Harvester Was Boys Idea
! HARVESTER WAS BOY'S IDEA Suggested to Father Plan of Putting Large Scissors,. Instead of 8lcklea, on Reaping Machine. In 1830 Obed Hussey of Ohio was inventing a reaping machine, the first ever designed in this country. His chief difficulty was the cutting device, which was three large sickles, set ia a frame and revolved so as to cut Into the grain. It would not work satisfactorily. A young son, watching the experiments, aBked his father why ne did not use a lot of big scissors, with one handle fastened to one bar and the other handle to a sliding bar, thus opening and closing them. Hus sey Instantly adopted the Idea, substituting for scissors the two saw-toothed blades which are In common ubo today on harvesters, the cutting action being quite similar to that of scissors. From the boy's suggestion he perfected In ono week a machine on which he had In vain exercised all his ingenuity for the preceding two years. The principle of that cutting device Is the principle of all of the great harvesting machines, and its benefit to the farming industry of the entire world has been ut.surpassed by any other Invention for use on the farm. George F. Stratton, in St Nicholas.