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Insect Destroying Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a new and improved ant trap. This design "relates to apparatus . . . in which a vessel having an open bottom, but closed top and sides, and containing a furnace for burning obnoxious substances, is projected into or made to form a close joint with the ground, and which has a fan or pump combined with it that causes the fumes from the furnace to enter the ant-holes in the ground. [They] have been . . . attended with so many disadvantages . . . [t]he object of [the] invention is to remove these defects . . . [it] shall be efficient, durable, and labor-saving" (lines 8-25).
Date: August 28, 1883
Creator: Matthews, James M.
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Telephone-Transmitter

Description: Patent for improvements to telephone transmitters by transmitting the sound waves into electrical currents.
Date: January 16, 1883
Creator: Crawford, Witsius A.
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Cotton Bale Binder.

Description: Patent for a new and improved cotton bale binder. This design "consists of a simple contrivance for binding cotton and other bales together when loaded on flat cars to prevent the load from being shaken apart and separated by the shocks and jolts of the car, and also to prevent the bales from being pulled off by cotton thieves, the said contrivance consisting of two or more hooks having pulleys or eyes strung on a rope, the rope being fastened to one of the eyes or pulleys forming one end of the binder, the hooks being caught in the bands of the bales" (lines 7-18).
Date: May 8, 1883
Creator: Burr, Lewis
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Range-Finder for Rifles.

Description: Patent for range-finder for rifles, with illustrations. The invention "is adapted for ready application to a rifle by producing a simple dovetailed groove in the stock or stock-tip, near the front end" (lines 9-12).
Date: May 22, 1883
Creator: Ord, Edward O. C., Jr. & Kress, John A.
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Gun Case.

Description: Patent for a new and improved gun case. This design "is to provide a case for guns which shall be capable of receiving and enclosing the whole gun, or of being separated into two parts, one part adapted to receive the barrel or barrels, and the other the breech, when the barrels are separated from the breech. . . . so far . . . the parts of the case have always been inseparably connected, or even if they could be taken apart they could not be joined together to make one complete case" (lines 9-26).
Date: December 18, 1883
Creator: Bronson, Edgar B.
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