Measures have been taken by Henry Rich ardson, Sheldon Morris, Jr., and Bennet C. Perry of Litchfield, Conn., to secure a patent for a new description of umbrella. This is a compact arrangement to enable an umbrella to be folded into so small a compaBS that it can be placed in the! pocket or otherwise con veniently packed for travelling. The stick is formed of several pieces, which serew toge ther, and by means of shoulders are main tained in a steady position. A small link and swivel prevent the several pieces from becom ing detached, when the joints are unfastened and yet do not check the action of the screws. Each rib is jointed and is kept in a proper po sition by a spring and catch, which easily yield when the umbrella is required to be folded.