THE H. MUELLER BANQUET.
The fourth annual banquet of the employes of the H. Mueller Manufacturing company was given on the night of Dec. 30 in the new foundry building al the factory. The occasion served as the dedication of the new building as well as the annual feast of the employes. Last year the banquet was given in an hotel. This year there was not a hall in the city big enough to hold the guests. The banquet, therefore, was given at the foundry. Last year 170 invitations were sent out. and 120 guests were present at the banquet. This year 315 invitations were sent out, and 275 were present, every one of them, except the representatives of the press, being cmnloyes of the concern. The building in which the banquet was served is 155 feet long by forty-five feet wide, with twenty-five-foot ceiling. The banquet was served from a space cut off at the south end of the room and the tables were laid in the north portion. The proceedings were agreeably diversified by vocal and instrumental music and the accustomed toasts and speeches. Adolph Mueller ably performed the duties of toastmaster. The annual banquet which is given at the end of the year and the annual picnic which is given in the middle of the summer arc unique features of the business policy of what has grown to be Decatur’s biggest manufacturing concern—a concern which keeps on growing in size, as it grows in business. These two social features have resulted in establishing a friendIv feeling between the members of the company and their employes that is as rare as it is valuable to both parties concerned. The employes feel that the employers have their interests at heart, and as a result they swear by the H. Mueller Manufacturing company.