tyler, Tex.; D. and H. Rhodes and M. E. Mentz,
for the Rhodes chain of stores in Atlanta and
Savannah, Ga., Mobile, Ala , Little Rock, Ark.,
Cario, 111. ; Evansville and Terre Haute, Ind. ; Louisville,
Ky. ; Vicksburg, Miss. ; Raleigh, N. C. ; Charleston and
Columbia, S. C.and Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville,
Tenn. ; Morris Benson, of the Adam, Meldrum & Ander-
son Company, Buffalo, N. Y. ; D. M. Edwards, of E. W.
Edwards & Son, Syracuse, N. Y. ; W. S Porter, for
Siegel, Cooper & Co., Chicago; C. Wolff, of C. & S. M.
Wolff, Thomasville, Ga ; C. E. Boyd, for the Boston
Store Company, Glens Falls, N. Y. ; Charles M. Guggen-
heimer, Lynchburg, Va. ; J. W. Hall, Jr., and William
Headington, of Hall, Headington & Co., Baltimore; R.
Singer, for Joske Brothers, San Antonio, Tex. ; S.
Rosenthal, of Rosenthal Brothers, Las Vegas, N. M. ;
Mr. Bass, for M. Rich & Brothers, Atlanta, Ga. ; Samuel
H Foxwell, for Frank J. Murphy & Co., Baltimore; J.
Liepold, of Liepold Brothers, Selma, Ala. ; W . P.
Schenck, Honesdale, Pa. ; L. Migel, of Goldstein & Migel,
Waco, Tex. ; W. H. H. Neal, of Neal & Hyde, Syracuse,
N. Y. ; A. Younker, of Younker Brothers, Des Moines, la.
PENNSYLVANIA'S CONVICT LABOR LAW.
ON THE MANUFACTURi
OF MATS AND
Z*"-^ J ARDEX Wright, of the Western Penitentiary,
\^ J Allegheny, Pa., is said to be in doubt as
to the exact construction to be placed on
a certain clause of the new law regulating
the convict labor of Pennsylvania. The
clause reads as follows :
No warden, superintendent or other officer oÂ£
any State prison, penitentiary or State reformatory having control
of the inmates of said institutions shall employ more than 5 per cent,
of the whole number of inmates of the respective institutions in the
manufacture of brooms and brashes and hoUowware. or 10 per cent,
in the manufacture of any other kind of articles that are manufac-
tured elsewhere in the State, except mats and matting, in the manu-
facture of which 20 per cent, of the inmates may be employed.
Warden Wright says that this may mean that he can
place 20 per cent, of the convicts at work on mats and
another 20 per cent, on matting, but that he will be
obliged to get legal advice on the subject before acting.
The average number of convicts in the Western Peni-
tentiary' is 1,600, and we are informed that hitherto not
more than 200 or 300 of them have been employed in the
manufacture of both mats and matting.
L. L. Steams & Sons, the pioneers of the carpet and
dr}- goods trades of Williamsport, gave a banquet to their
â€ž _ â€ž employees at the house of the head
Williamsport, Pa., ^ â– ' , . , .
of the firm m this city, on the night of
January 25. ^^^ ^,^^^ .^^^ r^^^^ nothing was left
undone for the comfort and entertainment of the guests
goes without saying, as Mr. L. L. Steams has the reputa-
tion of never doing anything by halves. The spacious
mansion of Mr. Steams was prettily decorated with flow-
ers and palms, the guests were warmly welcomed by
Mrs. L. L. Stearns and her daughters, and everyone who
was present will always look back to the occasion with
Chambers & Megahan are busy trj-ing to get the old rink
in shape, so as to be ready to make a strong bid for a slice
of the business.
L. L. Stearns & Sons are getting in shape for business,
as they are making expensive and extensive improvements
in their carpet rooms After it is finished it will be one of
the finest carpet showrooms to be found in the State.
Business in this little bustling city in the carpet line is
improving. The Bush & Bull Company show some hand-
some goods and are making a strong bid for the trade ;
but they will have to "hustle," as the competition has a
tendency to be "hot" the coming season.
The West End Carpet and Furniture Company are
hustling, and now that the " boss has come back from his
hunting trip " it is more than likely that there will be hot
times in their store, as I understand that they are showing
an all wool Extra Super C. C, 1088 ends, made from the
wool of an Angora goat. R. M. E.
MASLAND & SONS' NEW TAPESTRY PLANT.
