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MISCELLANEOUS INVENTIONS

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An improved finger ring has been patented by Mr. David Untermeyer, of New York city. The object of this invention is to furnish finger rings so constructed that they can be opened out to represent serpents, and which, when being worn, will give no indication of being anything more than rings. An improved heel skate-fastener has been patented by Mr. Elijah S. Coon, of Watertown, N.Y. This invention consists, essentially, of a screw threaded hollow plug or thimble, a dirt plate for covering the opening in the plug, and a spring for holding the dirt plate in place. This fastener possesses several advantages over one that is permanently attached to the heel. Being cylindrical, it is more easily connected, because the hole for its reception can be made with a common auger or bit without the necessity for lasting the boot or shoe or using a knife or chisel. Being screw threaded it can be readily screwed into place with a common screwdriver; this also enables it to be screwed either in or out, in order to make it fit the heel key. The screw thread permits of screwing it in beyond the surface of the heel, so as to prevent it from wearing out by the ordinary wearing of the shoe.

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