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 RUDOLPH C SMITH, OF YONKERS, NEW YORK.
 the object of my invention is to construct an instrument which will in every case register mechanically the correct decimal value of the first figures of numbers used in the 0peration of a logarithmic scale for calculations.
 Such an instrument as is Well known, is of the greatest utility, as it does away with the many chances of error caused by the necessity of constant mental attention While using the ordinary slide.
 Serial No. 1,105 led by me on January 11, 1900, I have described a construction for this purpose where the use of three scales on one slide, different by a multiple of ten, enables each of the three to register, respectively, a tenfold greater value than the one preceding it.
 My present invention consists in the construction of a cursor which, in conjunction with uniformlyspaced divisions on the slide and stationary part of a sliderule with decimal figures and with directive means on the ordinary logarithmic scale, will obtain the same result as is reached with the three auxiliary scales of my other pending application.
 Figure 1 is a top plan view of a calculatingscale embodying my invention.
 Fig. 2 is a plan showing the under side of same.
 Fig. 3 is a longitudinal side elevation of same; and
 Figs. 4 and 5 are respectively end elevations of the same, looking at the righthand ends of Figs. 1 and 2, respectively.
 the arrangement ofthe ordinary logarithmicallyspaced sliderule is well known and needs no detailed description. It consists of a stationary part and of a slidable part which can be moved to the desired place on the stationary part in proper guides. I prefer to use the construction described in my Patent No. 592,067, dated October 19, 1897, where the slide is held and guided by the celluloid flexible transparent cover or plate.
 the main slide 1 is held in place and slides on the stationary stock or part 4 below a flexible transparent coveringplate 2,which is kept at its proper place and at proper clearance for the slide 1 by the rivets 3, the latter being small strips of metal passing through the plate 2 and stock 4 and having their ends bent at right angles to form heads, as shown in Fig. 5.
 the slide 1 as well as the stationary part 4 are provided with any of the wellknown logarithmic Gunter scales; but in my improved instrument the scales on the slide 1 as well as those on the stock 4 are prominently marked with a visible sign in such a way that the same sign, in conjunction with the cursor and the decimal spaces of the slide, is used to register the correct (leciV nial value of the results obtained, as will be explained hereinafter.
 the cursor 6 may be the ordinary cursor used with this class of instruments; but the cursor 5 is provided with three indexes 17, 20, and 19, respectively, coinciding with the spacing of the decimal figures on the slide 8 by which the decimals are registered.
 the indexline 2O of the cursor 5 extends in a continuous line all around the stationary part 4, so as to serve to register the spacing on the back of the instrument with the middle line 2O of the said three indexes at the front of the cursor.
 the figures on the auxiliary slide 8 and on the stationary part 7 of the decimalscale are in three rows, which contain, respectively, the decimals of the rows of figures on the main scale, which are marked 3, 4,7 1, and 2, (not as numerals of reference, but as incorporated with the instrument,) as shown at the lefthand end of Fig. 1.
 the upper row of the stationary scales are the square roots of the lower row of figures, while the slides have the same row of figures as the lower row of ligures on the stationary parts.
 numerator is taken with the red index 17 of the cursor if it is on the red left half of the main rule and with the index 19 to the right of the middle opening 16 when the numerator is on the white half of the main slide.
 the instrument registers factors of proper and improper fractions, like 60 X 2 X 600 answer answer 3 5 E s 15 by the following sequence of moves for all the fractions: Fix the divisor (in our example 3) on the main slide 1 with the ordinary cursor 6. Repeat the same operation, using the decimal 1 of the divisor 3in our example and the special cursor 5 of the decimal auxiliary silde 8, moving the cursor 5 until the decimal 1 on the slide S is within the opening16 and coinciding with index 20. Now move the main slide 1 to bring the numerator 60 to the position previously fixed for the denominator by the cursor 6 in the first operation above explained.
 Fig. l shows the position of the scale after the numerator 60 has been moved to the edge of the cursor 6, (the latter being in the position in which it previously fixed the 3 and also the position of the cursor 5 on the decimalscale, (both terms in this illustration being of the same red color,) with 10 in the opening 16 of the cursor 5, in line with 1 on the stationary part 7 of the decimalscale. The next move will be the main cursor 6 to 5 on the slide 1 and the opening 16 of the cursor 5 to the 1 on the slide 8.
 an auxiliary sliderule with scales of uniform spacing marked with a continuous series of powers of ten,and with the cursor having three indexes of the same spacing as the scales of the auxiliary sliderule; substantially as set forth.
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No. 746,889. PATENTBD DEG. 15, 1903.
