THE New York Electrical Show, this ye'tr, was used to open the new Grand Oentr.J Palace, located on Lexington Avenue, between 46th and 47th streets. This handsome structure was brilliant with myriads of electric lights, which were reflected with great brilliancy by the white walls of the interior. At the .top of the building on the outside the arched gallery was illuminated with mercury vapor lamps, the bluish light of which gave a soft, delicate effect when viewed from a distance in the light of the full hunter's moon. Several of the large electric companies have excellent exhibits of all kinds of household electrical apparatus. Along the south side of the building there is a row of rooms illustrating the equipment of a modern house from kitchen to bedroom. In the former room there is an electrical washer, a churn, a chopping machine, and a full equipment of cooking utensils, while in the bedroom there is an electric massage instrument, a miniature hair-drying fan, an electrically-operated sewing machine, etc. The company also has a complete electrically-operated printing plant along the west side of the building. A small paper is printed every day, giving the latest news, many of the despatches being received by wireless. A particularly interesting display was the historical exhibit in the gallery. This consisted of old books dating back to the time of Franklin, and various electrical apparatus. The most interesting feature, perhaps, of this exhibit was the development of the arc lamps, from the original Brush twin-carbon lamp, to the flaming-arc lamp of the present, day. Storage batteries and electric automobiles occupy a considerable part of the floor space, there being exhibits by the Edison, Exide, and Gould storage battery firms, as well as electric automobiles of most of the leading makes. The recent record of 110.9 miles made on the Ocean Boulevard between Brooklyn and Coney Island by a Fritchle electric car carrying four people, which was made with a lead battery, has been exceeded under actual touring conditions by the Edison battery, which, about a year ago, received a thorough testing under Edison's supervision, in pleasure vehicles. Some time after, a run of 244% miles at the rate of 12 miles an hour, was made with 'a Baker electric auto on city streets in Cleveland, with a 40-cell 225-ampere-hour Edison battery.' This is the record for tests of the kind just mentioned, while for touring purposes, from 125 to 150 miles, it is claimed, can be made on one charge. Plates taken from a cell which has been in continuous use in delivery service in New York city for two and one-third years, and which has run a delivery wagon 25,000 miles, were exhibited and showed no depreciation. The capacity of these- cells is said to have risen from 225 to 300 ampere hours after this long-continued use. In addition to this increase of capacity with use, the Edison battery has the advantage that it can b-E) charged whenever convenient, and is not ruined if left standing in a discharged condition. The Electric Storage Battery Company also exhibited vehicles and stationary cells. A barber shop equipped with all the latest electrical appliances, was located in the middle of the main floor, while on a raised platform above there was exhibited a novel combined electric piano and violin orchestra. Three violins were mounted upside down in a circle above the piano, and were played by means of a revolving ring, rotated at various speeds in producing the different notes. Whenever a note was struck on a violin, the instrument was moved about its neck as a pivot until the strings contacted with the ring. Meanwhile, electrically-operated levers fingered the strings. The music produced by this orchestra was excellent nd the amount of expression secured was surprising. As a whole,, the show this year is made-up of small apparatus. There are none-of the big motors and generating sets that have sometimes been exhibited when t ' the show was held in Madison Square i Makes and burns its own gas. Pure white 500 candle power light, more brilliant than electricity or acetylene, and cheaper than kerosene. Casts no shadow. Costs two cents per week per lamp. No dirtj no grease, no odor. Used m every civilized country on earth. Over 200 styles. Every lamp . warranted. Agents wanted. Write for catalog. THE BEST LIGHT CO. 87 E. 5th St., Canton, 0. 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There are various divisions for runabouts and touring cars, besides which there are several three-wheeled motorettes and a number of trucks and baggage cars. It is expected that the 1911 tour will be the most successful of any held thus far, as the roads of the South have been greatly improved during the last few years, which should assure the motorists an 'enjoyable trip. On October 9th, there was held in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, the automobile race for fast cars, that has been run annually for the past several years. This race was notable for the fact that there were no accidents of any sort, and yet the speed records were 'broken, principally by amateur drivers. The winner of the race was Erwin Bergdoll, in a 90-horse-power Benz. His time was 3:18: 41.35—an average of 61.25 miles an hour. He beat by 10 minutes 26.53 seconds the time of Zengel, in a Chadwick car last year. 