VI
At the Drafting Board

I HAVE already spoken of Mr. Davenport who came down from Vermont to Brown and Sharpe's and invented the Brown and Sharpe automatic screw machine, which today substantially follows his original design. This design was the result of an informal contest. The company was already building an automatic screw machine designed by an elderly man, Mr. Worsly; and two younger men, Mr. Davenport and Mr. Gabriel, offered alternative designs. Mr. Gabriel, who was a very finished machine-tool expert, offered a somewhat more elaborate and considerably more expensive machine than that which was offered by Mr. Davenport. The Davenport design was accepted just about the time that I went into the machine shop. I remember standing beside it one time during the first few days of my apprenticeship and saying to Mr. Davenport that if ever I could come to a complete understanding of a machine as complicated as that was, I would feel that I was making great progress as a mechanic.

He told me that I would understand it within a few weeks -- and I did.

Both being Vermonters, Mr. Davenport and I kept in informal contact with each other. While he never told me so, it became quite evident to me that, after I had been working as a journey-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Prefatory Epistle vi
  • Table of Contents vii
  • I - Ancestral Life The Flanders Line, the Gilfillan Line, the Duncan Line 3
  • II - Early Life of My Father 11
  • III - Village Life in the Eighties and Nineties 13
  • IV - Education 23
  • V - Apprenticeship 46
  • VI - At the Drafting Board 63
  • VII - In the Metropolis 82
  • VIII - Engineer and Manager 104
  • IX - Religious Life 122
  • X - The Great Depression 132
  • XI - Travel 141
  • XII - Public Life 165
  • XIII - Economics, Legislation, and Politics 184
  • XIV - In the Senate 206
  • XV - 1953-1954, and Senator Mccarthy 250
  • XVI - Adventures of a Senatorial Free Lance 269
  • XVII - Putting Principles to the Test 283
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