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Old Mainsprings

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, March, 1942

Old Mainsprings

From several organizations, throughout America, the recommendations have been advanced, that the National Organization make an appeal to all units to save old mainsprings and old steel parts, Also, to save all brass parts that are of no further use. This material to be accumulated by the members and guilds and held intact until such time as the National Organization will inform them as to how to dispose of same, or where to ship it.

We trust that all of our units will participate in this activity, and we know that thousands of pounds of good mainspring steel will be salvaged successfully.


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It's in the cheery words you speak and in the coins you lend;
SUCCESS is not alone in skill and deeds of daring great, It's in the roses that you plant beside your garden gate.

SUCCESS is not in getting rich or rising' high to fame;
It's not alone in winning goals which all men hope to claim;
It's in the man you are each day through happiness or care;
It's in the cheery words you speak and in the smile you wear.

SUCCESS is being big of heart and clean and broad of mind;
It's being faithful to your friends and to the stranger kind;
It's in the children whom you love and all they learn from you;
SUCCESS depends on CHARACTER and everything you do. 

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