A LAFAYETTE INVENTION.
Mr. Charles Carnshan, of Youngsville, has obtained letters patent for a controller for turnplows. Charles S. Young, of the same town, has received the agency for the selling of parish rights, and in a few days will begin an active canvass of the State of Louisiana. An accurate idea of the plow adjustment could only be obtained by a reading of the specification in the letters patent, which in this issue, we are unable to publish, but a proximate one can be obtained by the following from the inventor's statement: "This invention relates to improvements in turn-plow controllers, and its object is to provide a controller which extends outward over the moldboard, and is adapted to be adjusted, the end of the controller being considerably above the ground and devoid of any downwardly-extending or vertical position, which the soil engages whereby the soil is controlled and it is turned by the moldboard as may be desired." "A plow controller comprising a vertical extension adapted to be adjustably connected with a plow-beam, a bar connected to the lower end of the standard and extending parallel with the beam and a controlling surface, extending outward from the same parallel beam in approximately a horizontal position and consisting of fingers having a rearward sweep in respect to the horizontal bar, substantially as and for the purpose described."
This invention is adapted to be used in the cultivation of corn, potatoes, cotton, etc., with great advantage.
The parish right for Lafayette has already been sold, and all indications point to a great success in other parts of the State. If the invention proves a success, the gentlemen interested propose to canvass other States.
Mr. Charles S. Young, who has received the agency for the selling of parish rights, is an enterprising young merchant of Royville, who has already proved his business ability. He is well known throughout this section and if there is half a chance, will, no doubt, be eminently successful in this undertaking. He possesses business tact and enterprise, believes in the efficacy of the invention, and will go to work with the determination of not taking a backward step.
Lafayette Gazette 1/1/1898.
Mr. W. C. Abbott, agent for the smokeless Gas Machine manufactured by F. W. Gustine, New Orleans, will make Lafayette his headquarters in the future. He is at present engaged in canvassing the town for orders.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.
A Telescopic Tower Invented by Laf.'s H. A. Van der Cruyssen.
The N. O. Times-Democrat of last Thursday contained a descriptive article on the telescopic tower recently invented by our ingenious townsman, Mr. H. A. Vander Cruyssen. In our next issue we will give an extended notice of this meritorious invention. This telescopic tower certainly reflects credit upon Mr. Vander Cruyssen whose inventive genius we hope will receive its full share of compensation. Lafayette Gazette 1/21/1899.
Wonder of 19th Century.
Displayed in New Iberia:
Another wonder of the nineteenth century is acetylene gas as an illuminant, generated by the simplest form of machine from calcium carbide, made from powdered chalk and coal in the electric furnace. The exhibition made of this new during the week at Lee's drug store, has attracted much attention and developed great interest. It is a pure white light of most intense brilliancy, a jet not much larger than that of an ordinary coal oil lamp developing 250 candle power, burns perfectly motionless and throws out less heat than any gas known, and is comparatively inexpensive. Messrs. Jeff Arnandez and Geo. Pellerin are introducing the new new illuminant in these parts and have already placed several machines in town for the lighting of places of business. To-morrow night they will light up the Opera house with the eight light machine they have, though this will not be a fair test, as the the machine is not of sufficient power for so large an area.
From the New Iberia Enterprise and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/22/1898.
Van der Cruyssen's Telescopic Erection.
Our confrere, H. A. Van der Cruyssen, is now seeking honors in the world of inventions. After a great deal of hard work he has invented a telescopic tower, which from all accounts, has a splendid chance to become both useful and ornamental. To give our readers an idea of Mr. Van der Cruyssen's invention we will give as clear a description of it as we can.
The telescopic tower is composed of a series of sections which can be raised to any given height and when closed, fit one within the other like the sections of a telescope. The tower may be made any circumference or height, the principle remaining the same and the mechanical construction will be as simple and as substantial for a 500 feet tower as for only 50 feet high.
