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Automatic Repeating Railroad-Signal.

Description: Patent for an automatic repeating railroad-signal designed to be used with semaphore and other train-signaling apparatus. It eliminates mistakes made in notifying the central office and automatically reports "any change in the position or color of the signal to a central office over the ordinary telegraph-wire" (lines 14-16). The signal is a wheel that operates a key to send a message to the central office.
Date: January 28, 1896
Creator: Innes, Robert Hayward
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cotton-Harvester.

Description: Patent for a cotton-harvester meant to pick the ripe cotton but leaves the plants or unripe cotton and to improve the construction of cotton-harvesters.
Date: February 25, 1896
Creator: Pickering, Charles H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Muzzle-Yolk.

Description: Patent for a cattle-yolk that stops the animals from jumping or breaking through fences. The yolk "will bind upon him, thus effectually stopping the animal from any further effort" (lines 12-15) if it tries to jump or break through a fence.
Date: March 10, 1896
Creator: Courtney, Thomas Lafayette
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hat-Pouncing Machine.

Description: Patent for a felt hat-pouncing machine that can automatically pounce a hat no matter its contour, and means are "provided for setting the pouncer or pouncing-roll to bear uniformly on all parts of the convex surface to be pounced" (lines 13-15).
Date: March 17, 1896
Creator: Clarke, George R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Pot Holder or Hanger.

Description: Patent for a pot or boiler hanger that is simple and inexpensive and is meant for hanging a pot or boiler above a fire. The hanger is light, easily transportable, compact, and adjustable.
Date: March 24, 1896
Creator: Powers, Nathaniel J. T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Automatic Car-Switching System.

Description: Patent for "a system of switching where the cars of a train are pushed up an incline and placed successively on an elevated annular revolving platform, by which they are automatically distributed to their respective receiving-tracks" (lines 9-14).
Date: March 24, 1896
Creator: Lelardoux, Pierre
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fire-Extinguishing Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a fire-extinguishing apparatus designed for use in gin-mills, saw-mills, factories, and other buildings. The operator can quickly turn on a stream of water and extinguish the flames. The apparatus is a valved supply-pipe connected to a boiler, branch pipes extend from the supply-pipe, and discharge nozzles are connected and are flexible.
Date: March 24, 1896
Creator: Driver, Elias K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car-Coupling.

Description: Patent for a car-coupling that has a draw-bar attached to the car, a hollow draw-head with a flaring opening that sits horizontally to the draw-bar, a spring that holds the draw-head in the horizontal position, a bar that raises and lowers the forward end of the draw-head against the spring, a coupling-pin that sits in the draw-head, a chain that connects the draw-head to the bell-crank lever, a cam that supports the chain, and a device that turns the cam in either direction in order to tighten the chain.
Date: March 31, 1896
Creator: Epps, Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Means for Making Bats for Mattresses.

Description: Patent for a simple means for making bats for mattresses, and is an improvement on a previous patent (No. 399,041). "I gin into a room or place having the width or the length of the average width or length of a mattress, but extending the necessary length-say twenty or twenty-five feet, more or less to allow the cotton or material used to settle uniformly across it, the top at the extreme end preferably covered with wire-gauze to assist the draft from the gin. The floor and sides of this box or room or other receptacle into which the material for the mattress-bats is falling from the gin is provided with a means to carry the ginned material along from the gin as fast as it is worked. The bats may be formed in one long continuous web,from which the desired length may be cut" (lines 19-34)
Date: April 7, 1896
Creator: Haynes, Daniel
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Strainer for Coffee-Pots, &c.

Description: Patent for a strainer for coffee and tea strainers "so constructed as to be attachable in the lower end of the spout or body of the pot, as shown; and the object of my improvement is to construct a strainer to be removable, durable, of minimum cost, and perfect in its operation" (lines 13-18).
Date: April 21, 1896
Creator: McClellan, John A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Plow.

Description: Patent for a plow that improves on a previous patent granted to the inventors (No. 507,854). The improvements are that the "stock may be used in connection with any form of share needed for working a crop" (lines 14-16) and the plow provides "a sweep-stock with a point which will be integral with its shoe or foot-bar, and which will assist in holding the share in position" (lines 20-23).
Date: April 28, 1896
Creator: Symmank, Herman & Matthijez, Ernst
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Refrigerating Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a refrigerating apparatus that consists of a circular table that has a reservoir in its middle and jars mounted on fibrous mats and secured in a grid around the reservoir. Fibrous bags surround the jars and the excess material is gathered and goes into the reservoir.
Date: April 28, 1896
Creator: Dodge, Israel A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Speed-Recorder.

