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A nearby radiator supplies the steam through a hose to the apparatus in use

Using the Steam Radiator to Remove Wall-Paper

TO provide a convenient means for utilizing live steam in order to make easy the removal of old wall-paper preliminary to redecorating, Julius Matzke, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has invented an apparatus which is said to meet all demands. The object of his invention, in addition to applying steam for the removal of the paper, is to localize the application of the steam so as to avoid injury to adjacent woodwork or other accessories, and to exterminate all germ and insect life on the wall.

The steam is supplied from a radiator and is led through a flexible hose to a hood-shaped head or steam-applying chamber. At the end of the hose, as it

enters the hood, are numerous perforations which are staggered to distribute the steam as thoroughly as possible. A valve at the outer end of the pipe provides a conveniently located means for controlling the steam supply to the head. The hood may be detached and the nozzle used when working close to woodwork and for discharging steam into crevices to kill vermin.

A New Electric Cloth-Cutter for Small Shops

TO meet the demand of small tailor shops a cloth-cutter which cuts one, two, or three layers of cloth at a time has been designed. It consists of a compact and light machine which can be operated from the ordinary lighting circuit. It has been placed on the market by a western manufacturer.

Although electric cloth-cutters have been in use in large clothing shops for sometime, most of the machines heretofore employed have been made only in large sizes suitable for cutting twenty thicknesses of cloth at one time. These were not suitable for the small shop. The new cutter is particularly adapted for the cutting of heavy cloth such as is used for overcoatings and the like.

The cutter consists of a motor, a circular cutting-disk and an emery sharpening-wheel