The building is elevated by a perpendicular screw which is firmly attached to the smaller or top story. The screw is contained in a threaded well in the ground, so when it is desired to make an ascension the entire tower is rotated which causes the screw to be forced out of the ground, forcing the small or top story up, which draws the succeeding stories after it. One story, the top one, has positive relation to the screw, the others are merely braced against it, the braces sliding in perpendicular grooves, by which means all the stories are held in permanent relation to each other and all rotate at the same time, giving the occupants a continuous revolving panorama changing at every plane of elevation. The visitor may choose the height to which he wishes to ascend and take his position in the section of the tower which reaches that height. When the tower is closed the floors of all the sections are on the same plane. The tower can make an ascension every two hours and will accommodate from 1000 to 5000 sight-seers, which, suppose at 50 cents, each will make an investment even better that a trip on the Ferris Wheel. The structure itself will be artistic and from its novelty is bound to be a great attraction at a fair.
The possibilities of the invention are not limited to the tower, but Mr. Van der Cruyssen has made a very unique and attractive stand on the same principle, which can be used as a trunk, desk, shelf and numerous other articles. Lafayette Gazette 1/28/1899.
The tower designed by Prof. Zell for the proposed waterworks is on exhibition at the post-office. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.
A Lafayette Inventor.
Mr. John Price of Scott has received from the United States Government a patent for a "boltless rail joint." He is confident that the device meets the requirements for a simple and durable joint for the building of railroads, and he has already received flattering offers from several manufacturing firms to put the invention on the market. Mr. Price desires a thorough test of its value. He says that its use will result in a saving of labor, and that wrecks are less liable with this boltless joint than with the one now generally used.
The following is a technical description of his invention taken from the circular letter which he has distributed:
"It provides a simple and effective organization of contributing elements which bind closely against opposite portions of rail sections to prevent the rails from having sidewise movement as well as to prevent any sagging at the joint. It comprises three elements which lock about the rails by a wedge action. The base plate has two inwardly projecting flanges, the inner edges which converge. When the end of the rail is seated in the base-plate the clamping sections are drawn in between the flanges. These clamping sections shoulder on the base and top portions of the rail and also upon the face and flanges of the base-plate. The base-plate has a longitudinal rib to strengthen it and to prevent lateral movement by fitting within a recess in the ties. The joint is designed to rest upon three ties and is secured by spikes. After the clamp sections are driven in the end, spikes are driven and lock the sections from endwise movement.
The joint is of an unusually durable nature and the parts can be easily assembled."
Lafayette Gazette 2/14/1903.
We acknowledge the receipt of a piece of music, composed by Miss Alix Judice, of Lafayette, entitled "A Toi Ma Pensee," a waltz, dedicated to her mother, published by Philip Werlein, New Orleans. Those who understand music say that it is a beautiful production, and has been received in musical circles with high appreciation. We have recognized Miss. Alix's superior merits as a musical performer; but now we wish to do her deserved honor, and say that Lafayette is proud of her talent. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1890.
Mr. Lusted's New Invention. - Last Thursday morning a trial was made of Mr. Charles Lusted's invention for cutting grass off railroad beds. The experiment was conducted under the guidance of the inventor and in the presence of road master Watson and an intimate friend. The cutting apparatus was attached to an ordinary hand car and by eight o'clock, everything being in readiness, the little party pulled out of the Lafayette yard going eastward. Several patches of grass and weeds were promptly mowed down as the car with its ingenious attachment proceeded along and, whilst the first experiment showed that a number of features connected with the machine were capable of improvement, it also fully demonstrated that the working principle of the invention is correct and perfectly practical. Mr. Lusted, the inventor, who is one of Lafayette's highly esteemed citizens, is satisfied with the test made, which was intended to point out any defective features about his grass cutting machine, and does not doubt that he can readily remedy these when he will give to the world the most useful and economical machine exactly right for cutting grass off railroad beds. Lafayette Advertiser 5/12/1894.
Improved Road Scraper. - There is now on exhibition at Mr. Gustave Lacoste's an improved road scraper, patented by Mr. Paul Blanchard, of Arnaudville, which is a great improvement over any other scraper on the market. The ordinary size of the scraper is four or five feet wide and weighs about 180 pounds. The scraping part is of iron about a foot wide. It is drawn like a cutaway harrow, and two horses easily draw it. It is very easily handled and operated, and will undoubtedly become a very popular machine. If you are in need of anything of the kind go and examine it at Mr. Lacoste's.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.