--The Columbus (Ga.) Sun,
of Tuesday, says:
We paid a visits yesterday to the shop of Mr. Moshell
, of this city, to witness the operande
of sword tempering, which is just now an "institution" of Columbus
M. has engaged the services of a superior work man from Tennessee
, who, we believe, was engaged in the service of that State in the same capacity, and whose blades were subjected to a test established by a board of competent military men. The same test is applied to the blades turned out in Mr. Moshell
's shop and is an unfailing index of the existence of the right shape and temper.
We will not attempt to describe the process, as the portion most essential is a secret of the temperer; but the blades, after passing through it, rarely fail to answer the established test.
If so, they are rejected, and no blade is turned out or received unless properly hardened and tempered.
M. informs us that about one hundred or more can be tempered in a day, and one or two hundred finished blades received and ready for the final touch, are turned out in a week.
He is furnishing blades for the establishment of Mr. DeWitt
, and challenges the Confederacy
to turn out superior ones.
We learn also that the supply of swords since the manufacture of them has been commenced here is scarcely equal to the demand.