Measures. to secure a patent for an improved Straw Cutter have beer.: taken by Thomas Al lison, of Milton, N. Y. The nature of the im provement consists in setting the feed roller obliquely, instead ot placing it in a straight line parallel with the cutter. By this means the latter is fed more effectually and less lia ble to be clogged up than when the feed roller is placed parallel with it. Moreover this ob liquely set roller does away with the necessi ty of placing the knives spirally round the cylinder, thereby obviating the inconvenience that is often experienced in getting to and keeping the spirally arranged knives properly sharpened.