Bells For the Metropolitan Building Tower.

Bells For the Metropolitan Building Tower.

Four of the largest and costliest bells in the world are to be placed in the forty-sixth story of the new tower of the Metropolitan Life Insurance company’s building in Madison square, Manhattan, New York, and from a position about 650 ft. above the pavement, nearly twice as high as any in the world, their deep tones will announce each quarter of an hour. An order for the bells has been placed with the Meneely Bell company of Troy, N. Y. The work of casting them will be begun at once, and it is expected that they will be in place in time to welcome the new year. The largest bell, toned to B fiat, will be 70 in. at the mouth and weigh 7,000 lb.; the second, in E flat, will weigh 3,000 lb.; the third in F natural, will weigh 2,000 lb.; the fourth, in G. will weigh 1,500 lb. They will play every fifteen minutes and strike each hour. They are to be mounted on pedestals between the marble pillars outside the forty-sixth story. They will give what is known as the Cambridge quarters—arranged in the tower of the University church in that city by Handel himself, and copied in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London— four blows each quarter of an hour, eight blows on the half, twelve blows on the threequarters and sixteen blows each hour, followed by a striking of the hour.

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