CH. Masland & Sons are making rapid preparations for
, the manufacturing of a superior grade of Tapestry
carpets. They intend to put on the market something
entirely new in designs and colorings, while the quality is
to be fully up to the highest standard. Forty looms will
soon be in position and the goods ready for next season's
sales. In the meantime their looms are all active in pro-
ducing their various grades of Ingrains and Art Squares.
Whatever else may stop, the big square looms are always
running in full force.
A SLIGHT fire occurred last week, in the linoleum de-
partment of the R. H. & B. C. Reeve Company's factory
at Camden, N. J. The damage done was slight and the
works are in full operation as usual.
Ajiong the thirty gentlemen who are to give a banquet
to Governor Griggs, of New Jersey, to celebrate his ap-
pointment as Attorney-General in President McKinley's
Cabinet, is Col. Henry A. Potter, of Thomas Potter, Sons
& Co. Mr . Potter is a member of the Governor's staff.
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. . . .C. McKelvey, of W. & J. Sloane, visited the trade
in Philadelphia a few days ago.
. . . .John Wanamaker is enlarging his space for show-
ing samples of the higher grades of carpets.
.... The death of Wm. B. Kendall has made a profound
impression upon the carpet trade in Philadelphia.
. . . .L. C. Beggs, of the D. C. Beggs Company, Colum-
bus, Ohio, has been spending a few days with the trade in
... .Henry Rath, Jr., reports a larger trade during the
two weeks just past than in any corresponding period
since the season opened.
. . . .Thos. Develon's Sons are running their plant to its
full capacity in filling orders, which have come in rapidly
during the past few weeks.
. . . .John N. Hinman gave an interesting exhibition
of finger billiards and fancy shots in the billiard room of
the Vlanufacturers' Club on the night of the 18th ult.
....William Scott, of the late firm of Swire & Scott,
has been spending a few days at Atlantic City seeking
relief from the shock he experienced in the sudden death
of his partner.
....Robert Develon, of Thomas Develon's Sons, has
had a severe hemorrhage, which prostrated him for ten
days or so, but he is now convalescent, and may be seen
at his office in the Victoria Mills daily.
. . . .The third annual ball of the Employees' Mutual
Aid Association, composed of employees of the Fries-
Breslin Company, will take place at Turner Hall, Cam-
den, N. J., on the evening of February 18 next.
. . . .Judge Brothers are running a large portion of their
looms in filling orders that have accumulated during the
past few days. They will continue to run under the old
firm title until a new organization has been effected.
.... Samuel White, as manager, is running the mill at
the corner of Columbia avenue and Front street to its
full capacity on his India (jute) Smyrna rugs and carpets.
This fabric has received an impetus since the Dingley
tariff law went into effect.
....William Henderson, Jr., has just returned from a
very encouraging trip through the West. His firm has
just placed upon the market a very striking line of Pro-
Brussels for the spring. The patterns are largely of the
scroll order, and will be sure to meet the approbation of
all lovers of art, both in designing and shading.
....The Penn Furniture Company, which emigrated
from Baltimore to Philadelphia a year or two ago and
located at 726 Arch street, has outgrown its present quar-
ters, and secured larger and better facilities at 1023 Mar-
ket street. The store has been changed to a considerable
extent to accommodate it to the extensive trade of the
company. It carries large stocks of carpets and furni-
.... Keefer & Coon have all their productions sold up
and a prospect for a good season ahead. Their special
weaves are still holding their original high position on an
. . . .Schofield, Mason & Co., makers of Brussels and
an Wilton carpets, have all their looms active, and there is
increasing demand for all their productions. Their spring
offerings are of a very high order of merit.
. . . .Dornan Brothers have nearly all the looms in their
big Monitor Mills in full operation and on full time.
They are looking for a revival of business later on, and
expect the present season to close with a grand rush.
. . . .George Kelly, carpet and furniture dealer, 624 and
626 Market street, has purchased the building occupied by
and also the stock of Mrs. Sarah Klein at the southwest
corner of Front and Norris streets, and will continue the
business as a branch of his Market street establishment.
....The firm of William Judge & Brothers was dis-
solved on the 8th ult. by the death of Robert B Judge.
All debts owing to the firm are to be received and all de-
mands on it paid by Wm. B. Judge, executor of Robt. B.
Judge, and James Judge, Robt. B Judge and Agnew
MacBride, trustees of the estate of James Judge, deceased.
