Thomson Meter Company.
Among the thousands of inventions which made the Department of Manufactures interesting none was more ingenious, more interesting than that of the Thomson Meter Company, sole owners of the Lambert-Thomson water meter patents, whose works are at 79-83 Washington street, Brooklyn. The exhibit was in the Department of Manufactures. It is the inside and not the outside of the Bee disc meter which is interesting, and although the mechanism is extremely simple when once understood, most people will want a few hints to comprehend the details by which the water passing through the meter is registered on the dial with none of the vagaries which have given the gas meter a permanent place in the comic literature of the country. Preventing waste in the water supply of large cities has long stared municipal governments in the face as one of their most important problems. Most experts have found the problem practically insoluble without a simple, strong and accurate meter, which will enable the authorities to charge up to offending consumers the carelessness about closing faucets which nothing but a money fine upon the offenders will effectually check. These conditions have been known for years and inventors have been trying to meet them. When one remembers this and then sees the beautiful simplicity of the principle on which the Bee meter works and watches its unfluctuating registry hour after hour, he wonders that the world had to wait until 1893 for a full and satisfactory solution of the problem. But the history of invention is full of instances where the simple and effective thing has waited until the complicated one has been developed and has failed. The disc meter invented by Frank Lambert of Brooklyn, more than six years ago, was first manufactured in 1887, and in 1890 but 5000 of them were in use. To day there are 40,000 in operation in this country, an increase which shows that Mr. Lambert and his associates are rapidly coming into their reward for their patience.