It will strike 143 times in the 24 hours.
The ropes which will sustain the weight boxes are made of the best steel, about as large as a man’s little finger, and each can sustain a weight of two tons.
The dials are 6 feet 6 inches in diameter, and 80 feet from the ground.
Like all other clocks and watches IIII indicates four, instead of IV; why? Oh, we give it up.
A plate on one side of the works is inscribed as follows:
Presented to the
Town of Edgartown
Charles Darrow
In memory of his Grandfather,
Chase Pease,
Mr. J. W. Donaldson, who has had general charge of the work of preparing the tower for the placing of the clock, is entitled to much credit for the satisfactory way in which that work has been preformed. One could almost suppose that this had been his line of work for years by the able and intelligent manner with which it has been carried on. Mr. Donaldson has been well assisted by Capt. Frederick Smith and Wm. P. Chadwick.
Mr. John J. Neuhavre, of Boston, representing the makers, E. Howard & Co., arrived last Thursday, and has been busy this week setting up the machinery. Five minutes spent in the tower watching Mr. Neuhavre at his work, is sufficient to prove to the observer that the company is represented by one who is master of his business.
The tower, always to our mind one of the best architecturally we have ever seen, has an added beauty as the gold figures on the dials flash in the autumn sunlight.
On Wednesday, at 3.35 p.m., the clock was started, and now its clear tones as it strikes the hour will perpetuate the memory of a good man long since gone and the generous deeds of one still living.
The clock will be wound once each week, taking a person about 5 minutes.

Congratulatory Telegrams

The Selectmen have dispatched the following telegram to Chas. Darrow, Esq., of Boston: -
“Edgartown, Nov. 7, 1889.
To Chas. Darrow,
30 Kilby St., Boston.
Thanks to your generosity Edgartown today, for the first time in her history, has standard time for all.”
To this at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) the following answer was received:
Boston, Nov. 7, 1889.
To J.N. Pierce, Esq.
Your telegram received. Am much gratified that you are pleased. Trust all of your residents will long live to enjoy the benefits of first-class standard time.
Charles Darrow.