Books [A Local Tale]
“The only improvement in this type of work has been the introduction of photography instead of the old handwork. Most of it now is on aluminum or zinc plates. In the old days those stones used to weigh sometimes [300?] pounds each and they cost thirty five cents a pound.
“There's a story I almost forgot--just to show you what I meant when I said it was a free and easy establishment--they don't stand for any horseplay now--there was a fellow named Frank Davis used to be assistant foreman of the plating room. One time he caught a bee, I don't know just how, but anyway he went out and stuck it down Phil Ryan's shirt--he worked at the casting bench--it stung him good and everybody roared when he went hopping around the place. He took it good-natured but he waited his chance, and one day he saw Davis sitting on the edge of the hot water tank. Ryan sneaked up on him--stuck out his hand---and went ‘B-z-z-z-z-z-z!' like a bee--Davis fell right in the tank. And everybody had the laugh on him.”
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“Young people today don't know how to save money. First thing they get their hands on some, they think what they can buy with it, usually a car. Put money down, first installment pay the rest when you can--that's the system. Don't make no difference whether their job's uncertain, or what--whether they've got a good chance to pay it off before the finance company takes it back--they'll buy it--take a chance.
“Installment buyin's done a lot to ruin the country. Folks