Bruce Calvert The Story of a Silk Mill (Classic Reprint)

The Story of a Silk Mill (Classic Reprint)

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B-E-L-D-I-N-G! B-E-L-D-I-N-G! This way out."

Absorbed in a deeply interesting pamphlet on silk culture I had not noticed that we were approaching a station. Hurriedly gathering up my things I stepped from the train and right there before my very eyes stood a massive gray stone building some six hundred feet long, seventy or more wide, four stories high, one of the great silk mills of Belding Brothers & Company from which the pretty little town in western Michigan takes its name.

It seemed strange to me that one of the largest silk manufacturing centers of the world should be located away out here in the Mid-West, silk being something I have always associated with the East.

But here I was, and here were the mills. Here I could study at first hand the wonderful transformation of spidery filaments spun by busy silk worms of far away China or Japan into spools and skeins and fabrics of shimmery silk - exquisite creations of hand and loom binding women folk of all the world in a mystic sisterhood of beauty worshippers.

Emerson says every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a man. The Belding institution is surely the spiritual projection of four great men each preeminent in his own sphere. And that spirit of the founders permeates every root and fibre of the whole organization today.

The story of the four Belding boys reads like a page out of the Arabian Nights. No more thrilling romance of business has ever been enacted in all the stirring commercial history of this our marvellous country.

Born on a rocky New England farm, inured to hardship and struggle these lads seemed to take from the soil some of that native granite of determination that in after life carried them through difficulties ordinary men would have succumbed to.

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