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f About Utah's Great I Inventor. Recognition of a San Pete Boy's Achievements. . - lli Pits His Giant Intellect Against Niagara and - ( ';, j Conquers. , '-t ; I Avjlli Give Manti, His Native , City, Pure Water. V : ' I t)f all the young men born within the borders of San Pete, no other has Attained the prominence to which' John T-atton Jr. has arrived. 'No I young Inan of Utah is so well and J favorably known, no citizen of the -' " United States Edison excepted . f is f so 'prominent ; in the world of ,'l : science and invention. The f Jftrali Tribune, Nephi Ensign, J and possibly other Territorial papers, v hae from time to time given bis , victories to the world, and Eastern ?": Papers have been glad to be first in ' honoring his genius, and courage; "J but in . San Pete County, the place1 of his nativity, the home of his youth, he has been practically ignored.. ? . "Ho often noise is mistaken fof 1 genius and the reverse, are evinced, p : by thtv fact that he was considered rather a dull boy. Deep in thought, i . , he ' wks often lost to events trans-' trans-' piring around him, and would leave stood that water will boil, at a high alii tnde, at so low a temperature that the hand would not be scalded if plumred 'therein; and yet the process of evaporation evapora-tion ensues. This natural principle is applied by skillfully consiructed machinery machin-ery at any level, by the vacuum process. This not only greatly facilitates manufacture, manufact-ure, but really produces a superiorarti-cle. superiorarti-cle. The intense heat necessary in- the old process tended to daiken the product, pro-duct, and often to impair the flavor of such articles as are consumed as food or diink; while by the Fatten method, it js managed at a tempreature f low as to leave molasses, syrup, and similar articles ar-ticles semi-transparent. ' -Quoting from a itote book, written by John Patieo Ji's Patron and Friend, the following paia'raph is taken, and is authentic: au-thentic: "John Patton'l evaporating apparatus in coo-aeition coo-aeition with hi perfect vacuum p.tra!u the latter o( which ii toe firsl mid only mathme in the whole world tor cmiuieKial purpones M capable of evaporating 1365 . galluuscf walel ia one hour, m aiiatns our orujnary apparatus of the same sue, used, perhaps, for joo gallons per hour capacity." This shows the relative superiority of the new method. Perhaps the ice freeiing' machine is the most unique . and interesting,-since no chemicals are necessary, and the fieezing is done by the same vacuum process. The preparations now being made will give New Yoik cubes of ice eight by e ght feet, and thirty feet long, frozen to order on the hottest days. The estimated cost of producing it is fitty cents per ton. He also has a machine of immense capacity for the manufacture of cream of tartar (fiom the lees of wine), of a very superior quality. Mr. Patten, Sen., says: " 1 was at New Jetsey to see one i.f the cream of lartar machines put in operation. In two hours it had completed a run, which had formerly occupied eighty hours." The machine for Uie manufacuie of glycerine is a marvel of speed and accuracy. ac-curacy. The element of which glycerine is made is thrown off in the manufacture of soap, and is about five percent of the whole. It will not enter into the composition com-position of soap, and has heretofore been pouted into the gutter. Three of these machines are at work, and in a run of four or five davs turn ,out a batch if from 15,000 to 20.000 Us each, and this it must be remembered is clear profit, or saved from what was before A waste.- - '' ' I dj not feel tba.t I have done this subject Justice, but will say in conclusion that John Patte,n is a Utah boy, a Manti boy, and we are all proud of him, and his father not the least. -Religious difference, dif-ference, social d.scords, aud political antagonisms are laid aside, and one aiid i all join heanily in wishing our voting townsman, the acme oi fame, of success, j and of happiness. ' ' ' . j He was probably the ' first' rriah to thoroughly demonstrate to the worid that the various motions of tlte earth wrere responsible for the tides of the ocean, instead of the moon, as was so long 'held by scientists,' and last, it is rumored that he will endow his native city, Manti.'with thewater works of which she stands in ' such - pressing need. Lucky Manti! I ' the play ol Doys or nis own age ; ' -whenever he had an opportunity to listen 'to the conversation of