R. C. SMITH. l GALGULATING SCALE.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT. 12. 1903.
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l i. il n IVI /NVENTOH ATTORNEY UNITED STATES Patented December 15, 1903.
RUDOLPH C. SMITH, OF YONKERS, NEW YORK.
CALCULATlNGSCALE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 746,889, dated December 15, 1903.
Application filed September 12, 1903. Serial No. 172,881. (No model.)
To all whom it' may concern,.
Be it known that I, RUDOLPH C. SMITH, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Yonkers, in the county of Westchester and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Calculating Scales,of which the followingisaspecification.
The object of my invention is to construct an instrument which will in every case register mechanically the correct decimal value of the first figures of numbers used in the 0peration of a logarithmic scale for calculations. Such an instrument, as is Well known, is of the greatest utility, as it does away with the many chances of error caused by the necessity of constant mental attention While using the ordinary slide. In a pending application, Serial No. 1,105, led by me on January 11, 1900, I have described a construction for this purpose where the use of three scales on one slide, different by a multiple of ten, enables each of the three to register, respectively, a tenfold greater value than the one preceding it.
My present invention consists in the construction of a cursor which, in conjunction with uniformlyspaced divisions on the slide and stationary part of a sliderule with decimal figures and with directive means on the ordinary logarithmic scale, will obtain the same result as is reached with the three auxiliary scales of my other pending application.
Figure 1 is a top plan view of a calculatingscale embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a plan showing the under side of same. Fig. 3 is a longitudinal side elevation of same; and Figs. 4 and 5 are respectively end elevations of the same, looking at the righthand ends of Figs. 1 and 2, respectively.
The arrangement ofthe ordinary logarithmicallyspaced sliderule is well known and needs no detailed description. It consists of a stationary part and of a slidable part which can be moved to the desired place on the stationary part in proper guides. I prefer to use the construction described in my Patent No. 592,067, dated October 19, 1897, where the slide is held and guided by the celluloid flexible transparent cover or plate.
The main slide 1 is held in place and slides on the stationary stock or part 4 below a flexible transparent coveringplate 2,which is kept at its proper place and at proper clearance for the slide 1 by the rivets 3, the latter being small strips of metal passing through the plate 2 and stock 4 and having their ends bent at right angles to form heads, as shown in Fig. 5. The slide 1 as well as the stationary part 4 are provided with any of the wellknown logarithmic Gunter scales; but in my improved instrument the scales on the slide 1 as well as those on the stock 4 are prominently marked with a visible sign in such a way that the same sign, in conjunction with the cursor and the decimal spaces of the slide, is used to register the correct (leciV nial value of the results obtained, as will be explained hereinafter.
The cursor 6 may be the ordinary cursor used with this class of instruments; but the cursor 5 is provided with three indexes 17, 20, and 19, respectively, coinciding with the spacing of the decimal figures on the slide 8 by which the decimals are registered. The indexline 2O of the cursor 5 extends in a continuous line all around the stationary part 4, so as to serve to register the spacing on the back of the instrument with the middle line 2O of the said three indexes at the front of the cursor.
The figures on the auxiliary slide 8 and on the stationary part 7 of the decimalscale are in three rows, which contain, respectively, the decimals of the rows of figures on the main scale, which are marked 3, 4,7 1, and 2, (not as numerals of reference, but as incorporated with the instrument,) as shown at the lefthand end of Fig. 1.
It will be noticed that the upper row of the stationary scales are the square roots of the lower row of figures, while the slides have the same row of figures as the lower row of ligures on the stationary parts.
For the purpose of distinguishing the figures of the left half of the instrument from those of' the right half and for the purpose of iixing the figures to be registered with the proper index of the cursor 5 I provide the stationary sleeve 10 in the middle of the stationary part 4 of the main scale, through which sleeve 10 the main slide 1 slides. Heavy red lines 11 12, respectively, inclose the ligures of the left of the main slide 1 and of the stationary part 4. The upper and lower red IOO lines 12 of the stationary part 4 form, so to speak, a frame with the fixed cursor 10, and the red lines 11 join on acrossline 13, which forms the end of the left half of the slide 1.
I provide the cursor 5 between the index 17 and indexopening 16 with the same transparent color, red, as used for the lines 11 and 12 on the left half of the instrument, while the surface of the slide S to the right of the index 19 (notbeing under the said transparent color) appears as white, which is the color of the right half of the main scale. I have discovered that this construction of the instrument is capable of registering the decimal mechanically, following a very simple rule of operation, viz: Repeat every move of the cursor 6 and slide 1 of the main scale with the cursor 5 and slide 8 of the decimalscale, using the numbers on the main scale and the decimal of their first figures on the decimalslide. Read all decimals in line with the middle index 20 of the cursor 5, except those of fractions where numerator and divisor have different colors. In this case the numerator is taken with the red index 17 of the cursor if it is on the red left half of the main rule and with the index 19 to the right of the middle opening 16 when the numerator is on the white half of the main slide.
