How to See Round a Corner.
In roferenoe to the interview with Mr Edison, published in the 'Pall Mall Gazette,' Mr G. C. Farr, architect, of Ship street, Brighton, has sent that journal a pamphlet describing an astonishing invention which he has lately patented and registered under the punning name of the "Farrscope." After many years of study the instrument has been perfected. "Its form,'' says the pamphlet, "is that of a square case with a front of glass, placed on an ordinary office table. There are worked, by means of levers, a series of revolving mirrors. The machinery consists of three divisions—first, the collector ; secondly, the conductor; and thirdly, the receiver. The collector is that portion of the instrument applied to the apartment under examination by the visitor, and contains a double revolving mirror, regulated by a couple of small knobs in the front of the table, connected by wires in front of the receiver, which operates in the chamber under the inspection. The receiver? arc about 12in by Bin, and cp.n be formed of wood or metal, and when fitted to a writing-table, desk, or any convenient recess, present a handsome, and by no means cumbersome, appearance. The glass face referred to is a neatly contrived door about Sin by 6in, and through the glass in the aperture the looker-on can take a glance into the interior of any particular room that he or she desires to inquire into, if connected by the Farrscope. Some explanation is reserved for the second portion of tho machine under survey—the conductor, or tube, used for the means of promoting the reflection from the collector to the receiver at any attitude or position. The fixing of the Farrscope can be accomplished without inconvenience." The invention can be worked at night; messages can be flashed by it, and managers of all kinds of large establishments (banks, theatres, warehouses, newspaper offices, etc.) by its aid_ can see into any room in the building which is in the Farrßcopic communication with their desks without leaving their chairs. It is claimed that it can be used in coal mines with equal success.
Practical Party (in suburbs): " What do you work at ?" Tramp (speaking first thing that comes to mind): " I'm a wood engraver, sir." Practical Party (delighted): "Ah ! very good. Just walk around behind the back kitcheD. You'll find a saw, wood horse, and some wood. Will you be kind enough to engrave a cord or so while I sec about your breakfast ?" But the cloud of dust disappearing down the road answered not.
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How to See Round a Corner., Evening Star, Issue 8055, 4 November 1889
How to See Round a Corner. Evening Star, Issue 8055, 4 November 1889
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