Publication: The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, MD, United States
GLASS WORKS AT AUCTION.
Trifling Bids Received for the
Equipment of the Baltimore Company
An unsuccessful effort was made yesterday by Geroge M. Sharp, receiver, to dispose of the large plant of the Baltimore Glass Manufacturing Company, at Popplein and Clare streets, Westport, Baltimore county. Not one bid was offered for the property as an entirety, and in accordance with the provisions of the sale Mr. D. Buchanan Merryman, the auctioneer, sold the contents of the various buildings in detail. The prices obtained, however, were so small that it is doubtful if the sale will be ratified by the Circuit Court of Baltimore County, under whose order it was conducted.
A large number of persons attended the sale, and it was evident from the beginning that they were seeking bargains. Some of the amounts bid were far below the value of the articles offered, while in some instances the auctioneer experienced considerable difficulty in obtaining the smallest bid upon articles useful in lines of business other than that of glass manufacturing. A 180-ton furnace, with smokestack, twelve ovens, two lehrs and a drum, brought only $75; the entire furniture of the main office, $52.20; twenty-four cords of four-foot wood, $9; a two-horse truck, $20; the entire equipment of the blacksmith shop, $34; 10,000 firebricks, $160; twenty-four hand barrows, fifty cents; and four insulator presses, $60. The total amount realized on the effects in the back and main offices, yard, shed, sandhouse, factory, packing house, blacksmith shop, engine room, stable and mold room was $1,076.97. Mr. S.B. Whitlock, of Philadelphia, one of the stockholders, said it cost about $19,000 to purchase these articles and put them in position.
Among the bidders were William Bowman, N. F. Lawrence, L. Winternitz, B. M. Downs, J. N. Brennan, John E. Kirby, John S. Hughes, C. Dugan & Co., Charles de Witt & Co., S. R. Monroe, G. W. Hildebrand, Peter Pryal, John Booney and Swindell Brothers.
The company was organized in December 1895, and continued in business until March, 1897, when a receiver was asked for by Charles J. Jordan, the superintendent, who according to Mr. S. B. Whitlock, claimed that the company was indebted to him and other employes for wages. Mr. Whitlock says he will make an effort have the sale set aside.
It was feared that the employes would create trouble, owing to their unsatisfied demands, but, although many gathered around, nothing of an offensive or objectionable character occurred, and the services of three officers of the county force who had been detailed to be present at the sale proved unnecessary, so far as suppressing disorder was concerned.