....Henry Holmes & Sons, of the Sherman Carpet
Mills, are having an extraordinary demand for their goods,
and every loom is in active operation endeavoring to fill
it, especially the broad looms. James Howard Holmes,
youngest son of the senior partner, has just been placed at
the head of the dyeing department, and is succeeding
admirably in his new position.
John Dunlap & Sons, Eleventh and Cambria streets,
are meeting with an encouraging demand for their va-
rious grades of Ingrains, and have all their looms running.
One of the peculiar features in their trade is the fact
that, notwithstanding the numerous special weaves exist-
ing and in operation, they have thirty looms employed in
weaving Three Ply carpets.
....The late D. O. Swire willed his estate, with the
exception of a small legacy to his unmarried sister, to
his wife without reserve. Mr. Swire left three sisters
and one brother, John P. Swire, who is with Thos. L.
Leedom & Co. The firm of Swire & Scott will be con-
tinued without interruption under the direction of Mr.
Scott, the widow of Mr. Swire leaving her interest
....The Bromley Brothers Carpet Company struck a
vein when they added Pro-Brussels to their output. Or-
ders have been coming in with such rapidity as to make
it imperative that more looms be added to the original
ones in order to supply the demand. There is also an
increased demand for Art Squares and the larger sizes of
Smyrna rugs. Meanwhile the old reliable Ingrain fabric
is holding its own against all comers.
In the carpet department of Arnold, Constable & Co.
business has been very good and the demand for the firm's
exclusive patterns and high grade goods generally has
been especially large.
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Avery. â€” Oilman W. Avery, president of the Comstock- Avery
Furniture Company, Peoria, 111., tells this story of his start in life:
" I went to work at 510 a month stripping cards in a cotton factory,
leaving home to doit; then I entered a chair factory at a slight
advance, and finally went to Missouri to teach school, and came
home with $500 in gold belted around my waist â€” far richer than I
have ever felt since, I assure you."
Babimtt. â€” Frank L. Babbntt, of the Chelsea Jute Mills, has been
re-elected a director of the Long Island Loan and Trust Company,
and has also been appointed on the temporary committee on organi-
zation of the Brooklyn League, a new association of citizens of
Brooklyn, organized for the purpose of promoting the welfare of
that borough of New York city.
Bonner â€” Farrington. â€” Walter Bonner, New York city repre-
sentative of Joseph Wild & Co., was married at Montclair, N. J.,
January 22 to Miss May Louise Farrington. The young couple
went to Florida on their bridal tour. Mr. Bonner is building a house
at Montclair, which will be completed in April. A large number of
his Brooklyn friends were present at the marriage ceremony, some
seventy-five going over on a special train.
Cartledge. â€” John Cartledge, of Joseph Wild & Co., returned to
New York on the 19th ult. He will remain but a short time, and
then rejoin his family, who are traveling in Europe. His trip has
evidently agreed with him, as he never looked fitter in his life.
DiLG. â€” George Dilg, who has been for a number of years with
S. H. Millikin, Hamilton, Ohio, has engaged with the D. W. Fitton
Dry Goods Company as manager of the carpet and wall paper
Fosterâ€” O'BovLE. â€” A. Z. Foster, carpet and furniture dealer,
Terre Haute, Ind. , and Miss Fannie O'Boyle were married on Janu-
ary 3 at the residence of the bride's mother in Terre Haute.
Henry. â€” Thomas Henry, Jr., of the Art Square Manufacturing
Company, on Second street, near Columbia avenue, Philadelphia,
is expected back from his shooting trip this week. Mr. Henry is
largely engaged in other enterprises, having just completed a score
of well built houses in Melrose, many of which have been sold, and
among the purchasers is William Judge, of the firm of Judge
LoRiNG â€” Prentice. â€” William H. Loring, an overseer in the Hart-
ford Carpet Company's mill at Thompsonville, Conn., and Miss Flor-
ence Prentice, of Windsor Locks, were married on December 31.
Lyon. â€” J. Crawford Lyon, of Lyon Brothers & Co., Baltimore,
sailed for Europe on the 12th ult.
Pearson. â€” John B. Pearson, assistant superintendent of the Ameri-
can Linoleum Manufacturing Company's works at Linoleumville,
Staten Island, has been elected second vice-president of the Staten
Island Chamber of Commerce.
