Some ot the southern papers state that Col. Porter, the inventor of the Porter fire-arm, has sold one-half of his patent to Governor J. C. Jones, of Tennessee, for $70,000. This falls just $100,000 short of the truth—he sold one-half for $170,000.— [Washington Union. Col. Porter may consider himself a fortunate man. Inventors sometimes do strike a gold vein, a large number of them to our knowledge have become quite wealthy. There are good prospects yet in store for inventors, we believe.
This article was originally published with the title "Porter's Rifle" in Scientific American 8, 48, 378 (August 1853)