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Improvement in Ditching-Machines.

Description: Patent for an improved ditching machine design that will "easily and rapidly cut or excavate, on the surface of the ground, soil, clay, or soft stone, a ditch or trench of any reasonable width or depth suitable" (lines 33-37) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1878
Creator: Austin, Matthew J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Churns.

Description: Patent for improvements in churns with specific improvements in dasher-rods and lids. This patent includes illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1878
Creator: Davis, Henry T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Churns.

Description: Patent for a better churn which makes butter faster, releases butter from the churn more easily, and is simple to create and use. Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1878
Creator: McConnell, John A. & McConnell, William V.
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Improvement in Plows.

Description: Patent for improvements in adjusting devices and attachments for sulky plows, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1878
Creator: Payne, Joseph Mott
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Improvement in Cotton-Presses.

Description: Patent for "improvements in cotton-presses, it's object being to produce a compact and efficient apparatus, adapted to be secure in the floor between the first and second stories of a building, in such a manner that the press-box can be filled and the cotton made up into bales in the upper story, while the pressing operation is effected from below." (Lines 7-15) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1878
Creator: Thompson, Robert C. & Thompson, Joseph N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Earth-Boring Machines.

Description: Patent for improvements in earth-boring machines with new design and connections, including illustrations.
Date: January 1, 1878
Creator: Yarborough, William H.
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Improvement in Portable Houses.

Description: Patent for improvements in the construction of portable wooden houses, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 8, 1878
Creator: Boyd, John
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Improvement in Water-Wheels.

Description: Patent for improvements in the construction of water-wheels, including illustrations.
Date: January 8, 1878
Creator: Cross, David L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Gang and Sulky Plows.

Description: Patent for improvements in gang and sulky plows which "consists in an axle having the double crank of the transporting-wheel journaled upon the outer bend of said crank, working between the side beams of the plow-frame, and the connecting-rods pivoted, respectively, to the said bars and to the end and inner bend of said crank" (lines 17-23). Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 8, 1878
Creator: McCormick, John Robert
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Improvement in Adjustable Hammers for Fire-Arms.

Description: Patent for "the particular construction and arrangement of such swiveling striker with its locking devices, and its combination with a double-barreled gun, whereby a single hammer may be employed for both barrels, the striker being capable of such adjustment as to bring it within the range of either nipple, or into an intermediate position between the two, for the prevention of accidents." (Lines 17-26) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 8, 1878
Creator: Toepperwein, Emil A. F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Band-Cutting Feeders for Thrashing-Machines.

Description: Patent for improvements in the design of band-cutters and feeders for thrashing machines, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 15, 1878
Creator: Andrews, Henry K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Motors for Operating Churns.

Description: Patent for "a simple and effective motive power for operating the dashers of churns; and it consists of a suitable frame-work provided with a fly-wheel, operated by a pitman attached to a bar projecting from brackets on the side of an ordinary rocking-chair, said fly-wheel being provided with cogs upon one side, which mesh into the cogs on a smaller wheel, which caries a crank for operating the dasher of the churn, a suitable belt being arranged upon the rim of the fly-wheel and around a small pulley for setting in motion a rotary fan." (Lines 13-25) Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 15, 1878
Creator: Crump, Thomas J.
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Improvement in Apparatus for Preserving Meat, &c.

Description: Patent for "an improved apparatus for use in fumigating substances used as food; and also for impregnating water with sulphurous-acid gas, for the purpose of preserving such substances by the antiseptic quality of sulphur" (lines 9-14). Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 15, 1878
Creator: Ames, Theodore George
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Combined Wrench and Saw-Set.

Description: Patent for improvements in the "combination of a wrench with a saw-setting device attached to the sliding jaw thereof" (lines 17-19). Includes instructions and illustrations.
Date: January 22, 1878
Creator: Backer, Jacob
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Lubricating Device.

Description: Patent for a new and improved lubricating device. This design consists of "[t]he combination, with the cross-head of an engine or other reciprocating part of machinery, and the guides or ways on which it works, of a reservoir for the lubricant, a wheel for taking up and applying the same to the friction-surface with which the wheel works in contact, and a spring for supporting the wheel" (para. 10). This design prevents dust and other pollutants from entering the reservoir.
Date: January 22, 1878
Creator: Walton, Franklin B.
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Improvement in Bale-Ties

Description: Patent for an improved bale-tie whose frame is provided with an end bar having wedge-shaped catch.
Date: January 29, 1878
Creator: Andrews, Thomas S.
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Bale-Tie.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bale-tie that eliminates the need for buckles. This design achieves this with a hook and a U-shaped piece of iron to be riveted to the band, thus fastening the bale without buckles.
Date: January 29, 1878
Creator: Lenard, William R.
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Horse-Power.

Description: Patent for a new and improved "horse-power" (motor). This design utilizes a central pinion and a counter-wheel to accelerate the rest of the motor with minimal friction and minimal complicating of design.
Date: January 29, 1878
Creator: Randall, John C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Jail Cells.

Description: Patent for new and improved jail cells. This design calls for cell walls constructed of vertical sections secured by through-bolts, tubular bars for the concealment of the through-bolts, wooden corner-posts and sill and head timbers, and outer and main walls lined with sheet-iron (with narrow windows lined with chilled cast-iron) (paras. 15-19).
Date: January 29, 1878
Creator: Thomas, John S.
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Improvement in Safety-Guards for Cars.

Description: Patent for "certain new and useful Improvements in Safety-Guards for Cars" (lines 5-6) intended to pervent derailment of railway cars, including a detailed explanation and description of the illustration.
Date: February 5, 1878
Creator: Harding, John W. & Towell, Issac
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Improvement in Rotary Engines.

Description: Patent for Improvement in Rotary Engines concerning "the arms of the frame" (lines 9), which are powered by steam and "steam valves with arms" (line 17) including a detailed explanation and description of the illustration.
Date: February 5, 1878
Creator: Evens, George
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Improvement in Devices for Use in Reciprocating Churns.

Description: Patent for a churn that has "the cylinder with angular perforations, in contradistinction to round perforations and long slots" (lines 18-20) including a detailed explanation and description of the illustration.
Date: February 12, 1878
Creator: Forsyth, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Plow and Seeder.

Description: Patent for a plow and seeder that has an added "rotating flanged drum composed of two perforated cylinders" (lines 10-11) including a detailed explanation and description of the illustration.
Date: February 19, 1878
Creator: Elliott, Pinkney H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department