Measures to secure a patent for an improved journal boxMve been takrUy_fieoige.Pierce, of Norwich, Ct. This is an invention intended to prevent the over-heating of the journals of shafts and axles, by insuring to the bearings an ample and constant supply of oil: a point which all practical men know is often sadly neglected, though no machinery can work with ease when the journals are not well lubricated. In this instance the journal box is inserted within a fountain or reservoir ot semi-cylindrical shape, containing the oil, which is conveyed to the journal and box by a conductor of cottonflanges on both sides of the journal box, fitting over the sides of the fountain, serve to prevent the escape of the oil. By this arrangement, should the journal become hot, it will evidently effect its own cure, from the heat rendering the oil more fluid.
This article was originally published with the title "Improved Journal Box" in Scientific American 8, 17, 132 (January 1853)