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ENGINEER  AND  INVENTOR  April 1893

More industry gossip

More Gossip from the engineering industry, 1893
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The Patent Office

It is rumored that the Commissioner of Patents has not placed his signature to any Canadian patents since February 28th, 1893. If such is the case it is to be deplored that such gross negligence on the part of an official at the head of one of the most important departments of the Government should be permitted to exist. It is unquestionably the duty of the Government to investigate the case, and endeavor to provide a means for remedying this state of affairs. The Patent Office is one of the most important branches of the Government, as nearly all of our manufacturing industries are dependent upon the protection granted by patent rights, and if their interests are to be neglected in that respect the Patent Office might as well be abolished, and an expensive farce wiped off the Federal pay rolls.

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Amendment to the Patent Act

A bill has lately passed the United States Senate making it compulsory for all railroads entering the United States to adopt an automatic car coupler before the year 1895. This is a move in the right direction by the United States Gouernment, but it is more than possible that the validity of the Act will be questioned, and a test case carried by the railroad companies to the United States Supreme Court, before they will submit to make such an extensive alteration in their rolling stock. It is to be hoped that the Canadian Parliament will pass a similar Act in regard to Canadian railroads.

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The first iron wire was drawn at Nuremberg in 1351

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The electric street railways are experiencing considerable difficulty in securing a suitable guard for the prevention of accidents.

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An inventor who has secured a large forture

Mr. J. A. Grignard, who for several years has been employed as lithographer in the Department of the Interior at Ottawa, left today for New York. He has resigned his position in the Civil Service. He goes to New York on business in connection with a new lithographic process which he has invented, by which as many as 18 tints can be printed at one impression. He was offered $100,000 for his patent by some Ottawa capitalists several months ago. He has disposed of it to a company in New York, which has paid him half a million dollars for his process—$200,000 down and the remainder later. Over and above that he is to receive 2 per cent, of the profits of the company from the process. He is also under contract to devote the next two years to further experiment with a view to further inventions and improvements in lithographic processes, which, if any, are to become the property of the company. For those two years he will receive a salary of $1,000 per month.

Mr. Grignard is a native of Paris, France. He is 45 years of age and married. He takes his great good fortune very quietly.

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At the time of going to print a suit,—Carter Co. vs. Anglo American Novelty Co.—in which the plaintiffs are suing the defendants for the infringement of their patent, 14182, is being tried before the Exchequer Court.

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Heated Journals

The British Admiralty has definitely adopted a wire quick-fire 6 inch gun, weighing seven tons, and which sends an elongated shot of 100 pounds weight for a distance of four miles so rapidly that there are four shots in the air at once. Forty of these guns are about ready for British warships.

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The planing machine was the work of Woodworth in 1828.

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For clinical work a Frenchman has devised an exceedingly delicate and quick-reading electrical thermometer, capable of showing a variation in temperature of 1/20th of a degree Centigrade.

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Manufacturers, as well as the public in general, are pleased to learn that the so-called coal trust is on the verge of dissolution. If ever a combination was conceived in iniquity it was this. The manner in which the public has been compelled by the monopoly to pay exorbitant prices for coal has been absolutely excuseless.

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The Hamilton Steamboat Company's new wharf at the Beach will have to be rebuilt, as the ice smashed it completely. Most of the material was saved.

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The Canadian party appointed to survey and locate the international boundry line between Alaska anb British Columbia left Ottawa for Victoria, B.C.

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A new reversing gear has recently been patented, in which a single eccentric rod is employed to perform the work heretofore accomplished by the two reversing rods.

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