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An adjustable book or card rack for use in large halls where the seats used are chairs has a clamp to attach it to the back of the chair in front at any height. A new manner of fastening handles on spades, hoes, etc., consists of having a conical screw shank on the tool, with notches cut in the sides, into which screws are fastened after the shank has been screwed into the handle.

A handy pencil holder just out has a metal plate to pin on the vest, with a curved metal strip lined with indiarubber attached to its face to grip the pencils as they are pushed into position. Lamp wicks can easily be placed in burners by means of a new device consisting of a flat bodkin with spring hooks in one end to hold the wick while it is being drawn through the tube in the burner. Spectacle holders for attachment to the coat will hold bowed glasses as well as nose glasses, a special hook being provided to clasp the bows in addition to the Y-shaped holder on the metal disc to hold the bridge. To cut the thread while sewing a newlydevised thimble has a metal projection on one side to cover a small steel blade being set in the thimble, the thread being drawn into the shield and forced against the blade to cut it.

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USEFUL INVENTIONS., Issue 10435, 2 October 1897, Supplement

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USEFUL INVENTIONS. Issue 10435, 2 October 1897, Supplement

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