|From the Western Democrat (Charlotte,
|February 19, 1861
|Guns, Shot and Shell
| We saw specimens of altered
muskets, shot and shell, the work of the ordinary hands employed in
the machine shops of the Atlantic & North Carolina railroad, at
Newbern, under the superintendence of Mr. T. J. Hudson, Master
Machinist. These experiments were made at the suggestion of the
energetic President of the Atlantic & North Carolina railroad,
John D. Whitford, Esq. We saw the North Carolina alteration of the old
muskets by the side of that of New York, and the former was vastly
superior to the latter in every respect. The samples of shot included
a 64-pounder and a 6-pounder; the shells were 40-pound shells. The
casting was faultless. We understand from Mr. Whitford that he will
take a contract at the cost of the articles North, and will work to
any sample produced, and guarantee at least as good an article.
| We trust Mr. W. will get a
contract, and we should suppose he can, for it seems the Black
Republicans are bent upon cutting off the supplies northward. At all
events home industry should be encouraged. Mr. Whitford is entitled to
great credit for his enterprize in this matter. The specimens we are
now alluding to may be seen at the Executive office.
| We take pleasure in
copying the above, and also express the hope that workshops in our own
State will receive all the encouragement possible. Mr. Whitford, the
President of the Atlantic & N. C. Railroad, is an enterprising
gentleman and a successful and valuable citizen. He manages his Road
well, judging from our own observation and from the Report of the
commission appointed by the last Legislature to examine its affairs.
We learned from a member of that commission that there was not the
least fault to be found with Mr. Whitford's management.