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was aboard the ill-fated Maine, when the luckless vessel
was blown up in Havana harbour. It lay in the water
for a week, and was then fished up, little the worse for
its ducking, and is now among the most valued possessions
of its makers—to be gazed at by future generations of
young Americans, who, no doubt, will express gratitude
at being the offspring of the country that gave them
George Washington and the Smith Premier.
The Smith Premier was invented by Alexander T.
Brown, who is now the vice-president of the manufacturng
company. The object of the inventor was to produce a
good machine. With him, the “ curse of cheapness ”
carried no weight. Moreover, he recognised that the
vast majority of machines were used in offices, and that
once placed in position, they were rarely moved. Hence
portability, whilst not overlooked, was a secondary con-
sideration. Strength and solidity, with the power to
withstand the rattle and tear of long-continued usage,
appealed more to him than sentimental ideals.
He followed standard lines, too, so far as outward
appearances go, but improved the method of carrying
out his aims in every point.