J.W. Jansen, Lange Dreef 13, 4124 AJ, Hagestein, Holland, sent us the piece pictured above. We sent it to Mr. Ben Carlee, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who is fluent in Dutch and graciously volunteered to translate it for us. The following is his translation.
This is apparently a flier advertising the availability of new price catalogue No. 40 of the Royal Instrument Warehouse, Landre & Glinderman, Engineers, Spuistraat 6 and 8, Amsterdam, listing the New Petroleum-and Gasoline Engines by Nagel & Herman. The engines had been awarded the highest distinction of the competition at the World's Fair of Brussels-Tervuerren 1897. Engine features included simple, strong and careful construction, automatic and economical greasing, and the slightest oil and gasoline consumption. It also noted that the engine took up very little room, and proclaimed it 'the best of the to-date known engines; simplest and thriftiest machine power for small industry.'
The construction of this engine relies substantially upon the required experience in the manufacture of engines to date. Through important new finds the manufacturers have produced an engine that provides an assured and inexpensive machine power for the various needs in industry, farming, shipping. etc.
The engine, operating on ordinary petroleum, is quite simple and of strong construction. The moving parts are guaranteed to resist rust and made of the best raw materials, i.e., the eccentric-axle, as well as the piston, consist of forged steel, the especially wide 'cushions' (??) are 'phosphor-bronze'. (??)
The greasing is abundant, continuous and cheap. All the parts that must be greased have been assembled in the under-frame of the engine, which is filled with oil; therefore we have been able to completely omit the grease-nipples, which demand an awful lot of attention. All oil-loss has now been surmounted, while utmost cleanliness has been obtained. All of the greasing merely means, that one adds a little oil to the under-frame every fourteen days. The workings are quiet and regular, because the adjustment of the escape valve is no longer caused by means of a cam mechanism, but through an eccentric.
Cleaning can take place at greater intervals than with all other gas and petroleum [gasoline] engines.
Because of greater regularity of its operation, our engine adapts itself especially to electrical illumination through dynamos, as well as all machinery which demand regularity of operation.
The small measurements make it suitable to be placed in the smallest places. Our engine of ten horsepower takes up no more space than a recumbent type engine of two horsepower; it can easily be installed at upper-stories and even on beams.
Our engine will be delivered completely assembled, thus installation goes faster, and the purchase saves substantial installation costs.
The wear of our engine is extraordinarily slight; therefore it lasts longer than any other motor; it is also the only one, which day and night can work without stoppage for greasing.