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Temple Puiup Co., Manufacturers. 439 West 15th St., Chicago, U. S. A. This Is our 59th year. INVENTORS' NUMBER NOVEMBER MAGAZ/NE NUMBER of the SC7EN77F/C AMER/CAN /SSUE OF NOVEMBER 18th, 1911 Although every number of the Scientific American discusses the inventions and inventors of the day, there will be published on November 18th a mid-month magazine number which will display the inventor in a new light. Articles will 'be. published which will show how much he suffers from our antiquated legal system and will explain his need of sympathetic governmental support. His foibles, too, will not escape notice. There will • be an arraignment by Mr. Melville Church of our marvelously complicated method of trying patent infringement suits. Mr. Church is one of the most eminent patent lawyers in this country, a man who has figured prominently in some of the most important patent cases that have been tried in this country. He points out what a burden is imposed by the present method of taking testimony in chambers without any Court supervision and how enormously expensive a trial may be before the infringer is successfully brought to book. We need only mention the scores of volumes of printed testimony taken during the trial involving the validity of the Selden patents, to drive home the utter absurdity of our Court procedure. The inventor who has suffered because of the slowness of our judicial machinery will read Mr. Church's article with interest and profit, for he will learn what steps are being taken to protect without impoverishing him. The great industrial corporation (the “Trust” of whom we have been hearing so much of late) has changed the aspect of invention. It now pays to invent thousands of little feeding devices, thousands of little trains of gears and levers and cams, which, fifty years ago, might not have proved so profitable. An invention that means a saving of one cent per ton in the handling of raw material becomes of industrial importance for the simple reason that the “ Trust” deals in gigantic masses. In an article entitled “The Industrial Corporation and the Inventor” this aspect of modern invention is treated. Fascinating is the story of making big fortunes out of patents on small and apparently unimportant things. Every time anybody in the United States pulls the cap off a beer bottle or a soda water bottle, he puts the fraction of a cent into the pockets of a Baltimore inventor. Elias^ Howe, who first made the sewing machine practical by placing the eye of the needle near the point, admitted that he had collected $ 1 ,-185,000 in royalties. The man who invented ingrain carpet with the threads so interwoven as to prevent wrinkling, is now better off by $4,000,000 for his thought. A government clerk named McGill found it hard to hold together many pages of thick documents. He got over the difficulty by inventing the little brass paper fasteners which we all use. He died rich. His invention made money. These are but a few of the facts taken from a striking article by Mr. William Atherton DuPuy on the big fortunes that have been made on little inventions. Perpetual motion is the inventor's Will-o'-the-Wisp. In the Inventors' number will be found an article in which the various forms of perpetual motion apparatus that have engaged the attention of dreamers for years are explained and their fallacies set forth. There is a funny side to invention as the Inventors' Number will tell you. What possible use could there be in encouraging birds to infest the farmer's grain fields by providing fence posts with birds' nests in them ? Or of table knives with mirrors in the handles to permit the users to inspect their teeth now and then ? Or of a telescopic anti-collision pilot for railway trains running in advance of the locomotive and bearing an automaton that rings a loud gong? These and even more ridiculous inventions will be described in the article on “ The Funny Side of Invention. “ In addition to these articles, there will be the usual Scientific American material—the articles on current scientific discoveries, the Department of Curiosities of Science, the Science Abstracts and the rest. Price Fifteen Cents On A// News Stands
This article was originally published with the title "The Electrical Show in the New Grand Central Palace, The Glidden Tour and the Fair-mount Park Automobile Race, and more"