Description: Patent for an improvement in speed-recorders or device meant especially for street-cars, meant to protect the streets from reckless driving. The machine punches tape, recording the time the trolly takes to travel each block and how long the trolly takes at each stop.
Date: May 5, 1896
Creator: Spence, James, Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Apparatus for Filling Bottles.

Description: Patent for an "apparatus for filling bottles with crude petroleum, turpentine, and other liquids; and its object is to provide an improved construction which shall possess superior advantages with respect to efficiency in operation" (lines 14-19).
Date: May 5, 1896
Creator: McKay, Felix Early
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire-and-Picket-Fence Machine.

Description: Patent for a machine that secures "pickets in wire fencing, the wires having been secured to and stretched between the fence-posts and the machine applied to the wires and operated by hand to secure the pickets to the wires by an operation which places them in crossed relation to form loops within which the pickets are secured at the proper distance apart" (lines 9-16). The machine works on wires that have already been stretched.
Date: May 12, 1896
Creator: Rice, Elisha A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bootjack.

Description: Patent for a new and improved boot-jack. This design is for an addition to existing boot-jacks that allows for wet or tight boots to be removed completely after the heel of the foot is loosened, all without the use of hands. This additional apparatus can be adjusted to different angles by way of eye-holes and screws.
Date: June 16, 1896
Creator: Ulferts, Ulfert Harms
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rest for Pivoting-Lathes.

Description: Patent for a file-rest for watchmakers' pivoting-lathes with a "longitudially-slotted base and a vertical arm integral with said base" (lines 13-15), a holding-plate, and a thumb-screw.
Date: June 23, 1896
Creator: Miller, James K. Polk
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Street-Sprinkling Appratus.

Description: Patent for an inexpensive street-sprinkling apparatus. It can be steam, electric, cable, or horse powered, and can sprinkle a wide or narrow street. "The invention consists in a vehicle preferably running upon a railway-track and provided with a water-tank and with independent sprinklers or final-distributors or sets of distributors, the one located at an end or the ends of the vehicle and discharging by gravity, and the other at the sides thereof, toward an end or the ends, and discharging under pressure or by force" (lines 24-33). Water is pressurized in the tank, and uses the force of gravity to distribute it.
Date: November 5, 1895
Creator: Campbell, Louis W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wire Stretcher and Tightener.

Description: Patent for a wire stretcher and tightener meant for wire fence rails. It is easy and convenient to use, and consists of a lever with a fixed pulley on one end, a rope or chain passes through the pulley, and the rope or chain has hooks attached to its ends.
Date: November 5, 1895
Creator: Farmer, Francis Marion
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gage.

Description: Patent for a gage that has a beam with a saw kerf at one end, a clamp made up of a tube with parallel wings that are inserted into the kerf, a scribing point in the tube, "and means for clamping the separated ends of the beam tightly against the parallel wings of the clamp" (lines 57-59).
Date: November 12, 1895
Creator: Holmes, Elijah H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Car for Pneumatic Railways.

Description: Patent for a car for pneumatic railways meant to "provide a car especially adapted for the [air-]tube, the same being constructed with track-wheels in the central line of the cars" (lines 12-15). It is also "a double car divided lengthwise centrally by a partition-wall, through which communication may be had between a car-section - that is, between the double car within the same - and to provide each end portion of this double car with a door" (lines 17-22). There are two track-wheels above the below the car and one above.
Date: November 19, 1895
Creator: Rush, Cicero Alonzo
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hame.

Description: Patent for a harness-hame and "contemplates the provision of improved means forming a part of the hames for securing the trace-chains thereto; also the provision of an improved trace-link adapted for connection with said securing means in a manner to insure maximum strength" (lines 15-21).
Date: November 19, 1895
Creator: Anderson, Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Syringe.

Description: Patent for a syringe that has "vaginal points adapted to be connected with the tube of a hand-bulb or fountain syringe" (lines 13-15). There is a tube with a bulb in the middle, a syringe on one end, and a cap on the other end.
Date: December 10, 1895
Creator: Day, Elisha Little
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fire-Grate.

Description: Patent for a simple and efficient fire-grate that is meant "to be set in a wall between two rooms and capable of being reversed to enable either room to be directly heated by a fire" (lines 11-13).
Date: December 17, 1895
Creator: Birkhead, James C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department