Potterâ€” Gould. â€” Among the members of the grand jury of
the LTnited States District Court at Trenton, N. J., were Col.
Henry A. Potter, of Thomas Potter, Sons & Co., and George J.
Gould, son of Jay Gould. The compensation is $2 a day and mile-
age, making altogether a dazzling reward for these two horny
handed sons of toil.
Sloane.â€” John Sloane, of W. & J. Sloane, has been taking a brief
rest at Lakewood. N. J. Mr. Sloane is the picture of health, having
fully recovered from his illness of last spring.
Stebbins.â€” E. M. Stebbins is manager of the carpet department of
the reorganized firm of G. V. S. Quackenbush & Co., Troy, N. Y.
PACIFIC SLOPE NOTES.
The prospects for the furnilure trade are probably as bright as
those of any other line, although at present the situation is very
quiet. The country has assumed a brighter
an ranc s , g^gpg^)- having been visited by welcome rains,
January 18. ^^"^ ^^^ midwinter drought which threatened
heavy damage is broken.
Thomas Oliver has opened a furniture store at Monterey, Cal.
A furniture store has been opened at Boise, Idaho, by E. C.
The Azusa furniture store at Azusa, Cal , has been moved into
F. E. Harris has succeeded to the furniture business of A. Lessing,
at Lake View, Ore.
New quarters are being fitted up at Garfield, Wash., for Gwinn
Brothers' furniture store.
P. J. Keeler, representative of several carpet manufacturers, is
visiting this city with his wife and child.
The furniture deparment in the Emporium and Golden Rule
Bazaar is receiving its share of patronage.
H. H. Rosebrock, a furniture merchant of Owatonna, Minn., has
arrived in San Diego, Cal., to spend the winter.
Martin Hayken, a furniture man, of Salt Lake City, Utah, died
suddenly in that city recently, at the age of sixty years.
The Charles M. Plum & Co. Upholstery Company are not over
rushed with business, but are keeping their end up, especially in the
line of fine goods.
A meeting of the stockholders of the Co-operative Furniture Com-
pany, of Salt Lake City, Utah, will be held on February 1, for the
election of directors for the ensuing year.
M. Friedman & Co. report business very fair in spite of the quiet
times. The house is in condition to handle a large business during
the coming season.
The trade, together with other lines, will enjoy a holiday Monday.
January 34, as then the fiftieth anniverf-ary of the discovery of gold
in California by James Marshall will be fittingly celebrated.
M. B. Mihran, a merchant of this city, is in trouble with the
Government. A libel of information was recently filed against him
in the United States District Court on a charge of defrauding the
Government by fraudulent invoice. He imported thirty-five Oriental
rugs, four mats and ninety-eight portieres from Turkey last July,
and represented their value to be $290, and paid duty on that amount.
It is alleged that a subsequent examination disclosed their real value
to be $.500, and they were seized accordingly. Golden Gate.
NEW ORIENTAL RUG FIRM.
ON page 95 of this issue will be found a new and inter-
esting advertisement of H. Dauvergne & Co., man-
ufacturers of Oriental rugs and carpets, at Srinagar,
Kashmir, East India. This firm operate a large number
of looms and manufacture goods of the highest class, using
only vegetable dyes. The designs are especially attract-
ive, being composed chiefly of adaptations and expansions
of ancient Persian patterns, together with new and beau-
tiful effects designed by the senior partner of the firm.
They will also manufacture special and exclusive styles to
order. Write to them for circulars, &c.
Wm. G. Hockridge, manager of the rug and matting de-
partment of Arnold, Constable & Co., will return this
week from his visit to China and Japan in the interests of
John Watt's Sons, manufacturers of Ingrain carpets,
Hancock street, near Lehigh avenue, Philadelphia, show
a particularly attractive line for the spring trade, com-
prising C. C. Extra Supers, half wool Unions, quarter
w.jol Unions and all grades of Cottons, all in full standard
warp, 1,080 ends. See their popular Hercules Ingrains.
They are quick sellers.
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ENTERPRISE IN OMAHA.
HE Ames Building, at Sixteenth
and Farnam streets, Omaha,
Neb., will be occupied after
February 20 by the People's
Furniture and Carpet Company.
The lease for the big building
was signed ia New York last
month by Benjamin Rosenthal,
president of the company. The
news of the rental of the Ames
Building was most gladly re-
ceived by those interested and
Omaha business men generally. For two years the- build-
ing has been vacant, and the fact that such a handsome
and substantial structure should remain idle has been
generally regretted. The last tenant of the building was
the dry goods firm of Oleson Brothers, who sold out the
stock of S. P. Morse.
