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Inventor Of Lead Pipe

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There was born in Milton, Pa., in I 1800 a man of wonderful genius, it is ' said. His name was Eobert Seydell, and ' be died in 1847. Fourcbildren survive, Cwo of whom reside here - a son, Jacob Seydell, and a daughter, Mrs. Qray. Mr. Seydell was a coppersrnith and was almost continuously working out BOiue device connected with tbe machinery in his factory. To him, it is related by some of the oldtsst citizena of this plaoe, belongs the discovery of the process of making lead pipe, and, like man? other inventors, the idea of making the same was stolen froni him and further developed to its present form of manufacture. It was in the latter part of the thirties that the idea suggested itself to him, and the following is the way he wrought it out : He first took a slug, or casting of lead, placing it on a mandrei, or rod of steel, about 16 f eet long and an inch in diameter. The mandrei was highly polished, and upon this he drew or rolled ont the lead tu the full length of the rod, thus giving him an inch bore, and the material was rolled, it is said, to a one-fonrth inch, making a total diameter 1}2 inches for the pipe. After completing several sections of the length of the mandrei he soldered them together, making the pipe of whatever length he desired. He put it to practical use by fastening it to pump heads, and also running it from springs to conneot watering trougha and springhonses in the country round about here. Being greatly pleased with his discovery and receiving the most flattering of comments from his friends and neighbors in this section, he conoluded to make his invention more widely known, and henee made a visit to Philadelphia, taking his device with him. At the Franklin institute in that city he gave his first exhibition to quite a number of inventors, artisans and mechanics. As it is now related, every one who witnessed it was more than delighted, and so expressed himself in his immedite presence. It was not long that he was allowed to remain in a condition of supreme happiness over his invention, for a short time after he made a disclosure of his discovery, and while yet in Philadelphia, he found out that by the persons to whom he had given an exhibition of the process of making lead pipe his idea had been used and improved


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