The instrument registers factors of proper and improper fractions, like 60 X 2 X 600 answer answer 3 5 E s 15 by the following sequence of moves for all the fractions: Fix the divisor (in our example 3) on the main slide 1 with the ordinary cursor 6. Repeat the same operation, using the decimal 1 of the divisor 3in our example and the special cursor 5 of the decimal auxiliary silde 8, moving the cursor 5 until the decimal 1 on the slide S is within the opening16 and coinciding with index 20. Now move the main slide 1 to bring the numerator 60 to the position previously fixed for the denominator by the cursor 6 in the first operation above explained. Repeat the same move with the slide 8 of the decimalscale, using the decimal of the first figure of the numerator,which is 10 in this case, and moving said slide S until the 10 on the slide appears in the aforesaid opening 16 of cursor 5, which is the position of the parts shown in Fig. 1.
Read all values of decimals in line with indexline 20, except when the numerator and divisor are of dierent colors, then use a red numerator with the index 17 to the left of the opening 16, while with a white numerator on a red denominator the index 19 to the right of the opening 16 should be used.
Fig. lshows the position of the scale after the numerator 60 has been moved to the edge of the cursor 6, (the latter being in the position in which it previously fixed the 3 and also the position of the cursor 5 on the decimalscale, (both terms in this illustration being of the same red color,) with 10 in the opening 16 of the cursor 5, in line with 1 on the stationary part 7 of the decimalscale. The next move will be the main cursor 6 to 5 on the slide 1 and the opening 16 of the cursor 5 to the 1 on the slide 8. Then move the main slide 1 until the 2 thereon reaches the edge of the main cursor 6, and leave the opening 16 of cursor 5 on the 1 of the decimalslide, since the decimal of the 2 and 3 composing the fractions is 1 and since they both are of the same color. Now move edge of main cursor 6 to 12 on slide 1 and move opening 16 of decimalcursor 5 to the 10 on the decimalslide S, then move slide 1 until the 600 thereon reaches the position xed for the denominator 12 by the cursor 6 in the previous move, and then move the slide 8 until the 100 thereon is directly below the red index 17 of cursor 5, since the denominator 12 was white and the numerator 600 was red. Above the 3 found on the stock 4 read answer 32 on slide 1. Both being red, read in opening 16 of decimalcursor 1000 as the decimal of the first figure of said 32, giving the answer, consequently, as 3200. If multiplying with iifteen instead of by eight, move the cursor 5 until indexline 20 thereof coincides with the 10 on part 7, then above 15 on stock 4 we find 6 on slide 1 as the first figure of the answer, and then we find 1000 as the decimal of the answer in line with red index 17 of cursor 5, thus disclosing the final answer as 6000.
Without limiting myself to the precise construction and arrangement shown, I claim as my invention 1. A sliding rule having lines of uniform spacing, marked respectively with a ccntinuous series of powers of ten, with a cursor having three indexes of the same spacing; as and for the purpose described.
2. In combination with the logarithmic sliderule, an auxiliary sliderule with scales of uniform spacing, marked with a continuous series of powers of ten,and with the cursor having three indexes of the same spacing as the scales of the auxiliary sliderule; substantially as set forth.
3. In combination with the logarithmic sliderule, an auxiliary sliderule of uniform spacing, and marked with a continuous series of powers of ten, and with a cursor having three indexes of the same spacing and ren spectively the same distinguishingsign which appears on the halves of the logarithmic slide; substantially as described.
4. In combination with the logarithmic sliderule, an auxiliary sliderule of uniform spacing, and marked with the series of powers of ten, with the cursor having three indexes of the same spacing and respectively with same distinguishingsign which appears on the halves of the logarithmic slide, and with the stationary sleeve of the logarithmic scale; substantially as described.
5. In combination with the logarithmic sliderule, an auxiliary sliderule of uniform.
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spacing, marked with the continuous series of powers of ten, with the cursor having,r three indexes of the same spacing and the same distinguishingsign which appears on the logarithmic slide, and with its middle index extending around the front and back of the instrument; substantially as described.
Signed at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, this 11th day of September, A. D. 1903.
RUDOLPH C. SMITH.
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GRAS. C. GILL, ARTHUR MARION.
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