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“No, not yet; they have the trade to learn; but they are quick and patient. In six or eight months a poor fellow picked up in Jackson Street will be able to make a watch.”

A company has been formed in San Francisco, with Cornell as president, Ralston as treasurer, and Cox as secretary. Cornell is a patron of religious enterprises. Ralston is a patriot, so stiff in local feeling that he will not have a sofa in his parlour, a picture in his lobby, that is not of native origin. Cox is a shining light among street preachers, who devotes his Sunday energies to labour in the slums and alleys of San Francisco. Part of a factory on Fourth Street, now occupied by a carriage company, not far from the Chinese quarter, has been hired and fitted up. Tools and machinery have been sent from Cincinnati and New York. The whole affair looks well.

“ The climate of San Francisco,” Cornell explains to me, “is suitable for the watch trade. In Chicago we have many things to overcome. Summer is very hot, winter very cold. Work-people need warm clothes, good rooms, and costly food. The heat and cold affect our tools and implements. ”

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