Science: Inventors & Backers

There was a wistful air about the first International Patent Exposition, in Chicago last week. Inventors have notorious difficulty in getting money to exploit their devices. Banks will not make loans without established security. Financiers, in general, will not bother with strange new gadgets. It was with hope that volume and diversity would attract money that the inventors worked up their exposition. Some 3,000 men and women put their wares on display.

The name of Maj.-General George Owen Squier, retired chief signal officer of the U. S. Army, stood out from the...

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