The building is one of the best business structures in
Omaha. It is constructed of iron, stone and red brick.
It is as nearly fireproof as modern architectural and build-
ing skill can make a structure. It is six stories in height,
with a large basement. On Farnam street there is a front-
age of 41 feet and a depth of 92 feet. On Sixteenth street
the building has a frontage of 55 feet and a depth of 106
feet. There are three elevators, two for passengers and
one for freight. The entire building will be remodeled to
suit the new tenant. The Farnam and the Sixteenth
streets fronts will be improved by the consti'uction of large
plate glass show windows.
The new store will give the People's Furniture and Car-
pet Company 260,000 square feet of floor space â€” more than
double the amount of floor space in the present quarters
at 1313 to 1317 Farnan street. Within and without the
building will be painted and renovated, and it will be
heated by steam and lighted by electricity, the power
being furnished by the company's own plant in the cellar.
The People's Furniture and Carpet Company started in
business in a small way ten years ago, and has prospered
until it is one of the foremost business houses in Omaha.
The officers of the company are : Benjamin Rosenthal,
president; Maurice Rosenthal, vice-president; F. Geb-
hardt, secretary and treasurer, and Henry Rosenthal,
manager. All but the last named were with the company
when it began business in 1888. Then the company was
located on Sixteenth street, near Webster. First it was
quartered in one small store. A second, a third, a fourth
and a fifth store were soon added. The business kept on
increasing and the company kept on spreading until it had
seven stores â€” nearly the entire block. Six years ago it
was found necessary to seek larger quarters, and in 1892
the company removed to its present location, 1313 to 1317
Farnam street, and later added two warehouses, 1311 and
1313 Harney street, to the propei-ty occupied. One of
these warehouses will be retained by the company after the
removal to the Ames Building.
Andrew Cochran, the well-known designer, makes a
specialty of original designs for Ingrains and of repeating
cards on the power repeating machine. His studio is at
105 Diamond street, Philadelphia.
William B. Kendall.
William Burrage Kendall, selling agent for the Bigelow
Carpet Company, died at his home, 68 First place, Brook-
lyn, on the 21st ult.
Mr. Kendall was born March 1, 1831, at Sterling, Mass.,
a village near the town of Clinton, where the mills of the
Bigelow Carpet Company are situated. He began his
business career as a clerk in the employ of Henry P. Fair-
banks, father of Charles F. Fairbanks, the present treas-
urer of the Bigelow Carpet Company. Mr. Henry Fair-
banks was engaged in the hardware and saddlery business
at Boston, and was interested in the loom for making
coach lace, which was the first important invention of
Erastus Bigelow, and which contained the germ of the
power carpet loom that brought him fame and fortune.
When Mr. Bigelow decided to organize a carpet manu-
facturing company to make Brussels carpeting on his own
looms, he was joined in the enterprise by his brother and
Henry Fairbanks. In 1854 Mr. Fairbanks died, and the
company was incorporated. It was then decided to es-
tablish a selling agency at New York. Mr. Kendall
was chosen to take charge of it, and coming to New York
this purpose in 1855, he continued to hold the position
until his death.
His sudden and unexpected decease was a sad surprise
and shock to the trade among whom he had moved a
prominent, most highly esteemed and honored figure for
more than forty years. During all this period his record
as a business man remained without a flaw, no small thing
to say of anyone who spent so many years in a trade so
notable as his for keen and close competition.
Of his personal character it would be hai'dly possible to
speak too highly. The word gentleman has been so cheap-
ened by indiscriminate usage that it seems scarcely ade-
quate to define the impression which he made upon all
who knew him, but in its truest, finest sense it is the best
possible term to apply to a man so honorable, high
minded, courteous, dignified, kindly and gentle as Mr.
That all who met him in social or business circles agreed
in their high estimation of his character, is shown clearly
enough by the mere mention of the trusts â€” financial,
philanthropic and social â€” held by him, and ever most
He was a director of the Equitable Insurance Company,
the Brooklyn Trust Company, Merchants' National Bank
of New York, State Trust Company, American Surety
Company and other financial institutions. In past years
he had held the same position in the Long Island Railroad
Company, the South Brooklyn Savings Bank and Phenix