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         [Boston Journal, January 7, 1895]

         CHIMES RANG SWEETLY

21    Much admiration was expressed by all those fortunate

         enough to listen to the first peal of the chimes in the tower

         of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, corner of Fal-

24    mouth and Norway Streets, dedicated yesterday. The

         sweet, musical tones attracted quite a throng of people,

         who listened with delight.

27    The chimes were made by the United States Tubular


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1      Bell Company, of Methuen, Mass., and are something

         of a novelty in this country, though for some time well

3      and favorably known in the Old Country, especially in

         England.

         They are a substitution of tubes of drawn brass for the

6      heavy cast bells of old-fashioned chimes. They have the

         advantage of great economy of space, as well as of cost, a

         chime of fifteen bells occupying a space not more than

9      five by eight feet.

         Where the old-fashioned chimes required a strong man

         to ring them, these can be rung from an electric keyboard,

12    and even when rung by hand require but little muscular

         power to manipulate them and call forth all the purity

         and sweetness of their tones. The quality of tone is some-

15    thing superb, being rich and mellow. The tubes are care-

         fully tuned, so that the harmony is perfect. They have

         all the beauties of a great cathedral chime, with infinitely

18    less expense.

         There is practically no limit to the uses to which these

         bells may be put. They can be called into requisition in

21    theatres, concert halls, and public buildings, as they range

         in all sizes, from those described down to little sets of

         silver bells that might be placed on a small centre table.




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