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Patent Claims Issued by the United States Patent Office for the week ending August 21, 1860
Lewis Newsom, of Gallipolis, Ohio, for an Improved Device for Heating Rooms:
I claim the arrangement of the radiator, constructed as specified in the particular manner described, in relation to the fire-place and chimney.
[Source: "Scientific American" - 1 Sept 1860]

Patent Claims Issued by the United States Patent Office for the week ending April 23, 1861
E. T. Shepard, of Gallipolis, O., for an Improved Washing Machine:
I claim the arrangement of a series of rings, C, secured to a rotary axle, D, by means of springs, E, and suspended in a swinging frame, F, in combination with the rotary-slatted cylinder, B, constructed and operating substantially in the manner and for the purpose shown and described.
[This invention consists in the arrangement of a series of rings, each of which is supported by four (more or less) springs, secured round the circumference of a rotary shaft, having its bearings in a swinging frame, in combination with a slatted rotary clothes cylinder, in such a manner that the several rings bear on the surface of the clothes wrapped round the slatted cylinder, and that on rotating said cylinder the clothes are carried through the rings, which latter, by means of the springs supporting them, accommodate themselves to the inequalities in the surface of the clothes.]
[Source: "Scientific American" - 11 May 1861]

Boyton's Progress.

Arrival at Gallipolis - some Incidents Calculated to Produce Nervousness
Gallipolis, March 6. -- Captain Paul Boyton arrived here in his swimming suit this morning at 8 o'clock. It was not known when he would arrive, and consequently but few of our citizens witnessed his arrival. His run here has been the greatest he has made, having been constantly in the water for twenty-eight hours. He left Marietta at five o'clock Wednesday morning, in a heavy fog; passed Parkersburg at a quarter past nine; Big Horn at noon; Murrysville at four in the afternoon; Ravenswood, seven in the evening; spoke steamer Carrie at half-past nine near Goose Island, and received refreshments; Syracuse a quarter past twelve; Pomeroy, four this morning; Campaign Creek, six and here above as stated. He leaves early to-morrow, and will reach Huntington, if all passes well, at midnight Friday; Portsmouth, Saturday. The next dash will be at Maysville, which he expects to reach Sunday night or Monday morning. The next heat will be to Cincinnati, which he expects to reach Tuesday afternoon. It is his intention to continue the trip to New Orleans if health and strength will stand the test.
The Captain is thirty-one years old, weighs 160 in his socks, and is a genial, pleasant gentleman. He has been resting all day here, and will lecture to-night and be entertained with music and suitable ceremonies. He has met with many interesting incidents on his voyage. This morning at half past four, being drowsy, he was aroused by the noise of the paddles of a steamer, and suddenly found himself about to be run down by the Telegraph. He says he hallooed with terrible energy, which the pilot answered, and he barely escaped being run down.
One mile above Gallipolis he was approached by a skiff, which put off from a small trading boat, and to which he paid but little attention until he saw himself covered by an army musket, when he again used frantic efforts to make known who he was. Wehn the skiff came up he saw that it contained an old man and a young man, evidently his son, who, still pale and trembling with excitement, held his gun on him, believing he had overtaken a sea monser of some sort. On the Virginia side an old man broke for his cabin to get his gun. These incidents have had a tendency to make the Captain nervous, fearing he might be shot in the water by parties not knowing who or what he is.
Ironton, O., March 7. -- Capt. Boynton arrived here at 9 o'clock to-night, twelve hours out from Gallipolis. He lectures here to--morrow night, and then proceeds on his way.
[Source: The Wheeling Register; (WV); 08 MAR 1879]

Veritable Romance. Secret Drawer in a Gallipolis, O., Clock Reveals Parentage of an Unacknowledged Daughter of Louis Phillipe.
Cincinnati, O., Dec 24. -- The Enquirer's Gallipolis, O., special says the discovery of a manuscript in a secret drawer of an old clock in the city reveals a secret of the French court and shows the reason of the visit to that city in 1789 of the Duke of Orleans, afterward Louis Phillipe of France. The discovery was made by Claude M. Wall while taking apart an old French clock that had long been standing in the storage room of his store.
He found a secret drawer in the clock, which contained an old parchment manuscript written in French, and which was wrapped in a child's flannel skirt, richly embroidered and bearing a monogram. A piece of fine lace was also with the manuscrupt. Upon translation the manuscrupt purported to be a "true history of Adele de Alonquin." It bore the signature of Louis de Alonqiun and was dated Oct. 13, 1780.
It was addressed to Adele, apparently to be given her when she grew to maturity. The substance of it was that Adele was the daughter of the Duke of Orleans. The mother died at the child's birth, ignorant of the rank of the child's father. The writer was then placed in charge of the child and sent with it to Gallipolis, where there was a French colony. The story ran that he became her preceptor and finally, after the visit of the Duke of Orleans to Gallipolis, it was determined to send Adele to a Catholic school in France. The mother of Adele not being of royal blood, the marriage was kept secret.
Mr. Wall has sent the manuscript to the French Ambassador at Washington. Some portions of the papers giving names and lineage have not been made public.
[Source: "Boston Morning Journal" (MA); 25 Dec 1901]

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