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AN EXHAUSTIVE TREATISE ON ALL BRANCHES OF
COLD WATER SUPPLY, AND CIRCULATION
THE WORK SHOWS THE LATEST AND BEST PLUMBING
By R. M. STARBUCK
"Modern Plumbing Illustrated"
A SPECIAL FEATURE: 347 ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS, EACH
ONE BEING DRAWN EXPRESSLY FOR THIS WORK
2 WEST 45th STREET
DIVISION OF EDUCATION
HARVARD COLLESE LIBRA)
TRANSFERRED FROM THE
COPYRIGHTED, 1910, BY
In general, the writing of works such as that which the author herewith presents, is accompanied by several features the effect of which is to materially lessen the excellent results which such a work should produce.
O ne of the errors to which we allude, is the tendency of the author on trade subjects to write in too technical a manner, that is, to handle his subject in such a manner that none but the most educated of his readers are able to thoroughly grasp the principles - presented.
For instance, since the plumber is seldom to be found who can handle an algebraic equation, it would certainly seem far beter to present a necessary principle by means of arithmetic rather
an by means of algebra, and if there is no other way than by ineans of algebra the author should see to it that he fully explains
e entire operation at length, in such a manner that the reader
10 has not had the advantage of instruction in such branches may be able to grasp the subject. In other words, the author ould stand in the same position to his readers that the teacher
es to his pupils. It is his duty to honestly instruct, and not erely to fill his pages with facts which, though valuable, are prented in such a manner as not to be easily understood by the average reader.
A second serious though unintentional error on the part of any authors is the omission of minor details. While to the autho
bor, who is naturally a man of experience and education in his eelal line of work, the statement of simple, and to him obvious, facts
S seems a matter of foolishness, ofttimes, to many of his
nger and more inexperienced readers, the statement of these simp)
ple things is a matter of utmost importance, and a means of plishing the main principle more strongly in their minds.
The author of this work frankly confesses to surprise at the hce of knowledge of rudiments which he knows from long