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Bed-Slat Fastener.

Bed-Slat Fastener.

Date: January 26, 1897
Creator: Fielding, Charles S. & Grogan, John R.
Description: Patent for an improved construction of a bed-slat fastener, one "adapted to support a bed-slat firmly in position and to prevent the side rails of a bedstead from springing outward" (lines 14-16). There are also "no recesses or crevices for the accumulation of vermin" (lines 19-20) in this design.
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Locomotive.

Locomotive.

Date: January 26, 1897
Creator: McCallum, Daniel W.
Description: Patent for an improved locomotive or traction-engine, with a series of water-shells, each containing "a series of fire-flues, a feeding-water heater, a pipe discharging steam" (lines 118-121), and a double-action plunger-pump.
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Penholder.

Penholder.

Date: January 26, 1897
Creator: Ward, George C.
Description: Patent for a penholder that is worn on the finger and is an "open-ended hollow thimble with a detachable and reversible cap-piece" (lines 20-22). The pen-point can be unscrewed and screwed back in the opposite way so that the pen-point is inside the thimble, so the pen-point doesn't break in one's pocket.
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Book-Support.

Book-Support.

Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Barnes, William A.
Description: Patent for a book-support made to hold large, heavy books used in commercial and government offices. The platforms can be moved up and down by a crank on the side of the support.
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Churn.

Churn.

Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Wright, William L.
Description: Patent for a churn with an improved dasher-operating mechanism. It simply and effectively combines a "rotary and reciprocatory movement to a churn-dasher to hasten the separation of the butter" (lines 11-13). The dasher is attached to a frame, and is operated through a crank. The churn rests on a platform also attached to the frame.
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Cultivator-Plow.

Cultivator-Plow.

Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Hayslip, De Witt Clinton
Description: Patent for a sectional moldboard plow that is "capable of being easily taken apart and put together when it is desired to replace the points or shares" (lines 18-20). It also has "a socket which is removably held to the bar of the cultivator and which is provided to hold the removable boards" (lines 22-25). The bar can fit double-cut or sweep plows.
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Refrigerating Apparatus.

Refrigerating Apparatus.

Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Cooley, Joseph H.
Description: Patent for a refrigerator that cools things "with the minimum expense for refrigerants; also, for affording ready access to the refrigerated substances" (lines 19-21). The cabinet has an outer layer, an inner layer, and a cooling layer. Ice is used to achieve lower temperatures.
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Steam-Engine.

Steam-Engine.

Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Slaughter, Joel C.
Description: Patent for "a high-speed rotary engine wherein the steam-impelled wheel shall revolve in a horizontal plane within an upright open cylinder." (Lines 10-13) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Trap.

Trap.

Date: January 19, 1897
Creator: Williams, Lloyd Franklin
Description: Patent for "a trap of the character mentioned simple and efficient means for closing the entrance thereof, whereby an animal or fowl passing therethrough shall be prevented returning, and thus be held in the trap, and, further, to so construct such means as to permit the door of the trap remaining in an open position except when the animal or fowl attempts to pass out through the same, thereby affording a free passage to the interior of the trap and presenting and inducement for other animals or fowls to enter." (Lines 13-24) Includes instructions and illustrations.
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Faucet.

Faucet.

Date: January 18, 1897
Creator: Murphy, George S.
Description: Patent for an improvement on a previous faucet, patent no. 539,633. This faucet is "a valve-seat consisting of a cylinder having an internal shoulder, a tubular valve operating within said cylinder and below said shoulder, a packing-ring carried by said valve and engaging said shoulder, a piston-road attached to said valve for operating the same, and a drop-valve in the lower end of said tubular valve, substantially as specified" (lines 60-69)
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