men. ; Silent, absorbed, he listened, drink-t drink-t ing in and evidently rememberinij I V" ' all that was worth remembering of j I " .' what he heard. His inventive mind ; was early foreshadowed ;arid many in-i in-i ". ' stances could be adduced to illustrate 1 it,' but one will serve. When sent : - with his older; brothers for wood, I : they' lifted on the. huge logs by main .' strength-; but he was forever rigging 4 some scheme to make the team dd (x " T&t work, and very clever were some Ii :- of the devices he; used. He' is now l ' 4 jnan of tbirty-three.of medium size, , , with deep.thoughtful, yet keen eyes, : ; in$i firm, square jaw that has none " t ' . "- , of the elements of coarseness His "i ' last and possibly . liis . greatest; ' ' achievement is the harnessing of the -j.'h - ' awer of Niagra, of which the Buffalo CtriHHrcitlsiysf'L'-i ' ' . -v' J '"hlr. John Patten, an inventor, residing I . fat New York, has recently putsH an ir I ' JteuiJUS uppaiatasfor emraciiig rnateri-7 rnateri-7 ' al lron spent lyes.which is now working I Vry tatisfactor.ly in the extensive soap il ' - works of Ltntz Hrothers & Co in this II : Citv.)' Mr J'.itteu is now engaged on an I ' orisiial plan lot Utilizn.g the great Ni-1, Ni-1, ; w ater powfiiv and writes ro a friend T" JithTsevii;th:it he is makiri? rat id pro-. t . .icrett. He ft'-aic'J thai by 'his plan, the ! . power can not only be transmitted to J '. JaUt1.do atid diatiibumd fl ovet ibe city, js " but can also b extended as the country " jtleelops, for 4entv or thirty miles, 1 iarmiiid the margin of the lake beyond Buffalo. . . i It will take-large amount of money j 'to complete the plant, hut when it is ' linisbed, it will be piactially indestructi-' indestructi-' f ' We, s ond free from danger. There is i om talk of getting up a company. The I 'plan are of Kirch a nature that the en-V en-V lire power of the Falls can be utilized as 5 oon as the industital growth of Buffalo ? is great enough The fust plant provides i for something like a million horse power. Mr. Patten has taken steps to patent tiis invention, pending which, of course, I the full details will not be- made public. I It may be stated, however, that his plan S . is considered of great practical impor-I impor-I tance by Mr. Edward E. Quimby, of New York, who has the reoutaiion of being one of the must capable, "couservative r5 and practical patent attorneys in. the I rfvmntrv." 4 ;'!!'!".' ! I. d ; I From' the Nephi Ensign of recent I date the following is-' taken; ' , I "It Is easy to say sin. llie face of 1 - his alnv.ist Rhenonineal achievements, I that he has tljose. qualifies - which', Coup- ff led with genius, nUays lead to success, Without extended education of 'early J advantages, without cipital or: iafluenii- 1 al friends, be ytft possessed that, power 1 'oi concentration, that (acuity of calcula- J tion and comparison, that divine thirst or knowledge, which is a better gift I from nature, - , i H'Sfiist serious efforts probably betjan i in California, wheie he was employed as I a watchman, where a vast library was at 'i ' his command. Here he laid the found,.- I tion lor his later achievement. While ' there he invented a pump lor hoisting 1 the water out of deep mines, through a single pipe, without the use of pump J ,:tods;havirtr h'row-"iooald at, the , amface.hjr-l) f univalent torMim I "We has aciulted ft knowledge ot 5 chemitry. and has givensome important I inloimation to the wot'd in that line; but I his time hs-cWsrlv beenpent in useful i ' Inventions, Qutj-U hl principal sue- 1 cesses is lasting machine, .which, wi!! mechanically sttetch the Upper 6vrt th I last, and fasten it td the msole of the 1 - shoe in eleven seconds; doing the work I better than if done by hand. U has a 'i capacity of 6oopairs per day .The changes , ' from right to Jet and the . various sizes, I f are made automatically ,ad witlvB a mm- I imum of time. '.Two -of -these tnaclrines. i are on exhibition at the Mills Bu.ldibg in ji asjew York, He isalso insntor of a type- a success by expSVvWJwhM never really been put to use. He is ptewla.n ol the lohn Ryan type foundry .and owfts onei i third ioterest in the same, t ... . . i Hi supreme success is his machuie Tor I creattnza perfect vacuum, UPV1'1'.' I principle hhigM all his telling victories t over the elements', and h: mediod is f bouud to supercede all other processes I in the manufacture of salt, sugar. Iquots. elycerine, cream of tartar, and all Sther substanoes depending on the pro. 1 tt oi tvaporatioo. V " I v ....