j. langdon,office of j. langdon & co. miners and dealers in
j. d. f. slee,anthracite and bituminous coals. 6 baldwin st.
t. w. crane,
c. j. langdon.elmira, n.y., Sept 16 187 1
I believe I would not bother with that knife.
Bear in mind that your wheel, to supplant others, must break ice 3 or 4 inches thick & plow through it without damage to itself.
The biggest [thing is] the world is to invent a steam [railroad] break that the engineer can apply throughout his train without needing breakmen. The N. J. RR run 105 trains a day, & employ say 7 seven breakmen on a train at about $2 a day apiece. Figure that up & you will see that that one railroad could afford to pay you $250,000 a year for the use of such an invention. Can you contrive it?
As to the button. One form of it might be a simple hinge without spring. The screw (button) would hold it together—passing through above the pants. But I suppose the spring is the best pattern of the two. How does it strike you?
Personal ǀ O. Clemens Esq ǀ 149 Asylum st ǀ Hartford ǀ Conn [return address:] return to j. langdon & co., elmira, n. y., if not delivered within 10 days. [postmarked:] elmira n.y. sep 16
Orion was correct about the train brake. George Westinghouse received his first patent for a compressed-air (not
steam) brake on 13 April 1869. The brake had been previously tested in December 1868 on the Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati and St.
Orion was correct about the train brake. George Westinghouse received his first patent for a compressed-air (not steam) brake on 13 April 1869. The brake had been previously tested in December 1868 on the Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad.
Provenance:see Mark Twain Papers in Description of Provenance.
Emendations and textual notes:
thing is • [sic]
railroad • rail-ǀroad