A musical cigar show box has been patented by Mr. Anthony Ward, of Brooklyn, N. Y. Combined with a show box and its cover and a music box escapement is a rod and arm and spiral spring, so arranged that the music will be started and stopped by the opening and closing of the show box cover. A watch pouch has been patented by Mr. Michael Dooley, of North Adams, Mass. It is made with an edge opening having opposite wires or stiffenings at its margin, and with notches or bends adapted to inclose the stem of the watch, or having a clasp, being neat and inexpensive and calculated to exclude dust. A wire stretcher has been patented by Mr. Henry Clemons, of Downing, Mo. It consists mainly of an oblong iron frame having a shaft journal- ed therein, and with a handle, ratchet, and pawl for rotating it, the frame being in two parts, enabling it to be folded in compact form, and so it can be used m angles or corners. A wagon jack has been patented by Mr. William T. Easterday, of Watsonville, Cal. Combined with a standard formed of sections having teeth is a follower with looped arms, and a lever with a pin connected to the follower by a link or links, with other novel features, to make an improved construction of such device. A zither attachment for music boxes has been patented by Mr. Alfred Sueur, of New York city. It is pl'ltced below the comb and provided with an adjusting device, the attachment consisting of a roll of paper on a strip of wood or metal, so that the roll can be brought in contact with the under sides of the teeth of the comb. nut lock has been patented by Mr. John Bare, of Mount Union, Pa. It consists of a carrier plate or support having a pair of bolt holes, and a pair of locking plates pivoted at one end centrally between the holes, their other ends movable in arcs between the holes, the device being adapted to take up the wear of the bolt. A clothes rack has been patented by Mr. William H. Ertell, of New York city. Combined with back and end boards are hinged bats which can be turned down into and supported in tori zontaloi>osition, and held in place when turned up in a vertical position, being designed for use in bedrooms, and so made as to be compactly folded when not in use. A perpetual dial calendar has been patented by Mr. Charles R. Talcott, of Valparaiso, Tnd. It is composed of two tablets, one a revolving dial and the other a fixed or stationary tablet, by the combination of which the day of the week or month, and the day in any given year, may be quickly and accurately ascertained. A leather rolling machine has been patented by Mr. Charles S. Ames, of Bishop, Ill. It has disk shaped formers on a shaft in connection with concave grooved rollers, the rollers and disks having their shafts geared for joint action, the machine being designed to roll fiat leather strips to a U-form, to be used around a center filling to make round lines, etc. A stall for handling vicious horses has been patented by Mr. Charles F. Shedd, of Fairfield, Neb. In the s'Se walls are vertically sliding doors, the front and rear of the stalls likewise . having doors, and there are leading ropes and crank shaft, with other novel features, whereby men may be able to work each side of the horse in the stall to harness or saddle him without danger, and there will be no liability of the horse getting cut in the stall. A device for assorting animals has also been patented by the same inventor. It consists principally in a special manner of arranging the gates and compartments of an inclosure, whereby the gates may be easily operated from the outside, and stock cut out and worked into one or the Other of the compartments, as may be desired. A hose coupling has been patented by Messrs. Albert F. Symes, of Salem, and Joseph Buch- tel, of Portland, Oregon. It consists of a section with a radial opening, on which is fitted a ring with a lug projected through and movable circumferentially in the opening, with other novel features, whereby the coupling may be easily effected and released, and a simple construction is provided. A means for preventing disturbances on telephone lines has been patented by Messrs. John E. Dann and John Lapp, of Honeoye Falls, N. Y. The device consists of a cor cylinder around the telephone wire, but insulated therefrom and connected with the earth, a rubber tube inclosing the copper cylinder to protect it from exposure to the atmosphere or moisture. A churning device has been patented by Mr. John S. Dickey, of Payne, Texas. Its construction is such that a continuous rotary motion may be given to the churn body and a vertical reciprocating motion to the dasher, the churn body being adapted to serve as a drive or fiy wheel, the device being simple and so made that no part is likely to get out of order or wear quickly. A fastening for satchel . frames, etc., has been patentea by Mr. Louis B. Prahar, of Brooklyn, N. Y. With the case attached to one part of the frame and the catch to the other part, is a stationary stem and a sliding stem, with a spiral spring connecting them, and a sliding latch connected with the sliding stem and engaging with the catch. A handle fastening for hand satchels has also been patented by the same inventor. Combined with the frame and its handle caps, having perforations in the opposite sides of their lower parts, are open rings with their ends bent inward and inserted in the perforations, hinging staples being attached to the frame and engaging with the open rings, the device being simply made, and yet such that the fastenings will not be liable to separate when subjected to a severe strain. A stop watch has been patented by Mr. Eugene. .J. A. Dupuis, of New York city. There is a pinion on the arbor carrying the second hand, continually engaged with a wheel, loosely mounted on one of the arbors of the watch works, the loose wheel having a spring friction device, and there being other novel features, to simplify construction and provide a mechanism that can be operated rapidly and exactly. A machine for caning chair bottoms has been patented by Mr. James S. Hodgson, of Brooklyn, N. Y. The invention consists principally of a suitable frwne, combined with lifting devices for spreading the warp strands of cane, so that the weft strands may be easily and quickly passed between them, there being also a special form of shuttle for carrying the free end of the weft strand of the cane. A drop light and chandelier has been patented by Mr. John Trigge, of Mount Vernon, N. Y. The extension of the chandelier hasrack teeth engaging a cog wheel placed in a box on the chandelier, the cog wheel being connected with an automatic brake device, consisting of a disk having spring-pivoted cams and an adjustable brake band, to facilitate the adjustment of the drop light and prevent its sliding when once adjusted. A combined clod crusher and land marker has been patented by Messrs. Abraham Bart- mes, Clement V. Whallon, and David W. Frick, of Coldwater, O. The clod crusher is a rectangular frame with closed bottom, pivoted about its middle to accommodate itself to the undulations of the ground, and car rying a toothed roller to break up clods and lumps; the marker is a transverse bar, with shoes 01 runners, loosely attached to the crusher proper. A windmill has been patented by Mr, John W. Currie, of Solomon City, Kansas. The mill head is a cross wrought iron coupling, its vertical arms lengthened by short tubes, the lower extension tube being stepped and journaled in the mill tower and the upper tube carrying the operating mechanism, with other novel features, designed to make a durable and inexpensive mill, which can be easily thrown into and out of gear. A tobacco curing barn has been patented by Messrs. William B. Farrar and John J. Thornton. of Greensborough, N. C. It has an underground conduit, whose walls are composed of damp earth, for supplying damp, earthy air, the conduit having a cutoff, and the rack bars or tier poles have their strips set vertically, and there is a combined net and screen suspended horizontally beneath the racks of tobacco, with other novel features to facilitate the operation, avoid scorching the leaf, and secure uniform bright color and sweet taste. A process of manufacturing ammonium bichromate and one for the manufacture of bichromate of potash form the subject of two patents issued toMr; William Simon, of Baltimore, Md.. The firstconsists in the conversion of .sodium bichromate into ammonium sodium chromate and the decomposition of this salt into sodium chloride and ammonium bichromate by the addition of hydrochloric aci'1. In the other the potassium bichromate is manufactured by decomposing chromate of sodium by chloride of potassium and hydrochloric acid. The stock and hay frame and stock loader recently patented by Mr. John T. Carrington, of Clay Center, Kansas, is designed to provide an improved frame O!' wagon box, for use for stock or hay and other like material, ahd the stock loader combined therewith can be used on railroad chutes.
This article was originally published with the title "Miscellaneous Inventions" in Scientific American 54, 25, 394 (June 1886)