We learn by the " Pittsfield (Illinois) Free Press," that John G. Nicholay, who recently obtained a patent ior an improvement in Rotary Printing Presses, has been employed for several years in the office of said paper, the editor of which, J. M, Parkes, Esq., speaks of it in the most flattering terms. He believes it will not cost more than one halt the price of the common "power-press," while it will work much faster and do better work. The town of Rutland, Vt., is said to have turned out a million dollars' worth of marble the past year. An attempt to light the town of Basle, in Switzerland, with gas from carbonized wood las entirely failed. The annexed engraving illustrates a new I Safety Car, (so called,) invented and patented on the 12th of last October, 1852, by Samuel McElfatrick, of Fort Wayne, Ind. The object of the invention is to facilitate and cheapen the passage of cars upon inclined planes, and is especially applicable to the coal fields of our country where this mode of transportation is necessarily much in use. Figure 1 represents a plan of car and tracks. Figure 2 represents an end elevation of the same. Figure 3 represents a side elevation of the same. The same letters refer to like parts. The ordinary plan of passing coal wagons over inclined planes is by coupling them together and attaching the upper car to the plane rope. This method is the fruitful cause of loss to life and property owing both to the breakage of the eye bolts by which the cars are coupled (the strain on each bolt being in proportion to the number of cars depending upon it) and also to imperfect connections, it being scarcely possible but that where so many cars are to be connected and disconnected,there should be occasionally a pin omitted or not properly placed. The rope is also liable to damage when unhooked and thrown upon the track at both ends ol the plaiie, and the labor of connecting and disconnecting cars is a very serious item of expense upon a large business. This invention remedies all the difficulties, and is so simple and cheap in its arrangement that it must commend itself to those engaged in the coal business, and wherever inclined planes are used. The Safety Car consists of a strong oak frame, C, permanently attached to the rope, H, by the swivel, J, and carrying two posts or horns, , against which the train abuts. The frame, C, rests on four short sliding axles, to each of which are lastened two wheels ; those marked A A A A, to run on the main track, G, and , to run on the converging track, F, at the foot of the plane. The operation of this car will be very readily understood ; the train to descend abuts against the horns, , and passes down the plane, when near these foot the wheels , of - ZZrglE the safety car, take the track, F F, which, by gradually rising (as compared with the main track) lifts the wheels, A A A A, which are drawn over and within the main track by the convergence of the rails, F F. When the safety car is brought into this position the track, F F, by descending rapidly carries it into a pit and allows the train to pass over it. The train to go up is placed at the foot of the plane, and the safety car in rising out of the pit shifts its track and carries the train up before it. Any information in regard to the above invention, may be obtained of the inventor at Fort Wayne, Ind., or of G. W. Campbell, 232 Pearl street, this city
This article was originally published with the title "New Printing Press"