Agri cultural. PLANTER. — Anders Mat son, Moline, III. This is especially a corn planter, automatically dropping corn at regular intervals, and the mechanism being adjustable to drop the corn in drills. one seed or as many as may be desired at a time. The markers are adjustable to large or small planting wheels, one marker marking the field one row in advance, and the marker on the opposite side of the machine traveling in the row previously marked, enabling the driver to readily see how to drive to plant the corn equal distances apart. Electrical. ELECTRIC DESK LAMP. —William H. Sheppaid, New York City. This is an incandescent lamp admitting of three adjustments to shed light in different directions, having two swinging bracket arms in hollow trunnions projecting from the socket, the arms being revoluble to change the position of the light, while a cylindrical shade or drum may be revolved to alter the position of the light opening. the size of which may be adjusted by the drawing out, more or less, of a shutter. By means of a single key the current may be sent into either one or both of the lamps. Miscellaneous. FARE REGISTER.—Wal ter D. Campbell, Buenos Ayres, Argentine Republic. To insure the co-operation of passengers in observing the registering of the fares by the conductor, this invention provides an accurately registering mechanism in connection with a plainly visible dial, but the registering mechanism is so arraugedthat.after a certain number of fares has been registered, a prize or premium ticket will be thrown out, as, for instance, a small percentage of all the fares, the prize ticket becoming the property of the passenger pay ing the last fare. WRAPPING PAPER PRINTI N G. —Byron J. Churchill, Morris, N. Y. To print upon rolls or spools of paper as it is drawn off for wrapping up parcels in stores, this inventor has devised a paper-supporting frame with which is combined a pivotally connected yoke and casing carrying an inking roller and a printing roller, the latter always remaining in contact with the papei and being rotated by frictional contact therewith, while springs keep the inking rolier in contact with the printing roller. THILL COUPLING.—Peter Bold, Wood-bourne, N. Y. This is an improvement in couplings in which the opposite trunnions of the thill are received in sockets carried by clip plates, and provides, by a novel construction of the clip and plates, for holding the upper clip plate rigid against the under side of the axle, the lower clip plate moving on the upper clip plate to effect the proper adjustment, and thus preventing the scratching or marring of the axle, which is frequently caused \vhere both plates have movement. PUMP.—Dudley L. Smith and Frank E. Womer, Fairhaven, Wash. This is a pump more especially designed for raising impure water containing gravel, stones, etc., and the invention provides for a chamber connected with the pump cylinder and the suction pipe, and by a drop or downward hend with the discharge pipe, inclined binge valves controlling the inflow and outflow to and from the chamber. EAVES TROUGH PROTECTOR.—Marcellus M. Hitt, Luray, Va. To prevent birds from building their nests over the trough, and also keep the droppings of birds, leaves, and other trash out of the trough, this inventor has devised a protector whose body is composed of bent wire gauze having in its edges projecting rods and holders provided with hooks for attaching the protector to the trough. The protector can be adjusted to give it the same inclination as the roof. BOOT OR SHOE HOLDING STAND.— Richard Lundqvist, Laguna de Terminos, Mexico. For conveniently cleaning. blacking, polishing, or otherwise treating a boot or shoe, this inventor has devised a stand for holding the boot or shoe in the best position. The stand comprises a suitable base on which is a post having neat its middle a box for brushes, etc., and on the top of the post is a rest similar to a foot. the shoe being engaged by a last and held in position on the rest by a curved spring-pressed lever. The last does not need to fit very snugly, and the two or three sizes required may be kept in the brush box. BATHING FORM.—Kate Hatch, Brooklyn, N. Y. For the use of ladies while bathing in the surf or other place, to protect and shield the upper front part of the body, this inventor has devised a form comprising a front made of a single piece of rubber or other flexible material, adapted to fit snugly and conform to the upper part of the wearers body. The front has bust-supporting pockets, and at its upper end are shoulder straps adapted to hook upon rear extensions at the sides of the front. There are also side straps which pass under the wearers arms, crossing the back, to be attached to hooks on the sides of the front, and back straps. Each of the straps is adapted to be drawn and held sufficiently tight to conveniently support the form on the wearers body. BEDSTEAD BRACKET. — Henry G. Trae- , ger, Portersville, CaL This invention provides a bracket, preferably made of cast metal, for convenient attachment to the inner corners of bed posts, on which the bracket is readily adjustable vertically, it being designed to receive one corner of the bed spring, mattress, etc., and for use in lieu of slats, dispensing with the racks commonly provided on the side pieces of bedsteads and affording a much more cleanly and desirable article of furniture. NECK YOKE. — John B. Lockwood, Helena, Montana. This device has an eye adapted to receive the vehicle pole. there being pivoted to the eye the lower end of a clamping bar with a cam surface engaging the pole, while a sleeve receiving the yoke has lugs pivoted to the upper end of the clamping bar. The harder the pull in a forward direction on the neck yoke, the tighter the clamping bar will be engaged with the top of the pole, which is positively prevented from becoming accidentally detached and dropping to the ground. TRAP.—Job T. Wells, Cando, North Dakota. To catch small animals or birds, this inventor has devised a bait-alluring device in which the cage has at one end a transverse passage with normally open ends, a hinged gate at each end of the passage, anctspring mechanism to release the gates upon the entry of a victim. NOTE.—Copies of any of the above patents will be ] furnished by Munn & Co., for 25 cents each. Please send name of the patentee, title of invention, and date J of this paper.
This article was originally published with the title "Recently Patented Inventions" in Scientific American 73, 23, 364 (December 1895)