Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879

A Weekly Journal of Practical Information, Art, Science, Mechanics, Chemistry, and Manufactures

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 38,888 / 127 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.6
LoC Category: Q
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lt is a nation of inventors, at whose hands the newest of lands has leaped to the leadership in the arts, almost at a bound.

There is talk of changing all this; of emulating the conservative spirit of the Old World; of putting inventors under bonds; of stopping the rush of industrial improvement--to enable a few short-sighted yet grasping corporations to get along without paying license fees for such inventions as they happen to approve of. They profess to want inventors to go on making improvements. They are willing to ascribe all honor to the successful inventor; but they are determined not to pay him for his work. Still more they are determined to change the attitude of the public mind toward inventors and inventions, if such a change can be wrought by plausible misrepresentations. The fact that they were able to inveigle one branch of the American Congress into assenting to their unjust and mischievous scheme is one of the anomalies of our recent history. It should be taken as a timely warning of i

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